There’s an e-mail going around about onions. Actually two. One says onions will cure the flu. The other advises not to store cut onions nor eat them later, lest dire consequences result to your health.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been eating cut onions from my fridge my whole life. And I’m still here. I’ve had the flu once in all my days, and it wasn’t because I put my onions away from being left out around the house.
I don’t know about you, but I get annoyed when these forwarded e-mails clog up my in-box. I don’t normally read forwarded e-mails at all. I certainly don’t forward them…and think that the people who do need to get a life.
I don’t know about you, but I think forwarded e-mails contain nonsense. Or wives’ tales. Or propaganda. Or plain old misinformation. They struck someone as being cute or informative. They are neither. But they are posed as truth.
This is where I lose it about forwarded e-mails. Just because they’ve been easily passed on to zillions of people doesn’t make their content true. So when I observe friends putting out their bowls of onions or throwing away the remainder of cut ones, I’ll ask what are you doing and why.
“I read that onions cure the flu and cut onions are bad for you.”
“And what is your source?”
“I read it in a forwarded e-mail.”
“Oh really?” (It might as well have been the New York Times, I thought to myself….)
I’d like to see a double blind study before believing these effects. I’d like to see a refereed study published in a reputable medical journal. I’d like my health practices to be advised by experts. I’d like opinion not to be masked as fact. I’d like social networks not to be the authority on truth.
Aside from that, I have no other strong opinions! (Yeah, right.) So, don’t even THINK about forwarding an e-mail to me.