Claim: Terrorists are planning to launch attacks from
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Everyone knows the terrorists are around and planning something big. What the FBI and CIA won’t tell us is that there is a MAJOR conspiracy afoot which could affect us all here in the USA, THIS WEEK!
Everyone knows the 7-Eleven convenience store chain. They are EVERYWHERE, in every city and small town in the USA. In large metropolitan areas, they are sometimes only a few blocks apart. Anyone who has shopped in a
On July 11th (7/11), every single
You are urged to boycott all
Please pass this email on to any and every person you know, you may just save a life or two.
Origins: At times you have to wonder if people really believe the rumors they spread. This is one of
The e-mailed warning quoted above is the work of yet another prankster. It attempts to cash in on two prevalent themes in the rumors of the day: that terrorists will tip us to their plans, and acts of terrorism will take place on “significant” days.
The key to a successful terrorist attack is secrecy. Terrorists do not go around spewing information about whom they intend to attack or when or how; to do so would be to put at risk the achievement of their goals. These people have dedicated their lives to the destruction of others; they are not about to leak specific information about their plans, as much as we would wish they would.
And wish for this we do, as evidenced by the number of rumors of this sort. October 2001 saw a tale sweep the country in which a disappeared Afghani boyfriend warned his gal not to be anywhere near any mall on Halloween. Since
Each of those rumors (plus a number of others we didn’t list) are underpinned by this
Likewise, the notion that terrorists will strike on dates we deem significant is also hopeful thinking. Were that the case, keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe would become no more than a matter of staying home on “high risk” days. As initially appalling as that thought is, on a deeper level it’s quite a comforting one in that it gives us a sense of having some way to protect ourselves. Thus, we tremble in fear over the potential for a terrorist attack on the 4th of July but feel awash in a sense of “Whew! Dodged that bullet!” on the 5th, yet the 5th is just as likely the date circled in red on
The idea that sleepers planted in
We’re not even going to touch upon the idea that all
[I]n fact, the parent company of the franchise
Actually, in 2002 a Japanese company, Ito-Yokado Co., owned
It’s also ridiculous to believe that a corporate entity’s ties to Osama bin Laden would be so well known that you’d be hearing about them through an
7-Eleven traces its roots to June 1927 when the Southland Ice Co. was formed to supply ice for storing and shipping food during the hot Texas summers. The
In 2002 it celebrated its 75th birthday and in that year its total sales approached
Believing the rumor about terrorist attacks launched from
Barbara “minding Slurpees and queues” Mikkelson
Last updated: 15 October 2008
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