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I keep getting mail entitled "viagra soft tabs". If the spammers know I live in Cambridge, surely they should also know that I'm unlikely to suffer from the sort of softness that can be fixed with viagra?

Boy, I hate it when I have to work that hard for a crap pun.
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imc From: imc Date: September 21st, 2004 09:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had three completely empty spams this afternoon, of which the third one had that subject heading. How they expect me to buy any when there's no URL or even a valid return address I don't know.

The annoying thing is that because they're empty the spam filter doesn't have enough basis for blocking them.
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: September 21st, 2004 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, this is the most insidious form of spam of all. It's parts 1, 2 and 3 of a 1,876-message set, and when you put the message-IDs of all 1,876 parts together, they form an audiostereogram of George W. Bush above text saying "VOTE FOR ME OR I'LL KILL ALL THE baaaaabyanimals."
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: September 21st, 2004 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Now I have a visual earworm

If such a thing exists.

All I can 'see' is:
...builds weekly into this fabulous 1,876 part set, only available through this internet-only promotion - call *now* for your chance to use this one-time only offer? Our agents are standing by.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 21st, 2004 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
The pun is mightier than the... never mind.
setting_sun From: setting_sun Date: September 21st, 2004 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I usually get spam mail from those Nigerian con artists and people selling septic tanks. But chewy Viagra? I thought most blokes that needed to use it wouldn't have teeth to deal with chewing it.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 21st, 2004 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
No, it's Viagra that doesn't bugger up your formatting when you try to print it with a non-standard screen width.
setting_sun From: setting_sun Date: September 21st, 2004 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh. I'll have two batches then!
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