I have been guility of taking part in this at times, now we know the real story. Cookies............(not chocolate chips!) Pass this one on to all your e-mail buddies and take the time to read the Snopes.com article listed at the bottom of the message. It is full of good advice especially about the "cookies." To whom it may concern: Just a word to the wise. E-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other municipality. To be acceptable petitions must have a signed signature and full address. Almost all e-mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all this type of e-mail is, to get names and "cookie" tracking info for tele-marketers and spammers to validate active e-mail accounts for their own purposes. Any time you see an e-mail that says forward this on to "10" of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get good luck, or whatever, it has either an e-mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e-mails of those folks you forward to, or the host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of "active" e-mails to use in spam e-mails, or sell to others that do. Please forward this notice to others and you will be providing a good service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting 30,000 spam e-mails in the future. (If you have been sending out the above kinds of email, now you know why you get so much spam!) Check it out: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.htm This is probably true for a good many of the prayer and patriotic chains, especially if the email is just forwarded without cleaning out all the email addresses forwarded to you. Usually the 'tracker' mentioned above is the garbage ads like 'smiley faces', etc. Also, using the 'bc' or back copy in your address book instead of 'to' or 'cc' allows you to send many copies of the email to others without them knowing who else the email went to. I sent this email that way. All you know is that I sent it to you. There are no other email addresses on this message, yet when I received it there were some that I cleaned off and I addressed the email to most of my address book. Of course, a good nerd will soon find a way to beat this method also.