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"From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines, going where I list, my own master total and absolute, Listening to others, considering well what they say, Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating, Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me."

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Saturday, May 15, 2004

Spam spamspamspam

Function: noun
Etymology: probably from gibber
1 : unintelligible or meaningless language: a : a technical or esoteric language b : pretentious or needlessly obscure language
2 : the title lines of spam and viral emails

It appears to have become a common practice with spammers and virus writers to send emails with randomly generated title lines. They do this to get around some email filtering software.

The results can sometimes be humorous. Here are some from my recent emails, and these are all verbatim and real. I have added my own comments in italics:

  • Low cost health care cozy
    (What's this, a doctor shaped pillow? Gee, how much? I've been searching for one!)

  • Re: i'll cut your
    (For some reason, I really didn't want to open this one! Hey, I live in the same state as Lorena Bobbitt Uh, that's a rather adult hyperlinked article, by the way. But funny.)

  • Rather a sequence
    (Instead of a...? Spam title? Or does this really mean "sequins"? Well, sure, here's my wallet.)

  • floodlit impressive validictory
    (This mental image is, well, disturbing. Let's not go here.)

  • dirty V1n0d1n drain self
    (Perhaps this is best explained by the actual text of the message: "rhythm daughter rhythm ink space teaching insect doubt you help trade after invention to behavior organization quality twist relation distance" and more of the same. Yeah, ok. Gotcha. Here's my Visa card, go wild.)

  • Indirect Fire Thermal Desorption Unit
    (believe it or not, this was a real title. That is precisely what they were selling. But at the moment mine is working well, thanks, and it's still under warranty.)

  • Loser with a small e
    (And this is supposed to mean...? Doesn't it usually have a small e? And you think calling me names will get me to hand over money? Ok, here ya go then.)

  • Lol, U Just Have A Little Little Bro bluefish additivity
    (My brother is a bluefish? Maybe I missed that because he is "little little"? Well, can't let him go without his additivity, so I guess I better get some.)

  • heatkr skud
    (OK, sloooowly spit out the marbles.....Yes, that's better...)

  • plop bowel czech gaillardia milestone discriminate
    (I don't care how discriminate the milestone is, I don't think I want to know about anything that goes plop from a Czech bowel. Hey, tell you what, I'll pay you to take that stuff to this guy's house I know...)

  • make money easy bed
    (I guess people with "easy beds" COULD make money with them, but I'm probably not client material.)

  • cheap software deal dowager
    (I was wondering what all those old ladies were up to!!! Do they do "easy bed" too?)

  • Re: Important distal
    (Somehow I don't remember actually SENDING a message with that topic, and my distal is just fine thanks. Well, there was that incident where I got it caught in my Indirect Fire Thermal Desorption Unit, but it's all healed now. I used my health care cozy on it.)

  • what medication do u need? howling
    (Nightsbane? Silver bullets? Can you howl a little quieter please, I can barely make out what you are saying. Got anything for plop bowel? I got this Czech friend...)

  • Low cost health care petulance
    Who would have guessed that such a dry topic could be so coy? Imagine it, a petulant health care cozy...)

  • you wont believe this is the price for your software worms cart
    (Well, I have to admit, their price on software worm carts was the best I have seen all week. I'll take two, hope that holds me.)

  • be Stong
    (Sure. Refresh my memory though, who exactly is this Stong again? He's not a validictory is he?)

  • {Spam?} Form
    (Duh! You think??!? Can't fault their honesty though.)

How about you? Have you seen any good ones lately? Feel free to share.

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)

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