Famous Hoaxes
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Charles Hymes

These are most of the hoaxes that folks have sent me, or asked about. I have included the e-mails that quote the hoaxes.

Maybe True

Almost without exception, if it sounds like a hoax,  it is a hoax. However, there are a few that I could not verify one way or  the other. If you can vouch for these,   Please let me know.


No, no one sat on a needle in a movie theatre and got HIV.

Cookies and other recipes

Nope, you are not getting the secret recipe for a corporate giant's product.

Evil Companies & Products

No racism confession on Opra, Sodium Laural Sulfate is soap, and your pet is safe   when Febreeze used as directed.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

They are not going to tax modems or the internet. They are not going to ban religious stations either. 

Gangs and Flashing Headlights

Please continue to warn motorists that their headlights are out.

Kidney Theft

When the babe in the bar asks you home, Bust a Move.


No, I won't send you a virus.

Microsoft & Disney Giveaways

Don't forward Email, there isn't anything for free.

Federal Paranoia

If  you ever  have any questions about any laws that are before congress, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/d105query.html and read the legislation yourself..

Sympathy Chain Letters

No kids need your email as last mish or to save their lives.

Urban Misc

True or not, these are great stories at parties.

Vermin (Rats, Roaches, & Snakes)

Their more afraid of you than you are of them.


Melissa didn't change anything. You can't get a virus just by reading an e-mail. But never open any attachments!