Episode 3: Dollop: Competitive Endurance Tickling

I think it’s a natural progression for her to compare tickling to the Holocaust.
–Dave

Are you coming to the Weekend of Tickles?
–Gareth

Welcome to the world of paraphilias, darlings. (My college degrees are showing, sorry. Let me tuck that back in. –Carla)

Let’s play a quick game with search engines, and then I shall flush my browser history, I think. Ready, go!

I am old enough to remember the Terri Tickle messages on Usenet newsgroups. I noticed them because, at the time, I actually was a Boston University student, as she claimed to be. Also, I remember things that I have no reason to remember. Which is how I became your website curator. So, there’s that.

‘Murica!

Video posted on the Facebook by Dave and Gareth, of a Jane O’Brien tickle competition teaser:

More Jane O’Brien (who is really Terri DiSisto who is really David D’Amato owwww ice cream headache) on vimeo

David Farrier’s Kickstarter to make a documentary about this snail trail of domain names, fake corporations, and lies to cover for this one public school educator who just wants to tickle your sons, y’all.

And that creepy dude that Dave and Gareth said would be creeped out by D’Amato? John Wayne Gacy, ladies and gentlemen. Yes, Gacy would have definitely told D’Amato to slow his roll.

I used this book in grad school:

On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life

I include this Kindle book because the stock photo chosen for the cover made me laugh every time I looked at it. The anguish! The stress! Lady, you didn’t lose your health insurance or wreck your car. Oy: How To Stop Being Ticklish

I’ve never been so glad to be a woman, because I am off this guy’s radar. But that does put me on this guy’s radar. Cue cantankerous old lady voice: “In my day, tickling was for making people laugh, not for all this sex nonsense. If we wanted to tickle, we tickled. If we wanted to fuck, we fucked. If we wanted to do both, we did both, without all this subterfuge nonsense. Now get off my lawn!”

For the above link, I had originally used magic-t.com, who has been around long enough to have trafficked in tickling VHS videos, but he is gone–his store, his forum, gone. Why?

The rabbit hole is bottomless, y’all. He’s gone because David D’Amato sued him out of existence. (Cue soundbite of Gareth’s saying, “What the actual fuck?!”)

Yep. D’Amato v. Starr, 5/18/2006:

Parties Receiving Legal Threat:

David W. Starr; Magic Touch Productions; Kent Barclay; GoDaddy.com; Intercosmos Media Group, Inc. D/B/A Directnic.com; Blogspot.com; Google.com; Blogger.com; Pyra.com, Ltd.; ThePlanet.com; Computer Tyme Hosting

Read that again, more closely. He sued Google, Blogger, ThePlanet, GoDaddy…over tickling! Something that is supposed to be fun and silly.

I can’t even. Really, get off my lawn. I think I need a drink. Carla out.

 

Band names from this episode:

  • King Twink
  • Angel of Death
  • Brunch Tickle

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About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.

15 Comments

  1. This guy was the AP when I was in high school. He always seemed off to me, and overly friendly. Maybe he just wanted to tickle me? What a creepy fuck!

    • Glad he was never anything but overly friendly! Our assistant principals were always like urban legends or ghosts–you heard about sightings, you heard stories, but you only thought you saw them in the parking lot that one time. His being over friendly and the AP just ups his creepy factor.

      • I believe he never tried anything only because you don’t shot where you eat so to speak, but looking back on some of the interactions he may have been attracted to a couple of us… we were always in trouble so we had to see him quite a bit. I bet he really wanted to tickle one of my friends who is 6ft tall blond hair and blue eyes, and was in great shape the years he was ap. It’s very disturbing to think that he could have been thinking of us in that way.

  2. This guy was the AP when I was in high school. He always seemed off to me, and overly friendly. Maybe he just wanted to tickle me? What a creepy fuck!

    • Glad he was never anything but overly friendly! Our assistant principals were always like urban legends or ghosts–you heard about sightings, you heard stories, but you only thought you saw them in the parking lot that one time. His being over friendly and the AP just ups his creepy factor.

      • I believe he never tried anything only because you don’t shot where you eat so to speak, but looking back on some of the interactions he may have been attracted to a couple of us… we were always in trouble so we had to see him quite a bit. I bet he really wanted to tickle one of my friends who is 6ft tall blond hair and blue eyes, and was in great shape the years he was ap. It’s very disturbing to think that he could have been thinking of us in that way.

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