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Jimmy Wales, Pete Cashmore endure epic staring contest

In Events, Startups on March 4, 2011 at 12:45 am

UPDATE 4: Jimmy Wales is our winner! Pete broke his stare after someone in the crowd yelled out “Google just bought Twitter!” After looking away, he flipped over a table and stomped out of the room. Wales attributes his win to hours of posing for the Wikipedia banners. “Well, that and I have a kid, so some smells just don’t bother me anymore.”

UPDATE 3: A singular tear rolled down Wales’ face as the contest entered its third hour. Commentators are convinced this is an advanced technique, lulling the Mashable founder into a false sense of security. Event managers have cleaned up the mess left by Cashmore.

UPDATE 2: Measurements have just been taken, and the two founders do indeed seem to be moving closer to each other at a rate of about 2 inches every 15 minutes, although neither has appeared to have taken a step. Pete Cashmore seems completely unfazed by Jimmy’s loud, throat-clearing noises.

UPDATE 1: Cashmore just peed! We are in it for the long haul! Spectators seem split on whether it was a distractionary technique, or if he just needed to go. Wales got visibly angry after the move, but has yet to break his stare.


Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales and Mashable’s Pete Cashmore have stumbled into each other at a local SF tech meetup. After some idle chit-chat, they locked eyes and have apparently started a staring competition.

More details as they come.


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