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…
Does that look like a real Velonews url?
It’s origins can be traced to the (rather interesting) MTB-OZ
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
> >shaun palmer has been killed in a bus crash on the way back from a local
> >race. Details:here
>188.8.131.52 resolves to
>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?
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