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I got an e-mail the other day. The subject line was

Want to look slim in your wedding dress but that special day is approaching you faster every minute. Hoodia 920+ will make you the prettiest bride ever. 

Inside, the message said

You’re getting fatter every day.

And then there was a link.

I began to weep into my tub of butter. I tried to take another bite, but my mouth was full.

Of sadness.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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8 Comments

  1. A hoax? Nah, just ordinary spam. Well. Not so ordinary. They usually aren't that mean, not even the ones that make disparaging insinuations about my ability to please my partner. ;)

  2. I've seen similar spam for *ahem* male enhancement, where the body of the email just said 'Aren't you tired of having a tiny dick?'

    … you just know that someone somewhere opened that and went 'oh my god *sob*, how did they /know/?' =P

  3. Insecurity has been a time-honored marketing tool throughout the ages and will no doubt continue to be so.

    What's different about spam is that since it is all about getting a response from a fraction of one percent of the population, the gloves are off. It's just a more naked and ugly version of the same crap we see on TV and in magazines. In a way, they are doing us a favor by not hiding behind false civility and showing us exactly what they are.

  4. I didn't know you were getting married. Congrats. They probably have phsycis on their staff just to know when to send you those emails. (yeah right)

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