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10 Years of Viagra Spam

Posted by Melanie Phung on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 9:26 am

Ten years ago today, the FDA approved the Pfizer-manufactured little blue pill, marketed under the trade name Viagra.

Sildenafil, the active drug in Viagra, was originally designed to lower blood pressure, but why lower blood pressure when you can raise… the amount of spam in people’s inboxes. Cheap magic manhood pills available anonymously online? That’s profit ready for the picking.

According to Wikipedia, Viagra has plenty of other uses too:

A low-concentration solution of sildenafil in water significantly prolongs the time before cut flowers wilt.

So next time you get get an email promising you your girlfriend’s eternal gratitude, and you’re ready to hit the delete button, think about the multitude of other uses Vyyiagr@ has.

Indirectly or directly, Pfizer is responsible for probably half of your email volume, so be sure to take a moment to reflect on the historic importance of this day. But remember, if your celebration of Viagra’s anniversary lasts more than three hours, please call a doctor.

Photo credit: Digital_Freak

Update: April 7
Oh look, what an honor: Aditya Mehta, on behalf of India Syndicate totally plagiarized my last paragraph and is republishing it on MSN. Classy.

Update: April 8
The plagiarized article has been removed from MSN. The URL now points to a different article.

Comments (5)

Category: Spam

5 Comments

Comment by SEO Hack

Made Sunday, 30 of March , 2008 at 12:36 am

this has got to be one of your best posts. i’m glad that you took the focus off geezers getting boners and on spam.

well done!

Comment by Kristen

Made Monday, 31 of March , 2008 at 8:25 pm

Great post. I love that you have taken something so incredibly aggravating and turned it into humor and a way to be positive. Just wonderful!

Comment by Melanie Phung

Made Tuesday, 1 of April , 2008 at 3:39 pm

Thanks Hack and Kristen.

Kristin, due to some weird quirk with the Blogger comment form, your link had the http:// cut off, so it just links to my error page. So everyone, go visit Social Media Mom.

Comment by Nishi

Made Thursday, 10 of April , 2008 at 1:18 pm

Oops Melanie! I wish you had taken a screenshot of the plagiarised material. The link now leads to another article on MSN.

In any case, this piece of news is now big in the Indian circles – http://www.contentsutra.com/entry/419-plagiarism-by-msn-indias-content-partner/

You are famous! And so is Aditya:)

Comment by Trisha

Made Sunday, 20 of April , 2008 at 6:22 pm

For a moment there I thought you were going to announce some advocacy group filing a class action lawsuit against Pfizer for all the spam ;)

…keeps flowers from wilting. Hmm. That reminds me, I need to water my plants…

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