I'm finishing school and taking a statistics class. Doing research on how to find a good "sample" and look who shows up...
Sampling Lessons from an Angry, Drunken Dwarf
If you’re thinking about writing a story based on an Internet poll or a survey based on some other type of convenience sample, think of Hank, the Angry, Drunken Dwarf.
People Magazine asked visitors to its website to vote in an online poll for the Most Beautiful Person of 1998. The ballot included Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna and other usual suspects. It also allowed write-in nominations. The temptation proved too great for radio bad boy Howard Stern, who advised his listeners to e-mail votes for Hank the Angry, Drunken Dwarf, a Stern sidekick who died in 2001.
A small army of online prankster quickly took up the campaign. Hank swamped the competition, finishing with 230,169 votes, or about 16 times the number who supported DiCaprio, the pretty face whom People declared the fairest of the fair and put on its cover.
The people at the People Web site were initially appalled and closed their website. Then they decided to capitalize on all the free publicity, reopened the poll and publicly embraced Hank, who was duly crowned as the site's winner of the "Beautiful People Poll," and pictured wearing a pink bunny suit. "It kind of made us nostalgic for the days when all we had to contend with was sparring between the Xena fans and the Hercules supporters," People Web site editors wrote in a brief introductory note.
Here is where I found this... http://www.aapor.org/Bad_Samples.htm
I started listening in 2001. Any one remember this fiasco? What would happen today if the sell out asked his audience to pull a prank like this?