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snopes 27 December 2006 08:17 AM

Dept. of Wishful Thinking
 
Comment: my husband is currently serving time in a california prison and
rumour has it that in place of a us postal stamp in the upper right hand
corner you print the name frank and then mail it and it should go through?
any fact or is this just fiction thank you

snopes 29 December 2006 08:13 AM

Dept. of Wishful Thinking
 
Comment: I've heard word about a tribe from somewhere in Asia that uses a
special potion which makes their breasts enormous, like big enough to use
dollies to move them around. But I have a suspicion that it's all just a
hoax. Could you look into this for me?

TrishDaDish 29 December 2006 11:42 PM

Giving new meaning to the term "Over the shoulder boulder holder".

Ieuan ab Arthur 30 December 2006 07:01 PM

Hi All:

Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 1640)
Comment: I've heard word about a tribe from somewhere in Asia that uses a special potion which makes their breasts enormous, like big enough to use dollies to move them around. But I have a suspicion that it's all just a hoax. Could you look into this for me?

Hey, Fred, would you look at the dollies on that blonde! Hubba, hubba.

Sorry! :fish:

Ta ra 'wan,

Ieuan "Don't go there" ab Arthur

snopes 31 December 2006 09:59 AM

Comment: Pop tab myths...

As an artist, I know I am constantly seeking new ways of making something
out of nothing. I feel, that we all could make this myth a reality. I
think that this is a possibility: collect all those wonderful soulfully
collected pop tabs, and have them given to an artist, who would then
recycle them by melting them all down and making one GIGANTIC heart (or
many many for a complete 'garden' ....thusly showing the 'heart' that
tediously collected and donated them. The giant heart should then be
auctioned off at a charity auction, hopefully bringing in enough money to
build a 'free dialysis center' for families in need. The lucky winning
bidder could then in turn donate the giant heart (s) to the center itself
as a tax write off, and have their names be carved or etched into the
beautiful aluminum material itself...OR have the patients names etched
into the hearts, and a lovely plaque for the winning bidder...what do you
all think?

One-Fang 31 December 2006 10:05 PM

Yeah. I would pay enough to build an entire dialysis center for one large metal heart. Yes I would. Anybody got a bridge for sale, too?

Lemonaida 02 January 2007 06:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 726)
Comment: my husband is currently serving time in a california prison and
rumour has it that in place of a us postal stamp in the upper right hand
corner you print the name frank and then mail it and it should go through?
any fact or is this just fiction thank you

I've been lurking for a bit, but I had to register when I saw this post. :)

There are such things as "Free Frank" letters, but I don't believe the mark is in use these days. In any case, you couldn't just write "Free Frank" or "Frank" on a letter whenever you wanted to. You'd have to have the right to use the mark (which was usually stamped, though older examples are manuscript marks). US Congressmen had the right (and I believe still do) to send "Free Frank" letters. If you want examples of these letters, search Ebay for "Free Frank" in Stamps/Covers. Frank isn't a name, but a reference to the Franking System.

Also, more information here: http://www.home.gil.com.au/~ears/free.html

KathyB 02 January 2007 04:32 PM

In the US, military, service people who are posted to certain locations are allowed free postage on letters. They don't have to cite this "Frank" guy; they just write "Free" where a stamp should go.
Quote:

Mail must weigh under 13 ounces, to include letters, picture CDs and correspondence DVDs.
Mail must be addressed to an address within the United States only.
Mail must include the sender’s full return address in the top left corner of the envelope.
Mail must have “free” legibly written in the top right corner of the envelope.
Mail with CDs or DVDs must be left open for inspection and the sender must
fill out a customs form at the post office.
A quick search indicates that some sort of franking privilege is available or has been available to some UK & Australian troops. Some jurisdictions provide free postage for "indigent inmates." This varies--I found one to three first class letters the usual amount. Inmates don't have to invoke goold old Frank.

snopes 05 January 2007 02:52 AM

Comment: Can copper or blackstrap molasses really reverse graying hair? I
heard a co-worker talking about this today and looked it up online but
there are mixed messages out there concerning this.

wanderwoman 05 January 2007 03:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 8038)
Comment: Can copper or blackstrap molasses really reverse graying hair? I
heard a co-worker talking about this today and looked it up online but
there are mixed messages out there concerning this.


Maybe it's my age, but I'm thinking this should go into the "And hurry!" thread. :lol:

DrFraud 05 January 2007 04:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 8038)
Comment: Can copper or blackstrap molasses really reverse graying hair?

Sure, as long as you don't mind going around with a sticky head all day.

snopes 04 March 2007 05:09 PM

Comment: The View reported (a while ago) what placing brown, mashed
bananas in your bra for 30 minutes a day will make your breasts more firm.
Evidently, potassium can be absorbed by the breast and that is how this
works. Can you confirm this?

snopes 09 March 2007 12:00 AM

Comment: Is it true that residents of The State of Nevada are exempt from
Federal Taxes?

Barbara 10 March 2007 01:28 PM

Quote:

Comment: The View reported (a while ago) what placing brown, mashed bananas in your bra for 30 minutes a day will make your breasts more firm. Evidently, potassium can be absorbed by the breast and that is how this works. Can you confirm this?
I suspect monkey business.

Barbara "as in, any woman fool enough to try this will find herself being trailed by apes intent upon examining the goods" Mikkelson

snopes 13 March 2007 09:09 AM

Comment: Is there really lost gold hidden in the mountains of Lawton,
Oklahoma behind an iron door?

Ieuan ab Arthur 13 March 2007 02:30 PM

No Deal
 
Hi All:

Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 95111)
Comment: Is there really lost gold hidden in the mountains of Lawton, Oklahoma behind an iron door?

There used to be, but now it's in briefcase #27 on Deal or No Deal.

Ta ra 'wan,

Ieuan "No Deal" ab Arthur

snopes 05 April 2007 09:01 AM

Comment: I got caught up in this SPAM mess and am receiving over 20 of
these each day. How do I stop It.

snopes 19 April 2007 06:54 AM

Comment: My brother's son was telling me yesterday that some vending
machines (beverage) will dispense a free product if one presses the
buttons in a certain order, like a code. Is there any truth to this?

Jordashe 19 April 2007 02:38 PM

From archived boingboing -

"Just thought I'd point out that most of the content on those sites (including the Coke machine article) is verbatim from the Anarchist's Cookbook, a legendary collaborative document that can be found all over the internet. Everything from social engineering to fun explosives to (obviously) Coke machine hacks can be found there.

Another interesting bit of information, this time about Pepsi machines (not from the cookbook, just something I found out about last week):

New Pepsi machines have a "code", a special sequence in which you can push the buttons on the face of the machine, which causes the LED screen to report the number of cans sold and the total cash value. I'm not sure what that code is, and it may be configurable on a per-machine basis. I'm sure somebody out there can shed more light on it than me. "

granola shoes 19 April 2007 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snopes (Post 90375)
Comment: Is it true that residents of The State of Nevada are exempt from
Federal Taxes?


Is this being confused with Las Vegas residents (not the entire state)? Residents/businesses don't pay income (state or city) tax due to the income from the casinos. I couldn't find anything regarding not paying federal taxes; I don't see how they could get exempt from that one!


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