Usenet has the tendency to provide a public forum for those who would normally be scribbling in a closet. For example, take Daryl "Shawn" Kabatoff. For the last few years, he's methodically gathered "statistics" from various sources, ranging from local newspaper obituary pages to the food court of the Saskatoon Midtown Plaza mall. With all the raw data he's collected, he's attempting to prove daily that our full names are in "mathematical harmony" with our birthdays.
His rants normally focus on a single individual he's met or read about, starting with calculations related to their birthdate and full names, blending in whatever other personal information about their family members, spouses, birthplace, and career he's been able to glean. From there, it descends into a mix of numerology, religious zealotry, and personal torment. I've never seen anything like it.
With all the prime numbers, Fibonacci sequences and biblical references, it's like reading the notebooks of Maximillian Cohen and John Nash combined. Unsurprisingly, several posts unfold to reveal a history of painful mental illness. If you have some time, take a look. I've detailed his posting history and a several sample posts below.
August 9, 2004: The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix published an article about Daryl and his encounter with one woman.
September 22, 2004: Does anyone have a photo of Kabatoff? If so, please e-mail me.
Usenet Posting History:
December 9, 2000 to May 4, 2001 as email@example.com
Oct 30, 2001 to Oct 31, 2001 as firstname.lastname@example.org
January 20, 2002 to April 17, 2002 as email@example.com (original posts have been removed from Google Groups archive)
April 26, 2002 to Present as firstname.lastname@example.org
Tessa Lynne Smith
Dastageer Sakhizai and Helen Smith
Brett David Maki
Andrew Meredith Cotton
Kathryn Lee Hipperson
Amanda Dawn Newton
Mona Marie Etcheverry
Tony Peter Nuspl
Lisa Charlene McMillan
Grant Allyn Wood