December 5, 2013 |
It was a reality show all its own. Last Thursday, 30-year-old Elan Gale, a hirsute hipster and television producer whose credits include several seasons of "The Bachelor" franchise, sent a series of tweets to his roughly 35,000 Twitter followers. Explaining that he was on a delayed flight trying to make it home for Thanksgiving dinner, he described the shockingly rude antics of a fellow passenger named Diane. Over a four-hour period, Gale tweeted a blow-by-blow of a feud that apparently played out through an exchange of handwritten notes, which Gale snapped photos of and posted on his Twitter feed.
May 9, 2012 |
Were you among the millions of people who gasped in horror -- and maybe a little glee -- at the story of the scorned dentist who yanked out her ex-lover's teeth in revenge? Turns out the story appears to be a hoax. And among those who fell for it? Yours truly, and the Los Angeles Times. On May 1, I wrote how the story of a vengeful dentist in Poland named Anna Mackowiak was richocheting around the Internet and setting social media channels on fire. On Facebook alone, it was shared thousands upon thousands of times.
July 3, 2012 |
As far as customer service stunts go, this one was pretty epic: A helicopter sent to a remote Alaska town bearing a Taco Bell truck, itself bearing ingredients for 10,000 Doritos Locos tacos. The 6,200 townspeople of Bethel in the distant western stretches of the state got the long-distance delivery after the Irvine-based fast-food company took pity on them. Last month, fliers trumpeting the chain's debut in Bethel got residents salivating. After all, cheap Mexican-style food in the land of sled dogs and sub-zero temperatures isn't exactly easy to come by. The nearest Taco Bell is some 400 miles away in Anchorage.
January 17, 2013 |
Some of the key participants in the alleged Notre Dame star Manti Te'o-dead girlfriend hoax, have ties right here in the Southland. Lennay Kekua, Te'o's girlfriend, who apparently never existed, supposedly lived in Carson. Deadspin.com, which broke the girlfriend hoax story, first became suspicious when they called several mortuaries in and around the Carson area and dicsovered none of them had heard of Kekua. “We called all the mortuaries in Carson and they had no information,” said Deadspin.com editor Timothy Burke in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
September 6, 2012 |
A security threat that forced an airliner to return to Philadelphia was a hoax, officials said on Thursday. US Airways Flight 1267 was an hour en route to Dallas when authorities recalled the plane because of a report that a suspicious item containing liquid explosives had been placed on the airliner. The craft, carrying 74 passengers and crew members, was returned to Philadelphia where it was searched and found to be free of any explosive material, FBI Special Agent Frank Burton Jr. said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
January 18, 2013 |
Military jets scrambled Thursday night and escorted a flight from Hawaii to Seattle after receiving a hoax call that there was a hijacker aboard. The FBI interviewed one of the passengers aboard the Alaska Airlines flight from Kona, Hawaii, but no arrest was expected, officials told reporters, according to the Associated Press. The incident was being investigated as a hoax, FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told reporters there. Two F-15 jets from the Oregon Air National Guard escorted Flight 819 in to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a threat call was received at the Honolulu FBI office in the afternoon.