AOL Instant Messenger security hole-Truth! but Resolved!

A Security Hole in AOL Instant Messenger–Truth! but Resolved! Summary of eRumor:1-03-02 A warning that says that a security hole has been discovered in AOL Instant Messenger that can allow hackers to access your computer. The Truth: This was true, but a spokesman for AOL, Andrew Weinstein, says there were no security breaches that they’ve …

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Jones Juice may cause you to fail drug tests-Fiction!

Drinking Jones Juice May Cause You to Fail a Drug Test-Fiction! Summary of eRumor:    An email claiming to be from a “Lt. Col. Hayes” warns not to drink Jones Juice, a new soft drink that contains hemp seed oil.  Because hemp contains the active ingredient of marijuana, anyone drinking Jones Juice could test positive in …

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The Harry and David ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ Pack

One of our readers gave us a look at their 2003 collection from the “gourmet gift” retailer Harry & David, bearing a “Twelve Days of Christmas” theme. We noticed, though, that the back of the box (containing smaller boxes carrying the fresh fruit, nuts, and chocolate goodies within) pushed the claim that the original song …

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The ‘Flashing Headlights’ Gang Initiation Ritual

Suckered into the “Flashing Headlights” Gang Initiation eRumor One of the enduring false eRumors on the Internet warns motorists not to flash their headlights at any oncoming cars driving with their lights off because it may be a member of a gang who, as part of a gang initiation ritual, may follow you and assault …

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The Kidnap Warning in Deerfield Township in Ohio

The Kidnap Warning in Deerfield Township, Ohio On Thursday, May 5, 2005, Deerfield Township in Ohio warned residents of a “local scam” in which gang members would hide in women’s cars at gas stations and kidnap them, according to the Cincinnati Inquirer. Township officials sent out a press release and posted the story on their …

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