July 11, 2008

Just Pass It On



Did you ever get a chain-letter, saying that if you failed to do certain things, or neglected forwarding the letter on, to a specified number of other people, that some horrible, awful, life threatening fate would befall you? I have, many times. Before the Internet, and computers were common, the letters arrived via regular mail, or "snail mail" as it is commonly called, now.

I remember that I would read them, pondering all the terrible events of doom about to assail upon me..and then burn them. Why did I burn them? I don't know, unless it was to show my own defiance, just in case there really were some unknown entities watching to see if I obeyed in a timely manner, or not.

Now, with the Internet, they arrive, one after another, and sometimes, the same one will come from several different people, from different parts of the country, which is evidence of how easily swayed we are by silly superstition.

Besides the crazy emails with a portent of evil, harm, and danger, there are the ones which play on your sympathy, filled with sad facts about about dying children, and also, the ones which play on greed, promising money and gifts, just by keeping the email going.

Well, here's something to help to put your mind at ease, if you happen to be one of the fearful who always forward those emails on, and it might even make you laugh out loud.

But I know that YOU are not in that group...are you?

10 comments:

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rockync said...

So, Jan, are you thinking if at least five people follow the link from your blog that you won't be constipated for three months and that your hair won't fall out? LOL!
Funny you posted this just now as I was deluged with a slew of these emails over the last two weeks, promising me all sorts of horrors for not passing them on. A small part of me (that part that's still 10 years old and believes in ghosts) gets nervous when I dump them without even reading them all the way through. But I manage to overcome my superstitous nature and I haven't died, lost a limb or went bankrupt.
I applaud you! Yea!!!!!

Papa Frank said...

That was HILARIOUS!!! Good find Jan. I instantly delete anything in my email that says "forwarded." Unfortunately, it's usually my own mom that is sending these to me. Oh well.

Jan said...

So, Jan, are you thinking if at least five people follow the link from your blog that you won't be constipated for three months and that your hair won't fall out? LOL!

rockync..you know how it is..can't be too careful when it comes to this stuff! LOL

Jan said...

Papa Frank..I'm laughing out loud, for real, about it being your mother sending you the forwards!

If it's any comfort, I've heard of others who delete lots of stuff sent by their moms, too! :)

morrisao said...

Ha, good one, Jan.

I dump them all, mercilessly. Chain mail, meet cyber black hole..
:P

Jan said...

Morris..I hear you.

It's amazing how those things make the rounds, isn't it? :)

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k said...

Oh, it's so good to see you back, even if only for a few minutes! Especially on this fine funny post. Pure Jan.

Does this mean the new house is shaping up?

Jan said...

k..thanks!

Shaping up?

Hmmm..shaping up, but still outta shape! :)