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Shaun Palmer (not) killed in bus crash

Someone out there in Internet land has posted a page
, claiming that Shaun Palmer has been killed in his Troy Lee Designs bus on the way
back from a race.



At first glance, to the gullible, it’s a Velonews page, but looking at it with a
little more detail, things don’t seem to add up.



First up, netfiends, check out the url…



http://203.108.26.252/velonews/

thisjustin/991102134811.html




Does that look like a real Velonews url?



It’s origins can be traced to the (rather interesting)
MTB-OZ
mailing list.

The list has a couple of wide-eyed, rather gullible young EFDs [eXXtreeem Freeridin
Doods] and the page was put together a year or so ago by a mysterious character call
Demented haggis Cook, or hC, Mr D. as he refers to himself. in a successful attempt
to upset them lots.



As list-owner John Stevenson responded to one of them at the time:



>At 9:57 PM -0700 01/10/1998, David Mullins
wrote:

>

> >shaun palmer has been killed in a bus crash on the way back from a local

> >race. Details:here

> >
http://198.142.114.39/velonews/

>

>198.142.114.39 resolves to

>

>h39.n114.ausnet.net.au

>

>Nice try someone. I particularly like the touch of using young

>Mullins as a catspaw. (David my apologies if this hoax was all your

>own work, but the fake news item on this page doesn’t read like your

>writing style). Did you have to suggest he email the list or did you

>just assume he would?

>

>Next.

>

>Cheers




Some hoaxes just keep on giving and giving. This one just
popped up on MTB-OZ again because someone stumbled across it (or was lead to it) and believed
it.

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