Monday, May 14, 2012

Emergency Press Release from the World Health Organization

Los Angeles, Calif. May 14, 2012 - We would like to warn everyone about a serious communicable disease that is rapidly spreading called MOE - an acronym for Must Own Everything.  

Although not yet written up in the Medical Journals, it is a serious condition that affects thousands of scrappers worldwide. Epidemiologists are alarmed at the public's risk and are working non-stop to prevent a pandemic.

Facts: MOE is significantly more common in women than men. This gender difference has stimulated important research initiatives looking at the role of hormones in MOE. Scientists have identified factors in the distribution of MOE around the world that may eventually help determine what causes the disease. These factors include Tim Holtz, Martha Stewart, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and scrapbook.com.

Symptoms: The inability to own just one item from a collection offered by companies such as Prima Marketing, Graphic 45 and Doodlebug. This causes the subject to obsess over owning everything from the collection including: stamps, embellishments, flowers and ribbons – even if they don’t need it.

Treatment: Unfortunately, there is no treatment available at this time. Researchers are fearful that if a cure is not found soon, it will affect Washi Tape, punches and Glimmer Mist.

Actual case study: The subject was a 65-year-old otherwise healthy woman from Southern California who is currently employed. “A friend was in Tuesday Morning over the weekend and picked up the 6”x 6” pad of 7 gypsies Paddington. The cost was just $1.99. I have never wanted the line but the first thing I did upon receiving this gift was to go on the Internet and see what other matching items were available. A little voice kept asking me – do I need this? And I of course replied YES! I found stamps and numbered tags but is there more out there? Am I missing that one fabulous item that will complete the set?”

Do you think you might have MOE? If so, please leave your name below in a post. One Follower will receive a RAK. Warning: This RAK may exacerbate the symptoms of MOE.   

60 comments:

  1. I have this!!!! I think I started coming down with the glimmer mist MOE. And thickers MOE. Is it bad that I don't want them to find a cure?

    When I was in nursing school, I had every disease that we learned about. I think I might have had a slight case of BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy), which is weird since I don't have a prostate.

    Thanks for the laugh. Lisa

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  2. LMAO, this is a perfect way to put it!!! :D I am soooo afflicted with this disease, especially when it comes to Doodlebug, Echo Park, Bella Blvd ... OMGoodness!!! :) Great post, as always!!

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  3. Cute post! I need the chuckle this morning!
    Have a great day!

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  4. Happy Monday to you! Thanks for a morning smile!

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  5. Thats a good one !!! I defiantly have that disease along with a few others, glad to know i'm not alone. Have a great day !!! Debra

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  6. I am so glad to read this- finally, THERE IS A NAME for this painful and debilitating syndrome. We can now begin hoping for the CURE.

    In the meantime, I am accepting money (or gift cards for Scrapbook.com) to at least assist with the cost of treatment. Until there's a cure, there's only treatment.

    -kory

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  7. Too funny I shared it on Facebook.

    Thanks.....BTW, I have it and it has moved on to glimmer mist as I have over 100 bottles.

    PhotobearSam from scrapbook.com

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  8. If having MOE is wrong, I don't wanna be right!

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  9. This disease is more widespread than you thought. It also is affecting needleworkers- those who must collect silk and cotton flosses, a wide range of fabric types and uncountable numbers of charts.

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  10. If K & Co and Prima would only stop designing new a beautiful papers and embellies, I might get a handle on my MOE. And Scrapbook.com should cancel it's New Arrivals page in an effort to eradicate MOE or at least slow the spread. Very painful.

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  11. The best known treatment for MOE is to watch a marathon of 'Hoarders' episodes. Works like a charm for me. Whenever I feel a flare-up of MOE coming on, I go straight to the TV for treatment.

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  12. OMG! This is hilarious! I'm glad to hear that my disease now has a name! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I know I have MOE.... Please excuse me now... I have to go find everything that goes with Fancy Pants Childish Things... Kinda glad there's no cure right now... I really want this whole collection... :)

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  14. Hilarious....Thank you for making my day Eleen!! I'm just starting and feel like I'm already spiraling out of control. I daydream 'bout PayDay Friday almost everyday to go out and shop. Glad that I'm not alone!! ;)

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  15. Thank you for the good read this morning. I do not have full blown MOE. I am definitely showing some of the symptoms and they are progessively getting worse. Actually, I think it is better in that I am increasing my creativity and expanding my product knowledge :o)

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  16. ROTFL, I just love reading your posts! Oh & yes, I too suffer from MOE :D

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  17. I have an affliction for stamps...and the brand is not important...if I like it I will buy it. I cannot walk by the stamp section of any store without buying at least one...so my treatment is to buy, buy, buy...da MOE da merrier!!! Thanks for this post...it is too cute.

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  18. You kill me--you're such a creative writer!! And, as a matter of fact, I over-indulged at Michael's yesterday, as a way to self medicate using retail therapy, but as usual, I left with way less than what I wanted!!!

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  19. Ah, this is what I have! Mine is G45 and Lindy's...LOL Love this post. You are amazing1

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  20. Of course I have this! Isn't this normal...???? ; )

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  21. I have definitely been stricken with this for the last 6 years!!! Whatever shall I do? This is an awesome post!!!

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  22. Yes, this seems all too familiar. Is there a doctor I can call about this condition? LOL.

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  23. You won't be surprised to hear that MOE has spread across the world! I have it and it costs us even more in the uk, as most of the lovely things come from America, this is only fueled by You tube!
    Thanks for the chuckle EllenBee!
    hugs Aly x

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  24. LOL I think I might have MOE...wait, that's a lie..I know I do!!! too funny! :)

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  25. Rofl... I definitely have MOE

    Janie Boots
    boots3103@hotmail.com

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  26. LMAO! Oh that was great! I don't think I have MOE. Maybe just the onset of it. I'm fighting it like crazy but it may win someday!

    ~Tracy
    blue.tacs at yahoo dot com

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  27. I have MOE, I can not deny it.

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  28. Too funny! I don't have MOE; but perhaps pre-MOE! Or is it, peri-MOE!

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  29. When I read the Actual Case Study I was afraid I had been "caught in the act", then realized I don't have a TM near me. What a relief!

    I'm not sure if I'm suffering from MOE or enjoying the illness...or if I even have it. Although I do exhibit all the symptoms, I also have a rising temp as my excitement builds while madly throwing objects into my shopping cart...some of which I don't even know what they're used for, but if they are labeled "craft" I KNOW that I NEED it!

    While waiting for my online orders to arrive, I suffer from chills, just thinking of having to wait before I can own some more supplies. I have sleeplessness while figuring out where I'm going to put everything...and how we can eat on 20¢ for the remainder of the month so I have extra money for even more "stuff". Even my dreams become nightmares of exploding craft rooms, with stickle residue and embroidery floss cascading down upon my head.

    Dr. Ellen...do you think I have MOE or is it some condition that is even worse since, like others have reported, this doesn't just effect my scrapbooking, but any type of crafts?

    Thank you for your post, helping those of us who suffer from this disease know we are not alone. We are encouragers...and enablers...to one another.
    ~Judy

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  30. I have MOE real bad....A vaccine needs to be invented otherwise many women will fall victim to this decease. And if it gets to the young girls we are doomed for sure..... rofl !!!

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  31. I am a new follower. I love this. My husband would defiantly say that I have MOE.
    Bethany

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  32. MOE spreads across the world - Cases reported from New Zealand - among the worst ever seen!!
    Brilliant xx Michelle

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  33. MOE is serious - there is no known cure. Sufferers can sometimes alleviate the symptoms by actually using their stash (see the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog for ideas) but symptoms invariably recur with a vengeance!

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  34. Isn't this the truth! I've been battling with MOE most of my life! There are times that it isn't as prominent, but more often than not MOE takes control! Glad to know there are other people dealing with this as well. LOL. Great post!!!

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  35. My studio is only 14' X 18', so I don't have any more room for MOE.
    Hmmmm ... maybe if I had a garage sale I could have MOE.

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  36. CONGRATS!!!! Just noticed you reached 100 followers!!!!

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  37. Sine we are all friends and fellow sufferers of this horrible disease, I will admit....I am the case study subject.

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  38. Hello, my name is Lora and I have MOE. I LOVE this! And isn't it nice that we have such incredible support groups such as blogs, online communities, and our LSS?

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  39. Yup I have it!! MOE must be my middle name! I cant help my self because I just have to have it but it mostly sits in my scrap studio and I am always having to make room for more! lol
    I hope they find a cure for MOE!!So I will still support my LSS and craft stores until then!

    Sincerly

    Joe
    www.scrapbookjoeblog.blogspot.com

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  40. Hi, my name is Peggy and I have MOE! I might not be able to get all the extras but that does not mean I don't want them, because I do!!!!!!!!!! OMG! Has everyone seen the new Halloween paper from Graphic 45? Got to have it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  41. I am a new follower, and I must confess I have MOE. I always knew there was something wrong, I now know what it is called. LOL thanks for the laugh.

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  42. My name is Cheryle, and I am a MOE addict. LOL I just ordered the new Hallween paper as well--then saw the embellishments that go with it....sorry for the interruption, I jsut went to the site to order. ;).

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    1. Congratulations Cheryle! You were chosen using a scientific process called "Hon, pick a number from 1-57!" Contact me at peacenpassion@yahoo.com and I'll send you something very special. Thanks for being a FOLLOWER! Hugs

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  43. Hi. My name is Angie and I have MOE. I have suffered from this affliction for many years now. My husband thought there was something else wrong with me but I'm so happy to finally know what it is and that I'm not alone. My MOE involves anything Stampin Up or Cricut. I have to have every punch, every cartridge, every ink pad. And don't get me started on the Big Shot dies. In fact I think that I have a serious outbreak coming on since SU's new catalog is coming out. :)

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  44. Hi my name is Audrey and I too suffer from MOE. If it stamps, cuts, or is adorned with butterfliea I'm all over it. And for some reason brown ink pads, I don't know why, but I must have at least 7 shades of brown pads.

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  45. rofl! yup definitely have it!! never knew it had a name though lol!

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  46. This is hilarious! I feel I have fallen victim to this disease as well. I seem to have to collect TH ink pads. Half of them aren't even open, but in case some day I might want to try them, I will have them in my stash.
    Melissa

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  47. I am DEFINITELY a sufferer of MOE! In fact, I have a quote in my scrap space that says: "You can't have EVERYTHING, Where would you put it?"

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  48. This is awesome! FINALLY I have a name for what ails me!! I'm gonna have to show this to my husband, so he realizes that this is real, not just in my head! LOL! Those of us with this affliction are constantly struggling with this....the other day I went into HL simply to by some adhesive...so tell me why when I checked out did I owe them $124?!?! It's like when you go to the grocery for only a gallon of milk and leave with your cart full....

    Thanks for this post; it really brightened my night and made me laugh!

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  49. I am really so very sick, help me please! I am hoping my symptoms become better once I complete me set of Tim Holtz Distress Stamp pads, only 2 colors left to go. Of course now I am working on my collection of Stains and then I will be good....oh but wait, I am still waiting for my back-ordered TH Distress Markers! It's all Rangers fault I tell you!

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    1. Tims stains are on sale at Blitsy today for only $3.00 --- yes this is the MOE in me (grin)

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  50. I am so thankful for this post! As another woman with full blown MOE I find it hard to talk to some people about it. Not many people understand how the brain just cant say no. How out body craves the adrenaline rush from "New items" listed on websites.

    How we go on a roman noodle every night at the end of the month JUST to have the new paper. That new paper I am 99% of the time afraid to even cut! The head held in shame as I walk into the pawn shop with my laptop for some simple cash to yet give into MOE again!!!!!!

    I am glad to have you ALL now to talk to!! Since there IS no cure, maybe we can assist each other in a treatment plan. Something in the forum of a message post, about our craving's, desires ect. SO when one of us MOE sufferers are strong we can help the other NOT to fall victim to the painful attacks!

    We as a group CAN rise above MOE, it does NOT have to own our life's any more ... Right??!!! Is anyone with me??? Or is everyone out shopping??? 'Ah ta hell with it im going window shopping to .... peace out girl scout xoxo!

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  51. Oh dear and I think I have become infected. I have just started to collect Tim Holtz products...... it doesn`t matter that I don`t need them for the project I`m working on at the moment, the point is I just have to have it!! My thought is what if next week I need it and the store is sold out (heaven forbit that ever happens LOL) I better get it now. My stock pile is getting bigger and bigger by the day.

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  52. I knew there was something wrong with me now i know, thankyou so much for diagnosing my condition. I just cant get enough paper, and everytime i watch another crafter i see something i need, so i have to go and look for it thanks so much again for giving my condition a name xxxx maxine keller

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  53. On yes I have MOE. Really trying to cure it but nothing is working. It is just nice to know I have a diagnosis and a "condition." AND I am not alone. LOL
    Thanks for giggle!

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  54. That gave me a good giggle. But, I assume since there is no article about this on the WHO's website, that this is a press release you created?

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  55. Thank goodness I am not alone. I am in stage 3, so far non of the treatments have worked. I was close to being cured but there is a side effect with the treatments its called JICINI (just in case I need it) it will kick in and you will be back to square one, or in my case heading to stage 4.

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  56. LOVED the read!! LOL So true, very true indeed and I also like all the rest of you lovely ladies also am afflicted by this terrible disease! Yes I do have MOE and I'll admit it. Thanks so much for the comical approach, love it love it love it!!!

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  57. I just became a follower and I am going to spend my Saturday reading all you post's...You are just too great...As a nurse I am loving the references.

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  58. I definitely suffer from this disease, but I have learned to accept it. Thank you for the laugh, hugs Carmen

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