« snopes urban legend

Snopes urban legend posts

Lisa Checked Snopes. Urban legend.
Timeline Photos
Congratulations to San Francisco on becoming the w
28 days ago
Carol Islamic Agenda Claim: Photograph shows a sign bearing an ominous threat from the "Advancement of Islamic Agenda for America." FALSE Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2014] This photo was posted on Facebook, with a descriptio Read more ... n saying it was a sign outside of a Dearborn Michigan Mosque. I suspect it is a case of hateful photoshopping! Can you verify if this photo is legit? Origins: This photograph of an outdoor sign has been identified in social media postings as belonging to a mosque (or some other Islam-associated administrative building) with the cumbersome title of "Advancement of Islamic Agenda for America." The sign advertises to viewers that organization's ominous threat "AMERICA WE WILL KILL YOU ALL AND NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO STOP IT," bracketed by invocations of the exaltation "ALLAH BE PRAISED." Neither the sign nor the organization is real, however. The photo is a fake created using the Church Sign Maker, a web site that allows users to create realistic-looking images of church signs bearing messages of their choosing: Ever seen those signs in front of churches with the moveable letters? Ever wanted to rearrange the letters to make your own church sign? Well, now you can. Choose a design below, add your text, and a personalized church sign photo will be created for you! Save it, send it to a friend, put on your website, or use it however you like. Enjoy! Note: these church signs aren't real, they don't exist in the real world. You'll be making a fake photo of a church sign. In this case the "Advancement of Islamic Agenda for America" sign is clearly an altered version of the Church Sign Maker's "Classic Design #5" offering (as indicated by the identical nature of the two signs' sizes, shapes, and background objects in their photos): Last updated: 21 August 2014 Urban Legends Reference Pages © 1995-2014 by snopes.com. This material may not be reproduced without permission. snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com. Read more at http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/islamicagenda.asp#JP8qpilmBIXeiXxy.99
snopes.com: 'Islamic Agenda' Sign
www.snopes.com
Photograph shows a sign bearing an ominous threat from the 'Advancement of Islamic Agenda for America.' Is it real?
30 days ago
Heather STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Nearly 6 million people have stumbled across a somewhat surprising article that claims the drinking age is being raised. Drinking25.jpg A screenshot of a link that's quickly moved through Facebook. The story that says the d Read more ... rinking age will be 25 come August was written by the Sunday Times Daily and its link includes an ABC logo. "As of August 2, 2014 legal age to drink wil be 25. There has been controversy whether 21 is too young to make decisions. Alot of citizens state at that age they are not mentally responsible to drink. So the legislation at the White House has come to an agreement to have legal age changed to 25," reads the typo-riddled excerpt attached to the link. It's completely false. No such change is coming: The Sunday Times Daily is a mock news website that encourages users to write their own material. When folks click on the link to see the website (if they do at all), they'll be met with a message notifying them that they've been tricked -- as well as an image of Leonardo DiCaprio's Gatsby toasting a champagne glass. As of this writing, the story has been visited more than 5,800,000 times, the website says. The fake article has gained so much traction, the fact-checking, myth-busting, urban legend research website Snopes addressed the issue on June 17. So, for all those people under 25 and close to turning 21, relax.
1 month ago
Gladys
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Search Engine
search.atomz.com
Search engine for the Urban Legends Reference Pages
1 month ago
Catherine Department of Homeland Security Claim: Two Muslims hold positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. TRUE Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2009] Obama Appoints 2 Devout Muslims to Homeland Security Posts Obama and Jan Read more ... et Nappy Appoint Devout Muslim to Homeland Security Post, Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. Source for announcement: Homeland Security Press Room http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1240595153301.shtm Kareem Shora, who was born in Damascus, Syria was appointed by DHS Secretary Napolitano on Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Washington, DC June 5, 2009 www.adc.org The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that earlier today at a ceremony held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions? Was it not men of the "Devout Muslim Faith" that flew planes into U.S. buildings not too long ago? What the heck is this president thinking? Origins: Arif Alikhan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, served for seven years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles specializing in computer crime, and in November 2006 the mayor of Los Angeles chose him to serve as the Deputy Mayor of Homeland Security for that city. In April 2009, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed Mr. Alikhan to the position of Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Arif comes from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's office, where he served as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety. As a key adviser to the Mayor, he has led the City’s efforts to develop homeland security, emergency management and law enforcement initiatives, including operational oversight of Los Angeles Police, Fire and Emergency Management departments. He is a former federal prosecutor and senior advisor to the U.S. Attorney General, and has partnered extensively with local, state and federal agencies. Before serving as Deputy Mayor, Alikhan was a career prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997-2006. During that time, he served as Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Crimes Section for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles and as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the national Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program for the Department of Justice. Alikhan holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. A 2007 article in the German publication Der Spiegel described Arif Alikhan as "a devout Sunni." In June 2009, Secretary Napolitano swore in the sixteen-member Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), one of whom was Syrian-born Kareem Shora, the National Executive Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC): Kareem Shora is the National Executive Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). He received the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award. He has been published in multiple law journals and is a frequent guest on Al-Jazeera, BBC, and numerous American television programs. In 2008, he was selected by the Ford Foundation as a member of the Foreign Policy Task Force designing their Laboratory for New Thinking on Foreign Policy. Mr. Shora is a regular guest lecturer at Yale University School of Law. Mr. Shora has described himself as a "Muslim-American." Last updated: 9 November 2009 Urban Legends Reference Pages © 1995-2014 by snopes.com. This material may not be reproduced without permission. snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com. Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp#ytY7jzePYHCoq9pP.99 Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp#ytY7jzePYHCoq9pP.99 Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp#ytY7jzePYHCoq9pP.99
Timeline Photos
America, you still have the freedom to do the righ
1 month ago
Janie While this may not be true a true account, (According to Snopes another one to add to Urban Legends) it is a great tale.
Does God Exist?
"A true story..." Please share this video with your friends or by posting it on your profile.
1 month ago
Eunice
snopes.com: Robin Williams 'Goodbye' Video
www.snopes.com
Video shows 'goodbye' message recorded by Robin Williams just prior to his suicide.
1 month ago
Mike Sometimes I read Snopes and wonder why they even bother explaining urban legends that are so incredibly stupid? Apparently I had misjudged what passes for "incredibly stupid" in their universe.
snopes.com: Unanswerables
www.snopes.com
A collection of unusual and urgent questions posed by our readers.
1 month ago
Linda
Timeline Photos
Be on the lookout for White Hickory Tussock Moth C
1 month ago
Margie
Ultra-Efficient VW XL1: Now An Urban Legend, Debunked By Snopes
www.greencarreports.com
Ah, conspiracy theories and urban legends. They lure us in with the promise of dark plots and amazing events--even as our rational minds suggest they're likely not true. Now the ultra-efficient Volkswagen XL1 economy car, the highly aerodynamic two-s Read more ... eat diesel plug-in hybrid we drove last fall, has.…
1 month ago
Steven
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Search Engine
search.atomz.com
Search engine for the Urban Legends Reference Pages
1 month ago
Stacey Richie Diaz was this in my yard lmao
Timeline Photos
Be on the lookout for White Hickory Tussock Moth C
1 month ago
Pam
Timeline Photos
Be on the lookout for White Hickory Tussock Moth C
1 month ago
Techworx URBAN MYTH Claim: Participating in the Facebook "giraffe challenge" will infect your computer and give hackers access to your account. FALSE Example: [Collected via Facebook, October 2013] There's a riddle going around that goes like thi Read more ... s: I have had to change my profile picture to a giraffe. I tried to answer a riddle and got it wrong. Try the great giraffe challenge! The deal is I give you a riddle. You get it right you get to keep your profile pic. You get it wrong and you change your profile pic to a Giraffe for the next 3 days. MESSAGE ME ONLY SO YOU DON'T GIVE OUT THE ANSWER. Here is the riddle: 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, it's your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open? Remember... message me only. If you get it right I'll post your name here. If you get it wrong change your profile picture.... this is for you to copy and paste Now, there's another message that goes like this: **URGENT** GIRAFFE GAME NOTICE **URGENT** Whoah! Just found out that the Giraffe challenge was set up by the hacking group Anonymous. Apparently they're going to embark on a random "cleansing" program which will wipe out the bank accounts and hard drives of those people who have giraffe profile pics ... A few of my mates already had it happen, so gets to changing your pics back!!! lol Microsoft and google are working on it now, oct 25. We recommend Facebook users: DO NOT change your profile picture to giraffes. A virus that exploits the recently discovered JPEG vulnerability has been discovered spreading over google's giraffe pictures. "It's been done in the past, but with HTML code instead of the JPEG," said James Thompson, chief technical officer for SANS' Internet Storm Center, the organization's online-security research unit. "It is a virus, but it didn't spread very far. We've only had two reports of it." The Facebook message goes like this: "I just changed my profile picture to a giraffe, but my answer was wrong" When you do it, Facebook automatically gives the hackers your user mail and password, malicious code embedded in the JPEG image gives the hackers everything they need, James said. The code also installs a back door that can give hackers remote control over the infected computer. Antivirus expert Fred Hypponen of F-Secure warned on Wednesday that the JPEG exploit can also damage your Iphone if you charge it with your computer. By default, antivirus software only scans for .exe files. And even if users change the settings on antivirus software, the JPEG file name extensions can be manipulated to avoid detection. Origins: A message circulated via Facebook in October 2013 entreated users to take part in "The Great Giraffe Challenge." Participants in this challenge were supposed to take a shot at answering a posted riddle (like the one reproduced above) and message the poster with their guess at the correct response; participants who tried but came up incorrect answers were obliged by the rules of the challenge to change their Facebook profile pictures to photographs of giraffes for the next three days. This "challenge" was circulated in tandem with a warning that the game was simply a furtive way of luring users into compromising their Facebook accounts and computers by posting JPEG-based images of giraffes, images that harbored malicious code which could exploit a JPEG vulnerability to give hackers "your user mail and password" and allow them "remote control over your computer," as well as "damage your iPhone if you charge it with your computer." The giraffe game may be a genuine bit of fun, but the associated virus warning is nothing but bunk. There is no virus lurking in JPEG-based images of giraffes, and Facebook users who change their profile pictures to photographs or drawings of giraffes do not risk compromising their computers and Facebook accounts to hackers or damaging their iPhones. The quoted warning from the "chief technical officer for SANS' Internet Storm Center" is an outdated, nine-year-old one which addressed an issue that has long since been resolved and had nothing to do with Facebook. Back in 2004, a vulnerability was discovered that could enable programs used for viewing JPEG image files on Microsoft Windows-based computers to launch malicious code. Numerous warnings about the vulnerability were put out, and Microsoft issued a patch for the exploit in mid-September 2004. Only a rather old, unpatched Windows-based system would be vulnerable to that exploit today, and it would not be attached to any particular type or class of JPEG-based images (such as pictures of giraffes). Someone simply borrowed portions of a rather old computer security article to lend credence to a new hoax involving a "giraffe challenge." In short, the giraffe challenge may be silly, but it's relatively harmless, and taking part in it will not infect your computer or provide hackers with access to your accounts. And for those who still haven't found it, the answer to the quoted riddle ("It's 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors! It's your parents, and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?") is either "your eyes" or "the door." Last updated: 28 October 2013 Urban Legends Reference Pages © 1995-2014 by snopes.com. This material may not be reproduced without permission. snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com.
1 month ago
Brook STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Nearly 6 million people have stumbled across a somewhat surprising article that claims the drinking age is being raised. Drinking25.jpg A screenshot of a link that's quickly moved through Facebook. The story that says the d Read more ... rinking age will be 25 come August was written by the Sunday Times Daily and its link includes an ABC logo. "As of August 2, 2014 legal age to drink wil be 25. There has been controversy whether 21 is too young to make decisions. Alot of citizens state at that age they are not mentally responsible to drink. So the legislation at the White House has come to an agreement to have legal age changed to 25," reads the typo-riddled excerpt attached to the link. It's completely false. No such change is coming: The Sunday Times Daily is a mock news website that encourages users to write their own material. When folks click on the link to see the website (if they do at all), they'll be met with a message notifying them that they've been tricked -- as well as an image of Leonardo DiCaprio's Gatsby toasting a champagne glass. As of this writing, the story has been visited more than 5,800,000 times, the website says. The fake article has gained so much traction, the fact-checking, myth-busting, urban legend research website Snopes addressed the issue on June 17.
2 months ago
Kenny http://patriotaction.net/profiles/blog/show?id=2600775%3ABlogPost%3A6105377
Snopes NO MORE The Self-proclaimed Debunker Of Urban Legend has been debunked
patriotaction.net
By Gaylan King Wow...read this one! Then check out the suggested web sites!!! Many of the emails that I have sent or forwarded that had any anti-Obama info…
2 months ago
Zica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K4s0-do1dQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaAkRqo65rw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by8Tfl7__uI 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Walt Disney On the 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company, we prese Read more ... nt some little-known facts about its legendary founder Walt Disney smoking a cigarette. Italy, 1950s There may be no entertainment industry figure more influential than Disney’s eponymous founder. In his 65 years, Walt Disney succeeded in moving animation from a black-and-white novelty to a highly respected genre that would produce Oscar-worrthy feature films. More than a few of his creations — including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy — are instantly recognizable global icons. And the small animation house he founded on October 16, 1923 is now valued at more than $42 billion. Yet, despite his fame, Disney remains a relatively unknown figure. His story is overshadowed by his achievements, and, sometimes, by outright myth. In honor of The Walt Disney Company’s 90th anniversary, here are ten things you probably didn’t know about the man behind Mickey Mouse. 1. He dropped out of high school to join the army During the first World War, a 16-year-old Walt Disney left school and attempted to enlist in the army. He was rejected for being underage, but managed to find employment with the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. The organization sent Disney to France for a year, but by the time he arrived, the armistice agreement had already been signed. 2. Mickey Mouse’s original name was “Mortimer” Mickey Mouse is virtually synonymous with Disney’s company, but if the animator’s wife hadn’t intervened, he might have been represented by Mortimer Mouse instead. In the mouse’s first few shorts, he was referred to as Mortimer Mouse, but Lillian Disney managed to convince her husband that Mickey would be a more marketable name. Mortimer later became Mickey’s Brooklyn-accented rival (below), vying for Minnie Mouse’s affection. 3. He was the original voice behind Mickey Mouse While mostly known for his skills as an animator, director and producer (not to mention his business acumen), Disney also tried his hand at voice acting. From Mickey’s inception in 1928, all the way to 1947, the mouse’s voice was provided by Disney before being turned over to English voice actor Jimmy MacDonald. Disney loved the character so much that he returned to the studio in 1955 to voice Mickey Mouse shorts for his company’s television show The Mickey Mouse Club. 4. He was determined to produce a feature-length animated movie, even when everyone thought the idea was crazy When word got out that Disney planned to turn Snow White into a feature film, industry insiders were convinced his efforts would fail, calling the project “Disney’s Folly.” His detractors were almost correct. Disney did in fact run out of funding during Snow White‘s production, and was forced to show loan officers a rough cut of the movie before he could secure additional financing. Luckily for both Disney and his creditors, Snow White turned out to be a smashing success. The film earned over $8 million during it’s initial release — about $130 million today. 5. He could be the US government’s best friend Not only did a young Disney attempt to help America on the field of battle, but he also helped several federal agencies throughout his career with animation. He created training films for the US military, propaganda films urging Americans to pay their taxes, and multiple anti-Hitler shorts meant to boost US morale at home. Disney also helped the State Department improve relations with South America by making a 1941 goodwill tour (featuring a specially made movie entitled Saludos Amigos), and later aided NASA by developing documentaries about the space program. 6. He contributed to anti-communist hysteria After the second World War, many in the U.S. were gripped by an overwhelming fear of communist infiltration. Disney believed in the Red Menace, and in concert with other leading industry executives, formed the anti-communist Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals (MPA). In addition to serving as the MPA’s vice president, he testified in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee against several labor organizers, who he accused of motivating his animators to strike. Disney also accused the Screen Actors Guild of being a communist front, and claimed their 1941 strike was a socialist plot. 7. He came close to building a major ski resort After opening Disney Land in 1955, Walt set his sights on a ski resort in Mineral King Valley, near California’s Sequoia National Park. The plan was to build a vacation spot featuring six ski areas, all centered around a Swiss-style base village, with a total daily capacity of 20,000 skiers. The project came relatively close to development, with Disney winning approval from the Forest Service and forging a roads deal with the Governor of California. However, after Disney’s death in 1966, the company felt it could only handle one major project at a time. Wisely, they chose to complete Disney World instead. 8. He received more Academy Awards and nominations than any other person in history Between 1932 and 1969, Disney won 22 Academy Awards and was nominated 59 times. Included amongst this trove of Oscars are three awards created specifically for him — one for creating Mickey Mouse, another recognizing his contribution of music in the field of animation, and a specially made prize honoring Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that featured a traditional statuette, and seven miniature versions alongside of it. 9. His last words remain a mystery That is to say, no one knows what they were supposed to mean. Shortly before succumbing to lung cancer, Disney scribbled the words “Kurt Russell” on a piece of paper. According to Russell, best known for his performance in The Thing and Escape from New York, the reasons are mystery to him as well. At the time of Disney’s death, Russell was a child actor working for the studio and had yet to achieve widespread fame. 10. After his death, he was NOT cryogenically frozen One fact that everyone thinks they know about Walt Disney is that his body has been preserved through cryogenics. However, as Snopes long ago revealed, there is no truth to this urban legend. All available documentation states that Disney was cremated after death —and the first-ever cryogenic freezings took place a month after Disney passed on.
Mickey's Rival - Mickey Mouse in Living Color (1936)
Mickey's Rival is short from CD1 of Mickey mouse in living color. ALL CONTENTI IS OWNED BY:DISNEY ***********************************************************...
2 months ago
BlindLemming I thought I posted this before, but either it disappeared or my WiFi ate it for brunch. Here it is again, especially for Allen.
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
2 months ago
Laura Not true accoring to Snopes.
Timeline Photos
Spoof imitates urban legend: Police in New Jersey
2 months ago
Gerald i try not to make mistakes on posts but i did and admit it. i am never sorry for my rants but, if a post is not true i try to remedy that. i posted a story about flight 297 a few days ago a man claimed he was witness too but was lying. according to s Read more ... nopes. com he has been exaggerating an incident from an atlanta flight in 2009. snopes is a good sight for checking urban legends. if you shared that last post please share this correction. i will try to be more careful. opinions are good mistakes are not
2 months ago
Joseph I have chosen to hide the article about the restaurant that supposedly reviewed tapes from 2004 and compared them to today. There are no citations in the article and the source website is of curious provenance. While I haven't seen the article in Sno Read more ... pes, the article seems to fit the profile of an urban legend.
2 months ago
Beth
Timeline Photos
Check out these amazing photos of a tigress caring
2 months ago
Patrick Lemon Zinger Claim: Lemons can help ward off and cure cancer. MIXTURE OF TRUE AND FALSE INFORMATION Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2011] Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product that kills cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronge Read more ... r than chemotherapy. Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations? As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders. The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas ... The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells. Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Cause Street, Baltimore, MD1201 Variations: By May 2012, this preface about sprinkling frozen lemon rind on one's food had come to be added to the preceding item: Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste? Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods. Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky, wine.... the list is endless. All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore. Now that you've learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles. What's the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes? Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that's what you've been wasting. But from now on, by following this simple procedure of freezing the whole lemon, then grating it on top of your dishes, you can consume all of those nutrients and get even healthier. It's also good that lemon peels are health rejuvenators in eradicating toxic elements in the body. So place your washed lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer! That's the lemon secret! Better late than never, right? The surprising benefits of lemon! Origins: Although this item about the supposed cancer-curing properties of lemons was originally circulated with a tag line suggesting that it had been issued by Baltimore's Health Sciences Institute (a subsidiary of Newmarket Health, which is located at 819 N. Charles Street in Baltimore), that agency has denied any connection to this piece. It is true in a general sense that lemons (and citrus fruits in general) provide a number of useful nutritional and health benefits, as described in the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods: The fruit juice contains mainly sugars and fruit acids, which are made mainly of citric acid. Lemon peel consists of two layers: the outermost layer ("zest"), which contains essential oils (6 percent) that are composed mostly of limonene (90 percent) and citral (5 percent), plus a small amount of cintronellal, alphaterpineol, linayl, and geranyl acetate. The inner layer contains no essential oil but instead houses a variety of bitter flavone glycosides and coumarin derivatives. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C. In addition, they are a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids, and the important phytochemical limonene. A 3½-ounce (100 gram) serving is about 2 medium lemons and provides 29 calories, 1.1 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of fat, and 9.3 grams of carbohydrate, with 2.8 grams of fiber and 2.5 grams of natural sugars. The phytochemical limonene, which is extracted from lemons, is currently being used in clinical trials to dissolve gallstones and is showing extremely promising anticancer activities. Several academic papers published in the last decade have also suggested that lemons, as well as other citrus fruits, might possess some substantial anti-cancer properties. For example, a 2002 report on the medicinal use of citrus issued by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences noted that: Recent research has focused on the biological activity of compounds found in citrus species, including compounds called flavanoids, carotenoids and limonoids, especially in terms of their effects on citrus palatability and anti-cancer activity. Citrus flavonoids have potential antioxidant (prevents aging), anti-cancer, antiviral, anti-inflammatory activities, effects on capillarity, and cholesterol-lowering ability. The principal carotenoids in pink grapefruit are lycopene and beta-carotene. Lycopene-containing fruits and vegetables have been shown to contribute to a significant reduction in prostate and mammary cancer risk. Recent studies have further shown that limonoids inhibit the development of cancer in laboratory animals and in human breast cancer cells as well as reducing cholesterol. Researchers have also suggested that, if ingested, limonoids may not be absorbed in the large intestine, and therefore could be distributed throughout the body, with beneficial effects. Likewise, a 2000 paper from University of California Davis on "The Potential of Citrus Limonoids as Anticancer Agents" observed that: Vitamin C and flavonoids are antioxidants, substances that neutralize active oxygen species which can damage body cells and contribute to chronic diseases including cancer. Carotenoids, colored pigments in fruits and vegetables such as beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein, also provide some antioxidant protection, but have other beneficial actions involving cell growth and vision. Folate is a B vitamin that is needed for the synthesis of DNA, and therefore is important for the integrity of genetic material in cells and the healthy growth of tissues. Recent information indicates that mild folate deficiency alters the structure of DNA in a way that may decrease the expression of tumor suppressor proteins. A survey of food folate sources showed that orange juice is the largest contributor to the food folate intake in the U.S. population. Recent research suggests that U.S. consumers may be getting another health benefit from orange juice and other citrus products — phytochemicals called limonoids — which appear to possess substantial anticancer activity. And a 2004 ScienceDaily article reported on similar research from Texas A&M University's Kingsville Citrus Center: Research by Texas Agriculture Experiment Station scientists has shown that citrus compounds called limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells in the lab. They now hope to learn the reasons for the stop-action behavior and eventually try the citrus concoction in humans. Neuroblastomas account for about 10 percent of all cancer in children, Harris said, and is usually a solid tumor in the neck, chest, spinal cord or adrenal gland. The finding in citrus is promising not only for its potential to arrest cancer, but because limonoids induce no side affects, according to Dr. Ed Harris, Experiment Station biochemist who collaborated on the study with Dr. Bhimu Patil, a plant physiologist at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco. "Limonoids are naturally occurring compounds," Harris said. "Unlike other anti-cancer drugs that are toxic, limonoids apparently do not hurt a person. That's the beautiful potential." Patil calls citrus fruit "a vast reservoir of anti-carcinogens." As a plant physiologist, he has succeeded in isolating and purifying a number of limonoids from citrus so that the biochemists could evaluate and compare their anti-cancer abilities at the molecular level. "Limonoids are unique to citrus," Patil said. "They are not present in any other fruits or vegetables. My goal is to find the direct benefits of citrus on human health." However, the best that can be said at this point is that citrus fruits may potentially harbor anti-cancer properties that could help ward off cancer. No reputable scientific or medical studies have reported that lemons have definitively been found to be a "proven remedy against cancers of all types," nor has any of the (conveniently unnamed) "world's largest drug manufacturers" reported discovering that lemons are "10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy" and that their ingestion can "destroy malignant [cancer] cells." All of those claims are hyperbole and exaggeration not supported by facts. Last updated: 17 June 2014 Urban Legends Reference Pages © 1995-2014 by snopes.com. This material may not be reproduced without permission. snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com. Sources: Carper, Jean. The Food Pharmacy. New York: Bantam Books, 1988. ISBN 0-5533-4524-9 (p. 222-223). Ferguson, J.J. and Timothy M. Spann. "Medicinal Use of Citrus." University of Florida. October 2002. Jacob, Robert, et al. "The Potential of Citrus Limonoids as Anticancer Agents." Perishables Handling Quarterly. May 2000. Murray, Michael. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York: Atria Books, 2005. ISBN 0-7434-8052-X (pp. 286-287). ScienceDaily. "Citrus Shows Promise for Certain Childhood Cancer." 1 December 2004. Read more at http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/lemons.asp#djA8AiYeA14Yjbsb.99
snopes.com: Lemons Cure Cancer
www.snopes.com
Can lemons help ward off and cure cancer?
2 months ago
Bob POPPING THOSE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN AIR HEAD'S BUBBLES..IS TOO EASY. BUT OF COURSE THEY CAN'T OR WON'T READ. THEY JUST KEEP POSTING OLD, RIGHT WING, FABRICATED, ALTERED, AND EVEN OUTRIGHT LIES. AND THEN ANOTHER POST RIGHT NEXT TO THE FALSE ONE Read more ... WILL BE A HEAVENLY PRAYER ASKING GOD TO STRIGHTEN OUT OBAMA. Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients Claim: Various states have passed laws requiring that public assistance recipients pass a drug testing program. MIXTURE Examples: [Collected via e-mail, January 2011] I've regularly seen this post today on Facebook: "Kentucky just passed a great law. To be eligible for food stamps, medicaid, or cash assistance for your children or yourself, you have to pass a DRUG test. Now every other state should do the same! If you agree re-post." Is there any truth to this? [Collected via e-mail, August 2011] One down......49 to go!!! Florida is the first state as of June 1, 2011- Hooray for Florida! Florida is the first state that is now going to require drug testing for welfare! Some people are crying this is unconstitutional. How is this unconstitutional? It's completely legal that every other working person had to pass a drug test in order to have a J-O-B that supports those on welfare? Forward if you agree!! Let's get Welfare back to the ones who NEED it, not those that WON'T get a JOB.....I AGREE!!! Pass it on if you agree!!!! Origins: On 7 January 2011, HB208 was introduced to the Kentucky state legislature's House of Representatives. That bill sought to modify existing state rules to require that adults who receive public assistance participate in (and pass) a substance abuse screening program once a year: (10) (a) The cabinet shall design and implement a substance abuse screening program for adult persons receiving or seeking to receive monetary public assistance, food stamps under the federal food stamp program, or assistance under the state medical assistance program, with the screening program including periodic testing of the person's blood or urine for the presence of controlled substances as set out in this section. (b) An adult person shall be ineligible for public assistance if: 1. The person does not participate in the substance abuse screening program established under this section; or 2. The person tests positive in a substance abuse test administered by the program for the presence of: a. A schedule I controlled substance; or b. A schedule II - V controlled substance not prescribed for that person. (c) The substance abuse testing component of the screening program shall be designed so as to require that testing occurs as an initial condition precedent prior to the receipt of public assistance and once for each subsequent year the adult person receives public assistance, with the person being randomly assigned a month within that year to submit to testing upon receipt of reasonable notice from the cabinet. (d) The results of testing conducted under this subsection shall not be admissible in any criminal proceeding without the consent of the person tested. However, contrary to what was stated in the Facebook-circulated example cited above, it is false to say that Kentucky "passed" such a law. The bill was merely a proposal which was introduced to one house of the state legislature and was not brought to a vote. According to the [Louisville] Courier-Journal: The [bill's] sponsor, Lancaster Republican Lonnie Napier, said in an interview that he plans to amend the bill to allow those who fail the drug tests to continue receiving assistance if they agree to undergo state-paid substance abuse treatment. If they refuse treatment, they would lose the assistance, he said. Napier said the goal "is to get people off drugs." "I'm not a hard-hearted guy," he said. "I believe there is a need for public assistance for those who need it, but I understand some are using these funds to buy drugs." In July 2011, the state of Florida enacted a law requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening: Saying it is "unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction," Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening. "It's the right thing for taxpayers," Scott said after signing the measure. "It's the right thing for citizens of this state that need public assistance. We don't want to waste tax dollars. And also, we want to give people an incentive to not use drugs." Under the law, which takes effect on July 1, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services will be required to conduct the drug tests on adults applying to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The aid recipients would be responsible for the cost of the screening, which they would recoup in their assistance if they qualify. Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children. Enforcement of the Florida law was temporarily halted in October 2011 through a temporary injunction issued by a federal judge after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of a Florida resident who was denied benefits when he refused to take a drug test, arguing that mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients without probable cause violated the constitutional prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures: A federal judge in Orlando temporarily blocked Florida's controversial law requiring welfare applicants be drug tested in order to receive benefits. Judge Mary Scriven issued a temporary injunction against the state, writing in a 37-page order that the law could violate the Constitution's Fourth Amendment ban on illegal search and seizure. In her order, Scriven issued a scathing assessment of the state's argument in favor of the drug tests, saying the state failed to prove "special needs" as to why it should conduct such searches without probable cause or reasonable suspicion, as the law requires. "If invoking an interest in preventing public funds from potentially being used to fund drug use were the only requirement to establish a special need," Scriven wrote, "the state could impose drug testing as an eligibility requirement for every beneficiary of every government program. Such blanket intrusions cannot be countenanced under the Fourth Amendment." In December 2013, a U.S. District Judge upheld that ruling and struck down the Florida drug testing law: A U.S. judge has struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches. The testing fee of $25 to $45 was to be repaid by the state if the test came back negative, but applicants who tested positive would have been barred from receiving benefits for a year. U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven permanently halted enforcement of the law in her ruling. She agreed with an earlier court finding that "there is nothing inherent in the condition of being impoverished that supports the conclusion that there is a concrete danger that impoverished individuals are prone to drug use ..." During the time the law was in effect, about 2.6 percent of recipients tested positive for illegal drugs, mostly for marijuana, according to the court documents. The failure rate was well below that of the general population. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found in a 2009 survey that about ,8.7 percent, of the population aged 12 or older had used illicit drugs in the previous month. Generally, the courts have allowed suspicionless drug testing only when public safety is at risk, such as for armed officers or railroad workers who operate heavy equipment. In July 2011, Missouri governor Jay Nixon signed off on a similar drug screening bill in that state: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation requiring drug screens for some individuals receiving or applying for certain welfare benefits. Officials will administer drug tests when they have reasonable cause to believe an applicant or recipient is using illegal drugs. Under the bill, welfare recipients would lose their benefits for three years if they fail a urine test that screens for narcotics. But the measure would allow them to receive benefits if they complete a drug treatment program and do not test positive again. In 1999 the state of Michigan implemented a program requiring random drug testing for welfare recipients, but that program was halted after a federal court ruled that it violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. In May 2012, Oklahoma passed a law requiring welfare applicants to be screened for possible drug use and drug tested upon suspicion they are using. They would be denied benefits if they test positive. Last updated: 2 January 2014 Urban Legends Reference Pages © 1995-2014 by snopes.com. This material may not be reproduced without permission. snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com. Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/welfare.asp#6LUGL90T64m5pOls.99
snopes.com: Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients
www.snopes.com
Various states require that public assistance recipients pass a drug test?
2 months ago
Gwen The story that says the drinking age will be 25 come August was written by the Sunday Times Daily and its link includes an ABC logo. "As of August 2, 2014 legal age to drink wil be 25. There has been controversy whether 21 is too young to make decis Read more ... ions. Alot of citizens state at that age they are not mentally responsible to drink. So the legislation at the White House has come to an agreement to have legal age changed to 25," reads the typo-riddled excerpt attached to the link. It's completely false. No such change is coming: The Sunday Times Daily is a mock news website that encourages users to write their own material. When folks click on the link to see the website (if they do at all), they'll be met with a message notifying them that they've been tricked -- as well as an image of Leonardo DiCaprio's Gatsby toasting a champagne glass. As of this writing, the story has been visited more than 5,800,000 times, the website says. The fake article has gained so much traction, the fact-checking, myth-busting, urban legend research website Snopes addressed the issue on June 17 . So, for all those people under 25 and close to turning 21, relax.
3 months ago
John
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Michael
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Search Engine
search.atomz.com
Search engine for the Urban Legends Reference Pages
3 months ago
Jean
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Robert http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-squires/snopes-reveals-rep-michel_b_5545956.html
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Charvonne Varian a giggle for you.
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Jim
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Anne Too good to be true
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
m.huffpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Marci I feel so much better now!
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Andrew http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-squires/snopes-reveals-rep-michel_b_5545956.html
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Alvin
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Stacy Still soaking the information on this one in before I comment fully, but I assure you, I will be snopesing myself next, I can only post one post at a time.
Snopes Reveals Rep. Michele Bachmann to Be Urban Legend
www.huffingtonpost.com
While many of us assumed and understood this fabricated Minnesota politician to be a joke, it seems large swathes of the population truly believed "Michele Bachmann" to be a bona fide person....
3 months ago
Peggy STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Nearly 6 million people have stumbled across a somewhat surprising article that claims the drinking age is being raised. Drinking25.jpg A screenshot of a link that's quickly moved through Facebook. The story that says the d Read more ... rinking age will be 25 come August was written by the Sunday Times Daily and its link includes an ABC logo. "As of August 2, 2014 legal age to drink wil be 25. There has been controversy whether 21 is too young to make decisions. Alot of citizens state at that age they are not mentally responsible to drink. So the legislation at the White House has come to an agreement to have legal age changed to 25," reads the typo-riddled excerpt attached to the link. It's completely false. No such change is coming: The Sunday Times Daily is a mock news website that encourages users to write their own material. When folks click on the link to see the website (if they do at all), they'll be met with a message notifying them that they've been tricked -- as well as an image of Leonardo DiCaprio's Gatsby toasting a champagne glass. As of this writing, the story has been visited more than 5,800,000 times, the website says. The fake article has gained so much traction, the fact-checking, myth-busting, urban legend research website Snopes addressed the issue on June 17.
3 months ago
Linda The story that says the drinking age will be 25 come August was written by the Sunday Times Daily and its link includes an ABC logo. "As of August 2, 2014 legal age to drink wil be 25. There has been controversy whether 21 is too young to make decis Read more ... ions. Alot of citizens state at that age they are not mentally responsible to drink. So the legislation at the White House has come to an agreement to have legal age changed to 25," reads the typo-riddled excerpt attached to the link. It's completely false. No such change is coming: The Sunday Times Daily is a mock news website that encourages users to write their own material. When folks click on the link to see the website (if they do at all), they'll be met with a message notifying them that they've been tricked -- as well as an image of Leonardo DiCaprio's Gatsby toasting a champagne glass. As of this writing, the story has been visited more than 5,800,000 times, the website says. The fake article has gained so much traction, the fact-checking, myth-busting, urban legend research website Snopes addressed the issue on June 17. So, for all those people under 25 and close to turning 21, relax.
3 months ago
Jay I searched for this on "snopes" and "facebook urban legends" and found it no where. So maybe its true. I've always wanted to cruise on Disney's ship at least once. :-)
Timeline Photos
Great news Disney fans! We're giving you and 50 ot
3 months ago
Cowabunga! Tuesday Tip! If you ever get email from a bank or airline or FEDEX or anything and not too sure what it is, then go ahead and go to www.snopes.com and see if it is true or not. Chances are it is a PHISHING scam and just wanting to download anything Read more ... . So the next time you get the email that says you won a million bucks, or a phone call saying Aunty Jeanny died, snope it out!
snopes.com: Urban Legends Reference Pages
www.snopes.com
The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation
3 months ago
Previous page >>