Facebook Privacy Hoax Surfaces Yet Again!


(PCM) Please everyone, stop posting that silly legal notice about protecting your privacy on Facebook. It is a hoax and it is the very same hoax that has been circulating around the internet for several years! There is certainly nothing wrong with being concerned about your privacy on Facebook and other social networking sites, however posting a proven to be fake legal status does not change any of the terms that you agreed to when you first opened your account.

The hoax that is making the rounds now claims that Facebook will begin charging $5.99 per month and requests that users update their status with the following statement:

As of [insert date and time], I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste

Once again, this hoax has been debunked by Snopes.com and they claim that Facebook users do indeed still own the rights to all of their intellectual property, however Facebook’s terms of service that you agree to when signing up,give them permission to use what you post, so long as the posting is public. There you have it everyone!

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Gilligan’s Island – Why Did They Stay on the Island for so Long?

GilliganIIGilligan’s Island premiered on September 26, 1964, lasting three seasons through September 4, 1967. Basically, it started with our seven castaways on a three hour boat tour around Hawaii. A freak storm shipwrecked them on a deserted island. In 98 episodes, they all got along pretty well, a shining example of how we could all live harmoniously together, if we really gave the effort.

Some say that these seven people represented the seven deadly sins. Others say that they represent the seven continents. Others think that these seven were chosen purely for the (pre-PC) demographics.

A typical episode consisted of:
1. A chance to get off the island.
2. Gilligan inadvertently ruins that chance.
3. They forgive Gilligan.
4. 50/50 chance they were better off staying on the island.

There are several theories as to why the castaways were on the island for such a long time. The Pop Culture Madness Staff has painstakingly researched the many theories, and have come up with the following possible most likely scenarios.

Gilligan – Although it seemed that a storm genuinely knocked the boat uncontrollably off course, some investigators aren’t so sure that Gilligan didn’t want to just stay on the island. He was often seen lounging around, often leisurely fishing or just listening to rock music on the radio. He had two beautiful girls doing his cooking and cleaning, and had no real responsibility to speak of. Living that life of luxury, is it any wonder that he often “goofed up” any attempt at rescue?

Mister Howell (Thurston Howell III) – This millionaire Harvard graduate brought enough in money and changes of clothes for far longer than a “three hour tour.” Some have theorized that this wily man was actually dating a certain famous actress, and it was more than coincidence that movie star Ginger Grant, along with his trusting, loving wife, went along on his little “escape”. The Howells and Ginger “happened” to bring much more with them than any of the other passengers. Had he somehow arranged for an “experienced” crew, two beautiful women, and with one of the world’s smartest men to end up on this “deserted” isle, well prepared for a long stay?

The Professor (Roy Hinkley) – One of the world’s most educated men, some point to the fact that he had may have had a wife, and three “very lovely girls” at home. Without even getting into why he went on this cruise without his family, there are many unanswered questions. His claim that he was doing research for his upcoming book “Fun With Ferns” doesn’t make any sense at all, if he was truly expecting a three hour boat tour.

How did he keep his shirt so white on that island? It just doesn’t seem right.

We suppose it was just a happy coincidence that he brought so many books with him, but did he really need them? His known education included a B.A. from USC, a B.S. from UCLA, an M.A. from SM, and his Ph. D. from TCU. Professor Hinkley was clearly capable of building a boat to bring the castaways home. Some have suggested that he had a somewhat reasonable chance to “score” with Mary Ann or Ginger, but his actions never indicated any such interest. Something kept him on the island, afraid or unable to get back to civilization.

Mary Ann Summers – This young lady from Kansas was seemingly the most down-to-earth and likable person on the island. Poll after poll of male viewers preferred the company of Mary Ann over Ginger by a 4 to 1 margin. Along with the professor, she was an solo unlikely tourist. More than one investigator has indicated a belief that she was having an affair with the (married?) professor.

Ginger Grant – Ginger was seemingly starved for constant attention, like most actors. Our investigations indicated that there are only two undeniable facts about this movie star: 1. She was doing research for an upcoming Broadway show, as Cleopatra in “Pyramid for Two”. 2. She played her “sex kitten” role to get whatever she wanted while on the island. Rumors persist about a long term, pre-shipwreck affair with Thurston Howell.

Lovey Howell – The aristocratic Lovey Wentworth Howell was naive enough to believe that nothing was going between her husband and Ginger Grant, yet was generally aware of what was going on in her surroundings, especially what one should wear for the surprisingly many events that went on in the deserted island. She was often the liaison between the castaways and island intruders, and saved the seven on more than one occasion. Out of everyone, she had the least reason to go ‘isle.’

The Skipper (Captain Jonas Grumby) – Many believe he knew more than he let on. I and others have noted that he often would look right in our direction, straight through the fourth wall, right before hitting his “little buddy” Gilligan in the head with his cap. You would almost think that he knew we were there, watching him.

Every indication is that his intentions were never less than honorable on the island. Easily the most powerful of the bunch, he seemed to have a deep-rooted guilt over the group being shipwrecked, although it clearly was the fault of the weather reporting station, which had played the previous day’s forecast, calling for clear, calm seas.

Most of the evidence seems to point to Mr. Howell for getting them all stuck on the island, and at Gilligan for keeping them there.
What do you think?


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According to J.K. Rowling We Have Been Mispronouncing The Name Voldemort For Years!


(PCM) Author J.K. Rowling blew the minds of Harry Potter fans all over the world after revealing via Twitter that we have all been mispronouncing the name of Lord Voldemort, in fact even the actors starring the “Harry Potter” film franchise have been making the same mistake.

The revelation came after one Harry Potter fan tweeted “One piece of Harry Potter trivia I always forget to mention: the “t” is silent in Voldemort, according to @jk_rowling.” Rowling responded and confirmed the theory by tweeting ““… but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounces it that way.”

Fans could not believe that they had been pronouncing it wrong for all these years, however they are definitely taking Rowlings’ word for it!  No need to fret too much as loyal Harry Potter fans know that Lord Voldemort’s name should probably not be spoken in the first place and perhaps they were pronouncing his name with the “t” so as not to invoke him … hmm.. food for thought!

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The Folklore & Legends of Mirrors

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

We all know that phrase and not just because of the Snow White trend that has crept into pop culture in the recent past with the likes of two Snow White movies (Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman) and Once Upon a Time, a fairy tale themed TV series with Snow White leading the list of main characters, but because we grew up surrounded by these legends and lore.

And we’re surrounded by plenty of mirrors these days, too.

Now, some of us may enjoy taking that glimpse in the mirror, but if you think too long on any of the tales, superstitions and beliefs that surround mirrors, mirrors could end up seeming pretty terrifying. I mean, mirrors are kind of spooky whether they’re in a funhouse or in your bathroom. They have that perpetual sense of anticipation and, perhaps, even fear due to the stories we’ve grown up on and the ways we’ve seen them come to life in entertainment.

After all, there is plenty of material to work with and expand upon. One of the oldest and most common beliefs about mirrors, that our reflections contain part of our souls, underlies nearly ever mirror tale there is. A soul is nothing to mess around this and many ancient cultures believed the soul in danger of getting trapped in a mirror due to this connection to one’s reflection.

While this premise is not exactly the base of the Magic Mirror in Snow White (although if you watch Once Upon a Time and know the danger and evil that we’ve seen in Sidney Glass you may see a connection), it is indeed the root of many other superstitions around mirrors.  Check out these familiar scares below.

 7 Years Bad Luck:

We all know this one. Break a mirror and you’ve got 7 years of bad luck! So, who do we have to thank for this nagging thought in the back of our minds every time there’s a crack in our mirror? The Romans! Believe it or not, this superstition dates all the way back to when glass mirrors were first created. Believing the connection between reflection and soul to be true, the Romans likewise believed that to break a mirror (ie. One’s reflection) was to break a piece of the soul of the individual as well.

But why 7 years? Again, it’s all about the soul. The Romans attributed the seven years worth of bad luck to the belief that life renewed itself every seven years. Thus, breaking a mirror is breaking a soul which is breaking your health. (Follow that?) It was only after seven years that the soul is regenerated and the bad luck washed away.


Especially with the current trends in pop culture, there is no doubt that we’ve all seen our share of vampire movies, TV shows and more, which means that at some point in time we’ve likely encountered that revealing moment when the vampire (or someone suspected of being a vampire) is standing before a mirror and yet there is no reflection.

Again, this has everything to do with the soul. After all, vampires are the undead and if you know anything about vampires, you know they do not have souls. So, if we follow the belief that our reflection contains a part of our souls… a soulless being would have no reflection.

Bloody Mary:

This myth is perhaps one of the scariest and best known of our time. It’s an urban legend and thus, by nature, surrounded by a variety of different tellings, but the general idea is that if you if you stand in front of a mirror and say “Bloody Mary” repeatedly, she’ll appear in the mirror to cause you harm. Whether you’re most familiar with this tale from your torment-loving siblings or any of the depictions on screen (be it in Candyman, Paranormal Activity 3 or The CW’s Supernatural), you know you don’t want her coming around.

Bloody Mary is a soul trapped in a mirror, looking to cause harm to those who invoke her.  She’s been harmed herself and looking to bring that pain to others.

Other Mirror Superstitions at a Glance:

– Falling asleep in front of a mirror is dangerous, because the soul leaves the body while sleeping and upon return may get confused by the reflection and enter the mirror rather than your body.

– Many cultures break the mirrors of the deceased or cover them up so that the dead would not see their reflection and decide to remain back and haunt their home.

– Other cultures will cover mirrors at a wake so that the soul of the deceased does not become trapped. All reflective surfaces – including water and household appliances – would need to be covered up.

– Mirrors were often used in traditional witchcraft as tools for scrying or performing spells.

– A newborn child should not look into a mirror until their first year due to the belief that the soul is still developing at that time.

– It is bad luck to have two mirrors facing one another.

– The mirror has ties to water due to both of their reflective natures. This brings to mind myths and folklore like the story of Narcissus.

– Mirrors cannot lie. (Hence the Magic Mirror of Snow White fame…)

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Relax! NASA Says A Giant Asteroid WILL NOT Destroy The Earth This September!


(PCM) Conspiracy theorists were in a tizzy as internet rumors began swirling that a giant asteroid was careening towards the Earth and that we were due for a global catastrophe that could possibly end human life as we know it. NASA has now put those fears to rest letting everyone know that as far as they know the world will not be coming to an end next month as they see no asteroid in sight that would impact the Earth in that particular time frame.

In a statement NASA says “There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates ( between Sept. 15 and 28, 2015)”. The rumors stated that the asteroid was scheduled to make its’ impact with the Earth somewhere near Puerto Rico between Sept. 15 and 28, 2015, destroying swaths of North, Central and South America in its’ wake.

There even happens to be a Near-Earth Object office manned by NASA whose job it is to watch, track and categorize any type of asteroids or comets that happen to pass by within 300 million miles of the Earth. NASA goes on to say that not a single one of the identified objects even has a slight chance of impacting the Earth anytime within the next century.

NASA is even currently hard at work on a protection plan for Earth should a crisis with an asteroid or other celestial body come close to impact called the Asteroid Redirect Mission. They are developing a “gravity tractor” technique that would be able to divert the asteroid from coming into contact with the Earth’s surface.

So, relax everyone! NASA has it covered and we can rest assured that global dissemination will not occur next month, at least not in the form of a flying space object!

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Is It Possible That Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?


(PCM) It seems now that the very same researchers who discovered evidence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity have recently discovered that it actually doesn’t exist. In fact their new findings are completely opposite to what was initially discovered. The researchers completed a follow-up study to the one that was completely back in 2011 that founded the theory that diets that contain gluten can be the cause of gastrointestinal distress in people without celiac disease, which is an auto-immune disorder fueled by gluten.

Gluten is a protein that is heavily present in food such as wheat, barley and grains. After the news of the findings back in 2011 that gluten could also cause health issues for people not suffering from celiac disease, the gluten-free food industry skyrocketed. Sales of gluten-free products could hit $15 billion by 2016, while on 1% of Americans actually suffer from celiac disease, nearly 30% are keeping a gluten-free diet.

The gluten protein is found in any normal diet for the average person, so researchers, no satisfied with the initial theory that gluten was the culprit behind the gastrointestinal problems that many people were suffering from decided to test the theory once again. Those who participated in the new research study were given  high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets – even the placebo diet – caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn’t matter if the diet contained gluten.

The new study speaks for itself in proving that there was indeed no precise correlation between consuming gluten and suffering from gastrointestinal issues. In fact there could be other dietary triggers that have been wrongly interpreted as gluten-sensitivity that are the ultimate cause of the person’s gastrointestinal distress.   So, be careful of falling on the gluten-free bandwagon as the cause of your gastrointestinal issues could just be all in your head.

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