Online Friends Day 'Bouquets Increase' Hoax Email
OutlineOft forwarded email claims that it is online friends day and a friend is sending your flowers. According to the email, the number of bouquet images in the email will increase each time it is forwarded.
Brief AnalysisAs far as silly email forwards go, this one is comparatively harmless. But, it is nevertheless a hoax. The flower images in the email will not automatically increase in number no matter how many times you forward it. Nor, as far as I can tell, is there any official 'online friends day'. The alleged date for the 'day' appears to be random and changes constantly. Versions of the hoax have circulated for several years.
Subject: RE: Sending you flowers - happy on-line friend's day
Hello! This should be fun to see if the bouquets actually increase every time this email gets passed on. Enjoy.
Notice each time you receive this, there is an additional bouquet
HAPPY FRIENDS DAY!!!
Forward to all your friends, including me. And don't tell me you're too busy for this. Don't you know the phrase 'stop and smell the flowers'?
See how many 'bouquets' you end up with!
Today is 'online friends day'
Send this to your online friends
Email Forward Claims That it is Online Friends Day
The email features a small gallery of bouquet images, some of which are animated.
You are asked to send the email to all of your friends, including the friend who sent it to you. Supposedly, each time you receive a new copy of the email, the number of bouquet images in the gallery will have increased.
Despite Claims Bouquets Do NOT Increase
At least not automatically. Theoretically, a prankster friend could draft a new version of the email and add in one or more new flower images. But, there is nothing specific in the email's coding that will cause new flowers to appear just because the message is sent on.
Of course, as email hoaxes go, this one is pretty harmless and might even brighten someone's day. Nevertheless, the email is dishonest in that many less tech-savvy recipients do expect extra flower images to appear and forward the email in response to that false promise.
'Send and Something Will Happen' Claims a Common Prankster Tactic
But, back in the day, 'send and something will happen' claims were an oft-used method to trick people into forwarding emails.
No Official 'Online Friends Day'
There is, however, an official International Friendship Day , which is now generally celebrated on July 30 each year.
Perhaps, every day should be 'online friends day' (and international friendship day).
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Last updated: October 7, 2014
First published: October 7, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen