The satire and spoof web-site TheSpoof.com has been experiencing some unusual and unexplained activity over the past two weeks or so.
Spoof news items are posted regularly onto the site and the writers obtain scores each time a news story is read. It has sometimes been known for visitors to the site to rate the articles when they have read them.
A 'league-table' of writer's scores is produced, and although many writers protest that this table is of no interest whatsoever, few can resist the urge to take a crafty peek to see how popular their 'spoof tales' have been.
Most 'mortals' are ecstatic to achieve a total of 1,000 views per day and so imagine how despondent many writers have become as one writer in particular, has stormed ahead in the league table.
A prolific writer, writing under the name of 'Colonel Juan' has seemingly clocked up no fewer than 100,000 points over the last week, equivalent of over 14,000 views per day!!
'Impossible', we hear you cry, and yet the league-table proves this to be the case.
Some cynics have argued that the 'Colonel' must be reading his own stories over and over again. However, that would mean viewing a story every 6 seconds or so for the entire week, without sleep!
The answer, it would appear, is far more intriguing. The 'Colonel', is actually non-other than infamous 'computer hacker' Juan Garcia Cortez, who achieved word-wide notoriety through hacking into the computer game Grand Theft Auto and inserting himself as a key character, 'Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez.'
The Colonel's motives for infiltrating the Spoof web-site and awarding himself unbelievable scores are unclear at this time and if it were not for the wholly unrealistic totals being posted by him, who can say how long his true identity might have been kept secret?