The year was 1985. We kids cruised around unsupervised and unhelmeted.
Shorts were short, glasses were big, and there was no Snopes.com.
A nasty rumor was scampering around the elementary school.
Kid A would smirk with importance and lean towards Kid B...
"You know those machines that give out peanuts at the grocery store?"
Kid B knew those machines of course.
She'd just spent a dime getting a handful of honey roasted the day before.
"Well, my cousin just got some and guess what...." "What?!?" Kid B responded with eyes agog.
"He found RAT EGGS in those peanuts!"
Yep. That did it. Sales of peanuts from vending machines in Corpus Christi, Texas must have plummeted because no kid at school would be caught dead spending their dimes on RAT EGGS!
Fast forward a few years when this urban legend came to my older mind... Yeah, the thrill of the story prevented me from processing one important fact... Rats don't actually lay eggs do they.
I'd been missing out on years of fistfuls of peanuts because I believed a rumor!
This is a funny life story, for sure. But, the same holds true for rumors today.
We hear a juicy something or other and because of the excitement we can get carried away,
automatically assuming that the thing we just heard is true.
Rumors can make us feel superior to others.
We may cluck our tongues in pity thinking WE'D never do X, Y, and certainly not Z....
We might hear one of these stories and get really angry at people in our lives.
But, most of the time those tidbits are only a fraction of the truth at best.
So, people, don't be hasty to join in the gleeful distribution of stories.
Most of the time they turn out to be RAT EGGS.