Joel doesn't like to talk about it. It still scares him too much. But after a dozen Ice Teas from Long Island, he finally told me what happened. He said
Once upon a time in a magical kingdom lived a unicorn. He was magical in a magical kingdom.
And he was a kingdom in a magical unicorn. But then something horrendous happened. The unicorn started to squeal and moan. And from his mouth I could hear the devil speak …
Obviously, the magical kingdom was the Usenet. And the Unicorn was its users. It's a metaphor (which is why Meta is called Meta by the way). And that's it. True Story. They even made a music video out of it