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In Reply to: Definitely not him... posted by ElbowGeek on March 27, 2007 at 10:43:33:
I'm not surprised. Most of this stuff I'm posting is from e-mails sent from who knows how many people. Chances are that a good majority of it came from Snopes.
But nowadays I tend to defer to Snopes to verify these sorts of emails.
The way they get you is their tone of knowingness which sucks you in. The psychology is that it makes you feel like you now know something which the rest of the world doesn't, so the recipient feels like a hero for passing the knowledge along.
Thanks for the heads up information. It sounds logical to me. I will be sure to refer to snopes when I get these types of "know-it-all" emails before I blindly embarrass myself with frivolous posts.
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