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June 01, 2007

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You need to print this one out and nail it to the doors of the New York Stock Exchange.

In my humble opinion, Ferriss is a snake oil salesman and nothing more. His sole motivation is to sell you products to get your money.

Why does pg 284 of Tim Ferriss' book make use of a hoax email chain letter? Fraud or oversight?
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/slowdance.asp

Do a search on google for "slow dance" + "urban legend"

Really lame.

owl

Could it be that he fell for it like millions of other Americans?

Where's the fraud? I don't see any requests for money.

If it's on the Internet it must be true. Right? Is there a website which fact checks snopes? A www.snopingsnopes.com? Why does snopes have to have the final say on everything found on the Net?

I have no problem with accepting that this particular email claim letter is bogus. However, I'm curious about why snopes should be regarded as the final authority on everything?

Have you actually read Tim's book? He makes it seem as if this poem was sent to him directly by a girl dying of cancer. So you tell me: fraud or oversight? I think Tim should clarify this if he has nothing to hide. If he did fall for such a dumb hoax and use this chain email in the book, doesn't that make you wonder about the rest of his ideas in the book?

And I'm not the only one who has caught on to this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307353133

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
I feel tricked, 18 May 2007
By A. Reader - See all my reviews
The book teaches to make money while working as little as possible, how to seem an expert on a subject, etc. Several times while reading the book I felt like the author just pulled the tricks he teaches on me by tricking me into buying the book. Someone may argue that this can seen as proof that it works.

The book shows lack of background research. Take for instance the chapter "The Last Chapter: an E-mail You Must Read". The author claims it contains piece of a letter from a terminally ill girl. This however is a widely known hoax chain letter (see for instance snopes.com). The contained poem is written by David L. Weatherford, an adult male child psychologist.

I hate frauds, they think you and i are so stupid we will fall for their bullshit. Hey, welcome to he Internet Generation. You can fool some of us some of the time, but try fooling the collective mind of the Internet.

owl

"He makes it seem as if this poem was sent to him directly by a girl dying of cancer."

Yes, I'm sure it was. That's how email works. Look who hasn't fallen for one of these emails at least once? I did in the late 1990s and passed it onto to a few friends. Moreover, I can't count the number of times friends have forwarded these types of emails to me.

So let's agree that Tim got hoodwinked by this email. Shame on him. The question then is what does it have to do with the rest of the book?

All I can say is I wish I thought of Youtube, MySpace or the next GOOGLE buyout :) (which I think may be Talkshoe, those guys are computer geeks that are more into geeking than income, kinda like BIll Gates was --- Keyword: Was)

On a more serious note, I have a question to anyone (maybe the wrong blog) about Google adsense. Does anyone use this or put adsense on there websites?> I noticed a trend in this for a while and amazon as well.

Thanks
Wayne G Merritt
Co-Owner
All-Teamed-Up LCC
http://www.all-teamed-up.com/?waynegm


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