Pranking has been a long-standing tradition on the Comstock. Sagebrush writers Dan De Quille and Mark Twain perfected the art of pulling someone’s leg, writing what are called ‘quaints.”
But a prank that runs for six weeks? I had never been the victim of such a long-running leg pull in all my living life.
Here’s the lowdown. Pun intended.
While working on creating a podcast reflecting on Nevada’s history, I wrangled my friend Tinker Moss into voicing them and then sending the recording to me for editing and publication. The first one I got blew my mind as his voice, inflection, and tone were superb.
It was great knowing I had made a sound decision. Pun intended.
Forward to the sixth week, that’s when I learned the truth. Tink was not doing the voicing.
He was using an artificial intelligence program. The AI sounded so close to his natural speaking voice that I never questioned it.
It was a prank on a grand scale. Tink laughed and laughed, and I laughed and laughed until neither one could hardly breathe.
Then — I fired him. Now I have to voice them.