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I’m not sure what to make of this

but it’s awesome.

The World’s Most Influential Person is…

In a stunning result, the winner of the third annual TIME 100 poll and new owner of the title World’s Most Influential Person is moot. The 21-year-old college student and founder of the online community 4chan.org, whose real name is Christopher Poole, received 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100) to handily beat the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Oprah Winfrey. To put the magnitude of the upset in perspective, it’s worth noting that everyone moot beat out actually has a job.

Since moot launched 4chan.org in 2003, the site has given birth to Internet memes as diverse as Lolcats and Rickrolling. 4chan averages 13 million page views a day and 5.6 million visitors a month; by some estimates it is the second largest bulletin board in the world. (See the TIME 100 finalists.)

Pretty hilarious. But it’s a (wait for it…) moot point (bing!): how do you determine whether or not someone is the most influential, considering that damn near every person on that list influences most people in one way or another? You can’t – the ranking of these 100 folks is dumb. Also, that Ron Paul is mumber 27 on the list says something about the legitimacy, especially when you take into consideration the fact that Kate Winslet and Britney Spears are 29 and 30, respectively. Lil Wayne is #12 on that list.

With that in mind, I give you Lammas With Hats:

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