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Posted: 9/18/2009 2:56:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 3:03:53 PM EST by jonathan2421]
I get about six emails a day from my grandma. It used to be my grandpa when he first got on the Internets some years back but grandma is now picking up the slack. Almost all of the emails can be found on snopes under "false". Most of these a normal person would read and say "no way could that be true", but for Old People, anything is possible. See this picture of an alligator that looks twice as long as a 6' tall man standing next to it? Well, you and I might guestimate it as being 12 feet long. But if it was forwarded with the caption "OMG 28 foot alligator!" well to Old People it's a damn 28 foot alligator, and the picture is proof.

Lately she's been sending emails with the origins of sayings... like "Houses had thatched roofs –– thick with straw piled high and with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs." " Really? Come on!

These are the people in our country that watch the talking heads on TV and believe every word they say .

ETA: Here is the latest example: http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/1500.asp
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 2:57:46 PM EST
next, she will send you an alarming E-mail, about how they are going to mandate expiring ammo!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 2:59:25 PM EST
Get off my lawn.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:00:42 PM EST
tag for pissed off old people reactions
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:00:49 PM EST
If you grew up riding around in a wagon being pulled by horses and now it's nothing out of the ordinary to blast people into space then you'd probably believe everything too. Leave them alone, they're old.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:02:54 PM EST
I definitely love my grandparents, but damn if I don't think "You believe this????" every time I get an email.... Will we be that way when we're old??
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:03:58 PM EST
Why don't you send your poor old granny a link to snopes and teach her how to use it? If it weren't for her you wouldn't be here, sonny. You'll be old too someday.




Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:04:32 PM EST
As long as they are at home on their computer and not out driving, I am happy.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:04:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By jonathan2421:
Will we be that way when we're old??


Yes. You'll have no idea what the hell your grandkids are talking about and you'll believe anything anybody tells you. I'm already running into this with my kids when I hear then talking about Pokemon. It's like they're speaking a fucking foreign language.


Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:06:38 PM EST
My Dad fell for the paypal phising scam email a few years ago.

He passed last month, we have a collection agency now wanting the $2000 bill, willing to settle for 50%.

Our lawyer said not to pay anything for now.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:06:47 PM EST
americans are gullible. not just the elderly
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:07:59 PM EST
I got the old Austrailian soldier being interviewed by the female reporter one today. This shit never dies.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:08:06 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:17:12 PM EST
Old relatives rock! Right now, I seem to be getting all the old, verified by Snopes, spam from around 9/11.
My all time favorites are the one from the Senator (totally never existed) from Ohio proposing an email tax, and
the one asking you to forward emails for Disney/Microsoft/Whatever flavor of the week for a guaranteed $1000.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:18:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By 45-Longslide:
Why don't you send your poor old granny a link to snopes and teach her how to use it? If it weren't for her you wouldn't be here, sonny. You'll be old too someday.






When she first started emailing us (it's not just me, it's the whole extended family) we started replying with a link to snopes. Her reply was always "Ooops - better safe than sorry!". Then after a while it died down, now it's back with a vengance. I'm not sure whether to leave her in the dark, or shatter her world by letting her know all these "facts" she's letting everybody in on are not facts at all!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:19:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By jonathan2421:
Will we be that way when we're old??


Yes. You'll have no idea what the hell your grandkids are talking about and you'll believe anything anybody tells you. I'm already running into this with my kids when I hear then talking about Pokemon. It's like they're speaking a fucking foreign language.




Oh you mean this show? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su2NVKayZ8U
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:20:49 PM EST
I am all ready the old geezer at 45.

I have no cell phone, would be lost trying to text or surf the internet with one.

I am ok with that.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:24:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 3:25:34 PM EST by -Tex-]
Dude, I have people of all ages forwarding those stupid f'n emails to me. I've given up on sending out Snopes links.

Really sad thing is that half the ones involving politics end up on ARFCOM.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:26:59 PM EST
Elderly people often get lonely. Call her and talk about things she sends you. Talk about the weather. Let her ramble about her arthritis. Listen to her gossip about her neighbors. This may be boring and unimportant to you, but you're gonna miss her when she's gone....

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:27:52 PM EST
Dont let the Nigerian type scams get her
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:31:19 PM EST
And nobody here believes any of the crazy shit said about Bush, or Obama, or Palin or McCain, or any other candidate during an election, Nobody here believes in ufos, bigfoot, or fema camps. There are no truthers or birthers here. Nope, not any.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:35:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By ch1966:
Elderly people often get lonely. Call her and talk about things she sends you. Talk about the weather. Let her ramble about her arthritis. Listen to her gossip about her neighbors. This may be boring and unimportant to you, but you're gonna miss her when she's gone....



Well, this might make me sound like a jerk but I *do* miss my real grandmother, who passed away when I was young. This is a step grandma, a marriage that gramps kind of rushed into because he was lonely. She's OK... I probably won't miss her but I'm nice enough that I'll probably do what you suggest!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:36:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By 45-Longslide:
Why don't you send your poor old granny a link to snopes and teach her how to use it? If it weren't for her you wouldn't be here, sonny. You'll be old too someday.






My 87 year old WWII vet uncle gets tons of "glurge" type emails.

I introduced him to Snopes about 5 years ago, and now he and I have a blast corresponding about what is or isn't factual.

He still teaches a course in metallurgy at the age of 87, and is as cool as can be.



Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:40:10 PM EST
It's not that they are gullible, it's that they come from a time when you could trust your neighbor/newspapers/politicians.

Reality hasn't fully set in yet. That's why the ruling class is able to get away with what it has.

God help them if the "old folks" see the light.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:40:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By jonathan2421:
Will we be that way when we're old??


Yes. You'll have no idea what the hell your grandkids are talking about and you'll believe anything anybody tells you. I'm already running into this with my kids when I hear then talking about Pokemon. It's like they're speaking a fucking foreign language.




Thats not a old man thing.

My friend was into pokemon cards in his 20's i never understood that crap.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:44:48 PM EST

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:44:57 PM EST
Yeah, and kids are stupid!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:46:39 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 3:58:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By jonathan2421:
Originally Posted By 45-Longslide:
Why don't you send your poor old granny a link to snopes and teach her how to use it? If it weren't for her you wouldn't be here, sonny. You'll be old too someday.



When she first started emailing us (it's not just me, it's the whole extended family) we started replying with a link to snopes. Her reply was always "Ooops - better safe than sorry!". Then after a while it died down, now it's back with a vengance. I'm not sure whether to leave her in the dark, or shatter her world by letting her know all these "facts" she's letting everybody in on are not facts at all!

Reply back with much more bizarre photoshopped pictures, like bunnies the size of building and such, for teh lulz
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:03:24 PM EST
We have passed through the era of grandparents being all knowing and smarter than their grand kids.

Knowledge is no longer passed down from your elders, but from technology; so the more connected and tech advanced you are, the smarter you are. You can learn anything on the internet. There's no need for dad to teach you anymore.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:07:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By texas_mustang_01:
We have passed through the era of grandparents being all knowing and smarter than their grand kids.

Knowledge is no longer passed down from your elders, but from technology; so the more connected and tech advanced you are, the smarter you are. You can learn anything on the internet. There's no need for dad to teach you anymore.


Information =/= Wisdom

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:09:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By psyops4fun:
Originally Posted By texas_mustang_01:
We have passed through the era of grandparents being all knowing and smarter than their grand kids.

Knowledge is no longer passed down from your elders, but from technology; so the more connected and tech advanced you are, the smarter you are. You can learn anything on the internet. There's no need for dad to teach you anymore.


Information =/= Wisdom


Yep.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:14:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:24:24 PM EST
Perhaps Granny's trying to figure out how gullible you are?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:26:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By psyops4fun:
Originally Posted By texas_mustang_01:
We have passed through the era of grandparents being all knowing and smarter than their grand kids.

Knowledge is no longer passed down from your elders, but from technology; so the more connected and tech advanced you are, the smarter you are. You can learn anything on the internet. There's no need for dad to teach you anymore.


Information =/= Wisdom



Wisdom is information with an opinion thrown in, and therefore not as valuable, unless it is the opinion you need at that moment.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:27:32 PM EST
Those emails do get obnoxious.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:27:54 PM EST
mine do the SAME DAMN THING!!!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:30:09 PM EST
Back in the day people evaluated knowledge on objectivity/credibility, cause we thought knowledge worked like that: find an authority and you were good. We still do it today, but only for undisputed mundane knowledge. If you need context or analysis, there's no reason to rely on trust when you can get a network of facts, ideas, and opinion; something very difficult before the net.
This kind of foolishness isn't because of age, or even stupidity - the next generation of 80+ probably won't be like that. It's simply the way the paper era worked. Their common sense hasn't caught up with the times.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:31:06 PM EST
Good God, boy....we just elected Obama President....you believe it's just us old folks who are gulible?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:31:49 PM EST



I am so fucking sick of the incorrect use of apostrophes. What the fuck?

It's not that hard.

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:34:04 PM EST
Betcha those old people can wipe the floor with you in the fields of general arithmetic, spelling, grammar, punctuation ect..ect...

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:34:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By texas_mustang_01:
Originally Posted By psyops4fun:
Originally Posted By texas_mustang_01:
We have passed through the era of grandparents being all knowing and smarter than their grand kids.

Knowledge is no longer passed down from your elders, but from technology; so the more connected and tech advanced you are, the smarter you are. You can learn anything on the internet. There's no need for dad to teach you anymore.


Information =/= Wisdom



Wisdom is information with an opinion thrown in, and therefore not as valuable, unless it is the opinion you need at that moment.

Wow, you never had a wise older family member, I feel bad for you.

How is your degree working out?

Going to take the world by storm, or bitch about all the old farts hogging all the jobs?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:38:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Good God, boy....we just elected Obama President....you believe it's just us old folks who are gulible?


Why are young people who think they know it all, such idiots?

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:39:19 PM EST
She grew up in a time when people were honest. Im envious.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 4:54:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 4:55:55 PM EST by Lon_Moer]

Originally Posted By skankwhisperer:
Betcha those old people can wipe the floor with you in the fields of general arithmetic, spelling, grammar, punctuation ect..ect...


Because they don't teach those in school anymore!



Originally Posted By psyops4fun:
Get off my lawn.


that's so cute.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:05:32 PM EST
Next thing you know, there will be people thinking that Obama was born outside of the us, and that he is Islamic!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:13:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 5:20:11 PM EST by convoy]
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
I am all ready the old geezer at 45.

I have no cell phone, would be lost trying to text or surf the internet with one.

I am ok with that.

Hell I'm 49 and I just got a iPhone last June. My first smart phone ever. It is surprisingly easy to use. I don't even buy a news paper to bring to work anymore. I can read any newspaper in the country on it. Plus it gets pron.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:19:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By patchouli:



I am so fucking sick of the incorrect use of apostrophes. What the fuck?

It's not that hard.




Its' not hard
But i'ts tricky on tarmac.....

Cheers
Taffy'
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:20:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 5:21:09 PM EST by Seraph]
Like, OMG...

(Look out for your grandparents, and quit ridiculing them to strangers on the internet. It makes you look like a dick.)

... as if.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 5:21:41 PM EST
No lie I put my mom and dad on spam filter. It was out of control the forwards they sent me were crazy.
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