Forward this or you’ll die in seven days: On the persistence of chain letters (The Verge)

The Verge: Forward this or you’ll die in seven days: On the persistence of chain letters. “These three examples are only the most recent update to the chain letter formula, which has been around since at least 1888. Over the last two decades, they’ve been given new life and ubiquity through the internet’s reach and and people’s propensity for connection. ‘If you have always dreamed of getting that lucky break, you just got it!’ that first letter continues. It’s from a sender who called themselves ‘David Rhode,’ and it was distributed via email mailing list in 1999. ‘God helps those that help themselves, is more than a quaint saying, it’s a proven fact. So, now it is up to you. If you follow these instructions exactly, in good faith, your dreams will come true.'”