The 6th grade GATE teacher sent all the parents an email entitled "Mars." The brief message was this:
And another marvelous opportunity...
Kathleen PARENT sent me this PowerPoint presentation about Mars's amazing proximity to Earth in August. Looks like we're in for an amazing month of celestial viewing!
The email had the attachment, which gushed and gushed and gushed.
Another parent then replied to all, saying:
I'm sorry to tell you that this information is not accurate. There are many awesome celestial events that occur many times each year. Check Sky & Telescope Magazine online for postings on what's in the night sky each month. The night sky is always fantastic and we should all focus more attention on it. But this bogus Mars email has been orbiting the internet for several years.
And he includes a link to a specific Sky & Telescope article. I clicked on it just because. One of the last points the author makes in the very brief article is what he tells people asking about the purported event:
The Mars chain letter is not a bad thing, it's a good thing. It's an immunization. If you make a stupid fool of yourself to your family and friends by sending it to them, you may be embarrassed enough not to send them the next e-mail chain letter you get, which may not be so harmless."
Now, you know me. I'm all for telling people to check out things first. Snopes is one of my most-frequented places to hang. But what this know-it-all parent did replying to all to shame the teacher and the parent who sent her the information in the first place? I think he's an ass. And I can't decide whether to send him this email or not:
David, I would say thank you for the information but I'm too appalled at your public humiliation of Ms. TEACHER and Kathleen PARENT. Have you ever learned the power to just say "no" to reply to all?
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