Shellfail hoaxers send hoax legal threat. I fall for it.


26 Responses to “Shellfail hoaxers send hoax legal threat. I fall for it.”

  1. Baldhead says:

    if no reporters report on it it kinda ensures that people do not hear that it’s a hoax, thereby making it more likely that they believe what they see when they see #shellfail

  2. agrovista says:

    That email is from theyesmen 

  3. Again this is where lawyers need to be handcuffed and your publicity department needs to be working.  Instead of releasing that it is a hoax, maybe even spinning it a little they let the lawyers out and it is going to be a bigger issue than it would have been. 

    That being said, there are serious scc issues here.  The organizers could have set up the hoax watch it go viral it then short sold shell on the temporary downturn because the stock tradors are morons.  That is stock manipulation and those people might be prosecutable.

    But threatening the media is never a good idea…. What is it never pick a fight with people who buy ink by barrel.  

  4. duc chau says:

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA! The chocolate oil geyser shooting all over her! The rich old lady’s turkey-like gobble-shrieks! The pee pee dance! It’s like a horrible B movie comedy! EXCEPT I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHA! 

  5. Polyorchnid Octopunch says:

    They must’ve just gotten a new hire; some guy who was just recently let go from Labatt’s brewing.

  6. blindidiotgod says:

    Then I guess we should do more reporting on complaints against Shell for systematic rape, murder, and torture instead, , since that is definitely real and, regretfully, not a hoax.

    • Roger Strong says:

      “…relating to Shell’s oil operations in Ogoniland, an area located in the Niger River delta area of Nigeria.” [...] “The action is brought by on behalf of the Estate of Dr. Barinem Kiobel…”

      He’s offered me a share of the settlement if I let him process it through my bank account!

  7. Jason Conort says:

    Can’t think of a more sure fired way to get something reported than to tell people not to report on it. I probably would never have seen this story if not for the the lawyers making threats, not to smart on there part.

  8. michael thorne says:


  9. Matt Popke says:

    Breath Cory, relax. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Then turn to Greek and Italian television and wish it could still be that easy here. The scary thing, the really scary thing actually, is that the right wingers and extremists in the English-speaking world are starting to get their shit together. They have learned not to do stupid things like this anymore. They’re getting better at PR. 

    It’s easy to not want that to be true so I can totally understand why you fell for this.

  10. Peter G. says:

    What makes this whole thing so especially funny is how belieavable it all is.

    Nothing is funnier or believable than baby boomers trying to control the Internet.

  11. pahool says:

    I’m confused. Where do I direct my outrage?

  12. I have some swamp land to sell you, Cory.  It’s on the moon, but I’ll use zero-point energy to move your thetan into the lunar ether.  It’s a nice place to be ephemeral, but some of the other residents have Morgellon’s disease blocking their Qi.  Wash your feet in holy water before moving in.

  13. savvysearch says:

    Anyone check their sources anymore? once is enough. Having to update twice is just embarrassing. 

  14. Jonathan says:

    Much as I enjoy an easy pounce: admirable admission of derpage, Cory.

    Bookmarked this in the hopes that I can one day show it to a newbie friend who recently got busted for forwarding a classic hoax, and then tried to maintain that she did it on purpose, to make a point!

  15. John Eddowes says:

    This just shows how web “journalism” is just a bunch of monkeys smashing keys. Never take anything anyone writes as fact.

  16. austinhamman says:

     ok so…occupiers made the hoax to get the word out about shell?
    make sense i guess…not the best move on their part but makes sense.(i mean yeah it worked but it hardly makes them look good in the process)

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