Important if true
This just in:
Pepsi did not omit the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance on a newly designed can.
A 13-year-old Philadelphia girl named Ashley Flores is not missing.
Cell phone numbers are not about to be released to telemarketers, and you do not need to register your cell phone on the do-not-call list.
I've always had this little fear that I'm going to let an urban legend or flagrant hoax get through the editing system. A daily check of Snopes.com wasn't practical, but then I discovered the site's RSS and subscribed to the What's New and 25 Hottest Urban Legends feeds. (All of the above stories were debunked on Snopes before being published in newspapers.)
I don't take the time to read every entry Snopes sends out; I already spend too much time reading crap on the Web. But I do read their one-line summary -- just enough to jog my memory should one of the hoaxes ever try to make it into my paper.