We all get them: stupid email forwards. Misguided (or just plain idiotic) friends, relatives and coworkers forward us stuff that promises to be “hilarious” or “amazing,” when it’s actually so damn stupid, you want to reach through the computer and strangle them for sending it to you. These emails belong in the Stupid Email Hall of Fame. This week’s edition comes from an anonymous reader. She writes:
A coworker sent this to me the other day. It sounds pretty fishy to me–what do you think?
Sent: Feb 21, 2009 6:53 PM To: Subject: Interesting facts Subject: Fw: Born 1776, Died 2008 It does not hurt to read this several times. Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the Presidential election: Number of States won by: Democrats: 21 Republicans: 29 Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000 Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1 Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Republicans won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..." Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase. If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
Well, according to Snopes, this email is pretty much false. First of all, Professor Joseph Olson never said any of these things or had anything at all to do with this email. Also, several of the statistics, including the number of states won and the murder rates per state are incorrect. Finally, this email was written in 2000, after the election of George Bush over Al Gore. It has absolutely nothing to do with current times and is pretty much pointless, other than as a means to use lies and misleading information to undermine or criticize the current administration. Guys, if you wanna talk shit, at least use up-to-date lies, mkay?
Have you received something like this? Or does this email pale in comparison to some of the stupid crap you’ve received? If so, forward those dumb emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll mock and debunk (if necessary) these stupid emails every Wednesday.