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Some school kids in Nebraska got an unexpected lesson about the speed of communications in the 21st Century, after their teacher started an email chain letter that has elicited over 115,000 responses so far. We reckon it's just the start and they're going to get snowed.

Less than a year ago, geography teacher John Street sent out 25 emails asking people to reply to him with their location and forward the message on to other people, reports the Associated Press.

The plan was that his class could track the messages on a map.

Street said that he expected a few hundred people would get back to him, but within six weeks, there had been over 20,000 responses, with many people including photographs and other information.

The class has had mail from every continent - including two messages from scientists in Antarctica and pictures of the Earth taken from orbit, sent by a NASA scientist.

The class has been sent packages from people who tracked down the school's street address.

Street said: "Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined this."

We at Vulture Central can only agree. Not since the story of Claire Swire and her allegedly "yummy" friend has the reach of the net been so well demonstrated. ®

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