Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The curious case of whyme1239

There was a video posted in the /r/Television subreddit on Saturday by user whyme1239.  It was an old, viral clip of a woman solving a Wheel Of Fortune puzzle with only one letter:

https://www.reddit.com/r/television/comments/6m0r30/woman_solves_wheel_of_fortune_puzzle_with_one/

Here's an archive link for the actual video.  The YouTube channel is "Leura Butt."  She has 2 subscribers and joined on June 30, 2017.

So far, the Wheel of Fortune video has 15,000+ views.  In theory, that means the YouTube channel can be monetized.  There was only one other video on the channel, and that had about 7,500 views.  I'll be curious to see if other videos get posted in the next week and whether they're monetized.

But let's go back to whyme1239.  I don't think the person is genuine.  

On May 27, 2017, whyme1239 answered the question, "What is the most ignorant thing someone has said to you?"  He wrote: "Girl I used to work with was absolutely convinced that Jews are descended from pigs."  

However, back on August 20, 2016, Reddit user CrazyOtto87 wrote the exact same comment in response to the question: "What's the most ignorant thing you've ever heard someone say?"

What does that mean when someone is copying-and-pasting old comments?