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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

"I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, conmen, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers and Methodists!"

Culture, Humor, Sports
Workplace Distraction

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

I gotsta share what may be my favorite example of spam email ever received by myself. I've gotten it numerous times. On this occasion the subject line was merely a lower-case "hey," not something as devious as "re: our discussion." Wait a second, I don't remember having a discussion with a ... Hans at ... art123475@yahoo.com?! Hmmm. Well, I'd better reply to this friend of mine anyway, just to make sure. Nor was it something romantic like "Horny Teen Sluts." The most perfidious are those with a subject line such as, "re: your business proposal," which then lead into a message extoling bestiality porn..

At any rate, what follows in quotes is the text of the message:


Obtain a prosperous future, money earning power,

and the admiration of all.

Diplomas from prestigious non-accredited universities

based on your present knowledgeand life experience.

No required tests, classes, books, or interviews.

Bachelors, masters, MBA, and doctorate (PhD) diplomas

available in the field of your choice.No one is turned

Confidentiality assured. CALL NOW to receive your
diploma within days!!!"

Yes, you too can earn the admiration of all by doing nothing, by enrolling in a program for which no one is turned down! That is a brilliant contradiction in terms. This is the actual phone number listed in the email: 713-866-8869. Call now if you want to jump-start your future!

.: posted by hornswaggler 5:21 PM

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