Re: OFF-TOPIC - experiment TERMINATED!

I previously called the school mentioned to ask about this "experiment". This 
request was originally posted at least three weeks ago (despite the date in 
the email, which seems to change everytime I see it), and was NOT approved by 
the school involved.  It got 42000 replies in less than a week and flooded 
their email system. They are NOT happy about this. 
The school strongly requests that you DO NOT RESPOND to this email, and DO NOT 
FORWARD it.  This unapproved experiment was terminated weeks ago. 
I won't comment on the OFF-TOPICness of your posting.  I would just like to 
request that, in general, people check sources before forwarding what are 
effectively internet chain letters such as this. 
Thanks all, 
Nina Lewis 

Forwarded message 1

  • From: Kevin J. Dyer <>
  • Date: 09 May 96 10:56:37
  • Subject: (OFF-TOPIC, for education, Fwd) Science Project Fair
  • To:,,
I recieved the following across my desktop and thought it was worth some hits
for placing OFF-TOPIC mail to the list.

This is to help the students experiments along...

--- Forwarded mail from

>Originally Posted To:
>>Date:         Fri, 3 May 1996 09:58:55 -0400
>>Sender:       Methods of Teaching Mathematics <TEACHMAT@UICVM.UIC.EDU>
>>From:         Peggy R Shearin <pshearin@WARREN.CES.NCSU.EDU>
>>Subject:      Science Fair Project
>>>Hi, our names are Stevie and Amanda. We are in the 5th grade at
>>>the Phillipston Memorial school, Phillipston, Massachusetts, USA.
>>>We are doing a science project on the Internet. We want to see
>>>how many responses we can get back in two weeks. (We are only
>>>sending out 2 letters).
>>>Please respond and then send this letter to anyone you
>>>communicate with on the Internet.
>>>Respond to
>>>1. Where do you live (state and country)?
>>>2. From whom did you get this letter?
>>>Thank you,
>>>Stevie and Amanda

---End of forwarded mail

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Received on Thursday, 9 May 1996 13:48:43 UTC