Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: A billionaire has promised 5¢
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
Origins: This plea to help a premature baby in Albany,
Before you give in to the temptation to ask all of your friends to help, think about this: Why would a billionaire committed to aiding the family of an injured child make the degree of his participation contingent upon the number of
The idea that an anonymous benefactor would be kind enough to want to underwrite the cost of a child's care yet heartless enough to insist upon making the amount of such help dependent on something as frivolous as Internet participation seems absurd. If there really were such a person, why wouldn't he just write a check for whatever amount the family needed?
Another question to ask yourself: how would the billionaire know how many
Jada Cohen, the child mentioned in this
Barbara "jaded about jada" Mikkelson
Last updated: 27 March 2005
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