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Dear Aunt TUAW: Did Steve Jobs gift me an iPad?


Dear Auntie T,

Hi! First time writer. I was just curious if anyone else was receiving an email like I received. My first instinct is to say it is fake and/or an April Fools' joke. However I want to be sure. The entire message is below.

From: Steve Jobs
Subject: Congratulations! You've won an iPad!
Date: April 1, 2010 4:05:24 PM CDT
To: [Redacted]

Dear Kris [Redacted],

You are the winner of a brand new Apple iPad! Please show up at your nearest Apple Store on saturday April 3rd from 9am to 3pm. Bring an official ID an give Authorization Code # [Removed just in case it is real.]

I personally hope you enjoy our new product!

Steve Jobs
Apple Corp.

Please give me your take on this. Thanks! Love the site.

Love and Kissies,

Kris McG.

Darling Kris,

Want the good news or the bad news first? The good news is that exercise can really help with depression. So you're going to want to take a nice long walk when I tell you the bad news: yes, undoubtedly it is an April Fools hoax. That e-mail is about 50 words too long for a legit e-mail from Uncle Steve. Had he written it, it would go something like this.

Free iPad. Come get it.

Steve Jobs
Sent from my iPad

It also wouldn't have been sent from "Apple Corp". It's "Apple, Inc." these days. That's not Uncle Steve's e-mail addy, either. Nor would he have misspelled the word "and" or neglected to capitalize "Saturday." Some things are just too good to be true. This is one of them. However, a good habit of exercise is a gift that keeps giving for your entire life.

And don't forget to eat plenty of roughage!


Auntie T.

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