I was hanging out with a friend and colleague the other day for a bit, chatting. We chatted about some campus stuff.
And my friend told me that there's a rumor going around about me, that I'm going to do X.
Now, X is on par with taking a position on the local community theater board. It's totally innocuous except in being utterly mundane and boring. (If you're going to start a rumor about me, start one that makes me seem completely and amazingly original and scandalous. Yes, I've done some stuff with the local community theater, but being on the board just isn't in my thoughts.)
But the thing is, it's a total surprise to me.
And the person who passed the rumor to my friend? Well, it's someone I'm friendly in the halls with, but I've never socialized with or hung out with, or whatever. How would that person think s/he knows about my joining the community theater board (or whatever)?
I'm guessing this person has better connections than I do, and so knows more, right?
Now why couldn't the gossip be even a little fun? (I'd prefer this rumor to a lot of nasty stuff that could go around, of course.)