A few years back during the dotcom boom I registered a domain (as people did in those days, I was probably drunk when I did it too) called swearonline.com.
It was supposed to be a huge database of swearwords and we had loads of great ideas for features etc, which all came to nothing.
Anyway, about a year on from registering it, I received an email through that domain.
The email follows, names removed to protect the stupid.
To whom it may concern,
I am a third year Transport Design student at Coventry University in the UK.
Graduates from this course work at Adidas and Fila.
I am very interested in Footwear design and am currently looking for a work
This placement starts from May and lasts up until the end of September.
Does Swear ever take students on Placement and if so would they take an
English student. Also please could you inform me of the name and address of
who to post work to.
Included is a copy of my CV
So, I had someone who wanted to come and work for me as a student placement.
Inputting swearwords no doubt, dunno why he felt the need to mention shoes though.
Then I realised he must have mistaken my site for the site of S-wear, a trendy shoe shop.
If you haven’t done so already, take a quick look at swearonline.com (it looked exactly the same back then too) then ask yourself how he could have made such a mistake.
I toyed with the idea of bringing him in for an interview, then asking him to list his ten favourite swearwords.
Or asking him what he thought soapytitwank meant.
Eventually, I wussed out and replied asking him to go and look at the site as I thought he might have made a mistake.
A week or so later I was looking at the referrer logs for the site and I spotted one visitor who had clicked on the link to my site when viewing an email in hotmail, their IP address belonged to Coventry University.
I bet his face was a picture.