RENE BOUTIN rboutin at sympatico.ca
Sat Apr 13 12:22:08 EDT 2002

So Neil,
            you don't know the difference between a hoax, a joke,a scam or a
                well,I understand your thinking a little better now.
                                                                   the astonished

Neil Jones wrote:

> On Friday 12 April 2002 10:11 am, P.s wrote:
> > On 11 Apr 2002 19:07:31 -0700, mbpi at juno.com wrote:
> > >Oh come on... I'm going to be the first to expose "Petter" (alias Peter)
> > >as a "prankster..."
> >
> > The only thing exposed here now is your own stupidity I am afraid.
> > Seems to me your mind have been to long in its "cocoon"...what on
> > pluto could the prank possibly be about?
> I think to be fair to Mary Beth, Petter, there are possibly a few things that
> of which you are unaware.
> Firstly you are posting to sci.bio.entomology.lepidoptera (SBEL) It is a
> rather unusual newsgroup in that it is "gated" to a list. That is to say that
> everything  sent to SBEL is sent to a mailing list called Leps-L
> and everything on LEPS-L gets sent to SBEL. You may still be able to access
> some of the stuff I am referring to from your newserver.
> Secondly we have recently been plagued with hoaxes.
> We had someone posting a diatribe attacking butterfly collectors.
> This was signed with a name that used a reference to British
> slang which the Americans didn't understand.
> After a heated discussion I had to explain to everyone that they were being
> provoked by a joker.
> Then there was a woman asking for advice on childcare which was also a weird
> hoax. We're pretty sure of that. Why "on pluto" we do not know!
> Then there was a Nigerian trying to get our bank account details to swindle
> everybody.
> It is also not unknown for us to have someone on the list who is clearly
> showing some of the symptoms of a mental illness.
> So you can see people are very used to hoaxes and tend to believe that
> anything strange is a hoax.
> Your being Norwegian may explain things. American and British people
> have a different cultural attitude towards nudity. I am suffering myself  at
> the moment because Americans have a different and much more old-fashioned
> attitude towards religion than we British (and for that matter most western
> Europeans ) do.
> --
> Neil Jones- Neil at nwjones.demon.co.uk http://www.butterflyguy.com/
> "At some point I had to stand up and be counted. Who speaks for the
> butterflies?" Andrew Lees - The quotation on his memorial at Crymlyn Bog
> National Nature Reserve
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