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If it were a scam you think they'd ask for money - Nathan
September 29th, 2006
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If it were a scam you think they'd ask for money
Found in the "medical studies" section of the Dig: http://www.menwithcramps.com/

No, go ahead, take a look. Browse around a little.

What is this? An elaborate joke? A way to waste the newsprint of alt-weeklies nationwide? A desperate attempt to anchor a bunch of spam-blogs with a slightly less obviously fake site? Part of some viral marketing or "real life/online" game? I'm really kind of puzzled. There's no genuine contact information, the location is given in vague terms that make no sense in our particular local geography, and their "board of directors" is a bunch of people with only-superficially-reasonable credentials (and mostly lacking in institutional anchors that would let you confirm or deny their existence).

I don't get it at all.

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From:nathanw
Date:September 30th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
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Ah, I missed the "Inventor of the magnet" bit. That's more obviously bogus than most of the stuff on the site. Still, I find myself puzzled as to the point.

Here's a connection for the picture - looks like a link, of sorts, to real people:
http://www2.flickr.com/photos/fiveoftoast/250655123/
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 1st, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)

weirder than you might imagine

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a friend of mine worked on this site for the german guy who is doing the study. I think they may have sort of taken over the thing and messed with him a bit. I think his english is pretty poor, and he also didn't pay them for their work. so i think they put in some bogus stuff in there to get him back. i hear the guy is a complete phony. but i guess there is some sort of study going on.
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