And the Reputations of Politicians?-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor A couple of ethical
questions about abortion and judging character.
One describes a pregnancy that many would argue would justify an
abortion but the child turns out to be Beethoven.
The describes three world leaders and asks which you would vote for.
Their qualifications seem clear, but their identities are
The Truth The eRumor has some factual problems.
As far as we can tell from researching the life of Beethoven, it's
misleading to set up the question by saying he would have been his
mother's ninth birth.
Only three of the children born to Maria Magdalena Beethoven
survived infancy, with the composer Ludvig Von Beethoven being the oldest of
Beethoven himself suffered from deafness in adulthood, but we found
no evidence of deaf, blind, or mentally retarded siblings as
We found no substantiation of Beethoven's mother having had
She is said to have died of what at that time was called consumption
Regarding candidate A, Franklin Roosevelt, there is talk among
astrologers that he consulted with astrologer Evangeline Adams, but
we have not been able to document that.
We don't know how many mistresses Franklin Roosevelt had but he had
an affair with his wife's social secretary Lucy Page Mercer.
She was with him when he died in 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia.
He did like his martinis and is credited with having been the first
to mix a martini in the White House and was a smoker.
Regarding candidate B, Winston Churchill, according to
WinstonChurchill.org, he was known for his drinking.
We could not find whether he used opium in college.
Regarding candidate C, Adolph Hitler, it is true that there is no
evidence that he ever cheated on his wife but that's primarily
because he was married to her for a few hours before both of them
Hitler's and his longtime mistress Eva Braun got married early in
the morning on April 29, 1945.
At about 3:30 the next afternoon, both took cyanide although Hitler
also shot himself in the head.
Hitler preferred a vegetarian diet, but was not a pure vegetarian.
It started when his doctor once put him on a vegetarian menu but
Hitler is described by his biographers as liking a variety of meats
There is no record of Hitler having smoked or been a user of alcohol
and, in fact, he campaigned against the use of tobacco among his
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
TWO TOUGH QUESTIONS
Question 1: If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who
had 8 kids
already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally
retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an
Read the next question before looking at the answer
for this one.
Question 2: It is time to elect a new world leader,
and only your vote
counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates.
Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with
He's had two Mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10
martinis a day.
Candidate B He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps
until noon, used
opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.
Candidate C He is a decorated war hero. He's a
vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an
occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.
Which of these candidates would be your choice? Decide
first, no peeking,
then scroll down for the answer.