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Wednesday, November 29 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.


Sometimes I post a story expecting lots of traffic and get nothing. Sometimes I post a story expecting nothing and it goes berserk. The latter happened on the MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations story. It'll probably surpass even the girl pretending to be a record executive story. Regardless, it snagged a lot of BBelievers in the comments on Slashdot, Digg, Fark, and Reddit, among others...

Even though the story was tagged as "satire, humor" and came from the "from the jokes-that-some-people-just-wont-get dept." it still got a lot of BBelievers on Slashdot:

"Seriously WTF. Not to doubt BBSpot's credibility, but i can't believe this is real. If it is (and we are royally screwed), what's the source then."

"The quotes in the article has to be fake, or are they really that bat-shit crazy?"

Plenty more entertainment in the Slashdot comments.

And not to be outdone, here's Digg :

"I emailed this to my entire department before reading the comments. Humorous posts like this need to be MARKED AS SUCH.

Placing this fake news as real news in the news category on Digg is extremely bad taste and should be prevented."

"wtf? that's so freakin' messed up? why is the MPAA trying to invade our lives?"

Read all the Digg comments here.

How about reddit? Did they want to join in too? Of course:

"Oh wow, that's ridiculous."

"wow, that's all I can say... wow. Amazing that there are people who could come up with such ideas. LA lawyers I suppose... you never know what's next"

All of the comments here.

The story wasn't directly linked on Fark (that would be too obvious), but they did link to the Slashdot article which elicited these comments:

"Hrm... this is why I'm plannin on buying an island just a little ways out in international water TAKE THAT MPAA!!"

"How incredibly retarded..."

All the comments here.

Even John Dvorak was taken in and plenty of good comments too:

"Can you believe these a-holes? Is this a joke? A hoax?"

Now for some comments from some random discussion boards. Click the comment for more:

"So hands up who has a TV over 29" and a "comfy chair"?"

"I think this is getting a little out of hand, it is basically saying that the majority of people that have fairly large TVs need to pay this "fee" in order to watch movies, what a crock of shit."

"I just finished reading this and was wondering when the RIAA was gonna regulate what volume you can listen to your music at. What, sorry past 7.0 decibel and 5.1 surround is considered "concert sound" can't have that at home need to have it registered. Yea, I know about the volume regulated iPods in Europe just TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL."

"Unless we the consumer stand up and speak our mind loudly, we will be paying these theives protection money in the near future...jmo."

"They must be getting so desperate to clutch that last little bit of control over their content."

"Check this out, now they want us to register our theater and point out that we are bad people for inviting friends over to watch a DVD with us."

"Ha! If that ever becomes law, we should just disolve our government and start from scratch because there will be no hope left for any of us."

And it showed up as news on this site.

How about one Esenam Ayele e-mail just for old-times sake...

From: Ricardo
Sent: Saturday, November 18, 2006 3:02 AM
Subject: Society of Charitable African Milionaires

Do you have any further contact information availabe on Esenam Ayele. I would like to see if this is real or not.If it is then all the appreciation and recognition will be held in your honor for providing such legitimate and valuable information.

How come his email sounds like one of the scammer's?

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

PS3 and Wii launched. In the fray,
Stories say that the Wii's fun to play,
While the PS3's fame
May not be killer games,
But just killer desire not to pay.

That's all for this week!

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