This xkcd is spot-on – I’ve long believed that some of my more munchkiny gaming friends would make terrific tax-prep accountants, in the way they can exploit game mechanics to maximize benefit.
For those who are familiar with the clickbait headlines that seem to pervade all news sites (even somewhat reputable ones) – you know, they’re the enticing headlines usually accompanied by an equally interesting photo you just can’t help but click sometimes, even though you know you’ll probably end up with an Ask.com toolbar – well, there’s a fun plugin for your browser that subverts those headlines:
Downworthy replaces hyperbolic headlines from bombastic viral websites with a slightly more realistic version. For example:
- “Literally” becomes “Figuratively”
- “Will Blow Your Mind” becomes “Might Perhaps Mildly Entertain You For a Moment”
- “One Weird Trick” becomes “One Piece of Completely Anecdotal Horseshit”
I can’t say the plugin worked all that well in my quick test, but the concept is hilarious, and I hope they continue developing it to be more effective. The name is a play on Upworthy, probably the single site that either invented or at least popularized clickbait headlines.
Well done, tumblr person. These are actually pretty good.
As seen on Metafilter:
An engineer, a chemist, and an economist are shipwrecked and stranded on a desert island. Luckily, several cases of catering-size cans of food have washed up on shore alongside them. Unluckily, they have no can opener. They decide to think on it for twenty-four hours, then present their solutions to the dilemma.
The engineer goes first and says “I’ve calculated the strength of the cans based on a rudimentary finite-element stress analysis, and I think if we drop a large rock onto them from 6 feet, they’ll burst open”.
The chemist goes next and says “I’ve estimated the rate at which seawater could rust through the tinplate, and I think a couple more days in the brine will do it – the cans will just fall apart”.
The economist goes last, and, looking pleased with himself, begins “Suppose we had a can opener …”
I can’t stop laughing at this:
Not really, but if Stride is watching – send me money! This is hilarious:
This is what happens when you abuse your staff:
Democrats didn’t stop 9/11, and they won’t stop it again:
A controversial billboard in Orange County has a picture of the burning World Trade Center and the message, “Please Don’t Vote for a Democrat.” The man who paid for the ad says he’s trying to help Republicans, but officials with both political parties are calling the billboard inappropriate.
Brought to you by this guy. Dont miss the video! And do make sure you click that thumbnail for the fully-offensive version.
This is cracking me up:
Lore Sjoberg is the dude in the video, and he’s also behind other pieces of internet comedy gold: Slumbering Lungfish, Brunching Shuttlecocks, Alt Text, and Bad Gods.
Best of the web right here:
Don’t miss the middle of that video with the puppet. Seriously. And the other videos are pretty awesome, too.
For those of you who didn’t have the good (bad?) fortune to witness the animatronic band at Showbiz Pizza, find more info here.