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Wednesday, October 18 12:00 AM ET

BBspot Mailbag

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 didn't think anyone would take this story seriously...

From: Sergey
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2006 9:05 AM
Subject: Quatercolon

Here is a link to a serious proposition to introduce the quartercolon This guy calls it the double-comma. There is also a Russian version, in case you're interested :) This isn't a case of a BBeliever, rather one of BBReality!

Awesome, I hope it becomes popular then I can sue for copyright infringement!

The Nigerian billionaire snagged another BBeliever. I'll save you the time of having to read her woeful story of financial incompetence, but her second email was much better. I wrote back to her saying "BBspot is a satire website." She replied...

From: Karen
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 9:37 PM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: RE: Question on Nigerian wanting to help people...

I'm sorry if I sent it to the wrong place- I don't know what a satire web site is, sorry

Gee, I wonder why she's having financial problems?

Random Selection

In this BBlog entry I commented on the supposed baseball "experts" and their awful record on picking winners in the playoffs. I commented that a monkey could do better. Looks like I'm not the only one who had that thought...

From: Geoff
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 2:57 PM
Subject: Hurray for New Keyboards and Experts

Hi Brian, In this entry you referred to a monkey picking winners in MLB playoffs. Canada's sports channel (TSN) does just that during the NHL playoffs. On TSN the commentators make their picks and the monkey spins a wheel to select her picks, she sometimes does better than the commentators.


Selling Bears

In last week's Mailbag I posted from an inept Nigerian scammer asking to buy some of my bears. This prompted a BBspotter to respond...

From: Jim
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:02 PM
Subject: selling bears to Africa?

I saw you were selling bears to Africa. Is this part of some sort of ecological reconstruction? Where can I get these bears? Are they alive? gummy? stuffed? and stuffed with what? I thought they shipped that sort of thing *out* of Africa.

Anyway, I have gotten plenty of scam mail this week. -

I won the UK national lottery (well I came in 2nd place with 2.5 million pounds sterling, so thats what like 6 million dollars?)

I am the last living descendant of a Nigerian millionaire (or something like that) for 40% of 19.5 million (7.8 million)

and a third email where some guy just wants to send me half a million dollar cashiers check.

I don't mean to brag but I'm sitting on 14.3 million this week, and last week I couldn't even afford to fix the air conditioning in my truck.

Maybe you should hold a scam contest of some sort with the prize going to the one who can produce the most scam spam in a given time frame. Not sure if the logistics of it are something anyone would want to mess with tho. Winner gets to inherit your millions.

I think I would win any contest of that sort. With my email all over this site, I receive hundreds of millions of phantom dollars every day.

Weekly Limerick

The winner of this year's Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. I haven't decided where to put it yet, so this week's I'll put in the Mailbag...

From: Seth

Google's campus announced they've begun
Adding new solar panels, a ton.
 Though the energy's green,
 Could this huge project mean
There's a possible merger with Sun?

That's all for this week!

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