October Surprise? – Even BuzzFeed is Skeptical
posted at 2:42 am on October 22, 2012 by Matt Vespa
So, we’ve all heard about the October surprise. It is due to be released today at 5:30 pm from a “rock solid source” that has “irrefutable” proof. All of this malarkey (please excuse my channeling of Joe Biden ) is rooted from a website called Octsurprise.com, which has a countdown clock that is tracking ever so closely the revelation of the impending doom (que creepy music) You call follow them on Twitter @OctSurprise (#sarcasm). Oooo something wicked this way comes – or not. First, the story was posted by our ‘friends‘ at Gawker. Yep, the site that said that pedophilia should be classified as a sexual orientation. Second, BuzzFeed is saying we shouldn’t be “holding our breaths.” Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed wrote that:
a reverse IP search shows that the website belongs to Anthony Maro of Chicago, Illinois. The person who posted the website’s link on BuzzFeed is Jeff Hopwood, one of Maro’s coworkers at Discovery Communications, the company that encompasses the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, and other brands.
Hopwood and Maro didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Internet forums hold another clue to the pair’s history: “The Greatest Rickroll Ever,” a prank in 2007 in which Maro and Hopwood are rumored to have been behind a site called Radioheadlp7.com and started a similar countdown, promising new information on that year’s much-hyped Radiohead album when the timer ran out.
When the timer ran out, users were rickrolled — a popular Internet prank at the time that involves putting a video of Rick Astley behind a link purporting to be something else. Radiohead denied being a part of the stunt.
Gray also wrote that “Hopwood got back to BuzzFeed in an email, saying ‘While trying to not sound too coarse, the response to our site has been a bit overwhelming and we’d need a pretty good reason to answer any of these questions right now. There’s some concern about safety, etc,’ Hopwood said. ‘We expect that the end of this is nearer than our site would suggest.’ Hopwood also said that the “response has been incredible,” and that “We’re hoping voters and all of the campaigns are paying attention and we are looking forward to the final reveal!”
However, The Blaze reported that Matt Drudge has a tip involving Gloria Allred holding something that will allegedly be trouble for someone’s campaign. Again, while it’s not specific, Allred typically puts more Republicans in her crosshairs than Democrats.
We shall see this afternoon. I’m betting we’ll all be Rickrolled again.