Quirky News of the Web — April 2010

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There are always smaller headlines that tend to go unnoticed. They are the headlines that let us know how individualistic and unique some of the interactions on the web can be, and how much social media is shaping our world in ways that we could not have fathomed 20 years ago.

Therefore, the Quirky News of the Web section will be dedicated to those pieces of news that might go unnoticed but still pack quite the punch.

The 1st lady’s 1st tweet

What is this? I don't know how to do this!

What is this? I don't know how to do this!

The first lady was coaxed by CNN’s Ed Henry into posting her first tweet ever. Given her husbands track record of using his Blackberry and spreading his message through social mediums, it is surprising that it too this long for her to test the waters!

@flotus Jay Sucked and wasn't a lot of fun

@flotus Jay Sucked and wasn't a lot of fun

Seeing beauty in a disaster

Usually, disaster videos are shot with cellphones which gives them a grainy quality at best, and tends to make them a leading cause of migraines. However, with this video it is absolute gold. Even though it documents the tragic floods that occurred in Nashville, those which were brought by the largest amount of rainfall the city has received in its recorded history, it is still a very hauntingly beautiful video. The video is also helping victims of the flood by raising donations for http://www.nashvilleredcross.org.

The long arm of justice on Facebook

How Can You Torture a Hamster?!

How Can You Torture a Hamster?!

Two University of California students have been arrested and are facing charges of animal cruelty for torturing two hamsters. They set the hamsters on fire and posted videos of it on Facebook. The first animal died but the second was saved by Veterinaries on campus after the two students were arrested.

Henry Nguyen, 18, and Josue Melendez, 19, seem to still not learn the hard lesson they should have learned about privacy since they still share their videos and pictures publicly.

How the hell did they think they will get away with such an act while their profile is publicly viewable on Facebook?

Who is iamamiwhoami ?

There is a mystery that is captivating music heads on the web.

At the end of 2009, a channel called “iamamiwhoami” appeared on Youtube and it combined intriguing visuals and quality music and seemed to hint at someone quite talented behind this channel but till now no one knows who it might be. Guesses have ranged from Trent Reznor to Lykke Li, perhaps even Karin Dreijer Andersson or a collaboration of a bunch of artists. Whoever it is, the channel keeps on supplying us with captivating music and even more captivating mystery.

CoCo thanks Twitter for Saving His A**

After having his epic fallout with NBC, Conan O’Brien turned to Twitter and created a cult following, and even dared to rival Justin Bieber – whom he lost to miserably. To thank Twitter, he decided to take the old fashion way and send them a card.

Twitter the Butt Saviour

Twitter the Butt Savior

Telephone remake

Being in the military is a demanding occupation, and being in Afghanistan with the US army corps is especially demanding. Between surviving gunfights, maintaining the peace, and trying to survive the elements over, the troops would need to blow off some steam and what better way to do so than by making a video remake of a popular song?

If anyone needed a reason to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” this should be it, if there is this much fabulousness in the military we should allow it to explode, safely, all over Youtube.

For more fabulously awesome remakes on Youtube check this list.

Let us know if you enjoyed this post, or if we missed any pieces of news that deserved to be mentioned.

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2 responses to “Quirky News of the Web — April 2010”

  1. Beiruta says:

    “The long arm of justice on Facebook” is my favorite! I'm glad people like these can be punished for their acts, finally!

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