|Cro-Magnon Mail! Wikipedia Sockpuppet Theatre|
|Written by The Editors|
|Friday, 02 March 2007|
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"Hey! I thought this would give me all of Gene Gaudette's juicy personal info!" See Update 2, directly below.
A "crack" legal genius claiming to represent Free Republic sends us a threatening e-mail. We respond. You get to laugh!
Update 2, March 10: "Hey! I thought this would give me all of Gene Gaudette's juicy personal info! I been cheated!"
Hold your horses, Sparky! We're going to take a minor detour first. Seems a somewhat wacky poster to Free Republic decided to post a link to our publisher's business contact information.
(Yaawwwwnnnnn. Old trick, and about as intimidating as being gummed by a newt -- or, for that matter, being gummed by Newt).
Now, who could this be?
Well, we found it particularly interesting that the poster mentioned that "since he answers his own phone, that's probably a one-man outfit as well." Our public telephone number has received calls from only two FReepers so far this week. The first one made his first call on Wednesday from (312) ?4?-???8 [full number redacted along with address info to protect the privacy of all meatpuppets, sockpuppets, and other puppets yet unspecified that may or may not be linked to said telephone] . He identified himself as "Dean Hinnen" -- but the caller ID that flashed on our screen read "312 ?4?-???8 | IL - B????????? | HINNEN, BRYAN." And by the way, Mike Harwood answered the phone (Gene-o was at Unitel supervising post work on a video) -- and did everything he could to keep himself from laughing out loud when he heard the name "Dean Hinnen." Mike said poor, flustered-voiced "Dean" sounded desperate to settle an outstanding issue -- and Mike wisely advised him to write us a letter (as opposed to the e-mail which follows).
Mike's only regret is that he did not videotape our side of the call.
Now, how many people do you think are privy to Bry... er, Dean having spoken with someone at our headquarters in what many FReepers consider the fourth member of the Axis of Evil®, New York City?
Hold it... forgot about Hollywood! Make that "fifth."
But I digress. And just how many would think to post their slanted and erroneous version of the fact to Free Republic? Just keep that question in the back of your mind as our editor explains Occam's Razor to Dean.
And if you really, really need to see Gene's "personal information," click here. Besides, his web minion Mike might be able to save you a bundle on your next e-commerce site! Just expect a little more information than you counted on when you click on the link...
Update, March 4: Postscript with clarification for Wikipediacs of all stripes.
Wikipedia Sockpuppet Theatre starts now...