Don't Believe Anything You Read
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It is a saying which should be dusted off and used more often. "Don't believe anything you read and only half of what you see," we used to say. Somewhere down the information superhighway known as the Internet, we forgot that sage advice. Through search engines and emails we are bombarded with claims of truths which are often utter fabrications. There is somewhere on the Internet which espouses just about any belief you can imagine, and millions of erroneous emails circulating in the world wide web.

If the only source of information you have about a topic is from an email you received, please check it out before passing it off as true. I have offended some who are near and dear to me when reacting to some email they have sent me. Sometimes it should have been evident that the thing claimed is untrue. Other times, a quick check reveals it is a complete fabrication which has made the rounds in various forms for over a decade. The next time someone sends you an email saying that Jay Leno or George Carlin said something political with which you agree, check it out online first. As a general proposition, anything claimed in an email with font higher than 24 is probably bogus.

Can we put to rest this nonsense that a month with five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays happens only once every 738 years? It happens most years, sometimes more than once a year. Five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays happens (1) in months which have thirty one days, and (2) an average of once per year.

There are seven months which have thirty one days (January, March, May, July, August, October, December), which means on average there is one month each year when there are five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays.

Want proof? Check out the following months in the past three years: January, 2010; October, 2010, and July, 2011. All three had the five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays. It isn't good luck. It happens an average of once per year. Still not sure? Look at your March 2013 calendar. Five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays.

If there is a prince in Nigeria who wants you to help him get $7 million out of his royal account, delete that one on sight. Have emails and Internet claims made us more gullible? No one in another country needs the help of a randomly selected person's email address. Those are all scams. So are the ones telling you that you can make fabulous sums of money doing menial tasks or by forwarding an email.

The Internet has taken the old scams to new levels. Something shows up in your mail box. There is no one around to tell you "that's a trap - they'll steal the information you send." Please warn your family members to never open an attachment from someone they do not know and trust. Warn them to never click on a link in an email from someone they do not know and trust. Even then, be cautious. Computer hackers are like vampires. You need to invite them into your home (computer). People my age and beyond are primary targets of the tech savvy hackers and ne'er do wells.

Remember: don't believe anything you read, and only half of what you see. Except for this, of course!

© 2013, Jim “Pappy” Moore,

All Rights Reserved.

Jim “Pappy” Moore is a native son of East Texas who still makes the piney woods his home.


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