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The Manti Te'o of Physics 101

theodp writes "When it comes to tales of fake girlfriends, Manti Te'o can't hold a candle to theoretical particle physicist Paul Frampton. In November 2011, writes the NY Times' Maxine Swann in 'The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble,' Frampton met who he says he thought was Czech bikini model Denise Milani on A Yahoo Messenger romance bloomed, at least in the 68-year-old Frampton's mind (Frampton's ex-wife was a self-described 'physics groupie'). But before starting their perfect life together, fake Denise asked Frampton for one little favor — would he be so kind as to bring her a bag that she had left in La Paz, Bolivia? Yep, bad idea. The UNC Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy soon found himself in a Buenos Aries prison, charged with transporting two kilos of cocaine into Argentina. Currently serving a four years and eight months sentence under house arrest, Frampton reportedly continues to supervise his two current PhD students by phone, and still finds time to post to the Physics archive."
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The Manti Te'o of Physics

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  • by Press2ToContinue ( 2424598 ) * on Saturday March 09, 2013 @03:08PM (#43126829)

    let the personal Indictments on evidence presented by media coverage begin .... now!

    (You may write below. Judging morals and boob-based motivational jokes are encouraged.)

  • by ShaunC ( 203807 ) on Saturday March 09, 2013 @03:15PM (#43126877)

    Do you, you... Feel like I do?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 09, 2013 @03:36PM (#43127019)

    Do you, you... Feel like I do?

    No, because I'm not a moron like you.

  • by bitt3n ( 941736 ) on Saturday March 09, 2013 @03:59PM (#43127151)

    It's hard to believe that he could really be that oblivious to how the real world works. The messages he sent from Bolivia where he talks about the value of cocaine, and evading authorities, don't help his case, either.

    I'm struck by the astuteness of your observation. As a nubile lingerie-model, I've been looking for someone like you to help lift me up out of the downward spiral to which I've been doomed by my slightly unwholesome good looks and improbably bountiful bosom. I know it's beyond all reason to hope that some stranger on the internet might condescend to lift me from out of this maelstrom of sexually depraved antics and obscene luxury, but is there any chance that someone of your pronounced intellect and homespun charms might be able to love a poor thing like me? Bonus points if you have a peg leg and are too fat to fit in one of those backscatter machines.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 09, 2013 @04:00PM (#43127157)

    Woke up this morning in a Buenos Aires jail.

    What jail?

    Whose jail?

    Where the hell is my bail?

  • by pollarda ( 632730 ) on Saturday March 09, 2013 @05:25PM (#43127579)

    Clearly here is one guy who lacks the sense of curiosity that is supposed to be the hallmark of all physicists. What is in the bag? Is the cat in the bag alive or dead?

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  • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) * on Saturday March 09, 2013 @05:37PM (#43127649)

    Man has good taste

    Perhaps it was just intellectual curiosity. As a physicist, he may have thought they could account for the Universe's missing mass.


  • by MouseTheLuckyDog ( 2752443 ) on Saturday March 09, 2013 @06:27PM (#43127905)

    First, all the men on here know the men who say he is stupid are lying.

    For the women, if you believe that Frampton is stupid or that the men who say he is stupid really believe that. Let me explain something to you.

    1. Men will screw anything. If the only alternative is a female gorilla, he will jump at the chance once she presents her but. Even of her 800 lb gorilla boyfriend is about 20 feet away and bearing down on him, he will jump at the chance. He will just hope to outrun the gorilla.

    2. Take every male brain cell in the world, and lump them all into one large male brain. Given the chance to sleep with a women with 39DDD breasts, you will not find one cell in that brain that is working correctly.

The moon is a planet just like the Earth, only it is even deader.