Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: A woman leaves a graphic description of her previous night's wild date on a friend's answering machine. The friend forwards the message to another friend, and within days it is being chain-forwarded by thousands of people to voice mail systems all over town.
Origins: The real thing, or a carefully crafted hoax? That was the question on everyone's lips in May of 1995 as The Message began making the rounds of New York office voice mail systems and started fanning out across the country. (A front-page story about The Message in the
An enthralled public fastened onto the few contextual clues within The Message: It was left for a lawyer named Steven (or Stephen); Steven had a girlfriend named Mindy; and the caller (and presumably Steven as well) was in
Last updated: 12 July 2007
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