Fascinating Spam from Switzerland, or Rue Arnold de Winkelried, Here We Come!


A little nugget from the Unreal e-mailbox, which raises several questions at once:

1. Why the $67 price tag?


2. By the same token, where'd they come up with the $5,254.96 figure? Why not shoot the moon and go for $5,254.97?

3. The small print at the bottom ...

To unsubscribe please go here
or send mail to:
Rue Arnold Winkelried 8
Case postal 1385
Geneve 1, 1211Switzerland

So, where's Rue Arnold Winkelried 8?
Why, here it is!

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4. Last, but not least: Who's Arnold de Winkelried?

Well, per Wikipedia, "Arnold von Winkelried or Arnold Winkelried is a legendary hero of Swiss history, who allegedly was the main factor of the victory of the confederate forces of the Old Swiss Confederacy in the Battle of Sempach in 1386 against an army of the Habsburg duke Leopold III of Austria."

Not only that, but (emphasis Unreal's):

"According to legend, the Swiss could not break the close ranks of the Habsburg footsoldiers. Winkelried is reported to have cried: 'I will open a passage into the line; protect, dear countrymen and confederates, my wife and children' before opening a breach in their lines by throwing himself into their pikes, taking them down with his body such that the confederates could attack through the opening."

There's even a painting!

That had to hurt! - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • That had to hurt!

Is it just Unreal, or is there some metaphor in there for the existence/function of spam?

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