This morning I received yet another great little forward. I'd love to know the statistics of viral spam, and just how many people do forward these RE: IMPORTANT FOR ALL WOMAN stuff.
I hate to sound like a party pooper, as we as a nation love a good shock-value story to chit chat over in our coffee breaks, but some are now so old its mad.
This mornings FWD: PETROL prices - BOYCOTT BP/ESSO (in favour of purchasing at Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco and Morrisons.
I believe in the concept of the voices rising together to stick it to the big man, but am I alone in wondering where these supermarkets purchase their petrol from?? Failing it being quite so straightforward, I'm guessing that they don't have their own riggs and probably purchase crude oil at the daily/hourly/minutely price per barrel? I could be wrong- but stuff like this is always the first thing I think when I read these things.
I find the older generation is far more willing to jump on the extreme bandwagon of mad virals, I have received some utterly downright CRAZY forwards from my mother-in-law, I seriously don't know where she finds them?! Yet she seems to then fill up at least 400+ inboxs with them when she does!! My father has recently discovered this phenomenon, his seem to be much more politically motivated. He seems to find the army/intelligence/conspiracy theory stuff. Which some of it, as the ex-girlfriend of one such Army chap, I could honestly vouch for its complete fictitious nature!
Surely we have some kind of duty to our friends and colleagues to spam responsibly?
Here is some of the best of the worst ones... one I fell for HOOK LINE AND SINKER... to embarrassing consequences, (I learnt my lesson!)
1. Colonel Sanders of KFC left, in his will, a bequest of millions to the KKK!!! FALSE. (My dad loved this one!)
2. An UNnamed British house wife penns a perfect political/religious polemic to a newspaper, full of wonderful quips about, "I'll care if... " . FALSE. It was in fact written in its entirety by a journalist and sent out as a wonderful hoax spam.
3. Mars Hoax - (I fell foul of this one, suckered in by the relevance of the date to me personally, and so all my level headed common sense disappeared and I planned a party to coincide with this - HA! I looked like such a PLONKER!!!!)
4. Plastic water bottles causing cancer.... (I think this one was particularly attributed to Sheryl Crow and breast cancer) - Turned out some bonkers student suggested it in a thesis, and although the said thesis was never reviewed, published or thought to have any evidence, a journalist got wind of it, and hey presto!!
5. Supermarket check out, rebuke to an Iraqi cashier -
One of my sons serves in the military. He is still stateside, here in
California. He called me yesterday to let me know how warm and welcoming
people were to him, and his troops, everywhere he goes, telling me how
people shake their hands, and thank them for being willing to serve, and
fight, for not only our own freedoms but so that others may have them
But he also told me about an incident in the grocery store he stopped at
yesterday, on his way home from the base. He said that ahead of several
people in front of him stood a woman dressed in a burkha.
He said when she got to the cashier she loudly remarked about the U.S.
flag lapel pin the cashier wore on her smock. The cashier reached up
and touched the pin, and said proudly," Yes, I always wear it and
probably always will."
The woman in the burkha then asked the cashier when she was going to
stop bombing her countrymen, explaining that she was Iraqi. A gentleman
standing behind my son stepped forward, putting his arm around my son's
shoulders, and nodding towards my son, said in a calm and gentle voice
to the Iraqi woman: "Lady, hundreds of thousands of men and women like
this young man have fought and died so that YOU could stand here, in MY
country and accuse a check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen.. It
my belief that had you been this outspoken in YOUR own country, we
wouldn't need to be there today. But, hey, if you have now learned how
to speak out so loudly and clearly, I'll gladly buy you a ticket and pay
your way back to Iraq so you can straighten out the mess in YOUR country
that you are obviously here in MY country to avoid."
Everyone within hearing distance cheered!
IF YOU AGREE____ Pass this on to all your proud American friends.
I actually thought to myself when I looked this one up, surely with the delight that is camera phones and YouTube this would have surfaced almost instantly if true... yet alas, it was most likely a well thought out reply, while someone sat drinking a cup of tea in their living room...
So...Whats the point here? Well, as so rightly pointed out, the maths of these super hoaxes are incredible, millions, hundreds of millions, billions of people spam these things around each day. How about someone creating something ethical, moral, and charitably motivated, if every person who sent a forward donated £1.00 to a water/child charity, well millions would be raised in days.
Personally I don't even know how to create something like this, with an easy PAYPAL click button for each person to just tick before forwarding, but it MUST be possible.... So why not share THIS article with your friends today, and I HOPE it reaches someones email box that knows just how to do this and in a few weeks time I receive the first GOOD spam email! Its worth a try...
Good Luck spammers.... (My suggestions would be Save The Children, NSPCC, Water Aid, Oxfam or similar)