Posted November 26th, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Elsewhere In The Web, Urban Legends
Tags: email, hoax, kidney theft
Jim Walker from The Santa Clarita Valley Signal talks about the time he had one of his kidneys stolen (before you become alarmed but not alert, Jim still has both of his kidneys) and the time he almost fell for the rumour that Wall-Mart was releasing Chanukah Hams just in time for the holiday season! 
A very fun read!
|1.||For those in need of extra guidance, Chanukah (variously spelled “Hannuka”, “Chanuka” and “Channukah”, is a holy Jewish holiday, and of course observant Jews would never eat ham.|
Posted November 19th, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: False, Scarelore, The Truth Is Less Strange Than Fiction, Urban Legends
Tags: chain email, email, kidney theft, real news stories, Scarelore, urban dangers
It was once entirely the stuff of Urban Legend fiction — a man meets a woman at a bar, they go back to his hotel room, he wakes up the next morning in a bathtub filled with ice. There is a telephone on a nearby stool and the words “Call an ambulance!” are written in lipstick on the bathroom mirror. When he reaches hospital, in a critical condition, the Doctors discover that he has been drugged and one of his kidneys has been harvested in his hotel room bathroom.
Obviously nothing says you’ve had a great time on a business trip more than coming home missing an organ. You and all the other guys in the office can compare scars where your kidneys used to be and reminisce about “Good old Ralph”, who was stupid enough to let it happen to him twice.
And yet, as much fun as that situation sounds like, grim stories of commercial organ harvesting are turning out to be very real, although perhaps a little less sensationally dramatic than the popular urban legend version above.
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Posted January 22nd, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Email Hoaxes, False, Scarelore, Urban Legends
Tags: email, gang initiation, gangs, hoax, urban dangers
Is there any truth to an alarming email that warns that gangs are using infant car seats and / or eggs thrown at windscreens to waylay unsuspecting motorists?
Don’t stop for any reason. Whatever you do… DON’T STOP FOR ANY REASON!!
That’s the frantic advice being given by a chain email that made its way into my inbox today .
Your life depends on it.
You are not safe.
If you pull your car over, if you stop, you are going to become a victim of a gang robbery, rape or perhaps even murder. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted January 21st, 2011 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: False, That Pop Cult Thing, The Truth Is Less Strange Than Fiction, Urban Legends, Viral Marketing
Tags: Scarelore, Technology
Cell phone popcorn: faked as part of an advertising campaign
This is probably old news for some, but I thought I’d mention it as a friend on Facebook shared this video as being true.
This video was produced by French marketing company, LastFools, for mobile accessory manufacturer, Cardo Systems, who make headset systems.
The video, of course, went viral, and while there are a lot of demonstrations on sites like YouTube that you can’t pop popcorn with mobile / cell phones (my favourite one demonstrates that you can ‘do’ the same thing with bananas), there are obviously people who are still encountering the original viral marketing campaign for the first time.
Further reading: Videos of ‘popcorn’ mobile phones faked
Posted November 29th, 2010 by Murray By Moonlight
Filed under: Email Hoaxes, False, Urban Legends
There’s an email that has been going around for some time that claims that if you enter your PIN number into an ATM in reverse, the transaction will be successful but the police will be notified that a crime is in progress.
The alleged idea behind the claim is that you can comply with a mugger’s demand to withdraw money from your account, yet still notify authorities that you are in trouble.
I received another version of this in my email today:
If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your PIN # in reverse. For example, if your pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321. The ATM system recognizes that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to the location. All ATM’s carry this emergency sequencer by law.
This information was recently broadcast on by Crime Stoppers however it is seldom used because people just don’t know about it.
This is the kind of information people don’t mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends
Unfortunately, it’s simply not true. Typing your PIN in reverse into an ATM will simply have the same effect as deliberately typing the wrong PIN.
As explained by the Bankers’ Association Of Australia:
The PIN has only one function – to allow the customer to access their account – and it must be entered correctly each time and kept confidential.
If a customer enters a PIN in reverse they will receive an error message and be prompted to provide the correct PIN.
For more information: False information circulating on e-mail about PINs