yank up as a vital obituary
May 29, 2011 9:21 PM   Subscribe

Prominent rapper Tupac has been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand, locals report. The small town - unnamed due to security risks - allegedly housed Tupac and Biggie Smalls (another rapper) for several years. One local, David File, recently passed away, leaving evidence and reports of Tupac's visit in a diary, which he requested be shipped to his family in the United States.
posted by scalefree (52 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: 404, hacked NPR -- mathowie



 
When did PBS start carrying 'News of the Weird' stories?
posted by The Giant Squid at 9:24 PM on May 29, 2011


Like Biggie said, "It's the ones that smoke blunts with ya, take ya picture, now they wanna grab their guns and come and get ya."
posted by reenum at 9:25 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


...living with Elvis, but they had to move out when that Michael Jackson fellow showed up, he's too weird.
posted by fungible at 9:26 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


This says PBS was hacked. Pretty hilariously, apparently.
posted by cmoj at 9:26 PM on May 29, 2011


PBS, the most trusted name in news. They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true!
posted by scalefree at 9:26 PM on May 29, 2011


This says PBS was hacked. Pretty hilariously, apparently.

How do we know it wasn't SC Magazine that was hacked, in order to hide the real truth about Tupac. Wake up, sheeple!
posted by Deathalicious at 9:28 PM on May 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


lol,cats
posted by Eideteker at 9:29 PM on May 29, 2011 [4 favorites]


Well that was an interesting 5 minutes.
posted by BeerFilter at 9:29 PM on May 29, 2011


This is a big waste of the blue.
posted by timsteil at 9:30 PM on May 29, 2011


I would like to meet the man or woman who hacked PBS and decided that the best use of this situation was to make people think Tupac was still alive.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:30 PM on May 29, 2011 [30 favorites]


I heard that Jimmy Hoffa is buried under their hideout.
posted by phunniemee at 9:31 PM on May 29, 2011


Take this post down and stop wasting my time. I'll sign on somewhere else if I want to feel foolish.
posted by cbecker333 at 9:37 PM on May 29, 2011


I'll sign on somewhere else if I want to feel foolish.

I'd like to see your "for when I'm feeling foolish" bookmarks folder.
posted by swift at 9:39 PM on May 29, 2011 [10 favorites]


Wow. The lulzsec twitter feed shows they got into PBS's databases and the Frontline and station accounts.

And http://www.pbs.org/lulz has this on it right now.
posted by birdherder at 9:41 PM on May 29, 2011




Perhaps this is a try again when we actually know whats going on? Because I'm sure this is interesting, and we'll probably know how in the next 24 hours
posted by Blasdelb at 9:42 PM on May 29, 2011


I say we live blog every moment of our lives and online experiences in this thread between now and when we know what's really going on.

Isn't that what this thread is for at this point?
posted by hippybear at 9:43 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


This could be Trump taking Obama's advice and moving on to the other big questions.
posted by GeckoDundee at 9:43 PM on May 29, 2011


I saw Tupac at McDonald's...
He got a Big Mac and some fries.
I saw Tupac at McDonald's.
Stared right into his big brown gangsta-rapper eyes....
posted by lewedswiver at 9:43 PM on May 29, 2011


When a computer security consultant posts a link to a strange story on PBS.com. You gotta guess something is up.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:44 PM on May 29, 2011


is the man in the top hat and monocle drinking a glass of wine in the luz image supposed to be the hackers' idea of a typical PBS viewer?

what is the cat thing?
posted by Bwithh at 9:45 PM on May 29, 2011


Looks like a Pop Tart to me.
posted by lumensimus at 9:46 PM on May 29, 2011


You guys, if Tupac came back I would not be at all surprised. This time the story was fake, but next time, who knows?
posted by mmmbacon at 9:47 PM on May 29, 2011


I was excited because I'm visiting New Zealand next month. Totally ready to be there for the second coming, yo!
posted by jscott at 9:47 PM on May 29, 2011


the cat thing
posted by silby at 9:49 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


what is the cat thing?

Rocketboom has you covered!
posted by danb at 9:49 PM on May 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


what is the cat thing?

It's a pop tart Nyan Cat.

My record is 900 seconds.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:49 PM on May 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Paging Mayor Curley. Mayor Curley to the courtesy phone.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:50 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Given a choice between a world where Tupac & Biggie could really be alive & hiding out in New Zealand & one where some Aussie hackers found a hole in PBS's website, I know which one I prefer. Can't you say it was just a little bit of a thrill to consider the possibility it was true?
posted by scalefree at 9:51 PM on May 29, 2011 [4 favorites]


This is what can happen when unpaid interns are running the world on a holiday weekend. Tupac's cover gets blown.
posted by longsleeves at 9:51 PM on May 29, 2011


I saw Tupac at McDonald's...

I was hoping that would be a Mojo Nixon video.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 9:53 PM on May 29, 2011


Rack up another point for NZ!
posted by hal_c_on at 9:53 PM on May 29, 2011


er, Mojo Nixon video.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 9:56 PM on May 29, 2011


I still don't get it. is the whole thing, including the mysterious yank up as a vital obituary line, supposed to be some kind of Kiwi-baiting prank by Aussie hackers that's opaque to outsiders?
posted by Bwithh at 9:59 PM on May 29, 2011


End of days, y'all ...
posted by EatTheWeak at 9:59 PM on May 29, 2011


Presumably this has something to do with this.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:03 PM on May 29, 2011


I have no idea what the "yank up" line is about. To be honest I didn't even have confirmation that the story was a hoax when I posted it, although I certainly did suspect it. It just seemed such a magic story that I had to share it as-is & see where it led.
posted by scalefree at 10:06 PM on May 29, 2011


This is a big waste of the blue.

Why - is there a limited supply?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 10:08 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Happy Memorial Day! Let's all take a moment to remember fallen heroes.
posted by maryr at 10:11 PM on May 29, 2011


On a more serious note it looks like PBS was owned hard. For obvious reasons I won't link to it but lulzsec's posted the keys to most of their infrastructure.
posted by scalefree at 10:13 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


One time, I saw Tupac drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's.

His hair was PERFECT.
posted by honeydew at 10:14 PM on May 29, 2011


The monocle, top hat and mustache on the guy underneath Nyan cat are just the stock iconography of a character in a verbose meme.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 10:14 PM on May 29, 2011


Why - is there a limited supply?

Well, the link is dead. Much like Tupac.

Or is he?!?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:14 PM on May 29, 2011


Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
posted by Alterscape at 10:15 PM on May 29, 2011


Having worked with lots and lots of non-profits over the years--many of whom use passwords like "Larch" if they're the "Society for the Preservation of Trees You Can Identify From Quite Some Distance Away"--this doesn't surprise me too much. Sadly.
posted by maxwelton at 10:17 PM on May 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


"His hair was PERFECTKERCHIEF."
posted by Eideteker at 10:21 PM on May 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yeah. OK, PBS got owned hard, why do I care?
posted by maryr at 10:21 PM on May 29, 2011


This is a really entertaining read
posted by shii at 10:21 PM on May 29, 2011


nyanman
posted by Eideteker at 10:23 PM on May 29, 2011


Hmm. someone I know is listed on the PBS frontline login file (avewarfsf) put up by lulzsec . the person is not a PBS employee but was involved in one of their programs as a talking head. what does this leak mean for them?
posted by Bwithh at 10:30 PM on May 29, 2011


Mods: given that the original link is dead & in the interest of preserving the thread, could you swap in this story in its place?
posted by scalefree at 10:32 PM on May 29, 2011


"Also of note was a reference to a meeting with Elvis, who was stopping by the planet with his alien pals."

PBS also confirms alien life.
posted by dirtylittlecity at 10:35 PM on May 29, 2011


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