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Wednesday, January 14 12:01 AM EST

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Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.


I finally put another disclaimer on the Ensenam Ayele article. It went from being funny to just plain sad...

From: Contact
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 11:27 AM
Subject: regarding the nigerian philanthropist

my name is joel smith, I am the program manager of the downtown mission located in miami florida. The mission is sponsored by the central baptist church. We have plans to open a drop in center to provide supportive services to the homeless population in this area. We are seeking funding for this project and because we have not yet "incorporated" as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, we are looking for donors in the private sector.
You can check the validity of this e-mail by contacting the following: xxxxxx We need at least $75,000 to implement our program services expansion and will gladly send you info regarding our present program.

Last one...

Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 12:07 AM
Subject: Esenam Ayelee

Dear Mr. Biggs:

I just read your article on Mr. Esenam Ayelee and wanted to know how I could get in touch with him. He sent me an email during the summer, and I thought it was a hoax. You see, we had been desperately trying to find someone to help us keep our house. I thought that someone took our name from off the internet and was playing a cruel joke.

We have since lost the house and are in desperate need of money. Our credit is shot, and we are behind in rent, phone bill, electric bill, our car note. We owe money to IRS. Could you please help us by locating this seemingly kind man. We have two children, and are at our wits end. Please respond.

Contacted them during the summer? I'm sure he'll be in touch again.

Beware the virus....

From: Jarren
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2003 2:13 AM
Subject: Virus Alert: w32.IsTooAVirus.A.Worm

I'm writing in concern of Virus Alert: w32.IsTooAVirus.A.Worm article. It seems to me that a person like that should be given special help. Is McAffree afraid that having him declared mental ill would make them responsible for his health coverage? This man is sick and needs help, some one should do something. I am considering sending an e-mail to the company itself but I feel I would need more information about Mr.Merriger like what department he's in or were his office is at. Please let me know so something can be done.

You're just too smart for them aren't you.

The Bald Look

A BBspotter responds to Megan's tirade about the sexism of the OS Quiz from last week...

From: Scott
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 3:07 PM
Subject: Dumb believer comments to OS quiz

Tell Megan that chicks can shave too… to hell with "can shave" - they should shave every square inch of flesh below the neck! And some need to shave above the neck too... :shiver:
Your site rocks!

I refuse to address that comment on the grounds that my answer would tend to get me e-mail from college-age women who are pissed at me.

Video Card Problems

One reader has a nice suggestion for solving my video card problems...

From: Miguel
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 1:27 PM
Subject: Saving your entire PC

You're surely getting hacked through your brand new gaming card. Wrap it in tin foil before the h4ck3rs access anything else in your room....

Of course, I've already done this. Do you think that might be the problem?

Gay Dog

This comment comes from the link we posted about the intelligence of dogs...

From: Rich
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 8:30 AM
Subject: Dumb (gay) Dogs

i visited the page via your link archives today. as usual, Afghan hounds are noted as the dumbest - or technically, the ones least likely to give a shit if you want it to do something (i've heard that they're actually VERY intelligent, but are very "independent"). the whole report on this breed is very much as you would expect it to be, and is a serious description of the various defining characteristics. however, at the bottom you find this:

Aloof and dignified, yet gay. Faults--Sharpness or shyness.

i got a good laugh out of that, and i wonder if the person writing these articles was just getting bored...

That's all for this week!

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