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Yeah, the next time she asks I’m just gonna tell her foreign men pay me to play with my organ.
Well, it is the day of love after all, so have a great Valentine’s Day all you lovers out there! If you’re feeling especially amorous get me this t-shirt via 80 Tees.com! I’m not kidding. Check it out here.
Well, this certainly isn’t very a fancy pic to share, but it’s the spam mail of the day. And you wanna talk lazy? I mean, c’mon, who’s gonna fall for a ill-composed ‘I’ve a transaction for you’ where the writer didn’t even take the time to finish the sentence with a period? What, you can’t even put that amount of effort into your scam? Geez, I’m sorry guys, but the Nigerian 419 emails at least had savvy. And politeness. They were actually kinda cute in their level of sheer bullshit. Even though I never grasped who on Earth would ever fall for such a ruse I always appreciated their tone and, well, good manners and can honestly say I enjoyed every single one I received and read. Take this example (courtesy fraudgallery.com):
From: “Nicolas Usando”<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: From Nicolas Usando
From Nicolas Usando
It is my pleasure to contact you , and to confined on you as regards this transaction.
I am Mr. Nicolas Usando From Abidjan-Cote D’ Ivoire ,The Only Surviving Son of Late Mr. S.H Usando . My father before his untimely death was an Exporter of Cocoa and Gold . My Father was a Victim Of civil War that took Place in our country Last year 2011. Before his death , He deposited the Total Sum of FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS (USD $ 5,500.000.00 ) in the Bank for my inheritance. Based on the political situation of my country , I humbly seek your assistance to help me receive this money in your account and help me invest it in your country.I humbly offer you 25% of the total sum for your assistance.
My Full story, and details as regards this transaction will be given to you upon your reply.
Waiting to hear from you.
Yours Sincerely .
Like, take the initial ‘Dear Sir’ – with a capital ‘S’ even! Shit, man, if that doesn’t make you wanna put on a goddamn tie and remove a majority of the crumbs in your three-day stubble before you continue reading I don’t know what will. Hell, stroking the ego is a brilliant way of sucking someone into your scam! We all love flattery – and those that claim they don’t lie about it because they’re just not ready to accept they too can be shallow – and psychologically it breaks down resistance for the information that’s about to follow. I mean, have you dated, sir? Like, ever? Plus, to make this seem even more legit they start it off by giving out an address – obviously fraudulent, but hey, who’s got the time to hit Google Earth every five minutes? – that sounds kinda neat and exotic. Obscure enough you wouldn’t recognize it unless you had some major geography lessons in school, and definitely not something you would have read about in the local newspaper.
The next step is of course giving the reader the offer of a lifetime. While proving yourself (as the writer) to be willing to be defrauded yourself! Now, that is some brilliant manipulation going on right there! ‘Hey, man! I’ve got a cool five-point-five million I need to get outta here, and I was kinda hoping you would be willing to help me with this while not taking advantage of my situation, or rip me off.’ This gives the reader a false sense of power – a sense of being on top of the whole game, which couldn’t be any farther from the truth – and with personal greed now going ‘ding! ding! ding!’ (and possibly even setting off some fireworks while releasing the clowns), the mark is going to throw caution to the wind, answer the email and well, end up on the front page of the local newspaper, photographed with hands up in the air and a headline that states ‘It seemed legit at the time!’
Now, being fascinated by psychology – along with quantum physics I consider it a sort of hobby – I went through a bunch of these a couple of years ago and was actually struck by how the manipulation process actually involved the baser, less attractive traits of human nature. Or, if you’re a Christian, the seven deadly sins. Mainly we’re talking greed and vanity, but I’ve seen examples exploiting envy and well, since you’re reading this on the internet I’m guessing we don’t have to mention the use of lust in order to defraud people.
Anyway, sorry ’bout the rant. Long story short: I never thought I’d say I miss the old Nigerian spam emails.The kids these days, huh? Just couldn’t be bothered to even make a decent effort.
Take a break, put your feet up for a short while and just marvel at some of the beautiful imagery served up in Francesco Mugnai‘s 30+ of the most beautiful abandoned places and modern ruins i’ve ever seen. A gorgeous collection of photos from all over the world, it offers pretty much everything from churches and factories to abandoned amusement parks. Most of them telling their own story when it comes to modern, 20th century history – especially the ones taken from the former Eastern Block.
I found these very peaceful and – oddly enough – kinda sad, as they all used to be places buzzing with human activity. The photo above is taken from a railroad in France. C’est parfait! Check it out here.
So how was your day, honey? I call mine ‘Crappy Diem’. Lucky I’m such a hopelessly positive kinda guy that I find this complete comedy of errors so darn funny I actually laughed while summing it up. And call me superstitious, but I kinda noticed that every time I have one of ‘those’ days we all have from time to time something thrilling comes shortly afterwards. So I’m kinda positive about this! Then again it might just be the fever talking. ‘Til next time…
Well, here’s a little project that’d make you go crazy during the process: Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shiu‘s LEGO reconstruction of Escher‘s Relativity! According to Andrew’s website, the project took five to six evenings over a two-week period to complete, and the majority of work was actually in getting the correct light and camera position. Read more – and see more projects – here.