I'm sure you're all familiar with the one-night-stand-"Welcome To the World of Aids"-lipstick-on-the-mirror urban legend. This is one of the oldest, most well-known and well-documented urban legends out there. It's practically a template for urban legends. Now, I'm not saying that something like this never happened or never could have happened, BUT...
This story was presented FROM THE PODIUM at an assembly a few years ago as happening to a lapsed JW who "fell out of the truth" over a one-night stand then got AIDS as a result, except in this version, it was an engagement-ring-style box with a note inside rather than lipstick on the mirror. Other than that minor detail, it was pretty much verbatim.
I remember when I heard this story from the podium. I thought immediately, "This is a WELL-DOCUMENTED URBAN LEGEND". I mentioned it to my wife, who seemed none too happy that I would dare make such a (nonetheless factual) charge. I had been having doubts for a long time, but I think that may have been the beginning of the end.
That was maybe 5, 6 years ago.
A couple of months ago my wife divorced me.
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