E-mail Etiquette and Facts of Life
1. Big companies don't do business via chain letter. Bill Gates is not
going to give you $1000, and Disney is not going to give you a free
vacation. There is no need to pass it on "just in case it's true".
Futhermore, just because someone said in the message, four generations
back, that "we checked it out and it's legit," does not make it true.
2. There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans. No one is waking up in
a bathtub full of ice, even if a friend of a friend swears it happened
to his cousin. If you are hell-bent on believing the kidney-theft ring
stories, please see:
And I quote: "The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued
requests for actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell
their stories. None have." That's "none" as in "zero." Not even your
3. Neiman Marcus doesn't sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if they
did, we all have it. And if you don't, you can get a copy at:
If you then decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass
along the recipe without the Neiman Marcus story.
4. We all know all 500 ways to drive your roommates crazy, irritate
co-workers and creep out people on an elevator. We also know exactly
how many engineers, college students, usenet posters and people from
each and every world ethnicity it takes to change a lightbulb.
5. Even if the latest NASA rocket disaster(s) DID contain plutonium that
went to particulate over the eastern seaboard, do you REALLY think this
information would reach the public via an AOL chain-letter?
6. There is no "Good Times" virus. In fact, you should never, ever,
ever, ever forward any E-mail containing any virus warning unless you
first confirm it at an actual site of an actual company that actually
deals with viruses. Try: http://www.norton.com.
7. If your CC: list is regularly longer than the actual content of your
message, you're probably going to Hell.
8. If you're using Outlook, IE, or Netscape to write E-mail, turn off
the "HTML encoding." Those of us on Unix shells can't read it, and
don't care enough to save the attachment and then view it with a web
browser, since you're probably forwarding us a copy of the Neiman
Marcus Cookie Recipe anyway.
9. If you still absolutely MUST forward that 10th-generation message
from a friend, at least have the decency to trim the eight miles of
headers showing everyone else who's received it over the last 6 months.
Besides, if it has gone around that many times I've probably already
10. Craig Shergold in England is not dying of cancer or anything else
at this time and would like everyone to stop sending him their business
cards. He apparently is also no longer a "little boy" either.