Douchebag Decrees around here are often on the tongue-in-cheek side, but every once in a while someone's actions are so heinous that even we can't make puns about them. This is one of those times. According to an independent study published by the British Medical Journal, researcher Andrew Wakefield's 1998 paper linking autism to the MMR vaccine was "an elaborate fraud." That's right; his study on autism, the one that thousands of hopeful parents have taken seriously over the past 12 years in an attempt to help their babies, was apparently a total fake.
The first time I ever met someone I knew only online in person, it was in a very public place and I brought my then-boyfriend, now-husband with me. The purpose? To finally gain possession of a Xena dollie. Oh yes, I'm hardcore dork and old school internet nrrd. And some thought I was crazy - not for the Xena thing - for meeting someone I only knew online in person. I think that with Meet-ups and Tweet-ups, we take for granted that people online are how they present themselves.
When I checked the news this morning I was still shocked that someone had made up a story of being pregnant with a terminal baby, wasn't having a late-term abortion and then had given birth. WHA???? What kind of crazy person would do that?