This summer a friend told me that someone had given him a story about how Oliver North claimed, during the Iran-Contra hearings, that Osama Bin Laden was a dangerous man that needed to be hunted down, and that Al Gore made fun of him for it.

I’ve been meaning to look into it, and finally I remembered to do so. One quick google for oliver north testimony iran contra bin laden confirmed my suspicions. My friend was right.

It’s a story.

Ollie didn’t mention bin Laden’s name during the Iran-Contra hearings. Al Gore didn’t question any witnesses before the Senate Select Committee. All a fabrication. (North did mention Abu Nidal, who is a bad guy in his own right.) Too bad, but not at all surprising. (Although the claim that Gore was actiing like a dufus DID add some credibility.)

And why is it that I never get these cool urban legend emails? I’ve never once been asked for bank account numbers by anyone from Nigeria. No one has ever sent me real pictures of a shark attacking a helicopter. No one has ever implored me to remove the teddy bear iconed program from Windows.

And about that Nigerian email scam? There’s a training seminar coming up. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.