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Wednesday, October 25 12:00 AM ET

BBspot Mailbag

Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.


BBelievers

Last Tuesday we posted the story about the teen posing as a record executive on MySpace that lured bands to Los Angeles. We even created a MySpace profile to go along with the story. This story spread very quickly around the Internets thanks to big links on Digg and Reddit. The layers of irony in the BBelievers on this story are incredible. From people who BBelieved it was real Sony music exec to those that believed it was a real 13-year-old girl. Here are some of the best comments. Be sure to follow the links to the full threads, they are priceless...

From the Digg Thread:

"The bands that fell for this must be tools..."

"i'll bet after finding out she was fake, some people are still trying to get a contracts."

From the Reddit Thread:

"Ah thats funny. Never believe people on the internet are who they say. Like how dumb of a band you have to be to pack up all your shit on what someone on myspace said. They didnt even like, phone the record company to confirm?"

"Outwitted by a 13 year old with a fake profile, pizza and crystal light."

From the SomethingAwful Thread:

"It kind of says a lot about record executives that a 13 year old girl can pretend to be one and fool several bands. On the other hand, any band that goes through MySapce looking for a record contract deserves what they get."

From the Comments on the 'sonymusicexec' MySpace Profile:

This guy didn't get the joke at all: "you aren't really my friend, because i hate major labels, but you represent what is wrong so well, old man."

This guy was a little closer to the truth but not quite there: "you are 13 years old and trick bands into coming to LA. Funny and brilliant!"

This guy got it: "Thank you so much for giving my Band "ZOMBIE FETUS VENDING MACHINE" a change to make it big, we sent the demo tapes to where you said, when will we hear a reply? I mean it has been a while, no rush, I mean I know people are busy and all. Thanks again!
PS. Keep rock evil! "

Messages received at the MySpace profile's Inbox:

"Nice work, Ashley. I just saw the article; you showed an incredible amount of moxie! Congrats, you're an internet celebrity now!"

"This is why 13 year old girls are not allowed on myspace. Good Riddence."

"You are smarter than half the College students I know! KUDOS X 10000 "

"god damn you must be bored. we all know youre a fake"

"Are still accepting submissions from bands? Please check out my stuff and let me know what you think?"

"I just read how this site is nothing but a little girl lying to bands and telling them to goto california for a record deal. That's freakin halirous."

"Yeah right. No one is buying it, and yer all over FARK for being a dumbass."

One website even went as far as to post their own story on BBelievers with links to some random blogs that BBelieved the story:

"Seriously, how dumb can you get?"

"This isn't quite relevant to science, but I think the message is clear: good critical thinking skills would have gone a long way to keep this kind of hilarious fraud from happening. I agree with that executive - most of these bands are as dumb as dirt. Amen."

"idiots"

"I mean, seriously, neopunk-country????"

The MySpace story wasn't the only one that got BBelievers this week. One bright bulb thinks he can crack the code that the FBI can't...

From: keith
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2006 9:26 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: open

hi am i was just wanted to know if the story of the FBI Unable to Crack Hacker Code because i can read nearly all of it lol can u reply thank u

I told him that the FBI will be contacting him for help.


Weekly Limerick

The winner of this year's Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. I haven't decided where to put it yet, so this week's I'll put in the Mailbag...

From: Seth

"No-swipe" credit cards may earn their name:
Thieves won't swipe your cards, that's the old game.
 But now thanks to a "Blink",
 Data's grabbed in a wink,
And the end result just stays the same.


That's all for this week!

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