New Facebook Hoax 2012: Shrimp + Vitamin C = Arsenic Poisoning?

Again I got another Facebook share from my caring Facebook friends claiming a woman suddenly passed away unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth and eyes… because of eating Shrimp and Vitamin C!!! Yup! Another Say What moment from me: Shrimps and Vitamin C!!!

The Facebook Share comes with a picture of a woman with blood flowing on her face.

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Note: Image edited to protect privacy of the woman in the photo.

The text after the photo goes like this:

Please read if you eat shrimps – Very Educative:
A woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth & eyes.

After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed that death was due to arsenic poisoning.
Where did the arsenic come from?

The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation. A medical school professor was invited to come to solve the case.
The professor carefully looked at the contents. In less than half an hour, the mystery was solved.
The professor said: ‘The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!’
Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death?
The professor said: ‘The arsenic was produced in the stomach of the deceased.’ The deceased used to take ‘Vitamin C‘ everyday, which in itself is not a problem.
The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem that’s why nothing happened to her family even though they had the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took ‘vitamin C‘, that is where the problem was!

Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States , found through experiments, food such as soft-shell contain much higher concentration of five
potassium arsenic compounds.

Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body.

However, in taking ‘vitamin C‘, chemical reaction occurs and the original non-toxic elements change to toxic elements.

Arsenic poisoning has magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood vessels. Therefore, a person who dies of arsenic poisoning will show signs of bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth & eyes. Thus as a precautionary measure,

DO NOT eat shrimp/prawn when taking ‘vitamin C‘.

After reading this; please do not be stingy. Re-share to your friends.

Very educative indeed!!!

But wait… This one is familiar because I got it before via email (maybe some 8~9 years ago, I cannot recall when was it exactly) and it was just an email hoax then but now it got recycled to fit into the “IN” thing nowadays: Facebook Share and other social media sites sharing.

Why I still remember it? Because I have some allergy with shrimps before so I take emails and warnings about shrimps seriously.

The hoax give-away phrase was the “Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States, found through experiments, food such as soft-shell contain much higher concentration of five potassium arsenic compounds” – it is the usual attempt to have vague reference to a reputable source but is not backed up by real scientific data.

Still not convinced? Then read this:

I therefore conclude that Shrimp/Prawn + Vitamin C will result to Arsenic Poisoning = Recycled Email Hoax = New Facebook Hoax 2012

Some disclaimer: If you really have food allergies (e.g. seafood/shrimp/prawn) don’t eat shrimps/prawns without consulting with your doctor first!

For other Facebook hoax busts kindly visit:
New Facebook Hoax 2012: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share
New Facebook Hoax 2012: Can Electricity Pass Through Flash Light of the Digital Camera to Your Body

New Facebook Hoax 2012: Can Electricity Pass Through Flash Light of the Digital Camera to Your Body?

I recently saw this share from my lovable Facebook friends claiming a boy was burned because electricity passed through the flash of the digital camera to his body.

The Facebook Share comes with a matching picture of a locomotive train and some electrical overhead lines encircled and with the text “Can ELECTRICITY pass through Flash light of the Digital camera to your body??? Yes it is 100% true..!” added to the image file.

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Unlike the Child with Cancer Image + Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share Hoax, this one does not have the charity angle. But the story is full of absurdity, loopholes and contains the usual tactics from old email hoaxes.

The presence of usual text like:
1. ” MUST READ” ” MUST READ” ” MUST READ” (scare tactic)
2. Yes it is 100% true (eager to prove that story is not a HOAX, prove it with facts not with the words “100% true”)
3. SHARE THIS INFO TO WHOM YOU CARE.( Click Share ) ( Touch the emotional side, get sympathy)
makes me really suspicious.

Searching for the hospital name in question (Keshavani Hospital, Mumbai) will either lead you to similar stories (longer version posted on year 2008 to 2011) or claims that there is no such burn treatment hospital in Mumbai.

Lastly, I am not an electrical engineer nor an expert on electricity but I really find the electricity passing through light claim absurd and against my basic electrical concepts course in college (was it ELDE 313(?)).

So my conclusion is: either the story lacks factual evidence as presented and is incomplete or just a make-believe story and is therefore a new Facebook HOAX.

Read the whole story posted in Facebook below:


Can ELECTRICITY pass through Flash light of the Digital camera to your body??? Yes it is 100% true..!

This is a true incidence reported of a boy aged 19, who was studying in 1st year of engineering, who died in Keshvani Hospital, Mumbai. He was admitted in the Hospital as a burned patient. Reason ??????

This boy had gone to Amravati (a place located in State of Maharashtra ) on a study tour, on their return they were waiting at the railway station to catch the train. Many of them started taking pictures of their friends using “Mobile Phones” and / or “Digital Camera”. One of them complained that, he was unable to capture the full group of friends in one frame in the Digicam.

This boy moved away to a distance to get the whole group.

He failed to notice that at an angle above his head, 40,000 volts electrical line was passing through.
As soon as he clicked the digital camera? 40,000 volt current passed through the camera flash light to his camera and then from his camera to his fingers & to his body. All this happened within a fraction of a second. His body was half burned.

They arranged for an ambulance & his burned body was brought to Keshavani Hospital, Mumbai.

For one & half days or so he was conscious & talking. Doctors did not have much hopes as there was a lot of complex issues in his body. He passed away later.
Now how many of us are aware about these technical threats & dangers? Even if we are, how many of us are adhering??

Now should we call ourselves as educated and knowledgeable people?
* Please avoid mobile phones on petrol outlets.
* Please avoid talking on mobile phones while driving.
* Change that “Chalta Hai Yaar Attitude”.
* Please avoid talking on mobile phones while kept in charging mode without disconnecting from wall socket.
* Please do not keep mobile phones on your bed while charging and / on wooden furniture.
* Avoid using mobile phones / Digital cameras near high voltage electrical lines like in railway stations and avoid using flash.

.( Click Share )

And by the way, some good advice was shared in the end! But most of these are self explanatory suggestions and I will not dispute it one by one here :).

I guess the post above is enough for a day’s worth Facebook Hoax Busting.

Related stories in the net:

I will update this post if I have other related reliable stories (supporting it or disputing the claim).

Play Angry Birds Online in Facebook Starting Valentine’s Day

Combine Angry Birds, Facebook and Valentines Day and the result will be???

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Yup it’s official!!! Our favorite furious fowl, Angry Birds, is coming to Facebook on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012.

Watch the Official Play Angry Birds Online Facebook Video:

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Quoting the official Angry Birds Facebook event page:

Squawk! Everyone’s favorite furious fowl, Angry Birds, is coming to Facebook!

Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like competitive pig-popping among friends!

Join in on the fun – mark this date on your calendars, and let’s make this the biggest Facebook Event ever!

Mark your calendars: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:00pm until 9:00pm

Visit the official Facebook page:

and help the Pigs like the Official Angry Birds App Page.

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So I guess you’ll see more Facebook and Angry Birds posts in soon 🙂

New Facebook Hoax 2012: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share

My routine Facebook browsing led me to some Facebook message shares circulating that includes a collection of photograph of a child that appears to have some red patches all over his or her body (face, back of head, buttocks and other sensitive areas) and it says that the child have cancer. The Facebook message image comes with the SHARE PLEASE tag at the top of the image and it claims that Facebook will pay three cents to help the child for every time the picture is shared.

Sounds familiar?

I’ve been roaming in this interconnected world for more than a decade already and for me it’s easy to spot a hoax.

YES! This sympathy + share and forward + some big charitable entity will pay per share/forward trick have been there for more than a decade.

Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL  have been used before in previous Sympathy and Charity Hoaxes, and email forwarding was the mechanism used to spread such lies.

But now Facebook and their “Share” and “Like” are the “IN” thing, so the hoax switch is towards Facebook and other new social media.

C’mon guys n gals, do we seriously think that Facebook will give away money for every “charitable” cause each users will share and reshare into their facebook wall? I don’t think so.

My conclusion: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share = New Facebook Hoax for 2012

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Note: Image edited to protect the privacy of the child.

For more related information kindly visit (show some variant of this scam but is using a different image):

I suggest that we DO NOT SPREAD or SHARE these kinds of Facebook hoaxes.

Update 2012.02.02

Update by Hoax Slayer

Facebook Contest Cheats: The Do’s and Don’ts

I have joined a handful of facebook contests. Some facebook contests are fun, while some are boring. Most of facebook contests that I actively participated involve supporting my family, friends and officemates who’d like to win in the contests.

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But recently I came upon this Facebook Promotions and Contests policy page and I noted that most of the Facebook contests that I joined seem to violate the guideline. So in the tradition of my six cafe world cheats, my six free wow mount, and my free six video, and my six new philippine money posts here are some Facebook contests guidelines that cheats seem to neglect:

Promotions on Facebook must be administered within Apps on, either on a Canvas Page or an app on a Page Tab.

You must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. For example, the act of liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter a promotion participant.

You must not condition registration or entry upon the user taking any action using any Facebook features or functionality other than liking a Page, checking in to a Place, or connecting to your app. For example, you must not condition registration or entry upon the user liking a Wall post, or commenting or uploading a photo on a Wall.

You must not use Facebook features or functionality, such as the Like button, as a voting mechanism for a promotion.

You must not notify winners through Facebook, such as through Facebook messages, chat, or posts on profiles or Pages.

You may not use Facebook’s name, trademarks, trade names, copyrights, or any other intellectual property in connection with a promotion or mention Facebook in the rules or materials relating to the promotion.

Complete info on:

Have you joined some facebook contest too? Did the promoters of your facebook contest follow Facebook Promotion Guidelines? Feel free to leave some (spam free) comments below

Hope you like my Facebook contest cheats post.

Mafia Wars: TOS and Privacy Policy Update

Facebook Mafia Wars have updated their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. And I heard other Zynga Games done the same too.

Dear Mafia Wars Player,
As part of our efforts to improve our service, we have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We hope you’ll take some time to review them.

Links to Terms of Service and Privacy Policy:

Terms of Service Reminders:
You may not sell any part of the Service including but not limited to virtual goods, virtual currency, or user accounts
You may not purchase any virtual goods or currencies outside of normal game channels
You may not create user accounts by automated means
You may not manipulate network or server conditions to give yourself an advantage, or to the detriment of the experience for other players
You may not make false or improper claims to Zynga support

Violating Zynga’s Terms of Serivce can result in an adjustment to, a suspension of, or a complete ban of your Mafia Wars account.

The Mafia Wars Team

Is Zynga preparing for some massive cleanup and crackdown of mafia wars cheats? Or just your regular policy update?

Revisiting My Facebook Cafe World Post

My first Cafe World post turned 1 year this month. As a tribute to that post and to the cafe world series of post, I am revisiting it now and will share some highlights:

  • The original post gave more than 60,000 views 🙂
  • The post is pagerank 1
  • The original post gave way to some 12 follow up blog articles and some of the follow-up post gave me more than 10,000 page views too
  • Post has a lively share of commenters (comment count at 55)
  • With the help of my online friends this post taught me how to do post to post link exchange
  • The cafe world post series also gave me chance to experiment on other blog monetization techniques

The only lowlight is that my Menardconnect Cafe in Facebook Cafe World is inactive for some time now. After Cafe World I have tried other Facebook games and I find it really difficult to maintain a lot of Facebook games all active at the same time.

Thanks to Facebook, Zynga, Google and Yahoo (and Bing too?) for making this café world post a success. 🙂

On Mayor and Badge: Foursquare

What is this Foursquare?

Before I was a very curious why some people I follow in twitter are sending too many tweets about Foursquare. So I tried it out and I got hooked. And now I find this foursquare as so much fun.

In the tradition of my free six video, my six free cafe world cheats, my six hotel city cheats, my six tagalog love quotes, my six Starcraft 2 crack post, here are six information and insights on Foursquare:

1. What is Foursquare?
Foursquare is a location based social networking site + mobile application + fun game all rolled into one. Users tell Foursquare where they are by doing a “check in” to their venue via SMS messaging, mobile application or via web. By checking in users earn points, credits and other rewards. In Foursquare, you can see who among your foursquare friends are in the same city, etc.

2.What are Foursquare Badges?
Foursquare badges are the rewards given to foursquare users upon completing some task or achievement. They are displayed on the user profile so its some sort of a status symbol. Some foursquare badges are easy to acquire (like the newbie badge) and some foursquare badges are very challenging. I’m new to foursquare and I consider myself as a moderate user and I have 9 foursquare badges so far:

Some of my friends have 20+ to 30+ badges 🙂

3. Why do I see a lot of Foursquare and links in Twitter and Facebook?
Foursquare is well integrated with Facebook and Twitter and foursquare user can opt to display their foursquare activity in twitter tweets and Facebook status updates. is the shortened link for the foursquare venues.

4. What mobile platforms support Foursquare?
Foursquare applications are available for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other popular mobile platforms (like Nokia S60).

(image courtesy of Foursquare)

Users can also check in the venues via their mobile phone and desktop if they have Internet access.

5. What is a Foursquare Mayor?
The user who has been to the venue the most (the most numbers of check-ins) will become the Mayor of that Foursquare venue.

Foursquare support explains the Foursquare Mayorship in their help page:

We calculate mayorships based on the most *days* with check-ins in the past 60 days (so 2 check-ins to the same place in one day just count 1x). Look out though – if someone else comes along who has checked in more days than you, they will steal the “Mayor” title back from you.

For foursquare fanatics the battle for Foursquare mayorship is the heart of the challenge especially for a well-known and well-frequented venue.

6. Is that all for Foursquare?
Foursquare is also for Businesses (those managing the venue). I am not well versed on the business model and other business stuff but I think this is worth looking into (as I see big brands in the US making use of this feature). I suggest that businesses explore this by trying out foursquare first and checking out their Foursquare for businesses page.

Visit the foursquare site for more info.

On the Philippines scene, I believe Foursquare is gaining ground. I saw some Starbucks badges from my pinoy tweeps and 2 biggie mobile phone providers added me as their foursquare friends recently J

Lastly, Foursquare is social networking site and just like other social networking sites, there are some associated risk in sharing too much information. I’d like to discuss this more on detail but that may be worth another post in the future.

Hope you liked my foursquare post.
Feel free to share some Foursquare experience in the comment section.

Mafia Wars Cheats and Tips: Mumbai

The clock is ticking. Make way for the newest expansion of the Mafia Wars: Mumbai.

Mafia Wars Mumbai is a challenge mission and it will be opening soon (some 1~2 hours after posting this blog article). For starters, just travel to Mafia Wars Mumbai

Like the other Mafia Wars challenge missions it’s a limited time mission and the first thing players need to do is add more mafia members to the their mafia friends list.

Upon adding new mafia members you can start the mission. Mafia players with some free Mafia Rewards points can choose to spend 9 Rewards points for some instant mafia crew.

Quoting the text in game

Mumbai offers a world of maximum opportunity, maximum entertainment and maximum crime. This is your chance to make a killing at the box office.

  • Collect Bollywood Film Reels to do jobs in Mumbai
  • Recruit mafia members to join your Mumbai crew
  • There are three chapters – a new one each week
  • One of the Mafia Wars Mumbai tips I’d like to share is to collect Bollywood Film Reels, they are available every 24 hours. Next tip will be to fill up your mafia wars crew with new friends

    I will share other Mafia Wars Mumbai tips as the challenge mission progresses. Visit my blog again for more updates soon.

    Mafia Wars Cheats and Tips: Las Vegas… Finally

    I have unlocked Facebook Mafia Wars Las Vegas episode over the weekend:

    Just like what I mentioned in my first Mafia Wars Las Vegas post, I just gifted racks of Vegas chips to my friend and they gifted back until I collected some 40+ Vegas chips and tried the VIP access.

    Luckily I got in 🙂

    The game suggest that you have 50+ Vegas chips so that you have 20% chance to get Mafia Wars Las Vegas VIP Access but you can always try every 21 hours for your chance.

    I am continuing giving racks of chips to my friends so that they can also get in Las Vegas 🙂

    Mafia Wars Las Vegas Episode look and feel is great. The graphics seems to be smoother compared to other episodes.

    The Las Vegas jobs lets you specialize on energy or fighting or properties.

    My initial observations is that the energy requirements is similar to New York (very minimal energy) but Vegas Chips will be scarce at the beginning (but it will improve as you build your Mafia Wars Las Vegas Casinos and doing some routine jobs).

    I am still trying out Mafia Wars Las Vegas and I will update my blog when I find other interesting stuffs about this mafia wars episode.