Saturday, November 6, 2010

How To Make People Waste Their Time Chasing Stupid Stuff

I received an email that (quite breathlessly) informed me that if you reverse the word Illuminati, and tack .com to the end ( )--it takes you the National Security Agency's website!  (Cue the unsettling music.)  Wow!  There's a vast conspiracy to control the government! 

Of course, if you do a whois on (which sounds like an Italian pasta), you see that someone named John Fenley registered it through it seems to immediately direct you to the NSA website.

Elaborate age-old conspiracy theories are such an effective way to get people who are concerned about the condition of this country to waste their time on nonsense.  I don't know which John Fenley registered one of them is a psychiatrist.  How appropriate.


  1. My best response to proponents of major conspiracy theories is to ask the question,"If they're so smart and powerful, then how come you can uncover the whole conspiracy via such an easy to cover clue."

  2. I wouldn't be surprised if it attempts to inject malware into your system in the process.

  3. Heh, I just got spam from a PRETEND Domain scalper. He claimed to have a variation of my domain to sell me "And then I'd never hear from him again" only problem is, he hadn't actually registered it yet.

  4. Attempt to inject malware? Part of the Illuminati conspiracy!

    The Pretend domain scalper is pretty clever--nothing out of pocket, and I am sure that there are people who would fork over the money to buy it. He could register the domain after you paid him, and probably still make a profit.