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(The New Yorker)   Man squats a dictionary-word gmail address in 2004 and forgets about it. Finds 4,382 unread messages, 9 years later. For the New Yorker, this is a shocking story   ( newyorker.com) divider line
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2013-04-10 10:49:16 AM  
3 votes:
Wait until they see how much junk mail it gets NOW.
2013-04-10 12:19:21 PM  
2 votes:
He should have picked "coloss­al­_douche[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­i­amg*com"
2013-04-10 12:16:42 PM  
2 votes:
I read this as a man squatted on a dictionary.
2013-04-10 11:28:19 AM  
2 votes:
Yet he still got more BIE than subby.
2013-04-10 10:06:43 AM  
2 votes:
I hate to say it, but I'm going to use this as my throwaway now.
2013-04-10 04:31:51 PM  
1 vote:
Oops- got in trouble. Forgot about the salty language. Here are links to a letter I got at work and the response we nearly sent:

The Letter

The Reply
2013-04-10 02:09:29 PM  
1 vote:
Quite a few people apparently use one of my Gmail addresses for all kinds of nonsense. My favorite thing to do is use new account confirmation emails to close accounts, change passwords, etc., so that they can no longer access whatever it is they used my email address for. It's one of life's little joys.
2013-04-10 01:12:29 PM  
1 vote:
What's funny is I accidentally got an email intended for someone else from a princess in Nigeria.

She is going to give me €15 million if I help her get her money out of the country. All I need to dois Western Union her a few thousand dollars.

How lucky am I?
2013-04-10 01:01:16 PM  
1 vote:

Loadmaster: four thousand three hundred and eighty-two
nine hundred and forty-one
thousand two hundred and sixty-six

I really hate it when "literate" people insist on spelling out long numbers. It's about as bad as not using capitalization or punctuation.

that style is standard for professional writing  numbers under ten are written as a digit and numbers over 9 are spelled out  however i do think the word and is extraneous and could create ambiguity
2013-04-10 12:38:57 PM  
1 vote:
That article was boring as balls.  Did anyone read the whole thing?  Did anything interesting end up happening?
2013-04-10 12:18:52 PM  
1 vote:
It must be a fun to have a personality that can see something completely useless and mundane and perceive something amazing out of it.  A sort of "underlying mechanisms of the universe" gestalt that you find truly remarkable.

I don't have that personality...so this guy is just mildly annoying.
2013-04-10 12:12:07 PM  
1 vote:
Just 4382? Amateur.
2013-04-10 11:11:02 AM  
1 vote:
I have a not common, but, not uncommon name that I made as my gmail name, and even though I have a different gmail account now, I have stuff sent to that fwd to my current gmail acct.   I get stuff all the time sent to "other" people with that name.   Even more odd though that the "parents" of other people with my name sending me vacation photos is what are obviously people WITH my name, using the email address as their email address on their airline reservations, online website orders, etc.  And it isn't like they used my CC or anything, they were just too careless to not use their middle initial or number or whatever they probably have that distinguishes their gmail address from mine when setting up the acct.

I've generally just let those go, and unsubscribed the email address to the websites, although I was tempted one time to reroute some cool looking RC helicopters someone bought from QVC to my house.
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