06 November 2009

For the Archives

Let no one say twitter isn't enriching our lives. First a friend needed some information from the OED. I go to twitter - "Anyone have an OED or subscription to the OED online? I have a quick favor. Merci." - and not two minutes later a friendly librarian student in Boston's hooking us up. Then, well, before then, and during and after, I'm kinda bored and fidgety, and twitter brings me this gem from Wikipedia: List of cats with fraudulent diplomas. Amazing. But with joy comes sadness, both mere sides of the same coin or some shit, so blazing across the top of this beautiful Wikipedia gem is this notice: This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy.

What?? No!

I mean, that is some patent bullshit. This is a legitimately edifying article. I'm half inclined to get into Wikipedia editing to save it. But that sounds like a lot of work, and I don't really need to add new realms of nerddom to my file. So, since being amazingly silly never got anything not posted on my blog, here is the possibly soon-to-be-gone Wikipedia article, in its entirety. Live on, brave friends.

this picture really weirds me out

List of cats with fraudulent diplomas

On several occasions, people who desired to expose a diploma mill have registered their pet cat as a student. Upon its speedy graduation, the cat and its diploma are displayed to the news media.

Colby Nolan

Colby Nolan is a housecat who was awarded an MBA degree in 2004 by Trinity Southern University, a Dallas, Texas-based diploma mill, sparking a fraud lawsuit by the Pennsylvaniaattorney general's office.[1]

Colby Nolan belongs to a deputy attorney general. In looking to expose Trinity Southern University for fraud, some undercover agents had the then six-year-old Colby Nolan obtain a bachelor's degree in business administration for $299. On the cat's application, the agents claimed that the cat had previously taken courses at a community college, worked at a fast-food restaurant, babysat, and maintained a newspaper route. Then the school informed Colby that, due to the job experience listed on his application, he was eligible for an executive MBA for $100 more. The agents then sent for Colby's transcript, which claimed that Nolan had a 3.5 grade point average.

Jerry Pappert, Pennsylvania's attorney general, filed a lawsuit against Trinity Southern University upon learning that the cat had received the degree.[2] In the lawsuit, Pappert also told the diploma mill, which had used e-mail spam to sell degrees, to provide restitution to anyone who had ordered a degree from them.

In December 2004 the Texas Attorney General obtained a temporary restraining order under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act against Trinity Southern and its owners, Craig B. and Alton S. Poe. The court also ordered the school's assets frozen.[3] In March 2005 the Poes were assessed fines and were ordered not to market or promote fraudulent, substandard degree programs or to represent their university as being accredited or affiliated with legitimate universities.[4] It was reported that the Poes also were associated with the names Wesleyan International University and Prixo Southern University.[4] Since 2005 Trinity Southern University's website at www.trinitysouthernuniversity.org is offline.

Oliver Greenhalgh

On December 11, 1967, The Times reported that Oliver Greenhalgh had been accepted as a Fellow of the English Association of Estate Agents and Valuers, after a payment of eleven guineasTelevision Wales and the West who were investigating bogus professional associations. (his two references were not taken up). Oliver Greenhalgh was a cat belonging to Michael Greenhalgh, a cameraman with

Henrietta Goldacre

Ben Goldacre, a UK-based science journalist, obtained a diploma in nutrition from the American Association of Nutritional Consultants for his dead cat, Henrietta, while investigating allegations about fake qualifications.[5]

Oreo Collins

Oreo C. Collins (born circa 2007) is a tuxedo cat who gained notoriety when she received a diploma from Jefferson High School Online in 2009, although her age was misrepresented in order to qualify.[6] The sting was an investigative operation by the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia, which is headed by Kelvin Collins, Oreo's owner.[7]

George the cat

In the UK, George was registered with the British Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (BBNLP), the United Fellowship of Hypnotherapists (UFH) and the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association (PHPA)." Cat registered as hypnotherapist

Tobias F. Schaeffer

In 1986, Rhode Island real estate appraiser Roy Schaeffer obtained a Certified Real Estate Appraiser (CREA) designation from the National Assn. of Real Estate Appraisers (NAREA) for his cat, Tobias F (for Feline) Schaeffer. He displayed his certification above his litter box. NAREA's fraud and defamation lawsuit was dismissed after two years of legal wrangling.[8][9]

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1 comment:

Allison said...

According to one reliable source: 10 percent of the NY Times web traffic is now directed by Twitter. Yeah, Twitter contributes to the world.