Yaba Yaba

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chain e-mail is murder

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Not many things provoke a violent reaction from me. I must confess, to my shame, that chain mails are one of the exceptions. apologies to all my well intending friends. Perhaps its time I explain the rationale for my rage.

So you received an email saying that Charles Taylor would like to repent for his sins, and pay a dollar to UNICEF for every mail sent with this message. You spend 30 seconds on it, and decide ‘not bloody likely, but hey – what’s the harm?’ and forward it to 5 friends. Within 13 minutes you have wasted 2.5 lifetimes. That’s the harm. Just do the maths.

rounds seconds hours days years
1 30 0 0 0
2 150 0 0 0
3 750 0 0 0
4 3750 1 0 0
5 18750 5 0 0
6 93750 26 1 0
7 468750 130 5 0
8 2343750 651 27 0
9 11718750 3255 135 0
10 58593750 16276 678 1
11 292968750 81380 3390 9
12 1464843750 406901 16954 46
13 7324218750 2034505 84771 232
14 36621093750 10172526 423855 1161
15 1.83105E+11 50862630 2119276 5806
16 9.15527E+11 254313151 10596381 29031

Written by yishaym

November 13, 2009 at 11:38 am

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  1. Excellent post. Chain letters are a pet peeve of mine too.

    Now, can I forward this to 12 of my friends and ask them to forward it on?

    IsraeliMom

    November 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm


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