Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: For every copy of the "Solidaridad Con Brian"
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1998]
Origins: This is yet another of the umpteen variations on a basic
As usual, this one carries the same implausibilities as similar messages: Why would ISPs make a donation of money contingent upon the number of people forwarding a message? They derive no benefit from a message's being forwarded all over the world, nor do they have any way of tracking how many people it's been forwarded to (especially people using other ISPs).
The worst part of this message, however, is its monumental sadism, something completely overlooked by most people who pass it along. Look at what this message is saying:
"Brian, we know you need a heart transplant to live, and we have enough money to fund that transplant. However, we're only going to give you the money if
What is this, a new genre of "reality philanthropy"? We'll give you what you need out of the goodness of our hearts, but you gotta earn it 'cause we want to see you sweat first? Heck, it's not Brian who needs a new heart; it's his alleged benefactors who do.
Last updated: 27 March 2005
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