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January 21st, 2007

Ten Years Later and They Still Believe It

It’s been ten years since I launched my diet plan. Over the years, it’s provided me much amusement, as seen in one of my first Pings. The page was created in my dorm room as a goofy parody of various diet scams, directly stealing text from their web sites. I got my suitemate to do “before” and “after” photos because he had the frightening ability to suck his stomach in until it almost disappeared. I even did an AVI to show the dramatic weight loss my system could cause (100 pounds in a week!).

Yet, here it is, ten years later and I’m still getting e-mail from people who think that it’s real. People who complain that the order form doesn’t work or that I’m trying to scam them. I tell them it can’t be a scam if it’s a parody. Usually, they still don’t get it.

Just this morning I gone an e-mail that read “Sorry to bother you but is you website a real website or a phoney and can you tell me the reason?” He’s lucky I’m an honest guy.

I’m continually amazed that ten years after I created this stupid web page in my dorm room that people are taking it as real. Haven’t we as Internet users gotten any smarter?

I know, I know. Stupid question.

Posted in Technology

COD January 21, 2007, 3:54 pm

I never get fan mail these these days. In the early days of the Internet, I got Chris O’Donnell fan mail frequently. Either people are smarter, or his career tanked.

jk January 21, 2007, 7:22 pm

My friend Nancy weighs about 95 lbs and has a photo on her Myspace page where she is in one pant leg of a size 52 pair of jeans, and people think she lost all that weight. She does not even imply that that is the case, but she gets lots of messages asking how she lost the weight.

Merle January 22, 2007, 12:57 am

“We” have gotten smarter. It’s all those n00bs who have not. A sucker may be born every minute, but an internet sucker goes online for the first time every second…

Aanen January 22, 2007, 4:11 pm

Has anyone actually ordered the diet plan?

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