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Old 12-22-2003, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Urban Legends

I don't know about anyone else but I am a fan of urban legends, so if you know of any good ones, and know if it is true or false, or don't know post it here...

Here are some I know of -
Robbers in shopping mall parking lots are using ether-filled perfume bottles to render their victims unconscious. - False

The A&F Quarterly catalog issued by clothiers Abercrombie & Fitch includes nude and sexually suggestive photographs of young models. - True

A plaque made for a 2002 Martin Luther King Day celebration in Florida thanked James Earl Ray, King's assassin. - True

During a recent MTV appearance, singer Shakira said she'd rather have pigs listening to her music than Israelis. - False

Dell Computer cancelled an order placed by Weigand Combat Handguns because the company name triggered a security alert. - True

Police have discovered guns disguised as cell phones. - True

No Fear, Inc., a popular retailer, is being confused with the National Organization for European American Rights (N.O.F.E.A.R.), a white supremacist organization. - True

Nike denies customer's request to have his shoes personalized with the word 'sweatshop.' - True

That is all for now
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Old 12-22-2003, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Police have discovered guns disguised as cell phones. - True
I find this one the most interesting. I could definitely see that being a problem.
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Old 12-22-2003, 09:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I find this one the most interesting. I could definitely see that being a problem.

This was back in 2001 and it was overseas, so I doubt they are still being used, or in the US. Click here to read about it.........
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Old 12-23-2003, 08:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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the one about the nike's and sweatshops is just wrong....slightly funny, but still wrong
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Old 12-23-2003, 09:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=IamAlejo]the one about the nike's and sweatshops is just wrong....slightly funny, but still wrong[/QUOT]
Here is what happened -

From: "Personalize, NIKE iD"
To: "'Jonah H. Peretti'"
Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000

Your NIKE iD order was cancelled for one or more of the following reasons.
1) Your Personal iD contains another party's trademark or other intellectual property.
2) Your Personal iD contains the name of an athlete or team we do not have the legal right to use.
3) Your Personal iD was left blank. Did you not want any personalization?
4) Your Personal iD contains profanity or inappropriate slang, and besides, your mother would slap us.

If you wish to reorder your NIKE iD product with a new personalization please visit us again at www.nike.com

Thank you,
NIKE iD



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From: "Jonah H. Peretti"
To: "Personalize, NIKE iD"
Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000
Greetings,
My order was canceled but my personal NIKE iD does not violate any of the criteria outlined in your message. The Personal iD on my custom ZOOM XC USA running shoes was the word "sweatshop." Sweatshop is not: 1) another's party's trademark, 2) the name of an athlete, 3) blank, or 4) profanity. I choose the iD because I wanted to remember the toil and labor of the children that made my shoes. Could you please ship them to me immediately.

Thanks and Happy New Year,
Jonah Peretti



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From: "Personalize, NIKE iD"
To: "'Jonah H. Peretti'"
Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000

Dear NIKE iD Customer,

Your NIKE iD order was cancelled because the iD you have chosen contains, as stated in the previous e-mail correspondence, "inappropriate slang". If you wish to reorder your NIKE iD product with a new personalization please visit us again at www.nike.com

Thank you,
NIKE iD



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From: "Jonah H. Peretti"
To: "Personalize, NIKE iD"
Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000
Dear NIKE iD,

Thank you for your quick response to my inquiry about my custom ZOOM XC USA running shoes. Although I commend you for your prompt customer service, I disagree with the claim that my personal iD was inappropriate slang. After consulting Webster's Dictionary, I discovered that "sweatshop" is in fact part of standard English, and not slang. The word means: "a shop or factory in which workers are employed for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions" and its origin dates from 1892. So my personal iD does meet the criteria detailed in your first email.

Your web site advertises that the NIKE iD program is "about freedom to choose and freedom to express who you are." I share Nike's love of freedom and personal expression. The site also says that "If you want it done right . . . build it yourself." I was thrilled to be able to build my own shoes, and my personal iD was offered as a small token of appreciation for the sweatshop workers poised to help me realize my vision. I hope that you will value my freedom of expression and reconsider your decision to reject my order.

Thank you,
Jonah Peretti



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From: "Personalize, NIKE iD"
To: "'Jonah H. Peretti'"
Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000
Dear NIKE iD Customer,

Regarding the rules for personalization it also states on the NIKE iD web site that "Nike reserves the right to cancel any Personal iD up to 24 hours after it has been submitted". In addition it further explains: "While we honor most personal iDs, we cannot honor every one. Some may be (or contain) others' trademarks, or the names of certain professional sports teams, athletes or celebrities that Nike does not have the right to use. Others may contain material that we consider inappropriate or simply do not want to place on our products. Unfortunately, at times this obliges us to decline personal iDs that may otherwise seem unobjectionable. In any event, we will let you know if we decline your personal iD, and we will offer you the chance to submit another." With these rules in mind we cannot accept your order as submitted. If you wish to reorder your NIKE iD product with a new personalization please visit us again at www.nike.com

Thank you,
NIKE iD



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From: "Jonah H. Peretti"
To: "Personalize, NIKE iD"
Subject: RE: Your NIKE iD order o16468000
Dear NIKE iD,

Thank you for the time and energy you have spent on my request. I have decided to order the shoes with a different iD, but I would like to make one small request. Could you please send me a color snapshot of the ten-year-old Vietnamese girl who makes my shoes?

Thanks,
Jonah Peretti
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Old 12-21-2004, 01:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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the darwin awards are pretty damn funny
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Have a look at http://www.snopes.com

It has loads of urban legends, tells you where they come from and how true they are (or aren't).

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The Nike correspondence was quite amusing!

The only urban legend that springs to mind was short-lived in terms of time and place I think:-
Every year the city I live in has a carnival. Streets are packed with spectators waiting to watch the parade, which is so elaborate it takes about half an hour to dance past, with trucks blaring music, draped with girls throwing out sweets, snacks and other free publicity. It's a lot of fun, although one year a rumour went round beforehand: a guy is going to be in the crowd with a syringe of AIDS-infected blood. He's going to go around jabbing it into people while they are straining to see the parade.

In the end, not true, afaik.
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The Nike correspondence was quite amusing!

The only urban legend that springs to mind was short-lived in terms of time and place I think:-
Every year the city I live in has a carnival. Streets are packed with spectators waiting to watch the parade, which is so elaborate it takes about half an hour to dance past, with trucks blaring music, draped with girls throwing out sweets, snacks and other free publicity. It's a lot of fun, although one year a rumour went round beforehand: a guy is going to be in the crowd with a syringe of AIDS-infected blood. He's going to go around jabbing it into people while they are straining to see the parade.

In the end, not true, afaik.
I got caught in traffic.
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