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Monday, June 03, 2002

I so love the web. My mom sent me another email forward today that just screamed urban legend so loud that I'm rather surprised she didn't hear it squawking. It was a thing about rapists posing as unmarked police cars, pulling women over, and you should dial #77 to be connected to the real highway patrol.

Anyway, I promptly looked it up on the Snopes website and on the AFU website. The #77 thing only works in states that have that particular code set up, and there haven't been any documented cases of rapists posing as policemen, although both sites suggest that pulling over in an unpopulated area is always a generally bad idea. Email debunked, I then got sucked in to the AFU FAQ. My favorite section so far is debunking all those science myths like how glass is not really a solid and how bumblebees shouldn't be able to fly and people use only 10% of their brains and so on.

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