Wednesday, March 28, 2007
WFMW (stop urban legend emails)
It's time to post yet another WFMW tip.

How many times do you get those annoying, urban legend type emails forwarded to you by family, friends, and acquaintances? You know, like the one about the "syringe in the McDonald's Ball Pit".

Now you have a defense! Check out Snoops, the website that helps you disprove (or prove) the validity of these urban legend emails.

Check out their list of the 25 Hotest Urban Legands. You can also search by categories like Fraud & Scams or Old Wives' Tales.

Since discovering Snopes, I now take great pleasure in responding to these forwarded message with a message of my own that includes a direct link to the Snopes article that disproves (or proves) the content of the forwarded message. What's amazing is that it usually only takes one such response from me to quell the urge of other's to send me these types of emails.

Using Snoops to stop urban legend emails works for me! To see what works for others, be sure to check out the other links at Shannon's, the creator of Works-For-Me Wednesday!

One last thing, do any of you know how to get permanent marker off of wooden floors? We had one of those days yesterday!

**Edited to add**

Guess what? The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser suggestion that many of you gave me worked! We bought some today and used it on the permanent marker scribbles on our wooden floor. It came off and it doeesn't seem to have hurt the finish, although, that spot is quite a bit cleaner looking than the rest of the floor now. :)

Thanks so much for the advice!

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At 10:00 PM, Blogger Mrs.B. said...

This is a great idea! Another one I use is

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Joyful Days said...

Yes Ma'am!! This works for me too. Snopes is a great resource.

Sorry about the marker. No good advice. A one time co-worker's daughter markered herself and her sleeping sister once. That takes a while to wear off. OOoooooooh. I have been thankful Boo hasn't done it (yet).

At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Great tip about snopes! I had forgotten about that website!

Oh, and for the marker, try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - it gets everything off!!!

At 10:14 PM, Blogger An Ordinary Mom said...

I get so tired of those emails as well.

Try the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It works great for my friend who had a similar day.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Cindee said...

I just (yesterday) got permanent marker off of our entertainment center with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It's fake wood but I bet it would work on real wood too. It's worth a shot! I LOVE MCME!!!

At 5:33 AM, Blogger Kelley said...

Thank you! I do the same thing with those silly scams and such. is a great resource.

I've tried the Magic Eraser on my hardwood floors, and it seems to dull the finish a little. Be careful. Another option you could look into would be Goo Gone.

At 5:43 AM, Anonymous Lisa S said...

Thanks for the snopes tip.

For your permanent marker problem, try using a dry erase marker over the top of the permenant marker. Both of them should erase away.

At 5:55 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Great tip! I've done this and they tend to keep me off their lists now! {grin}

At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Barbara H. said...

I do the same thing. The thing I love about Snopes is its search bar right near the top. I can just put in a pertinent word (like just recently I got an e-mail about a song Julie Andrews supposedly sang to the tune of "My Favorite Things" about being older, so I searched her name), and it gives me a list of their articles with that word in it. Usually the one I am looking for is near or at the top.

At 6:56 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I use Snopes often.

Ues rubbing alcohol on the marker. Test a spot in the corner of your floor first, though. I don't think it will hurt, but I test everything first.

Hope you have a better day!

At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooohhh, I will have to check that out!

At 7:15 AM, Blogger Tater and Tot said...

I love Snopes, too!

I was also going to suggest rubbing alcohol or a Magic Eraser! Good Luck!

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Terrific Teens said...

Great idea! I freak out at all those false claims. Thanks. And thank you for visiting my WFMW about laughter. Its not too popular this week. People must like being MAD. LOL

At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great tip! Those emails drive me crazy!

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Ribbon Rock Star said...

Great tip!


At 1:02 PM, Blogger Barb said...

If none of these tips work, might I suggest a throw rug? Permanent marker is the worst. I have no idea how you'd get it out of wood without ruining the finish.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Mommy, the Human Napkin said...

Wow, I do the exact same thing. I still get the occassional urban legend email, but it only takes one or two "rebuttal emails" to take care of that little problem.

And rubbing alcohol works for me to remove permanent marker, but like someone else said, I'd test it first in a hidden spot. I don't have wood floors, just old ratty carpet and cheap linoleum, and permanent marker spots on both. Surprisingly enough, though, non-washable crayon is HARD to remove from my carpet. And usually the only thing I have to remove permanent marker from is a small child. LOL

At 1:59 PM, Blogger MamaEscandon said...

I love snopes! Now, do you have any idea how to stop those emails from people that tell you to forward if you love God, and if you don't then you are ashamed? There is something that rubs me wrong about people who think that my faith and love for Our Lord can be measured by how many friends I can forward such an email to.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger jdoriot said...

I get e-mails from this elderly lady and she gets herself completely worked up over these "legend"!! I always send her back to Snopes! lol!!

At 6:21 PM, Blogger Awesome Mom said...

I love snopes!!! Of course I hardly even even open forwards in the first place. I am grumpy about them and generally delete them even if they are from my dear mother.

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Carey said...

This is a great website, Ive used ti quite a few times. I cant stand getting these types of emails, i usually just delete them...and I never pass them along.
If someone is going to send me an email, i would rather them just type something up telling me how they are and what they have been up to. Somthing i would much rather read. Thanks for sharing this tip, hopefully more people will consider snopes, and stop sending these types of emails, without the proof to back them up.

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

I don't know what I'd do without Snoopes, thanks for the great reminder!

At 6:19 AM, Blogger LeftLeaningLady said...

I have used Snopes for years! They are one of my favorite websites. Be careful, though, because I have family members who won't speak to me anymore. When I receive those "urban legends" emails, I forward the letter right back to everyone who received it originally. If people are sending Emails to 100 people, so am I. I want everyone to know that the Email is false. So, one of my cousins kept asking me not to Email everyone. I kept telling him to stop Emailing BS. Well, he isn't talking to me anymore! :-) But I would do it again. Thank you for a great reminder.


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