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3343 clicks; posted to Geek » on 15 Nov 2012 at 5:26 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-15 07:17:27 AM  
3 votes:
2012-11-15 11:15:09 AM  
2 votes:

PsyLord: Apparently I'm not the only one that has a crazy tin foil hat wearing uncle. He forwards this crap to my folks and then I get sent this shiat from them. I've told them that most of the crap being sent by him is utter crap and easily debunked with a quick google search, but alas, my folks are old.

Take all of the addresses listed in the CC & TO fields. Respond with this as the text:

"All quite fascinating however here's something I found online which is even better!"

And attach 50Mb worth of the most twisted pornography /B/ and more importantly /D/ can come up with.

Problem. Solved.
2012-11-15 10:50:24 AM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: There was a time I used to respond to these emails by reprimanding the sender and clarifying for everyone on the CC list that these emails were either hoaxes, spam, or chain letters that ought to be deleted as soon as they were delivered to your inbox and not forwarded to everyone in your address book.

I actually had an old friend who used to blast these things out with regular and gay abandon. I pointed out to her that A) I'm not Christian so all this 'god light' bollocks is wasted on me B) I run my own mail server, receiving this shiat does actually cost me money. C) As someone who worked in IT for years she should be well aware that these things are themselves malicious and designed to expend system resources on pointless tasks.

Now I was actually polite about it I didn't just wade it. The response I got was... interestingly worded. There is now apparently a prayer circle in the Midlands dedicated to asking God to smite me.

OTOH with her batshiat insanity out the way it has been literally years since I received one of these things and their God seems perfectly content to let the Atheist heathen live. Which is nice.
2012-11-15 08:10:04 AM  
1 vote:
2012-11-15 07:58:26 AM  
1 vote:
There will be a 'conservative' version of this that highlights the lies in green and marks them important. Then it marks all debunking replies in red (or maybe pink for commies) as lies.
2012-11-15 07:36:46 AM  
1 vote:

The problem is that we live in America, and because of this, pundits on the right like to glorify the unintellectual, slack-jawed yokels who actually believe the email with 50 FW: headers infront of the subject that came from Grandma Powatee in Bucksnort, Tennessee as "Educated Voters" and promote the idea that they should vote based on what they read in a chain email, rather than doing research on the actual purported event.

So what you're saying is that they should study it out?
2012-11-15 07:34:33 AM  
1 vote:
This morning when I came in to work, I found out that the cleaning lady had ripped off all of the pull tabs from my soda cans. I think I heard first about this in the 80's, and it's still going on...
2012-11-15 06:43:19 AM  
1 vote:
It scans my email? So it's all part of a Commie-Nazi Homo Illuminati plot!√-1!
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