Carlos Danger?

Carlos Danger, George Fox, and More Celebrity Alter Egos (PHOTOS)

Carlos Danger might have sounded funny to Anthony Weiner—until he got caught. See more star alter egos.

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The nom de Internet “Carlos Danger” might have sounded funny to Anthony Weiner—until he got caught. From Michael Vick (Ron Mexico) to Oscar Wilde (Sebastian Melmouth), see more star alter egos.


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Anthony Weiner, a.k.a. Carlos Danger

Monday’s news that Anthony Weiner engaged in sexy Internet chats even after resigning from Congress dropped like a bomb on the New York mayor’s race, in which Weiner was favored. But what’s really raising eyebrows, is that when he sent the dirty messages, the New York Democrat chose the alias Carlos Danger. Perhaps he thought it was humorous?

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Michael Vick, a.k.a. Ron Mexico

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, best known for his involvement with dog fighting and a subsequent jail sentence, has also been involved in legal trouble of a sexual nature. In 2005 the football player was accused of knowingly spreading an STD to a woman he had had sexual relations with in 2003. Although the woman knew Vick’s true identity, the doctors who tested him for herpes, the STD he was accused of spreading, knew him only as Ron Mexico, the alias he provided to clinics.

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Plaxico Burress, a.k.a. Harris Smith

Plaxico Burress, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, took a cue from Vick in November 2008, when he used an alias after checking in to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Burress shot himself in the leg at a midtown Manhattan nightclub and, in what is assumed to be sheer embarrassment, gave the false identity of Harris Smith to the hospital after he arrived for treatment. He ended up serving nearly two years in prison after accepting a plea deal on weapons charges.

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Oscar Wilde, a.k.a. Sebastian Melmoth

Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde is known for his plays and memorable quotes, but after the writer was imprisoned for two years for gross indecency with another man, his career plummeted. Upon his release, he was penniless and fameless, and instead of rebuilding his reputation, he adopted the alias of Sebastian Melmoth. Under the name he wrote two letters to the Daily Chronicle in London, describing the harsh reality of English prisons and advocating for reform. He died of cerebral meningitis three years later.

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Eliot Spitzer, a.k.a. George Fox

To the federal government, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer was simply Client 9, but to the prostitutes he patronized, he was George Fox. Spitzer, who is now running for New York City comptroller, was a regular client with the escort agency Emperors Club VIP in 2008. It was found that George Fox had seven to eight liaisons with women at the escort service over a six-month period and dropped more than $15,000 for their services. He resigned shortly after news of his connections to the prostitution scandal broke.


Alfred Deakin, a.k.a. Anonymous

They say you are often your own worst critic, but in Alfred Deakin's case he was also his own biggest fan. In the early 20th century, the Australian prime minister had his own clandestine column in the London Daily Post, writing under an anonymous pseudonym. Among the topics Deakin provided from an Australian point of view for the English paper were his opinions on, well, himself. "Anonymous" often wrote about and sometimes criticized himself in his columns, and he continued to do so for 14 years.

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John Stonehouse, a.k.a. Joseph Markham

The British Labour Party politician, later found to have been a spy for the communist Czechoslovak Socialist Republic military intelligence, faked his own death in 1974 after coming under severe financial duress. To prepare for the "suicide," Stonehouse took on the identity of Joseph Markham, the deceased husband of one of his constituents. Stonehouse supposedly spent months studying his new alias before planting a pile of clothes at the edge of a beach in Miami and fleeing to Australia with his secretary. Although he was ruled dead without a body found, Stonehouse was later spotted and arrested only a month later and deported back to the U.K.