I get a lot of e-mail persuading me to believe this hoax or that scam, often passed on to me by concerned, well-meaning friends. Because of this, I have become a frequent frequenter of Snopes, a website dedicated to educating us about urban legends (definition: stories about unusual happenings that turn out to be false but are widely believed anyway.) It's fun to scroll through the list and see which of these old wives' tales are true and which are false.
All my life I've heard the story of the long list of failures Abraham Lincoln had before he made it to the Presidency. Well, guess what -- most of the things on that list were either exaggerated or plain made up. You can check out the truth of the matter here.
I encourage you, when you get an e-mail cautioning you against the dangers of lip balm or saying that the entire state of Maine has just fallen off the continental United States and was swallowed by a giant, state-eating whale, check it out on Snopes before you believe it.
And as far as that whale goes, he's not hungry anymore. I guess you could say he's state-tiated.
In case that pun didn't translate well in the written word, that's a play on "satiated."