It started with a post on The Chive yesterday: A brave assistant named Jenny decided to quit her job through a slideshow of dry erase board messages that exposed her boss's male chauvinism and Farmville addiction. The Chive item said the 33-photo essay came from one of Jenny's coworkers after she emailed it to the whole office.

"On Friday I transferred you a call. I was about to hang up when I heard you call me a 'Hopa,'" she wrote across three slides before explaining HOPA as an acronym (misspelled for convenience) for "Hot Piece of Ass."

Her outrage made quite a splash -- after all, everyone loves a good "I quit!" story.

The internet exploded with applause: She was called a genius, epic, dubbed a hero on Jezebel and had her own Facebook group by the end of the day: 1,000,000 Strong for Jenny DryErase to Pose in Playboy (638 members). Someone even made an Obama-esque tribute to her HOPA-tude:
But today it's been revealed as a hoax masterminded by Jon and Leo Resig of The Chive -- ironically, "Jenny" really was hired just to be a HOPA. Surely Elyse Porterfield, the 22-year-old aspiring actress featured in the photos, didn't mind at all.
Here's a screenshot of the Actors Access ad Porterfield responded to:

And she even fessed up on Twitter:

The Chive followed it up with a formulaic breakdown of how to make a meme: All you need is a cute girl, name checks like TechCrunch and Farmville...

Oh well. It was fun while it lasted. Check out our sister site Lemondrop's interview with Elyse Porterfield.