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The stolen kidney legend

This story came from the "DailyTexan" - the University of Texas newspaper. Apparently it occured during Fall Premier-a UT tradition that is a celebration of the end of midterms.

"Reason to not party anymore"

This guy went out last Saturday night to a party. He was having a good time, had a couple of beers and some girl seemed to like him and invited him to go to another party. He quickly agreed and decided to go along with her. She took him to a party in some apartment and they continued to drink, and even got involved with some other drugs (unknown which).

The next thing he knew, he woke up completely naked in a bathtub filled with ice. He was still feeling the effects of the drugs, but looked around to see he was alone. He looked down at his chest, which had "CALL 911 OR YOU WILL DIE" written on it in lipstick. He saw a phone was on a stand next to the tub, so he picked it up and dialed. He explained to the EMS operator what the situation was and that he didn't know where he was, what he took, or why he was really calling. She advised him to get out of the tub. He did, and she asked him to look himself over in the mirror. He did, and appeared normal, so she told him to check his back. He did, only to find two 9 inch slits on his lower back. She told him to get back in the tub immediately, and they sent a rescue team over. Apparently, after being examined, he found out more of what had happened. His kidneys were stolen. They are worth 10,000 dollars each on the black market. (I was unaware this even existed.) Several guesses are in order: The second party was a sham, the people involved had to be at least medical students, and it was not just recreational drugs he was given. Regardless, he is currently in the hospital on life support, awaiting a spare kidney. The University of Texas in conjunction with Baylor University Medical Center is conducting tissue research to match the sophomore student with a donor.

I wish to warn you about a new crime ring that is targeting business travelers. This ring is well organized, well funded, has very skilled personnel, and is currently in most major cities and recently very active in New Orleans. The crime begins when a business traveler goes to a lounge for a drink at the end of the work day. A person in the bar walks up as they sit alone and offers to buy them a drink. The last thing the traveler remembers until they wake up in a hotel room bathtub, their body submerged to their neck in ice, is sipping that drink. There is a note taped to the wall instructing them not to move and to call 911. A phone is on a small table next to the bathtub for them to call. The business traveler calls 911 who have become quite familiar with this crime. The business traveler is instructed by the 911 operator to very slowly and carefully reach behind them and feel if there is a tube protruding from their lower back. The business traveler finds the tube and answers, "Yes." The 911 operator tells them to remain still, having already sent paramedics to help. The operator knows that both of the business traveler's kidneys have been harvested. This is not a scam or out of a science fiction novel, it is real. It is documented and confirmable. If you travel or someone close to you travels, please be careful.

Sadly, this is very true. My husband is a Houston Firefighter/EMT and they have received alerts regarding this crime ring. It is to be taken very seriously. The daughter of a friend of a fellow firefighter had this happen to her. Skilled doctor's are performing these crimes! (which, by the way have been highly noted in the Las Vegas area). Additionally, the military has received alerts regarding this. This story blew me away. I really want as many people to see this as possible so please bounce this to whoever you can.

A warning similar to the "Good Times" virus warnings

If you receive an email entitled "JOIN THE CREW" do not open it!! It will erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this letter out to as many people as you can. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. This information was announced last week by IBM. Also, do not open or even look at any mail that says "RETURNED OR UNABLE TO DELIVER". This will attach itself to your computer components and render them useless. Immediately delete any mail items that say this. AOL has said this is very dangerous and that there is NO REMEDY for it at this time. Please practice cautionary messages and forward this to all your online friends ASAP!

Otherwise, enjoy your time spent in Cyberspace!!

A parody of "Good Times" and similar virus myths

Special thanks to Rick Dietrich for forwarding this....

> If you see a message with a subject line of "Badtimes," delete it
> immediately WITHOUT reading it. This is the most dangerous virus yet. It will
> re-write your hard drive. Not only that, but it will scramble any disks that are even close
> to your computer (20' range at 72 Fahrenheit). It will recalibrate your refrigerator's
> coolness setting so all your ice cream melts and milk curdles. It will demagnetize the
> strips on all your credit cards, reprogram your ATM access code, screw up the
> tracking on your VCR and use subspace field harmonics to scratch any
> CDs you try to play. It will give your ex-wife your new phone number. It will
> program your phone autodial to call only your mother-in-law's number. It will mix
> antifreeze into your fish tank. It will drink all your beer and leave its dirty socks
> on the coffee table when there's company coming over. It will hide your car
> keys when you are late for work and interfere with your car radio so that you
> hear 1940s hits and static while stuckin traffic.

> > "Badtimes" will make you fall in love with a hardened pedophile. It will
> give you nightmares about circus midgets. It will replace your shampoo
> with Nair and your Nair with Rogaine, all while dating your current girlfriend
> behind your back and billing their hotel rendezvous to your Visa card. It will
> seduce your grandmother. It does not matter if she is dead, such is the power of
> "Badtimes," it reaches out beyond the grave to sully those things we hold most
> dear. It will rewrite your back-up files, changing all your active verbs to passive tense
> and incorporating undetectable misspellings which grossly change the interpretation of
> key sentences. "Badtimes" will give you Dutch Elm disease. It will leave the toilet seat up and leave the hairdryer
> plugged in dangerously close to a full bathtub. It will wantonly remove the
> forbidden tags from your mattresses and pillows and refill your skim milk with whole. It is
> insidious and subtle. It is dangerous and terrifying to behold. It is also a rather
> interesting shade of mauve. These are just a few signs. Be very, very afraid. > PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!"


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