Saturday, June 17, 2006

Green eggs and spam

Spam is already the great comic motherlode of the modern age. Every day millions of women get told how their manhood can be rock hard. Something that the magical fairy Nigerian wrote long ago has been filtered and morphed and leetspeaked so many times that it verges on Beckettesque. Making jokes about spam is like watching those blooper shows which splice 450 home video clips into 22 minutes. You're thinking, yeah, but that kid smashing into the pool fence on his yellow plastic tractor wasn't as funny as the grandpa falling backwards off his lawnmower. That was funny.

However, I was actually moved to a snerk this morning. This particular bit of spam is the super hi-tech kind that uses (drum roll!) mail merge (gasp!) It strips out the part of the the email address before the "@" and uses it as the greeting. So check out the addressee on this little number:

Yo [name of my department]-phds!!!

A Genuine Univers1ty Degree 1n 4-6 weeks!

Have you ever thought that the only thing stopping you from a great job and better pay was a few letters behind you name?
All the time, dude. All the time.


EOL said...


Xtin said...

Lando, I consider you my Significant Other Snerker.