Grab your own Goatse e-mail address for shock value

A pioneering shock site has now been repurposed to provide amusing e-mail addresses for anyone willing to cough up $50 for an Indiegogo project.

If you don't know what Goatse is, I'm not going to tell you. You'll just have to google it on your own, preferably when you're not at work and preferably with the incognito setting on your browser turned on. Everyone else can gather around as we marvel at one of the weirdest Indiegogo projects to ever top its funding goal.

You have less than two weeks left to pledge $50 to get your very own Goatse.cx e-mail address. Your personal @goatse.cx address will work with your existing Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or Outlook.com account using the "send as" feature built into those mail programs. Reply e-mails will return to your regular account. The Goatse.cx administrator will maintain a forwarding service as well.

We must now speculate as to what you would want a Goatse.cx e-mail address for. The $50 pledge is good for at least 10 years of e-mail service, so you may just want to keep it in your back pocket (so to speak) for a special occasion.

This is the perfect e-mail address for sending missives to people who are in on the joke. It may also give you a certain sense of satisfaction when sending an e-mail involved with quitting a job or filing a particularly egregious customer service complaint.

Some backers have specific uses in mind. Supporter Conrad Pankoff writes in the project's comments, "Having an e-mail at goatse.cx has literally torn open a range of opportunities for me. When prospective employers see my goatse.cx e-mail address, they're left gaping at my skill set." What would you use your Goatse.cx e-mail for?

About the author

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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