Happy Birthday, Spam!

It's quite appropriate, given the recent spate of spam threads, to find out that this weekend is the thirtieth anniversary of the first spam email:

The first recognisable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC - a now-defunct computer-maker.

The message was sent via Arpanet - the internet's forerunner - and won its sender much criticism from recipients.


The sender of the first junk e-mail message was Gary Thuerk and it was sent to advertise new additions to DEC's family of System-20 minicomputers.

It invited the recipients, all of whom were on Arpanet and lived on the west coast of the US, to go to one of two presentations showing off the capabilities of the System-20.

Reaction to the message was swift, with complaints reportedly coming from the US Defense Communications Agency, which oversaw Arpanet, and took Mr Thuerk's boss to task about it.

So, how do you plan to celebrate?

BBC story
Another article, including the actual message

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LinuxH4x0r9 years ago

Haha, I knew it was just a matter of time before someone posted that! I love monty python...and hate all types of spam, be they canned meat or unsolicited emails.
I also love monty python! And hate all spam
Did you see the kamikaze scotsmen skit? Or the argument clinic? So funny...
My two favs are the Dead Parrot sketch and the Ministry of Silly Walks
Oh! I love the dead parrot one! I'll have to look for that other one on youtube...
Is this what you are looking for ? I am not 100% sure, since I have no audio on this machine...

Lol, that one's funny...no, I mean I'll have to find the Ministry of Silly Walks on youtube.
Oh John Cleese is so absolutely perfect for this too, his long legs and being in really good shape (able to lift his foot well above his head like that), makes it absolutely hilarious....

It was strange really to see how he looked just a few years ago when he did an interview and was white haired, old, and quite a bit heavier....
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