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Irish Friendship Wish

The Legend

Submitted November 2005

AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH

Good Luck!!

I hope it works...

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

OK, this is what you have to do....

Send this to all of your friends! But -- you HAVE to send this within 1 hour from when your e-mail receives it or you will die a horrible Irish death!

Now....Make A wish!!!!!!

I hope you made your wish! If not, then go back to the previous sentence and make it!

Now then, if you send your wish and a copy of this e-mail to:

1 person -- your wish will be granted in 1 year
2 people -- your wish will be granted in 6 months
4 people -- your wish will be granted in 3 months
8 people -- your wish will be granted in 1 month
16 people -- your wish will be granted in 2 weeks
32 people -- your wish will be granted in 1 week
64 people -- your wish will be granted in 5 days
128 people -- your wish will be granted in 3 days
256 people -- your wish will be granted in 2 days
512 people -- your wish will be granted in 1 day
1,024 people -- your wish will be granted in 3 hours
2,048 people -- your wish will be granted in 2 hours
4,096 people -- your wish will be granted in 1 hour
8,192 people -- your wish will be granted in 30 minutes
16,384 people -- your wish will be granted in 15 minutes
32,768 people -- your wish will be granted in 7 minutes
65,536 people -- your wish will be granted in 3 minutes
131,072 people -- your wish will be granted in 2 minutes
262,144 people -- your wish will be granted in 1 minute
524,288 people -- your wish will be granted in 30 seconds
1,048,576 people -- your wish will be granted in less than 30 seconds
2,097,152 people -- your wish has already been granted and, as a bonus, you have become the target of a Microsoft anti-spamming lawsuit!

Note that if you send the note to 8,192 people and your wish was for pizza and it is not granted in less than 30 minutes, then your pizza is free!

If you delete this e-mail after you read it, you will have an entire year of bad luck! But if you send it to two or more friends you will automatically have years of good luck equal to the natural logarithm of the number of people to which the e-mail was sent (rounded up to the nearest integer, with a maximum value of 15)!!! :-)


Behind the Legend

The reader who sent us this e-mail (forcing us to forward it or risk death -- thanks a lot!) wanted to know if the wish-granting magic would really work.

Before we get into that, let's take a look at the "blessing" that starts the e-mail, line by line:

Blessing Meaning
May there always be work for your hands to do. May you have endless work
May your purse always hold a coin. May you never have more than a few cents on you
May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May you never be able to sleep
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May your great depressions be followed by insignificant joys
May the hand of a friend always be near you. May your friends always be looking to you for a handout
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. May you be irrationally happy no matter how badly life is treating you

Not really much of a blessing when you look at it carefully, is it?

As for the wishes, we have copious reports from people whose wishes were granted. Unfortunately, most of them were not granted in the way the wisher might have hoped.

A woman wrote to us to say that she sent the e-mail to 32 people, wishing for $2,000 dollars. About a week later, she learned that her son had been killed in an industrial accident, and that the company he worked for was going to send her $2,000 to keep her quiet. Distraught, she sent the e-mail to 128 people and wished that her horribly mangled son was back alive. Three days later he showed up at her doorstep, inspiring the woman's husband to quickly send the e-mail to 2,097,152 people and wish the boy gone. He then burned down the computer so that there would be no more problems like this in the future.

True story.


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