Be careful
December 14, 2000 5:04 PM   Subscribe

Be careful whom you share your email correspondence with. It just might be seen by millions of people within hours.
posted by murray_kester (14 comments total)
For the relevant emails, see here. And I can actually confirm the authenticity of this one, knowing some of the people on that list of recipients personally.
posted by holgate at 5:18 PM on December 14, 2000

Hmph. That's what you get for being a kiss-and-tell.
posted by frykitty at 5:24 PM on December 14, 2000

Hmm.. seems a bit fishy, huh? I mean, if I were to recieve something like this, I'd be like - SPAM ..... and trashcan! Millions? Who are these people?
posted by tiaka at 5:26 PM on December 14, 2000

thanks for the email link holgate...but that wasn't nearly as juicy as i thought it would be. Millions? It is so weird to see the strange waves that email and the web create out in the real world.

posted by th3ph17 at 6:00 PM on December 14, 2000

Well I'm glad that the only person to whom I'd say anything that I wouldnt want repeated, would never repeat it anyway ;-)

cant be too safe lol poor girl.
posted by justnobody at 6:25 PM on December 14, 2000

"Millions" is an exaggeration. The reliable source who I received it from (with the note to scroll down for the name of the trainee lawyer I know personally) had apparently "gone round the City [of London] 50 times", and from the couple of hundred of names on the forwarding list -- all London law/media names, I can imagine that. Also, click here.
posted by holgate at 6:25 PM on December 14, 2000

Bradley Chait, a recently qualified solicitor at the firm Norton Rose, in the City, was sent an e-mail containing a joke about a sperm bank from an apparently close friend called Claire Swire.

“Cute,” Mr Chait replied innocently.

Holgate this news story from Britain's Telegraph, syndicated to Australia's "The Age" contradicts the account as transcribed in the web page you gave us quite markedly. Maybe someone made the whole thing up!

posted by murray_kester at 7:04 PM on December 14, 2000

Norton Rose sounds like an incredibly anal place to work.

But "yours was yum" would be a good name for a weblog.
posted by aaron at 9:34 PM on December 14, 2000

murray: they've just updated the snopes page today (after I posted the link) to add information to it, and to change the status from "unconfirmed" to "true". And yes, it is quite true, as confirmed to me by the "honour bound" friend of mine.
posted by holgate at 10:03 PM on December 14, 2000

c, when u want the word to get around it never does
i say we circulate something and just see how far it goes:
the yours was yum chronicles

very shampoo commercial

somehow clocking the speed of sperm is more reliable than resending a package from place to place to see how far around the world it gets
ah, snail mail and the good old days...
posted by ethylene at 10:16 PM on December 14, 2000

I, and a couple of colleages got the forwarded mail, mine stopped being forwarded at me. It had been via NZ and Australia by the time it got to me in the UK. It's definitely true, I hope Bradley Chait got the sack, sadly he probably didn't.
posted by Markb at 12:45 AM on December 15, 2000

I think it can be said that this e-mail had high motility.
posted by dhartung at 8:50 AM on December 15, 2000

I note that is still available.
posted by kindall at 4:10 PM on December 15, 2000

Ten thousand points to dhartung.
posted by Optamystic at 12:26 AM on December 16, 2000

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