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4chan Best Book Read Raid was a prank orchestrated by members of 4chan which targeted an online poll ranking life-changing books by the website Best Book Read.
On April 7th, 2014, the website Best Book Read published a promotional video for their online poll ranking books that “transformed your life forever.”
On April 17th, 2014, a thread was submitted to 4chan which urged users to vote the 1925 autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler to the top of the Best Book Read poll.
The same day on April 17th, Redditor majorwtf submitted several screenshots of the Best Book Reads poll to the /r/4chan subreddit, where it gained over 1,700 up votes and 230 comments in the first 24 hours. The images showed Mein Kampf topping the the poll at #1, with subsequent titles referencing Nazis, pedophilia, suicide, 4chan’s founder moot and racial and homophobic slurs (shown below).
The same day, Redditor majorwtf submitted the Best Book Read poll to the /r/offbeat subreddit, where it gathered more than 1,700 up votes and 200 comments. Also on April 17th, the Internet news site The Daily Dot published an article about the prank, comparing it to a raid on Mountain Dew’s “Dub the Dew” contest in 2012. On April 18th, the Best Book Read website began forwarding to the Mindvalley Academy online university website.
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