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May 8, 2011 12:09 AM   Subscribe

What better way to show your mom you love her on Mother's Day than to send her as many spammy email forwards as she sent you all year? Momspam.net This is why the Internet was invented.
posted by oneswellfoop (44 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
via Miss Cellania who reportedly is Mother to two lovely kids she does not allow on the Web.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:13 AM on May 8, 2011


I seriously lost it at "I don't wanna bath!"

Happy Mother's Day to all the MeFi Moms!
posted by XhaustedProphet at 12:17 AM on May 8, 2011


Haha, this is so absurdly accurate it almost hurts, but I really want to meet the person who actually uses this site for its supposedly intended purpose. Does it get any more passive-aggressive than this?
posted by pahalial at 12:21 AM on May 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


send her as many spammy email forwards as she sent you all year...

Sigh... my mom died long, long before there was any such thing as e-mail. So... Happy Mother's Day in heaven, mom.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:23 AM on May 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


Mine too, flapjax, that's why I felt I could post this.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:24 AM on May 8, 2011


MetaFilter: Revenge on Mother's Day! Spam her with old memes!
posted by nickyskye at 12:25 AM on May 8, 2011


Quite. In honor of the mefites whose moms have passed on, I will forgo this site's service in favor of talking to my mom for as long as i can today.

But also (mostly) in honor of my mom.
posted by pahalial at 12:27 AM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Interesting how widespread Adam Lisagor/lonelysandwich's influence is over website/app how-to videos. The narrator on this one was doing a straight-up impersonation.
posted by timshel at 12:43 AM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sigh... my mom died long, long before there was any such thing as e-mail. So... Happy Mother's Day in heaven, mom.

I'm with you there - and if she were still around I seriously doubt she would have had the time to use the internet - let alone forward an email - and I also doubt that she would have gotten the hang of the mouse sorry mum.

My dad refers to the internet (or his browser, not sure which) as "my email" as in "I saw an interesting thing on my email today"
posted by the noob at 12:50 AM on May 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


Spam her with old memes!

Dit-a-dee da de-de do do dee-da-dede doe

My mom still cracks up at the hamster dance. So awesome.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 12:53 AM on May 8, 2011


I'm so happy that my mother is tech-savvy and hates chain mail.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 12:53 AM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I have my mom trained so well!

(Also, sorry to all of you who have lost your moms or your dads too for that matter.)
posted by bluedaisy at 1:04 AM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


this is so absurdly accurate it almost hurts

Absolutely ... But it also makes me wonder what it will be like when the cycle has rolled around, and _I_ become the parent who is game for the challenge of this 'internet thingy', but basically clueless about how things work.
posted by woodblock100 at 1:04 AM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hilarious! I'm going to forward this site to my kids.
posted by DU at 2:27 AM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Use the service on my mom? No. Send her the video and thank her for being the kind of mom who doesn't tempt me to use the service? Yes.
posted by solotoro at 2:51 AM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks - this post very nearly just gave me a heart attack. I thought I'd somehow forgotten Mother's Day, even though I was sure I'd done the whole card and present thing somewhat recently, and that I'd have to be dealing with a very difficult phonecall to my mum....

I am nearly 33 years old and I never realised that Mother's Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. Mother's Day in the UK was the fourth Sunday in Lent - 3rd April 2011, this year.

Damned Hallmark Days.
posted by metaxa at 3:42 AM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, man. This is so tempting! I won't actually do this to my mom because it's not nice to mock someone on her special day. But *so* tempting.
posted by maxim0512 at 4:32 AM on May 8, 2011


If I wanted to spam my mother right back, they'd need a category like

POLITICAL/RELIGIOUS/PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE

--How Much Dumber Are Liberals Than Us Real Folks, LOL
--This One is So True and Not Racist Because it is [not really] Written by a Black Celebrity
--God Loves You Whether You Think You Are Too Smart To Believe In Him Or Not
--I'm Sending This To Seven People Because I Love Them And If You Don't Forward This To Seven People You Think You're So Much Better Than Everyone Else
posted by availablelight at 4:45 AM on May 8, 2011 [30 favorites]


Hahahaha, What better way to show your mom you love her on Mother's Day than to assume she's technically inept and annoying. Gosh, the affection just warms my heart.
posted by Mom at 5:00 AM on May 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


Won't this just encourage them? Mothers, I mean. To send us more stuff we don't read.
posted by desjardins at 5:17 AM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mother's Day in the UK was the fourth Sunday in Lent - 3rd April 2011, this year.

Next year you can get us Americans back.
posted by desjardins at 5:18 AM on May 8, 2011


I have to work to get my mom to send me email when it's necessary. She's reasonably on top of the technology, but she is retired and spends her time reading books rather than hanging out online. It's possible that she has never forwarded me anything beyond the occasional email from a cousin. She is a very sensible person. I would not spam her even as a joke. YMMV (your mom may vary).
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:24 AM on May 8, 2011


my mom has never forwarded me anything, and if I wanted to spam her, I would have to spam my dad. In turn, he would either print out the spam for my mom or claim that he never received it depending on whether or not he felt like printing anything.
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:29 AM on May 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


availablelight, that's what My Right-Wing Dad is for (previously on Metafilter).
posted by dhens at 6:32 AM on May 8, 2011


You know, I've on several occasions considered posting an AskMe about sites where I could find stuff to send to my mom -- clean jokes, cute videos, etc. I obviously get some stuff on Metafilter. Yeah, my mom likes this stuff -- not the please-forward-this-to-7-people-you-love stuff, but cute videos, sure. Sometimes the mother-daughter thing is hard and it's hard to engage. If I can send her stuff she likes and it makes her happy and makes her feel like I'm thinking of her and want her to be happy and amused without any danger of this turning into a fight about my hair, that's a good thing.

I've bookmarked the site.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:44 AM on May 8, 2011


My friend's mom recently started using text shorthand in her emails and was signing off with LOL.

When asked about it she said "it means lots of love, right?"

So now my friend told her mom that WTF = what total fun so her emails/texts are getting more hilarious.

S: we just tried the new Spanish restaurant.
Mom: omg. WTF!!

Happy mothers day, mom.
posted by special-k at 6:45 AM on May 8, 2011 [25 favorites]


Sigh... my mom died long, long before there was any such thing as internet. So, she would have read parts of every newspaper in the world, and i'm not even mentioned chat rooms. she would have been the last one to exit the chat room, Happy Mother's Day in heaven, mom.
posted by taxpayer at 7:51 AM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am sorely tempted by this, but will probably just send my mom the video. She's come far enough along now that a few years ago the forwards were cut down to about a third of their previous output and always with a note attached reading: "I checked this on Snopes and this one's for real."

Happy mothers' day, mom.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:17 AM on May 8, 2011


I am old enough to be Mom to most of you, and I hate spam and almost never forward anything to my kids unless it relates to something they are interested in, like running or biking or other exercise stuff, or relates to their work in some way, or once in a while something that is actually funny.

It is my girlfriends of my age who send me all sorts of awful crap. I must be a weird mom. I hate getting forwards and I do not have a list I forward anything to.
posted by mermayd at 8:26 AM on May 8, 2011


Happy Mother's Day, mermayd!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:40 AM on May 8, 2011


The only spam my mom sends me is Cityville spam. :(
posted by Memo at 8:51 AM on May 8, 2011


Didn't notice a privacy policy on this thing. Will the moms get real spam because of this?
posted by Mental Wimp at 9:04 AM on May 8, 2011


Apparently, this is exclusively for the moms who fulfull the sexist slant on being a dork. My mom's bill is clean. My dad, on the other hand...might be getting a hellstorm of 'momspam' in about 5 weeks.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 9:07 AM on May 8, 2011


I was going to point and laugh and be all, like, oh, mothers on the internet, high-larious!, and then I hovered over the "Because I love you" email and I think my heart just melted a bit and then I couldn't go through with it.
posted by ShawnStruck at 9:17 AM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


For those of us with dead moms, your mom, if alive would totally spammed you with nonsense. Do none of you remember her always cutting stupid shit out of the newspaper for you? That was the analogue equivalent. "Mom, why did you send me a recipe for blueberry scones, I don't even like scones, and even if I did, I'd get you to make them. Sheesh."
posted by Keith Talent at 9:29 AM on May 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


Heh. Wish I had even those memories, Keith Talent.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:45 AM on May 8, 2011


But it also makes me wonder what it will be like when the cycle has rolled around, and _I_ become the parent who is game for the challenge of this 'internet thingy', but basically clueless about how things work.

I am this way with Twitter. I can't understand how it works, why anyone uses it, and whenever people send me there it's like some crazy language. It's actually interesting as a phenomenon and a bit worrying that I'm already obsolete. These kids, with their... twitters and their funky shoes!

My mom recently sent me an email forward through her cell phone to my text messages. It was an unpleasant technological breakthrough on her part.
posted by winna at 9:59 AM on May 8, 2011


It's missing "Long List of Things That Have Changed Since We Were Kids That Kids These Days Have No Idea About". Bonus points for being unaware that people still use vinyl records.
posted by brundlefly at 10:13 AM on May 8, 2011


Motherhood seems to be the one thing in all of human experience that is absolutely safe from shit-talking Mefites.
posted by rahnefan at 12:18 PM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Self included
posted by rahnefan at 12:19 PM on May 8, 2011


The irony of it is, my mom has been working in various IT roles most of my life, and it's my right-wing tight-with-Jesus dad (my folks are divorced) who sends this stuff for me to delete unread. I've mostly trained him out of sending me Chuck Colson crap at this point...but I'm still getting the cute animals.
posted by jocelmeow at 1:14 PM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


And they're mostly in comic sans!!
posted by gubenuj at 5:16 PM on May 8, 2011


Of course I'll put your name on mom's present again this year brother. Think nothing of it. What else are brothers for?
posted by Quack at 6:42 PM on May 8, 2011


Dude, some of those emails, I would actually appreciate. Does this make me a bad person or a good son?

I mean - cute animals just don't get old!
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 10:10 AM on May 11, 2011


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