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FGFM and the original IAC
  • FGFM and the original IAC
"It's weird," the original IAC commented on our site at 2:25 this morning. "I think that's around the fourth or fifth time in the past week that I've agreed with a comment made by FGFM. That's probably about equal to the entire time beforehand."

To which FGFM responded five hours later, in his fashion, "Thanks for sharing."

Another commenter had suggested the Reader convert to a nonprofit, but had wondered how realistic an idea it was. "Not terribly," FGFM had said. That was the response IAC seconded.

FGFM and IAC are two of the Reader's most-frequent commenters. They are both erudite, but seem opposites in other respects. FGFM is politically liberal, IAC conservative. FGFM's avatar is Al Capone chomping on a cigar; IAC has none. FGFM is cranky and sarcastic, IAC cranky and literal.

FGFM is concise, whereas IAC believes in the long-form comment. FGFM has weighed in 2,489 times since July 2009—it may be a few more than that by the time I finish this post. IAC has commented just 710 times since August 2009, but quite possibly has shared more words than FGFM. That likely explains why IAC makes more typos.

FGFM's humor is sometimes so subtle that other commenters misunderstand him. IAC avoids the risk by never joking. FGFM is not disinclined to insult others. "I spent my last two bucks on your mom," he's written, and "Your friend is an idiot," and "You and the other idiot deserve each other." IAC tends to feel insulted by others' logic. He's apt to find a story or another comment "totally absurd." "I doubt anybody has the slightest idea clue what you are talking about," IAC has written; and, on another occasion: "I have no iota of a clue what you are talking about there."

FGFM has sometimes mocked IAC, but, considering the volume of their comments, they haven't spent all that much time at each other's throats. This should have tipped us off to what we've recently discovered.

We submitted the 3,199 combined comments of FGFM and IAC to our newly developed Comment-o-Graph (TM). Much to our surprise, we determined, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent, that FGFM and IAC are in fact the same person. She's the sole resident of Buford, Wyoming. On the many occasions she feels moved to offer her two cents, FGFM-IAC climbs a 112-step ladder to the top of a silo, the only place in Buford where the Internet can be dependably accessed.

Tricking everyone for so long has been an incredible achievement, FGFM-IAC, but the jig is up.

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