Is There Something in the Drinking Water, or, Were People Always This Crazy and We Just Didn’t Notice?

Is there something funny in our drinking water? Or have people always been this crazy and we just didn’t notice?

The reasons I’m asking are …

Te’o and the girlfriend who wasn’t. If he’d been a lonely nerd with acne and a weight problem no one would have been all that surprised by a fantasy girlfriend. But everyone knows that football stars are like young lords on college campuses. The profs, the staff, the press, the administration and the girls just can’t say “no.” So, what’s with Te’o and the fantasy girlfriend?

Monsignor Meth, the Breaking Bad priest. Turns out the monsignor was a sex-party-in-the-rectory-having cross-dresser before he was a meth-dealing-money-laundering-sex-toy-store owner. Fortunately, the Church had already removed him from his parish for the sex party in the rectory stuff. (Whew!) But … what’s with this guy?

Father Handcuffs, the 911 caller. Odd as this sounds, my main question about Father Handcuffs is why he didn’t call a friend to get him out of his rig instead of 911. My family and I were discussing this at dinner the other night (my kids are adults, and our dinner table conversations are, always have been, free-ranging) and one of my sons said, “Why didn’t he call anybody — even his mother — before he called 911?” All this leads me to think that Father Handcuffs, in addition to being a bit of a kink, may be a lonely man.

Mark Sanford the I-lied-when-I said-I-was-hiking-the-Appalachian-Trail-I-was-really-in-Argentina-with-my-girlfriend Governor. Now, with said girlfriend at his side and his wife and four children … somewhere else … the former governor says he’s running for Congress. Where he should fit right in.

Mel Gibson the brilliant actor/director who truly and absolutely cannot hold his liquor, a weakness that combines with his love affair with hidden microphones to make for sordid tapes.

And all those famous menpoliticians, footballs players, etc — who keep sending photos of their private parts to women who don’t want to see them.

Were people always this crazy and the internet has just forced them on us, or, is someone putting some sort of mental whoopee cushion in the drinking water? I ask you, what’s with these people?

Te’o was Pranked? It Appears He Was

Manti Te’o

The weird story of Manti Te’o and the girlfriend who wasn’t gets even weirder.

It appears he may have been pranked — which is too mild a word for it — by a serial hoaxer. The man who committed this hoax had evidently piled up at least six other victims besides Te’o. This hoaxer enlisted friends, including his sister, to help him carry on this hoax.

Today’s technology makes it easy for people to lie convincingly about themselves, which is a warning for all of us.

Trying to make sense of this is a little like trying to untangle a spider’s web. If you’d like to try, you can find video and text with details from ESPN at the ABC News web site here.

The ABC News article says in part:

This timeline of the Manti Te’o hoax appears to begin when Tessi Toluta’u, a Polynesian beauty queen, says she was contacted by “Lennay Kekua” in 2008 in what she now believes was a “catfish” scam.

Te’o, Notre Dame’s star linebacker, began his online relationship with “Kekua” sometime in 2009. But he wasn’t the first person to be contacted online by the fictitious woman.

2008

A person named “Lennay Kekua” sends a Facebook message to Tessi Toluta’u, a Polynesian beauty queen, requesting advice on entering beauty pageants, Toluta’u told ABC News.

Middle of 2008: Toluta’u says she continued to exchange Facebook messages with Kekua. Toluta’u believes Kekua is embellishing her story, saying, “she” is a Stanford volleyball player who is dating then-USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

WINTER 2009

Manti Te’o tells ESPN,

Kekua befriends Te’o on Facebook in the winter of his freshman year in Notre Dame, he tells ESPN. He messages her back saying, “I’m Manti.” At this point they would begin an on-again, off-again relationship that would resume later with texts and phone calls

SEPT. 27, 2010

Te’o writes Toluta’u, a family friend, Facebook message asking about Kekua, writing, “She keeps talking like she knows everyone and I’m like thinking it’s a prank,” according to his Facebook messages.

Toluta’u responds on Facebook: “So many people are asking about her. Is she causing drama?” (Read more here.)


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