Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Someone is in a race to collect the e-signatures of 300 people who believe in God before someone else collects
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2004]
Origins: This leg-pull goes back at least as far as August 2001, which was when we first saw it. It has continued to circulate since then primarily as two word-for-word versions that differ only in the proffered identity of whom to forward the completed petitions to: either firstname.lastname@example.org (also email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org. (As of 2004,
A May 2005 version repositioned it slightly by presenting it as a request made on behalf of a beleaguered teen:
Hello everyone. I got this email from my daughter Renee. She isCynicism leads us to suspect the point being proved is that it's possible to get any number of decent, good-hearted folks to mailbomb someone set up as a prankster's goat, provided you convince them they're doing it for the greater good. In this instance, the innocent are likely being
Thanks so much!!
WAY TO GO RENEE!!!!!!!!!!!I LOVE YOU!!!
MY FRIEND MADE A BET THAT I COULD NOT FIND 200 PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED IN GOD, SO I AM HERE TO PROVE MY FRIEND WRONG. IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST. COPY AND PASTE THIS EMAIL AND PLEASE..PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST. WHEN THE LIST REACHES 200 PLEASE SEND IT BACK TO mailto:email@example.com Thank you and God bless!
A moment's thought ought to be all it takes to convince anyone to not forward this nonsense any further. First, the purpose of this "petition" is never stated, so suppose whoever started this thing gets
Second, anyone considering that maybe the
In 2005 we began seeing this following reworking of the hoax:
hello everyone. It will be interesting to see who responds! I told a guy that I could findFinally, this exercise in getting folks to chase their own tails bears a striking resemblance to another such inbox uprising from 2000, an effort to convince a pregnant gal deviled by a controlling boyfriend to refrain from seeking an abortion:
Hey everyone ... one of my friends is pregnant and her boyfriend won't let her have the baby, I already told him and her it is wrong to have an abortion because you should not kill a live human being. Then I said if I getBarbara "same game, different set-up" Mikkelson
If you are the 500th person please send this back to Cutiegirl152@hotmail.com Thanx.
Last updated: 9 September 2006
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