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Urban legends and hoaxes can spread like fire on the internet. Here are some clues that you might follow to determine if the email you received is true or not.
Leo, please explain the why the internet or part of it will be shut down on March the 8th and who will be affected?
In this excerpt from Answercast #4, I note that I used the internet all day on the 8th and take a look at urban legends.
So I'm recording this on March the 27th and I never noticed a thing! My assumption is that this was some kind of a urban legend making the rounds and that a.) it wasn't shut down on March the 8th and b.) nobody was affected. It's just another one of those things that gets forwarded around a lot and people end up believing it, when there's really nothing to support it.
People make these stories up all the time, just for grins apparently, and they get forwarded and forwarded because they sound plausible. But there's not a grain of truth to them. I do have an article on the site about not forwarding urban legends. I strongly, strongly recommend that you read that and follow its suggestions to always check out the validity of something before you ever forward it on.
It's obviously a case where, in this particular case, you've fallen for (or at least taken as plausible) something that didn't have a single grain of truth into it. Because like I said, March the 8th; I never noticed it. I can assure you I was on the internet a lot that day.