I received an email with the above subject line from email@example.com.
Even though I *knew* I didn’t know this person, and even though I *knew* it was spam, I was intrigued enough to view the attachment as HTML in gmail.
As expected, the contents were “buy viagra, cialis, levitra and other meds” along with a web address. What was I hoping for? The story of a hen that lives in a McDonalds? I could come up with a reasonable account in my head that would not be any better or worse than the one I had wished to find. What drew me to it? The simple story the title tells? The promise of a mystery with a definite conclusion? The similarity to this and the “urban phantom” bear stories in Seattle? The extra “l” in “Finallly?”
In the end, I think it was the promise of a relatively innocent and somewhat curious story that got me to look at the file. It didn’t sound anything like the spam I’m used to seeing. If it were “Cum-Hungry Teenage Sluts Who Live at a McDonald’s Finallly Captured On Your Desktop All Nite Long!” I would have known it for what it was instantly.
I think that it’s the simplicity of the story, accompanied with the odd twist and spelling mistake. The spelling mistake is possibly crucial, as it throws your brain off a bit. With that in mind, I have some other modest yet curious misspelled email subject lines Internet Marketers such as firstname.lastname@example.org could try:
Apple Tree Home to New Kitttens
Deer Statue Finallly Returned to Post Office
Gas Station Plans Rejectted by Architect
Nursing Home Wins Freee Apple Butter
Missing Goat Hoves Found in Alderman’s Pocket
That last one might have been a little too racy, but I can only go for so long.
Feel free to try it yourself!