Whenever I get one of those cockamamie stories from family or friends — you know the ones, about how sending someone your bottle caps will save cancer patients, or that Congress is working on a bill to tax email — I reply with a pointer to snopes.com. Snopes is everyone’s favourite myth-debunking site.
And it’s good to have an easy response to these silly messages. Of course, they all tell you to “forward this to everyone you know,” and it’s so much nicer to pop off a reply to the sender with a link to Snopes, in the hope that at least that friend will (1) stop sending these things out, or (2) remove you from his address book, muttering a few unkind epithets along the way.
So I was particularly amused by this xkcd cartoon, poking fun at Snopes (click for full-sized version on xkcd.com):
One of the most persistent of the debunked myths is the $250 cookie recipe. Bogus story, but the recipe makes some good cookies.