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Online Friends Day 'Bouquets Increase' Hoax Email


Oft 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 Analysis

As 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

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

Detailed Analysis

Email Forward Claims That it is Online Friends Day

This email forward, which has circulated in various forms since at least 2007, claims that it is online friends day. The message suggests that you have been sent flowers in honour of the '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

But, alas and alack, no matter how many times you forward the message and receive new copies back, the number of flower images will not have increased.

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

The heyday of the email hoax appears to be over. Social media and fake-news websites are now the favoured vectors for pranksters looking to distribute nonsense.

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'

For the record, I could find no credible information about a specific 'Online Friends Day'. The 'day' is often mentioned, but the specified date for the event appears to be entirely random and changes from reference to reference.

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).

© belchonock

Last updated: October 7, 2014
First published: October 7, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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