questionshave you ever had your 10 minutes of fame?


it's fifteen minutes of fame.


@kamikazeken: You are half right. Both phrases are used.

"Anybody I throw flames at gets a name it's a game
Cause they know that they don't spit the same
It's a shame, what people do for 10 minutes of fame
Everyday it's the same thing,
People in this game try to buddy buddy us
Just to get close enough to study us"

"Manningham caught my eye in his SB catch, but I feel like that's just going to be his 10 minutes of fame. I don't have anything bad to say about Jenkins but I thought for sure they'd have got Stephen Hill; regardless, he won't have much affect on the offense in his rookie season."


@jylissia: @kamikazeken: i have only ever heard and used 15 minutes of fame :P


I accepted a teaching job in Feixian, a city in Shandong, China with 0 foreigners. As far as they knew I was the first foreigner to live there, despite the nearly 1,000,000 population. It felt really weird taking a taxi to the super market and having people I'd never met call me by name. I guess the whole city knew about me.


My husband & I had our "how we met" story featured in the newspaper. That's about it.

Always thought the "15 minutes" quote was attributed to Andy Warhol. From the all knowing Wiki:


I've never sought the limelight (in real life), but I've been pushed into it a few times. I prefer to be in the background. I've chaired a track at some conferences, a couple of times, and one of the biggest reasons I quit doing it was that it it was more public attention than I cared for. I have backed out of a book contract (for which I'd wisely taken a zero dollar advance, at my insistence), when I realized that there was no way I could write it and remain anonymous. It was a technical book, so the notoriety would have been rather limited, but still more attention than I wanted. Sorry, Bill, if for some strange reason you're reading this...

I always preferred to be the second or third in the command chain. Let someone else be in front, and take all the accolades (and the criticism and complaints). I want to be @josefresno, not @dave bug (for example).

I seek the shadows, not the spotlight.


@jylissia: I'm not too much interested in how you or someone else has misquoted an old aphorism or claim that you're half-right in doing so, but Andy Warhol's original comment in 1968 was, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Those of us who were around in those days -- and a great many who were not -- know it's 15 minutes, not 10. and


When I was 15 the local paper ran a photo story of me and my pet hooded rat Angela. Two years later there was a story when I won a VFW award for an essay on "Americanism." In 1970 my infant son and I were on TV for being the first in our county to get the new rubella vaccine.

In a long-ago job I did a lot of TV, radio, and print work; I was interviewed frequently by local and statewide media, appeared on a few network TV news shows and a 'news magazine' episode, and was quoted in Time and Newsweek. It was mostly fun, sometimes a nuisance (we used to joke that every reporter in the state knew and used my private phone number), and an experience not to be missed. I'm glad it's over, though, and I get to be just me.

I never had a Lenny Skutnik moment, though, which is the sort of thing that really matters in life. and and


New Years Eve 2011, I saw one of the toys at the 99 cent store as a fake iPhone and I saw "Cydia" on it. That toy is jailbroken!

Back then I used to follow Engadget a lot (and somehow had nearly 500 comment posts total to that website) and I e-mailed them the pictures I took of it.

And viola, almost a week later it was posted on Engadget along with a short commentary:

So literally, my thumb has been all over the internet somehow.


@joshobra: That is a totally hilarious story!


@magic cave: A really beautiful post about Lenny Skutnik. I had never heard of him but I did watch the videos.


@jylissia: I used to take that same Air Florida flight frequently, and this particular crash struck me very personally. I was in my office watching the news coverage of the rescue attempts when Mr. Skutnik suddenly emerged from the crowd and went into the water. In 30 years I've never forgotten his bravery, although he himself has insisted ever since then that he really wasn't a hero. As noted in the Washington Post in 2007: "I guess I look at it this way," he said. "I was put to the test, and I reacted."

My son's life was saved in 1989 by a woman who, while riding along a local road just after sunset one summer evening, told her husband to stop and back up, because she thought she'd seen something in the roadside drainage ditch. What she saw was my son, trapped face down in 2' of water with a 500 lb motorcycle on top of him. Each time he pushed up to get a breath of air, the bike's engine and muffler burned deeper into his shoulder and legs and he slid a little deeper into the mud.


[cont'd] She and her husband, aided by two other passersby, waded into the ditch and managed to get him out of the oily, mucky water only a few minutes before he would have drowned.

Richard Jewell, a security guard working the Atlanta Summer Olympics in 1966, noticed an abandoned backpack under a park bench and realized what it was: a shrapnel-filled pipe bomb. He alerted police and helped evacuate the area. The bomb exploded 20 minutes later, killing two and injuring over 100, but Jewell's actions saved most of those people from death. The FBI then leaked info accusing him of having placed the bomb himself, and the news media hounded Jewell for weeks. Eventually he was fully exonerated and recognized by the Governor of Georgia for his heroism.

The world is full of heroes, some noticed, many not. I hope if I am ever put to the test, as Lenny Skutnik worded it, that I too have the strength and courage to do what is right.


I've never had my 10 or 15 minutes of fame. Does that make me infamous? @joshobra: Funny story. I'll give you 1 thumb up on that one!


Can't say that I have. But, it's OK. I kinda prefer being behind the camera anyway. I don't know how well I'd react to being in the 'spotlight'.


I have had a few articles written about me because of my job but nothing major. Attention makes me very uncomfortable.