FUN ON TEH TWITTERZ

Wanye
November 22 2011 06:19PM

  

To @ebs_14 may your career be long & riddled with glory. And may your Eberle apparel always sell! - @wanyegretz earlier today

Part chat room, part text messaging - we can't be entirely sure what Twitter is. But it certainly is fun and today marks our 10,000th tweet. Surely to heavens this is a milestone of some sort in the year 2011.

Right? RIGHT?

*bursts into tears and runs back into his Mom's basement*

For the uninitiated, Twitter is this thing you can access online and on your phone where you can send out 140 character messages like a text. And unlike a text you have to send to one particular person, this message is read by all of your followers - people who have signed up for twitter themselves and have selected you as someone who's tweets they would like to read.

Its like having hockey players, media types, celebrities and all of your friends in a big chat room that is open 24/7/365.

Its a wild time.

2009

Back in 2009 bingofuel got all up in our grill about getting on board with Twitter. "Listen Wanye" he began, "I'm not quite sure what this thing is. But I'm betting that it is important. We need to get the Nations on it, we need to get ourselves on it and then we can figure out what it does."

And so get on it we did, signing up for accounts for FlamesNation, OilersNation and CanucksArmy. We wrote little scripts that tweeted links to new articles as they appeared. In the past 12 months over 180,000 visitors to OilersNation alone have come from this one lil Twitter account.

It has truly revolutionized our business.

Once we got the sites on the twitterz, we started tweeting too, not knowing what exactly we were doing. Bingofuel tweeted about things going on around town and links to articles of all subjects. He quickly became one of the most followed people in Edmonton.

We began following gangster rappers, porn stars and hockey bloggers of all types. Then we started yelling about the Oilers with our fellow fans. Then we started getting into dust ups with fans of other teams.

It's just a tremendous time once you get the hang of it.

CUE THE NATION WRITERS

As time wore on we have been able to sweat the different personalities on the Nation into joining Twitter. First it was Jason Gregor. "Listen Gregor" we began, "remember when we first started working together and you thought the internet was a wild rumour started by geeks like us? Well there is another technology you might want to get involved in."

A bit confused at first like we all are when we join, Gregor got into it with gusto and now tweets on the regular. Willis got involved, as did Robin Brownlee. Even Lowetide - who at first couldn't help laughing whenever he mentioned the 'hash' in hashtag - has gotten on board.

Never a hockey game goes by now where we aren't glued to the twitter on the regular and marvelling at the digital age in which we live.

FF TO 2011

The other night we ran into some teenaged readers of the Nation at a local watering hole. We got to talking about the site and all of the writers on here and the one chap said "Oh I don't even read the site anymore. Its too much trouble. I just follow everyone on twitter. I get all my news and have way more fun on there. But I love OilersNation a ton."

We stood there blinking in disbelief knowing that the world we live in is changing at a very rapid rate. Then we all had a shot of Jack Daniels which we agreed would be great even in the year 2111 when we all follow the Oilers on the cybernet v5.7*

On this day of our 10,000th tweet we invite everyone who is on the fence about joining twitter to get a stick and get in the game. You don't have to say anything (at first) but once you get your feet wet (you will) we heartily suggest you send your ol' pal Wanye a tweet. Or Gregor. Or Lowetide. Or even Robin Brownlee who is tweeting a way like a regular @souljaboy these days. 

Plus In January 2012 we will be embarking on a great big backpacking trip and will be gone for several weeks. And we will be buying an unlocked international blackberry and bringing the Twitter with us. You wouldn't want to miss that would you?**

Leave your twitter handles in the comments so we can follow everyone. Its sort of like plentyoffish but with less herpes!

FINAL NOTE

If it weren't for our beloved advertisers OilersNation would still be a site staffed only by yours truly, writing 50 word articles about the upcoming season of Two and a Half Men. Think that Brownlee digs for the scoop for free? Think Jason Strudwick gets out of bed in the morning for less than $10,000? 

Fat chance.

We love each and every one of our advertisers who have taken a chance on non conventional media as a means to promote their business. One of these great folks is Rayna Boychuck who is a mortgage broker at Centum Mortgages and an advertiser on NationRadio.

In the year 2011 things are changing like never before. "Sick" means "good," "please" means "thank you" and yes you should listen to your 11th favourite writer at OilersNation for who to go get a mortgage through. We strongly suggest you give Rayna a call at 587.987.1013 or send her an email at rayna_boychuk@centum.ca if you are looking to buy a house and need a mortgage.

Are we qualified to give this advice? Yes. Yes, we like to think that we are. And Rayna thinks so too and parts with hard earned money in the hopes some business comes back the Centum way. 

If you don't give her a call we can't help but think that she will cancel her ad, NationRadio will immediately close and we will be forced to move to Iqualit to start again.***

FOOTNOTES

*Which will quickly be replaced by a new version that will cost an additional 300 dollars.

**You probably could. We doubt it will be that awesome****

*** As a Carnie in the bi-annual Iqualit Circus

**** Yes it will

PARTIAL LIST OF NATION CITIZENS ON TWITTER

So far here is a list of your fellow citizens on the Nation:

@hungoverman1971
@joshthegooglist
@dallylamma
@TheTowelBoy
@geoilergist
@FireguyD3
@TigerUnderGlass
@mrpederson
@drescher33
@Bschambz
@joshaughnessy
@SHMcSteeley
@alanhull
@Br_DaSilva
@Archaeologuy
@Mooses69
@ItsTheBGB
@borisnikov
@PutzStew
@buck75
@batuli
@Archaeologuy
@bhlazo
@pipewrench77
@Riley_Kim
@darthlanden

We have followed everyone in this list and will continue to add in additional folks as they make themselves known. BLOW OUR SOCKS OFF WITH THE FUNNY!

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Blog so hard motherf**ckers try and find me. Email me at wanyegretz@gmail.com or tweet me @wanyegretz provided it is about Jordan Eberle or babes.
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#2 Archaeologuy
November 22 2011, 08:12PM
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@Spot The Loon

"Innappropriate" humour is often predicated on a situation that is obviously "wrong". If the teller of the joke is unaware that the situation is wrong or disgusting then the joke would never have been told.

In many cases this kind of humour can be just as effective at making a point as a serious message.

I respect your right not to be amused with the humour, but using that kind of humour does not at all mean that the seriousness and the "wrongness" of its subject is lost on those who tell such jokes.

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#3 Wanyes bastard child
November 22 2011, 10:06PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

What its really good for is breaking news from guys like Mackenzie and Dregger. The rest is just for fun.

I've had a blackberry torch for close to 8 months now... never have I updated it (think I have to plug it into my computer for that or something) I have no apps and just recently (last week) figured out that I can comment on ON with it during the day...

Baby steps dude, baby steps.

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#4 Archaeologuy
November 23 2011, 07:59AM
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@Romulus' Apotheosis

Here was one of mine. It's both inappropriate and educational:

In Ancient Greece #PennState would have been a desireable school to enroll your kids in. #history

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#5 MrsLethal
November 22 2011, 08:00PM
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Spot The Loon wrote:

Good attitude. I`m sure there is an openning for you on the Penn State football coaching roster with an attitude like that. You would fit right in.

So, because I have a sense of humor, I'm just as good as a child molester? You're on glue pal. I'm gonna go back to watching my Oilers kick some ass, cause apparently there's no sparkling intellect going on here. Yes, I'm talking about you, #11.

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#6 Brandon
November 22 2011, 08:05PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

EBERLE SCORES AGAIN!!!!!

#Squeee #Fun #Lightmood

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#7 Wanyes bastard child
November 22 2011, 09:53PM
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Oh c'mon, im just learning high speed interwebs and now I have to learn twitter too!?!?!

Pass... for now ;)

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#9 Fireguy
November 23 2011, 06:38AM
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I stop by here daily to get updated on the Oilers and all the goings on around the team, but this is my FIRST post. Man I love this site. @FireguyD3

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#10 googlist
November 23 2011, 09:06AM
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@joshthegooglist loves his Oilers in the middle of Shames country. FIST comment ever

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#11 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 23 2011, 09:13AM
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@googlist

hi

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#12 Archaeologuy
November 23 2011, 10:35AM
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@TigerUnderGlass

Fair enough, I minored in it (My Major was Anthropology).

I'll have you know that 100 years ago being a Classics major would have meant you were the cream of the crop. Sadly, today the Arts are taking a back seat to some lame Programs.

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#13 Mr. Pederson
November 22 2011, 06:29PM
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I haven't figured out twatters yet. But I do follow Taylor Hall.

I'm @mrpederson

See you all on there?

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#14 KrazyKraka187
November 22 2011, 06:32PM
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Congratz wanye. You da shizzle

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#15 Brandon
November 22 2011, 06:32PM
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I had that very same hat that's in the first picture. That is until The Nuge™ scored his first career hat trick and it magically flew over the glass at ol' RX1.

#Squeee

Oh yeah, I'm also @drescher33 on teh twitterz.

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#16 Bryan
November 22 2011, 06:52PM
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@Bschambz

#Squeee fo sho!

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#17 John
November 22 2011, 06:57PM
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Wanye wrote:

YAY OILERS WIN!

Squeee

@joshaughnessy

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#18 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
November 22 2011, 07:11PM
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@SHMcSteeley

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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#19 Alan
November 22 2011, 07:12PM
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I've already had some laughs with the nation crew...and Lowetide follows me!

If a smart guy like him thinks my random musings are worth reading, who will too...

@alanhull

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#20 #94 sized hole where my heart used to be...
November 22 2011, 07:30PM
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GAGNER THROWING BOMBS!! #squeee @Br_DaSilva

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#21 Johnathon
November 22 2011, 07:36PM
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How about Magnus Paajarvi Svensson for Kyle Turris?

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#22 Spot The Loon
November 22 2011, 07:37PM
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Yeah, I didn`t think you would post my comment. I suppose you do have editorial control over what is posted here and what isn`t. Maybe you will think twice about tweeting those kinds of comments in future. I still read the site and get a lot of my Oilers news from here. But my opinion of you has fallen through the floor.

Hmm, maybe I should send my original comment to your advertiser you mentioned in your piece. I wonder how she and others might react.

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#23 Spot The Loon
November 22 2011, 07:40PM
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For those wondering, my original post was about no longer following Wanye on twitter because of his passing along jokes about child abuse after the recent Penn State situation. Sick. I told him so and mentioned in my earlier comment this evening.

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#24 MrsLethal
November 22 2011, 07:43PM
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Who's number 11, and why is he so angry? Life must hard when you are barely literate.... It says directly over the comment box "Comments are moderated. Pretend your mom is reading over your shoulder".

Congrats on 10,000, you Eberle loving, #squee ing, pants burning twitter addict!!

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#25 Spot The Loon
November 22 2011, 07:49PM
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MrsLethal wrote:

Who's number 11, and why is he so angry? Life must hard when you are barely literate.... It says directly over the comment box "Comments are moderated. Pretend your mom is reading over your shoulder".

Congrats on 10,000, you Eberle loving, #squee ing, pants burning twitter addict!!

Yeah, I can read. I thought comments were editted for content, not to cover the author`s ass over stupid things they have done so it is hidden from other readers.

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#26 Archaeologuy
November 22 2011, 07:51PM
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Wait, people get paid for this?

*hands Wanye a resume written on the back of an Oodle Noodle napkin that is a picture of Archaeologuy holding money*

@Archaeologuy

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#27 MrsLethal
November 22 2011, 07:52PM
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Spot The Loon wrote:

For those wondering, my original post was about no longer following Wanye on twitter because of his passing along jokes about child abuse after the recent Penn State situation. Sick. I told him so and mentioned in my earlier comment this evening.

I'm sorry, the sexual abuse saddened me too,but it doesn't mean I dont have a sense of humor anymore. Would you have unfollowed your favorite comedian for posting the same thing? It might have been a joke in bad taste, but I thought it was worth a chuckle.

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#28 Spot The Loon
November 22 2011, 07:54PM
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MrsLethal wrote:

I'm sorry, the sexual abuse saddened me too,but it doesn't mean I dont have a sense of humor anymore. Would you have unfollowed your favorite comedian for posting the same thing? It might have been a joke in bad taste, but I thought it was worth a chuckle.

Good attitude. I`m sure there is an openning for you on the Penn State football coaching roster with an attitude like that. You would fit right in.

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#29 Archaeologuy
November 22 2011, 08:03PM
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EBERLE SCORES AGAIN!!!!!

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#30 Spot The Loon
November 22 2011, 08:04PM
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MrsLethal wrote:

So, because I have a sense of humor, I'm just as good as a child molester? You're on glue pal. I'm gonna go back to watching my Oilers kick some ass, cause apparently there's no sparkling intellect going on here. Yes, I'm talking about you, #11.

Good thing to have a sense of humour about. I`m sorry but anyone who laughs things like that off is partly responsible for attitudes in our society where stuff like that can go on for years without someone stopping it. But you have resorted to insults so it is apparent no conversation is possible with you.

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#31 MrsLethal
November 22 2011, 08:20PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

"Innappropriate" humour is often predicated on a situation that is obviously "wrong". If the teller of the joke is unaware that the situation is wrong or disgusting then the joke would never have been told.

In many cases this kind of humour can be just as effective at making a point as a serious message.

I respect your right not to be amused with the humour, but using that kind of humour does not at all mean that the seriousness and the "wrongness" of its subject is lost on those who tell such jokes.

Thank you for putting that so eloquently. I agree completely.

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#32 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 22 2011, 08:44PM
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Jeez i didn't even know this article existed... and what the hell happened to this thread... there was a hockey game on boys... what the eff?

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#33 gatewaypress780
November 22 2011, 08:50PM
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eberle is my best friend.

follow me @gatewaypress

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#34 Oilchange64
November 22 2011, 08:53PM
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Why do I think I will regret this? Oddly enough I sent my very first tweet last night. @murraydbell

My only claim to fame is I was the guy who sent an email in to Staufer during his total sports days calling him on wanting a salary cap for the NHL (would help Oilers) & hating it for the CFL (Esks a "wealthy" team) during the lockout. Spec laughed. Gave him material for a year.

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#35 A-Mc
November 22 2011, 08:53PM
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I haven't got a twitter account yet but I am learning about it while I link twitter rss feeds into our company sharepoint sites.

I might make a twitter account so I can source from a number of feeds like NHL_oilers, and oilersnation all with 1 web part.

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#36 CooCoo
November 22 2011, 08:57PM
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@Mooses69 #Squeee

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#37 ItsTheBGB
November 22 2011, 09:08PM
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@ItsTheBGB baby. I tweet like a boss, except not as fat as Rick Ross.

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#38 28 Saves Later
November 22 2011, 09:11PM
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@28SavesLater

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#39 OilFan
November 22 2011, 09:24PM
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@loc8ingoil

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#40 borisnikov
November 22 2011, 09:26PM
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@borisnikov

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#41 PutzStew
November 22 2011, 09:30PM
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This is so bad but feels so good.

@PutzStew

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#42 Chuckpuck5000
November 22 2011, 09:32PM
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i dont have twitter!

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#43 OilFan
November 22 2011, 09:35PM
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Anyone here own a uberfist? They where supposed to be getting Oilers gloves made

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#44 BUCK75
November 22 2011, 09:36PM
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~I thought a bigger milestone would have been at tweet 9494!!!!

Congrats on 10000!

@buck75

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#45 Putz.inc
November 22 2011, 09:36PM
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If naked pics of Wanye start showing up on our twitter feed we're quitting the Internet and going back to CB's and 8 tracks.

When we gonna see some Nation T's.

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#46 Brandon
November 22 2011, 09:52PM
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Yeah! When will we see some OilersNation swag?

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#47 Brandon
November 22 2011, 09:52PM
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Double post.

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#48 Batul
November 22 2011, 09:55PM
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@batuli

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#49 Archaeologuy
November 22 2011, 10:02PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

What its really good for is breaking news from guys like Mackenzie and Dregger. The rest is just for fun.

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#50 edmontoncritic - BRoadwAY
November 22 2011, 10:21PM
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@Archaeologuy

*clap*clap*clap*

Perfect.

Edit: This RE: your reply earlier

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