American in Spain

Laptop Prank

March 15, 2007

A friend sent this to me in a chain mail. I've got nothing better to talk about today, so I'll share it here. Not to brag, but I'm having to translate it from Spanish to English. See if you can figure out what's at the link before you click it.

If you ever find yourself sitting next to a bothersome person in a train or plane.... ol.sep-list li { margin-bottom: 10px; }

  1. Very calmly take out your laptop case.
  2. Take out the laptop.
  3. Turn it on.
  4. Make sure that the annoying guy is paying attention to your screen.
  5. Open this email.
  6. Close your eyes and turn your face to the sky.
  7. Then click on this link.

Of course doing this in a freedom-loving nation like the US or UK, even as a joke, might get you locked up with no trial. But, like most of those "Things to annoy people in a classroom/elevator/mall/etc." emails, it's the scenario simulation that makes us laugh, even though we'd never actually act on them. Not to mention that most of the people that receive this email wouldn't be tech-savvy enough to make sure to save a local copy of the flash least until we get standard in-flight wifi.

If you thought this joke was in bad taste, you need to lighten up. People are way too tense about this whole terrorism thing. Your government, the media, and, to a lesser extent, the terrorists, want you to be tense about it. Relax. It's okay to laugh at Yossarian.