AVOID MULCH FROM NEW ORLEANS!... FORMOSAN TERMITES WILL EAT YOUR HOME!
I know that I'm in my mid-thirties or older when I get emails like this:
If you use mulch around your house be very careful about buying mulch this year. After the Hurricane in New Orleans many trees were blown over. These trees were then turned into mulch and the state is trying to get rid of tons and tons of this mulch to any state or company who will come and haul it away. So it will be showing up in Home Depot and Lowes at dirt cheap prices with one huge problem; Formosan Termites will be the bonus in many of those bags. New Orleans is one of the few areas in the country were the Formosan Termites have gotten a strong hold and many of the trees blown down were already badly infested with those termites. Now we may have the worst case of transporting a problem to all parts of the country that we have ever had. These termites can eat a house in no time at all and we have no good control against them, so tell your friends that own homes to avoid cheap mulch and know were it came from.
Hopefully this info will help avoid you avoid expensive termite repairs.
My friend Albert sent out this mass email, but I pretty sure he was amusing himself. Anyway, I would never have received this email ten years ago. I wouldn't have even understood the context of it. Also if Albert was completely serious in sending out this warning, it just tells me that he's really at least a decade older than me in lifestyle versus the reality of being only a year older.