Thursday, February 03, 2005

Taking a step Forward?
Yesterday Chitra showed me the line "I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality,counterbalancing indecipherability, transcendentalizes intercommunications incomprehensibleness." Now the beauty of this sentence is that every word's size is equal to its position in the sentence. Truly wonderful and apparently - she got it through a forward.

Seriously, what do you think is the motivation of someone who prepares material for forwards? Imagine, some guy wakes up in the morning and decides "Hmmm! I have nothing to do. So lemme ... lemme ...OK, I will list hundred ways why women are similar to computers." Some of his reasons will be quite funny. Some would eat into his working hours. But our hero will finish the list, revel at his accomplishment and then throw it out into the Word Wide Web.

To be very honest, most of the forwards we receive have some element of humor or intelligence in it - but we simply don't care. It's a 40k mail with a "Fwd: ..." in the subject line ... that's it ... ruthlessly we press the delete button. I used to wonder why the authors don't put their names in the forwards. Later I guessed it was a simple way to avoid the wrath of the people who finally received those mails. Can you imagine how you'd feel if you got a message with a subject "Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:: Hundred ways of cleaning your toilet bowl - a witty collection by Rob Roger of Greensville"? Don't you think that Mr. Roger's popularity will instantly take a nose dive. For all you know, Mr. Roger himself shall become the subject of future forwards sent by angry email checkers. Ah! What a waste of talent.

There is another group too. People who collect from other people's work and forward it to you. I don't know whether to feel bad for these people. They surely are gifted with tenacity and dedication. They have obviously gathered a large amount of information too. However, instead of using these talents they decide to collect "Hundred best newspaper articles on Angelina Jolie" and send it out. Hmmm!

To all the people preparing forward mails in the morning: GET A BLOG!

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