UPDATE: The maker of the video responds. Details after the jump.
Based on the enthusiasm he shows at high school basketball games, it's not impossible to imagine Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer acting like the crazed maniac portrayed by this ex-employee, who alleges he was fired by Ballmer for not being appropriately jazzed about Bing, the company's new search engine.
But the video's authenticity is fishy.
For one, it was uploaded to YouTube by Scott Rose. A Mac consultant, stand-up comedian and, in the vernacular of a 21st-century world that lets anyone have their 15 minutes, a bit of a fame ball.
For another, much as it's fun to rail against Ballmer for being so over the top, it seems even beyond his Red Bull-enhanced persona to fire someone just because they don't put an exclamation point on the end of Bing.
For a third, the guy telling the story is funny. A little too funny.
I've e-mailed Rose to see if his friend's story is legit. I'll let you know what he says.
UPDATE: In an e-mail, Rose says that, yeah, it was pretty much just a publicity-grab.
At a time when Americans are scared, jobless, and homeless, we wanted to create a comedy that would resonate with how Americans are feeling. We are Scott Rose and Ernie Brandon, a screenwriting duo in Los Angeles, and we don't have anything to give back to America except for belly laughs. This video is a teaser for our new comedy screenplay about what it means to be a little guy in the land of giants. This is our Christmas gift to the working class.