From: Craig Phillips [cphillips@cnci.us]

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Cocktail Talk

 

April 2013

Cocktail Talk

Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".

 

Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.

 

Cocktail Talk is archived on www.cnci.us

 

Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Viral Amusements

 

The internet travels at the speed of light, literally, because it travels through fiber-optic cable and that's what fiber-optic cable does.

 

The same speed of light that helps amusing videos, like Obama Phone and Bed Intruder, to go viral helps people that want to scam or hoax us attack blitzkrieg style. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's harmless, sometimes it's not.

 

There are a lot of scams and hoaxes out there. There are lists, Top, Funniest, Best, even All Time, for internet scams and hoaxes.

 

CNN published a Top Ten list, and to save ink and paper I've summarized it here:

 

Bill Gates reaches out to you (#8) to Help a Sick Child (#9) by Forwarding a Warning to all your email contacts (#10) to Dial 809 and contest their outstanding bill (#7) or, get the $5 Billion from Nigeria (#6) and in the name of all things holy please Save Big Bird (#5) by sending $250 for the Cookie Recipe (#4) and remember, Deodorant Gives You Cancer (#3) and this Last Picture from the Observation Deck of the World Trade Center (#2) and support Hillary Clinton's views on the 5 Cent Per Email Tax (#1).

 

One hoax, voted among most everyone's Top Ten Best of All Time is "Lonelygirl15".

 

At first Lonelygirl15 appeared to be just an average, innocent YouTube blog of a run-of-the-mill teenage girl. Until Lonelygirl15 started giving out details of a bizarre cult that her family was involved in that made them lock her in the house. Then, months later, it was apparent that the videos were scripted, and delivered by a 19 year old actress.

 

Even though Lonelygirl15 wasn't the victim of some strange cult that kept her locked in her house, and even though the entire thing was just a hoax, the web series remained popular until it ended. Because, it was funny, and harmless.

 

Notre Dame football star, soon to be multi-millionaire NFL Star, Manti Te'o doesn't find hoaxes funny and harmless.

 

Notre Dame said a story that star Manti Te'o's internet girlfriend had died of leukemia - a loss he said inspired him all season and helped him lead the Irish to the BCS title game - turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.

 

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating." " If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was."

 

Phil Hartman, if his really real wife hadn't shot him really real dead, might have said on Saturday Night Live: "Boo-hoo, you had me then you lost me.".

 

After considerable research, it seems Top Ten's are hard to complete, and get sloppy with filler items to reach the magic number ten, so here are my Top 6 hoaxes:

 

6) The hoax that there was a hoax, other than Manti Te'o trying to get more popularity for his Heisman Trophy bid. Not funny, not harmless.

 

5) You can recharge an iPhone by plugging it into an onion in a glass of Gatorade. Funny and harmless.

 

4) Al Sharpton. Not funny, not harmless.

 

3) CNN's #1; Hillary Clinton thinking the 5 cent email tax was real. Funny, not harmless.

 

2) Hoax convincing fans of Justin Bieber to shave their heads because he has cancer. Beebs, thankfully, does not have cancer. Funny and harmless.

 

1) My soon to be special email offer where anyone with 501(c)(3) status can get new multi-millionaire Manti Te'o's cell phone number,  just $69.95 plus S&H.

 

 

 

Funny, or not, harmless, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Signature 

Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.

 

 

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