I learned an excellent new word today: glurge.
From The Word Spy:
(GLURJ) n. A sentimental or uplifting story, particularly one delivered via e-mail, that uses inaccurate or fabricated facts; a story that is mawkish or maudlin; the genre consisting of such stories.
There must be a special subset of these stories dealing with disabilities and/or handicaps, like the blind woman on the bus story. Bleah.