The writer says, “Please. For the love of humanity. Just stop. Or at the very least, please stop sending them to me.”
He goes on to list some of them that irritate him:
1. Your cell phone is extremely unlikely to blow up your gas tank. [this may have had some validity in the early years of cell phones but static sparks from sliding out of your car seat at a gas station was always a much greater risk].
2. Starbucks (or Target, or insert name of retailer here) does not hate veterans.
3. A dying 7-year-old girl did not write a moving poem that will raise money for cancer.
4. The United States is not merging with Canada and Mexico in 2010.
5. There is no "Life is Beautiful" computer virus.
The writer goes on to explain how e-mail claims can be checked:
Type the words "Internet hoax" into an Internet search.
You'll find several sites that specialize in tracking down the truth or falsity of rumors. His favorite is snopes.com.
In turn, those sites usually have their own search function. (Don't be fooled, by the way, by e-mails that claim to have been "checked out." Do it yourself anyway.)