General discussion

Locked

What's It Called

By dogknees ·
Tags: Off Topic
I was just talking to a workmate and he mentioned that a certain piece of equipment would do a certain thing. He then made the comment that "at least that's what everyone says". Problem is, it's not actually the case!

This got me thinking about those bits of information that "everyone knows" that are actually false. Like "the file MSORUN.DLL is a virus" that's done the rounds over the years. I'm sure you all know of a few of these.

So, I was thinking, what do we call those pieces of "common knowledge" that are actually false? And, what do we call emails that pass this "information" on? They're not viruses, they're not really phishing, nor are they trojans.

Suggestions please. Sillier the better as usual.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

16 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

I just call them

by .Martin. In reply to What's It Called
Collapse -

Fallacisms?

by AnsuGisalas In reply to What's It Called

Dungballs?
Braincrud?
Disinformation?
Mashkirovka?

Collapse -

How about

by scndtnr In reply to What's It Called
Collapse -

What I call them

by jck In reply to What's It Called
Collapse -

The phenomenon is not confined

by john.a.wills In reply to What's It Called

to IT matters. It is "common knowledge" that the spread of contraception reduces abortion rates, that the Israelis are the same nation as the Biblical Israelites and that Jesus was nicer than Paul.

Collapse -

Well... he sure as **** wasn't nicer

by AnsuGisalas In reply to The phenomenon is not con ...

than Ringo. Nobody's nicer than Ringo.

But the use of condoms and especially the use of "morning-after-pills" does reduce the frequency of abortion. And especially it reduces the frequency of undesirable teen parenthood.

Here, I think you might like to look at <a href=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1f/DaddyandTheMuscle.jpg>this</a>.

Collapse -

Of course not.

by seanferd In reply to The phenomenon is not con ...

Because the people opposed to contraception are those most likely to have abortions.

Collapse -

I believe the term you're seeking is 'Urban Myths'.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to What's It Called
Collapse -

I Like That

by dogknees In reply to I believe the term you're ...

Though we should have a term specific to IT. We do like our insider jargon after all.

Collapse -

No, they're not urban

by john.a.wills In reply to I believe the term you're ...

Country folk seem just as likely to fall for them. Or perhaps modern communication has us all living in one global urbs?

Back to After Hours Forum
16 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next

Related Discussions

Related Forums