Where have you been,
Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
(4/5/2001) It's sad that we, as a society, think that even the best advice could be better if it came from a well-know source. America's most famous (and wealthiest) nerd, supposedly gave this no-nonsense advice for life at a high school gathering.
So, did Mr. Microsoft really say these things? No, he didn't. This frequently forwarded and oft-misattributed piece is actually the work of one Charles J. Sykes.
In e-mail forwards, it's very common for witty things to be misattributed. We either can't remember the actual source, are too lazy to look it up, lack the ability to look it up, or are just plain wrong. Virtually any joke about southerners being dumb is attributed to Jeff Foxworthy. Witty one-liners (such as: "Why do we park in the driveway and drive on the parkway?") are said to be the work of comedian Steven Wright. Even the Dalai Lama isn't immune from misattribution.
If you like the advice (and most of it is very good), go ahead and forward it on, but remove the junk first. Or, respect Mr. Sykes' copyrights and Break this Chain!
Category: General Junk