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Re: gas prices

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Wed, 7 Apr 1999 10:51:12 EDT

Rumor has it that this is another urban legend?
Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School
Forwarded from "Tourbus" education newsletter


No, it's not a new anti-flatulence product... I've gotten many copies
this week of another silly story making the rounds. In response to
rising gasoline prices in the USA, someone has come up with a novel
"solution" to the problem.

> It's time we did something about the price
> of gasoline in America! We are all sick and
> tired of high prices when there are literally
> millions of gallons in storage.
> Know what I found out? If there was just
> ONE day when no one purchased any gasoline,
> prices would drop drastically ...
> Let's have a GAS OUT! Do not buy any
> gasoline on APRIL 30, 1999!!!!!

What a dumb idea. Why would the oil companies care what day of the
week you fill your tank? Even if this unattributed, unsubstantiated
claim that gas prices would drop drastically in response to a one-day
comsumer boycott were true (and I doubt it), it couldn't have any
lasting effect. It's not like we'd be using any LESS gasoline... it
would just be purchased on a different day.

For a more thorough debunking of this and many other urban legends,
visit the great site maintained by David (not a magician) Emery at: