From: Michael Nyman [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, April 4, 2005 9:10 AM
Subject: Cranea Recruiting: Drugs are not a Game
You asked if Cranea is "The Game", and I assure you definitively
that the answer is NO. At Cranea, we know that narcotics are a
scourge on our community. At Cranea, we know that drugs are not a
However, you described The Game as a "team treasure hunt where you
apply your superior intellect to solve clues in an all-night race
around the Bay Area." If you are looking for an experience like
that, I would highly suggest applying for our narcotics enforcement
agent (NEA) training session on April 22. (Go to
Our training session will indeed be a team "treasure hunt", where
your treasure is the narcotics trafficker and his assets. It will
indeed be an "all-night race around the Bay Area", where your
competitors are other teams of NEA applicants. So, what is the
difference between Cranea and this "Game" you speak of? Simply
this: Cranea is real.
If you do not believe me, come to Roble house meeting this
Wednesday. I have arranged with Roble staff for a Cranea recruiting
coordinator to answer any questions you have about our company.
P.S. I got featured again on the Cranea website! Check out
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2005 12:15 PM
To: Michael Nyman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: RE: Cranea Recruiting: NEA Training Details
Huh? I have no idea who you are, Michael, and I certainly didn't
meet you "last Thursday."
This sounds suspiciously like The Game. You know, the team treasure
hunt where you apply your superior intellect to solve clues in an
all-night race around the Bay Area. Somebody told me that my dorm
has one of those Games every year. Are you really recruiting us to
play The Game?
Please let me know.
P.S. Please don't talk in riddles.
This email introduced the technique of replying to a fictitious email sent by the recipient, which freaked out one or two people who still didn't understand what was going on. One person almost sent out the following amusing email to Roble Chat (but fortunately came to his senses and first ran cranea through StanfordWhat):
I too have been getting these e-mails; good to know I'm not alone. My favorite part was how Mr. "Michael Nyman" wrote the second e-mail in response to a fictitious reply which had my name on it, but which I had never written. You'd think they'd realize that we're smart enough to remember when we haven't replied to a piece of sketchyspam solicitation.
More reason to cry foul: if it doesn't come up in Google, it doesn't exist. Probably just somebody with their computer registered to cranea.stanford.edu who's trying to pull a scam.
Haha, glad to see that Google is now the final arbiter of my existence.