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Monday, October 30

Ah Good Times

From Ronnie O'Brien's wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_O'Brien

In August 1999, Time Magazine in the United States conducted an internet poll to find the Person of the Century. Mischievous friends in Bray sent an e-mail urging Irish people to vote for Ronnie O'Brien. O'Brien vaulted his way to the top of the standings, beating out such notables as Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King and Yitzhak Rabin. Then there was a computer crash, which Time said was a result of too many people voting online at once. Instead of being named Person of the Century, O'Brien was taken out of the running, because Time officials said not enough people had heard of him. The official rules stated, "whimsical candidates will not be counted."[1]

http://archives.tcm.ie/businesspost/2003/04/06/story218107692.asp

1 Comments:

  • Just read this John, great stuff - my Dad knows about 10000 people over there, I am sure he's involved as he now sends me endless chain letters and (un)funny forwards...

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 11:50 AM  

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