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That Flaming Twerking Girl Video Is a Fake, Courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel

You knew, right? Because no one who actually set herself aflame would then upload a video of that happening to YouTube, where it would be viewed nine million times?

Or, as Jimmy Kimmel points out at the end of this clip,* maybe you just didn’t care: Maybe you were one of the gazillion media outlets that published the video, because why not?

* “Good thing nothing’s happening in Syria right now,” said Kimmel, munching on some metaphorical cake.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik