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Thursday, February 21 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.


The persistent BBeliever who wants so badly to be friends with Esenam Ayele still won't give up. Here's his latest attempt to ingratiate himself with Esenam...

it's been a while since our last correspondent, maybe you're just to busy managing your multi coorporate, let me know if you have a schedule visiting my country, i'll be more than happy to meet you and escorting you , just keep in touch

I have the feeling this guy would mug Esenam the moment he touched down. Anyway, the guy asked before about the weather in Nigeria, in an attempt to get his location. I replied that the weather in Nigeria was nice at least according to my friends there. Leaving Esenam's location a mystery. It should drive that guy nuts. He's not alone though, it looks like someone else really wants to be Esenam's friend...

Greetings Mr Ayele, I've read your storie and I am inclined to believe in you. :) Life is such that it can become challenging to get ones point across LOL :)

How are you and what have you been up to of late? :)

It is nice to see you online. In December, I made a decision to join myspace. :) I must say that you were in part one of the reasons for my being on myspace.

I would love to chat with you some and become more aquainted with you and your projects. I'd like to be one of your recipients of your generiousity. There are many things I'd like to accomplish. Please read my profile.

I'd love to hear from you. I am requesting acceptence of your friendship.

Then, not much long after, she sends this message...

Hello My Friend. Thank you for responding. :) (I never responded) How is your day? I find your story incredible. :) What happened? Why do people not believe in you? You seemed so sincere in your efforts. I find you interesting. By the way, I have had dealings with Nigerians in the past, and I know that all Nigerians are not questionable. :) God Bless that there are still angels in the world :)

Keep Smiling My Friend you have a nice picture :) Thanks for becoming my new friend. It's not what you have, it's what is in your heart.

Your New Friend Tiffany

It's a good thing I'm an honest person, because these people would fall for anything.

Last Mailbag there was naomi who worried about the Giant Meteor Heading Toward Earth Covered In Germs. I thought she was pretending to be a BBeliever for the fun of it, so I replied coyly. Then we had a very long email exchanged that really had me questioning the survival of the human race. I've reprinted her original email. Her correspondents are in italics, mine are in bold...

Hello, my name is Naomi. I read your article titled: Giant Meteor Heading Toward Earth Covered In Germs. Is it real? I got a little freaked out about it. So if you could tell me whether its a joke or a serious matter, I would appreciate it. My email is I need an answer as soon as possible. Because if its real, I booked three flights to England to evacuate. Help please.


So its true???

I'll let you figure that part out yourself.

Listen guy, this is serious business. i want a true answer or I'll report your article to the CRP for lying under false pretenses. meteor or no meteor?

What's the CRP?

The CRP is the Computer Respect Policy, i know, sounds dumb, but those who violate the respect and truth are fined very severely.

That sounds serious then.  The story is not true as far as I know.

as far as you know? explain.

Oi, you're really dense aren't you. Read the disclaimer on the page of the story.  Read some of the other stories on the site.  Make your own judgment.

She wasn't the only one BBelieving the meteor story either...

From: ronnie
Date: Feb 20, 2008 10:43 AM
Subject: Giant Meteor

Dear Mr. Briggs,
Where may I find further information on this Meteor, and am courious as too why it has not been more publisized if it is the size of Alaska we are in deep trouble. thank you for your time on work on this matter.

Not wanting another Naomi-type exchange I just went straight for the "are you stupid" response.

Now here's one you don't see very often. Someone BBelieving the story about Apple charging an entrance fee to their stores...

From: Luis
Date: Feb 13, 2008 2:57 AM
Subject: bbeliever to "Apple Store to Begin Charging Entrance Fee"

i never thought i'd see a bbeliever reading a site as respected as ars technica, turns out i was wrong. careful brian, they walk among us!

BBeliever Here

look at the comment of Peter N.

I love how the guy just casually drops the rumor into the conversation. That's how urban legends get started.

Babylon 5 Novels

I've been accused of posting things about Babylon 5 just to generate email for the Mailbag. Well, if it ain't broke...

From: Ian
Date: Feb 19, 2008 4:40 PM
Subject: B5 Novels

The three "official" trilogies of B5 novels (the Technomage trilogy (+ prequel), the Bester trilogy, and the Centauri Prime trilogy) are fantastic... and I normally avoid spin-off novels.

The stories for these books were laid out by JMS, and then written by other novelists. They're well-written & tie up some loose plot threads. I'd definitely recommend them.

Now, I'm just certain that someone has something to say about that.

Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. Seth also has a new book coming out that you should take a look at..

From: Seth

Fidel Castro, at last, it appears,
Is resigning.
But hold off on cheers,
For his brother Raoul
Will continue to rule
For another four billion years.

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