Scenes From A MAL: “I’m A Huge Fan Of Your Site”

In the same spirit of my spam post from New Year’s Eve, I present a Behind-the-Scenes look at the kinds of conversations that we have on our Super Secret Backchannel when we get silly spam.

Recently Rebecca received the following email – full of effusive admiration for the great work Skepchick does and also a business proposition:

From: Jimmy King

To: (Presumably) Rebecca Watson


First off, I am a huge fan of your site.

One of my clients, HomeInsurance.com, has recently developed an info-graphic on the 5 signs that you’re a bad driver, that we think would be a great fit for your site.

We were in fact inspired to create this info-graphic by safe driving tips that we found on sites much like yours.

The URL: for the link is http://homeinsurance.com/blog/2012/12/11/5-signs-youre-a-bad-driver/    [ <——— Do check out this link.  -Brian]

The Embed code is as follows:

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Being a fan/inspired by your site I believe that posting this info-graphic would be incredibly beneficial for driving traffic to your blog as we all know that we’ve ran into people like this on the road before. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks so much!


Jimmy King, Content Director – Engage Analytics

From: Rebecca

To: Jimmy King (and bcc Mad Art Lab)

Hi Jimmy,

It’s funny you should write in . . . the Mad Art Lab team is actually working on our own infographic, 5 Signs You’re a Bad Marketer. Can you send in a picture of yourself? It would really help the accuracy.

From: Maki


From: Emily

“5 Signs You’re a Bad Driver”

Would that be bad at “driving traffic”?
From: Jill
oooooooooh snap.
From: Brian
My favorite types of info-graffix are the ones where Rebecca puts the smack down and then Maki goes “Sick BUUUURN” and then Emily’s like “this phrase would be more accurate…”
From: Amy
From: Steve
So, someone’s going to make a “5 Signs You’re a Bad Marketer” infographic, right?
From: Amy
Steve just volunteered!
From: Brian
I was just at the laundromat, figuring out how it would look.
From: Amy
Put a lobster in it and you can use on both sites! 😀
From: Steve
I think Brian just did. 🙂
From: Amy
Brian, put a lobster in that.
From: Brian
Right after I fold the laundry, Chief.
From: Elyse
If you like it then you shoulda put a lobster on it.
From: Anne
From: Brian
Anne, please approach the dais to receive your prize: A brand new, shiny Internet.
An hour or so later…
From: Brian

Here is the infographic you requested.

This was the ugliest I could make it without GIFs from 1995.

And there was much rejoicing. While I did not include a lobster, the praise for my graphic design skills was universal:

From: Donna


From: Amy

It’s so ugly my iPad won’t load it. I will have to wait till morning to see it. 😉

From: Smashley

HAAAA! That graphic sent me into a giggle fit.

From: Ryan

I love you so much right now. I need to grow a beard so I can be more like you.

From: Katie

This GIF I do love

From: Brian

You’re all such sweethearts.
I’ll figure out a post for it tomorrow. Right now I’m standing in the kitchen,
a PB&J in one hand, my phone in the other. Sleepy time. G’night my loves.
From: Elyse
I’m drunk. Wine in one hand. Cheese in the other. My phone in the other.
From: Maggie
I’ve only just got a grip, so to speak, on the Three Handed Elyse.

From: Rebecca

I am way behind on my emails but Brian, that graphic made me laugh very hard. Thank you.


P.S. There were a total of 52 emails exchanged between all of us during this glorious evening/following morning. We have fun.

Brian George

Brian George is an illustrator and designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In his spare time he makes videos of Spirograph drawings and complains about doing laundry. Website: www.bgeorge.com Twitter: @brianggeorge Insta: @brianggeorge If you're into what I'm doing, feel free to throw down a bit in my tipjar here: @brianggeorge

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