Now, that BBS has been off-line since '94, when I realized the 'Net was really going mainstream. Yet I still receive e-mails to users on that system from spam artists (though most of those I routinely rejected as bogus even before the server filters went up). On average, my spam to legitimate e-mail is about 10 to 1, and THAT'S only due to my membership in so many mailing lists and announcement lists. If it weren't for that, my ratio would probably be closer to 30-40 pieces of spam to every "real" e-mail.
Now, this isn't too bad when I'm at Roni's, enjoying the wonders of DSL (whoosh!): At those speeds even the 200-300 pieces of mail a day are quickly brought down to my local machine. But out here in the boondocks that much mail takes FOREVER to DL via 28.8. Mail.app on OS X does a good job of catching most of the obvious crap, but I still have to deal with it AFTER it's DL'd.
It's that deluge of mail of all sorts that makes it hard to keep up with responding to the mail I WANT to see. It's gotten so I can't even stand to see that stupid fucking Pasta Pot advertised on TV. Don't even get me started with miniature remote control cars or increasing the size of my penis.
Since fully a third of the spam I get isn't even in english, their special "non-roman character set" filter is a wondrous thing.