Hoax Buster has been swamped recently. Anthrax, alligators
in toilets, malls on Halloween, candy from Costco...the amount of hoaxes
and rumors that need to be dismissed and verified have put a strain upon
our resources. We shall persevere through this crunch because we know you count on us to
keep the record straight.
Taliban are Enlightened
Sometimes I am amazed at how these rumors begin. Somewhere someone
confused the fact that the Taliban were students (Talibs) that they were
enlightened. In the United States, a higher education usually leads to the opening
of the mind, the creation of tolerance, and a desire to explore. In
Afghanistan, an education means you get a desire to oppress women, beat up gays, and
destroy those who oppose you -- sort of like the experience George W.
Bush got in his fraternity days. The Taliban are not enlightened. They oppose
freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but on the plus side, they support the right to
bear arms -- almost like the Christian Right. So to put an end to
this vicious rumor, the Christian Right is not enlightened, oh and the Taliban aren't
This is not meant for our younger readers, so please, avert your
eyes. Much thanks goes out to Junior Hoaxbuster Jerry G. in Atlanta, GA
for his thorough research on this matter. The base of this supposed
'urban legend' is every year, around this time, a cult of sickos take
perfectly good pumpkins and butcher them with such savageness that the
details are a bit disturbing. A knife is first thrust into the top
and work around until the top comes off. With bare hands, spoons, and in some
circumstances specially crafted utensils the insides are ritually
removed. It has even been suggested that some people actually prepare these innards
to eat. I had a difficult time believing this but to prove the point, Jerry G.
enclosed pictures of these roasted innards.
The butchery doesn't stop there. These twisted
individuals aren't satisfied with just slicing and dicing the defenseless pumpkin but go a
step further, carving faces, grim and dour, sometimes smiling, into the carcass which they
proudly display on their houses as if it were some warning to all vegetables - "You
are not welcome, here!" This is a sick world, and unfortunately, not
all stories like this turn out to be rumors or hoaxes.
Hoax Buster is still investigating bipartisanship and human cloning. Remember, if you want
to become a Hoax Buster Junior Associate, send me an email.
If you have a suspicion something isn't quite right, that there is a lie and a fraud on
the loose, who are you going to call? Hoax Buster!