There was a famous incident at my high school back in, maybe, 1996 when this Russian kid named Ilya tried to disprove the Pythagorean Theorem.
While introducing the topic, the teacher happened to mention that you couldn't possibly have a triangle where its internal angles added up to more than 180 degrees. But this kid was adamant - like, violently so - that you could. He spent the better part of the class period at the chalk board attempting to draw a triangle with more than 180 degrees.
I was reminded of this just now when I read that Lupe Fiasco is going on Internet message boards claiming that his first week Soundscan numbers (dude caught a brick) are all wrong.
To wit (via the Rap Up):
hahahaha....hi my peoples...actually this weeks Billboards numbers are off because of an error!!!...Best Buy hadnt turned in their sales...I must remind I was the number #1 seller at Best Buy this week...the numbers without Best Buy stand at 57,000...the new numbers will be out this friday after they turn in...hahahahaha...GOD IS GREAT!!!!
As I mentioned in my post at XXL yesterday, neither 58,000 nor 85,000 first week sales would strike me as particularly impressive anyway, but it does seem less than likely that a chart like this would be off because Best Buy forgot to turn in Lupe's numbers. Is there a precedent for this sort of thing?