Like most, I accumulated pages of spam in my absence. Though my Gmail account filters do great work, I checked of my spam folder to if a message ended up there by mistake. That's when I noticed how enticing spam subject lines have become. Of course, there's still the cryptic ASCII-like text for \/!@GЯª and whatnot.
Maybe because I'd just lived and breathed journalism for the past week, my editor's eye began to see these subject lines as headlines. I gotta tell you, a few laid off journalists must've become spammers because some of these heads are really good.
- Gay Rights Terrorist Kills Eight in Fabulous Bombing
- Al Qaeda Reports Declining Revenues in Fiscal '08
- McCain Sex Tape Surfaces
- Obama Swears to Get Even
- FBI Watching Hezbollah in Facebook