First there was the question of Goldilocks, a Very Cold Winter Night, And a Strange Sense of Empty-ness. Then, there was The Mystery of The Returned Outboard Motor. Which turned into The Mystery of the Missing Boat Motor Deepens. Then there was the complexification described in What makes a perfect day at the lake?.

And now, I have received the strangest email:

Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:45:14 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: oder………

My name is Rev BLANKED OUT.  and I am sending you an email regarding an order of some Out Board Motto.I will like you to e-mail me back with the best types and Size of the Out Board Motto that you have now and the price range for each and also what types of credit card do you accept?Include  your contact number and name .Let me know ASAP.
Best Regard,


  1. #1 ancientTechie
    October 5, 2009

    This looks like the work of some warped chipmunk sympathizer, attempting to spread confusion and disinformation.

  2. #2 MadScientist
    October 5, 2009

    Ah, bot harvesters; I love them. Years ago I was making a list of who had what radiative transfer code and I searched for “atmospheric transmission” and came up with a bot-generated ad page:

    “We can fix any model atmospheric transmission …”

    That must be the quick fix for global warming, just fix up the atmospheric transmission.

  3. #3 Monia
    November 3, 2009

    Awesome post. I love stuff like this.