04 October 2005

Things That Wind Me Up # 37 - Spam Emails

Received this today

Dear All

Please see attached public information notice circulated by Cheshire RFU.

I have been asked to ensure that all XXXXX employees are aware of the risk and take appropriate precautions.


Chief Executive


This message is serious and has been passed to us from Cheshire RFU.

Could you please cascade as quickly as possible as this came through our NHS web page.

For your information, a couple of weeks ago, in the odeon cinema, Festival Park, a person sat on something sharp in one of the seats. When she stood up to see what it was, a needle was found poking through the seat with an attached note saying, "you have been infected with HIV".

The Centres for Disease Control in Birmingham, reports similar events have taken place in several other cities recently.

ALL of the needles tested HAVE been found positive for HIV. The CDC also reports that needles have been found in the coin return areas of pay phones and coke machines. Everyone is asked to use extreme caution when confronted with these types of situations. All public chairs should be thoroughly but safely inspected prior to any use. A thorough visual inspection is considered the bare minimum. Further more, they ask that everyone notify their family members and friends of the potential dangers, as well.

The previous information was sent from hanley police station to all of the local councils in the Staffs area and was interdepartmentally dispersed.

We were all asked to pass this to as many people as possible."

It's spam. Why? because if this was true, don't you think it would have been in the local papers if not the national ones. Another reason there are loads of references to public institutes but no links and also there is no "Centres for Disease Control" in Birmingham. But mainly because it just smells of rubbish the language sounded wrong for Britain. Anyway being a billy-no-mates- geekette-killjoy I googled on "HIV needle cinema" and got this.

I know that I am probably hurtling towards grumpy old womanhood with this statement but I do wish that people would stop to think and consider before forwarding emails like this, the ones that say if you email to 5 people you will have good luck something amazing will happen to your copy to the email, and my least favourite ones - the really misandric emails that go around. 50 reasons why men are shit and chocolate is better than sex (must have had really really crap sex) with loads of "wacky gifs" and at the end they always say "forward to all the strong sassy women you know and all the men who have a sense of humor."


  1. Someone sent me an email that the Oklahoma City Bombing (in the mid 1990s) was a result of not only a Clinton conspiricy, but that President George H. Bush (papa bush, or Bush the first) was in on it too.

    Yea right.

    What is scary is that people believe this crap.

    Anyone who could seriously believe that a president was in on a plot to blow up a federal building is insane. It would be like believing that Tony Blair and Queen Elizabeth knew that the London subway was going to be hit and did not warn anyone because they were somehow involved in the plot.

    But yet, I got the email anyway. From someone I know, not as random spam.

  2. That's what I hate the most, is when it's forwarded to me from somebody that I know. Just so stupid.

  3. yup.. if in doubt check it at www.snopes.com A very quick way of weeding out all those crappy spammed urban legends..

  4. Hi Jane,

    I have linked your site to the Swipe Show - hope that's OK. If you do not want to be associated with all the smut, filth and outrageous opinion I put up, please let me know. I won't change the link, but aty least I'll know you're not a fan of smut, filth and outrageous opnion...

    Love on ya,


    p.s. when it say Government in your profile, does that mean, like, you ARE the government? Wow! That must be reeeeeaaaaalllll cooooool!!

  5. "must have had really really crap sex" - or really good chocolate? ;)

  6. ack i hate fowarded spam.

  7. Iggy - Yeah I know what you mean, it's the lazy thinking behind it as well.

    Emily and Jo - agreed and thanks for the link I forgot to put it in my post.

    Robert - Hi, thanks for the link I don't mind at all :-)

    Rachel - mmmmmm well it won't be British Chocolate will it?

    C'lam - Aye and when are you going to blog again?