Talking Points: Facebook stalking, 'Top Gerbil,' the cost of humility

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Talking Points,Eric P. Newcomer

Why would someone create a Facebook account to stalk themselves?

That's what a 52-year-old Michigan woman did in an attempt to get back at an ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend.

Cheryl Nelson complained to the Kent County Sheriff's Department that she was being harassed and stalked.

Then it turned out that she had created a Facebook account using her ex-boyfriend's biographical information to make it look like his new girlfriend was stalking her, according to Mlive.com.

Nelson also complained to police that her ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend had left her threatening letters on her door. She followed up on that allegation with additional calls to the police.

Eventually, Nelson admitted to making up the harassment because she had not gotten over the relationship. Police charged her with the false reporting of a felony and the unlawful posting of a message, according to the Michigan news website.

What makes a 'Top Gerbil'?

"A male gerbil should be a good, strong, hefty-looking gerbil," Libby Hanna, president of the American Gerbil Society, told the Associated Press. "If you are going to think of it in human terms, you might think of a football player -- somebody who's big, thick neck, nice, strong-looking male gerbil."

The gerbil society held its annual pageant in which dozens of the rodents competed in Bedford, Mass. They tried to outdo each other in an agility demonstration and in a contest for based on body type.

Hanna, who helps judge the competition, told the Associated Press that a female gerbil should be "strong and athletic-looking -- not really scrawny, but slim."

How much does it cost to learn humility?

Apparently, $43,000 a year. That's how much a for-profit private school in New York City charges for its students. In an extensive profile of the school, which is named Avenues, the New York Times revealed how some parents send their children to the school, in part, to teach them humility.

That call for humility is even included in the school's mission statements.

But some have questioned how an expensive private school that enrolled Suri Cruise, Tom Cruise's daughter, features 10-person classes, and hosted extended debates among parents on the proper organic food for the cafeteria could succeed in that part of their mission.

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