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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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Get out and smell the roses Brian.
Apologies for lack of links - the site isn't really going anymore and bearing in mind one of my money makers is to build PCs it's about a dozen boxes ago. If I can dig anything up I will.

A few years ago I was playing a mmorpg called Evolution. It was a space civ based game with a fairly active community and some interesting forums.
Being the 'sperger shut-in that I am I played regularly and partook in many of the threads that the forum had to offer.
So there we were in our little corner of the net - posting funny pics, writing jokes and generally having fun whilst playing a game trying to build up our amounts monkeys (and other stuff) in order to make spaceships so we could head off to intergalactic spacewars.

Then Brian joined the fray.
Brian was a Born Again Christian from Chicago. Brian strongly believed that the 2nd Coming was upon us and that once Jeebus had returned to Earth we were all going to be subject to the Apocalypse.
In between playing the game (which he managed moderately well) Brian would post constant reminders across numerous threads that the "End was coming soon" and if we wished to repent we'd best to convert to his God's religion in order to save our immortal souls.

At 1st me and many of the other denizens of that web-corner were accommodating in that we didn't want to shut him out and be complete nay-sayers. We simply wanted to point out to him that most of us didn't share his views. So we weren't rude but we did make it clear that our forums weren't really the place to have "in-depth-right-wing-politics-&-fundamentalist-religious-discussions".

Brian didn't get the message and continued to tell us all that since we were all going to be judged by a higher power, imminently - then we should all run out into the streets repenting.

Eventually my limit of "tolerance is good, mmkkay" was reached and one day Brian was there telling me (& everyone else who didn't share his beliefs) that since Judgment Day was upon us we should all either repent now or prepare to be sent to Hell.
It was then that I sent him this IM - (I'm paraphrasing)
"A few years ago my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had a mastectomy, a few years later she fell pregnant. When we had the ultrasound at 19 wks. we found out it was a girl. My missus broke down crying because she was worried that our daughter might 1 day get breast cancer.
I told her that she was just as likely to get run over by a bus as she was to get breast cancer."

My point to Brian was that he could wait for the Armageddon, or he he could get on with living his life.
The fact that he then went on to suggest that my wife's breast cancer was deserved due her non-belief in his god led to an online shitstorm the like you or I would rarely see.
End of Days.... didn't seem to happen when Brian thought they would.
Any of you internet sleuths want to try and find Brian here's the link for evo - www.playevo.com/
(, Mon 24 Jun 2013, 11:14, 8 replies)
but did he have a collection of lightbulb jokes?
(, Mon 24 Jun 2013, 12:40, closed)
Writing jokes on the internet?
Rookie mistake R*b, this was almost a believable story.
(, Mon 24 Jun 2013, 14:47, closed)
Ro* fingers kids?

(, Mon 24 Jun 2013, 15:54, closed)
I like this.
You know his religious beliefs, and you get indignant when he behaves according to those beliefs.

It's amazing how many forums where people are "posting funny pics, writing jokes and generally having fun" end up hearing about your wife's cancer. Comedy Gold!
(, Mon 24 Jun 2013, 21:13, closed)
He's a parody of a parody of a parody of a tragic wanker.

(, Mon 24 Jun 2013, 21:24, closed)
To be fair to him
I'm sure his words of comfort to his wife "Don't worry love, she could get killed in a horrific accident before the cancer gets her" worked a treat.
(, Tue 25 Jun 2013, 7:29, closed)
She probably gets more comfort from the biological father.
And all her special uncles.
(, Tue 25 Jun 2013, 8:13, closed)

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