Monday, July 05, 2004

Wired tracks win cash email hoax

Thanks to Isa. The July issue carries a story on the oldest hoax around: forward this email to 20 fans and win cash from Bill Gates. Worth a read.

"None of the recipients reported earnings. But in the dozens of responses, I received a windfall all my own: I stumbled upon the Internet equivalent of a perpetual motion machine. Here was a hoax that had been in circulation since 1997, laden with factual improbabilities and logical contradictions, widely reviled and frequently debunked yet thriving on a Net strewn with spam and other causes of universal cynicism..."

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