Recently a memo was passed around suggesting that opening email with the subject "good times" would contain a virus.

The virus is a hoax.

However the Virus Meme is not. It is mildly auto-toxic merely since it is false. The bait is the promotion of computer security and the unhindered use of the email vector. It also has an effective hook - when the meme is believed you will want to tell all those with whom you commonly exchange email so as not to get infected from them. It preys upon the future shock of unsophisticated computer users. Science is the most effective vaccime, specifically computer science.

- Joseph Vaughn-Perling (, Oct 24, 1996