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Monday, March 3, 2008

Angry "Ex-Girlfriend" is Selling Wikipedia Founder's Clothes on eBay

The details of the semi-scandal involving Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales and former FOX News personality Rachel Marsden, who may or may not have been Wales' girlfriend, are pretty confusing.

But what I do know is Marsden says "Jimbo" broke-up with her via a Wikipedia posting. And now she's doing what every responsible victim of unrequited love does... she's making a public spectacle and selling some of her "former boyfriend's" clothes on eBay of course.

"It was such a classy move that I was inspired to do something equally classy myself," she says.

While he denies the two were ever a couple, the current bid for one of Wales's tattered t-shirts is $2,025.00. Marsden is wearing the item in the product photo on eBay, and she's got a crazy look in her eye. [Picture seen below].

As an afterward to the product description Marsden writes "PS: Sorry that my hair is such a mess -- I'm in breakup mode right now and really couldn't be bothered."

This chick scares me!!!!!!

Apparently, this insane situation stems from a statement Wales posted on Wikipedia last Saturday as a response to reports that he violated Wikipedia rules by playing a direct role in the favorable changes made to Marsden's profile.

He writes:

First, while I find it hard to imagine that anyone really cares about my sex life, the facts are: I am separated from my wife. I considered myself single at the time of my one meeting with Rachel Marsden on February 9th, 2008. I am no longer involved with Rachel Marsden. Gossipy stories suggesting that I have been in a relationship with her “since last fall” are completely false.

"The second, and far more important, issue is this false notion which is being peddled that I intervened inappropriately to redraft her Wikipedia biography. The facts are that, in Wikipedia, I work closely with a team called “OTRS,” which handles email complaints and works hard to address concerns relating to the biographies of living persons. Rachel Marsden first approached me via email two years ago with complaints about her bio. We had never met. I subsequently reviewed her bio and I found it not to be up to our standards. My involvement in cases like this is completely routine, and I am proud of it."

But previous racy IM transcripts, between Marsden and Wales, have surfaced on the Interweb; and suggest Wales might not have been acting objectively.

The "me" in the following transcript is Marsden, and the is, well, "Jimbo" Wales.

Pay special attention to the bit about him "fucking" her "brains out."

And check out the extended version of the transcript at

Aside from posting the clothes, Wales left at her apartment, for sale on eBay, Marsden accused her college swimming coach of sexual harassment. He was fired, then reinstated and countered that she had done the "stalking." Marsden has also been entangled in at least two other incidents where she has been accused of harassment.

To think she was worried about how her Wikipedia biography looked before all this happened.

Portions of this blog entry courtesy of Times Online, The Province and

Check out the eBay postings. They're pretty hilarious. Especially this one.

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