From Manti T'eo to Lance Armstrong, it was a bizarre and buzzworthy week in the sports world. Click through to see the quotes, from sports to Washington D.C., that grabbed our attention.
|'There's Kind of an Equivalent of a Virtual Contraception That Needs to be Practiced.'|
Manti Te'o has been "Catfished," it has been said by many -- duped into falling for a fake online girlfriend. The term and story might be new to some, but to MTV viewers it's just like watching another episode of the show "Catfish."
The docu-series, which stars Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, follows Internet dating hoaxes. Schulman himself was the subject of the 2010 movie "Catfish," which spawned the series, because he himself was sucked in by an Internet pretender -- or a "catfish" -- who built an elaborate fake life.
"I think when it comes to meeting someone online, there's kind of an equivalent of a virtual contraception that needs to be practiced to have a secure, healthy, online relationship," Joseph said. "And I think that requires at least 30 minutes of research on the person that you're talking to."
|'I've Never Seen Lance Shed a Tear Until Last Night.'|
While critics railed against Lance Armstrong for coming off as detached in the two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday and Friday nights, former teammate and friend, Tyler Hamilton, told "Good Morning America" that he felt Armstrong was displaying "genuine emotion."
"I've never seen Lance shed a tear until last night. Before I even heard one word from him Thursday night, I could tell he was a broken man," Hamilton said.
Armstrong's contrition turned tearful in the segment aired Friday when he revealed to Oprah Winfrey how difficult it was to betray his family -- particularly his 13-year-old son -- who stood up for the fallen cycling star as rumors swirled that he was taking banned drugs.
Armstrong, 41, choked up when he recounted what he told his son, Luke, in the wake of the scandal.
|'It's Got to Be up to You.'|
President Obama is trying to enlist the public's help to urge lawmakers to act on his proposals to curb gun violence, telling Americans, "It's got to be up to you" to make a difference.
On Wednesday, Obama unveiled his plan to halt gun violence in America through a comprehensive package of legislation and executive actions. The president is calling for a ban on some types of semiautomatic assault rifles, mandatory background checks for all gun purchases, a ban on high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and cracking down on illicit weapons trafficking.
"None of this will be easy," the president said in his weekly address. "Already, we're seeing pundits, politicians, and special-interest lobbyists calling any attempt at commonsense reform an all-out assault on liberty -- not because that's true, but because that's how they get higher ratings and make more money. And behind the scenes, they're doing everything they can to protect the status quo."
|'We're Like Neighbors That Don't Even Talk to Each Other.'|
Partly out of dissatisfaction with the National Rifle Association, a D.C.-based media consultant called for a nationwide celebration of guns -- and despite accusations that he's leading a fringe coalition, Larry Ward says the backers of Gun Appreciation Day aren't extremists.
"We're like neighbors that don't even talk to each other," Ward says of the NRA.
Political battle lines have been drawn over Gun Appreciation Day, the brainchild of Ward, a Capitol-Hill-based conservative media operative who confronted gun protesters on the street shortly after the Newtown, Conn., shooting.
|'It Said It Was OK for People to Wear Hats.'|
Jan. 20, 2009 was an historic day. Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. On the Internet that day there was another historic occurrence. It had to do with a hat.
It was Aretha Franklin's hat, of course. The gray, big-bowed hat that she wore as she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" couldn't be missed. It became the inspiration for one of the first real Internet memes. Photos of the hat -- on her, on cats, on Obama, on Dick Cheney, on Mr. Spock, on Waldo and so many others -- made the rounds for weeks.
A good meme always lives on the Internet, but ABC News has learned that it will live on at the 2013 inauguration itself.
Luke Song, the designer and creator of Franklin's famous hat, said he has had hundreds of requests for copies of it in the last couple of weeks.
"There was a serious discussion happening about hats. Aside from the humor -- there is always truth behind the humor -- the conversation about hats started and it progressed continuously with the [Kentucky] Derby happening […] and the royal wedding," Song said. "I think it was a national awakening of hat culture. It said it was OK for people to wear hats."
|'Nastyclient.com Is the Consequence of a Bad Customer.'|
Customers can rate businesses on sites like the hyper-local Yelp, but when do the businesses get to share about bad customers?
Matt Stachel, a landscape contractor in Feasterville, Pa., created just the website: Nastyclient.com.
"Nastyclient.com is the consequence of a bad customer," Stachel, 33, said.
Stachel said he has been a contractor "my whole life."
"I have worked for plenty of bad customers. It really was just frustrating always seeing the one-sided story in the media or on Angie's List or Yelp: the poor customer who gave a contractor a deposit and the contractor left. Or a restaurant go-er will write, 'My fork was smudged and I'll never go back. They stink'."
For $15.99 a year, business owners can do likewise about negative customer experiences.
|'I Understand Why People Are Upset. These Are $300 or $500 Devices.'|
If you lost your Sprint cell phone, don't come knocking on the door of Wayne Dobson, 58.
In the two years that Dobson has lived in his one-story home with his wife, five people -- all missing their Sprint cell phones -- have come knocking on his door, demanding that he return their handsets.
If a GPS tracker for your lost cell phone leads you to Dobson's home, you'll find a sign outside his door in North Las Vegas, Nev., that reads, "No lost cell phones!! This location gives a false 'phone locator' position due to a cell tower behind this home. Please contact the North Las Vegas Police and file a report."
"I put it up because there seems to be no end to this," he said.
On Dec. 18, four men who Dobson described as "young" pounded on his door at around 2:30 a.m., shouting for him to return their phone. One of the men had a tablet with a tracking application, pointing to Dobson's home.
"I understand why people are upset. These are $300 or $500 devices," Dobson said. "I'm worrying about someone showing up in an agitated state, are drinking, and if that one person has a weapon perhaps. This is Las Vegas."