The Avalyn Digest

Vol.98 #034

March 7th, 1998

Today's Topics: sully I didn't know SPAM had liver in it... jupiter on summershine Re: [Fwd: FW: NIKE FREE!!!!!!! (fwd)] RE: Swervedriver (was: Re: Blue shift signal) Re: do not pay attention to this letter Re: [Fwd: FW: NIKE FREE!!!!!!! (fwd)] Administrivia: To unsubscribe from the Avalyn Digest mailing list: * send e-mail to: * with the Subject: unsubscribe To post to the Avalyn mailing list: * use the address: Digest back issues can be found through FTP and HTTP: () Please take care not to include the entire digest in your () reply, only the message(s) you are replying to. ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 20:05:04 +0100 From: "LOSING TODAY" Subject: sully has anyone never heard about Sully and Eltro? What could you tell me about them? ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 06 Mar 1998 13:41:32 -0600 From: Agent Cooper Subject: I didn't know SPAM had liver in it... > ********************* > Valley Childrens hospital has agreed to donate 7 cents to the National > Diesese Society for every name on this letter. Please send it around as much > as you > can. > > Thank you, > Tim > > PS: For those of you who dont take 5 minutes to do this, what goes around > comes around. You can help sick people, and it costs you nothing, yet you are > too lazy to do it? You will get what you deserve. > ^^^ ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^^^ > **************************************** You know, it's not very polite to threaten people. ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 6 Mar 98 20:43:01 UT From: "Lisa Johnson" Subject: jupiter on summershine Wondering if anyone is familiar with the dreampop band Jupiter which appeared on the Summershine 7" comp CD "Tomorrow's Hits Today" a few years ago. The two singles included ("T" and "Sense") were quite promising, but I haven't heard anything from them since. Any info? :GA ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 12:08:00 -0600 (CST) From: Eric Vossler Subject: Re: [Fwd: FW: NIKE FREE!!!!!!! (fwd)] WARNING, CAUTION, DANGER, AND BEWARE! Gullibility Virus Spreading over the Internet! WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Institute for the Investigation of Irregular Internet Phenomena announced today that many Internet users are becoming infected by a new virus that causes them to believe without question every groundless story, legend, and dire warning that shows up in their inbox or on their browser. The Gullibility Virus, as it is called, apparently makes people believe and forward copies of silly hoaxes relating to cookie recipes, email viruses, taxes on modems, and get-rich-quick schemes. "These are not just readers of tabloids or people who buy lottery tickets based on fortune cookie numbers," a spokesman said. "Most are otherwise normal people, who would laugh at the samestories if told to them by a stranger on a streetcorner." However, once these same people become infected with the Gullibility Virus, they believe anything they read onthe Internet. "My immunity to tall tales and bizarre claims is all gone," reported one weeping victim. "I believe every warning message and sick child story my friends forward to me, even though most of the messages are anonymous." Another victim, now in remission, added, "When I first heard about Good Times, I just accepted it without question. After all, there were dozens of other recipients on the mail header, so I thought the virus must be true." It was a long time, the victim said, before she could stand up at a Hoaxees Anonymous meeting and state, "My name is Jane, and I've been hoaxed." Now, however, she is spreading the word. "Challenge and check whatever you read," she says. Internet users are urged to examine themselves for symptoms of the virus, which include the following: the willingness to believe improbable stories without thinking the urge to forward multiple copies of such stories to others a lack of desire to take three minutes to check to see if a story is true T. C. is an example of someone recently infected. He told one reporter, "I read on the Net that the major ingredient in almost all shampoos makes your hair fall out, so I've stopped using shampoo." When told about the Gullibility Virus, T. C. said he would stop reading email, so that he would not become infected. Anyone with symptoms like these is urged to seek help immediately. Experts recommend that at the first feelings of gullibility, Internet users rush to their favorite search engine and look up the item tempting them to thoughtless credence. Most hoaxes, legends, and tall tales have been widely discussed and exposed by the Internet community. Courses in critical thinking are also widely available, and there is >online help from many sources, including Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability at Symantec Anti Virus Research Center at McAfee Associates Virus Hoax List at Dr. Solomons Hoax Page at The Urban Legends Web Site at Urban Legends Reference Pages at Datafellows Hoax Warnings at Those people who are still symptom free can help inoculate themselves against the Gullibility Virus by reading some good material on evaluating sources, such as Evaluating Internet Research Sources at Evaluation of Information Sources at Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources at Lastly, as a public service, Internet users can help stamp out the Gullibility Virus by sending copies of this message to anyone who forwards them a hoax. This message is so important, we're sending it anonymously! Forward it to all your friends right away! Don't think about it! This is not a chain letter! This story is true! Don't check it out! This story is so timely, there is no date on it! This story is so important, we're using lots of exclamation points! For every message you forward to some unsuspecting person, the Home for the Hopelessly Gullible will donate ten cents to itself. (If you wonder how the Home will know you are forwarding these messages all over creation, you're obviously thinking too much.) ACT NOW! DON'T DELAY! LIMITED TIME! NOT SOLD IN ANY STORE! ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 17:55:02 -0600 From: John Bacus Subject: RE: Swervedriver (was: Re: Blue shift signal) I better listen to 99th dream again, seeing as everyone here seems to like it. I bought it the other day and did not like it at all. Kind of bummed me out too cause I'm seeing them here in houston next week. (and 2 weeks later Radiohead!). JB ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 17:49:25 -0700 (MST) From: michael maes Subject: Re: do not pay attention to this letter it worked At 06:15 PM 3/6/98 +0200, you wrote: > sorry, this is just a test. ------------------------------ Date: Sat, 07 Mar 1998 02:04:29 +0100 From: Erik Soderstrom Subject: Re: [Fwd: FW: NIKE FREE!!!!!!! (fwd)] > WARNING, CAUTION, DANGER, AND BEWARE! > Gullibility Virus Spreading over the Internet! Thanks Eric - that really needed to be said - and I hope those who plan on forwarding spam/hoax alerts etc. to the list saved it for future reference. Seriously folks - most people do know that forwarding these things and especially to mailing lists is just plain stupid. And in this case, apart from reaching 5-600 people who have no interest in the non Slowdive/Mojave 3 info it contained, the message generated an extra digest to be made, with completely and totally useless information. //Erik ------------------------------ End of Avalyn Digest Vol.98 #34 ********************************
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