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E-mail forward example 1:

How old are you?
> * The people who are starting college this fall across the nation
were born in 1980.
> * They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era.
> * They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
> * Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
> * Their world has always included AIDS.
> * Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums and cassette
audiotapes; they may have heard of an 8-track, but probably never actually seen (or heard) one.
> * The digital Disc was presented to Wall street when they were 1 year old.
> * From their earliest years, a camera was something you used once and threw away.
> * As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents.
> * Few, if any, have lived without an answering machine.
> * Few have used a TV set with only 13 channels.
> * Some use the word "clickers" for "remote control", yet they do not know way they say it.
> * They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony
> * The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
> You're Probably Aged 25 to 35 If...
> * You wore anything Izod, especially those windbreakers that folded up into a pouch you could wear around your waist.
> * You owned a Jordache anything, or you remember when Jordache jeans were cool.
> * You remember LeFreak by Chic
> * In your sophomore class picture, you're wearing an Izod shirt with the collar "up."
> * "All-skate, change directions" means something to you.
> * In high school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get together again at the end of the century and play "1999" by Prince over and over again.
> * You rode in the back of the station wagon and you faced the cars behind you in the "tail gunner" position.
> * Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the English language.
> * You ever dressed to emulate a person you saw in either a Duran Duran, Madonna, Rick Springfield, or Cyndi Lauper video.
> * You actually know who Rick Springfield is.
> * You're starting to believe (now that it wouldn't affect YOU) that maybe having the kids go to school year-round wouldn't be such a bad idea after all.
> * You ever wanted to be gagged with a spoon
> * Bo and Luke Duke.
> * There was nothing strange about Bert n' Ernie living together.
> * Knickers and leg warmers were cool
> * You learned to swim about the same time Jaws came out and still carry the emotional scars to this day.
> * You ever wanted to learn to play "Stairway to Heaven" on the guitar and choreographed "Dancing Queen" by yourself in your room.
> * You were afraid of the Sleestaks on Land of the Lost.
> * The first time you ever kissed someone was at a dance during "Crazy for You" by Madonna.
> * You ever used the phrase "kiss mah grits" in conversation.
> * You had ringside seats for Luke and Laura's wedding
> * You know who shot J.R.
> * This rings a bell: "and my name, is Charlie. They work for me."
> * You ever had a Dorothy Hammill haircut
> * You sat with your friends on a Friday night and dialed "8-6-7-5-3-0-9" to see if Jenny would answer.
> * You owned a pair of Rainbow suspenders just like Mork used to wear.
> * You remember when your cable TV box had the three rows of numbers and you had to move the selector switch accordingly. > * You could sing "99 Red Balloons" in English and in German.
> * Feathered hair
> * Your jaw would ache by the time you finished those "brick-sized" packages of Bazooka gum.
> * The phrase "Where's the beef?" still doubles you over with laughter.

These next two e-mail forwards would be considered typical "Folklore from the paperwork empire" by Dundes and Pagter

E-mail forward example 2:

>> > > A good explanation of politics!!!

>> > >POLITICS! That's all we seem to hear about...
>> > > This little boy goes to his dad and asks, "What is politics?" Dad says,
>> > > "Well son, let me try to explain by giving you examples:
>> > > I'm the breadwinner of the family and I concentrate on making enough money
>> > > for everything we want, so let's call me Capitalism. Your Mom, she's the administrator of the money,
>> > trying to be sure it's used carefully, so we'll call her the Government.
>> > > We both try to take care of your needs, so we'll call you the People.

>> > > >> > > The nanny performs a specific job, so we'll consider her the Working Class.
>> > > And your baby brother, we'll call him the Future.
>> > > Now, think about how all of us get along together and see if that makes
>> > > sense."

>> > > Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check
>> > > on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the
>> > > little boy goes to his parents' room and finds his mother sound asleep.
>> > > Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nany's room. Finding the door
>> > > locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny.
>> > > He gives up and goes back to bed.

>> > > >> > > The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I
>> > > understand the concept of politics now." The father says, "Good, son,
>> > > tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about".

>> > > The little boy replies,"Well, while Capitalism is screwing the Working
>> > > Class, the Government is sound asleep, the People are being ignored and
>> > > the Future is in Deep Shit."

E-mail forward example 3:

>Subject: 9 types of girlfriends

>1. Ms. Nice Gal - "Tickets to the boxing match? Oh darling, you shouldn't have."
>Also Known As: What a Girl, Precious, One of the Boys, Doormat
>Advantages: Cheerful, Agreeable, Kindly
>Disadvantages: May wise up someday.

> >2. Old Yeller - "You spineless good-for-nothing no-talent SOB! Can't you see you're making me miserable?"
>Also Known As: She-Devil, Sourpuss, The Nag, My Old Lady
>Advantages: Pays attention to you.
>Disadvantages: Screeches, Throws frying pans

> >3. Sickly - "Oh, my head. My head. My feet. My cramps."
>Also Known As: Whiner, Mewler, Grumpy
>Advantages: Predictable
>Disadvantages: Contagious

> >4. The Boss - "Stand up straight. Put on a different tie. Get a haircut. Change your job. Make some money. Don't give me that look."
>Also Known As: Whipcracker, Sergeant, Ms. Know-it-All, Ball and Chain
>Advantages: Often right
>Disadvantages: Often right, but so what?

> >5. Ms. Vaguely Dissatisfied - "I just can't decide. Should I switch my >career, goals, home, or hair color?"
>Also Known As: The Fretter, Worrywart, Typical, Aw C'mon Honey
>Advantages: Easily soothed
>Disadvantages: Even more easily perturbed

> >6. Wild Woman - "I've got an idea. Let's get drunk and make love on the >front lawn. I done it before. It's fun!"
>Also Known As: Fast Girl, Freewheeler, Unconscious
>Advantages: More fun than a barrel of monkeys.
>Disadvantages: Unreliable; drives off cliffs

> >7. Huffy - "I see nothing humorous in those silly cartoons you keep >snickering at"
>Also Known As: No Fun, Humorless, Cold Fish, Iceberg,
>Snarly Advantages: Your friends will feel sorry for you.
>Disadvantages: You will have no friends.

> >8. Woman from Mars - "I believe this interpretive dance will explain how I feel about our relationship"
>Also Known As: The Babbler, Spooky Girl, Screwball, Loony, Bad News, Artistic
>Advantages: Entertaining,
>Unfathomable Disadvantages: Will read her poetry aloud.

> >9. Ms. Dreamgirl - "I am utterly content with you just the way you are, >my handsome genius of a boyfriend. I want to make love to you like a >crazed weasel."
>Also Known As: Ms. Right, Goddess, Knockout, Perfection, The One
>Advantages: Funny, Intelligent, Uninhibited
>Disadvantages: Will have nothing to do with you.

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