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Brutally Honest Personals
image It's common knowledge that personal ads take liberties with the truth. People are trying to sell themselves, and they're rarely going to do that by telling the unvarnished truth (same goes for job resumes). Which is why it's refreshing to see Esquire hosting Brutally Honest Personals. Kind of like an anti-hoax, you might say. These people don't hold back any punches. Though, of course, my naturally cynical nature immediately began to suspect that these ads may be erring too much the other way... inventing grim descriptions for comedy's sake. And are these people using their real name? Are they even real people? I guess the only way to find out would be to try and get a date with one of them.
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Posted by The Curator on Mon May 17, 2004 Comments (2)
I'm friends with one of the girls listed, and I can verify that everything's accurate. They edited her own self-description to emphasize some negative aspects over others, but that's about it. It's her real name and photograph.
Posted by Andy Baio  on  Mon May 17, 2004  at  03:27 PM
Yep. We're all real, save one, but I won't tell you which one isn't real.

It was posted on Craigslists, which is how most of us found it... we all wrote great ads and they were edited... yeah, we did all focus or were edited to be more negative, but we are all real people. real photos.
Posted by Leah  on  Thu May 27, 2004  at  11:37 PM
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