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…

Who the F*** Is Justin Bieber?

The other day, I was flipping through the channels just trying to numb my brain in between things and not think of anything in particular. It is one of my favorite procrastination techniques and an absolute time waster. As I was doing so, I happened to pass cross a music channel, I’m inclined to say MTV out of habit but since they dropped music from their programming it must have been something else, and this video just grabbed my attention for some odd reason:

The first thing that popped in my head was like “Wow, now we have lesbian pop stars! How far things have progressed“. And so, I was curious and I actually finishd the video! Being as out of tune with pop music as I am, I have never heard this song again, but since Ludacris is featured it must be some really hot thing. At the end of the video I was in shock! It was a boy called “Justin Beiber”. For some odd reason, that sounded very familiar! And then I remembered… that’s a name that I always see trending on Twitter.

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