From -------@ayla.Eng.Sun.COM Thu Jan 20 12:56 EST 1994
To: tech-svcs@techserv.Eng.Sun.COM
Subject: BLUE STAR **WARNING TO PARENTS**

This is not a joke. Please read this note and pass the word around. We have some sick people on this planet!?!?!


WARNING TO PARENTS

A form of tatoo called "BLUE STAR" is being sold to school children. It is a small piece of paper containing a blue star. They are the size of a pencil eraser, and each star is soaked with L.S.D.

The drug is absorbed through the skin simply by handling the paper.

There are also brightly colored paper tatoos resembling postage stamps that have the picture of one of the following:

Superman Mickey Mouse Clowns
Disney Characters Bart Simpson Butterflies

This is a new way of selling acid by appealing to young children.

These are laced with drugs.

If your child gets any of the above, do not handle them. These are known to react quickly and some are laced with strychnine.

Symptoms: Hallucinations, severe vomiting, uncontrolled laughter, mood changes, change in body temperature.

Please feel free to reproduce this article and distribute it within your community and work place. Get the word out about this danger to our children!


From -----------@Eng Thu Jan 20 10:46:19 1994
To: ----------------@East
Subject: Re: BLUE STAR **WARNING TO PARENTS** (False)

What you just sent around is not true, it is an old urban legend that has been circulating for many years. It has been investigated thoroughly, and categorically determined to be false.

A similar urban legend was sent around Sun a few months ago regarding gang members and headlights. And there are hundreds more just like it. They are all designed to scare people and send them into a panic. If you are interested in finding out more about urban legends, read the newsgroup alt.folklore.urban. They have a FAQ which lists all known urban legends, including the "Blue Star" one.

I know you sent it with good intentions, but please use this as a guideline in future: Do not forward any such warnings unless YOU personally have verified it. Specifically, check it against the known legends in the a.f.u FAQ first. This is not a flame, just anxious to nip these false reports in the bud. In these days of worldwide networking, these can easily get out of hand.


From --------------@EBay Thu Jan 20 11:01:16 1994
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 94 10:57:36 PST
To: department@bikeriding.EBay, administrators@Sun.COM
Subject: Re: BLUE STAR **WARNING TO PARENTS** (False)
Let's not panic anymore. I'm glad it is not true.
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 1994 11:54:25 +0800
From: -----@lion.Eng.Sun.COM (Steve Jankowski) Subject: Re: BLUE STAR **WARNING TO PARENTS** (False)

Sheesh, it's scary how much better email is for spreading rumors. The message I sent you was delivered to about 150 people from one secretary. The other incident refered to below resulted in untold tens of thousands of messages zipping around the whole valley. Made the paper the next two days. I received copies from seven different people.

Email will develop its own culture, values, and mores to deals with these sort of things. But until then... DON'T PANIC!




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