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eSarcasm Founders Admit ‘It Was All a Hoax’

eSarcasm co-founder Dan Tynan did not actually resign. It was all an evil plot to get people to attend our annual conference — and it worked.

By (@eSarcasm)

September 23, 2011

The story you're about to read is not (entirely) true. It is, however, more accurate than most things on network television.

The recent, highly publicized departure of eSarcasm co-founder Dan "The Manatee" Tynan was in fact a carefully planned hoax designed to drive up attendance to its annual eRupt Conference, eSarcasm has revealed.

In a blog post on the company Web site, eSarcasm founder JR (Don’t Call Him Junior) Raphael admitted to the ruse.

"Yes, it’s true. It was all a carefully planned hoax designed to drive traffic to our annual eRupt Conference, held at the Holiday Inn’s Pocahontas Room in beautiful Alachua, Florida.

We invested significant coin in that conference. We bought a six-foot deli sandwich and an entire case of Seagrams Tahitian Sunset Wine Coolers for this thing, and we’d have been totally screwed if nobody else showed up."

Apparently the hoax paid off. Raphael reports that conference attendance was up more than 300 percent over last year, though that consisted mostly of process servers looking for Stanley L. Dorkus (aka Dr. Smartass).

eRupt features the best and brightest Web startups willing to pay cash to appear on stage. Formerly known as the eRect Conference, the name was changed after 2009, when the only attendees were aging retirees looking to refill their Viagra prescriptions.

Tynan will officially rejoin the staff of eSarcasm next week, after a well-deserved vacation at Dahlia’s House of Exotic Herpetology & Massage.

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  • Mzfortune

    Now I can sleep at night.

  • waitingforthehumor

    Does this mean we don’t get to hear from Ashton K.?

  • Ksmall

    what exactly is an exotic herpe?

  • tecnotrog


  • tecnotrog


  • …. just a little bustle in the hedgerow.

  • …. just a little bustle in the hedgerow.

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