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High Quality Spam

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyDec 6, 2010 1:02 PM

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We get spam comments on this blog. Lots of them. Worse still, we have to wade through them all. For some reason, we've been totally stymied when it comes to finding a way to ensure that no real comments end up in our spam folder. As a result, I'm often in there, separating wheat from chaff. (Wheat usually occurs about 1 out of 50 times, but we get so much spam--and so many comments--that that may be equivalent to 20 comments a day.) So I've been neck deep in spam, and in the process, I've noticed something odd. Every once and a while, I come across spam comments that are funny, poetic...even kind of moving. I'm guessing they're still robotically generated....but I almost kinda want to publish them. And so, adopting a make-lemonade philosophy, I'm creating a kind of "greatest hits" list of spam lines. Here are some samples:

I don;t know how you find the time to write so well but here is a little something 100,000 sperm and you were the fastest? Love is atemporary insanity curable by marriage. :) I made my money by selling too soon. You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it. I was only in one play at Steppenwolf, in the early days. If god is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining. :)

And finally, my all time fave:

I hear you. Everything sucks, and then you blog. The end.

What do you think? Is it possible that...not all spam is equal--nor completely evil?

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