Ig Nobel Prize for Literature…

From the very end of this article:

The Ig Nobel for literature went to the Nigerians who introduced millions of e-mail users to a “cast of rich characters … each of whom requires just a small amount of expense money so as to obtain access to the great wealth to which they are entitled.”

You know, when you get right down to it, those spam messages really are a fascinating literary phenomenon. Lies and cons are, after all, just fictions posing as fact. A really, really good lie is probably worth a literary prize.

Of course, we don’t want to go rewarding that kind of behavior. Me, I say the Ig Nobel is too good for them. I’d rather see them all qualifying themselves for Darwin awards.


9 thoughts on “Ig Nobel Prize for Literature…”

  1. I second that! I still get those silly e-mails all the time. Almost as often as the “pink toy” ones. *giggles* And they’re far less amusing…

        1. Given that I’ve *handled* the silly things (the nearby Woman-oriented shop “It’s My Pleasure” actually has samples of the “toys” out where you can check them out. (No, not like *that* you perv! 🙂

          And having a friend who *reviews* sex toys means that I’ve seen everything.

          Me, I find it amusing that I get *both* sorts of adds for enlarging body parts. Often in the same batch of email.

  2. Howard,

    I’m a long time Schlock reader. I thought I’d point you to a site which celebrates the literary genre of the 419 scam. There’s an indepth analysis of a typical scam here.

    Then of course there is the game of “scam baiting” wherein the would-be victims play on the crooks’ inherent greed to string them along. If you’ve got time to waste, there is a certain sick amusement to be had reading the exchanges, which you can do here or here.

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