Google announced some time ago that they were beta-testing a new email service called GMAIL (clever eh?). The only way you can get an account right now is to be invited.
If you go here, you get a chance to win an invite. Just keep refreshing your browser until all 5 numbers come up the same.
I won one after about 15 minutes of refreshing.
UPDATE: They reneged on sending me the invite because they say there was too much “cheating”. I worked hard to win and I think they’re full of it.