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The Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax, in 30 posts

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Notre Dame player Manti Te'o says he is the victim of an online hoax
  • New reports suggest Te'o's alleged girfriend may not have existed
  • Comments, jokes and memes emerge from all corners of social media

(CNN) -- Manti Te'o's Twitter bio reads: "Life is a storm.. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes."

Well, as we all know now, that storm has most definitely come. Time to man up.

Let's get started, shall we?

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Manti Te'o hoax
January 24, 2013 -- Updated 2025 GMT (0425 HKT)
Manti Te'o has again admitted to lying, marking at least the second time he has acknowledged knowingly spreading falsities in the saga of his fake dead girlfriend.
January 20, 2013 -- Updated 1647 GMT (0047 HKT)
The Notre Dame linebacker told ESPN that he wasn't part of the hoax involving a deceased girlfriend.
January 18, 2013 -- Updated 1628 GMT (0028 HKT)
This may be the strangest twist in a tale overflowing with strangeness. Manti Te'o's deceased girlfriend tweeted late Wednesday night.
January 18, 2013 -- Updated 1446 GMT (2246 HKT)
Te'o is now a meme -- posting pictures of yourself with your arm around an imaginary girlfriend. They call it "Te'oing."
January 18, 2013 -- Updated 1544 GMT (2344 HKT)
Manti Te'o's Twitter bio reads: "Life is a storm.. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes." The storm has arrived.
January 18, 2013 -- Updated 1604 GMT (0004 HKT)
Oh, the stories we storytellers tell. Like the story of brave Manti Te'o and his doomed girlfriend. We love a good story. We love spinning a good yarn.
January 18, 2013 -- Updated 1446 GMT (2246 HKT)
Was Manti Te'o a hapless victim or a duplicitous co-conspirator?
January 18, 2013 -- Updated 1452 GMT (2252 HKT)
I wouldn't normally pay much attention to a sports star, even a Fighting Irish hero.
January 17, 2013 -- Updated 1236 GMT (2036 HKT)
Here are some of the recent events in the bizarre story of Manti Te'o and a dead girlfriend who apparently never existed:
January 17, 2013 -- Updated 1350 GMT (2150 HKT)
After word broke of a hoax about the death of star Manti Te'o's "girlfriend," it didn't take long for "Te'o" to become the top-trending term on Twitter.
January 17, 2013 -- Updated 1252 GMT (2052 HKT)
As the big game with No. 10 Michigan State approached, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o had a heavy heart after he learned his girlfriend had lost her fight with leukemia.
January 17, 2013 -- Updated 1517 GMT (2317 HKT)
A dog tapping away at a computer keyboard turns to another dog and says, "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."
January 17, 2013 -- Updated 0940 GMT (1740 HKT)
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick compared the alleged hoax about a "girlfriend" that ensnared linebacker Manti Te'o with the documentary "Catfish."
January 17, 2013 -- Updated 0422 GMT (1222 HKT)
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o said he was the victim of a "sick joke" that had him and legions of fans believing in a "girlfriend" who may never have existed.
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