From: Nichael Lynn Cramer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Mar 14 1999 - 12:00:35 EST
[A smidge off-topic, but I think this merited forwarding. --N]
>Given how many of these damn warnings I get every damn day, this gave me a
>>Subject: A REAL Trojan horse warning
>>RE: WARNING!! BEWARE GREEKS BEARING GIFTS!
>>This was forwarded to me by Cassandra--it looks legit. Please distribute to
>>Priam, Hecuba, and your 99 siblings.
>>WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
>>IF YOU RECEIVE A GIFT IN THE SHAPE OF A LARGE WOODEN HORSE DO NOT DOWNLOAD
>>IT!!!! It is EXTREMELY DESTRUCTIVE and will overwrite your ENTIRE CITY!
>>The "gift" is disguised as a large wooden horse about two stories tall. It
>>tends to show up outside the city gates and appears to be abandoned. DO NOT
>>let it through the gates! It contains hardware that is incompatible with
>>Trojan programming, including a crowd of heavily armed Greek warriors that
>>will destroy your army, sack your town, and kill your women and children.
>>If you have already received such a gift, DO NOT OPEN IT! Take it back out
>>of the city unopened and set fire to it by the beach.
>>FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
>>RE: Greeks bearing gifts
>>I hate to break to you, but this is one of the oldest hoaxes there is.
>>I've seen variants on this warning come through on other listservs, one
>>involving some kind of fruit that was supposed to kill the people who ate
>>it and one having to do with something called the "Midas Touch." Here are a
>>few tipoffs that this is a hoax:
>>1) This "Forward this message to everyone you know" crap. If it were really
>>meant as a warning about the Greek army, why tell anyone to post it to the
>>Phonecians, Sumerians, and Cretans?
>>2) Use of exclamation points. Always a giveaway.
>>3) It's signed "from Poseidon." Granted he's had his problems with Odysseus
>>but he's one of their guys, isn't he? Besides, the lack of a real header
>>with a detailed address makes me suspicious.
>>4) Technically speaking, there is no way for a horse to overwrite your
>>entire city. A horse is just an animal, after all.
>>Next time you get a message like this, just delete it. I appreciate your
>>concern, but once you've been around the block a couple times you'll
>>realize how annoying this kind of stuff is.
--- Nichael Cramer email@example.com nulla dies sine linea http://www.sover.net/~nichael/
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