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Wednesday, July 28 12:00 AM ET

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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 think this is the first time a BBspot story has been posted over at AnandTech. One guy doesn't think the Feng Shui motherboard is for real...

I don't think that is real. I mean a slanted PCI slot? and one of the PCI slot is even touching the MP Power Connector. And what case would fit this? Why is this even news?

See the rest of the comments.

A couple more Feng Shui Believers in this thread...

I think that this will tend to hurt Microsoft more than Apple. China will be going after the lown end market.

Should I put yet another warning about the Nigerian philanthropist?

Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 2:12 AM
Subject: info

I would be so ever grateful if you would mail me an address on Mr Esenam Ayele. I read your article while I was searching for something on the internet.

Thank you Elaine

Was she searching for Nigerian philanthropists?

If it's not money the Believers want, it's love or at least a video card that helps with self-love...

From: DOUG
Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2004 12:13 AM
Subject: video card

dear briggs,
hey i recently read one of your articles on this new video card and about how it has body mapping. Well I was wondering if you knew any online store that sold that particular one. I tryed to search for it online but was only able to find that older version of this company video card. any help would be gratefully appreciated.\
thank you in forwarding,

I told him that they stopped making it.

Trailer Reviews

A couple of e-mails about the Trailer Reviews this week...

From: Ed
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 9:35 AM
Subject: Trailer Review: The Village

Leave the poor kid in the brown jacket alone, it's not his fault somebody drew a big red circle around him.

Let's just hope the creatures are colorblind...

From: Brad
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 7:44 AM
Subject: Trailer Reviews

After seeing your trailer review for I, Robot, and then being dragged out of my house last night to see the movie by a friend, I will have to say that your review was dead accurate. After reading some of your other reviews, they are all very accurate and can be trusted far more than the paid reviews we all read in the Sunday paper.
Despite the 99%BS factor of your site, due to its satirical nature, the trailer reviews are actually helpful.

Just ignore the Reign of Fire review though.

The Amazing BBspot

Some of you might not be familiar with James Randi, but I've seen him many times on TV performing magic and debunking "paranormals". So I was surprised to get an e-mail from him...

From: James Randi
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 11:22 AM

Mr. Briggs….

The Feng Shui motherboard is HILARIOUS!


James Randi.

Definitely one for the scrapbook.

Not Quite Primetime

Scientists Isolate Republican Gene

By Jordan Baugher

LOS ANGELES, CA Scientists at Mooretec Labs claim to have identified the gene responsible for Republicanism. Republicanism is a disease that affects roughly one-half of American citizens, concentrated mainly in rural areas.

According to Dr. Ganjaski, a PhD in Scienceology, there are ways of diagnosing Republicanism in its early stages. “The early symptoms might not seem very dangerous--a few extra hours per day watching FoxNews, protesting abortion clinics, these aren’t intrinsically bad,”
he says.

“In advanced stages, patients often go into paranoid rants, where they babble about the country ‘going to the goddamn gays and the blacks’ and then they start declaring war on things, starting with little foreign countries and then on concepts like the ‘War on Drugs,’ or the ‘War on Terror,’ or the recently declared ‘War on Proper Pronunciation of Common Words.’”

Fortunately, these same scientists are close to perfecting a cure. A pretzel-shaped protein, nicknamed V4JK11/2, effectively suffocates the gene responsible for Republicanism, allowing the patient to begin asking questions again about how much of a threat Iraq posed us in 2002 and how the FBI can fight terror more effectively by knowing how many times a person has checked out Catcher in the Rye.

That's all for this week!

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