[Salon] "Survivor" secret may be out -- warning: may include spoiler.

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From: Adam Rifkin -4K (adam@XeNT.ics.uci.edu)
Date: Wed Jul 19 2000 - 15:44:31 PDT

I've never seen the show, but like Harry Potter for books and Eminem for
music and "Whassup?" for beer commercials, Survivor seems to be *the*
cultural phenomenon for television here in summer 2000. [That is, until
we get some decent summer Olympic coverage...]


Warning, the following may include spoilers for those of you who
actually watch the show, so don't read this thread you don't want to
engage in fruitless speculation...

> "Survivor" secret may be out
> July 19, 2000 | NEW YORK (AP) -- A posting that briefly appeared on a
> CBS Web site Wednesday may have inadvertently revealed which contestant
> was kicked off "Survivor," six hours before TV viewers learned the secret.
> A writer who was checking the www.cbs.com Web site for news of
> "Survivor" on Wednesday afternoon said he was startled to see a headline
> revealing which of the nine remaining island inhabitants would be voted
> off. The show airs on CBS at 8 p.m. EDT.
> The writer, Richard Foster, said he clicked on to the Web site and saw a
> full story of what happened in the episode -- similar to what CBS
> usually posts after the episode airs. He said that he began downloading
> the article, but that it disappeared from the Web site before he could
> complete the job.
> Foster immediately posted his own article about what he saw on the Web
> site he works for, www.richmond.com, which is devoted to news about
> Richmond, Va.
> The posting said that Greg Buis, the wacky Colorado resident best known
> for pretending a coconut was a cell phone, was sent home.
> Officials at CBS would not comment on the substance of what was posted.
> The network has been trying hard to keep secret who stays and who goes
> on the island, knowing the mystery is key to the appeal of the
> enormously successful summer series.
> "We continue to decline comment on all rumors and speculation pertaining
> to `Survivor,' except to note that there has been hacking into our
> system in the past," said Gil Schwartz, a CBS spokesman.
> There are several possibilities: A computer hacker may have gained
> access to CBS' site and posted either erroneous information or a story
> that CBS had prepared. A CBS employee may have made a mistake. Or
> perhaps the network was letting out false information to throw theorists
> off.
> Foster said he believed the information was legitimate.
> "It was too obviously a goof-up," he said. "If they were trying to throw
> people off, it would have been a hell of a lot of work to do."
> Fans of the show were already buzzing about another computer user's
> discovery that CBS Web designers, in material supposedly unavailable to
> the public, had placed a red X over pictures of all 16 "Survivor"
> contestants except for one -- youth basketball coach Gervase Peterson.
> That has led many fans to conclude that Peterson will be the
> million-dollar winner on the show's final episode, which airs Aug. 23.
> Foster said he checks the CBS Web site frequently for "Survivor" news
> because one of the contestants, former Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch, lives in
> the area.

So I tried going to


myself. And all I found was a blank page...

| <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
| <html>
| <head>
| <title>Untitled</title>
| </head>
| <body>
| </body>
| </html>

Oh well.


So who's bringing the guns in this country? I couldn't sneak a plastic pellet gun through customs over in London. And last week I saw this Schwarzenegger movie where he's shooting all sorts of motherf***ers with an uzi. I see these three little kids up in the front row screaming "Go!" with their 17-year old uncle. I'm like, guidance? Ain't they got the same moms and dads who got mad when I asked if they like violence? -- Eminem, "Who Knew"

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