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Haha, I’ve this craze over Whose Line is it Anyway? (US version) lately. xP
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In case you’re wondering what it’s about, it’s what they call a “short form improvisional comedy TV show”. We have four performers and a host, and the performers will improvise the scenes / songs / etc on the spot, using prompts from the host (predetermined) or the audience.
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If you want to know more, Wikipedia is the place to go!
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This particular YouTube clip of Whose Line? features a game called Hollywood Director, where Colin (the green-shirted guy) is a bigshot Hollywood director giving pointers to three actors to improve the scene. The current scene is Ryan (the tall, red-shirted guy), a prisoner doing a job of breaking rocks, and the warden, Chip (the blue-shirted guy), has something against him because he thinks he’s concealing a weapon. Wayne (the pink-shirted guy) attempts to bust Ryan out with a helicopter.
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Hopefully you’ll enjoy it! My favourite is the last scene, STOMP-style! :D

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Note: The video is uploaded by the guy at YouTube, I had no hand in its creation nor do I have any relation to the one who uploaded it!

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~Estrelita Farr, who likes the show!

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No matter how many “awareness campaigns” are going on around the world, there will always be greedy people falling victim to this email hoax and forwarding it, continually circulating this hoax and making more people fall for it. It’s a continual cycle, an infinite loop.
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But what is there to do? The world is full of simpletons… or noobs, as we would say in gaming terms.
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Today, once again, I’ve received a forwarded email from one of my contacts… the exact same email hoax I’m presenting to you today.
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Do you know how long this particular email has been circulating? Since 1997! It does make you wonder just how many simpletons our world has, huh?
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In case you still think it’s real, ponder on these points:
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  • There is no way an email can be tracked so easily without raising privacy issues; if you really want to track an email, some kind of hidden script has to be embedded into it. Would you like your email to be made known to the world through that nifty little script? No? Well, that’s why Microsoft can’t track email like this… it would cause a wave of complaints throughout the world.
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  • They can’t track the email using the headers either. You know when you receive a forwarded email, you get that long list of “From: so-and-so” and “To: so-and-so” thing? It tells you where the email has been circulated thus far… providing the previous senders didn’t delete it. What happens if you were to delete that list and forward it to your list of friends? Would they know where the email have been around before it came to you? Of course not. Same goes for Bill Gates and Microsoft, they can’t track emails in this manner.
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  • Okay, so let’s assume for a moment that a forwarded email can be tracked. If a million Hotmail users were to forward the email and ONE person who forwards to so many people receives around $500 USD, wouldn’t that mean that Bill Gates would have to fork out $500 million USD? $500 million USD is already half a billion; if their net income is $4 billion USD a quarter, do you think Bill Gates will give a quarter of his company’s income freely to people who barely spent a minute forwarding emails? Would you want to do that if you were him?

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Still don’t believe it’s a hoax? Read the articles in these links:

  • Hoax Slayer: Money from Microsoft Giveaway Hoax (link)
  • Urban Legends: Bill Gates Is Sharing His Fortune! (link)
  • Snopes: Microsoft / AOL Giveaway (link)
  • Trend Micro: Make $$ “Bill Gates Fortune” Hoax (link)

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You can also ask Uncle Google about this by typing “Bill Gates sharing fortune email” and seeing what you’ll get. The same thing what I’m telling you about, right?

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But hey, what does Microsoft have to say about this? Here’s an official statement from Microsoft:

REDMOND, Wash., May 12, 1999 – Recently an email has been circulating on the Internet about a new "email tracking system" from Microsoft.
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As you may have suspected, this is a hoax and did not originate from Microsoft.
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Microsoft does try to investigate the source of these hoaxes and take appropriate action. However, many times the hoaxers take elaborate steps to shield their true identities and we cannot identify them. Privacy and security are very important to us here at Microsoft, and we work every day to build great software for the Internet that keeps information safe, secure and private.
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We regret any inconvenience this may have caused you.

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You can search for the official statement by typing “Bill Gates sharing fortune email official statement” in Google search.
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Conclusion? It’s a hoax, an annoying chain mail. So why waste a minute of your busy day even reading this hoax email? You could’ve have a minute more to do other stuff, right?
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So please, don’t blindly forward emails; do search about it online (Uncle Google is best) and find out if it’s a hoax first before you forward them. It’s rather tiring to receive the same email over and over… for a span of ten years!

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~Estrelita Farr, tired of hoaxes. >_<

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Note: This video isn’t made by me. It’s made by the guy at YouTube!

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One of my favourite opening themes. It’s so dramatic! I usually love game soundtracks that are orchestrated and dramatic, and this is one of them. xP

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~Estrelita, who likes orchestrated songs!

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