Subject: The Blue Star Tatoo Hoax
From: "by way of Albert Godinez" (email@example.com)
Dear pinoy netizens,
I just got a chain e-mail on this so-called "Blue Star" memo spreading around Metro Manila via fax, letters from school and village organizations (some of them are quite reputable and you'd think they know better), internal corporate e-mail systems, and now the Internet. Please be informed this is a documented "urban legend" or hoax, in much the same way as the "Good Times" AOL virus scare was spread by unwitting folks trying to warn others. Folks, I know you are trying to do a good thing, but you've been had, so let's cut the chain letter NOW and tell everyone that it's a hoax.
The following is an advisory addressed last week to all employees of the Asian Development Bank debunking the rumor and posted on the Bank's internal e-mail system.... Lastly, there are some related documents on the hoax posted at http://www.danbury.lib.ct.us/org/hospital/bluestar.htm ... this is a site run by the Danbury Hospital.
There are probably other documents on the web... head on down to a search engine and look for "Blue Star".
10 July 1996 To : Bank Staff From : Francois Ausseil Medical Doctor, BPCB Subject : Blue Star Tattoo - It is a Hoax ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. A memo has been recently circulated in Metro Manila and disseminated through municipalities and schools. 2. This memo concerns a tattoo called "Blue Star", supposed to be soaked with LSD and distributed to school children to induce drug addiction. This information is UNTRUE. It is a HOAX. 3. The same information already circulated in 1992 in USA and Europe. In this memo, reference is made to Danbury Hospital. In 1993, Danbury Hospital published a press communique (see attached) to deny any endorsement of this memo. J.O'Donnell, supposed author of the memo, is unknown to Danbury Hospital. 4. Government agencies investigated and concluded that it was a weird and malicious joke. 5. Please note that LSD is an oral drug, and CANNOT be absorbed through the skin. Furthermore, there is practically no physical addiction to LSD, unlike with opium-derivated drugs. These two medical evidences confirm that this memo is a fake. 6. In the Philippines, this memo was received by St.Benedict College by fax from the USA. The sender is still unknown. Incredibly, St.Benedict College did not check the information and sent it to different municipalities and schools. 7. Attachments: * Danbury: Message from Danbury Hospital-June 96. * Danbury1: Danbury Press release-1993. * Bluesta1: Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Star-1994. * Bluestar: L.A.Times article about Blue Star-1992.