During my first attempt at a university education away from home, I spent a lot of time falling down Wikipedia rabbit holes to combat loneliness. It filled my head with even more useless information but I had fun doing it.
Back in January, writers from The Ringer discussed some of the weirdest Wikipedia wormholes they’d found themselves in. Some were straightforward like John Gonzalez’s trip from Prometheus (the movie) to Prometheus (the Ancient Greek god who stole fire from the Gods to give to humanity, which he made from clay, and suffered the consequences).
Others were more long-winded like Michael Baumann’s route from Sir Arthur Currie, an officer in the Canadian army who fought in WWI, to Sea Dragon, a concept-designed rocket that could launch from the sea (At 150m long and 23m in diameter, it would have been the largest rocket ever built.)
My point is: All Wikipedia wormholes lead to giant rockets and/or giant explosions.
For me, I can’t remember any specific Wikiholes but I’ll make some time and report back.
- Sour cream
- Green Chilis
- Hot Sauce
If that’s not comical enough, check out the comments illustrating the various quirks of real video game speedrunning. Perhaps this will look like a regular day of work in a Tex-Mex street food but maybe this will spawn more videos and better techniques.
As the name suggests, the account is filled with fine art mashups from the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Diego Velázquez, Frida Kahlo, and Jacques-Louis David.
And if you like these, check out the Fine Art Simpsons shop on Redbubble too.
Infographic maps have been doing the rounds lately but these are my favourites at the moment.
For this cartoons set, you can find the names of:
- Donald Duck’s nephews
- Donald Duck
- Mickey Mouse
- The Flintstones
- The Smurfs
I’m a vocal critic of NFTs (non-fungible tokens). I think they stink and they’re a serious moral and environmental hazard. Earlier today, I saw a Twitter thread about what you get from an NFT token and, well, it caused the tweeter’s eyebrows to break the laws of physics and biology:
I recommend you read through the thread but the key part is: whoever sells you the NFT keeps all aspects of the NFT and you get a file that references the digital file you pay for that can be lost if the server hosting it disappears. In essence, they’re worthless.
Short version: The NFT token you bought either points to a URL on the internet, or an IPFS hash. In most circumstances it references an IPFS gateway on the internet run by the startup you bought the NFT from. Oh, and that URL is not the media. That URL is a JSON metadata fileSecond tweet from the thread
I’ve seen a suggestion that NFTs can help marginalised artists make money from their art in an easier way. But how many marginalised artists are making $70m from a JPG like this monstrosity?
I remember finding this on a day I wasn’t feeling too good and it gave me a much needed laugh.
The Wobble Dog 9003i is a hot dog sausage wobbling machine. That’s it. A peculiar contraption on the surface but watching the sausages wobble is hilarious. The phallic nature of it all adds to the childish naughtiness (or maybe that’s where the humour stems from.)
Whatever. Stream it below and laugh along at the wiggling wieners.
Those risks relate to the potential broken links. As the site launched in 1998, a lot of the random links you’ll find won’t go anywhere. Link rot is a growing problem on the Web and sites like these are akin to visiting abandoned buildings in major cities.
But if you’re lucky enough, you’ll find an awesome site that hasn’t changed in decades and nothing beats seeing Times New Roman and minimal styling on the internet (before it was called brutalist web design).
I found this series last year via a scene from an actor’s showreel on YouTube and it offered some comfort during Lockdown 1.0.
Hug It Out tells the story of Gwen, a recent divorcee from LA who restarts her life as a professional snuggler (someone who is paid to cuddle or snuggle). Cue all kinds of awkwardness, inappropriate exposure, emotions, and swearing from a host of characters.
Kincaid Walker executive produced the web series and stars as Gwen alongside Jason Eksuzian who directed.
Hug It Out isn’t relatable on the surface—I neither have the money nor the necessity to hire a snuggler, in or out of a pandemic—but the subtext resonated with me a little. Having to start again after a relationship break up and not knowing where to go or how to navigate your new life is difficult and Gwen’s character had her fair share of mishaps throughout the series. But she grew into her new job and gained some confidence back for herself, expertly shown in one episode where she confronts an old friend who she’d fallen out with after Gwen’s marriage and subsequent breakup.
All 6 episodes are streamable on Vimeo or you can watch them via the Hug It Out website. And there’s a special COVID-19 short which answers the question “how the hell does a professional snuggler survive during a pandemic that dictates social distancing?” In case you were wondering.
Mazaccio & Drowilal are a French art duo that make artworks from found internet images.
Whether it’s IRL still lifes of desktop icons, dogs staring wistfully into sunsets, or celebrity snapshots defaced with paint and tape, the duo’s subject matter is universally familiar to anyone who’s found themselves in a thumb scroll wormhole, and that’s exactly the point.Quote from It’s Nice That
It’s all trés cool, trés French, and trés internet. That sentence didn’t make any sense. But the art does to me and that’s all that matters.
Internet-related: Internet Archaeology: a gallery of early internet images
I’m asking for trouble putting that word in the title but I thought it was a quirky internet thing.
Rob Cockerham of Cockeyed.com discovered something unique about viagra emails:
Because internet marketers love teaching others about medicine and the alphabet, the word “Viagra” is always spelled in hot, new, creative ways. For example, it might have a lower case “L” in the space where a capital “I” would go, or perhaps an “@” symbol where the letter “a” should be.
After I received 80,730 different emails trying to sell viagra, I started to wonder: How many different ways are there to spell Viagra?
I began my quest by simply collecting the Viagra spellings that showed up in my email. In 12 days, I had 79.
With two single letter substitution and addition characters used between letters, he found 600,426,974,379,824,381,952 variations of the word ‘viagra’ (that’s over 600 quintillion).
But upon further inspection, Rob found more and managed to get up to 1,300,925,111,156,286,160,896 variations (that’s over 1.3 sextillion). Put into context, if each variation was a grain of sand, that’d be enough to cover ever beaches in the world (approximately). Also, sextillion… viagra… it was destiny!
Then that got me thinking: I wonder how many variations there are of ‘COVID’ or ‘COVID-19’? If anyone can be bothered to work it out, let me know!
It quickly turns into a nonsensical ramble but it’s oddly endearing, not least because the alternative would be worse, like some kind of technological shower of lexical discharge.
In 2012, Detroit’s 7 Action News tracked down a man called Ihor Stetkewycz who was accused of dumping tree parts. He claimed it was accidental but when asked why he left them there, he decided to show his misogynistic colours.
“You don’t have to ask me, and I don’t take no orders from no woman by the way. By the way, I don’t take no orders from no women […] I don’t listen to women yelling. I tell them to shut up.”Ihor Stetkewycz, male chauvinist from Mars
He then dubbed himself “Mr. Clean Up” in response to being asked whether he’d clear the tree parts and then told Action News he was from Mars.
A year later, ChiliConQueso on YouTube uploaded “Real Life Carl Brutananadilewski” which showed a comparison of Carl Brutananadilewski from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Ihor Stetkewycz. The resemblance is uncanny. Sarcastic, brash, and terrible behaviour towards women.
Asshole related: Was Jim Carrey an asshole on the set of Man On The Moon? And Picasso: the misogynistic douchebag.
It’s been a long year and we’re only into the second week. Things are heavy for so many of us and sometimes you need a bit of light relief to keep you going.
Of the main people I follow on Instagram for that purpose, Ryan Ken is one of my favourites. His hilarious send-ups of white people in all kinds of situations are mental palate cleansers and this one is no exception.
Yesterday, Ryan donned his blonde wig to impersonate Nancy Grace reading Shakespeare. The impersonation is spot-on and Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet never sounded so American South and fed up.