Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
A girl and guy were speeding over 100 mph on the road on a motorcycle...
Girl: Slow down. Im scared.
Guy: No this is fun.
Girl: No its not. Please, its too scary!
Guy: Then tell me you love me.
Girl: Fine, I love you. Slow down!
Guy: Now give me a BIG hug.
-:- Girl hugs him -:-
Guy: Can you take my helmet off & put it on yourself? Its bugging me.
(In the paper the next day): A motorcycle had crashed into a building because of brake failure. Two people were on it, but only one survived.
The truth was that halfway down the road, the guy realized that his brakes broke, but he didn't want to let the girl know. Instead, he had her say she loved him & felt her hug one last time, then had her wear his helmet so that she would live even though it meant that he would die.
Origins: This tearjerking tale of teen love and traffic tragedy began appearing in our inbox in February 2005. Often titled "What is Love?" or "The Meaning of True Love," it remains unattributed at this point, its author unknown to
The story appears to be a work of fiction in that we've been unable to find any news stories of such an accident. (Mind you, the lack of details such as the names of the people involved, the approximate date of the accident and so much as a rough idea of which city or even country it happened in make searching for information akin to looking for a needle in a haystack.)
Numerous folks who know far more about motorcycles than we do have pointed out that most (if not all) bikes have two braking systems which are independent of one another, so it would hardly be likely for both to fail at the same time. Even if they did, a motorbike that has lost its brakes can be brought to a stop through downshifting (gearing down) or even through turning off the engine (although the fact that a brakeless bike traveling at high speeds can be safely halted doesn't necessarily rule out this account, because panic could cause the driver to think he had no other option but to crash into something).
As the narrative has passed from one person to another, it has picked up a coda that has since become part of what now gets forwarded:
Love is not being happy
it is to make happy to whom you love
even if you are unhappy with it."
So take five minutes out of your time to tell someone you love them because you really never know if this is the last day of your life.... Hope everyone realises and feels what true love is....
Barbara "while he might have been my husband of twenty years and have stood faithfully by my side throughout all the ups and downs of it, on the morning that he got hit by a bus he didn't say he loved me as he left, so who can know?" Mikkelson
|2003 Motorcycle Helmet Safety Fact Sheet