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Claim: The Make-a-Wish Foundation will donate 7¢ per
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The name used in this particular version of the leg-pull is also not unfamiliar to us — Brian Warner is the real name of shock rocker Marilyn Manson. Manson is featured in three rumors we've written about in depth on snopes.com and one we've only lightly touched on: the belief that prior to his music career he played the geeky sidekick on television's The Wonder Years, that as part of his stage show he would slaughter puppies then throw their carcasses into the audience or demand his audience kill the pooches for him, that his church's youth group's having shunned him was the impetus behind his particular brand of music, and that he had a rib removed to facilitate self gratification of an oral nature.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation does not in any way assist in procuring medical treatment for sick children. They do work to grant the wishes of youngsters with life-threatening medical conditions, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation is about "enriching the human experience with hope, strength, and joy" by helping to create special days for desperately ill children, not about collecting donations to pay for medical care.
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