Comparison of Poll Results Between Readers of Country Living Magazine and Ebony Magazine-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

The alleged results of polling between the readers of Country Living and Ebony magazines that asked what people feared most.  The eRumor claims that the mostly white readers of Country  Living feared nuclear war, terrorist attack, a child or spouse dying of a terminal illness, and themselves dying of a terminal illness.   The mostly black readers of Ebony were said to be fearful of ghosts, dogs, and registered mail.

The Truth:

This forwarded email is fiction and tasteless racial humor.

Ebony magazine confirmed for TruthOrFiction.com that such a poll was never conducted.

updated 4/2/08

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:


Two different magazines, Country Living (99.99% white readership) and EBONY/Jet (99.99% black readership) did surveys on ‘WHAT DO PEOPLE FEAR MOST’?

The results were interesting, to say the least…

Country Living magazine’s top three answers were:

1. Nuclear war/terrorist attack in U.S.

2. Child/spouse dying/terminal illness.

3. Terminal illness/self.

EBONY/Jet magazine’s top three answers were:

1. Ghosts.

2. Dogs.

3. Registered mail.