Here's the problem. Over the years my friend has forwarded me several emails. She is, apparently, on that chain of people who gets these bizarre, false emails that we hear so much about, several of which have been posted here over the years and debunked. I've responded to several of these with links to the real story, or links to Snopes, and politely asked her to check the facts on these things before she forwards them on to people.
Apparently, she has yet to realize this is good advice.
Today I get another one. This time it's Jay Leno telling us to buck up and appreciate what we have as Americans. It's also not real. Here's the link to the Snopes page about this thing
. Here's the link to the original message by Craig R. Smith
. If you read the original, you'll see how the email forward has been modified, and how its message has been subtly altered.
So what do I do? How do I make my friend stop sending me this nonsense? How do I make my friend, who is not an idiot by the way, realize that all of these forwards are bogus? What is this mania that people seem to have about this stuff? Why do they ever believe it in the first place?