Just Can't Believe Those Hoax Services on the Internet
Debunk the Debunkers
November 27, 2002
Have you ever thought about
going to one of the web myth/Hoax web sites that susposedly
debunk false claims on the internet? Some of them are good
and some of them are pure malarkee. One such site is the
Virus Hoaxies and Netlore.
In a series, Fires
at the Gas Pump, begun in July 2002 and updated
in November 2002, this web site tries to debunk the refueling
fires by attacking an email that was sent out by some unknown
person. The email had some good points and some inaccuracte
points. However, it did a good job of saving lives. The
points about a cell phone causing the problem are false.
However, static ignited fires are real. Please visit our
On the Virus Hoaxies and
Netlore web site they are quoted as saying:
letter is essentially correct, but what Renkes also reported
that we refuel our automobiles 16 to 18 BILLION times a
year, and that it is still an extremely safe process. In
fact, when I was a kid and all stations were full service
I have vivid memories of many service station attendants
filling my dad's car while smoking like a chimney, and I
don't remember evenone of them bursting into flames. I'm
not saying that smoking while refueling is a good idea,
but how paranoid have we become that we feel the need to
"warn everyone in the world" about a stray spark
from a cell phone, or a static spark from our fingers.
Even if unreported cases
were double or triple the number of incidents that were
reported to the PEI this is still an incredibly small percentage
of all people refueling their cars. Your chances of winning
a state lottery are better than those of experiencing a
fire at the pumps. I'm not saying people shouldn't be careful,
but as an alternative I think that advising people to hold
on to the handrail while climbing the stairs is probably
more likely to prevent injuries than refueling tips about
(lit cigarette) is less of an ignition source than a high
energy static arc. The author obviously does not know that
and bases his and only his opinion on the fact that he and
only he has never had a gas fire.
I hope the author of this
web site does not experience what Mr.
Sierra or Mr.
Canfora had to endure.
The moral is:don't trust
the myth/hoax sites to give you the truth. Sometimes they