If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed. — Author unknown. Commonly attributed to Mark Twain or Thomas Jefferson
Urban legends are one of the most irritating things that have been facilitated by the creation of the Internet. Urban legends and rumors existed in the past but their spread was mostly by word of mouth, whereas with the introduction of the World Wide Web, these same legends spread at the speed of light.
Some urban legends are true but the vast majority are not. Unfortunately, too many read these legends, believe them and the exhortation at the end of the article to forward it.