According to a report on The Huffington Post today, they discuss an interesting bet placed by a Twitter user that was seemingly fulfilled by an anonymous US Congress source. The article (link) says, “Is the world secretly run by 12-foot-tall shapeshifting lizards? It’s a surprisingly complex issue — or at least it has been since David Icke first announced his theory on prime-time TV back in 1991.
That’s not really because more than a minority consider Icke to be right, however. It’s mainly down to the ongoing debate (reported on brilliantly by Jon Ronson about a decade ago) about whether Icke’s use of “reptile” is a codeword, or whether he really does mean “reptile”. Either way, despite the outlandish nature of the claim, it appears its still proving a headache for those in power. One way or another.
For a time yesterday it appeared that someone in the US Congress was upset enough by the theory it to go into Wikipedia and make a few key edits to that effect. A Twitter account designed to automatically note any edits to Wikipedia made by an IP address inside congress picked up an attempt to change the record on the topic.
This is the passage with the addition underlined:
Alas, this edit itself is not quite what it appears. It turns out to be the result of a bet made by enterprising and charitable nerds:
Resig’s request was swiftly picked up and his donation was then made — to the Wikipedia Foundation, of course.
So what’s the lesson? Well, the world isn’t run by reptiles at all — it’s actually run by geeks and their obedient hacker/US Congress official servants. But then we already knew that.”
Read the original report on The Huffington Post (link)
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