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Putting the gull into gullibility [Feb. 26th, 2005|03:02 pm]
Russell Crow
I’ve only ever met one person more gullible than me, and that’s my Mum. As an example, when I was little I used to call my brother various stupid names to irritate him, and one of these was names was ‘Spog’. The Spogs, you see, all worked for King Spog, who used to put all the Spogs into a ‘Spog Gun’ and fire them at King Spag and his Spags. Also, while the Spogs were undoubtedly loyal to King Spog, they were also really eager for the Speeger Beeger to be the leader of the Spogs, and their dogs. But that’s another story.

Anyway, my brother worked in a newsagent for a bit, and before he came back home I would often tell my Mum that he’d been ‘fired’. She believed it every time without fail, and when my brother came home she’d say ‘Are you ok? I heard you got fired.’ My brother would then sigh in disbelief and say ‘did Ben tell you that?, look Mum, he means I’ve been ‘fired from the Spog gun’ please stop listening to him’.

However, while I’m not as gullible as my Mum, I’ll still implicitly trust anybody, no matter what bullshit they’re spouting at me. When I lived in America, my friend Matt used to email me with ‘updates’ on what had been happening at home, which included my bathroom being flooded, Michael Barrymore dying and my kitchen catching fire. I believed all of it. I do, after all, seem to be a complete idiot. Forget gullible being taken out of the dictionary; you could probably tell me that the word ‘gullible’ referred to your ability to be a gull and I wouldn’t even question it.

The most recent one, though, really takes the biscuit (not that I’ve got any biscuits). It turns out that Bradley Fellows (‘Brad’), the guy who looked me up on the /whois directory to find the owner of www.russell-crow.com, offered me various amounts of money for the site, couldn’t spell ‘Russell Crowe’, contributed various abusive comments to my guestbook and then got my work email address from my boss…well, he wasn’t actually real.

I suspected it might be a prank when he first sent me an abusive email, but I knew that the obvious suspect (i.e. Matt) wouldn’t know his /whois directory from his bum pipe, and then assumed he was real. Come on, it would be really cool if he was a proper idiot wouldn’t it? But he isn’t, he turned out to be one of my ex work-colleagues from PC Pro. You can go to Hotmail, login as ‘bradleyfellows@hotmail.com’ with the password ‘windupben’ and everything's there.

When I eventually found him out, he said that he’d only intended to do it for a couple of weeks, but once he’d started he couldn’t stop and carried it on for nearly six months. I also found out that most of the idiotic fundamentalists (Jennifer Walters etc) contributing to my guestbook were also Matt in disguise.

What can I say? Gullibility runs in my family, but that’s no excuse. I’d like to say that from now on I’m going to question more of what people tell me, but I know I won’t. Now I have to come up with a revenge scheme!
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[User Picture]From: emma_emily
2005-02-26 03:21 pm (UTC)
Aaaw bless you!!! Its nice to see a post - i havent heard from you in a while. Hows things going? Mucho hugs xxx
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[User Picture]From: scarlets_walk_x
2005-02-26 03:51 pm (UTC)
A post, bloody hell. Oh that story was so good, when you told me about, i swear, even i believed it!!!! xxxxxxx
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[User Picture]From: njx
2005-02-26 06:15 pm (UTC)
I’ve only ever met one person more gullible than me, and that’s my Mum. As an example, when I was little I used to call my brother various stupid names to irritate him, and one of these was names was ‘Spog’. The Spogs, you see, all worked for King Spog, who used to put all the Spogs into a ‘Spog Gun’ and fire them at King Spag and his Spags. Also, while the Spogs were undoubtedly loyal to King Spog, they were also really eager for the Speeger Beeger to be the leader of the Spogs, and their dogs. But that’s another story.

Anyway, my brother worked in a newsagent for a bit, and before he came back home I would often tell my Mum that he’d been ‘fired’. She believed it every time without fail, and when my brother came home she’d say ‘Are you ok? I heard you got fired.’ My brother would then sigh in disbelief and say ‘did Ben tell you that?, look Mum, he means I’ve been ‘fired from the Spog gun’ please stop listening to him’.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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[User Picture]From: modestly_me
2005-02-27 07:24 pm (UTC)
I randomly stumbled across your journal, and that story cracked me up haha- hopefully Ill run by it again and catch the story of the revenge.
Thanks for the laugh,
Jessica
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[User Picture]From: blackflayme2
2005-02-28 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! You posted!
Yay! It was funny!
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[User Picture]From: mouthyjulie
2005-03-06 07:25 am (UTC)
I enjoyed that.
When I was 12 and my brother was 11, I gave him the best/worst wedgy (Best I've ever given/worst he's ever received) of his life. Needless to say, someone punched someone too hard, someone cried and it was over. But- half an hour later, he comes up to me while Im watching TV and says "Julie.. Im bleeding". Big eyes and tears. So, being the good sister I am... I told him that he was having his 'period' and that all guys get it eventually, and that he was 'maturing'.
He believed me. It was hilarious.
Weird though- my mom didn't think so. My ass hurt a lot after that.
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[User Picture]From: mrstork
2005-03-11 10:13 am (UTC)
'what are you doing putting your personal email address AND password on a public forum? :D'

Where did I do that then? :-/
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[User Picture]From: mrstork
2005-03-14 10:33 am (UTC)
Yeah that's the wind up email address (hence the password) that 'Brad' gave me after I found him out, not my real personal email address. It doesn't actually work any more.

* Third edit, after checking to make sure!
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[User Picture]From: junkie762
2005-03-31 10:13 am (UTC)
that was good.. I suppose...
Keep it coming dude.
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[User Picture]From: kashilint
2005-03-31 07:08 pm (UTC)

haha

you're funny :) but i kinda wanna know more about the spogs and spags now. is that odd? and are you british?
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From: taylonn
2005-04-08 07:25 pm (UTC)
XD I've done something similar to a friend before. Though it was much more innocent. I'm a bit gullible myself T_T
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-04-26 05:12 pm (UTC)
You must tell 89 people about this game.

• ben is the one that you love.

• ding is one you like but can't work out.

• You care most about kara.

• jamie is the one who knows you very well.

• mark is your lucky star.

• this love is the song that matches with ben.

• sunday morning is the song for ding.

• why does it always rain on me is the song that tells you most about YOUR mind.

• and wonderwall is the song telling you how you feel about life

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[User Picture]From: mrstork
2005-04-27 09:10 am (UTC)
What?

By the way, I'd really like to see Oasis and Travis burnt, preferably retrospectively so that I wouldn't have had to suffer their bland and boring songs.
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From: crissachappell
2005-06-27 07:11 pm (UTC)
(just being random) interesting story...
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[User Picture]From: hypercraz013
2005-06-30 11:28 pm (UTC)
I searched Random and came across your LJ. No Im not stalker just wanted to see what searching random did! I dont really understand your story. But thats okay, Bye.
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From: purplejwl
2005-07-11 07:11 pm (UTC)

This was freaking funny

Okay, I don't know you...and seeing as it's been about 5 months since you've posted anything, I will bet you probably won't even be reading this, but this was so freaking hilarious. I mean, it is one thing to know you're gulliable but quite another to be able to admit that! You're a brave one :P

And, wow that your friend carried that on for 6 months...wow..he's a bit of a loser huh...I mean 2 weeks..is the max that I would pull something like that off...I mean..get a life :P I hope you did get him back tho. I would have been freaked as well!
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