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Tabs for Treatment

May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I noticed the following sign at Dunedin Airport last week:

Tabs for Treatment

The lovingly laminated notice says “Please place the tabs from your soft drink can here. Approximately 4000 tabs can be exchanged for 1 hour of chemotherapy for a child with cancer”.

At today’s aluminium prices, 4000 pull tabs would barely get you the bus fare to the hospital, let alone the chemotherapy. This is quite clearly an urban myth, and as with most urban myths, it’s been quite comprehensively debunked at Snopes.com.

More extreme versions of this myth have involved communities attempting to collect eight million pull tabs for a single wheelchair. Compared to that, this Dunedin offer seems a bargain!