Friday, September 6, 2013

Recursive SPAM

By Michael Seese

If you're a computer programmer, you've probably heard the term recursion. Good old Wikipedia defines it as:

Recursion is the process of repeating items in a self-similar way.

Specific to computer programming, they note.

Recursion is sometimes used humorously in computer science, programming, philosophy, or mathematics textbooks, generally by giving a circular definition or self-reference, in which the putative recursive step does not get closer to a base case, but instead leads to an infinite regress. It is not unusual for such books to include a joke entry in their glossary along the lines of:

Recursion, see Recursion.

Here is an email I received the other day.

I love it! A SPAM email in response to a blog post about SPAM!

How dumb do they think I am?

(Interestingly, there was no actual comment associated with that post.)

The link goes to, which I'm sure is some cesspool.

Silly people!

To understand recursive SPAM, see recursive SPAM! Click to tweet.


  1. Oh, I'm sure if you look in your spam folder on Blogger, you'll find that comment (go to design, click your comments and find the spam tab). Even stuff sent there will be sent to your e-mail account.

    1. Right you are. I didn't know that feature existed. And here's the kicker: he just did it again.