I think I'm having an argument at work.
Can you argue with someone you've never met, and never directly communicated with?
It started yesterday afternoon; I went into the kitchen to clean up some dishes and saw someone had posted a scare notice next to the sink about why you shouldn't microwave plastic or freeze water in plastic bottles. Because that would release … toxins! There was some tie-in to Walter Reed Medical Center recently releasing a report (or getting a report) which, I think, was my first tip-off (because really, WRMC has had a few more issues to deal with lately than microwaved plastics) and the capitalizing of "Cancer" was another. It read as though Emily Dickinson had been frightened by something she was sent on the Interwebs.
In other words, it screamed urban legend.
And so it was. Down to the Walter Reed bit.
So I did what I do when I get emailed garbage that someone clearly has done no vetting on: I went to snopes.com, confirmed the UL of the "facts" and clicked on their link to Johns Hopkins' page, which states that it is an urban legend, for the most part. I then printed out that page and decided to tape it up next to the UL. (Removing it wasn't the right way to go, and besides, someone had probably read it already.) I also made a Post-It which said: "Urban Legend Alert! Read snopes.com before randomly tacking up 'warnings.'" And then I taped the package up next to the UL. In the kitchen.
Yeah, I'm anal that way. But I hate morons who don't double check and then decide they have "news" to impart.
Today, I went to our other kitchen and found a printout of the snopes.com page I linked to above on top of the microwave. I kind of felt vindicated: The truth was out there, and being shared. I had nothing to do with that one.
Then I went to the kitchen this afternoon. Some silly person — probably the same one who tacked up the original "alert" — had taped up an article from a magazine about toxins in children's toys.
Not. The. Same. Thing.
If this was a message board on the Internet, I'd have suggested someone change the Subject Line.
And, and and, they taped it over my Johns Hopkins' page.
This got me mad. How rude!
And then I laughed.
I'm now arguing with someone I've never met. Who clearly has no sense whatsoever.
Silly people. Me included.