Meet Megan, then blow stuff up loudly.. or have Megan blow stuff [cough] up loudly.. either way a fun day out.
A US Air Force security training exercise which created a false buzz about the filming of Transformers 3 succeeded in creating awareness of phishing issues, but went a little further than was expected. Bogus emails sent to airmen at the Anderson Airforce Base suggested Transformers 3 was about to shoot on Guam and made …
Based on the disaster that was the first 2 movies, I imagine the locations will actually be "hollywood Russia" and "hollywood China" - where you can travel from Guilin in the south to the Great Wall and back to Shanghai in under a day. Or where underneath the Oriental Pearl you have all these little hutongs from Beijing to fight amongst because they look Chinese (unlike Shanghai). Can't wait for the Chinese to see that and complain that we are dissing them again.
Also, fantastic way to highlight phishing. Thumbs up for the USAAF. (Icon for Michael Bay, just because)
Yes, the danger of pranks like this backfiring due to over-credulous loons is always present.
I remember once when as a university student I helped start a rumour that there was a surplus of fresh baked bread in Czechoslovakia. The Russian newspapers got hold of the story, things got out of hand in an eyeblink and it ended up in the invasion of Prague by Soviet armoured units.
I certainly learned my lesson, I can tell you.
"All the way to Genua there were people who'd been duped, fooled, swindled, and cheated by that face. The only thing he hadn't done was hornswoggle, and that was only because he hadn't found out how to."
Actually it just means to cheat. One of the databases driving dictionary.reference.com places it in a family of artificially long words from non-East Coast U.S., another being "skedaddle". One wonders whether, like Edison and the verb "to Westinghouse" (his electrical competitor, the intended meaning "to electrocute", which is the one that we ended up with) - or like Shakespeare - a dictionary maker was inventing words and then trying to have them catch on with the public.
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