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Re: AOL urban legendAOL censors British town's name!

[Clive forwarded to RISKS an long item from the Computer
underground Digest, Thu Apr 11, 1996, Volume 8 :  Issue 29, ISSN
1004-042X, from Doug Blackie <STEELBEAT@aol.com> that relates an
experience Doug had in trying to register with AOL.  He entered
his name "Blackie" and his home town "Scunthorpe", and found that
AOL's (indecency-filtering) registration program would not accept
that combination.  After various discussions with the AOL folks
in Dublin, he discovered that he could register properly if he
entered the town as "Sconthorpe".  As a result of this curious
situation, AOL has announced that the name of the town will
henceforth be known as "Sconthorpe".  The entire saga is
documented in the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph (final edition) of
Tuesday, 9 Apr 1996, issue number 30111, printed and published by
Grimsby and Scunthorpe Newspapers Ltd., Telegraph House,
Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7RE, UK.  The article was
provided on-line by David G. Bell <dbell@zhochaka.demon.co.uk>,
and was included as a part of Doug Blackie's message.  PGN


Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 11:10:22 -0700