Quirky News of the Web — October 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.

Meg Whitman’s Campaign’s Unfortunate “Oopsie”

It is really amusing following the mid-term elections this year, especially the number of loonies who are parading themselves as legitimate candidates, people like the I’m-not-a-witch O’Donnell, or the lying Miller time. It’s just one amusing train wreck after the other, and one of the most amusing so far has come courtesy of the Be-scared-of-Latinos Whitman’s campaign, in which a campaign spokesperson had the misfortune of missing an “r” in the link she retweeted, so instead of linking to this she linked to …

Who must be the luckiest Youtuber on earth for getting it since invaluable gesture of free advertising from the Whitman campaign, and the best justification that the spokesperson could come up with for her gaff was “oopsie“.

Facebook Cures Cancer

Grace Freeman's FB Picture that alerted Nicola

Now, regular usages for Facebook usually involve networking with friends, stalking ex’s and sharing pictures but you can add curing cancer to them. Nicola, a nurse from the UK, was browsing the pictures of her friends two year old daughter and noticed something off about the little girl’s picture. She had a white pupil instead of the usual red eye in one of her pictures which is indicative of eye cancer, so she informed her friend of her concern and it was found that the child had a rare type of eye cancer and if it was not diagnosed it would have endangered the life of the little girl. As an added bonus, now everyone around the world knows how to diagnose this rare type of eye cancer helping to raise more awareness than a million “I like it on” campaigns.

Welcome to the Jungle

Don't Worry You Are Just Seeing Things

Welcome to the streets of Rio de Janeiro! On your left you can see last night’s latest homicide, up ahead we will be seeing daily workers earning an honorable living on the street corners. Google Street View has made its debut in Rio and it is quite grizzly. One of the most dangerous cities of the world and Google’s reaction to the entire thing is that it is “no different to what anyone might expect to see for themselves around the country,” there is even a Tumblr feed for the pictures caught on Street Viu.

A Presentation That Will Not Make You Snooze

Subject 2

Karen Owen is a Duke alum who approached her sexual escapades with the same academic rigorous as she has approached her studies and hence felt obliged to write her senior thesis on “horizontal academics”. The thesis evaluates the prowess of 13 subjects evaluating them with a raw score and stating the pros and cons of the “contact”. Needless to say, such a remarkable research begged to be peer reviewed and it did; it went absolutely viral. You can check the 42 page power point presentation on Jezebel.

Have You found God?

Holy Swiss?

Finding God is a great thing: You can almost say that you are born again once you find him, but sadly people people search for him in all the wrong places, like grilled cheese sandwiches. They should have been looking for him and his son on Google’s Street View, he’s somewhere in Switzerland.

So are there any pieces of news this month that you would like to share? An item you liked? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Comments and Reactions

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Wow: Facebook Cures Cancer… That is awesome news! I really enjoy this section! Thanks for compiling it!

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com M.Bamieh

    Welcome, i thought that was a very interesting story :)

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