Snopes Round Up: Panic PINs and More

Here’s a roundup of some relevant Comsumer-type urban legends from Snopes’s Hottest Urban Legends Page:

ATM Reverse PIN Panic Code
Lead in Lipstick
Applebee’s Gift Certificates
Various Target Myths
Uses for WD-40

And some new ones:

New Mercedes
Most Valuable Brand Names

Oh, Internet. —MEGHANN MARCO

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  1. alicetheowl says:

    Most of Snopes’ articles can be summed up as: If it can’t be irrefutably proven with the information provided, it’s most likely a myth. “Friend of a friend” is an unlikely source. And e-mail forwards and petitions are useless.

    Still, some pretty interesting and useful articles on there.

  2. Papa K says:

    It’s funny, my father-in-law sends me so much stuff that I can reply from snopes, and his comment is always how “…snopes is so liberally biased.”

  3. Trai_Dep says:

    Facts are Liberally biased…

  4. Sudonum says:

    Papa K, I also have a conservative friend who was constantly sending me things and expressing outrage at “those damed liberals” I would merely send him the Snopes link back. Now he sends me items and asks things like “Is this true?

  5. Mr. Gunn says:

    “…snopes is so liberally biased.”

    O RLY?

  6. Antediluvian says:

    I finally got my father to start checking Snopes and Google before forwarding me crap. Mostly works, too.

    I’ve always wanted an emergency PIN option like those of some alarm systems — simply increment the last digit of your PIN by one (1234–>1235, 6789–>6780). WAAAAAY easier to remember than reverse PIN.

    Even if the police don’t show up, it could do something give you $50 max and print an error message on the receipt / screen to show the muggers.

    I should patent it!