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This was unexpected…

6:34 PM EDT on June 25, 2008

So, it looks like Fark (forum link) decided to link to Cardboard Jim's gay pride experience at about 5:15 (CST) today. Here is what it said:

Some dorks get a life-sized cardboard cut-out of a local homophobic right wing sports radio host and take it to the Gay Pride Festival, with photo goodness

Some thoughts:

"¢ The stats you see above are from the Wordpress stats engine. Keep in mind that in the Wordpress stats world, a day starts at 6pm. That means that 4,609 referrals you see from Fark "yesterday" actually took place from 5:15pm - 6:00pm...a 45-minute window. To put that volume in perspective, we usually get a couple of thousand visitors an average day.

"¢ We were already on the verge of being booted by our hosting provider (or be forced to move to an expensive dedicated server), and this may have sealed the deal. We host this site (and the surprisingly still active) HornetsCentral.com on a $8 a month shared server through GoDaddy.com. Between the two, we are basically allotted 50 simultaneous hits at one time. Safe to say, we have exceeded that a few times today. (Hint Hint: if anyone knows of a good place to host TLO, maybe send us an email)

"¢ We have no clue how this got submitted to Fark. I have a hunch that I was done by someone at OPUBCO.

"¢ Clark Matthews was excited that we were referred to as "Dorks."

"¢ Jim Traber has to be proud of how popular is cardboard counterpart has become. Also, this publicity may boost the ratings for The Locker Room from a 0.1 to a 0.3.

12:30pm Update: We have already set a new traffic record today at The Lost Ogle with over 16,000 views and counting.  This easily surpasses the previous record of 12,000 views achieved when DeadSpin linked to our Sunni Kate Golloway post.  Call me crazy, but I think the picture of Sunni Kate is better than all the ones of Cardboard Jim combined.- Patrick

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