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Old 22 April 2012, 11:50 PM
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Comment: Great job. I look forward to your weekly missive, and almost
weekly, use one of your stories to quell my rumor monger right wing
friends. They on the other hand, hate you. However they seem to believe
the truth, when you back it up.

Keep up the good work.....wgb
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Old 24 April 2012, 06:16 PM
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Comment: I just wanted to send you an email to say how much I love your
site and how often I go to it to check the many, many spurious details
that are sent to me via email (generally from crazy family members who
ought to know better).

I always enjoy saying that I checked the validity of the latest claim on
snopes (and it's generally false, but sometimes I get a surprise to learn
something is true).

Keep up the great work.
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Old 25 April 2012, 03:00 PM
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Comment: I LOVE YOUR SITE! I have used it many times to refute dumb
people's "forwards".
Best wishes,
Keep up the good work!
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Old 25 April 2012, 06:17 PM
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Comment: I love your work. I live on my Social Security so I cannot give
you a lot of money, but I wish I could. You are spot on about simplistic
solutions to complex problems. Whenever I am accosted by someone with a
simple answer to a big problem, I try to tell them, as kindly as possible,
that the true answer is never simple and seeking the truth does not make
one popular and telling the truth often makes others dislike the teller.
It's the old shoot the messenger deal. Keep up the good work and I will
try to remember to keep you in my prayers.
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Old 25 April 2012, 06:20 PM
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Comment: Thanks for being here and putting things in perspective. The
world is a scary enough place without folks trying to scare us a little
more. It's good to know that when something seems a little out of whack
or is totally preposterous, it actually is!! Like the saying goes, don't
believe everything you read, see or hear, it may not be true!
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Old 26 April 2012, 02:21 PM
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Comment: Thank you for being out there!! I get so many emails forwarded
that I'm sure are complete bull, and I always go straight to you to kick
it right back to the sender and all included to let them know not to
forward that crap, especially political smashing of both parties.
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Old 26 April 2012, 02:51 PM
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Comment: Once again you have beautifully and thoroughly shot down an
e-mail I received that I thought was a bunch of bunkum. Every time that
happens, I link the article on your site to my response to the e-mail and
remind people to use your site, giving them the search parameter I used
(usually something terribly simple, in this case "imported oil," which
brought it up as the first in the list). Some folks actually mend their
ways, but some are repeat offenders. I am patient. Irritated, but
patient, hoping they will learn to check first.

Thank you so much for this wonderful service. I learn a lot reading your
responses, whether the original e-mail was true or false. The family
motto is "Learn something new every day." Your site definitely is an aid
to that.
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Old 27 April 2012, 01:51 PM
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Comment: Almost invariably, when I find a well-written Snopes article that
really gives me info I need on a 'hot topic,' with sufficient completeness
without being excessively 'chatty,' that article has the name of Barbara
Mikkelson at the end.

Please give Barbara a great big THANK YOU from a rabid Snopes fan.
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Old 30 April 2012, 02:40 PM
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I am so glad that your site exists.

Anytime I get a rumour, I check out your site and direct others to visit
it.

The article on Ed Freeman was exceptionally well written.

Thanks again.
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Old 01 May 2012, 08:35 PM
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Comment: Grateful Greetings!

I just finished a series of lessons with one of my English classes on
evaluating information. Urban myths were a featured topic. We had a class
"true/false" discussion on the myths on your "TROLL" page, and I was
nearly in tears by the time of the big reveal. It cemented the lesson
better than anything else could have - especially for those students who
already know and have come to trust your site.

Thank you for the powerful lesson and the laughs. Keep up the great work.
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Old 01 May 2012, 08:46 PM
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Comment: Hey Barbara "INSERT CATCHY PHRASE HERE" Mikkelson, (and husband)

It's been a few years since I dropped you guys a note and once again said
how much I appreciate your site and the information you provide. I will
say that after several years of returning baloney mail with a link to the
truth on your website, that most of my family, friends, and co-workers no
longer send me garbage. I still have a few that have some portion of
their brain locked in to the thought that if it's in an email, then it has
to be true. Eventually, they too will check the source before forwarding
to 30 trillion people in their contact list.

Anyway, I just thought I'd write a note, and say hi and thanks to you and
your hubster.

p.s. Have a great summer.
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Old 08 May 2012, 07:45 PM
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Comment: Barbara,
You don't get enough praise for your writing skills. I know you don't
because many times I read one of your articles and think, "That was great.
I need to send a note to tell Barbara how well she writes." And then I
don't. I know I'm not the only slacker out here in the universe. There are
many who like your writing and don't tell you such at all - as I am doing
right now. So, multiply this praise by 100 or 1000 or add as many zeros as
you wish, and know for SURE that you are a pleasurable read.

I just read "Reggie" and HAD to write and thank you. You write a really
good piece. You always do. Thank you. Keep it up; I have grown addicted to
your style, especially your many middle names! Don't change a thing.
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Old 09 May 2012, 09:58 PM
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Comment:
You are so darn good, I don't know what I'd do without
this great help from you!!! JUST PLAIN AWESOME. Thanks, guys!! Love ya
for real. :-D
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Old 10 May 2012, 02:14 PM
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Comment: Please accept a HUGE bouquet from a Snopes fan in the UK!!

I get loads of well-meaning warnings, petitions about lost children etc,
cutesy stories and dire predictions from some of my friends and relations.
Thanks to you, I have now developed a sixth sense about these messages and
go straight to your website to check.

In about 80% of the cases I get a full answer and go back to them with the
link that sets them straight.

I keep asking them to check with Snopes.com before they promulgate these
stories, but with limited success. They LOVE this stuff!

But I'm a lot wiser, thanks to you!

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Old 12 May 2012, 11:09 PM
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Comment: Hello,

I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your presence in
cyberspace. I come back to your website time and time again, and am never
disappointed.

BY FAR the most frequent reason I visit is in pure incredulity of the
latest thing my dear 71-year-old Mother has forwarded to me. Today it was
the "inspiring" story of a kid named Kyle (my nephew's name, a factor in
its inevitable forward) being prevented from suicide by a 'kind' fellow
student. It is a prime example of the two categories she simply cannot
help but forward - super-glurb and scare-the-public stories.

I am writing to let you know how much I absolutely LOVED your article
about this particular story; your response is well-referenced to the
original source, beautifully explained how and why it got to the glurb
level it did, and is exquisitely witty in it's delivery. Thanks so much
for being a welcome antidote to my Mother's well-meaning but ultimately
over-sugary enthusiasm to 'spread a little good' in the world. You are
doing an absolutely wonderful job of being the voice of reason about so
many things, and I am very grateful for the resource you have become.
Keep up the great work!
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Old 13 May 2012, 02:29 PM
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Comment: The Snopes site is brilliant. I've been using it for years and
have come to rely on it as the defacto, go-to site to verify the validity
of the sometimes very useful info I get forwarded on email. I've noticed
the many subtle improvements and find the search function easy to use.
Thank you very much and keep it going!
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Old 13 May 2012, 06:28 PM
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Comment: I LOVE Snopes, i.e., the work you do!!! I have a constant
barrage of bogus e-mails that come from a former boss, trying to promote
his own radical (and right wing religious) views. They are such bizarre
and fringe (distorted) opinions, perpetrated by, as I must imagine, some
frustrated control freak sitting at the computer, inventing stories!
I could simply reply to him with common sense retorts. However, that
never works as he writes me off as - oh any number of defenses are used -
ignorant liberal, not in touch, blah, blah, blah. However, when I send
him Snopes articles, he shuts up! Since I still need him as a job
reference, I am able to "tell him off" with a simple click!!
Thanks to all of you who do the reseach and obviously work so hard to set
the record straight!
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Old 15 May 2012, 10:16 PM
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Comment: Dear Snopes,

You guys are awesome. So awesome, it amazes me. I live in the deep south
where propaganda and outright lies are repeated as truth. I do what I can
to turn back the tide of stupid where I can, but the forces of ignorance
and stupidity are great (and well funded). Your site is an amazing
resource. The articles cover a wide variety of topics, are well sourced
and fantastically put together. Thank you for all of your efforts to
expose bullshit wherever it may hide.

(P.S. you guys rock!)
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Old 16 May 2012, 01:48 PM
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Comment: My Mother and people of her generation forward emails on a
regular basis. Some contain medical advice 'certified by Snopes'. Of
course, 99% are crap. Thank you for being there. Who knows how many
lives have been saved by your resource for people like me who check with
you and send the truth to my Mom and her family and friends.

Same with the racist rants falsely attributed to high-profile people.

Thank you.
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Old 17 May 2012, 02:59 PM
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Comment: This site is invaluable, and I am so grateful that you maintain
it. I am able to use it to rebut silly and downright vicious stories that
my family and friends circulate via email. Thanks for being a voice of
rationality and reason on the web.
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