I just received the following email, which, from a Google search on the search terms they suggest at the bottom, appears to be making the rounds. Leuschke, for example, has commented on it as well. Here, in its agonizing entirety:

There is something extremely wrong with every single

person in this world. They seem to be part of a

pointless simulation.

“The Matrix” has portrayed this idea somewhat, yet we

watch it and go back to our daily lives. Yet in this

very life, underneath the seeming diversity in

people’s opinions, values, talents, and interests,

there is something that makes everyone the same. It

is as though this planet is populated only by mindless

fakes, objects that provide the appearance of

intellect on the surface but are based on only

mechanical reflexes and primitive thought patterns.

I don’t really care if anything I say has been said

before, if it was portrayed in movies, in books, or in

the lyrics of some useless song. With 6 billion people

covering the globe at any given time, thousands and

thousands of years of written literature, probability

dictates almost any combination of words has occurred

numerous times. Yet there is clear evidence there was

no action, so those words, just like the people who

spoke them, must have been just more fakes. I am

forced to use this language (also created by the

fakes) because there is no alternative, so everything

I write here could be misunderstood to make me sound

like one of them, but it will be the action that I

take and the dedication that will separate me from

them.

In my estimation the fakes that occupy this planet

don’t make up 99%, but more like 99.9999999% of the

population. I know this because I’ve searched, and in

my search have so far only found one true ally (I have

found him via the internet as well). But even with

those numbers we would not give up because there is no

logic in giving up.

The people on this planet are all fakes because the

societies have made them this way. Ideas that populate

people’s minds have no logic or purpose. Concepts such

as religion, god, morality, individualism, freedom,

identity, happiness, love and billions of others are

all just memes. Like parasites they infect the minds

and spread from one person to the next. They have no

point or purpose; they exist without any logical basis

or foundation. The fakes are completely controlled by

them, and they will never see beyond them. To not be

controlled by them one must do more then just realize

that they exist. One must resist any ideas that have

no point, endlessly question, and never accept

imperfection or compromise in any answer.

We (myself and my ally) are different though. While we

have had the limitation of existing only in these

societies, something has made it possible for us to

resist being indoctrinated into becoming one of those

fakes. We have no arbitrary wants, needs, desires, or

preferences.

If this world continues to exist the way it is then

nothing in it will ever have a point. It will always

be just a product of random evolution, one with no

importance or relevance. The only logical goal is to

dedicate our lives to increasing our numbers, those

that aren’t fakes, so that in thousands of years our

numbers may be such that the fakes would no longer be

a threat to progress.

Those that join us must see every other person

occupying this planet as the enemy, and us as their

only allies. Like us they must have dedication only to

taking the most logical action, and to nothing else.

To tell you more about us, we’ve posted some personal

information about ourselves on a website. You’ll also

find past responses to us on that webpage.

Obviously anyone reading this email is most likely

just another fake. Do not simply reply to this email,

if you do your message will almost certainly be

ignored. If you do wish to communicate, first

demonstrate your interest by taking the effort to

find us online, one of the ways to do that is

described below.

Use a major search engine to search for every

combination of any two words from the list below.

The order of the words shouldn’t matter as long as

you do not search for them in quotes. Also when you

pick the right combination you shouldn’t need to

look at more then (sic) the first matches.

There is no trick to this and this isn’t meant to be

quick, it should, however, be fairly clear if/when you

find the right site. The following search engines were

verified by us, please use any of them as other search

engines may simply not list us correctly: MSN, Lycos,

InfoSeek, LookSmart, HotBot, InfoSpace, Google,

Ask.com, AllTheWeb, Teoma, WebCrawler, AltaVista,

AOL Search, Netscape Search.

perfect,

theory,

endless,

desire,

eternal,

logic,

driving,

perpetual,

vision,

logical,

infinite,

dream,

final,

best,

escape,

objective,

thought,

only,

ambition,

clue,

perfection

If this can’t be solved, or if you never reach us,

there should be no reason for you to give up as

we will never give up and thus there will always

be some way to find us.

Ryan and Jacob

I feel their pain, I really do. But what I want to know is: Why me, obviously one of the 99.9999999% of the world’s population who are evidently fakes? BTW, the email was said to be from one “Ithacensian Elatinaceae”. ‘Ithacensian’ means ‘from Ithaca’, as in The Oddysey‘s ‘Ithacensian Suitors’ of Penelope, wife of Ulysses. The ‘Elatinacea’ appear to be a family of vascular plants. Any other significance to anyone?