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The Idiocy of Text-Message Adultery

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Tiger Woods


"How did you fool so many people for so long?" a reporter asked Tiger Woods at his press conference Monday. Woods replied: "I fooled myself."

And how. Woods was talking about the usual self-delusions of celebrity adulterers: the bloated ego, the sense of entitlement, the rationalizations. But mobile phones have added a new element to this folly: the fantasy of private sexting. Cheaters think their phones send secret mating signals only their girlfriends can pick up. They couldn't be more wrong.

In the months since Woods' adultery was discovered, scores of his messages to various girlfriends have been leaked. So have the texts of Jesse James, the philandering husband of Sandra Bullock. If those aren't raw enough for your taste, try the X-rated pager messages between former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his then-chief of staff, Christine Beatty. No detail is spared.

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