Quirky News of the Web — July 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.

Catch Me If You Can – The Juvenile Edition

Rebel Without a Cause

Colton Harris-Moore, or better known as “the bare foot bandit“, was finally nabbed in the Bahamas and apprehended for all the acts and crimes that he had committed. The 19 year old became a folk hero and managed to attract tens of thousands of fans on Facebook who created groups to keep up with his news and support him. He certainly stuck it up to the man, and made people nostalgic for the wild west days of Billy the Kid and Jesse James but at least he didn’t suffer the same end as they did.

Trigger-Happy Dance Queens

When you talk about “Israeli soldiers”, the last thing that crosses your mind about what they might be up to is “dancing”.

6 Israeli patrol soldiers gained internet infamy for creating a video of them dancing to “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha, taking a page out of the US troops Viral Video handbook who danced to Gaga earlier in the year. They chose to film it in the occupied city of Hebron, about the last place on earth where soldiers should be goofing around and dancing. Hence the video was yanked from Youtube and they are facing disciplinary charges for their conduct.

The Seven Keys of The Internet

Like all blessed and holy things, 7th heaven, the 7 seas, 7 sins and of course the 7 keys of the internet. Apparently there are 7 people with keys that would allow them to reboot the internet in cases of emergency.

The scenario is that in case of a terrorist attack or a security breach of the internet, those people will meet in a secure location in the US to restart the Domain Name System Security, which acts like the yellow pages of websites on the internet if we are going to put in layman terms.  Two questions come to mind, why 7? and why keys? Wouldn’t a BSOD have been able to do the job?

Filckr of Blue Blood

Isn't This Precious?

Regardless of what you might think of the British Royal Family – ehem – they certainly are representatives of a very rich heritage and to share the visual part of it, they have to decided to bless the internet with their official presence on Flickr, sharing a stream of their latest and greatest shoots and photos. Aren’t they precious?

Tennessee: Meet Your Next … Governor!

Everyone gets nervous before appearing for an interview on TV, and some like to calm their nerves with a drink or two. But when you are a politician running for elections, the pressure on you is compounded and you might end up needing more than a couple of drinks to calm your nerves. Before this interview, very few people have heard of Basil Marceaux, the GOP candidate running for governor of Tennessee, but after giving the performance of his life time, he went viral. People fell in love with him and his plans to do away with traffic lights and goldfinch flags.

Then something remarkable happened: people forgot that they liked him in the ironic sense and started taking him seriously. And with a couple more videos like this one on his Youtube channel, the underdog will have a good chance at getting a win in this race.

Vote Basil Marceaux!

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 — July 2010”

  1. Beiruta says:

    The news about the “7 keys of the Internet” is just hilarious! LOL

    I love the way you talked about it! Hehehehe

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