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Wednesday, April 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.


A few more MySpace people want money from the Nigerian Billionaire, but they were more sad than funny. This guy on the other hand ...

Date: Apr 7, 2007 9:42 AM
Subject: Check out BBspot - Nigerian Philanthropist Can't Give Away Millions

BBspot - Nigerian Philanthropist Can't Give Away Millions dear brian briggs i know you get alot of e-mails after a story about mr.ayele. a billionaire philanthropist trying to give away millions of dollars, my name is xxxxxxx jr. a real estate investor, that would like to start a company that would help the elderly and low income people, with affordable housing,the u.s and canada has millions of foreclosures and tax lien property for the taking, do you have anyway of contacting or forwarding my e-mail to mr.ayele. my contact informations e-mail is <e-mail snipped> <name snipped> <address snipped> <phone snipped> thank you! ps: any business/legal contact can be done by mr. ayele lawyer if he choose too!

Is it me or does this guy sound like a scammer himself?

One guy wasn't quite sure about Google expanding their email storage to infinity plus one, so he had to ask...

Date: Apr 5, 2007 12:55 PM
Subject: gmail announcement

Hey Brian
Did Gmail really make the announcement that they would be increasing email storage to infinity plus one, or was that an April fools joke?

Daily Links Tool Tips

I asked in the BBlog about the new tool tips on the Daily links. Here was a typical response...

From: Guy
Date: Apr 16, 2007 10:00 AM
Subject: Link summaries
To: Brian Briggs

I love the new pop-up boxes describing the daily links.  (I know that's the wrong word for the feature, but I can't remember the right word right now).

Glad we could add a new feature that everyone likes.

Summer Intern

In the BBlog, I mentioned that I might be getting a summer intern and requested a list of crappy jobs I could give him. Here's one response...

From: Marvin
Date: Apr 16, 2007 2:32 PM
Subject: crappy jobs
To: Brian Briggs <>

Hey, Brian... we have a lot of interns where I work and here are some ideas, which may or may not apply to your "corporation".

Coffee. And making sure there is always hot, fresh coffee in the pot. And not only that, but said intern has to make sure there is enough coffee, cream, sugar and whatever in stock. Or, he has to run over to the store to get it. That should take at least half of his day.

"Maintenance". You know, cleaning up all the dust bunnies in, out and AROUND the servers. And Yes, that means taking care of the toilet.

Pencil sharpener. This is very basic, but very important. All pencils need to be needle sharp before your day starts. And you are too much important to do it yourself.

Research. That means, going on wild goose chases on google, on a regular basis.

Spam filtering. You think Bill G sorts through his own emails? Hell no! He has this guy separating the trash from the good stuff, so he can invest more time "creating". You should do the same.

Anyways, those are the only ones I could think about that are "safe" for a 14 year old kid...

If you have any more, send them in.

Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 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...

Two limericks this week...

From: Seth

In the future, Blu-Ray won't be seen,
Because people want porn on their screen.
And it's easy to see
With high-def "DvD"
(Double D's, with a thing in-between).


Michael Richards was flayed for his talk,
Now Don Imus, our favorite shock jock.
Say bad words about blacks,
And you'll suffer attacks.
Will the next man to fall be Chris Rock?


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