Friday, September 7, 2018

Remembrance of spam past

Spam used to come from the most improbable and wonderful names, names I collected as the spirit moved me. I just found an old file of spam names and curated — yes, curated — the best ones. Enjoy:

Thaddeus G. Blankenship : Larue Caridad : Son Dawkins (a bluesman-spammer?) : Pearlie G. Dukes : Fortunato (“For the love of God, Montresor!”) : Jesus Goldberg : Rosemarie Ham : Vonda Lamb : Agamemnon Sandra : Benito Shoemaker

With the exception of Fortunato, these names seem to have been made from lists, one from column A, one from column B. Thus Jesus Goldberg. Middle initials may have been meant as a touch of realism, but “Thaddeus G. Blankenship” sounds like someone from a W.C. Fields film.

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[Ipswich Nordisk might join these names from the past.]

comments: 4

Geo-B said...

It's so funny to read this because I've noticed, without understanding why, that some spam today has more normal names, which makes me more inclined to open it.

Michael Leddy said...

Watch out!

About the only first-last names I see now are the getting-millions-out-of-the-country e-mails. But even there the names are pretty staid. It’s the “Hello my dear” or the word “barrister” that stands out.

joecab said...

Speaking of spam, the old Spamusement website is quite entertaining. He illustrates spam subject lines.

Michael Leddy said...

New to me, and probably to many. Thanks.