These past several days I spent more time researching Snopes and Urban Legends verifying many information some of my Facebook friends share. Except for one, all of them were hoaxes. And yet, they keep on appearing on my News Feed as few other friends share the same.
Here are some of them:
The Money Bags
Their claim: This year March has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So, share this to your friends and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese “Feng Shui”. The one who does not share… will be without money.
The fact: This is a variation of Saturday/Sunday/Monday Money Bags. I only have to wait 17 months and not 823 years. And they happen more often. I guess I’ll be forever broke.
See who visited your profile!
Their claim: Facebook is required to show us who have been viewing our profile.
The fact: There has never been any program or an app EVER that can trace our profile visitors. This is one thing Facebook does not provide.
An Eggcellent Solution
Their claim: First Aid (of burn) consists of first spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin. Then, spread the egg whites onto the affected area.
The fact: This is not true and can be dangerous. Spraying a severely burned area with cold water can bring damage. The egg white, though may not actually treat the burn, can only serve as a barrier to keep the wound from being contaminated.
Their claim: Beware when wearing contact lenses while barbecuing as the extreme heat can melt them and cause them to be fused in the eyes resulting to blindness.
The fact: Not true. Our eyes can never run out of moist when barbecuing.
Share and I’ll give you money!
Their claim: Bill Gates or another alleged lotto millionaire will give money if you share.
The fact: They’re just collecting your information for marketing or spamming purposes. Definitely not true.
Other posts that must not be shared:
- Those that require you to comment to see what’s going to happen to the picture.
- Children, dogs or sick people holding a sign that reads “If I get 10K likes, my daddy will buy me doll” or “If I get 1 million likes, I will get a heart transplant” or “Share and Facebook will donate 10 cents per share to Africa.”
- Inspirational quotes or photos that ask you to “Share” if you love God or ignore if you love Satan.
- Pictures of beaten up, dying kids, kids will chronic diseases, a corpse on a sidewalk. You get the idea.
- Facebook is going to charge a monthly fee if you don’t share.
- “Hackers have entered the Facebook. If you see my name posting weird stuff, please disregard.”
- Posting a notice on your Facebook timeline to protect your copyright and privacy rights.