It is a dangerous thing, starting a rumour. You can cause panic or you can destroy someone's reputation. You can even change the course of history.
I heard a few rumours the last few days. one rumour has it that Sri Aman had 4 confirmed cases of H1N1. Now how the rumour started, I have absolutely no idea. All I know is suddenly someone called up to ask if that was true. Up until this very minute, there is still no confirmed case. Who started the rumour, I am very interested to know. It is sheer irresponsibility that causes someone to start kind of rumour and turn people panicky.
Another instance of a rumour having adverse effects is the one about someone in school having someone sleeping over at her house. This causes the said someone to lose her reputation, not to mention the reputation of the other party. Now what could cause a person to start that kind of rumour? Jealousy? Envy? Or just plain meanness?