When we recognize history’s greatest inventions, we often think of the ones that allow us to communicate with each other more easily. The printing press, for example, helped to revolutionize written text, and the telephone made conversing over long distances practically instantaneous.

For that reason, email is already one of the more important inventions in history. Never before has it been so simple to contact someone with a written message over thousands of miles, and all it takes to do so is a few simple keystrokes.

However, email has also opened us up to all sorts of new problems, like online scams and the dreaded mailer daemon. But what one woman discovered in her inbox while she was planning her vacation proves there’s something far worse out there than Free Viagra ads… and it could happen to you!

A couple from Minneapolis wanted to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary by escaping the winter chill for sunny Florida. They planned to spend their trip in the same hotel where they stayed during their honeymoon.


Unfortunately, because of their busy schedules, they had to book separate flights. The husband’s flight was set to leave on Thursday, and his wife’s would leave the following day. Traveling together would have been preferable, but this was the best that they could do.


After he checked into his room, the husband decided to use one of the computers in the lobby to send a quick email to his wife, who he knew would want to know he arrived safe and sound. Unfortunately, a single letter typo caused his email to go somewhere he did not intend, and it would cause a world of trouble! Rather than his wife receiving it…


…the email was sent to a widow in Houston, Texas, who had just returned to her house after her husband’s funeral. The man had been a popular minister, and he had passed from a sudden heart attack.


The widow sat down at her computer, expecting emails from relatives and well-wishers. She never made it past the first message before she screamed and then fainted. Her son rushed over to see what had happened. After checking on her, he noticed the email…


To: My loving wife
Subject: I’ve arrived
Date: January 7, 2016

“I know that you must be surprised to hear from me. Believe me, I was surprised to be able to reach you, too. Luckily, they have computers here now, and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in.”


“I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then. We’re going to have a great time! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. P.S. Sure is hot down here!!!!!”

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That’s hysterical! Could you imagine thinking, even for a moment, that one of your deceased loved ones had sent you an email from beyond the grave? That surely would be enough to give just about anyone a heart attack!


Hopefully, this story will serve as a warning to others about sending messages carefully. You wouldn’t want this to happen to you, or anyone else for that matter!

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