Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sugar... Aw, Honey Honey...

A while ago I got an email proclaiming the magnificence of Honey and Cinnamon together.

" Cinnamon and Honey "

It began.

And continued:

" Facts on honey and cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

... Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, on its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:"

And then follows a list of diseases that can be cured by various combinations of honey and cinnamon, in any number of varying amounts.

Now, before you go getting all offended that I'm mocking the message, hear me out.

I know that honey has many amazing attributes and can cure many ills. Also that cinnamon has some interesting abilities- it apparently does lower blood sugar, for one thing.

And I'm not making fun of any of the claims that this email purports, well... maybe just the one about curing toothache... Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be applied three times a day until the tooth stops aching ... (I'm thinking... when it falls out...)

What really make me chuckle was the wording of the email and the list of curable diseases that followed.

If you're reading: "Weekly World News ... has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon ... " and then, somewhere between "indigestion, influenza, and pimples" the words "longevity" and "weight loss", and it doesn't make you grin, I'll take it all back.

I'm sure the intent was to suggest that "longevity and weight loss" are things that are supported or enhanced by honey and cinnamon concoctions... but the wording!

The wording rather implies that longevity and weight loss can be cured by this sweet spiciness!

It made me think... eat honey and cinnamon- you'll die fat.

Ah, well.

Let this be a reminder to all you good folks out there in "Let'swriteaforwardingemailLand": Get someone to edit it before you hit "Send" the first time... make sure it meant what you said and said what you meant ...

So no one is chuckling one hundred percent...


  1. I completely understand. Whether it is the hotmail spam of "Forward this or hotmail will cancel your account" or "Send this to 58 people and Bill Gates will save 500 puppies or if you don't he'll kill 500." They are all forwarded in a gullible and sickening volume. I have observed that the worst culprits are those over 60. Now don't attack me, it has been my observation only of a dozen or so people in my life.

    I posted a wanted ad on Kijiji today. My wife complemented me on my English and told me of a puppy ad that read along the lines of, "5 yer old rotwiler spay. $600."

    Measure twice, cut once.
    Proofread thrice, post once.

  2. Isn't the "Weekly World News" the same faux-newspaper that purports Batboy and the marriage of sasquatch and other such ridiculousness? In fact, if you go to their webpage you can find out all about the new translation of the alien Bible....

    Not only does the honey and cinnamon thing sound like a stretch, but the source is LESS than reliable. And you didn't even get it FROM the source - it reached you via an email forward? Wow....


  3. Thank you! I've been looking for a way to cure my weight loss (as if...)! I've also been worried about longevity, but I figure it's a little soon to look for a cure for that. But I'll stash away this info. Thanks again!