This is an old topic, but I might as well add to it. These chain letters are dumb. Bill Gates will not send a free computer to a starving Somalian kid for every letter you send out. One cup of rice will not be sent to that same Somalian kid for every letter either. In fact, that Somalian kid was probably dead by the time you got the chain letter. And by dead, I don't mean recently dead. I mean dead, as in one week after the chain letter was written. In 1998. And you know that kid suffering from cancer who will have his life extended one day for each letter in the chain? He's either dead or has gotten enough chemo to light up a Christmas tree. In either case, your letter did jack squat.
Here's something the worthless chain letters did do: make over one million people wish for someone they liked and never had it happen, wish for money they never got, and send ten million chain letters to irate people who tore it up and threw it away. This tells me that roughly 9.1% of the population are complete idiots, which makes me wonder why more politicians don't appeal more to dumb people instead of Hispanics during an election. Or maybe they already do, because they are part of the demographic. To the poor, pathetic 9.1% of you who still believe sending around chain letters does you any good, remember this: the little kid is dead, cancer wins, people don't fall in love with you after you forward the letter, neither will money drop from the sky, a cup of food will not be sent anywhere, no free laptops will be given after 1,000 sends, God, Buddha, Rama, or Super Mega Death Christ 2000 will not bless you, and absolutely nothing bad will happen to you if you don't send the chain mail. You already had something bad happen to you: you got that stupid chain mail and lost 1 minute of your life you will never get back. Go cry about it, or tell ten of your friends.