The Web is a weird and wonderful place full of content that is far too easy to miss thanks to the size and scale of the Internetz. This column has one simple aim: to collect the best weird and wonderful content that appears on the Web and fit it all on one page for your delectation.
In this edition of Weird & Wonderful Web, we learn why popcorn is synonymous with movies, how the world looks when mapped by websites, see the iPhone 5s and 5c blended, pick a Facebook face from the crowd, discover idiots on Twitter, see how World War II happened, count the ways in which Twitter can be described, revisit Windows 95, destroy patent trolls, and discover how to clean our teeth in just six seconds.
Popcorn & Movies… Why?
While not everyone eats popcorn while watching movies, either at home or in theaters, it’s a foodstuff that’s synonymous with the medium. But why? It’s an intriguing question because we just accept that popcorn and movies go together like Apple and overpricing, like the Internet and pornography. The Smithsonian has the answer.
Mapping The World’s Favorite Websites
The world can be mapped in numerous different ways — by population, by wealth, etc. — but how does the world look when mapped by favorite websites? As detailed by The Atlantic, Two researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute ran with the idea, and the results are intriguing. Google and Facebook are the new empiric powers, and you will bow at their feet. Or at least use their services.
Will It Blend?: The iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c
The Will It Blend? commercials have been a viral video sensation for many years now, with Tom Dickson, the founder of Blendtec, showing off his company’s products by blending a whole host of different objects. This time he blends the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c, which are both destroyed with ease. Apple fanboys everywhere are weeping into their iPads as we speak.
The Faces Of Facebook
It’s very easy to talk about the number of people using Facebook without really getting a handle on the scale of the userbase. This website adds a visual element to the mathematics, with your screen filled with all 1 billion-plus faces of those who use the social networking site. You can zoom in and see individual people, and, by connecting your Facebook account, see where you figure in the line-up.
Twits Call For Obama To Be Assassinated
As you may already be aware the U.S. government shut down on Oct. 1 because of a failure to agree on a new budget. Both sides (the Republicans and Democrats) are blaming each other, while some are directly blaming President Obama. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but using Twitter to call for Obama to be assassinated goes way beyond what is acceptable. Thankfully Public Shaming has saved these offensive tweets for posterity.
World War II: Day By Day
World War II may have ended almost 70 years ago, but its impact on the planet and its population still resonates today. This YouTube video shows how the battle lines of Europe changed on a day by day basis, with Germany and the Axis powers encroaching into other territories before being beaten back over the course of six long years. It’s a mesmerizing glimpse into history.
Twitter As Described By The New York Times
As Twitter prepares to float on the stock market with an IPO worth $1 billion, various websites are exploring the history of the site from its inception through to the present day. These are usually dry, slightly boring affairs, but Quartz took a different approach by detailing the history of Twitter using quotes from the New York Times. You’ll be amazed how many different ways there are to describe Twitter.
Microsoft Revisits Windows 95
If you’re old enough to remember the days before the Internet became mainstream then you may also remember Windows 95. This was a solid operating system from Microsoft that included a ‘Fun Stuff‘ folder containing a game called Hover. Showing how much the Web has improved since then, Microsoft has revisted Windows 95 and created a version of Hover you can play in your browser. It’s an effort to promote Internet Explorer 11, of course, but it works in other up-to-date browsers as well.
Destroy All Patent Trolls
Patent trolls, for the uninitiated, are companies or individuals which file or buy patents and force alleged infringers to pay licensing fees without ever using the patents themselves. They’re hated within the consumer technology industry, and consumers are also increasingly tiring of the practise. Which has to be worth the attentions of Jonathan Mann, who writes and records a new song every day.
Clean Your Teeth In 6 Seconds
If you’re anything like me you’ll resent having to clean your teeth twice a day. I know it only takes three minutes every time, but I could be doing something much better with that three minutes. Plus, I’m British and I like to live up to national stereotypes. My salvation may have arrived in the form of Blizzident, a 3D-printed toothbrush tailored to every individual. This method reportedly means it only takes six seconds to clean your teeth every time, but it’ll cost you a cool $299 for the privilege.
This column is designed to entertain, so if you feel it has achieved that goal be sure to let us know in the comments section below. If, on the other hand, it completely failed to make the corners of your mouth turn upwards even ever so slightly then be sure to inform us of that instead. And then watch us silently weep as we read the hurtful comments.