Wouldn't that dumb blonde felt pain if she had been shot in the head?? Lawd, give me the strength to go on into a dumb world!
Here's another urban legend:
The Story: In a South African hospital, a number of patients have died mysteriously while convalescing ina particular bed. The hospital investigated...and discovered that the cleaning lady had been inadvertenly killing a patient every time she polished the floor.
How It Spread: ON the Internet, in 1996. The e-mail was supposedly taken from a june 1996 Cape Times article headlined "Cleaner Polishes Off Patients". The story follows:
"It seems that every Friday morning a celaner would enter the ward, remove the plug that powered the patient's life support system, plug her floor polisher into the cacant socket, then go about her business. When she had finished her chores, she would plug the life support machine back in and leave, unaware that the patient was now dead. she could not, after all, hear the screams and eventual death rattle over the whirring of her polisher.
"We are sorry and have sent a strong letter to the cleaner in question. Further, the Free State Health and Welfare Department is arranging for an electrican to fit an extra socket, so there should be no repetition of this incident. The enquiry is now closed."
The Truth: Rumors of death-by-cleaning-lady incident floated around South AFrica for years before reporters at a South African newspaper named Die Volksblad decided, in 1996, to see if there was any truth to them. They ran the article asking relatives of any of the victims to come forward. No one did...but another South African paper picked up the story--and finally the Cape Times nustakenly ran the story as an actual occurence, rather than a regional newspaper's attempt to track down an urban legend.