remember chain letters?

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    Feb 22, 2016 7:17 PM GMT
    There was a list of 5 addresses at the bottom. The body of the letter was a testimonial about people who were rolling in megabucks from following the instructions in the letter. When you got the letter you were supposed to copy the letter, add your name to the bottom of the list, (delete the person at the top?), put it in an envelope with a dollar and mail to each of the 5 addresses. Sit back and wait and you'd get rich!

    (In the days before computers it was a bit work intensive with having to use a typewriter. But hey, think of all that money!)

    Well they're back, on tumblr.

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    Feb 22, 2016 7:20 PM GMT
    wut?
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    Feb 22, 2016 7:22 PM GMT
    __morphic__ saidwut?

    Don't worry if you don't understand because it sounds too stupid for words, but a lot of people believe/believed it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_letter
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 22, 2016 7:24 PM GMT
    __morphic__ saidwut?

    Before there was the internet, people used to "poke" each other via snail mail, in the form of ponzi schemes.
  • leanandclean

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    Feb 23, 2016 10:38 PM GMT
    The ones I remember were more along the lines that if you didn't forward them you'd die. I would have found cats more motivating.
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    Feb 23, 2016 10:40 PM GMT
    leanandclean saidThe ones I remember were more along the lines that if you didn't forward them you'd die. I would have found cats more motivating.

    Yeah, I'd forgotten about that part. The ones I saw back then combined the get-rich-quick idea and the bad luck if you didn't forward it.
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    Feb 24, 2016 11:01 PM GMT
    I drop-kicked a post on Facebook last week, telling the forwarder that worse luck follows if you DO forward it. It was something about a ghost appearing at 12:42 (not even sure if it specified AM or PM) if the post wasn't shared.

    I replied, if you share this post, no, a ghost will not visit you at 12:42. That's the good news. But watch what happens at 12:43...boo.

    BACK IN THE DAY...of e-mail chains, I did a similar thing to some peripheral acquaintance of my mother. Since my parents were somewhat technologically illiterate, I set up their e-mail account, did my best to spam-proof it, and did frequent check-ups on their inbox. This one I intercepted before my mother got a chance to read it: "Forward this e-mail and get [vague dollar amount, along with vaguer testimonials] or suffer what happened to [this poor sap] who didn't..."

    I replied as The Demon of the Web. That I was going to haunt the chain-mail sender to insanity. The sender actually sent out an apology retraction to her chain list.
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    Feb 25, 2016 5:32 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    __morphic__ saidwut?

    Before there was the internet, people used to "poke" each other via snail mail, in the form of ponzi schemes.
    No, that was called "pen pals."