A Life Free From ‘Funny’ Forwards

Tired of explaining why you don’t respond to/forward chain emails? No need to panic, I’ve created one universal response to link to whenever necessary!

Feel free to make use of this link if needs be. I’m not selfish. This is a public service blog after all.

Delete between {} as appropriate.

Dear {Mum* / Dad / School friend I haven’t seen for years},

Thanks so much for forwarding me a note saying how we’re going to {die in the apocalypse / be saved by the rapture / get free PCs from Bill Gates / lose weight with this one weird old tip}. I’m afraid I couldn’t respond as I had my sense of {humour / taste / ability to give a shit} removed when I hit puberty. Life’s just so much less complicated that way. It frees me up to weave decorative rugs from the remains of chain-mail authors’ self esteem.**

Do I ever worry about missing out on something hilarious? Absolutely, but I simply console myself by chowing down a couple of dry Ryvita and the world soon seems rosy again.

I carved fifteen minutes out of my hectic schedule of seeing what my tweeps had eaten for breakfast and dedicated it to analysing your most recent communication. How fortunate that I did! It took that entire time to decode the flashing {rainbow fonts / hamsters / ascii art} that danced around the screen in such an uproarious manner. After digesting it (including all the spelling mistakes that mark it out as the genuine 1990s original!) I can see why you thought that I would be the perfect recipient.

There’s no gentle way to say this, so I’m just going to go ahead and rip the plaster right off:

Please stop.

That didn’t hurt a bit, did it? I even said please—I’ve been taking lessons on manners. Go me!***

However sad I shall be to lose this emotionally rich vein of communication with you, I haven’t let it bring me down. I found the time to gather a couple of feral IQ points from down the back of the sofa, and put them to work brainstorming ways to fill the anticipated void in my life. At the moment it’s a toss up between cataloguing my Fraggle Rock sticker collection, and writing a spec for the TV pilot I’ve been developing: Top Gear—The Ballet.

Rest assured that whatever I go with, the world will be richer for it.

Oh, but I’m so selfish, only thinking of me. What about you? How will you get by without this release valve for your second-hand hilarity? Will you inflate like a humour powered zeppelin, drifting along in search of your very own gale of laughter?

Don’t worry, I can help. I know a nice man from Nigeria who’s always eager to talk. I’ll hook you up.

Your loving {ex-child/ex-friend/next voodoo doll victim}
E.G. x

*I’m going to get roasted if my mum reads this. Srsly.
**If you’re feeling offended, I don’t mean you. Your e-mails are hilarious. Unless you don’t mean them to be, in which case they’re extremely {informative / insightful / emotive} thanks for sharing.
***In fact, if you know me, you should probably stop reading right now.


  One thought on “A Life Free From ‘Funny’ Forwards

  1. August 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I share your pain, but less and less, thank goodness. Love your term “feral IQ points.”
    Thanks for the laughs!

  2. August 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I’m like Renee, it seems to happen less and less. I think it has something to do with my ‘completely ignore it’ tactic.

    Did you also get them as a child, through the post?

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. August 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    OMG, you just sparked off memories of getting long letters copied carefully in four different coloured biros… which I filed carefully in the bin of course.

  4. Si
    August 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I’d love to deploy this against a certain aunt despite it being most likely to cause outright confusion and possibly fear.

    Can you do a follow-up for ‘spam 10 friends or Bad Things will happen?’ mails?

  5. August 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I used to get silly forwards a lot. Unfortunately to get them to stop, I’ve had to be frank with the “friends” who felt it necessary to include me in the forward list. Those folks aren’t so much friends anymore which is sad but at least I’m not blinded by the multi-colored animations of filth or silliness. Honestly, that’s a trade off I would make time and time again. This was a fun read. Thanks for the laugh and yeah, extra kudos for “feral IQ points” Heh, I’m still smiling from that one and look forward to an opportunity to use it in conversation.

  6. August 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Good one. Goes in the same shelf as “I-like-to-copy-smart-quotes-form-smart-people-and-bomb-all-my-FB-friends-with-it”.

  7. August 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Hahaha!!! This was hilarious!! I actually laughed out loud when I read “Don’t worry, I can help. I know a nice man from Nigeria who’s always eager to talk. I’ll hook you up.”

    This was a fantastic post! You, my friend, are brilliant. :)

  8. August 24, 2011 at 1:47 am

    I recently reconciled with my father. Now he sends me all his “funnies”. Not once, but twice. I know he is forgetful, but this is ridiculous. Maybe I should re-instate the feud, if only I could remember what it was about.

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