mike's inane email archive

spams, scams and, er, jokes

Normally I'm not one to brag, but I'm proud to say that I have had some presence on the internet in one form or another--be it via gopher or USENET since 1995. Early on, I had a small web page that listed a couple email addresses. Between that and the fact that I signed up for everything free that I could find, I've long gotten lots of emails every day. It's not unheard of for my inbox to grow to four digits. And most of them aren't normal personal correspondence. I get spam like everyone else does, the porn links, casino signups, chain letters and forwarded jokes that we all know so well, but in addition I get some stranger, less benevolent ones. I've gotten as many viagra, manhood- or breast- enhancement solicitations as messages entirely in Spanish offering web space and hosting. I get offers for cheap flatware and information about hardcore storage servers. And then there are the ones that I've forever immortalized here. Some are funny, some are scams, and others I just wanted out of my inbox.