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Props to MetaFilter's Very OwnTM gomichild for debunking the story about a Japanese actress who mistook a lamb for a dog.
posted by Alvy Ampersand to MetaFilter-Related at 8:02 AM (51 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Gomi's blog, Cerebral Soup, been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, Yahoo News, and Snopes.

Amusingly, she's also been mentioned by the highly prestigious news.au.com, who describes her as a killjoy blogger - perhaps they're stilling holding a grudge over her role in busting the "Vegemite Banned" myth that they tried to spin into a nationalistic call to arms not too long ago.

Great work, gomichild!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:04 AM on April 27, 2007


I would like to Gomichild to withdraw her spurious and culturally ignorant claim that The Sun and Metro are actual news sources.
posted by cillit bang at 8:17 AM on April 27, 2007 [2 favorites]


Well, that puts an end to this wild sheep chase.
posted by The Straightener at 8:32 AM on April 27, 2007


silly silly people ... whoever heard of poodle chops?
posted by pyramid termite at 8:35 AM on April 27, 2007


Vegemite ban as a call to arms?

lol
posted by dios at 8:35 AM on April 27, 2007


Huh, it just got posted to Snopes today. Coincidence?
posted by agropyron at 8:37 AM on April 27, 2007


Oh, no, they gave gomichild credit. Go gomichild!
posted by agropyron at 8:37 AM on April 27, 2007


news.com.au needs to curl up in a hole and die.

But yay gomichild!
posted by liquorice at 8:48 AM on April 27, 2007


That's some nice hoax-cracking there gomi.
posted by Koko at 8:52 AM on April 27, 2007


OK, so A to gomichild for the documentation, but F- to anyone who needed any documentation to know that this was a fake.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:03 AM on April 27, 2007


What do I do with all this veal?
posted by Dizzy at 9:03 AM on April 27, 2007


I am interested in your views on this, where can I subscribe to your newsletter?
posted by mattbucher at 9:14 AM on April 27, 2007


Well done, but also what Wolfdog said. As soon as I saw the MeFi post I assumed the story would be debunked, and when I clicked on the link and saw it was the Sun, it achieved the truth status of the lunatic on the corner telling me there was a Martian in his hair.
posted by languagehat at 9:31 AM on April 27, 2007


サンキュー! [sankyuu]

I was quite surprised too that my little fact finding adventure was actually needed (and quoted) in so many places. Even more amazing is that after you spell things out sensibly people still don't believe you.

*shrugs*

Although I find it even ultra more amazing that you could write it up as a news article and then post it to a website.

And put your name to it.

Puts Alvy Ampersand down for an extra special New Years card this year.
posted by gomichild at 9:43 AM on April 27, 2007


For your next trick, could you debunk the report of Rostropovich's death?
posted by Wolfdog at 9:47 AM on April 27, 2007


So where do I get the "gomichild fan club" T-shirt? Because, I need on y'all!
posted by dabitch at 9:59 AM on April 27, 2007


one dangit!
posted by dabitch at 10:00 AM on April 27, 2007


Wolfdog : For your next trick, could you debunk the report of Rostropovich's death?

My debunking powers only go so far....
posted by gomichild at 10:02 AM on April 27, 2007


gomichild: I have to ask, just to potentially alleviate some of the sheepishness embarrassment I feel for the FPP (though I will say in my defense that it seemed pretty fishy to me, but too good a story not to post): Had you heard the story before you saw it on MeFi?
posted by cerebus19 at 10:23 AM on April 27, 2007


Great work, gomichild! I love a good debunking.
posted by amyms at 10:29 AM on April 27, 2007


Oh cerebus19 sweetie I posted it earlier on MonkeyFilter myself for the same reasons. But I saw the link first on F*cked Gaijin - which is an online community for foreigners who've possibly been in Japan too long.

Actually it was while I was punning around wildly in your thread that I thought - bugger it I'll just collate this info and bung it on the ol' blog.

So you are really a Facilitator in the Debunking. You deserve your own t-shirt.
posted by gomichild at 10:46 AM on April 27, 2007


Never trust a woman who wears boots like that. Just sayin'.
posted by Abiezer at 11:23 AM on April 27, 2007


Nicely done!
posted by dreamsign at 11:31 AM on April 27, 2007


Okay, this is pretty funny.

When I saw the story on Neatorama, I commented there that it had been debunked by a MeFite. gail, the blogger at Neato, replied that she'd trust the Sydney Morning Herald over "some commentator on Metafilter." A little later gail follows up on the fakeness of the story with a long quote from gomichild's own blog! gomichild replies (posting as MJ), and tries to set her straight, but it looks like gail hasn't caught on yet.
posted by hydrophonic at 12:10 PM on April 27, 2007


Yeah that's the trouble with being a woman of mystery and having multiple usernames (2) I guess.
posted by gomichild at 12:18 PM on April 27, 2007


And yet they call her a killjoy for sussing out the truth. Such is the state of journalism today I guess. It's better for the story to be false and entertaining...

Congrats gomichild. I would take 'killjoy' and treat it as a badge of honor.
posted by quin at 12:32 PM on April 27, 2007


Erk... has Neatorama imploded? I was looking forward to reading that, and now it won't let me. You tease.

Yeah that's the trouble with being a woman of mystery

You're Carmen Sandiego, aren't you?
posted by CKmtl at 1:48 PM on April 27, 2007


Erk... has Neatorama imploded?

I can't get it to open either.
posted by amyms at 2:05 PM on April 27, 2007


And yet they call her a killjoy for sussing out the truth. Such is the state of journalism today I guess. It's better for the story to be false and entertaining...

Ain't that the truth. If I had a poodle, I would totally name it Killjoy Gomichild after this.
posted by ontic at 4:27 PM on April 27, 2007


Neatorama is dead to for me as well.
posted by deborah at 4:32 PM on April 27, 2007


It's better for the story to be false and entertaining...

Horribly, horribly true.

But entertaining.
posted by flashboy at 6:10 PM on April 27, 2007


*round of the paws*
posted by Wolof at 8:22 PM on April 27, 2007


Hey gomichild, kudos! And thanks for that link to F*cked Gaijin. I've been here (J-land) for about 12 years now, so I'm definitely F*cked, but I didn't know about that site.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:27 PM on April 27, 2007


That neatorama site is working now, though after reading some of the comments I sort of wish it wasn't.

Still, it's nice to know where YouTube commenters once they leave the pupal stage. Sheesh.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:30 PM on April 27, 2007


... YouTube commenters go...
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:31 PM on April 27, 2007


Domo arigatou----

I totally know what to call my sock puppet now!

Oh bugger did I say that out loud?
posted by gomichild at 12:51 AM on April 28, 2007


And thanks for that link to F*cked Gaijin.

Ooh, missed that. Thanks from me, too.
posted by dreamsign at 12:53 AM on April 28, 2007


I'd just like to point out that it's been a full 24 hours since anyone's made a meta post. good for us!
posted by shmegegge at 10:26 AM on April 28, 2007


Has there ever been a full 24 hours between MeTa posts? This may set a new record.
posted by five fresh fish at 12:54 PM on April 28, 2007


It comes along on the occasional weekend. Problem is, some Gaijin will crow that it's been 24 hours and the entire US mainland goes WTF no? and before you know it some doofus fucked up in AskMe and we're on again in the gray.
posted by carsonb at 1:02 PM on April 28, 2007


Speaking of which, are the admins taking a break from the podcasts?
posted by quin at 1:05 PM on April 28, 2007


by the way, can someone tell me where the "[NOT RACIST]" thing started? I don't want to spoil the serenity of the metatalk front page asking about it. i searched the site, and can't find anything that seems like it would start a popular trend.
posted by shmegegge at 2:19 PM on April 28, 2007


What [NOT RACIST] thing? Context, man, helps a lot.
posted by five fresh fish at 2:43 PM on April 28, 2007


Pfft, who needs context when you have site search?
[NOT CONTEXTIST]

The first use is here, I think. It gets repeated further down, and lo, an injoke is born.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 2:54 PM on April 28, 2007


i searched the site, and can't find anything that seems like it would start a popular trend.

[NOT SEARCHIST]
posted by the_bone at 2:54 PM on April 28, 2007


Alvy Ampersand : "The first use is here, I think."

Nope. The first appearance was here, which got blown up into a big deal by Ambrose Chapel, and getting blown up into a big deal is one of the first steps in starting injokes.
posted by Bugbread at 3:53 PM on April 28, 2007


Nice work, gomichild- now you have to figure out where we really can get sheep coiffured to look like poodles. It would be a great conversation piece.
posted by baphomet at 4:23 PM on April 28, 2007


Ouch. Touché!
posted by five fresh fish at 7:51 PM on April 28, 2007


Whoops, five off! Thanks, bugbread!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:11 PM on April 28, 2007


Yeah, but where did this whole [NOT CORTEXIST] thing start? I think I just saw it again upthread.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:16 AM on April 29, 2007


Stavros started after being accused, ridiculously, of being racist in his deconstruction of stereotypical East-Asian immigrant late-night marital arguments. [NOT CHICKENIST]
posted by blasdelf at 12:17 PM on April 29, 2007


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