4.14.2005

Chain Letters

Remeber the days of old school chain letters? As I kid I remember the excitement when my father dropped a white mysterious envelope in my hand, I opened it and pulled out a neatly folded envelope with some other 4th grader's shaky scrawl describing some magical occurence that would come true if the letter sent on. Sometimes it would be a little more menacing--a xeroxed copy of a letter that looked like some very concientious after-schooler had meticulously cut out letters from his mother's "Home and Garden" right before harassing the poor woman for 40 postage stamps. Such the variety would often come with a creative message such as:
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This is a chain letter. Send this to 40 people within three days. Then bury this original letter under an elm tree at midnight with the toe nail of a white dog. Or else, you and your loved ones will regret it.
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Something like that. Perhaps there would be a slightly burned edge for effect (ok, I only know this because I did it once).

Those were the days of the good old fashioned chain letters. You took those seriously because they were tangible, creative and as a result quite scary.
Unfortunately the chain letters of yesterday have morphed into something quite different. I recently received on via email from my 10 year old cousin which read:
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. Once there was a Little gurl named Natalie and her mother really hated her but her father didnt , he gave her wat ever she wanted but until 1 day she died ..... they found her body in a river and they found out her mother killed her soo if u dont send this to 10 pples until 12:00 mid - night she will come and kill u.... Dont Egnore this b'cause the last person who did died the next day , wen she read it .! NO SEND BACKS!
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What is this? Bad story. No creativity. Spelling errors. The art of chain letters is yet another victim to the internet. (right behind tastful advertising for small, spy cameras).

37 Comments:

Anonymous jessica said...

i dont belive in chain letters i just think the scary ones r cool

January 4, 2006 5:52 PM  
Anonymous kelsey said...

hey i got a chain letter that one of my friends sent me.... WHEN U ALREADY START READING THIS DONT STOP OR ELSE SUMTHIN BAD ???
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HAPPEN ..... MY NAME IS TEDDY...I AM 7 YEARS OLD WITH BLONDE HAIR AND
SCARY
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IN
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January 5, 2006 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these are all not even true...

February 3, 2006 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think chain letters are all just fake and stuff but u gotta admit its fun to jus play along and do wat they stay.MOST people jus like pretend they beleive in em!LOL

March 20, 2006 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are actually kind of scary..I'm a little nervous

March 29, 2006 2:11 PM  
Anonymous -xx-vero-xx- said...

haha well i just think these are plain funny...some are freaky but i never pass em on cuz i know that they are fake...

May 17, 2006 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These suck!

June 10, 2006 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea they are freakey to mess with but they cant be real its just those other nerds that have all the time in the world...... you no the ones that live with their moms . And the teddy letter theres like 3 different names but say the same exact thing ..those chains were sent to my cell b4 an ive ignored it about 7 times an nothing as come to hurt me ... but hey have fun because they can always give you a spook!!!

June 20, 2006 1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

o yea and heres 1 that is freky yet funny at the same time

I have a little kitty his name is morning star when we were playing outside he was ran over by a car he flew up in the air and hit the asphalt with a thud his kitty head cracked open and his brains oozed out like mudd kitties have 9 lives so i know he cant be dead i put him in a box under my bed .. at night i hear him laughing when everyones asllep sometimes i even fell him licking my feet i put him in the bathtub and clean the maggots from his eyes his ribcage looked like a row of frenchfries then he started screaming in echo in my brain this little rotten kitty is driving me insane ! inailed him to the wall it had to be done but he started screaming again so i bit of his tounge ! mommy started crying now as i ripped him appart she held me tight and asked me to please spit out his heart .. mommy dont cry you havent been bad i wont do this to you unless you make me mad ......... its not really a chain letter but im sorry if this is disturbing

June 20, 2006 1:35 AM  
Anonymous Shelby said...

ya that was kinda disturbing....i went to find chain letters b/c i am very bored....and i stumbled across this website. i do that that chain letters are really getting to be stupid. but their are those scary ones with pictures....i found one about this girl who was rich and got everything but was depressed and killed herself and it showed pics of people that cut & looked dead...kinda creepy. i found an article that said people do these chain letters b/c they cant be posotive and some do seem real. but w/e i've done every chain letter that i get or see not b/c i believe in them.......all the way.

July 19, 2006 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol, so i'll admit to making up a few chain letters..

they really made their way around though :) i based one on a true story.. but no one really died. i changed their names and the guy and i's anniversery (which is really sept. 17th 06 .. our first one and he hates me, ahah)

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Don’t be convinced it’s not real! Because you have read this you have been cursed and WILL be shot on August 14th unless you send it to your friends!

haha. yup. my bff and i made that one day.

August 15, 2006 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg Chain letters r cool and all but ya it sux when you get it

March 1, 2007 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if u r grown i dont now why u waist ur time doin this is dumb u idoits

March 4, 2007 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello
You are all crazy psychos.
Chain letters are not real and anyone who posts them is a psycho.
Oh and by the way if you don't pass this on 20 times you will be pecked 20 times by a giant chicken who thinks you are its baby.

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