In this edition of Weird & Wonderful Web, we read the poems of Twitter Chairman Jack Dorsey, watch construction workers reacting to Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, discover the new duck face, see Arnold Schwarzenegger try to act, watch Scarface in sitcom form, discover how hated crunching is, find out just how useful Google Earth is, (try not to) listen to the new Rebecca Black, take part in the most important debate in the world ever, and explore the galaxy from the comfort of home.
Jack Dorsey, Poet
You may not know it, but Jack Dorsey is a poet. Or at least he was a poet in his younger days, though it was just a phase in lots of ways. Now Dorsey is the Chairman of Twitter, which no doubt makes his co-founders bitter. Especially when Twitter IPOs, and Dorsey’s bank balance gains some extra zeroes. Valleywag has all the deets.
Construction Workers Vs. Miley Cyrus
As if twerking with her tongue hanging out wasn’t attention-grabbing enough, Miley Cyrus followed that up by releasing Wrecking Ball. The song is so-so, but the video is, well, interesting, as she writhes around on an actual wrecking ball and licks sledgehammers. CollegeHumor imagines what construction workers would think of her immoral antics.
Duck Face Is Out, Sparrow Face Is In
If you’re unaware of the duck face phenomenon then I’m truly jealous, because it means you’ve never been subjected to the horror of this bizarre facial expression pulled mostly for selfies. And now the duck face has been succeeded by sparrow face, or, as it’s known in Japan where it originated, chirp face. Oh joy.
Arnie Delivers Your Favorite Lines
Reddit is a fun place to hang out, especially when celebrities decide to use the site to promote their latest venture. Having already committed to an AMA, Arnie, AKA Arnold Schwarzenegger, AKA The Governator, decided to do something a little different. People suggested lines for him to read on camera, and he uploaded the results to YouTube. He may not be the best actor in the world, but at least he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Scarface Meets Seinfeld
Scarface is an entirely serious crime drama starring Al Pacino as a Cuban refugee to America who becomes the kingpin in a drugs cartel. It’s sweary, violent, and not for the faint-hearted, and yet, when pitched as an episode of Seinfeld, complete with canned laughter and musical interludes, Scarface is revealed to be a hilarious comedy.
— Ryse: Son of Rome (@RyseGame) October 15, 2013
The innocuous tweet embedded above didn’t get quite the response video game developer Crytek imagined it would. Crytek is currently putting the finishing touches on Xbox One title Ryse: Son Of Rome, but boasting about the amount of crunching the development team is having to do to get the game completed wasn’t a good idea. That is because, quite simply, crunching is never a good thing, as it means real people are having to work long hours at the expense of seeing their families. Cue complaints aplenty from gamers and rival studios.
Returning Home With Google Earth
While most of us have probably used Google Earth or Google Maps at some point in the past, and many of us have found doing so extremely useful, Saroo Munshi Khan’s story is unique. Saroo got lost as a five-year-old child in India, and was eventually adopted by an Australian family. A full 27 years later Google Earth enabled him to find his way back home and enjoy a reunion with his mother and two siblings.
Everybody Loves Rebecca Black
Rebecca Black may be one of the worst singers to have found fame on YouTube, and yet looking back she wasn’t all that bad. OK, that’s a lie, but compared to what has come since she deserves some credit. Patrice Wilson, the producer of Rebecca Black’s Friday (who also pops up as a rapping panda in this song), is still writing “hits” for young children, and his latest will make your ears plead for mercy.
The Most Important Debate In The World, Ever
Toilet roll is something most of us use every day, and yet it’s rarely discussed in public. As long as it’s there waiting for you when you need it, most people couldn’t care less. Or perhaps I’m mistaken in that belief, as this lengthy discussion on Lifehacker about toilet paper and the way it should be presented for use runs on and on and on. And on. Until it eventually runs out, just like toilet roll itself.
Interactive Map Of The Galaxy
Space, the final frontier, these are the voyages of anyone sitting in front of a computer with an HTML5-capable browser. Their mission: to explore the galaxy, to feel like a real-life astronaut, to seek out new stars and discover how small and insignificant we really are, to boldly go where no MakeUseOf reader has gone before.
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