After years of being a purposeless weed field, that post-apocalyptic plot of land at Cherry Street and Lake Shore Boulevard has found a raison d’être. The Star is reporting that the property—once slated for the most hated Home Depot never built—has been sold to Castlepoint Realty. The 5.54-hectare site has been in limbo for over a decade, since Home Depot, the former owner, couldn’t manage to do anything with it aside from eradicate the vast shantytown that had sprung up. Among the possible tenants at the new development? A Home Depot.
Moot point: Christopher Poole's moniker has been taken out of the running in condo-naming contest (Image: Andrew Dupont)
When Toronto development company Cityzen decided to set up an on-line poll to name a new condo going up at Yonge and Esplanade, it failed to take into account the power of Moot and his Web disciples. As of yesterday, the Toronto condo development was on a fast track to being dubbed “Moot,” the pseudonym of Christopher Poole—on-line prankster and the founder of 4chan.org, an anonymous image-sharing forum. The community of Web-savvy individuals is powerfully coordinated and has a tendency to hijack the results of on-line polls. Moot has been officially disqualified from the condo-naming contest, but the fact that he had about three times as many votes as the second place competitor—the decidedly less interesting “Euphoria Towers” (will there be atomized MDMA in the heating ducts?)—is a testament to 4chan’s influence. Yet this is small peanuts compared to his other exploits. To celebrate the group’s almost-victory on the Esplanade, we’ve rounded up five of 4chan’s most notable on-line pranks.