My ship has just come in

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The work I do here important, and I’ve always hoped that someday, if I worked hard enough, and produced enough clever articles and research, that I’d finally get invited into the exclusive club of climate cash that supposedly the rest of the skeptics are getting. I’ve felt left out, and I thought perhaps because my blog has a funny name that has nothing to do with climate was the reason I never got invited.

Well those days are over. My ship has just come in, and I’m now flush with the promise of cash from the biggest oil company in the world. Yes, that one, Exxon-Mobil.

I’m was so relieved when the notice came in email today.

I’m going to buy a new Tesla roadster, and get “WUWT” license plates to annoy my liberal friends. Then I’m going to buy Kenji  a diamond studded dog collar and a barrel of  those pupperoni snacks he likes so much, then take the wife and kids on a world wide tour.

Life is good thanks to Exxon-Mobil.


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More Soylent Green!
October 12, 2011 9:54 am

Big money from Big Oil!

October 12, 2011 9:55 am

speaking of slick….

Sean Peake
October 12, 2011 9:56 am

You should respond and for occupation put “FBI Special Agent.” You may afterwards get on Khalid’s Do Not Call List

October 12, 2011 9:58 am

Let me know if you need a caddie:)

October 12, 2011 10:02 am

A Tesla?! Why not a Humvee?! 😉

David O. Smith
October 12, 2011 10:03 am

All you have to do is give them your bank account number and they’ll send a wire transfer right away. Would Khalid Bin Hassan lie to you? Has he ever lied to you before?

October 12, 2011 10:03 am

Not as much as Hanson and Watson received – but still it is a start. Khalid bin Hassan seems like a nice chap, a bit terse, but a good communicator.

October 12, 2011 10:04 am


October 12, 2011 10:05 am

Congrats, Anthony. No one more deserving.
And the coolest part is they didn’t even ask you to do anything for it. You can probably get beachfront property on Tuvalu for a song, kick back, and spend your golden years in pina coladas.
The rest of us will muddle along.

October 12, 2011 10:05 am

..DUMMIES….they forgot to ask for your bank account/credit card #s so they could deposit said cash.
Give them the #s anyway.

George E. Smith;
October 12, 2011 10:05 am

So I always wondered just what the hell the “Ship of the Desert” was. So now we know what it looks like.

John Whitman
October 12, 2011 10:06 am

Sounds scripted from an Horatio Alger book. The good guy underdog perseveres and achieves his goal.
: )

October 12, 2011 10:08 am

I’ve started getting a new sort of come-on. The person claims to be a rich arab who converted to Christianity, and is now old and dieing of (chose one of four) and does not want his/her money to fall in the hands of heathen reletives back in Kuwait. Oddly, they always seem to be living in West Africa, usually Ghana, and never the middle east.
Chuckle; hit delete.

October 12, 2011 10:11 am

well my name has been selected in the past as winner of eXXXXXXXXXX$$$$$$$$$$$ellent dosh but unfortunately there was always that little issue of the fine print….

October 12, 2011 10:14 am

Speaking of annoying people with your Tesla. As a Tesla owner in Boulder Colorado I have a bumper sticker on it that says” Environmentalists took money from the poor to pay me to buy this car”
I am amazed at the violent reaction I get from all those Boulder peace loving non violent progressives to this message.
REPLY: If you send a photo of that, I’ll make it a Friday Funny (and I’ll be sure to blank out the license plate) – Anthony

October 12, 2011 10:15 am

Your superb website is an important corrective to the neoapocalyptic nonsense spouted by the end-is-nigh brigade. I sincerely hope that some rich benefactor will supply you with a shedload of money. Keep up the good work, Anthony.

chris y
October 12, 2011 10:15 am

GeologyJim says- “You can probably get beachfront property on Tuvalu for a song,…”
I recommend the Maldives. Not only are they dead-certain drowning, which destroys property values, they are also building a bunch of new airports, so you will have unfettered access to airflights to your tropical paradise retreat.

October 12, 2011 10:17 am

I’d be suspicious, as the email is not from Nigeria. But seriously, as others have commented here, Big Oil seems happy give lip-service to the carbon tyrants. It helps to restrict new competition in refining, and has always been a cheap way to get political capital.

October 12, 2011 10:19 am

I always use the address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, DC

Michael D Smith
October 12, 2011 10:19 am

You lucky Dog!!! (Kenji I mean)
Turns out I’m lucky too! I just found out I have a deceased uncle in Nigeria, and it turns out he was LOADED, man! There’s a chap over there that’s going to help me with it. Yaaaay!!!

October 12, 2011 10:24 am

Hum two stories in a row with a common thread. Is this a conspiracy?

Arfur Bryant
October 12, 2011 10:25 am

Anthony, many congratulations on your good fortune. As part of your family world tour, might I suggest that you avoid the UK as apparently the dastardly ‘global warming’ is going to cause an Ice Age here…

October 12, 2011 10:25 am

Wow!! That is wonderful. For some strange reason this reminds me of when I won the Irish Lottery, even though I never entered it. To think that if I had only sent that guy my bank account number I would be rich now, or maybe it is more like the time that poor guy in a foreign jail needed my to wire him $500 so he could get his $1 million out of the country and once I did that he would give me $1/2 million.

Chris B
October 12, 2011 10:27 am

The son of a deceased Nigerian Government official pays a lot more for helping him get his dad’s embezzled oil money 9 figure bank account out of Africa.
This rip-off is small potatoes.

Steve In S.C.
October 12, 2011 10:28 am

When my ship came in, I was at the airport.

October 12, 2011 10:29 am

George E. Smith says:
“So I always wondered just what the hell the ‘Ship of the Desert’ was.”
Camels are known as ships of the desert. They’re filled with Arabian sea men. ☺
Anthony, don’t forget to give your new BFF’s your SSAN and passwords.

October 12, 2011 10:30 am

Congratulations. I can’t think of anyone who deserves a chunk of that EvilOil/Coal Denier Money™ more than you…except maybe me, dammit.
I could really use it, especially now that it appears I’m being cloned…
More Soylent Green! says:
October 12, 2011 at 9:54 am
Big money from Big Oil!

October 12, 2011 10:30 am

Mr Watts,
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that if you needed a “research assistant” I would be your man. Of course, I would do the grunt work of “finding the best liqour” in the interest of science of course to find out what types of liqours temperered the effects of “beach warming” the best and of course I would find you the best canine service available on a small island as well.
After all, it is not climate science if you are not sitting on a beach in some exotic Pacific Island and sipping Pina coladas now is it?

Robert M
October 12, 2011 10:31 am

Matt says: October 12, 2011 at 10:02 am
A Tesla?! Why not a Humvee?! 😉
I’m with Matt, Get a Hummer! On a side note: When Exxon asks you for your $500 to cover their expenses, Pay it ASAP, I heard Kevin Trenberth was runner up.

October 12, 2011 10:34 am

Sure it has! That ship is resting with the Titanic! 😉

Chris B
October 12, 2011 10:35 am

Here’s another popular scam targetting those who are buying/selling $1000-$10,000 items over the internet.
The tractor has 42 hours, hydrostatic trans, 1 Owner. It’s in perfect condition, no engine/electric problems, no accidents/liens/loans. Exterior with few scratches, never been repainted; I have all the tractor’s manuals, title, documents. I’m selling the tractor because my 36 year old child died 4 months ago in a car accident, a drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiance’s car coming to our home at his little brother birthday of 17 years old. This 2008 John Deere was his tractor and for obvious reasons I can’t keep it anymore and I want to sell it. The last price is $2,750.
Me and my wife travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program. I just need your full name, full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case (with no further obligation or fees). eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need. We will take care of the shipping so don’t worry.
For more pictures here is a link to the car’s photo gallery:
Some options:
* John Deere 2305 with Yanmar 24 hp 3 cylinder diesel
* Only 41.1 hours
* MFWD (4 wheel drive, 4×4, or 4WD) with locking differential
* Hydrostatic transmission with infinite (2-range) forward and reverse; operated with two foot pedals and range-shift lever (automatic/no clutch)
* R4 tires for maximum traction and durability
* Power steering
* Mid and Rear PTO (many, many attachments available)
* 200CX Quick-detach Loader
* Materials Bucket (can be taken off in 30 seconds)
* John Deere 261 Grooming Mower (works well for tall grass or finish cut)
* Owners manuals included (for 2305, 200CX loader and 261 Grooming Mower)
Oil and Filter were changed at exactly 40.0 hours (with premium John Deere Oil and John Deere Filter). This tractor is ready to work.
We hope to hear soon from you.
Thank you for your interest!

October 12, 2011 10:39 am

Ack! A Tesla! Does it run on 4,000 D-cells or 12,000 AAA’s, I forget. It’s hell loading all of the batteries into the recharger; I keep getting the + nurple in wrong!

Richard deSousa
October 12, 2011 10:44 am

My friend’s Facebook account was hacked and the enterprising hacker contacted me on IM and wanted me to bail him out. The hacker said he was mugged in London and wanted me to send him US$1200 so he can fly back home to the US. As it turned out I was able to contact my friend by phone to confirm he wasn’t in London.

October 12, 2011 10:44 am

You lucky you… All I get in my emails are penile elongation and free Viagra pills offers.

John from CA
October 12, 2011 10:51 am

Though you deserve it, they aren’t in favor of Skeptics when there is so much to be made from foolish Alarmists who want Cap & Trade and “Green” energy they already own.
You made me laugh though and I hope it happens but a Nobel is more likely.

October 12, 2011 10:52 am

I think your ship has hit a Sandburg. The Great Hunt for a payoff continues. Perhaps you’ll find it in Chicago.

Jeff D
October 12, 2011 10:52 am

Ray says:
October 12, 2011 at 10:44 am
You lucky you… All I get in my emails are penile elongation and free Viagra pills offers.
Ray you forgot to mention if they worked 🙂

Jeff in Calgary
October 12, 2011 10:53 am

I was recently awarded 1,500,000 British pounds as part of a settlements to compensate e-mail scam victims. Maybe you can join me on my island once I receive my moneys!

October 12, 2011 10:59 am

It reminds me of how I missed winning a new car because I had so little trust in my fellow man:

October 12, 2011 11:04 am

@ Ray
Could you forward those emails to me?

October 12, 2011 11:04 am

I recently received an email from Ban ki-Moon at the UN who wants to send me $2,200,000 as compensation for something (not sure what). All I have to do is contact his representative in Nigeria and she (Mrs Violet Okeke) will send me the cash straight away!
I am now jealous that you are getting far more from Exxon!

October 12, 2011 11:08 am

There’s a typo in the email. Those are supposed to be Zimbabwean dollars (about US$0.89 at the January 29, 2009 exchange rate).

October 12, 2011 11:09 am

I thought the sea level was rising, not falling!! It’s obviously dropped a lot where that ship is.

Les Johnson
October 12, 2011 11:11 am

Scamming the scammers is popular. (419 refers to the section of the Nigerian criminal code dealing with fraud).
The idea is get the scammer to send a photo of himself to you, as ridiculous as possible, which is then posted at the above site.
One person even convinced the 419er to send Nigerian wood carvings, free, before he would send the the money.

Claude Harvey
October 12, 2011 11:13 am

That ain’t squat compared with what I’ve got coming from a Nigerian bank account I never even knew I owned. As soon as I send all my vitals to Dr. Rasheed Oomgala, Imperial Director of the Third First National Bank of Nigeria, I’ll be rolling in the big bucks via electronic funds transfer. I’ve promised the good Doctor a 5%, $30 million, finders fee and I have his Lagos fax number, just in case anything goes wrong.

October 12, 2011 11:14 am

Here rjh, I got this one… simply AMAZING!!!
[SNIP: Sorry guys, but we are just not going there. -REP]

Done Gone Galt
October 12, 2011 11:14 am

Awesome. All they ever tell me is that yet another person with my last name and a lot of money has died. I blame assassins from an extremist splinter group of the Illuminati

John Garrett
October 12, 2011 11:17 am

I was raised ( for better or worse ) to hold that, “Virtue is its own reward.”
By that standard, Mr. Watts, you are rich beyond comparison. You have performed an extremely valuable public service and both the country and your readers are greatly indebted to you.

Rick K
October 12, 2011 11:18 am

Anthony, you deserve it… but it ain’t enough! I think you should ask for more.

D. King
October 12, 2011 11:23 am

That’s nothing!
I just got an email from a Nigerian prince.

Nigel S
October 12, 2011 11:24 am

The President of Benin has awarded me some money and my agent warned me
‘to avoid paying money to the fraud stars that is going on through the WORLD’
I was grateful for the advice.

Kelvin Vaughan
October 12, 2011 11:29 am

They have forgotten to ask for your bank account details and credit card pin number Anthony!

October 12, 2011 11:32 am

Uh, Anthony, you are going to remember the ever so dedicated moderators and perhaps even more dedicated guest posters (like me!), right?
Can I have one of the fancier staterooms? One with air conditioning and an Internet link?

October 12, 2011 11:32 am

Perhaps you could send me some of that cash to pay the fuel bills for the forthcoming coldest ever winter here in the uk . i always suspected you were in the pay of big oil . by the way i came across an educational kit to teach 8 year olds about the “green” solar powered house and ..guess watt it needs back up batteries to get it to work!

October 12, 2011 11:35 am

My ship has just come in
We in N.Z. have just had one come in like that in the picture too Anthony ‘cept ours is on the rocks on a reef just outside Tauranga. Big oil is coming in too – ‘cept it is coming in on the beach. You never know what the tide brings in these days. I ‘spect you will be as lucky as we are.

October 12, 2011 11:35 am

LOL – thanks for the laugh!

October 12, 2011 11:35 am

Ha Ha You Loser Denialist Watts! just snagged that form filled it out and mailed it in. I’m getting that money!!! Your skepticism just got the better of you and you lost out on millions!!!!…

October 12, 2011 11:37 am

Com’on Anthony, you know Big Oil can’t be trusted. This is just another of their scams. Now if it was from Solyndra…..
[having the word “scam” in a post results in the automated spam filter trapping the post . . mod]

October 12, 2011 11:38 am

Uh, Anthony, you are going to remember the ever so dedicated moderators and perhaps even more dedicated guest posters (like me!), right?
Can I have one of the fancier staterooms? One with air conditioning and an Internet link?

Hey, I’m one of the first wave to survey a station, and I’ve been a WUWTer since the beginning, so I should get something too!!!

D. King
October 12, 2011 11:39 am

I suppose one could hope for an email from a guilt stricken Warren Buffett.

October 12, 2011 11:51 am

I thought camels were suppose to be the ships of the desert……………

October 12, 2011 12:00 pm

What do you need money for? You just showed us proof of alien visitation. When the aliens come, money won’t be needed. We’ll get everything for free. We’ll all get along, and be happy.
Oh, wait. That’s what they told us in 2008.
And we might have [SNIP: This is not the sort of discussion we should be promoting at WUWT – it just leads to hard feelings and nothing gets settled. -REP] … at least that’s what some people say. When do I get my free $#^7?

David L. Hagen
October 12, 2011 12:00 pm

Fascinating. I did not “realize” ExxonMobil was “headquartered” in Malaysia

Craig W
October 12, 2011 12:01 pm

If you can get a completed Tesla … anythings possible!

Louis Hooffstetter
October 12, 2011 12:03 pm

…a diamond studded dog collar for Kenji to match the blood diamond encrusted cod piece you wear under your hooded purple velvet cloak:

October 12, 2011 12:05 pm

May God bless you with your new found treasure.
Note that being rich in life adds significant responsibilities and burdens.

Jim G
October 12, 2011 12:10 pm

Congrats, Anthony. Hope you enjoy yourself with all of that dirty oil money. I’d buy silver, or gold, or food, or guns and ammo right now as the USD’s will soon be such that your windfall may be just enough to purchase a loaf of bread.

Lars P
October 12, 2011 12:14 pm

so the warmists are right about Anthony, they kept telling this and I didn’t believe. And to make it worse:
GaryP says:October 12, 2011 at 10:59 am
about that car, ?!Ӥ$%&, Gary, I was the idiot.

October 12, 2011 12:23 pm

Hey Bouldersolar, I’d be happy to give you right of way if I see your Telsa. After all, it’s hard not to give someone right of way when they make you laugh that hard!!!

October 12, 2011 12:28 pm

YOUR FULL NAME: Anthony Watts
LOCATION: In the hearts of sceptics and the thorn in the sides of AGW scientists.
AGE: Freedom of information request required.
TEL/MOBILE 1 8 10 10
GENDER: Got balls
CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL : yes that’s it.

October 12, 2011 12:29 pm

I thought you were alread rich from the Koch Brother’s conspiracy particiaption? ;^)
And anyway, I got my application to the Exxon grant in first.
Bon voyage!

October 12, 2011 12:32 pm

I think you should make sure to drive your new Tesla to the Occupy Wall Street protests – in fact, go to all of the similar ones around the country! Use that Boulder, CO. resident’s bumper sticker and let the games begin!
Keep up the great work, Anthony, seriously – your site is excellence in action.

Mac the Knife
October 12, 2011 12:33 pm

“Oil’s well that ends well!” Congrats on your sudden ‘climate changing’ wealth!

October 12, 2011 12:33 pm

A Humvee converted to electric!!!

October 12, 2011 12:47 pm

They haven’t contacted me yet >:(

October 12, 2011 12:48 pm

It always amazes me oil companies can make any money at all , given the 10’s of millions of people are on their pay role , after all what other reason can there be for these people being AGW skeptics 😉

October 12, 2011 1:09 pm

Khalid bin Hassan? I prefer to work with his cousin, Hassan ben’ Sobah! (for a long time now!)

October 12, 2011 1:10 pm

Smokey says:
October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am
“George E. Smith says”:
“‘So I always wondered just what the hell the ‘Ship of the Desert’ was.’
“Camels are known as ships of the desert. They’re filled with Arabian sea men. ☺”
Your joke may be correct. This quotation (ugh!) is supposedly from the teaching of the Ayatolla Khomeini (What a guy!!!):
[SNIP: Anton, this bit is so wrong on so many levels I hardly know where to begin. The subject matter is inappropriate for this blog, it does not belong in this thread, and it is designed to denigrate a religion that is in many ways admirable. Please don’t try to post stuff like this again. -REP]

October 12, 2011 1:14 pm

Done Gone Galt says:
October 12, 2011 at 11:14 am
… yet another person with my last name and a lot of money has died. I blame assassins from an extremist splinter group of the Illuminati
I didn’t do it. The main branch respects the Galt family – although we never did find out who your cousin John is. Lately we’ve been using tweezers to deal with splinter groups. Of course, we’re all extremists (Cainsians) now.

October 12, 2011 1:34 pm

Join the crowd! I’m amazed that they can offer this to:
What amazes me is how the notice manages to find it’s way into everyones mailbox.

Eternal Optimist
October 12, 2011 1:47 pm

Whats sad, is that if the recipients name was Hansen, Mann, Trenby or Jones, and the sender was UNLoadsamoney
it would probbly be genuine

October 12, 2011 2:08 pm

Dr Mr Hassan,
Thank you for your generous offer of 1.35 million dollars but General Mbeke from Nigeria is sending my account 4 million in gold so I will have to decline your offer. Our dollar isn’t doing so good these days and I feel that gold will be a better investment.
Thank you

October 12, 2011 2:13 pm

Now I’ve got your money. Mehehehe!

Bruce of Newcastle
October 12, 2011 2:18 pm

Next will be the offer from ‘Shell’ based in Nigeria, but remarkably without a Shell corporate email address. The CAGW people may not have quite worked out yet, but the scammers of this world are sharp as.

Warren in Minnesota
October 12, 2011 2:18 pm

Bouldersolar says: “As a Tesla owner in Boulder Colorado…” When do you drive your Tesla? In Minnesota we have two seasons: winter and road construction.

J Bowers
October 12, 2011 2:20 pm

Wow! You’re up there with astrophysicist Willie Soon. Well done.
As a curious aside, I do sometimes wonder if whoever bankrolled Soon’s little project on mercury weren’t very clear about the whole thing, and after they got the copy whether they were sat scratching their heads over why he’d written something about mercury with a small ‘m’, and not Mercury with a capital ‘M’. Baffling. Oh well.

October 12, 2011 2:33 pm

Clearly you are a bunch of sceptics, why would you not believe that Exxon.Mobil has a grant reward programme? I wonder will Gavin apply?

Duke C.
October 12, 2011 2:35 pm

Hmmm… strange coincidence.
Does the Union of Concerned Scientists sell their member list to email marketeers? If the email could be traced back to UCS… Now THAT would be a hoot.

October 12, 2011 2:51 pm

Do you have to submit your credit card details in your reply?

Ian Hoder
October 12, 2011 2:53 pm

You’re getting money from big oil. Kenji is a concerned scientist. This is going to cause nothing but trouble.

October 12, 2011 2:56 pm

David L. Hagen says:
October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Fascinating. I did not “realize” ExxonMobil was “headquartered” in Malaysia
Whois No information available on this domain name.
David, each email includes 2 header lines.
1) From:
2) Envelope-From:
The 2nd is only interesting for mailservers and normally not shown to the receiver.
Imagine this.
The scammer writes a letter to someone with a fictive email as the sender. (1)
His mailprogram puts that letter into an envelope and addresses it with his mailserver’s address. (2)
When the email is sent, the server looks at the envelope and thinks, “ah, it’s my customer”, not for reject, opens it and forwards the content, throwing the envelope away.
What YOU get, is the fictive address that could be everything from to
So the From:-Field doesn’t really show the origin of the email.
Better way is looking at the “Received:”-field that almost always shows the IP from who/where the email was delivered, and get that IP resolved.
Just my 1 Eurocent (2 cents) …

Dave Dardinger
October 12, 2011 2:58 pm

Seriously, I’ve wondered just who’s getting fleeced by this sort of e-mail? I suppose there’s an occasional dummy who falls for one of them I suspect it’s more a way got get money from the people who send the e-mails. They’re told they will get 200 e-mail addresses / names of naive Americans for only $20 in local currency and can buy 2000 names for $200 which they can sell to their friends and relatives at the same rate, thus doubling their money.

October 12, 2011 2:59 pm

Anthony, what did you put in for Occupation? Denialist? 😀
Hey, before you buy that dog collar, email me. I will do something on a low commission, say 2 million, maybe 3. I might even work on that dog design finally. I have a horse and cat design in gem cuts and I think I can tweak the horse cut to look like a dog.
For the whisky tango foxtrots…
And no, this is not a plug for me. I am too busy to do custom work. My wife has a list and I have run out of excuses not to work on them. And unless I get the Kenji commission, my day job pays better than gem cutting. And since Anthony won, there goes my chance for doing gem cutting full time.

Gil Dewart
October 12, 2011 3:01 pm

Well, at least I was complimented as a person of high moral character when that petroleum minister requested my help — including my account number — in looting his nation’s finances!

Crispin in Waterloo
October 12, 2011 3:04 pm

Michael D Smith says:
October 12, 2011 at 10:19 am
You lucky Dog!!! (Kenji I mean)
Turns out I’m lucky too! I just found out I have a deceased uncle in Nigeria, and it turns out he was LOADED, man! There’s a chap over there that’s going to help me with it. Yaaaay!!!
Hey! Leave MY uncle’s dough alone! I think you are making up that relationship. We don’t know you! Anyway, he was my uncle first and I have already paid the lawyer to make sure you and all the other relatives are cut out of the will on technicalities. Heh heh…sure glad I know how things run in Nigeria, sucker!

October 12, 2011 3:07 pm

Duke C. says:
October 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm
If the email could be traced back to UCS… Now THAT would be a hoot.
For that, Anthony would have to C&P the “Received:”-field of the email.
I wouldn’t hold breath that this IP is somewhere near to USC, or can be located at all.
However, a very, very small chance exists to resolve the domain and the zone-c or tech-c responsible person.

October 12, 2011 3:17 pm

I would go for an Abrams M1A2 tank, in stead of a Tesla. Provides much more passive passenger safety, combined with a really impressive fuel consumption per mile 😉

October 12, 2011 3:40 pm

Anyone want to bet on whether or not this post is used in the future to “prove” WUWT is funded by big evil oil?

October 12, 2011 3:41 pm

I agree ha ha ha!

Ex-Wx Forecaster
October 12, 2011 3:46 pm

Now, if it was for global warming support research, it would have had a couple more zeros in it.

Alan Wilkinson
October 12, 2011 3:50 pm

Be generous, Anthony. Tell your benefactor that Michael Mann is more deserving.

October 12, 2011 4:04 pm

Watch out, Anthony. It’s a trap. Joe Romm sent it. DELETE NOW!
(I have a feeling someone posted something similar above, but I didn’t have time to scroll through all the posts.)

D. Patterson
October 12, 2011 4:26 pm

<blockquote"Bouldersolar says:
October 12, 2011 at 10:14 am
REPLY: If you send a photo of that, I’ll make it a Friday Funny (and I’ll be sure to blank out the license plate) – Anthony
or edit the number to read REDACT, FRIFUN, or WUWT!

October 12, 2011 4:30 pm

Seems like the secret is out.
The denialist cabal is being funded by – well who knows – we just know the mechanism. I was about to offer up any and all of my future inheritences, winnings and just plain manna from heaven, as I now have far more money then I’ll ever be able to spend. But it seems many of you have been similarly funded.

October 12, 2011 4:38 pm

I once got a legitimate email from a coworker who was in Nigeria on a business trip. I emailed him back, “Cool! A real Nigerian email. Do you have any money for me?”
He sent back, “Send me your bank account number…”. 🙂

October 12, 2011 5:00 pm

I believe the appropriate response is to inform the sender that you are not allowed to accept money from anyone who is not a member of your Church, the Church of Kenji of Latter Day Canis Pluralis
Membership can be obtained by depositing the sum of USDXXX in the following account . . .
This doesn’t give them access to your account. Some of the scammers actually fall for it. Blinded by greed I suppose.

October 12, 2011 5:10 pm

You stupid boy!
– For years we have managed to keep our pay-masters lurking in the shadows. – Do you really think Al Gore, Desmogblog and RealClimate are now not going to realise that this is just one of many such payments that “skeptics” have received from dirty oil companies slick enough to call themselves dead “uncles”, – “sadly passed on Nigerian envoys” etcetera?
I have examined the above article in dept but have not found any obvious faults or misspellings indicating that it is an over-exited (DR.) Kenji who has written a “sneaky guest post” on behalf “his Dad.
So please, —no more spilled beans!

George E. Smith;
October 12, 2011 5:24 pm

Well I knew there was a scam in there somewhere. Your mention of the Tesla confirms it. Mr Tesla was a major player in the Solyndra debacle too. The MSM writes up all these Silicon Valley phonies, as if they were business geniusses. Well they are good at getting at the taxpayer’s dollar.
If anyone wrote a book claiming that all entrepeneurs were flaming liberals, rather than hard nosed conservatives; nobody would buy it, saying it was fiction.
But the facts are that virtually none of the famed Si valley multi-millionaires, is even remotely conservative; they all believe in swilling at the public trough. Why not the gullible need to be separated from their money; and taxing them for these scoundrel’s benefit, is a good way to do that.
There are a handful of notable exceptions. Won’t mention any names.
Algore isn’t on the Apple board to provide the benefit of his business acumen.

October 12, 2011 5:40 pm

What-a-second . . .. They’re asking you to fill out a form .. . that means I can fill out the form with my information and send it in . . . . hmmmmmm, . . . . I’M RICH!

October 12, 2011 5:51 pm

And I’ve thrown half a dozen similar gifts away–not realizing what I had! Dang!

October 12, 2011 5:57 pm

Spend some time perusing:
If you werent so busy with this blog it might just inspire you to respond to that email, nothing like scamming the scammers.

October 12, 2011 6:02 pm

Congratulations Anthony. Now I suggest you forward this email to the bloggers at RC. Since they seem capable of believing anything, I am sure they would be happy to respond to the email on your behalf. You never know, they might learn a lesson or two anout being…sceptical. 🙂

October 12, 2011 6:02 pm

Michael J Alexander says:
October 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

I wrote:

Uh, Anthony, you are going to remember the ever so dedicated moderators and perhaps even more dedicated guest posters (like me!), right?
Can I have one of the fancier staterooms? One with air conditioning and an Internet link?

Hey, I’m one of the first wave to survey a station, and I’ve been a WUWTer since the beginning, so I should get something too!!!

I looked into things a bit more. It appears Anthony’s ship is located above high tide and is going to keep that list without a whole lot of shoveling. Worse, it turns out that staterooms on tankers are crudely decorated. So I’ll sell it to you at a very attractive price. At least, I’ll consider it very attractive.

October 12, 2011 6:05 pm

To REP above, my comment was in reply to an existing comment, which had the same theme, but was not cut, and so apparently was deemed appropriate for the site. It was a joke. How my quotation denigrated an allegedly admirable religion is anyone’s guess. Does quoting a religious leader denigrate the religion he leads?
[REPLY: Anton, I ran through the comments on this thread three times to see if you were merely making a reply. I may be intellectually challenged, but I fail to see it. Your post was a truly ignorant interpretation of Islam. This is not the time or place for such a discussion, but, please, stfu. -REP]

Pamela Gray
October 12, 2011 6:05 pm

Must be the same guy who keeps telling me that his Aunt has deposited HUGE amounts of dollars in a bank account in Timbucktoo and if I were to send my bank account login info, he could transfer those funds into my account for safe keeping.

October 12, 2011 8:25 pm

I agree with Anton. What’s the problem? The “ships of the desert” joke fits into the Top twenty all time generational-spanning good ones. Along with “why do dogs” and “epilectic prostitutes with intestenal problems”.
But maybe this post was more serious. I dunno.

David Ball
October 12, 2011 9:11 pm

When Eskimos sit on the ice too long they get Polaroids, …………
[Reply: You can’t tell jokes like that. Someone, somewhere might get offended. ~dbs, mod.]

October 12, 2011 9:21 pm

Telling harmless jokes is now politically incorrect, even after Anthony’s educational niggerheads article. The subhuman, insincere, self-serving totalitarian Statists have won. Free speech is dead. Only politically correct speech is now permitted by self-appointed censors.

David Ball
October 12, 2011 9:36 pm

An eskimo told me that one, ….

David Ball
October 12, 2011 9:38 pm

People have to lighten up. My asian friend told me they call us “butterstinkers”. I thought that was hilarious and wasn’t offended in the slightest. Laughed me arse off.

Jeff Alberts
October 12, 2011 9:48 pm

YOUR FULL NAME: Michael Mann
AGE: 29
TEL/MOBILE: Not allowed to use modern devices
GENDER: I think you mean sex, that would be Male.
CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL: Please consult
There, all filled out.

October 12, 2011 9:58 pm

I got a pretty good offer in my email, too. A free tool lengthener! Trying to decide whether my hammer or wrench needs to be longer.

October 12, 2011 10:15 pm

Hoser says:
October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Ok. That’s another data point. Got it. Unproductive direction. Yeah, it wasn’t exactly subtle.

David Ball
October 12, 2011 11:08 pm

Anthony and mods, fully expected you to delete my posts. Won’t be offended in any way if you do. I was feeling a little mischievous.
I am convinced that Anthony’s ship will come in. He deserves it.

Amino Acids in Meteorites
October 12, 2011 11:33 pm

What! They didn’t ask for your bank account information? What a crappy scam!

Gail Combs
October 13, 2011 12:48 am

Anthony, Is your ship waiting for the catastrophic sea level rise? Or is it just waiting for the Nile to flood.

October 13, 2011 1:11 am

The UN doesn’t pay as well:
Permanent Mission of ENGLAND to the United Nations
351 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
Our Ref: UN/TH/066147/2011
Attention Beneficiary,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the past 3 months which ended yesterday with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS has agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$750.000.00 each and you have to indicate how much you lost in the hands of scammers.
This includes every foreign contractors, Inheritance,Dating and Lottery payment that have not received their Lottery/Inheritance payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.
You are advised to contact Mr Jide Paul who is in charge of your payment through our paying center in Europe as he is our representative in England, contact him immediately for more information on how to get your compensation of US$750.000.00 payment from the United Nations.
Therefore, you should send him your full Name,telephone number and your correct home address, Contact Mr Jide Paul immediately for your compensation payments.
Person to Contact: Mr Jide Paul
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your compensation funds don’t neglect this I advice you.
United Nations, Making the world a better place.
Ban Ki-Moon

October 13, 2011 2:13 am

whats that??

Another Ian
October 13, 2011 2:27 am

Tongue in cheek!
Any take on this at SkS?

October 13, 2011 4:33 am

No, no, you’re doing it all wrong, like all newly rich folks, or like Exxon polishing their hull in coke. See, you gotta think big, think investment, how to turn that million bucks into ten million bucks.
My advice, since it’s all about being green and recycling and what with their so many climate hippies buying into anything with a smooth surface. By dog poop polish,a little bit of hard work, et voila: Kenji’s Nougat, only $9.95 a poop.

October 13, 2011 6:13 am

Anton says:
October 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

To REP above, my comment was in reply to an existing comment, which had the same theme, but was not cut, and so apparently was deemed appropriate for the site. It was a joke. How my quotation denigrated an allegedly admirable religion is anyone’s guess. Does quoting a religious leader denigrate the religion he leads?

I suspect I know what your comment referred to. I think the best reason not snip it would be to head off taking the commentary in to a completely different area, so I agree with REP’s snip. I don’t know enough about Islam to gauge whether Khomeini’s pronouncements fairly represent the religion, and I suspect your intent was not to poke fun at Internet spammers or the mideast oil shipping industry.

Chuck Nolan
October 13, 2011 6:21 am

I hope that’s an annual income. They couldn’t expect you to survive on a one time injection of this little money.
BTW I got mine from Exxon too. They send me aide in the form of a plastic card. I get to use it for all my gas and when it wears out and the stations say it no longer works I just toss it and wait for another. It seems they just keep coming. Good thing cause I need free gas.

October 13, 2011 6:46 am

One of the reasons I read this blog every day is your humour. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this morning.

Mike McMillan
October 13, 2011 8:32 am

You, too?

Fred 2
October 13, 2011 8:57 am

According to an email I got from Nigeria, the Saddam Hussan family has determined that I ‘m officially a nice guy and can be trusted with helping them get their family fortune out of Swiss banks. All I have to do, for some reason, is give the my personal information including any bank account numbers. So it seems I’ll be joining you on that world tour shortly. Life is good.

Gary Pearse
October 13, 2011 9:43 am

All they need is your banking pin numbers to do the deal

October 13, 2011 1:47 pm

Could we fill in Mike Mann’s info, or would that be considered “bad”?

October 14, 2011 3:09 am

According to an email I got from Nigeria, a Princess has been left $147,000,000, by a rich uncle from Zanzibar, and I will marry her so as she will get a “Passport to the West”, she will give me half the money.
All I have to do is to send in details of my bank account and credit cards, so she can transfer me my half of the money. What’s worrying me is that the e-mail came from someone called, and that I should reply to
The e-mail was signed Mrs. Edith Palumbo N’gama.
Does this make me a Nigerian Prince now ?

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