Mike Elgan: Snopes Example of Idiot Journalist

Update: Apparently Gum or TWiT complained to Snopes and they changed the image. Thankfully we have a screenshot below.
Hey, would ya blow me?
Hey, would ya blow me?

On our previous post relating to Mike Elgan, a commenter let us know that Snopes.com has used Mike Elgan as their main example of a journalist falling for stupid name gags.

Dearly departed HelloWorld used to troll Mike Elgan regularly, and here’s his post from 2014, near the beginning of Total Drama.

Original Video from HelloWorld

Relive the magic.

Another Elgan classic: Wearable Banana

He can’t close boxes

94 thoughts on “Mike Elgan: Snopes Example of Idiot Journalist”

  1. The original total drama was hilarious, literal laugh out loud funny. Scroll back to 2014. I honest to goodness believe that Leo is now looked at as a buffoon in tech because of those stories.

    Watch Megan and you can see how amazed she is that Mike thought the banana thing was real. We miss you HW & Co.

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      1. Originally there was about eight contributors-including Helloworld. In 2014 there was total-drama-drama about mentioning Leo’s kids or other ‘moral’ issue. The original posts are deleted or have new author names [effendum and mike elgan] were not the original names.

        After the originals (besides Helloworld) left, they asked for people to contribute, and in came the second wave of people: Richard Yes, Ghostdog, Emojitech… Those people left at the end of 2015. Less drama, their stuff is still up and they said goodbye. Then Helloworld left in 2016.

        It my opinion total drama got less funny before helloworld left.
        Unlike most people I pay attention to by-lines.

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  2. To be fair to Legume, he probably heard Leo repeatedly saying “Heywood Jablome” to members of the staff so he figured Heywood must be a remote TWiT employee, like Hilton. Especially since neither could be reached for comment.

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  3. The box thing I hadn’t seen before.

    Now that’s the sign of a true idiot, no joke. He tries to force it closed and then just gives up. Instead of looking to see what he put in there wrong he just tries to force his way before just giving up.

    It’s a telling sign of a retard.

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  4. The dumbing down of twit has made it a sad place to be. Or to watch. From a group of outgoing interesting people to gum to effenlost and meagums we have witnessed it all.

    RIP TWiT.

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    1. It is one thing to fake an English bastard accent in conversation Molly. It is another to try to bullshit us with your “.uk, £”, and your “Twat”. You might have fooled us in person but here, you will never fool us with your Twat.

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      1. JustThisGuy,

        I assure you I’m British, I live right in the middle, in the fair city of Nottingham.

        Your obtuse and poorly-aimed rant in response to my post quite succinctly summarises the mentality of this site and most contributors.

        Thanks so much for that 🙂

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      1. Sex Swing,

        Thank you for your measured response. Seems to be the ‘in-joke’ around here!

        If it was an invite, I assure you I’m fine, but thank you; am married with two young kids but not in any way prejudiced toward others who have a different sexuality.

        Regards,

        eoD

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    2. eoD nhoJ said: I gaurantee this post will be moderated out of the comments relatively quickly,

      Gosh, the post is still here. What on earth could’ve happened? Oh, I know – the person who posted it has no idea what they’re talking about.

      And actually, in England we call people like you “embarrassing idiots who act as if they’re somehow above everyone else but are actually way, way worse, cos they’ve taken the time to post on a site they clearly despise”.

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      1. EvilPants

        Thanks for your response. For your information, I’ve posted to several of the clearly biased ‘comment threads’ over the past month and they have been removed, pre-moderation. The above was the first one through. Hence my comment. Fair I believe?

        I despise all forms of hatred. This site is very cliquey (see FYI link below to help) and biased. My previous comments were not posted.

        People the world over call people like you bitter. Perhaps you should try and enjoy life more and see the positives in people? Life becomes fun then! 🙂

        FYI: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cliquey


        eoD

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    3. eoD nhoJ said:
      In England, we call the people behind websites like TotalDrama “Twats” -> https://www.google.co.uk/#q=define%3Atwat

      Quite appropriate really.

      I gaurantee this post will be moderated out of the comments relatively quickly, due to the biassed nature of this site.

      FYI, http://www.twat.global is available at the moment for £19.99?Or maybe twatservices.co.uk – only 99p? You should re-brand yourselves…

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    4. eoD nhoJ said:
      In England, we call the people behind websites like TotalDrama “Twats” -> https://www.google.co.uk/#q=define%3Atwat

      Quite appropriate really.

      I gaurantee this post will be moderated out of the comments relatively quickly, due to the biassed nature of this site.

      FYI, http://www.twat.global is available at the moment for £19.99?Or maybe twatservices.co.uk – only 99p? You should re-brand yourselves…

      Eat a dick please.

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  5. Oh you Americans – Snopes.

    “A television pilot based on the site, called Snopes: Urban Legends, was completed with American actor Jim Davidson as host, but major networks passed on the project”

    Wonder why? I believe you say ‘lol’ at this point.

    Regards

    eoD

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    1. eoD nhoJ said:
      Oh you Americans – Snopes.

      “A television pilot based on the site, called Snopes: Urban Legends, was completed with American actor Jim Davidson as host, but major networks passed on the project”

      Wonder why? I believe you say ‘lol’ at this point.

      Regards

      eoD

      Get lost, you bloody limey.

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  6. When somebody is recorded on video every day for however long gum was at twit, it’s easy to find four or five moments you can mock out of the hundreds of episodes.

    You could do that to anyone who’s on TV or on podcasts every day. It’s easy.

    Click here to understand Total Drama:
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists

    The cowards behind Total Drama are every day trolls, who hide like pussies behind anonymity and attack people who live very much in public.

    Cowardly trolls and pussies. That’s Total Drama.

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    1. Heywood said:
      When somebody is recorded on video every day for however long gum was at twit, it’s easy to find four or five moments you can mock out of the hundreds of episodes.

      You could do that to anyone who’s on TV or on podcasts every day. It’s easy.

      Click here to understand Total Drama:
      https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists

      The cowards behind Total Drama are every day trolls, who hide like pussies behind anonymity and attack people who live very much in public.

      Cowardly trolls and pussies. That’s Total Drama.

      Hey Georgia Dow,

      EAT MY DICK!

      Kenny

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      1. Dear Kenny,

        Re: Coprolia

        Mr Sintek, Ken, I fear you may be suffering from an uncommen condition known as ‘coprolalia’. Such a condition manifests itself via the individual displaying involuntary swearing or the utterance (often ‘online’) of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (such as “EAT MY DICK!”).

        Please refer to the necessary guidance and suggested treatment below.

        Kind regards

        Dr eoD

        Guidance
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coprolalia

        Treatment
        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3036957/

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    2. Then why do you, Heywood, hide behind anonymity yourself. Does that not mean that you fit the very profile that you are chastising with your comment?

      In fact the piece in psychology today that you quote is flaws, for example for internet trolls to be narcissists in the way you claim they were would adore the attention and publicly post their own information, kind of like the biggest narcissist of them all LEO LAPORTE that does fit the correct description.

      You though , Heywood, are just , as you say a “Cowardly Troll and Pussy”.

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      1. Because I didn’t set up a coward pussy troll site to attack people who are very public.

        I’m just pointing out how shameful you are for doing this.

        If you’re proud of what you’re doing here, do you tell your mother and other relatives?

        No, you don’t. Because you know that this site is disgusting, cowardly and shameful.

        YOU are ashamed of what you’re doing here. And that’s why you hide like a pussy, and why you’re too ashamed to tell your mother about it.

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        1. Heywood said:
          Because I didn’t set up a coward pussy troll site to attack people who are very public.

          I’m just pointing out how shameful you are for doing this.

          If you’re proud of what you’re doing here, do you tell your mother and other relatives?

          No, you don’t. Because you know that this site is disgusting, cowardly and shameful.

          YOU are ashamed of what you’re doing here. And that’s why you hide like a pussy, and why you’re too ashamed to tell your mother about it.

          actually my mother is dead but I’ll remember your advice this upcoming memorial day.

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        2. Heywood said:
          YOU are ashamed of what you’re doing here. And that’s why you hide like a pussy, and why you’re too ashamed to tell your mother about it.

          I would be more ashamed to defend him. Amidst all the jokes and insults and attacks, many things have been pointed out here that are 100% true.
          He is loathsome and people defending him are worse.

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          1. 1handed said: I…many things have been pointed out here that are 100% true…

            All I can say is “lol”. Such a neey comment made, I’m sure, with bunched fists and stamping your little feet.

            Just lol.

            PS Can someone tell me to “Eat a Dick”, it’s been far too long since I heard this comment?

            PPS Very Beavis and Butthead, this forum, I love it, it.

            For information to the ‘regulars in here:

            http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/08/when-adding-a-second-ps-at-the-end-of-a-letter-its-pps-not-pss/

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        3. Hey-weird:

          Lay-o is a complete dick – a nasty piece of shit who slags off friends, family, and colleagues at the drop of a hat just to protect himself.

          So – defending him is a far, far, far worse crime than calling him out.

          Get it?

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        4. Fine comments, Heywood.

          I believe the fact is, that ‘Ferdinand’ finds positive reinforcement for himself and his psychological position right now in contributing to this diatribe.

          Just read how he writes, he gives away a great deal about himself….

          Warmest regards to all,


          eoD

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        5. Projecting much, douchebag? Perhaps you should spend more time at the dentist – as most brits should- to care for your grimy, crooked and jagular teeth you limeys are famous for.

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    3. So Heywood, you fucking hypocrite – if you share your full real name, physical address and cell phone number, we will respond in kind.

      So let’s have your real name, genius.

      Heywood said:
      When somebody is recorded on video every day for however long gum was at twit, it’s easy to find four or five moments you can mock out of the hundreds of episodes.

      You could do that to anyone who’s on TV or on podcasts every day. It’s easy.

      Click here to understand Total Drama:
      https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists

      The cowards behind Total Drama are every day trolls, who hide like pussies behind anonymity and attack people who live very much in public.

      Cowardly trolls and pussies. That’s Total Drama.

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      1. He won’t because Heywood is Mike Elgan, and Backwards John Doe is the soup slurper himself.

        They both just Lu Lu Luuuuuuuuuuuuuurve Virtual Private Networks when they get so upset they finally crack and go on the offensive trying in the process to defend the undefendable ineptitude of them both.

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    4. I was just watching CNN. A bunch of congressman sent letters do the judge who is sentencing the former speaker of the house for child rape etc. They sent in letters of support. They remind me of you Heywood.

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    5. Heywood said:
      When somebody is recorded on video every day for however long gum was at twit, it’s easy to find four or five moments you can mock out of the hundreds of episodes.

      You could do that to anyone who’s on TV or on podcasts every day. It’s easy.

      Click here to understand Total Drama:
      https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists

      The cowards behind Total Drama are every day trolls, who hide like pussies behind anonymity and attack people who live very much in public.

      Cowardly trolls and pussies. That’s Total Drama.

      And what’s your full legal name you hypocritical wanker?

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  7. Guys

    Had to mention, regarding this post ->

    https://totaldrama.net/2015/05/we-are-all-totaldrama/

    Did you realise that 70% of the posts over the last year have a very similar readability score, similar typos, incorrect punctuation, etc? Interesting.

    Links below for guidance.

    I suspect that the ‘TD_Army’ may be a significantly smaller than implied in this post and merely reinforced by a few TD_Sheep?

    In England, we usually say ‘lol’ now (a term invented in Canada). We in the UK invented the www. Of course the US were the originators of the Internet. Oops maybe not…

    “Donald Davies was the first to put theory into practice by designing a packet-switched network at the National Physics Laboratory in the UK”

    TD_Sheep – grow a pair. Stop moaning, go out, smell the flowers. Be happy, less angry.

    Regards.


    eoD

    Help:

    Text Readability: https://readability-score.com/
    History of the Internet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Internet
    Tim Berners Lee: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee
    Origin of Lol: http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~crwth/LOL.html

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  8. Did anyonce catch The part in tonight’s show when they were talking about sitting in the front seat of a taxi ? Leo said it upset the taxi drivers because they have to move all their falafel wrappers. I mean that’s pretty offensive, stereotypical, and racist if you ask me.

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      1. Ses Swing,

        Do you have a keyboard macro programmed for the text ‘DICK’ because you seem to love typing it?

        If not, can I recommend that you set one up, it would save you hours of time for you to be productive? Perhaps go out and enjoy the world…

        Help below for Windows and Linux, but I suspect you might have a LeapPad (http://www.leapfrog.com/en-gb/products/tablet-family) and I don’t think they work on that. Sorry.

        Regards

        eoD 🙂

        Help:

        Windows: https://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-gb/help/support/how-to/keyboard/macros
        Linux: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-299524.html

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        1. Thanks for the top, but it’s quite all right. I can type Leo is a DICK (in multiple different variations depending on the context) in a second or two and the flexibility that provides I find liberating.

          Hard coded macros offer little / no flexibility and so are far too constraining.

          Thanks again,

          Swing

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  9. I am listening to a Kara Swiaher, Lauren Goode podcast called “too embarrassed to ask.” The episode is all about podcasts and there were two interesting tidbits.

    1) At 17:30 Kara says that podcast advertising is really good right now / these days. This is a direct conflict with Leo who said it is “soft right now” industry wide. Probably just down for twit because it sucks.

    2) Lauren and Kara (two former twit guests) and about 5 fans gave lists of favorite podcasts. Mark Maron, NPR, Calacanis, Ben Thompson etc etc etc etc etc etc were mentioned as great podcasts but not one twit show.

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      1. Dear JustThisGuy

        * You hate TWiT and think it is boring;
        * You think I am boring;
        * You think that both TWiT and other contributors are a “waste of time”.

        Paradigm shift needed dude – debate is healthy.

        “Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”
        (Mahatma Ghandi) Help Below.

        If you all had the same opinion in here, it would be seventeen pages of “EAT MY DICK” for every lame post? We try to provide balance.

        Kindes regards,


        eoD

        Help

        http://idebate.org/about/debate/why

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        1. eoD nhoJ said:
          Dear JustThisGuy

          * You hate TWiT and think it is boring;
          * You think I am boring;
          * You think that both TWiT and other contributors are a “waste of time”.

          Paradigm shift needed dude – debate is healthy.

          “Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”
          (Mahatma Ghandi) Help Below.

          If you all had the same opinion in here, it would be seventeen pages of “EAT MY DICK” for every lame post? We try to provide balance.

          Kindes regards,


          eoD

          Help

          http://idebate.org/about/debate/why

          It’s ‘Gandhi’, genius. And you accuse us of misspellings.

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    1. Wow. This is *unbelievable*!

      Re. “…podcast advertising is really good right now / these days…”
      That IS a direct conflict and I’m surprised it didn’t make the BBC News this evening.

      Re. “…were mentioned as great podcasts but not one twit show…”
      That is also truly INCREDIBLE news. Engage the spin engine and write up some vitriolic article about it! Good luck with that, editorial “team” (I really mean “person”)

      Shame about the iPad button, WordPress can be like that. Help referenced below.

      Really can;t wait for more groundbreaking news… 😉

      Regards,


      eoD

      Help

      Safari WordPress button issues https://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-contact-form-7-submiu-button-does-not-work-on-safari

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          1. A professor? Yes, but he isn’t an intellectual. He doesn’t have a PhD, and he isn’t a researcher.

            But then again he has SO many books in his bookcase at home so he must be muy intellectual.

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          2. Huh, the link even says he has a bachelors degree.

            That’s the same level of education I have, and I always avoided wasting my time and money on courses taught by non-academic pretend professors like him when I was in university.

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          3. Jibbering Jeff Jarvis said:
            Your rejection of the claim is in direct conflict with what Leo has said more than once. You cannot both be correct.

            He would seem to be a real professor:
            http://www.journalism.cuny.edu/cunyj_profiles/jeff-jarvis/

            Maybe folks in the US do accept he is a PI but this is debated or an open question in other countries.

            Are you putting #souplogic up against my logic?

            If so, I am insulted and you can go fuck yourself.

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          4. Well I’m not even sure that any logic has been applied. Leo has on more than one occasion stated that Jeff Jarvis is a public intellectual. Jeff did not demur.
            So either this is true, or it is arguably true or it was just whistled up out of nowhere.
            I’m not from the US so I have no clue as to whether JJ is revered as a PI broadly across the US or just in more elite circles.
            I did notice he was mentioned on Gawker which even if critical does suggest he has some celebrity status in the US.

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      1. eoD nhoJ said:
        Wow. This is *unbelievable*!

        Re. “…podcast advertising is really good right now / these days…”
        That IS a direct conflict and I’m surprised it didn’t make the BBC News this evening.

        Re. “…were mentioned as great podcasts but not one twit show…”
        That is also trulyINCREDIBLE news. Engage the spin engine and write up some vitriolic article about it! Good luck with that, editorial “team” (I really mean “person”)

        It didn’t make the BBC news because lies are not really national. We point them out here though. You’re a fan so his lies should be ignored by you. Swallow everything he gives you, swallow.

        No spin needed, twit sucks according to everyone but Leo and his swallowing fans.

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    2. It has been mushy for them ever since they brought the advertising in-house and started doing it themselves and nobody wants to pay champagne pricing for advertising when they are receiving tap water quality results.

      I notice that more and more of the advertising is based all around the Laporte lifestyle choices of Mattresses, food, sex toys and peeping tom door bells which he exclaimed he wants to use to spy on the comings and goings of people to his daughter like a perverted old bastard.

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    1. Esch said:
      Anyone want to bet this “British guy” is actually Elgan? They’re trying way too hard to prove their point on this, lol.

      I was thinking the same thing, but he seems to well spoken to be Elgum

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      1. He’s a lot better at writing it down than actually uttering it from his mouth.

        I’d like to know where he is plagiarizing the comments from. Were they attacks on him at some time that he saved to regurgitate and attack others with. Old Yellow Journalist Mike Elgan is an expert at stealing others work, it’s how he makes his living.

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  10. This fucking site is boring as shit.

    The most recent post was from like a week ago, and it’s about gum who left twit last year and who nobody cares about.

    Have you stopped watching twit? I have you stopped posting? Is anybody even working on this lame site?

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      1. So you’re saying that HelloGirls and the other trolls who created this stupid site don’t watch twit, and therefore don’t post much?

        Why does anyone even bother with this piece of shit site?

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        1. Bored Shitless said:
          So you’re saying that HelloGirls and the other trolls who created this stupid site don’t watch twit, and therefore don’t post much?

          Why does anyone even bother with this piece of shit site?

          Oh come on Padre, talk the finger donut out of your mouth and put a bar of soap in there instead. Your language is disgusting.

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  11. Bored Shitless said: Why does anyone even bother with this piece of shit site?

    And once again, the lack of self-awareness is beautiful. The person who asks why is anyone bothering with this site is the person who took the time to write multiple comments.

    Of course, such people have no intelligence, so they won’t grasp that as Leo’s organisation becomes further congealed and lifeless, fewer former fans will enjoy watching Twit and writing commentary on it, and so this site will have fewer posts unless someone is willing to put themselves through hours of Leo’s shit. I think I speak for most of us when I say “I just can’t give up that kind of time for something that I really don’t enjoy”.

    This site has been incredibly successful, not just in generating an audience, but also in helping to puncture the Leo Laporte myth.

    If this site starts to die, it will be a mark of how bad things have become at Twit. But as I say, people who don’t have the self-awareness to realise that they’re bothering with this site when they post “why does anyone bother with this site?” simply won’t be able to grasp that this site’s eventual death will be a mirror of Twit’s own demise. It was always going to be that way: this site can’t survive without a watchable Twit.

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  12. “The Leo Laporte myth”?

    What are you fucking retarded?

    Leo is just a podcaster. He’s a nerd who talks into a microphone. There is no Leo myth.

    Fucking loser.

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