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This is a link post Lazy Journalist I made this!
I mistakenly posted this on the main board earlier...

When the UEFA cup draw was made a few weeks ago, me and a friend changed some of the information on the wikipedia page for Manchester City's opponents, AC Omonia.

We included this titbit in the "Fans" section - "A small but loyal group of fans are lovingly called "The Zany Ones" - they like to wear hats made from discarded shoes and have a song about a little potato.".

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_Omonia#The_fans

Today, the Mirror has used part of this in their pre-match buildup.

www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2008/09/18/new-look-manchester-city-side-begin-their-uefa-cup-campaign-in-earnest-115875-20741334/

Hahahahahahahaha!


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(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:05, Reply)
This is a normal post nice work soldier

(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:08, Reply)
This is a normal post Hahaha!
And you came away from /board unscathed too :)

*Edit* Submit this to the Newsletter!
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:09, Reply)
This is a normal post Definitely!
Well played.
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:29, Reply)
This is a normal post hahaha
Nice work.
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:14, Reply)
This is a normal post nicely played!
hahaha
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:17, Reply)
This is a normal post hahah
wikipedia is the end of mankind!
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:34, Reply)
This is a normal post hahaa
journalism is the easiest job in the world
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:54, Reply)
This is a normal post hahahhahha
I hope the lazy reporter is directed to this and their boss.
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:56, Reply)
This is a normal post The article has the guy's email address on it....

(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:23, Reply)
This is a normal post are you suggesting...

(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 20:17, Reply)
This is a normal post I've already emailed him
Dear David (and could the mirrornews email please be forwarded to the sport/football editor),

Thank you for your article in today's Mirror (18th September 2008) about Omonia Nicosia. The bit I enjoyed most was the following paragraph -

"Despite City's raised profile, they must make do with the UEFA Cup this season and Hughes will not tolerate any slip-ups against the Cypriot side, whose fans are known as the 'Zany Ones' and wear hats made from shoes.".

Why? Well, shortly after the draw was made, a friend and I made a few alterations to the Wikipedia page for Omonia. The "Zany Ones", "hats made from discarded shoes" and the "song about a little potato" are, as you may have discovered in Nicosia, completely fabricated.

The clues were there in the rest of the article.

They have a new sponsor - Natasha Kaplinsky - and their former players include Jean Claude Van Damme and Richard Clayderman. My favourite is in the Board of Directors section...
# Governor of Football: Nikos Charalambous
# Governor of Basketball: Petros Souppouris
# Governor of Volleyball: Photos Ioannou
# Governor of Hitlersball: Albert Hall

I hope you take this in the spirit it was meant, and hope this reminds you not to trust everything you read on Wikipedia.

Any donations to our Friday beer fund would be most welcome. Perhaps your editor would like to contribute your fee for the article, as you evidently didn't do any fact checking.

Thank you,

*myname*
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 20:19, Reply)
This is a normal post have they got back to you?
0.0
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 21:10, Reply)
This is a normal post It bounced
Tried it twice.
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 17:59, Reply)
This is a normal post fantastic
i laughed more at this than the original link (which i also laughed at)
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 21:14, Reply)
This is a normal post Wins!
You have them by the factual knackers :)
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 21:23, Reply)
This is a normal post This is utterly fantastic
Clicks like a loon
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 18:58, Reply)
This is a normal post sheer awesomeness!
*clickety click*
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:03, Reply)
This is a normal post ARF!
Real world B3ta terrorism :)
Clicks!
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:04, Reply)
This is a normal post WIN

(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:08, Reply)
This is a normal post I believe the expression is:
"This wins the internet."
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:13, Reply)
This is a normal post ROFL!
HA!
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:15, Reply)
This is a normal post Haha

(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:22, Reply)
This is a normal post Now THAT'S journalistic inegrity.
Fucking beautiful, sir. Stop the universe, this has just won.
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:33, Reply)
This is a normal post that's fantastic!!
good woo to you!
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:39, Reply)
This is a normal post hahaha
awesome.
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 19:56, Reply)
This is a normal post says it all about the mirror!
nice work tho mate! btw, which b3tan killed of vernon kay? as i owe you a pint!
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 20:47, Reply)
This is a normal post You are wearing Gods pants good sir!
*click*
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 21:45, Reply)
This is a normal post May I pre-congratulate you
in a non-scud way
for you newslettering
(, Thu 18 Sep 2008, 22:17, Reply)
This is a normal post Your mission is now complete.


well done!
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 10:00, Reply)
This is a normal post how strange
I was just reading about this on the mediawatch column on football 365 www.football365.com/mediawatch/0,17033,8749_4166477,00.html
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 13:05, Reply)
This is a normal post Haha :D
Fantastically well done!
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 13:58, Reply)
This is a normal post ahahahahaha you're amazing :D

(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 16:39, Reply)
This is a normal post Haha, superb!
Fantastic work. Wiki terrorism is hilarious at the best of times, this surpasses anything.
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 16:54, Reply)
This is a normal post Thanks everyone
This has now gone...

Top newsletter link... woohoo!
www.b3ta.com/newsletter/issue346/

Front page of webuser.co.uk
www.webuser.co.uk/
(story, for when it drops off the front page - www.webuser.co.uk/news/268155.html)

Football365, as someone found above.

Oh, and the journalist mentioned the "Zany Ones" again in his match report.

Turns out the email we sent, owning up, bounced.

It has been sooo much fun.

Thanks again.
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 17:58, Reply)
This is a normal post More...
www.metafilter.com/74990/Lazy-Journalism

oatcakefanzine.proboards27.com/index.cgi?board=Potters&action=display&thread=44836

www.wikio.com/technology/internet/web_2/wikipedia

www.thespoiler.co.uk/index.php/2008/09/19/daily-mirror-football-journalist-merked-by-wikipedia

And this is the best...

www.endandit.nl/tech/19099106/journalist-neemt-onzin-over-wikipedia
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 18:14, Reply)
This is a normal post Didnt expect
To see the Stoke City fanzine pop up in that list. Never trust a Stoke fan, i should know, i am one.
(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 23:39, Reply)
This is a normal post Haha.
I've just sent this to Private Eye.
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 18:16, Reply)
This is a normal post If this is the case
I'm extending my subscription with them!
(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 23:38, Reply)
This is a normal post Private Eye
It's on page 5 of this fortnight's issue (No. 1220).

Good work everyone...
(, Sun 5 Oct 2008, 8:46, Reply)
This is a normal post Add the Mirror article
as the reference in the wikipedia article.

Now it is FACT.
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 19:51, Reply)
This is a normal post ^that!
v- mindpiss
(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 1:54, Reply)
This is a normal post Beautiful! [citation needed]

(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 6:43, Reply)
This is a normal post Absolute Class

(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 16:01, Reply)
This is a normal post Very nice work, squire
Much clickáge
(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 12:05, Reply)
This is a normal post Sent this to Private Eye
They love this sort of wankery.
(, Fri 19 Sep 2008, 20:00, Reply)
This is a normal post excellent work. i hope this continues to spiral.

(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 9:19, Reply)
This is a normal post haha
*clicks*

So fucking funny I did a blog on it (cos I'm sad like that) popnoodles.blogspot.com/2008/09/godspants-off-of-b3ta-makes-mirror.html
(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 14:59, Reply)
This is a normal post oh
this is all manner of win
'clicks'
'stumbleaponclicks also*
(, Sat 20 Sep 2008, 19:30, Reply)
This is a normal post And its now on
Bascience.net as well

www.badscience.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6219

Reeeeeemarkable
(, Sun 21 Sep 2008, 16:29, Reply)
This is a normal post My goodness but that's good.
Have a "Special" two-handed clicky.
.
(, Tue 30 Sep 2008, 15:17, Reply)