I was reading some riotously funny 419 reverse-scam stories today, and realized I haven’t gotten any of the classic 419 e-mail messages for a long time now. No more “PLEASE TO HELP ME DEPOSIT SUM OF $33,500,000 THIRTY-THREE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS U.S.” requests, no more widows of poor Central African diplomats, no more government coups leaving hundreds of millions of unclaimed reconstruction projects.

Funny how when the spam filters are working, you sort of miss the cheesy old-fashioned entertainment spam.

Naturally I still see some now and again about how I can refinance a quarter-million-dollar loan for $200 a month (on what, a 120-year repayment plan?) or enhance my, ahem, manliness and girth. But those aren’t nearly as funny.