Quirky News of the Web — May 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 French discover the fun of binge drinking

The French are peculiar people; they like their wine and cheese, hate the burqa and apparently their police force are begging people to stop binge drinking.

A recent phenomena has been started on Facebook where people call for an outdoor binge drinking fest – called affectionately apéro gêant. The police have made pleas for parties to stop after a 21-year old stumbled to his death over a bridge in Nantes during a party that attracted about 10,000 people. The problem police are facing is that they don’t know who is organizing the party because it is done “anonymously” on Facebook.

I think FB’s marketing should use this story to show case their privacy, or maybe someone can tell the French about something called IP addresses…

United by a tweet

It’s a very normal occurrence: you add someone on Twitter, you start talking to them, exchanging tweets, you develop a relationship with that person, you get to know them better and then realize that they are your long lost sibling!

That’s exactly what happened to Fox web producer Mathew Keys who received a tweet from a guy named Adam Smith saying, “Hey you’re my brother.”

Facebookers piss off Pakistan and Bangladesh

Molly Norris, a Seattle cartoonist, wasn’t too happy that South Park was censored heavily during its 200th episode and had to depict the prophet Mohammad in a bear costume to sidestep the producers. So to protest for the sake of freedom of speech and expression, he created a Facebook group called “Everybody Draw Mohammad day” and declared May 20th as the date for everyone to draw the prophet.

The humorless Muslims of the world didn’t take to the sarcastic nature of the group too well and the governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh were so offended that they decided to block Facebook in protest. To commemorate the day here is one of the finalist for the competition.

One of the Finalists: Can you find mohammed? Is it the black dot in the far-right corner or are you just being biased?

You can’t silence the Bieber

You should, by now, have an inkling about who Justin Bieber is, you have checked out the lesbians that look like Justin, and right about now you have became so sick of seeing his name all over the web that you have also installed the Firefox add-on Shaved Bieber which filters and censors any mention of him.

Well you are surely not the only one, even Twitter has became so sick of him being a trending topic that they tweaked their algorithm to allow for newer topics that have a surge in popularity to have an advantage. Mainly to boot Bieber from being a trending topic.

Smart plan but alas his fans were smarter, and instead of having only “Bieber” as a trending topic we also have “Jieber” and “Twieber”.

Peaking at the past

Relive the history

The Museum of London has released a great augmented reality app for the iPhone that was received very well by everyone on the web. The app draws from the museum’s historical images archive to juxtopose historical images in present day London using a combination of iPhone magic and geo-location. Now if only we can get that for every major city.

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

Comments and Reactions

5 responses to “Quirky News of the Web — May 2010”

  1. Amer Kawar says:

    Fun post. Love the augmented reality app!

  2. Beiruta says:

    LOL! I love this post, especially this part: “The French are peculiar people; they like their wine and cheese, hate the burqa and apparently their police force are begging people to stop binge drinking”. Can't wait for next month's quirky news :)

  3. Handles says:

    Bieberz by Handles

    Take a werd from yer Handles,
    Walk a mile in my sandles,
    De werld is a twisted place,
    Gettin tired of Bieberz face.
    I'm a man who gots no fear,
    I'll make my werdz plain an clear,
    Limelite godhood isn't swell,
    You'll trade heaven in fer hell.

    All dose Bieberz fans R n00bs,
    Dey don’t evin got no boobs,
    Dey mite not evin sho it,
    But dey can all go blo it.
    De’ve got nothin to swagga,
    Got no bootie to shagga,
    De’ve got a skrach dey can’t itch,
    Can’t wait to shaddup deir bitch.

    His “art” is far from flawless,
    Like his fans can't go brawless,
    Teenie-bopper gutter-snipez,
    Buy into de Bieber-hypez.
    Deir lozin all deir sensez,
    Chokin on small uffencez,
    Deir fightin fer him looks odd,
    If hez sucha demigod.

    Up an away – here we go,
    Dis Justin Bieberz doe-doe,
    Want to get him off dose screenz,
    An mess me up dose preteenz.
    Dey still ain't got no boobies,
    Dose liddle Bieberz n00bies,
    I'm not lookin fer no thanx,
    Justa knockin up dose skanx.

    A Bieberz revolushun,
    No-Bieber constitushun,
    A no-tallent apartheid,
    Itz a Bieberz Biebercide.
    Shootin down aspirashunz,
    Media constipashunz,
    Itz anuff to give me gas,
    All his fans can kiss my ass!

    -To my bruthas in hip-hop:
    “Run wit it – have fun wit it” ~ Handles

  4. Handles says:

    Bieberfan – Bieberfan by Handles

    Bieberfan – Bieberfan,
    I know yall jus love to hate me,
    Bieberfan – Bieberfan,
    Yer cryin jus like a baby,
    Cuz I'm free – cuz I'm free,
    Ya'd give me a nuckle sandwitch,
    Cuz I'm free – cuz I'm free,
    Of yer fuk'n Bieber boy-bitch.

    Itz alovuh CNN,
    Itz alovuh CTV,
    Itz eklipzen liddle Bieber,
    Itz de tool dat setz us free.
    Itz alovuh BBC,
    Itz alovuh NHK,
    Itz de newz of Bieber Shaver,
    Itz takin Bieber uhway!

    Bieberfan – Bieberfan,
    Ya can have yer liddle flame wo,
    Bieberfan – Bieberfan,
    Ya can play de Bieberz street ho,
    Gedda life – gedda life,
    I don't share in yer ubseshun,
    Gedda life – gedda life,
    Bend ovuh fer my agreshun!

    Itz de Bieber Shaver scoop,
    Itz de gift Belieberz hate,
    Itz de newz dat rocks de nashunz,
    Itz de fact Greg Leuch is great!
    Itz de cureall of de web,
    Itz stoppin mediuh gas,
    Itz x-lax fer Bieberpation,
    Itz my finguh up his ass!

    Bieberfan – Bieberfan,
    Don't bothuh to try an hide it,
    Bieberfan – Bieberfan,
    Yer just a lode-o Biebershit,
    Bieberzgone – Bieberzgone,
    Bieber Shaver givz me powuh,
    Bieberzgone – Bieberzgone,
    Yall feel free to cry an cowuh.

    I'm fo de Biebergeddun,
    I'm fo takin out de trash,
    I'm fo shavin off yer Bieberz,
    I'm burnin Bieber to ash!
    I'm fo takin back my Mac,
    I'm fo takin back PC,
    I'm fo de Bieber-Biebercaust,
    I'm fo settin bruthuhs free!

    Bieberfan – Bieberfan,
    I'm ready fo de cybuh warz,
    Bieberfan – Bieberfan,
    I'm silencin ya Bieberwhorz,
    Free at last – free at last!
    It doesn't get bedder dan dis!
    Free at last – free at last!
    I've gots all de Belieberz pissed!

    No mo of me holdin back,
    No mo of all yer screamin,
    No mo of Bieber on my screen,
    No mo of yer Bieberdreamin,
    No mo of ya Bieberhos,
    No mo of yer stupid stuntz,
    Now my eyes no longuh see ya,
    Bunch of stupid Biebercuntz!

    -To my bruthas in hip-hop dis is released under GPL:
    “Run wit it – have fun wit it” ~ Handles

    P.S.: Bieber is comin to Toronto. Shit! Datz my back yard! Do me a favorz. Print out my raps and tape dem to de telefone poles. Let Bieberz know! (Evil laff!)

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