This was Eric’s brainchild, so click the link to see the various blogs involved and how it unfolded. (If you click the link, you will see an actual explanation and not the beginning of a multi-link wild goose chase. I promise.)
He highlights the most amusing comments as being at Popehat, and specifically mentions Scott Jacobs as one of the funniest commenters. What he doesn’t realize is that Scott is a Patterico reader. But I agree that reading Scott’s comment was probably the most rewarding moment I had all day — one of those moments when “LOL” was not just an annoying acronym but was literally true.
To set up Scott’s comment: Scott followed a couple links from here to Ted Frank to Popehat and started to lose patience, demanding some proof from the Popehat people: “Since it’s them getting pranked, wouldn’t it be possible to cut and paste the entire article for all to read and use the defense of ‘self-parody’?” When someone mentioned the fact that it would not be good to get into a fight about intellectual property with the New York Times, Scott replied: “Would the fact that they apparently have no intelligence be a defense?” Then a commenter called jb said:
Lemon Gloria links to Randazza, who links to Eric Turkewitz, who links to Simple Justice, who links to Patterico, who links to Ted Frank, who links right back here, and none of them have any details or even a link to the paywalled article.
Prank publicizing fail.
At which point Scott wrote the laugh-out-loud funny comment. Because it’s Scott, it’s profane, so I am hiding it beneath the fold for the benefit of those who prefer to avoid profanity. Scott quotes jb, and then replicates his dawning realization in amusing fashion:
“Lemon Gloria links to Randazza, who links to Eric Turkewitz, who links to Simple Justice, who links to Patterico, who links to Ted Frank, who links right back here, and none of them have any details or even a link to the paywalled article.”
No, not prank fail… READER fail.
Fuck all y’all.
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. That’s awesome.