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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Hoaxes

Anyone Feeling a Draft?

by Ken Newquist / September 26, 2004

A new e-mail is circulating the net claiming that the Bush administration is quietly attempting to bring back the draft, with an eye towards springing it on the country in Spring 2005, after the elections are over. In truth, while almost all of the elements in the e-mail are true -- there are draft bills before the Legislature, the Selective Service has been overhauling it's operations -- the spin the e-mail gives them is dubious at best.

Budweiser Frogs Threaten Virus Havoc

by Ken Newquist / February 26, 2004

An old e-mail hoax featuring the Budweiser Frogs has recently re-surfaced with a slighly re-tooled message of digital destruction.

The original version of the e-mail, which I last remember seeing when the Budweiser Frogs were still popular (about 1999) just promised to destroy your hard drive. But in keeping with the times, the new version also claims the virus will also steal your screen name and password and send it to "someone" on the net. That's last bit is a real tactic that some viruses try, but it doesn't make this hoax any more true.

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