January 2009 - Posts

A Man Visits His Brother In Jail - Permanently
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:49 AM

Have you ever wanted to go to jail, just to be near a family member? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? And yet, apparently this was the case when a young man broke into a gas station in Michigan and then called 911 while inside to report himself! TheTimesHearld.com reports that his reason for calling 911 while breaking & entering was to be with his brother who was already in jail. He got his wish and was arrested earlier this week. Who knows whether he will be sent to the same facility, but what a story.

Sounds like a show that is ending this season on Fox. Do you think that maybe the guy wanted to see if he could get his brother out after he was arrested? Maybe it has something to do with his brother being set up for a crime that he didn’t commit and then he finds out the truth, but the truth won’t set his brother free, so he purposely goes to jail so that he can recruit a few other guys and then plan to escape through a hole he digs behind a cell toilet. So he breaks, not just his brother, but several other guys out of prison and then they are on the run trying to see how to prove that his brother is innocent. And then a few of the guys actually feel loyal enough to stay with these brothers and help prove that they are good people and they just want to be left alone. Finally, the FBI comes along (or is it the FBI) and says that if they do an inside job, their record will be wiped clean and all is well, but all is not well because their contact with the FBI went rogue and screwed up any chance they had of clearing their record. Then these brothers find out that their mom, who they thought was dead, is really alive and all will be worked out by April 2009.

I don’t know, just  a thought.

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True or False Emails: This One Says It All
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:24 AM

This is an old one. I think I got it in 2006 and saved it because it really summarizes the whole email scare tactic –

“I must send my thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet towel with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (PennyBrown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the$15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer eat KFC because the chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer can buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car, so that a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.

I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

And thanks for letting me know I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS and FedEx since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer have any sneakers, --- but that will change once I receive my free replacement pair from Nike, that someone assured me would happen shortly.

Thanks to you, I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown
African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

And thanks to great advice, I can't ever pick up $5.00 I dropped in the
parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

Oh, and don't forget this one. I can no longer drive my car because I can't buy gas from certain gas companies!

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo, if you don't send this email to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 PM tomorrow afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next-door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician.


OH, BY THE WAY.................................................

According to a new study, a South American scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail with their hand on the mouse.

Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late!”


So ends my “True or False” email series. Thanks for reading.

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True or False Emails: Safety Tips
Friday, January 23, 2009 10:34 AM

This post is not so much to find out whether this email is true or false, but rather I am posting it as a safety tip. I received this email today from a family member, it's really long, but I could not pick a part to cut out. It was all good info:

“Because of recent abductions in daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation. This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you..Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR , LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.  If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat

B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side... If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.

(***Side note: I have found some research and found that this was not true, however, it has been around for a long time.)

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and then attack. Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!

Please pass this on. This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America 's Most Wanted when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well. Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it's better to be safe than sorry. Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or love one's life

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True or False Emails: Jury Duty Scam
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:28 PM
 Again, this email is “hot off the press” as far as my personal email account is concerned. One of my family members just emailed it to me. This email starts out with passing this to everyone in your address book because you could soon be affected by it. Of course, we will inform you at the end of this blog post, whether this is a true or false email.

You receive a phone call from someone who says that they are an officer of the court or a  jury coordinator and that because you never reported for jury duty, there is a warrant out for your arrest. If you tell the caller that you never received a summons to peform jury duty, then the caller will ask you for your Social Security number and date of birth so that they can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant out for you. (Hopefully, you do realize that you should never give this information to a caller—good, I knew you knew that). Once you are asked for this information, you need to hang up!

Anyway, this email is saying that this has happened in 11 states. The caller is very intimidating which is why people are providing their personal information over the phone. Many believe that they are with the court system.

Yes, this email is true and the FBI has provided a web page that addresses this matter in detail. They report on their website that “jury scams have been around for years, but have seen a resurgence in recent months.” They also state that over 12 states have been affected. They warn that court officers will never ask for confidential personal information by phone and most correspondence from them is by mail.

"They get you scared first," says a special agent in the Minneapolis field office who has heard the complaints. "They get people saying, 'Oh my gosh! I'm not a criminal. What's going on?'" That's when the scammer dangles a solution-a fine, payable by credit card, that will clear up the problem.

Remember to be very careful and do your research on what you read, see and hear. I will be back soon to write about the next in this series of true or false emails.

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True or False Emails: Females Who Accept Business Cards
Thursday, January 8, 2009 11:24 AM

There is no limit to the number of email you receive from well-meaning friends who want to help protect you and keep you safe. I have found by starting this series in my blog that it is best to do your research before scaring every female you know with an email account from leaving the house. The following might really scare women who go buy gas alone, but the research shows that this story is only that, a story:

I was asked to share this with every female I can think of: sisters, daughters, nieces, mothers, female friends. You might be a business owner who would love to see an email about their company flourish in email boxes nationwide. Although that might not happen, there is no limit to the amount of “warning” emails that a woman will forward.

The story originates in Katy, TX (at least in the version I got) and it involves a woman who was putting gas in her car. A man comes over to her and offers his business card (as a painter) and although the woman is not interested, she accepts the card out of kindness.

The man gets into a car with another man and they follow the woman as she leaves the gas station. She notices them in her review mirror but then begins to feel dizzy. When she goes to open the window, she smells a strange odor on the hand she used to accept the card. She realizes the men are still behind her and she pulls into a driveway and honks her horn for help. The men drive away and she eventually recovers from the feeling. The drug on the card is being called “burundanga” and is said to be worse than the date rape drug and easy to put on a card. Of course, the general warning is not to accept a card from a stranger when you are alone.

You can decide how you feel if this were to ever happen to you and take the proper precaution, however, the story has been labeled as false.

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True or False Emails: Paper On Your Back Car Window
Monday, January 5, 2009 3:04 PM

This one is hot off the press to my email account. A friend emailed me to day that she got the following warning: A car was parked in a public parking area and when the owner got in and drove away, they noticed a sticker on their rear windshield. After arriving at home, the owner of the vehicle took the sticker off and noticed that it was a gas receipt. Apparently, there is a warning going around that is reported to have originated with police. I don’t think that it is as important to “verify” the truth to this one because just reading it you can see that it could happen to anyone. The warning is as follows:


Heads up everyone! Please, keep this circulating. .. You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into Reverse. When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised! BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED. If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.

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