Way back when I first started using Emacs, I read email with it. A friend had some script which modified his .signature file with a random quote every 30 seconds. I thought that was kind of neat, but I wanted every email to get its own, random, quote. At the time I didn't know how to get a random number in a simple shell script, so I started writing something using Emacs directly.
A random signature wasn't enough though, I then wanted to be able to have different categories of quotes and send different people quotes from those different categories. From the documentation:
;; This mode is designed to allow a user to have quotes appended to
;; their mail and news posts according to whom/where the mail is
;; being sent. For example, one might wish to have "insightful"
;; quotes sent to Prof. Apple, and "crude" quotes to your brother
;; Sam. With this mode, upon sending a piece of mail, the email
;; addresses are scanned (this includes the To:, CC:, and BCC:
;; headers), and an appropriate quote is inserted into the letter.
Thus began my Emacs fascination.
You can download the source here.