Quirky News of the Web — January 2011 #want1million #imafish

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.

Want To Earn 1$ Million? Just Ask For It!

Craig Rowan, some of you might recognize him from his “College Humor” videos, had a simple request of the internet and he had posted it a few weeks back:

A simple straight forward request to give him a million dollars, and not for any grand project or anything, just because you are able to. Lo and behold he was successful; a mysterious Benjamin contacted him and sent him a notarized obligation to provide him with 1$ million on February 2nd at the NYC Comedy Theater. Now, expect to see a flood of people asking for money and starting a new trend of people asking for change online.

Fox News: The Internet Is Nearly Out Of Addresses

While the dilemma of whether full out adoption of IPv6 will be done in time before IPv4 address have run out has been a discussion topic for at least the past 5 years, Fox News decided to look at the matter through their own investigative lens:

“Every Internet-connected computer, smartphone, car, gadget and gizmo is assigned a four-digit IP address that lets it communicate with the net, thanks to a system known as IPv4[...]. And the flood of new gadgets means we’re running out of those addresses.

[..]Web developers have tried to compensate for this problem by creating IPv6 – a system that recognizes six-digit IP addresses rather than four-digit ones.”

They have also found out that IPv6 isn’t backwards compatible, and it offers a “clunky and slow” user experience that sometimes displays blank pages to people! Now, that’s exactly the kind of reporting and fact checking that we expect from the Fox News!

As If One of Him Wasn’t Enough

Jamie Laou is your average 17 year old Australian senior who likes to use social media and talk to the internet. This might not explain why his Twitter account iJever has 68,000 followers and he was at the center of several Twitter Trending topics like #iamafish and iJever. The reason for that only becomes apparent when you see one of his videos

The guy has an uncanny resemblance to one Justin Beiber, and hence all the beleibers have adored him and created altars and Facebook Fanpages to idolize him just because he looks like him and is “as cute as he is” - this previous sentence translates to everyone over 14 and who isn’t a mom to him being annoying as hell. So all it takes to conquer the internet these days is to look like a celebrity.

Amber Alert on Facebook

In its strife to be everything and anything to everyone, Facebook has joined the Amber Alert program. The system utilized in each state to report missing or kidnapped children, and now you will be able to receive Amber Alert while you are browsing your wall on Facebook. To receive the alerts, you would have to opt in the program by going to Facebook’s Amber Alert page and clicking “Like” on that fan page. The sad part is that all their updates will not have priority over other updates and will be obscured by the torrent of updates from all your other friends, going against the nature of Amber alerts being annoying enough to gain your time and attention.

A Golden Girls Moment

A women in her 60′s traveling from London to Tel Aviv attempted to smuggle 44 iPhone 4′s into the country. Dressed in traditional Georgian attire, the security first noticed that something is peculiar about her movements and that she if finding it difficult to walk, so they had her go through a full body scanner and the rest was news. Now the question is not how she even managed to walk in the first place, but what the hell possessed her to attempt this in an Israeli border crossing? Those guys don’t mess around they use Macbooks for target practice.

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 Amer Kawar

    “I’m a fish!” LOL! And a totally idiotic article by Fox News.

    Great post..

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

    Nooooo! Not one more #Bieber… Please!

  • http://www.magento-themes.jextn.com Magento Themes

    I had read about the first video on some other blog a week ago, I wish I had that chance too.
    @ Justin Bieber, cannot tolerate one more…

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