Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:19 PM
OmahaBlueDog (10,000 posts)
How to be an annoying killjoy: Respond with this link on Facebook and to e-mail forwards
Amazing, isn't it, how often we find that famous people never said some of the clever, funny or horrid things attributed to them?
Al Gore vs. Christianity
Alleged quotation from a book written by Al Gore derides Christians as "a blight on the environment."
Albert Einstein Proves the Existence of God]In this emailed anecdote by an unknown author, a university student named Albert Einstein humiliates his atheist professor by proving that God exists.
Andy Rooney on Prayer]Viral op-ed piece attributed to Andy Rooney defends Christian prayers at public events: 'I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.'
Barack Obama: 'I've Visited 57 States']Partly true: Forwarded email quotes a campaign-weary Barack Obama saying he has campaigned (or plans to campaign) in 'all 57 states.' Lo and behold, allegedly, it turns out there are 57 Islamic states.
It's a thankless task to call BS on your friends and family, but after a while you can only take so many obviously bogus e-mails or Facebook posts.
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How to be an annoying killjoy: Respond with this link on Facebook and to e-mail forwards (Original post)
Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)
Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:25 PM
mercuryblues (2,924 posts)
1. I like
to respond to those quotes with:
Don't believe everything you read on the internet - Abe Lincoln
I came, I saw, I tweeted - Julius Ceaser
Response to mercuryblues (Reply #1)
Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:43 PM
OmahaBlueDog (10,000 posts)
6. It used to be e-mail forwards; now it's Facebook.
I've had this b.s. pop up in my Facebook news feed multiple times recently.
Bill Gates recently gave a Commencement speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality a...nd how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.
Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes; learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.
If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this - Thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English - Thank a soldier!!
Here is some debunking: http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_bill_gates_speech.htm
As frequently happens when texts are repeatedly copied and shared over time, something written by one person has come to be attributed to another. In this case, the displaced text is a pared-down version of an op-ed piece by education reformer Charles J. Sykes, best known as the author of Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, but Can't Read, Write, or Add. The op-ed was originally published in the San Diego Union-Tribune in September 1996. It began making the email rounds under Bill Gates' name in February 2000, and has continued to do so ever since.