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First Name Chain Letter

by Brett M. Christensen

These emails are just pointless, bandwidth wasting chain letters.

They simply ask you to add your first name to the email before passing them on. Often, the messages claim to be a “survey” started by a teacher are part of an educational project.

However, there is no way for the alleged teacher or project organizers to receive and compile any results, so what would be the point of the exercise? 
And like other classic chain emails, the messages suggest that something “kind of cool” will happen if you follow the instructions. In fact, nothing “cool” or out of the ordinary will happen at all. The claim is just a way of enticing people to participate.

The best thing to do with these silly messages is just hit the “delete” key and be done with them. DON’T just play! Break the chain instead.

Examples

One of our teachers is doing this survey for her daughter. DON’T ASK – JUST PLAY!

Copy and paste this letter into a new email (PLEASE do NOT hit Forward). Then read the list of names. If your name is on the list, put a star * next to it. If not, then add your name (in alphabetical order, put no star). Send it to ten people and send it back to the person who sent it to you. Put your name in the subject box! You’ll see what happens to you…… its kind of cool! Please keep this going.

Don’t mess it up!

Aaron*
Abigail
Adam****
Adria
Adrienne
Alanna*
Ann
Andrew***
Alex ***
Alexis*
(many more removed.)

 

This is for a science fair project. If you could do this I would appreciate it! DON’T ASK, JUST PLAY!
Copy and paste this letter into a new email (PLEASE do NOT hit “Forward”), then read the list of names. If your name is on the list, put a star * next to it. If not, then add your name (in alphabetical order, put no star.) Send it to ten people and send it back to the person who sent it to you. Put your name in the subject box! You’ll see what happens – it’s kind of cool! Please keep this going. Don’t MESS it up, please.”[LIST OF NAMES REMOVED]

 

DON’T ASK – Just play. Read the list of names. If your name is on the list, put a star * next to it. If it’s not, then add your name, in alphabetical order, but without a star. Send it to ten people and send it back to the person who sent it to you. Put your name in the subject box! You’ll see what happens to you……its kind of cool! Please keep this going. Don’t MESS it up! 🙂

[LIST OF NAMES REMOVED]



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After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

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