Before you next forward a letter that makes whatever various claim (however plausible it may sound), do a background check first. Do your part to stop annoyance in its tracks!
~ For info on CHAIN LETTERS, check out this great description of chain letters: http://www.cs.rutgers.edu/~watrous/chain-letters.html
~ For info on URBAN MYTHS/SCAMS, check out: Urban Legends Reference Pages: http://www.snopes.com
Internet ScamBusters: http://www.scambusters.org
~ For info on VIRUS HOAXES, check out: Computer Virus Myths: http://www.vmyths.com/ AntiVirus Research Center: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html
And yes, I shall fill you in on birthday details. I'm taking a rain check until at least Thursday night. Sigh, midterms.