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Bad Advice Messages - Misleading Recommendations

Can a Positive Home Pregnancy Test Indicate Testicular Cancer?

Circulating message claims that if a man takes a pregnancy test and gets a positive result, it means he most likely has testicular cancer.

Published: December 18, 2013



Inaccurate 'Now Hiring' Toll Free Phone Number Message Still Circulating

Message circulating via social media claims that Fed Ex, Home Depot, UPS, Verizon, and Staples are hiring staff. The message lists toll-free phone numbers for the companies and asks that users share the information to help job seekers.

Published: October 24, 2013



Gas Saving Tips Are They Really Saving You Anything?

An email forward that started in 2007 has made the jump to Facebook, added a new bit, and is still as wrong as it ever was.

Published: July 15, 2013



Does Drinking Water at Certain Times Of The Day Maximize Its Health Benefits?

Message purporting to be from a cardiac specialist claims that drinking water at specified times of the day can help activate organs, aid digestion, lower blood pressure and stop people from suffering strokes or heart attacks.

Published: May 18, 2013



Spurious First Aid Advice - Flour For Treatment of Burns

Widely circulated message recommends covering burns with plain flour as a first aid treatment and claims that the "miraculous" remedy will stop the burn from blistering.

Published: January 23, 2013



Circulating Post Recommends Wasp Spray As A Substitute for Pepper Spray

For several years, an email or social media post circulates recommending that women use wasp and hornet spray as a substitute for pepper spray. This is typically based on the claim that wasp spray is cheaper and just as debilitating as pepper spray. Neither of those claims is always true, aside from the fact that using wasp spray as a self-defense tool may subject you to legal penalties.

Published: January 22, 2013



Dangerous Hoax - 'A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim'

Circulating health "tip" claims that pricking the fingers and earlobes of a stroke victim with a needle to release blood can save the victim's life and lead to a full and rapid recovery.

Published: November 6, 2012



Post Circulating Rekindles a 1990s Anti-Margarine Email

In the late 1990s, an email was circulated extolling the virtues of butter v. the sins of margarine. Aside from the more preposterous claims (it killed the turkeys it was invented to feed), it was largely based on health effects of the products based on margarine being high in trans fatty acids. At the time of the original email, trans fatty acids were just beginning to attract attention, and since then many countries have enforced product labeling laws to advise consumers of products that are high in trans fats. Many of the claims made are true as they relate to margarines that contain trans fats, but reformulations in the past 6 years have seen a number of margarine products that contain no trans fats.

Published: October 24, 2012



Misleading Health Advice Email - 'Mayo Clinic on Aspirin and Heart Attacks'

Message claiming to be from the Mayo Clinic offers health advice related to the use of aspirin for preventing heart attacks.

Published: August 9, 2012



Spurious First Aid Advice Message - Eggs For Treatment of Burns

Message claiming to be from the Mayo Clinic offers health advice related to the use of aspirin for preventing heart attacks.

Published: August 9, 2012



False - Send Christmas Cards for Recovering Soldiers to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Circulating messages claims that people can send Christmas cards to recovering soldiers in the UK via the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Published: November 17, 2011



Christmas Cards for Recovering American Soldiers

Message claims that people can send Christmas greetings to wounded soldiers by addressing cards to "A Recovering American soldier" care of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Updated: Novembver 12, 2011



Inaccurate Message Claims That Missing Joplin Tornado Kids at Children's Mercy, KC

Message circulating via social media claims that Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City is currently housing children missing from the Joplin Tornado and advises tornado victims looking for their kids to contact the hospital.y

Published: May 26, 2011



Facebook Non Secure Browsing Warning

Message warns that Facebook has automatically set itself to the non-secure browsing setting and advises uses that they can get "hacked" if they see "http:" instead of "https:" in the address of their Facebook page. The message explains how to set Facebook to secure browsing.

Published: April 13, 2011



Inaccurate Warnings Claim ALL 'bit.ly' Links Are Suspect and Should not be Clicked

Various messages circulating on Facebook advise users to never click on bit.ly links because they all point to viruses, rogue applications or malicious websites. Some of the warnings suggest that the inclusion of a "bit.ly" link from a friend is an indication that the friend has been "hacked".

Published: 11 April, 2011



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