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READING for September 17, 2010

  • “Dude, You Have No Quran” Guy Is the New Bed Intruder Dude [VIDEO]

    If you were a fan of the Bed Intruder Dude, then steel yourself for a new addition to the canon of Internet heroes: the “Dude, You Have No Quran”… Dude.

    Adherents to the viral Interwebs, meet Jacob Isom, the 23-year-old pizzeria employee who rocketed to Internet stardom this week after snatching a Quran from the hands of a religious leader before he could set it aflame.

    In support of Rev. Terry Jones, a pastor of a small church in Gainesville, Florida, who announced (and then repealed) his plans to burn a Quran last week, David Grisham (director of Repent Amarillo, which aims to deter promiscuity, homosexuality and non-Christian worship practices) tried to burn the holy book this Saturday in Amarillo, Texas, according to Amarillo Globe News.

    Amid protesting crowds, Grisham was divested of the book by the skateboard-toting Isom, who during a local news cast, famously told reporters: “[I] snuck up behind him and took his Quran. Said something about burning the Quran, I was like, ‘Dude, you have no Quran,’ and ran off.’” See below:

    Since uttering those words, Isom’s sentiments have been plastered across the Facebook walls of many a user, and, as Gawker reports, there’s now a Facebook Page dedicated to the homegrown hero as well as T-shirts featuring both his likeness and the famous quote. He even got a mention on The Daily Show.

    Gawker also reports that, despite his online fame, Isom is green when it comes to the ‘net, “I don’t have an iPhone. I don’t even have a computer. I don’t know who’s running this fan page on Facebook about me. I don’t even have a Facebook,” he told the entertainment site. He didn’t even have an e-mail account until recently.

    Still, the young man is keen enough to attempt capitalizing on his fame. “I’m hoping maybe I can get two rich people to battle for my skateboard on eBay, and I could make enough money to buy a truck and sell pizza by the slice from a truck,” he tells Gawker. He also wants to be in High Times (Look! He made it!).

    As we allude to in the title of this piece, Isom isn’t the first unlikely Internet hero — from the JetBlue flight attendant to the Bed Intruder Guy to the Double Rainbow Dude, folks from all corners of the world are attracting hangers-on for deeds both ridiculous and heroic (yet still ridiculous).

    There’s no question that Isom’s quote will only continue to grow in virality over the next few days. In fact, there’s already an auto-tuned remix of the news clip out there (sadly, not via Auto-Tune the News, but still pretty good).

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