Scooby Doo, Beer And Other Symptoms Of The WORK Virus

Last year I wrote about the W.O.R.K. virus which claims millions of victims each and every year, all around the world.


Unfortunately it wasn’t publicised anywhere near as much as it should have been, despite being a far, far worse pandemic than the allegedly dangerous swine flu.

And that is a shame because a new variant has now come to light, as evidenced by the following email I recently received –


This virus warning is genuine.

There is a new virus going around, called “work.”

If you receive any sort of “work” at all, whether via email, internet or simply handed to you by a colleague…DO NOT OPEN IT.

This has been circulating around our building for months and those who have been tempted to open “work” or even look at “work” have found that their social life is deleted and their brain ceases to function properly.

If you do encounter “work” via email or are faced with any “work” at all, then to purge the virus, send an email to your boss with the words “I’ve had enough of your crap… I’m off to the pub.” The “work” should automatically be forgotten by your brain. If you receive “work” in paper-document form, simply lift the document and drag the “work” to your garbage can. Put on your hat and coat and skip to the nearest bar with two friends and order three pints of beer (or rum punch).

After repeating this action 14 times, you will find that “work” will no longer be of any relevance to you and that “Scooby Doo” was the greatest cartoon ever.

Send this message to everyone in your address book.

If you do NOT have anyone in your address book, then I’m afraid the “work” virus has already corrupted your life.

Of course the email above is a hoax, a bit of humor designed to brighten up a boring day at work, but it sounds compelling all the same doesn’t it?

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Give me 14 beers and I’ll watch anything! 😀

  2. Hey Scooby Doo was one cool dog, dont knock him!

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