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11 Lies People (And My Mom) Tell About Drugs

This story originally appeared here at The Fix.

When I was a kid, I remember being terrified about going to junior high school. My mom told me that kids were going to try and force me to do drugs. I wouldn’t be safe at recess, or in the halls. They were going to hold me down and force drugs down my throat.

It wasn’t until later that I realized how totally ridiculous this was. People either possess drugs because they like them and want to take them to get high, or because they want to sell them and make money. There is no instance where someone has drugs with the plan of jamming them down some 7th graders throat. No way that happens.

This was the first, but not the last, time that I was lied to about drugs. Here are 10 other lies I’ve heard over the years.

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RIP Colin Wilson (?)

200px-Colin_WilsonSharon Hill at Doubtful News reports that the incredibly prolific author died Thursday. With the exception of a death date on his Wiki page and this blog entry, I can find no other confirmation, so you may want to take this as a rumor for now.

Via DoubtfulNews:

Wilson will be remembered for his large body of work including those that may be familiar to Forteans and Paranormalists. He also wrote several Lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos pieces, also about true crime, biographies of historical figures, and serial killers. Some of the popular books you may have or have come across in your library:

The Unexplained (1975)
Mysterious Powers (US title They Had Strange Powers) (1975)
Enigmas and Mysteries (1975)
The Geller Phenomenon (1975)
Mysteries (1978)
Poltergeist!: A Study in Destructive Haunting (1981)
The Goblin Universe (with Ted Holiday, 1982)
The Psychic Detectives: The Story of Psychometry and Paranormal Crime Detection (1984)
The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries (with Damon Wilson, 1987)
Unsolved Mysteries (with Damon Wilson, 1993)
From Atlantis to the Sphinx (1996)
The Unexplained Mysteries of the Universe (1997)
The Atlas of Sacred Places (1997)
World Famous UFOs (2005)
Atlantis and the Kingdom of the Neanderthals (2006)

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China Criminalizes Spreading False Rumors Online That Go Viral

online rumorsWill the jails of the future be filled with those condemned for trollcrimes? ZDNet reports:

Online users in China who share false information that is defamatory or affect national interest will face up to three years in prison if their posts are viewed 5,000 times or forwarded 500 times.

This is a new judicial interpretation issued Monday by the country’s Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate, which defines the criteria for convicting and sentencing offenders who spread rumors online that defame, blackmail or provoke, China Daily reported.

The judicial interpretation also states that profiting from helping people delete posts is illegal, and anyone who gains more than 20,000 yuan (US$3,270) through this practice will see their case treated as “serious”. So far, prominent Chinese venture capitalist Charles Xue Biqun, investigative journalist Liu Hu, and Weibo users Yang Xiuyu and Qin Zhihui have been arrested and detained for fabricating online rumors.

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