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Ever said something you've regretted on the internet? Seen somebody make an arse of themselves? Know somebody who posts first and asks questions later? Dob them in to us, the internet police. (We last did this five years ago before Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook really took off, so now's the time for an update)

Thanks to Benny Blanco from the Bronx for the suggestion

(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:00)
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Generally, a bike ride through the countryside puts me in a good, peaceable mood, able to shrug off all kinds of wuffkittery and keep smiling.

Which is clearly not true of this guy. (Originally posted on the Lonely Planet forums, but since taken down... fortunately someone took a PDF dump. Um, I could rephrase that.) It starts with "I'm looking for a cycling partner" and sort of descends into 9-11 conspiracy theories. "Cyclists did WTC", obviously.

(waiting for this week's QOTW to turn into the b3ta equivalent of Encyclopaedia Dramatica. Except more self-referential...)
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:05, 11 replies)
Well, I like this.
It contains cycling, the word "wuffkittery" and gestalt cheeky but not malicious flaming.
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:19, closed)
I wouldn't put it beyond Cyclists
but I still reckon that if they'd have done 9/11 they would have made more of an effort to blame motorists.
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:20, closed)
nice :) That guy truly lost it
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:23, closed)
I'm not reading all 56 pages of that but I do have a question
given he'd gone "full retard" by page 4, how much worse does it actually get? Someone summarise it for me, I'm terribly busy and that.
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:30, closed)
He flounces off, then a bunch of nerds spend 4 months posting "tee hee, wasn't he a loon".
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:34, closed)
Excellent, thank you for saving me the bother of 50 pages of dull.

(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:35, closed)
Nothing to see here
He vanishes then - everything else is just people talking about him.
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 16:16, closed)
They seem to have already been there:
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 15:32, closed)
I remember that...
back in 2005. And he appeared on many many different forums. There was a huge trail. I remember spending a few bored afternoons following all kinds of trails after this guy.

Ultimately it was clear he was just yet another Internet fantasist combined with some level of mental illness and paranoia.

Aha - one of the links I stashed at the time is still live:

"John Gobin Shaw" - which now means the conspiracy trail also leads here too...
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 17:50, closed)
NOW I know why I recognise that...
...I'm on that thread. Woo! Part of internet folk law. "psychotouristupdate" I've just found my old account buried in my mailbox...

That guy was seriously entertaining :D

Edit: Eeek!! He is still out there. A web search on his email address shows up a 2013 post on a TEFL forum...
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 18:21, closed)
Fuck you cowardly son of a whore.
You people are the abusive ones and I AM RESPONDING APPROPRIATELY. FUCK YOU.
(, Thu 20 Jun 2013, 20:40, closed)

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