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Yahoo! IM: Easter Egg or Hack?

While instant messaging with my mom yesterday I noticed a funny thing in the chat window: where it normally says "[Mom] is typing..." it said "[Mom] has been struck by the muse..."

Weird, right? I Googled it but found nothing. Wasn't sure if (a) Yahoo was playing tricks - like its random subject line generator, (b) Mom's machine had a virus, or (c) I simply imagined it.

Well, today I was IM'ing with my friend Tom and got three of these mysterious messages:

  • "1000 monkeys just landed on [Tom's] keyboard..."
  • "I hope you're sitting down because [Tom] is typing..."
  • "STAND BY FOR MESSAGE FROM TOM..."

I was able to get a screengrab of one (below; click to enlarge) but it's still a mystery as to whether this is Yahoo! playing games, or a hacker playing games on Yahoo! Anyone else seen it?

Yahoo

UPDATE: apparently other folks  have witnessed these bizarre messages as well, judging from the Google search in my referring URLs.   

Comments

Mariana

Hey...this is happening to me now....but this is realy funny.
A also recived another one like ".... should really learn to type with more than two fingers..." :) hi hi hi
And I asked my friend and she was typing actually slow because she was eating in the same time.
Maby because I use yahoo beta? have no idea.

Mulder and Scully :D

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