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  • Amazon Knows Alexa Devices Are Laughing Spontaneously And It's "Working To Fix It"

    03/09/2018 1:35:25 AM PST · by waterhill · 54 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | March 5 2018 | Vanessa Wong
    Owners of Amazon Echo devices with the voice-enabled assistant Alexa have been pretty much creeped out of their damn minds recently. People are reporting that the bot sometimes spontaneously starts laughing — which is basically a bloodcurdling nightmare.
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Regime Change by Any Other Name?

    05/24/2017 3:29:01 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election. There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton. Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered people begin killing themselves in alarming numbers. Nor were there mass resignations at the State Department upon his inauguration. Nor did Donald Trump seek an order to “ban all Muslims” from entering the U.S. Instead, he temporarily sought a suspension in visas for everyone, regardless of religion, from seven Middle Eastern states that the Obama administration had earlier identified as...
  • Most Popular Urban Legends of 2015

    12/30/2015 2:00:43 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 8 replies
    Snopes ^ | 12/29/2015 | David Mikkelson
    This page compiles the 25 urban legends that circulated the most widely on the Internet in 2015, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage.   Facebook Privacy Notice 1) FALSE: Posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall will protect your copyright and privacy rights.   Mark Zuckerberg Giveaway Hoax 2) FALSE: Mark Zuckerberg is giving away $4.5 million to Facebook users who share a "thank you" message.   Full of Bull 3) FALSE: Red Bull and other brands of energy drink contain bull semen.   Dead Ringer Singer 4) FALSE: The body of...
  • Urban Legends: The Preacher’s Edition (how many have you heard?)

    04/30/2011 5:21:53 PM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 20 replies
    Kingdom People Blog ^ | 2011apr27 | Trevin Was
    Those of us who are entrusted with the task of expositing the Scriptures in a local church must take care to verify our sources, illustrations, and stories. No matter how helpful an illustration may be, it is dishonoring to God if it is untrue. Here are a number of urban legends that get repeated in sermons. Some are more pervasive than others, even appearing in commentaries and scholarly works. 1. The “eye of the needle” refers to a gate outside Jerusalem. ...
  • 12-Year-Old Boy Discovers Something While Exploring an Abandoned House

    An adventurous 12-year-old Ohio boy may have got more than he bargained for over the weekend when he stumbled upon a terrifying scene while exploring an abandoned house. Authorities say the child found a mummified corpse hanging in the cupboard of a Dayton home on Sunday, adding that it had been there for five years, CNN reported. Ken Betz, the director of the Montgomery County Corener’s office, said that before the boy made the stunning discovery, neighbors assumed the home was vacant. The front door was covered with citations for an overgrown yard and no one was ever seen leaving...
  • Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church, Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise

    12/05/2013 8:06:39 PM PST · by grundle · 44 replies ^ | September 18, 2013
    Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would...
  • (Newsbusters)-Flashback:MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Touted False Limbaugh Quote in June

    10/14/2009 10:49:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies · 2,080+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-14-09 | Kyle Drennen
    On the June 3, 2009 Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow cited a false quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh in which the radio host supposedly said he wanted to award Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin the Medal of Honor. Since Limbaugh expressed interest in becoming part owner of the St. Louis Rams in October, several MSNBC hosts have repeated that and other false quotes. Reacting to Limbaugh calling then Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist, Maddow declared: “When you get called racist by the guy who says the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. should get the...
  • SPEAKER OF WHOSE HOUSE? (Windfall Tax on Retirement Income)

    03/12/2009 3:21:35 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 24 replies · 2,293+ views
    Received in my email today: SPEAKER OF WHOSE HOUSE? Windfall Tax on Retirement Income Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people, you're so darn stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you. That's what the Speaker of the House is saying. Read below............... Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on RetirementIncome. In other words tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement. This woman is a nut case! You aren't going to believe this. Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a...
  • Life in the 1500's (email I received - relevant as we all may be living this way soon)

    02/10/2009 12:42:17 PM PST · by Grumpybutt · 50 replies · 2,511+ views
    ** LIFE IN THE 1500'S ** The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water....
  • Conversation with a Liberal #2 - Debunking Liberal Urban Legends

    01/18/2009 4:41:47 PM PST · by redhotright · 33 replies · 1,393+ views ^ | 2008-01-18 | Red-Hot Right
    Thank you to all the Freepers who commented on my first Conversation with a Liberal at FreeRepublic. One of my favorite comments likened talking with Liberals to talking with houseplants. Thanks Popman. Here's another true story for your amusement... My wife was talking with some liberals recently who were discussing how Europeans are so wonderful and smart because they can speak multiple languages. The implication was that Americans are stupid because most Americans speak only English. My wife, being a naturalized American citizen who immigrated from Europe, was asked her opinion on the matter. Without missing a beat, she replied,...
  • Frightening Text Messages Being Forwarded Around NY Jews:EXCLUSIVE FREEPER UPDATE INCLUDED

    01/05/2009 4:12:38 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 635 replies · 23,661+ views
    Yeshiva World News ^ | Jan 2, 2009 and Jan 5, 2009 | Yehuda Drudgestein - YWN
    UPDATED - ALERT - Frightening Text Messages Being Forwarded Around NY Jews January 2, 2009 3:00PM EST: [UPDATE BELOW] With the situation in Gaza deteriorating by the day, and anti-semitism rampant around the world, thousands of NY Jews were frightened upon receiving the following text message which has been going around on Friday afternoon: “A Jewish woman gave a tip to a Muslim taxi driver and out of appreciation he warned her not to go to Manhattan next week Wednesday.” YWN has reached out to high-ranking members of the NYPD, and have stated that although they received the same text...
  • Rev. Wright, King of Urban Legends (Please List Here)

    04/29/2008 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 15 replies · 145+ views
    April 29, 2008
    As one who is distressed hearing the Urban Legends pouring from the mouth of a popular minister, I think it is important to document how he cleverly weaves stories which many either want to believe or can be swayed to believe, but are not true. Please post and document the Urban Legends, lies and distortions you find.
  • Email Gas Tips,Experts critque please

    03/07/2008 6:33:13 AM PST · by CGASMIA68 · 92 replies · 451+ views
    email | 030708 | email
    Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon . In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations donot have temperature compensation at the...
  • The Media’s Top 10 Economic Myths of 2007

    12/14/2007 8:13:27 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies · 74+ views
    10. Airlines are solely to blame for the unfriendly skies. Media myth: Blame the airlines for all those flight delays; never mind the obsolete government-run agency creating the gridlock. 9. Consumer spending is the be-all, end-all of the economy.Media myth: Without excessive consumer spending – especially at Christmastime – the U.S. economy will collapse. 8. The stock market is trouble, whether it goes up or down.Media myth: One day the stock market can’t sustain growth; the next, we’re just one drop away from another crash. 7. Anyone who ‘denies’ global warming shouldn’t be taken seriously. Media myth: Global warming...
  • The Curse Of Che Guevara (Marxist Cult Of Che Propaganda)

    10/11/2007 11:39:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies · 1,660+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | October 08, 2007 | Jens Glüsing
    The Curse Of Che Guevara By Jens Glüsing Legendary Argentinian guerrilla fighter Ernesto "Che" Guevara was shot dead in Bolivia 40 years ago. Some worship him like a saint, while others credit him with the power to take revenge on his killers from beyond the grave. The man who shot the most famous guerrilla fighter of all time lives in Bolivia's largest city, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in a typical middle-class neighborhood. The street is quiet and located close to Avenida Paraguay, one of the main thoroughfares in the sprawling city. The man who lives here is 68 years...
  • Doctor who headed astronaut health study criticizes NASA

    09/06/2007 2:42:10 PM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 15 replies · 336+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/6/07 | Marcia Dunn
    09/06/2007 By MARCIA DUNN / Associated Press An Air Force doctor who headed a controversial astronaut health study told Congress on Thursday that NASA is discouraging open communications by rebutting reports of drunken astronauts on launch day and deriding the claims as urban legends. The bigger issue, more than drinking, is NASA's apparent disregard of mental health and behavior issues among its astronauts, and the demoralizing reluctance among flight surgeons and astronauts to report improper conduct, said Col. Richard Bachmann Jr. Last week, NASA released the results of its own internal investigation, saying it had found no evidence or even...
  • The billion-dollar space pen

    05/01/2006 5:31:20 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 18 replies · 999+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 05/01/06 | Dwayne A. Day
    Everybody has heard of the infamous Space Pen. Space has its urban legends of course, and the Million Dollar Space Pen is one of the more enduring ones. It is neither as outlandish nor as unbelievable as the story about faking the Moon landings, and even though it seems more credible than a massive government conspiracy, it is probable that fewer people have heard it. The story goes like this: in the 1960s, NASA astronauts discovered that their pens did not work in zero gravity. So like good engineers, they went to work and designed a wonder pen. It worked...

    04/27/2006 5:09:36 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 42 replies · 7,310+ views
    listserv | Unknown | AP
    Linda Burnett, 23, a resident of Palm Springs, CA, was visiting her in-laws and while there went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries. Several people noticed her sitting in her car with the windows rolled up and with her eyes closed, with both hands behind the back of her head. One customer who had been at the store for a while became concerned and walked over to the car. He noticed that Linda's eyes were now open, and she looked very strange. He asked her if she was okay, and Linda replied that she'd been shot in...
  • Urban Legends: Top 25 most popular topics of the past week

    02/17/2006 8:15:38 AM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 2 replies · 309+ views
    About (Newsletter) ^ | 2/17/2006 | David Emery
    Urban Legends and Folklore The Urban Legends Top 25 Top 25 most popular topics of the past week Week Ending: 02/12/06 [Previous Week] [New/Updated] 1. Are Telemarketers About to Get Your Cell Phone #? 2. World's Tallest Woman 3. The Urban Legends Slide Show 4. Top 10 Net Hoaxes / Urban Legends of 2005 5. Photos of Indoor Ski Resort in Dubai 6. The Giant Grizzly Bear 7. Popular Lipsticks Contain Cancer-Causing Lead 8. 'Eye of God' in Outer Space 9. Missing Child: Penny Brown 10. Phenylpropanolamine Recall 11. Mr. Rogers Was a Marine Sniper/Navy Seal 12. Credit Card Fraud...
  • Completely Useless Trivia

    01/18/2006 11:58:27 AM PST · by ToddBush · 33 replies · 625+ views
    1/18/2006 | Todd Bush
    * The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone. * Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury. * Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. * Coca-Cola was originally green. * It is impossible to lick your elbow. * The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38% * The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400 * The average number of people airborne...