I really need to learn to ignore those stupid emails everyone loves to send you with all sorts of trivia that are supposedly 100% true facts. All they do is get me in trouble when I invariably investigate how true said facts really are. Take the most recent example my wife forwarded to me from an email she had forwarded to her from my very own mother. In it is a list of 26 true or false questions for which the answer for all of them is supposed to be “true”. Things such as “Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a bellybutton” and “Without the coloring added to Coca-Cola the popular drink would be green.”
The first statement is patently ridiculous at worst and highly misleading at best. Of course Alfred Hitchcock had a belly button, though he may have “lost” it after an operation on his belly that supposedly required surgeons to remove it. The second statement is just wrong. Coca-Cola would be a relatively clear liquid without the coloring. Cola is brown because back when it first was invented making it a dark brown color helped to hide any impurities (read: floaties) in the bottle. How’s that for a disgusting trivia fact? These days there’s little need to cover up impurities (we hope) so the only reason it’s still colored brown is because that’s what people expect colas to look like.
That’s the problem with emails like that. They spark my curiosity and I look into how true all those supposed true facts are because I have this stupid need to question popular beliefs. Then I end up sharing what I’ve learned and no one appreciates it. So I need to resist responding to those emails as I just piss people off. Go ahead and forward your uselessly incorrect trivia around, but leave me out of it. I don’t need the aggravation they inevitably cause.