Back in 2004, a young American man was watching some political stuff on TV while he tried to open a gmail account. But his usual usernames were already taken, so he decided, as a joke, to choose the name of the dude who was talking on TV at that moment. And so was born.

“I just thought it would be kind of funny to create an e-mail address based on a random senator whose name no one could spell.”

He now receives about 60 emails a day intended for The Chosen One, but he finds that overwhelming so he diverts them to his spam folder.

Article in The New Yorker, thanks to Hill for the tip.

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