We have all gotten the email. Dozens of them probably. Maybe hundreds. A Nigerian government official, maybe even a prince, needs your help to transfer tens of millions of dollars out of the country. You have been chosen to assist because of your spotless record of honesty and integrity. For this, you will be handsomely rewarded.
This scam works! The more outrageous the claims the email makes, the better it works. Why? Because the most far-fetched claims weed out everyone but the most gullible, and that is precisely the people they’re looking for. So what happens when you respond to one of these emails?
For this week’s Hump Day Hiatus, let’s look in on a TED talk by James Veitch answering that very question:
June 30, 2016
by Dan Pearson Comments Off on Our 10th Anniversary Issue!!!
Issue #1, dated July 1, 2006, was 240 issues ago. 24 issues per year x 10 equals 240. That makes this issue #241, the first issue of our second decade. Even though we use a fair amount of ink talking about our first ten years, we still had enough left over to cover important topics like avoiding prescription errors, beating summertime heat, keeping picnic food safe, being a good parent, and keeping brand-new teen drivers safe. That plus another medical history installment (“Who is this?” on page 4), several delicious popsicle recipes, and Bad Billy Laveau’s list of things you really don’t want to say on a first date. Plus a book review, jokes, a Sudoku, a word puzzle or two in addition to our world-exclusive crossword puzzle, and more. Let the clickage commence.
June 30, 2016
by Dan Pearson Comments Off on Music Therapy in overdrive
This guy, known only as Bruno, probably never has a hiatus (I’m guessing that’s just the way he likes it), but he has created a great place for thousands of others to enjoy theirs – for free. This is awesome and delightful and inspiring all at the same time. #itshumpday
June 28, 2016
by Dan Pearson Comments Off on Here’s a good one
Tuesdays are PSA of the Week Day. No, not Prostate Specific Antigen. That’s something else. This PSA is Public Service Announcement. Something that offers a worthwhile reminder on an important topic. By that measure, this one has to rank near the top of the chart.
June 17, 2016
by Dan Pearson Comments Off on HOT OFF THE DIGITAL PRESS!
As usual, more interesting and salubrious reading than it would seem possible to fit in a publication this size, thanks to our handy new state-of-the-art AS-6000 (Article Squeezer 6000). Read on and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about.
June 16, 2016
by Dan Pearson Comments Off on Music therapy
We said last week’s Coldplay video was visually arresting? This is too (maybe more so), but in a completely different way. To get the complete effect, watch full-screen on the biggest screen you can. This is Rawtekk.