Tuesday, July 11, 2006

urban legends


i love, love, LOVE a good urban legend!
after "the big book of the unexplained", "the big book of urban legends" is my favorite!
and with the advent of the internet, they get around SO much faster!

now i always say that i WANT to believe. in myths, legends, cryptid creatures, ufos, and ghosts. i WANT to believe that this is true too.
but i don't know...
that's what makes it so scary.

this is what i got from someone i KNOW believes it's true!

have fun!


This was written by a guy from KVLY-TV in Fargo; see bottom of msg.

This is true. Scary!

This is something that happened to us on the way back from vacation last week.
At first I didn't think much of it until now. The reason we were a little suspicious is we had been riding in a jeep all day with 100 degree temps and we stopped at a truck stop for something to drink. When I was leaving, a young girl followed me out and asked what kind of cologne I was wearing. Well, after 7 hours in the car sweating, I don't think you could tell if I was or was not wearing any cologne. We just got in the jeep and said no thanks.

Then it was about 3 weeks ago, I was at a service station in Birmingham getting gas. It was about 9:30 pm. I was approached by 2 men and 2 women in a car. The man that was driving asked me 'What kind of perfume do you wear?' I was a bit confused and I asked him 'Why?' He said, 'We are selling some name brand perfumes, at cheap prices.' I said I had no money. He then reached out of the car and handed me paper that was laminated; it had many perfumes on it. I looked quickly at it and gave it back. I said, have no money. He said it is OK, we take check, cash, or credit cards. Then the people in the car began to laugh. I just got in my car and said no thanks.

Then I received this e-mail yesterday and it sent chills up my spine.
Please read this. It is no joke. Here is the e-mail I was sent:

Dear Friends:
I know not all of you are women that I am sending this to, but am hoping you will share this with your wives, daughters, m others, sisters, etc. Our world seems to be getting crazier by the day. Pipe bombs in mail boxes and sickos in parking lots with perfume. Be careful. I was approached yesterday afternoon around 5:30 PM in the Wal-Mart parking lot by two males asking what kind of perfume I was wearing. Then they asked if I'd like to sample some fabulous scent
they were willing to sell me at very reasonable rate. I probably would have agreed had I not received an e-mail warning of a "Wanna smell this neat perfume?" scam. The men continued to stand between parked cars, I guess to wait for someone else to hit on. I stopped a lady going towards them, pointing at them and told her about how I was sent an e-mail at work about someone walking up to you at the malls or in parking lots and asking you to SNIFF PERFUME that they are selling at a cheap price or at least compare to which one you like best.


When you sniff it, you'll pass out. They'll take your wallet, your
valuables and heaven knows what else. If it were not for this e-mail, I probably would have sniffed the 'perfume' but thanks to the generosity of an e-mailing friend, I was spared whatever might have happened to me. I wanted to do the same for you.


Ladies, this happened to me yesterday and I didn't smell the perfume
either, thanks to this email. This is true. Believe me, I know. I was over by Big Lots in the parking lot at lunch time when I was approached. So either day or night, it does not matter. There were 3 guys together when I was approached. I called the police when I got back to my desk.

Like the email says above, LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS - YOUR
FRIENDS,FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, whomever. It helped me. The first thing that popped into my head was this e-mail warning.

Rhonda Tennyson
Girl Scouts of Northeast Mississippi
P. O. Box 1145

okay, so sharon just walked in and told me that she heard about this on the news a few weeks ago.

more later!


Brian said...

Hi Todd,

Don't know how reliable this site is, but they seem to think there's little truth to this one based on the fact that ether doesn't work in the way it is depicted in the story. Here is the link.

Of course, it is an ill wind that blows no good. This story may explain the disappearance from Down Town Crossing in Boston of the folks who used to hawk "designer" perfume on the streets. My daily lunch time walk is much more enjoyable when it doesn't involve having to dodge around folks trying to spray me with O'de He-Man.

todd said...

sadly, about 15 years ago when I'd moved to los angeles, I was ONE of those sad, desperate, (i'll add naive) obnoxious, insidious "imposters" hawkers that are the equivilent of real-space telemarketers.
for about a week.
it was the most depressing, soul-devouring, thoughts-of-suicide inducing few days i have ever had.
and yeah, ether evaporates very quickly and wouldn't be able to stay on a card long enough for it to have an effect where someone to smell it.

but then... you never know...

Brian said...


I've cleaned toilets, washed dishes, slung hash, jerked sodas, parked cars, answered phones, and lugged luggage, but you my friend win the bad jobs competition hands down.

Actually, that lugging luggage job at the hotel was pretty cool as it was at the Copley Plaza in Boston, a high end hotel, so I got to meet Elizabeth Taylor, Jayne Seymour, on whom I had a major crush, Christopher Reeve, got a chuckle out of him with a superman reference, Vanessa Redgrave, bit of an odd duck, the cast of La Cage - the broadway musical, not the movie - even went on a couple of dates with the gal who played the daughter in the show, and got to talk to Ms. Kelly McGillis, another of my favorite actresses, on the phone and even shared a nice little laugh with her.

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