While I don't buy Viagra on the internet (as far as you know), I imagine that every once in a while someone, somewhere out there actually does. While I don't think it is a good idea to send an African prince money so that he get to bank and then send me back 200% of my money, I guess someone once might have fallen for that scam (and hey, I guess if you've got nothing better to do then might as well give it a shot and send a few thousand emails). While I don't buy strange chinese electronics on the internet, even when my friends send me e-mails in oddly broken English encouraging me to do so, I suppose someone out there might want to save a few bucks and purchase and Aple I-Pood.
I'm sure you've gotten all these types of emails (or similar ones- I may have taken some artistic license above) and more. As I said, I get that someone is trying to scam people out of a few bucks even if they only get one taker for every million e-mails they send.
Having this blog, I also get a lot of spam comments, on all the topics above and more (though prescription drugs seem to be particularly popular topic these days). In fact, at my cousin Thomas' warning, when we originally started this blog we only allowed comments from people that had created accounts. This most restrictive setting was on my cousin Thomas' advice to prevent "the blog-bots" (his word, not mine) from spamming me. After protests from the hordes of friends (perhaps some artistic license again) who wanted to post but didn't want to create accounts, we changed the setting to allow for any kind of postings.
Well, it looks like the blog-bots may be getting their revenge by filling the commentary box with tons of spam comments. Fortunately, Google employs some pretty good software engineers who have figured out to route all these blog-bot comments to a separate spam inbox. Not sure how exactly they stay ahead of the blog-bots, but I'm glad they do (and I apologize to any of you that have made comments involving prescription drugs which ended up in the spam pile).
As I said above, while for the most part I get why people and blog-bots spam, I don't think I have an adequate understanding as to why someone might post this as comments to this blog: