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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Up Next: Cell Phones With Breathalyzers

posted by on October 7 at 14:34 PM

I thought this was a joke at first, but it’s real and it’s genius: Gmail has unveiled “Mail Goggles,” which is a program intended to stop its users from sending late-night drunken e-mails to exes and crushes and such. You can program Mail Goggles to activate, say, after 10 pm on a Friday or Saturday night, and, once it’s activated, after you hit send on an e-mail, Gmail will ask you to do some simple math problems:


…Before it sends the e-mail. Whoever designed this should win some sort of Nobel Prize.

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Posted by Fly-Over Illinois | October 7, 2008 2:37 PM

Could you please push Slog posters through this?...

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | October 7, 2008 2:38 PM

That's great.

Posted by Dot | October 7, 2008 2:46 PM

this is so genius

Posted by angelika | October 7, 2008 2:47 PM

You sure, #2? Because I have the feeling you would hard-core fail those tests.

I am generally against barriers to ill-advised, drunken emails. I don't send or receive any, sadly, but I'm sure that I would enjoy the unintentional hilarity if I did.

Posted by Greg | October 7, 2008 2:48 PM

Brilliant. Now if I could get it set up on my ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend's email account, I'd be happy.

Posted by Suz | October 7, 2008 2:50 PM

Actually, the South Koreans have had breathalyzer-phones for a couple years now. Surprised they haven't shown up in the U.S. yet:

Posted by em | October 7, 2008 2:56 PM

That's funny and all, but who really can't do math this simple when they are drunk?

Posted by w7ngman | October 7, 2008 3:04 PM

Oh, w7ngman. Am I going to have to come over there and teach you how to get drunk PROPERLY?

Trust me, you will not be solving any math problems.

Posted by Fnarf | October 7, 2008 3:09 PM

@8: Why you gotta bust balls?

Posted by AJ | October 7, 2008 3:10 PM

I wouldn't be able to do these sober.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 7, 2008 3:10 PM

This is great. I was just thinking the other day that gmail should have a "delayed-send" option where you can set it to wait a minute or two after you click send, in case you either think better of it or catch a typo at the last second (I don't know how many times I've caught an error in an e-mail with my finger on the way down to the mouse button and not been able to stop myself . . .).

Posted by Levislade | October 7, 2008 3:10 PM

Personally, sometimes when I am in the intoxicated mood, I whip out Big Brain Academy and score higher than sober. Its like my brain cells are going out in a blaze of glory as I soak them in whiskey.

Posted by Jaye | October 7, 2008 3:12 PM

ok, wonderful, but how will it keep me from drunk google chatting?

Posted by sepiolida | October 7, 2008 3:22 PM

I invented this thing one night at the Cha Cha about 5 years ago. True story. Ask Kim.

Posted by Barf Loco | October 7, 2008 3:22 PM

I'm too good at math for this to work. Google needs to come up with an alternative. Like a literature quiz or something.

Posted by T | October 7, 2008 3:37 PM

Its not teh drunken emailes I gotta trouble with, its the durnken posting on SLOSH.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 7, 2008 3:40 PM

@8 and @16 RTA, it has a setting for how difficult you want the questions to be.

Posted by Mike in Renton | October 7, 2008 3:53 PM

Can I get this for text messaging?

Posted by Joh | October 7, 2008 4:40 PM


I was just talking with somebody about the absolutely critical need for this invention. Oh, christ, this would have saved me some hardcore embarrassment over the years.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 7, 2008 5:18 PM

Aw, man. I've been advocating this invention for over a decade now. All I can say is FINALLY, and I wish I'd submitted the patent in 1996.

Posted by Helena | October 7, 2008 6:18 PM

someone needs to let courtney love know.

Posted by whomsRU | October 8, 2008 1:21 PM

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