April 15th, 1999
What's gnu? How's it going? Are you answering these questions out loud as you read them? Why?
Thanks for the e-mailed tip from John-boy in LA (la-la land) about the gang banger's ghost dog. It's an interesting story and is fresh off the press here at freak central. Course it's not the first time a pet has come back to haunt it's owner. In fact a ghost dog in England was the first story I reported on back in the day of MonsterFreaks.
I also got one of those chain letters about how a certain major corporation is giving away free shoes to the needy if you send in your old ones. Guess what boys and girls, it ain't true. Nope they don't do that. I called and spoke with a very nice guy at their main HQ and got the facts straight from the shoe salesman's mouth. If you send in your shoes all they will do is try to send them back to you with a nice letter or barring that they will use them in some sort of recycling program they have set up. This myth has been gong around the internet for years it seems.
And that's not the only myth floating around out there in the world wide weird. There's also a story that a software company will give you money if you send an e-mail to them to help beta test their e-mail tracking program. Not true.
Neither is the one that a non profit health association will give 5 cents to a little boy for his cancer treatment if you e-mail them.
Makes you wonder how these things get started. Is there one guy that thinks it would be funny to get people he doesn't know to do all these worthless things that take up time? Is a time wasting demon lurking somewhere in the center of the electronic superhighway? What would posses someone to make these lies up?
We may never know but if anyone has any info on the idea be sure and crank me out an e-mail. I'll give 5 cents to a young boy dying of cancer for each one I get.