Myth Blaster: Doomsday December 21st, 2012

If any of you are worried about the Mayan Calendar and the impending doom that has been prolifically published on the Internet and in books, dated as December 21st, 2012 – let me allay your fears. But first, allow me to explain just what this is about …

Archaeological evidence has revealed that the Maya had several accurate calendars, which included one known as the Long Count Calendar that uses a series of periods called cycles to count days, months, and years. According to the Long Count Calendar, a major cycle that lasted 394.3 years ends on December 21st, 2012; which doomsayers, probably the same people who predicted an Ice Age ten years ago and now advocates doom in the form of Global Warming, state there will be a major global catastrophe when the calendar ends.

What they either don’t know or forgot to mention is that another cycle begins on December 22nd, 2012 and ends in 2406. No archaeological evidence has shown that the Mayans who made these calendars ever predicted a doomsday scenario in tune with their calendars. The Aztecwere in to making calendars as well, their calendar resets in 2027. 

I liked the entertaining film 2012 — but that is just what it was — Hollywood entertainment. Special effects is awesome.
 

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Now for your trivia entertainment, I present the following factoids from the NASA FAQ web page concerning the year 2012:

The only doom I can see in 2012 is if the American voters are naïve enough to allow Barack Hussein Obama a second term as President of the United States.
Heavens to Mergatroid! [Term used by Snagglepuss]

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Myth Blaster: "No Matter What" by Walter Williams

There is a chain email floating around that is attributed to Dr. Walter Williams, a distinguished economist, advocate for limited government, repealing 16th Amendment, and a syndicated columnist. He has provided good advice to Americans and served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia as Professor of Economics since 1980. 
The title of this article attributed to Dr. Williams is entitled “No Matter What”. There are comments from various people passing it on and as usual — “if you disagree, delete this email”.

Myth Blaster Verdict for this one is – FALSE.
It is not necessarily an intentional Hoax by the person who sent it out via chain email. Reason is, a website – RiteOnpublished it with a title of “No Matter What” on April 1st2011, and according to their apology page [PDF], under the column entitled “A Bad Dream” [PDF format] they published it without confirming its source.
You will find a rendition of the hoax column NOT written by Walter Williams and more detail as far a s the hoax by at:
Another example of people sending out chain email in flurries instead of taking the time to make sure it is legitimate.
If folks don’t have the time to research – send it to me at my Email link below:

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Myth Blaster: Quotes from BH Obama’s Books

Received an email from a regular reader and email correspondent that had alleged Obama quotes.
The Myth Blaster verdict is FALSE, with few exceptions on the list. The email is sent in variations, probably people along the way add more of their own making. You can get a complete list at Truth or Fiction website. 
Here are truthful quotes:

I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.

There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe, And white – he’d said himself that was a problem.

It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike our and name names. [Obama is wrestling with his identity while a college student.]

Yes, I’d seen weakness in other men— Gramps and his disappointments, Lolo and his compromise. But these men had become object lessons for me, men I might love but never emulate, white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela. [Dubois was a ruthless dictator in the Caribbean and Malcolm was a racist, assassinated by someone of his own race — email quote was incomplete and out of context] Mandela and Martin would seem to be the best icon for anyone to emulate.

In comments about Muslims, here is the real quote from his book, The Audacity of Hope:

Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging.  They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

Conservatives and those against liberal-socialists and generally hypocritical politically correct crowd, complain about the way they take things out of context or just plain make things up, especially if they cannot find factual data to back them up … here we have the same thing, which in my opinion is just as bad, if not worse.
When it comes to finding and revealing the Truth and the true character of someone – we don’t need to make things up to make a point, for the facts speak for itself. 
If you want to reduce such biased, untruthful, mean-spirited passing of “information” – be your own censor. If the statement or email does not have a verifiable source, although this one stated it came from Obama’s two books, than it must be followed up upon. The point is if you are not SURE it is truth – don’t be so quick to pass it along as if it were. This is the way to fight against Chain Mail, at least that which is false and unfairly criticizing someone.
How can anyone say they have better character than someone else if they themselves show bad character in presenting false statements or accusations against that person?
Help fight misinformation, folks. Don’t forward something like what is mentioned above. I didn’t publish the ones that were false, wouldn’t give the moron, low-life who made this up the satisfaction. 
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Myth Blaster: GE Wisconsin Moving To China

Joan B. of Illinois sent the following email that Snopeshas researched as TRUE. …
Suggestion to the US government: Get rid of income tax, replace it with a flat rate consumption tax where NO one gets a free ride and everyone pays according to what they can spend. It’s called FairTax and it has been on the books as a bill presentation since 2002. I know the government is slow, unless IRS is after you – but citizens of America, don’t ask, insist that the 16th Amendment be repealed and replaced with the FairTax system! Presently the government, in charge of our education system, is ramming Spanish down our throats instead of insisting that English be the official language – soon they will be insisting that Chinese be a preferred (only one available, thus no choice – being as colleges require a minimum of two years foreign language). 
Why don’t they just give our country to the highest bidder?

My deepest sympathy to the fellow Americans in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Maybe this is an incentive to start making the government pay attention to the constitutional meaning of limited government and the fair tax system — and be more careful who you vote for. Here is the email entry received:
____________
General Electric Keep your eye on Waukesha, Wisconsin……Their biggest employer just moved out.
Thanks Jeff, you’re a “real” American….give Barack our Best !!

General Electric is planning to move its 115-year-old X-ray division from Waukesha, Wis., to Beijing. In addition to moving the headquarters,
 the company will invest $2 billion in China and train more than 65 engineers and create six research centers. This is the same GE that made $5.1 billion in the United States last year. but paid no taxes-the same company that employs more people overseas than it does in the united States.
So let me get this straight. President Obama appointed GE Chairman Jeff Immelt to head his commission on job creation (job czar). Immelt is supposed to help create jobs. I guess the President forgot to tell him in which country he was supposed to be creating those jobs.
If this doesn’t show you the total lack of leadership of this President, I don’t know what does. Please pass this information to others and think about it before you buy a GE product.

…or vote for Obama again.
________
As a side interest …  

Myth Blaster: Origin of TAPS Bugle Call

I thought the urban legend tale of the origin of the haunting bugle sounds of “Tap” had died away – it just resurfaced. 
Previously I had sent email to folks giving them the true historical version that West Point historians had researched and wrote. Now, I guess it is time to show the email fraudulent version and then reveal the true history …

It all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.
During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moan of a soldier who lay mortally wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.
Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.
The captain lit a lantern. Suddenly, he caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, he enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial despite his enemy status. His request was partially granted.
The captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for the son at the funeral. That request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. Out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.
The captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of his dead son's uniform.
This wish was granted. This music was the haunting melody we now know as "Taps" that is used at all military funerals.
In case you are interested, these are the words to "TAPS":
Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the lakes,
From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh
.

MYTH BLASTER VERDICT: FALSE
The real story is told from newspaper stories written in 1868 and eyewitness accounts and the origin of bugle calls written in an article Century Magazine, August 1898.
Originally the bugle Taps notes were played when the soldier’s day ended called Lights Out(or originally Extinguish Lightsin the 1867 Army drill manual).But then in was used at burials for soldiers. The person who originally played Extinguish Lights (Taps) was Oliver W.Norton. General Daniel Butterfield was the original writer of the notes, or at least a revised version of the original melody. This call was used in replacement of Extinguish Lights in Butterfield’s brigade, played by Norton.
The real version isn’t as romantic as the made up one or maybe someone decided to embellish to make it more interesting. In Butterfield biography there is also a short account of the Taps history and legend.
The lyric to the email version is the only thing correct. 
SEE ALSO:
Snopes
Urban Legends 

Myth Blaster: Andy Rooney Comments from "60 Minutes"

Quills, Iowa, sent an e-mail floating around that has been ascribed to coming from Andy Rooney.

Myth Blaster Verdict
False. The following is one of the versions. See also Snopes, Knowledge Hound, Answers.com, and Urban Legends Netlore Archive. Here is one of the versions being sent around …

Right on, Andy Rooney!

Andy Rooney said on “60 Minutes” a few weeks back:

I don’t think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black Am erica. Try to have things like the UnitedCaucasianCollege Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens…Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, that is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I have the right “NOT” to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling, it is the Law of Probability.

I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather didn’t die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can’t understand the word “freeze” or “stop” in English, see the above lines.

I don’t think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can o pen a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.

We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

I don’t hate the rich I don’t pity the poor.

I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn’t stop you from watching them.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that’s better, and put your name on the building.

It doesn’t take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say “NO!”


I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don’t pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don’t want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!

I am sick of “Political Correctness.” I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa; so how can they be “African-Americans”? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don’t go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else

And if you don’t like my point of view, tough…

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

I was asked to send this on if I agree or delete if I don’t. It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having “In God We Trust” on our money and having “God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don’t we just tell the 14% to Shut Up and BE QUIET!!!

Myth Blaster: Old Hoax Back – Two Moons

Kritter Girl sent this recirculated chain email:

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles off earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons.

MYTH BLASTER VERDICT:
FALSE – then and still is.
This is probably the shortest Myth Blaster entry since its conception!

Myth Blaster: Muslims Tie Up Traffic Every Friday

Helen Marie T. sent an email circulating around complete with photos, one shown below and the following text:

A Christian Nation cannot put up a Christmas scene of the baby Jesus in a public place, but the Muslims can stop normal traffic every Friday afternoon by worshiping in the streets … Something is happening in America that is reminiscent of what is happening in Europe. This is Political Correctness gone crazy. This is an accurate picture of every Friday afternoon in several locations throughout NYC where there are mosques with a large number of Muslims that cannot fit into the mosque. They fill the surrounding streets, facing east for a couple of hours between about 2 & 4 pm – Besides this one at 42nd St & Madison Ave, there is another, even larger group at 94th St & 3rd Ave, etc, etc.

 Also, I presume, you are aware of the dispute over building another “high rise” Mosque a few blocks from “ground zero” – with regard to that one, the “Imam” refuses to disclose where the $110 million dollars to build it is coming from and there is a lawsuit filed to force disclosure of that information –

Just some facts FYI – but then, you have your own troubles with the “immigration” problem and the new AZ law – November can’t come soon enough.

This is in New York City on Madison Avenue, not in France or the Middle East or Yemen or Kenya.

Is there a message here? Yes there is, and they are claiming America for Allah. If we don’t wake up soon, we are going to “politically correct” ourselves right out of our own country!

“For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good people to do nothing”  Edmund Burke

MYTH BLASTER VERDICT:
Mixture of TRUTH mingled with FALSE statements.
First the photos are real, they are just taken out of context. Believe only half of what you see and nothing you hear
Snopes received a chain email with the same photos, but the text was worded differently – with variations in some, but all with similar context. Myth Blaster takes the reader further into investigating the chain email …
To begin with, yes, we founded as a Christian nation that also provided an amendment to the Constitution concerning freedom of religion; obviously important enough to be the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States called the Bill of Rights which declared unalienable rights to the People; while the main text of the Constitution addressed the limitations of government. 
As a side note here, not all the Founders followed the Church in matters of Christian ideology. 
The scene you see in the photos does not occur every Friday afternoon. Even in Muslim countries, when someone cannot be near a mosque, they do not pray and hold up traffic.
The five important [mandatory for devout Muslim] prayer times for NYC time zone are: 04:49, 06:10, 1:00pm, 4:48pm, 7:49pm and Isha‘a prayer at 9:11pm. [Note the last prayer time in evening?] Odd.
According to Snopes, and AP and  other sources, the photos were taken at an annual event that has taken place since 1985 in New York City – the annual Muslim Day Parade. There is even a “>YouTube video of the parade held on October 18th 2009. This year it will be scheduled on September 26th.
The mention of how Christians are harassed, more appropriately persecuted, by the American political Left, specifically the politically correct political party who call themselves Democratic, believe in freedom of religion only when it suits them. For some reason, it is forbidden to denounce encroachment upon American traditions, even to the point of changing its true history, in order to achieve its goal of domination. Whether conscious of it or not, they are indeed aiding and abetting the enemy of the free world, a movement based upon religious domination, and who care nothing about the rights and liberties of others who are not Muslim. Just as between the late 600s and into the year 1,000 AD and beyond, their religion has been one of conquest and destruction of all who do not follow their religious ways and form of theocracy
Isn’t it strange that Christians and their organizations have been accused of what the Islamic fundamentals are presently doing?
This is what people are warning, but whoever put this together compromised themselves to be spreaders of misinformation just as surely as the enemy of freedom and liberty does quietly in the background abusing the tolerance of free nations and using it for subversion and ultimately domination. This has, of course, been clearly stated as to their purpose by Muslim clerics and leaders of the Islamic fascist organizations and rogue national leaders.
Muslims, followers of Islam, should be afforded their rights as American citizens to practice and follow their religious beliefs; however, as any religion, those rights to practice do not include destruction of the rights of other religions. If this was not meant to be when our nation was founded, our nation would strictly be a Christian nation, instead of just a Christian majority nation.
Our American leadership must use common sense and the US Constitution as its authority to quell any subversive element, entity or organization whose purpose is to make the Constitution and the Bill of Rights null and void, and change our nation from a Jeffersonian republic to a theocracy – for that is clearly what too many American citizen Muslim clerics have made clear is their agenda when advocating Sharia law.
It was not wrong to plan and begin building a mosque center near Ground Zero, but it was certainly not the right thing to do. Comments from the Muslim clerics behind it clearly show that it was not to serve the needs of New York City Muslims, but to poke a stick in the eye and defy the fact that Islamic fundamentalists committed mass murder in New York City (twice actually) and 3,000 died because of it.
Shame on the Muslim clerics for using our system to betray fellow Americans and shame on them to abuse our tolerance. Shame on the politicians who allowed the Islamic organization to receive a building permit.
The chain email points out that America will soon look like nations in Europe, the Muslims gaining control because of their political correctness and domination by the Left political ideologies. It is a fear and a warning to Americans that we must not bend to PC, nor should we repeat what President FDR did concerning the internment camps – but regain our traditions and constitutional laws; and tell those who come here to change them – go back where they came from if that is what they want.
Finally, at the end of the chain email there is a quote attributed to Edmund Burke, which even this the person got wrong, here is the correct quote:

All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.

Out of the 101 quotes from Edmund Burke’s writings, this one is probably the most used.
Whoever the author is, I extend some advice: If you do not want to make your cause or opinion or advocacy be disavowed; do not act like the political Left and sprinkle truth within propaganda or twist what is said by others.
Question to ponder … How will the political Left feel about living under Sharia law and why do they side with an element who is anti-homosexual and against everything the political Left CLAIMS they are for? 
Freedom of religion is a liberty that must be adhered to; however, it is obvious that any religion that commits mass murder, violence toward other religions and human sacrifice in their rituals and doctrine must be the earmarks of where to draw the line. The major problem with liberal-progressives is they DON’T know where to draw the line or want to.
It has been a long time coming that political correctness be thrown in the garbage bin of history; and it is long overdue to elect leadership who is not afraid to stand up to bullies and religious fanatics addressing them as they are. Moderate Islamic clerics don’t say what was said by the New York Imam
PC is a tool for the enemy and fools who believe it to be something other than not good for America.

Myth Blaster: Red Shirt Friday

Diane S, Wisconsin wants to know if the email she received is legitimate concerning wearing red on Fridays …

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded the flight, I turned to the sergeant, … and inquired if he was heading home. “No,” he responded. …
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. …

The original version is at Snopes, who comments:

As with other schemes intended to create a demonstration of solidarity or support for a particular group through some type of visible display, there is not truth or falsity to be uncovered here.

In other words, it is just a doctored mundane example of something that is neither true or false; yet could be a good thing to advocate considering the cause.

Myth Blaster Verdict
Neither true or false, the added portion about the sergeant in Chicago is unverifiable, which makes it convenient for the story teller. Urban Legends wrote of wearing red shirts

In the spring of 2006, a “wear red on Fridays to show support for the troops” crusade began developing in Canada after Lisa Miller and Karen Boire, the wives of two Canadian servicemen, thought to adapt the 2005 American exhortation quoted above to Canadians serving overseas and post the revamped suggestion to their web site, MarriedToTheCanadianForces.com. Their “Red Fridays” movement has been widely publicized and has proved to be very popular among military and non-military families alike. … Red, by the way, is a color very strongly associated with all things Canadian, which possibly accounts for part of the reason for the program’s being embraced so enthusiastically by the U.S.’s northern neighbor. … 29 September 2006

Myth Blaster: The Case of the the Toxic Pancakes

Tara M, Wisconsin sent an email and suggested that this makes a good notation for Myth Blaster …

BerryPancakeI recently made a batch of pancakes for my healthy 14-year-old son, using a mix that was in our pantry. He said that they tasted “funny”, but ate them anyway. About 10 minutes later, he began having difficulty breathing and his lips began turning purple. I gave him his allergy pill, had him sit on the sofa and told him to relax. He was wheezing while inhaling and exhaling. My husband, a volunteer Firefighter and EMT, heated up some water, and we had my son lean over the water so the steam could clear his chest and sinuses. Soon, he breathing became more regular and his lips returned to a more normal color. We checked the date on the box of pancake mix and, to my dismay, found it was very outdated. As a reference librarian at an academic institution, I have the ability to search through many research databases. I did just that, and found an article the next day that mentioned a 19-year-old male dying after eating pancakes made with outdated mix. Apparently, the mold that forms in old pancake mix can be toxic! When we told our friends about son’s close call, we were surprised at the number of people who mentioned that they should check their own pancake mix since they don’t use it often, or they had purchased it some time ago. With so many people shopping at warehouse-type stores and buying large sizes of pancake mix, I hope your readers will take the time to check the expiration date on their boxes. Also, beware of outdated Bisquick, cake, brownie and cookie mixes.



The email then references the following source: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/pancake.asp
The email didn’t mention that this story originated in a Dear Abby column in an April 2006 submitted by Sue in Wantskill,[sic] N.Y. Abby’s reply:
Thank you for the warning. I certainly wasn’t aware that pancake mix could turn moldy and cause an allergic reaction in someone with an allergy to mold – but it’s logical. I wonder if the same holds true for cake mix, brownie mix and cookie mix. If so, then a warning should be placed on the box for people like me. …
And, of course, the email sent to Tara had a Snopes (Urban Legends) link, which reads, in part:

… There is truth in this tale. Yet its inherent warning is overblown.
While we cannot vet the incident described by “Sue in Wyantskill”
 [sic] involving her 14-year-old son, the underlying claim is demonstrably true …
In 2001, two pathologists practicing in Charleston, South Carolina, reported an unnamed 19-year-old who died in such a manner. … The cause of his death was determined to be anaphylaxis due to an allergic reaction to molds. … The pancake mix that delivered a toxic payload was analyzed and found to contain four rather nasty molds: Penicillium, Fusarium, Mucor, and Aspergillus. …
It needs to be kept in mind there is noting inherently toxic about pancake mix that has passed its freshness date, the product’s getting old does not transform it into a poison, nor does the growth of mold within opened boxes of flapjack powder turn it into something that will fell all who ingest it. Only those who have allergies to mold are at risk, and even then, for the pancake mix to pose a hazard it has to contain mold spores, not just be over the hill. For mold to gain access to a food product, the foodstuff has to be exposed to its spores. Pancake mix cocooned in an unbleached wax paper, plastic, or a foil pouch within its outer packaging wouldn’t have this contact and should still be safe no matter how old it gets. However, mix sold unpouched in cardboard boxes, or paper sacks would likely be at risk even if the box or sack hadn’t been previously been opened, because such packaging would not necessarily keep dampness out, and mold thrives in damp environments.
What does all this mean? If you don’t have a mold allergy, you needn’t fear your pancake mix; if you do have such sensitivity, you shouldn’t keep your flapjack makings around for a few years opening the box or pouch it came in. …

Myth Blaster Verdict
Of course, I agree with Snopes findings and add that there are many food pouches and packets that the military and civil defense folks use in case of some kind of emergency and they all recommend to replace them if the package is damaged and if they expiration date has come and gone. In all my born days I have never heard of anyone keeping an opened box of pancake mix (or any other type of mix) sitting in their pantry for years, or even months. And those that are in to keeping an emergency food supply for survival reasons et cetera, rotate their stock by using and replacing the emergency supply just before the expiration date arrives.
And the gist of what Snopes writes is that one should use caution, but do not become panicked over the tale of the 14-year-old and the verified story of the 19-year-old with allergies. Just with many things – use common sense. There is truth to it, but some email embellishes upon the original causing the situation to become “overblown”.
Thanks Tara for this submission.