ASCII Art Spam

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I recently had a chat with Stephen Shankland over at CNET regarding the weird and wacky world of ASCII Art Spam. It's been around for some time now, and every now and again there's a little surge (currently most of it seems to be coming out of Korea & China) before dying down again.

Of course, it has an element of visual appeal to it in some cases:


A bowl of spammy noodles, originally uploaded by pragmatic_pete.

They're pretty cool noodles, however you look at it. The biggest problem (for the spammers, anyway) continues to be the fact that, for the most part, the spam is largely unintelligble.


ASCII Art Spam, originally uploaded by schoschie.

.....wha? Sexy....grrmfs? Girls? Gorillas? Who knows. The problem with mangled text also extends (somewhat more crucially) to the URLs they happen to be pimping:


Spam, originally uploaded by cablejimmy.

They're not doing too badly there until they reach the web address, at which point it might as well say

www. absolutelynoideawhatthatsays .com

Of course, the last thing I'm suggesting is that I long for the day when the spammers get it right, but at least they can provide us with some cheap laughs regarding how hopeless their spam is in the meantime.

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"They're not doing too badly there until they reach the web address, at which point it might as well say

www. absolutelynoideawhatthatsays .com"

that's funny... kinda makes me wish i was still getting that kind of spam so i could make a lolthreat out of it... nowadays my spam seems to be almost entirely MIA...

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