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RE: To Lawrence Re: Science project (legit)


From: Lawrence A. Parker (occti_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Feb 20 2003 - 12:49:45 PST

Although this report says that she may not be accepting emails anymore
(really, they do increase exponentially), mine didn't bounce back from
the mailbox given. I can only assume that it's back up and running.
Maybe she figured out how to clean out her mailbox.

But, Snopes (see below) is a good resource.

Origins: This umpteenth variation of the "message in a bottle" school
project is prone to the same basic problem as all the others: the people
who initiate them don't anticipate the tremendous volume of e-mail these
projects generate, and most of the replies sent by respondents end up
bouncing when the recipients' mailboxes overflow their allotted limits.
AOL's mailbox limits are not particularly high, so much of the mail sent
to the address listed above is returned to sender; even worse, the
bounce message makes it appear that the account is a non-existent one:

----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----

----- Transcript of session follows -----
... while talking to
>>> RCPT To:
550 <> ... User unknown

As happens in nearly all projects of this ilk, the number of responses
overwhelmed the recipient's ability to process them, and the project was
cancelled before its scheduled ending date.

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