I've debated over posting this. It's not particularly relevant to this blog (to put it mildly) but it's a good illustration of why Twitter is sometimes the best party, the best fun.
It's a long, rambling tale of a Hooters' waitress's wild weekend in Florida, and all the far out scrapes that she gets into. It's quite extraordinary - it would make a good film. No dodgy pictures in it, but quite a lot of 'adult content from the outset and throughout', as they'd say in Geordie Shore.
Read it on Storify here:
(Or on Imgur here)
The Tweets have since been deleted, but Zola's account is still active.
It's remarkable for being one of the first things I've seen for a while to come from nowhere and go properly viral, without any sort of feature in the mainstream press - even BuzzFeed haven't mentioned it - because it refers to crimes (a lot) and some of the people must be (quite) easily identifiable.
(Update - Complex has now written about it, pasting in the entire story)
(Update - BuzzFeed now has it too - looking at Twitter's reaction to it)
(Update - The Daily Mail's report ties it to a reaction from the director of the film Selma)
However it's been trending on Twitter all day - Twitter seem to think that 'Zola' is trending because of the footballer, and so on.
It's also spawned lots of memes, for example
&Jess: I hope we can still be friends Zola: pic.twitter.com/vsh6MrG32Q— WALE LAWAL (@WalleLawal) October 28, 2015
& casting debatesZola and Jarrett when they heard Z shoot the guy in the face pic.twitter.com/0uZzuD8ekK— ☔️Cammy☔️ (@EdenianKing) October 28, 2015
Zola, the fiancee, Z, & Jess (From Left to Right) pic.twitter.com/9OdVYmBChY— kai (@microsoft42) October 28, 2015
Zola’s story had: -character development -plot twists -atmosphere/tone -racially diverse cast -passed the bechdel test— Isaac Kariuki (@isaac_pdf) October 28, 2015
Update - Washington Post's account of the events, with court documents etc
(There are now lots of blog posts, Reddit discussions and more that I'm not going to link to - it goes to show that these days it's very hard not to leave a trail and a permanent record of what has happened)