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(Museum of Hoaxes)   One more from "today in hoax history": Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon on this day in 1980   (museumofhoaxes.com) divider line 62
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2006-04-21 09:32:50 AM  
son of a biatch.

on the way into work today i was thinking of submitting a few "this day in history" headlines. now my plan is ruined. damn you submitter. damn you all to hell!
 
2006-04-21 09:35:37 AM  
I remember that. The funniest part was hearing from witnesses who saw her ride the Green Line trolley all the way to Copley.
 
2006-04-21 09:35:50 AM  
She'll always be a winner in my book.
 
2006-04-21 09:35:51 AM  
It's hoax history day? Dammit, I thought it was dress like a drag queen day!
I feel/look silly.
 
2006-04-21 09:35:54 AM  
Game Show Network had a series recently called "Anything to Win" or something like that. One of the episodes was about Rosie Ruiz.

They interviewed her, and to this day - in spite of all the evidence - she proclaims her innocence.

After watching that show, I have to say that she's an awful awful person.
 
2006-04-21 09:36:09 AM  
Running and shaving?

That guy deserves to keep the win just for managing to not cut his nose or lips off!
 
2006-04-21 09:36:11 AM  
I remember that too. Pure genius.
 
2006-04-21 09:36:48 AM  
At least she didn't do steroids.
 
2006-04-21 09:36:55 AM  
NOT the winner - just the fastest woman. Although that is in dispute, too, since she must have a set of pretty big balls to jump out of the crowd a half-mile from the finish line and sprint to the end... lol
 
2006-04-21 09:36:55 AM  
Funny thing is, she only ran a half-mile, and still only got the third fastest women's time.
THAT'S what a loser you are, chick.
 
2006-04-21 09:37:08 AM  
My wife ran Boston this year. Finished in 3:44:05. Not bad for a 37yo mom of 2
 
2006-04-21 09:37:38 AM  
Didn't someone cheat by running half the marathon then go to the toilet where his Identical brother was waiting to run the other half.
 
2006-04-21 09:40:30 AM  
mysticcat

I'm 27 and ran it in 4:30. Kudos to your wife.
 
2006-04-21 09:40:42 AM  
On a side note I met Madelaine Albright at a gym in Houston where I personally witnessed her do 25 reps of 400lb standing leg squats.

/You don't believe me do you ? Holmes don't joke like that.
 
2006-04-21 09:44:12 AM  
Lose of credibility = loss of credibility
 
2006-04-21 09:46:16 AM  
I remember one of the things that made people first suspect that she was a fake was that she didn't look like a world class marathoner - she was just too fat to have finished with that time.
 
2006-04-21 09:46:25 AM  
I was in grammer school I think.

The big joke going around was:

Did you hear? Leggs is making a new pantyhose. It's called "Rosie Ruiz Pantyhose".

They're guarenteed never to run.

/it was funny because Rosie Ruiz was banned from ever running again
//get it?
///ha!
///do they still make legg's pantyhose? I hope so. the eggs they came in were a staple of craft projects.
 
2006-04-21 09:46:31 AM  
mysticcat: My wife ran Boston this year. Finished in 3:44:05. Not bad for a 37yo mom of 2

My kids and I probably cheered her on, in Ashland. (About three miles into the race). Tell her we said hi. :-)
 
2006-04-21 09:46:43 AM  
she didnt know what a tempo run was...
 
2006-04-21 09:46:49 AM  
Oops, I don't know how that happpened. Mistake number one. Sigh.
 
2006-04-21 09:50:50 AM  
I read the Wikipedia entry for Rosie Ruiz, and it had this little gem at the bottom:

"As a result of the scandal, the Boston Marathon and several other races instituted a number of safeguards against cheating that are still used today. These include extensive video surveillance and the Champion Chip system that monitors electronically when runners arrive at various checkpoints on the course. These techniques have been used to identify other would-be cheaters, notably "Jean's Marines," a group of charity runners who were caught cutting the course during the 2005 Marine Corps Marathon."

People cut the course on a CHARITY run, for the MARINE Corps??

I mean, I could see it if it was the Coast Guard or Air Force...but who in their right mind wants to piss off a Marine?
 
2006-04-21 09:53:20 AM  
Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon on this day in 1980

No she didn't.
 
2006-04-21 09:56:04 AM  
rvigarino: At least she didn't do steroids.

Nope, but she sold coke:

In 1982, Ruiz was arrested and briefly jailed for stealing $60,000 in cash and checks from a Manhattan real estate firm where she was employed. She spent a week in jail and was given five years probation. 19 months later, after moving home to Florida, she was arrested for arranging to sell two kilos of cocaine to undercover agents in Miami. Ruiz spent 23 days in jail and received two years probation.
 
2006-04-21 09:59:34 AM  
oldfarthenry

It's hoax history day? Dammit, I thought it was dress like a drag queen day!
I feel/look silly.


No you don't. Not until you put the Carmen Miranda fruit on your head.
 
2006-04-21 10:00:13 AM  
After Rosie Ruiz got out of jail on the cocaine charges, she changed her last name to Perez, and started a new life as a 'Fly Girl' on "In Living Color".

/The more you know...
 
2006-04-21 10:02:59 AM  
Hack Patooey: No she didn't.

tinypic.com
 
2006-04-21 10:05:13 AM  
and the weird hoax trifecta is in play.
 
2006-04-21 10:07:05 AM  
Actually the late Marlon Wayans won the 1980 Boston Marathon.

/RIP
 
2006-04-21 10:12:00 AM  
A cheat, not a hoax.
 
2006-04-21 10:16:19 AM  
Barry Bonds is proud of her.
 
2006-04-21 10:22:23 AM  
blahpers: Hack Patooey: No she didn't.

[ORLY?]

rmccown.org
 
2006-04-21 10:24:56 AM  
Prude_Hawkeye: I mean, I could see it if it was the Coast Guard or Air Force...but who in their right mind wants to piss off a Marine?

www.moynihaninstitute.org
This guy?
 
2006-04-21 10:27:38 AM  
you guys seriously need to do your research. search the torrents for Rosie Ruiz: Method of Victory
Theres actually alot of evidence that she did, in fact, NOT cheat. It was a conspiracy against her since the Boston Marathon didn't want someone with a criminal record winning the Marathon.
 
2006-04-21 10:35:24 AM  
Prude_Hawkeye: People cut the course on a CHARITY run, for the MARINE Corps??

I mean, I could see it if it was the Coast Guard or Air Force...but who in their right mind wants to piss off a Marine?



My wife ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 2002 - it's not a "charity" marathon and I don't think Jean's Marines were trying to raise money for the marines or one of their affiliated programs. From their web site:

30 years of MCM history can all be traced back to one man Colonel Jim Fowler, and big idea. According to Fowler, "After the Vietnam War, popularity of the military services declined in the eyes of many. At the same time, distance running was gaining considerable positive attention." This thought process lead Fowler to write a memo to his superior, General Michael Ryan, dated 17 October 1975, outlining his idea for a Marine Corps Reserve Marathon, to promote community goodwill, showcase the Marine Corps, serve as a recruiting tool and finally, to give local Marines an opportunity to qualify for the legendary Boston Marathon. Fowler's memo stated, "The name marathon evokes military history and is the kind of event which the public finds in consonance with the image of the Marines." General Ryan loved the concept and helped it receive approval from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Louis Wilson.

It's held in Washington, D.C. and a lot of marines do run in it. It's a pretty popular race.

A lot of charities run in it every year (e.g., AIDS Marathon, Team In Training, etc.). I don't know what charity Jeans Marines supported, but the coach and founder of that charity actually helped his runners cheat when it became apparent that they wouldn't make the time cut-off.
 
2006-04-21 10:37:57 AM  
@SretiCentV

"It was a conspiracy against her since the boston marathon didn't want someone with a criminal record winning the marathon"

"her victory made all the more remarkable by the fact that she looked remarkably sweat-free and relaxed as she climbed the winner's podium to accept her wreath."

There's actually alot of evidence that you, in fact, are a moron.
 
2006-04-21 10:38:58 AM  
you guys seriously need to do your research. search the torrents for Rosie Ruiz: Method of Victory
Theres actually alot of evidence that she did, in fact, NOT cheat. It was a conspiracy against her since the Boston Marathon didn't want someone with a criminal record winning the Marathon.


I heard that the moon landing was faked. And the CIA killed Kennedy.
 
2006-04-21 10:39:30 AM  
SretiCentV: Theres actually alot of evidence that she did, in fact, NOT cheat. It was a conspiracy against her since the Boston Marathon didn't want someone with a criminal record winning the Marathon.


I haven't seen "Method of Victory," but I wasn't aware that she had a criminal record BEFORE the marathon.
 
2006-04-21 10:43:42 AM  
Cheney: You either don't understand sarcasm, or you hate it. Either way, please sterilize yourself so humanity may progress.
 
2006-04-21 10:47:27 AM  
SretiCentV: Cheney: You either don't understand sarcasm, or you hate it. Either way, please sterilize yourself so humanity may progress.

I guess I didn't understand it, either. I just Google'd "Rosie Ruiz Method of Victory" and didn't find any relevant results.

Maybe your sarcasm should be a bit more obvious?
 
2006-04-21 10:50:39 AM  
OK I apologize. You were supposed to google it, not find anything, then realize I was being sarcastic. I was very vague due to the fact that no one (except her loony ass) has ever contended that she actually ran it.
 
2006-04-21 10:51:36 AM  
SretiCentV: Cheney: You either don't understand sarcasm, or you hate it. Either way, please sterilize yourself so humanity may progress.

Sorry, but as an independent observer I am compelled to point out that the evidence in this case suggests that it is you who does not understand sarcasm. Or, at the very least, its correct employ.
 
2006-04-21 10:54:03 AM  
SretiCentV: you guys seriously need to do your research. search the torrents for Rosie Ruiz: Method of Victory
Theres actually alot of evidence that she did, in fact, NOT cheat. It was a conspiracy against her since the Boston Marathon didn't want someone with a criminal record winning the Marathon.


Worst attempt at "sarcasm" I've ever seen
 
2006-04-21 10:57:22 AM  
SretiCentV: OK I apologize...

Isn't it amazing that people in this world are just so farking crazy that even when you say something patently ridiculous, completely in jest, everyone is forced to consider that you might actually mean it. That's actually the problem with using sarcasm online, so often what helps sarcasm play is inflection, tone, etc. Sorry we didn't get it!

Back to work for me, have a good Friday, all.
 
2006-04-21 11:00:27 AM  
Ahh, I see SretiCentV has left the classified forums.
Good show.
 
2006-04-21 11:06:19 AM  
Prude_Hawkeye: and the Champion Chip system

I remember seeing those rubber mats on the course this year (I was cheering across from Newton town hall). I had a suspicion they were scanning RFID tags or something.
 
2006-04-21 11:16:34 AM  
starshinecruzer: I remember seeing those rubber mats on the course this year (I was cheering across from Newton town hall). I had a suspicion they were scanning RFID tags or something.

They've been using it for many years now. It's actually quite useful because you can get your splits from the results and can accurately time your race whether you started from the front or the back of the pack. In some events, they even have live updates that can be accessed over the internet and/or broadcast to your cell phone.
 
2006-04-21 11:17:44 AM  
alot is more than afew but less than abuttload.
 
2006-04-21 11:21:59 AM  
Proof that Rosie ran and won in this article...
http://www.eagletribune.com/news/stories/20000416/FP_001.htm

ummm...wait, I just RTFA...nope...didn't win..nor in NY...and a whole lot more...brain tumors,grand theft, cocaine, sodomy...well, maybe not sodomy..
 
2006-04-21 12:15:28 PM  
Danger Mouse: I was in grammer school I think.

Didn't help you much, did it?

/grammar
 
2006-04-21 12:27:21 PM  
RoboJesus

Thank you very much for pointing out my spelling mistake. I think it's great when folks who normally have nothing to add can participate by pointing out grammar and spelling mistakes.

That way, everyone feels included.

Thanks again!
 
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