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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 is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon mstdn.social/@rebeccawatson Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky @rebeccawatson.bsky.social

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  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)

  5. hoodia is a herb that the san people (or bushmen) of southern africa traditionally chew to suppress their appetite. It's used in a range of diet concoctions, and can apparently be addictive.

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