They found a list of more specific disclaimers.
So, this email arrived this morning…
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From: Rana Aska
Subject: 10,000 bucks
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 04:15:43 -0700
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I wanna buy they.com at 10,000 bucks.
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Beauty, huh? And of course, beauty is truth, and truth beauty…
Let’s see — anonymous business proposal through korean hotmail, from Akami/France telecom space. The second word is “wanna”. All specifics covered. They are sure their lawyers would jump right on this, and still find no holes!
OK, seriously. They have a response:
They are most honored and delighted with your proposal. They will happily write down the exact phrase “they.com” on a postcard and send it to you — anywhere in the world, in exchange for either $10,000 or 10,000 male deer. If you pay cash, they have a special 3-for-2 offer! They will send you three identical postcards — all with the world-famous phrase
they.comwritten on it for the one-time-only, incredibly low price of $20,000.*
*Disclaimer: offer not valid in reality. Anyone bringing deer or deer carcasses to they will be ejected from reality.
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From: Gary Johnston (via the Interesting people mailing list)
I wanted to send out some sort of holiday greeting to my friends, but it is so difficult in today’s world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my attorney today, and on his advice (and after $299 in attorneys fees) I wish to say the following:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, nonaddictive gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2004, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only “AMERICA” in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wishes.
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