Claim: Forwarding a certain e-mail to a specified number of your friends will cause a cool video to spring to life on your monitor or win cash for you.
[Collected on the Internet, March 1999]
If you forward to 11 people a video comes on your screen. This works. I don’t know how
[Collected on the Internet, May 1999]
If you send this to
It is so cute wait until u see it!
[Collected on the Internet, May 1999]
SOUTH PARK (sorry this is disgusting) dont open with parents around!!!
If you send this to 10 people, you will see a clip of a part of a lost film of south park show. You will laugh your ass off. It’s when Carmen and Kenny go to a whore house and gets laid. So send this to
[Collected on the Internet, December 1999]
send this to 6 people and you will see the taco bell dog run across your screen . if you send this to
[Collected on the Internet, May 2000]
READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END-THERE’S A TRICK TO IT.
Finally a Barbie I can relate to! At long last, here are some NEW Barbie dolls to coincide with her and OUR aging gracefully.
These are a bit more
1. Bifocals Barbie. Comes with her own set of blended-lens fashion frames in six wild colors (half-frames too!), neck chain and large-print editions of Vogue and Martha Stewart Living.
2. Hot Flash Barbie. Press Barbie’s bellybutton and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead. Comes with hand-held fan and tiny tissues.
3. Facial Hair Barbie. As Barbie’s hormone levels shift, see her whiskers grow. Available with teensy tweezers and magnifying mirror.
4. Flabby Arms Barbie. Hide Barbie’s droopy triceps with these new, roomier-sleeved gowns. Good news on the tummy front, too-muumuus with tummy-support panels are included.
5. Bunion Barbie. Years of disco dancing in stiletto heels have definitely taken their toll on Barbie’s dainty arched feet. Soothe her sores with the pumice stone and plasters, then slip on soft terry mules.
6. No-More-Wrinkles Barbie. Erase those pesky crow’s-feet and lip lines with a tube of Skin Sparkle-Spackle, from Barbie’s own line of exclusive age-blasting cosmetics.
7. Soccer Mom Barbie. All that experience as a cheer-leader is really paying off as Barbie dusts off her old high school megaphone to root for Babs and
8. Mid-life Crisis Barbie. It’s time to ditch Ken. Barbie needs a change, and Alonzo (her personal trainer) is just what the doctor ordered, along with Prozac. They’re hopping in her new red Miata and heading for the Napa
9. Divorced Barbie. Sells for $199.99. Comes with Ken’s house, Ken’s car, and Ken’s boat.
10. Recovery Barbie. Too many parties have finally caught up with the ultimate party girl. Now she does Twelve Steps instead of dance steps. Clean and sober, she’s going to meetings religiously. Comes with a little copy of The Big Book and a six-pack of Diet Coke.
11. Post-Menopausal Barbie. This Barbie wets her pants when she sneezes, forgets where she puts things, and cries a lot. She is sick and tired of Ken sitting on the couch watching the tube, clicking through the channels. Comes with Depends and Kleenex. As a bonus this year, the book “Getting In Touch with Your Inner Self” is included.
If you forward to 11 people a video comes on your screen. This works. I don’t know how … but it works, you have
[Collected on the Internet, 2000]
If you got this email you’re lucky (don’t delete). You have just won a 100 dollars! You will only get the money if you send this to 5 or more people. A box will appear on the screen after you have sent it!
It really works . . . try it! Take 5 min. out of your time and send this . . . believe me you won’t be sorry!!
0-2 people: $10
Keep on sending!!!!!
[Collected on the Internet, September 2001]
This is the coolest thing i have ever seen! Now I know what you are thinking “it’s just a stupid chain letter” but it isn’t! This letter will give you the chance to see Christina Agulaira kiss Justin Timberlake across
Okay, all you have to do is send this to 10 people, only 10 to get Christina and Justin to kiss! Right after you send this then click on the blue words below the stars and you will see the funniest thing on earth!!! And if you have more friends you are really lucky because you will see much more! But you have got to send this e mail first or it won’t work!
~ 10-19= Christina kissing Justin!
[Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Jenny walked into her house, went up to her room and turned on her computer. She was home alone and it was
Nope, no one was on. She put up an away message and went downstairs to grab something to eat. She heated a slice of pizza from last night and went back upstairs. Someone IMed her. Hmm, she thought. The person was LuvMe4Life58. She had no clue who that was, but she talked to them anyway.
As she walked closer, her heart beated so hard she couldn’t control it…she held onto the doorknob to the closet…twisted it…pushed and then she saw………….
Sorry to ruin the fun for you, but if you wanna know what happens next you have to send it to
BUT: You have to send it to that amout of people and the rest of the story will be
Origins: As the examples quoted above show, the basic idea behind this leg pull has been expressed in a number of versions since its March 1999 debut. The common theme running through all of them is the bait: the promise that victims will be rewarded with an entertaining video clip for spamming their friends.
It’s all a hoax, though. The technology to track how many times a particular
All “Send this to nine zillion friends, and you’ll see [funny thing] appear on your screen!” entreaties should be treated like the hogwash they are: toss them straight into the slop bucket. It matters not how the basic jest is rewritten or what wild claims about return paths get tossed in to make it sound more plausible; it’s still slop.
The purpose of all such
One would deduce that the majority of these leg-pulls are the creation of youngsters who have just recently passed from childhood into young adulthood. Forget the spelling and construction (although that “dont open with parents around!!!” line sort of lets the cat out of the baguette) — each of these missives practically busts its buttons with pride over the author knowing something about how
The “Barbie” iteration of the hoax gives one hope, though — it at least contains a humor piece that will more widely appeal to adults and thus provides a valid reason for forwarding independent of the promised faux goodies, even if its hoaxy ending is but a repeat of the very first form of this prank.
(NOTE: The Barbie piece quoted above comes from a 1998 Washington Post column by writer Marion Abbott, whose original has now been altered, stripped of credit, and distributed all over the Internet without her permission, turning it into “an authorless, amorphous bit of urban folklore rocketing around cyberspace.”)
Barbara “video yo” Mikkelson
Last updated: 3 November 2006