Friday again, so time for some Friday fun.
Ashley Madison has been in the news.
For those who have been in a coma or off-planet for the last 4 weeks, the following is a summary from Wikipedia:
Ashley Madison is a Canada-based online dating service and social networking service marketed to people who are married or in a committed relationship. Its slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair. The website was launched in 2001. The name of the site was created from two popular female names, "Ashley" and "Madison".
According to third-party web analytics provider SimilarWeb, the site has more than 124 million visits per month, as of 2015, and is ranked No. 18 among Adult sites.
The company received attention on July 15, 2015, after hackers stole all of its customer data—including email addresses, names, home addresses, sexual fantasies and credit card information—and threatened to post all the data online if Ashley Madison and fellow Avid Life Media site EstablishedMen.com were not permanently closed. By July 22, the first names of customers were released by hackers, with all of the user data released on August 18, 2015. More data (including some of the CEO's emails) was released on August 20, 2015. The release included data from customers who had earlier paid a $19 fee to Ashley Madison to allegedly have their data deleted. The $19 charge was applied to people who had accounts set up against their will, as a workplace prank, or due to a mistyped email address.
I hadn't thought about pranks or mistaken identities until reading the above.
There have apparently been 2 suicides as a result of disclosure of the Ashley Madison data (one suicide has since been linked to general depression) with some celebs having been outed, including high profile moralists. The latter illustrates Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”
Some Funny Friday Ashley Madison observations and comments:
After the leak of the hacked Ashley Madison adult dating website data I have discovered a long lost identical twin brother I didn't know I had. He even has the same name as me.
There was this troupe of dancers that travelled around the country dancing in clubs and theatres. They were called the Steppers.
At one club, the Steppers did such a good job of pulling in patrons that the management gave them all the drinks they could drink after the show.
Well, they all got plastered and were having a big party. When it came time to get on their bus to travel to the next town, they did not want to stop partying, so they just moved the party to the bus. As they rode down the highway, you could here their yelling, singing, and laughing for miles.
At a house along that very highway, there lived a family that had a pet snake. It was a viper, and it's name was Peter.
That night, Peter Viper was asleep in his snake house in the back yard. Suddenly, he was awakened by a loud racket. It was the bus carrying the Steppers still having their party.
But Peter didn't know that. In his confusion, he thought he was back in deep dark Africa being pursued by Pygmies. He slithered out of his snake house, headed across the yard as fast as he could, and crossed the highway just in front of the bus.
The bus driver, who was a little sleepy, saw Peter Viper in the road, and mistook him for a giant log. He swerved, and the bus landed in the ditch, drunk Steppers lying everywhere.
The next day, the headline in the paper read: "Peter Viper wrecks a truck of pickled Steppers."