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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 Why More People Would Use Mac If It Cost The Same As Windows [Opinion] Why More People Would Use Mac If It Cost The Same As Windows [Opinion] I'm writing this on a Windows PC for one very good reason - Macs are too damn expensive. If only Apple was to lower the price of its full range of Mac computers then everyone... Read More , like the Internet and pornography Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Anon22 discovered Internet porn when he was just 12 years old. For around 10 years, Anon22 has enjoyed pornography using his computer once or twice a day, a compulsion that he claims ruined his social... Read More . 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 More Of The Best: Find More Websites Like Your Favorites! More Of The Best: Find More Websites Like Your Favorites! Everyone has their set of favorite websites. No matter what your hobbies and interests are, I’m sure you can think of at least five websites you love and visit often just off the top of... Read More ? 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.

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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 10 YouTube Videos Exploring The New iPhone 5s and 5c 10 YouTube Videos Exploring The New iPhone 5s and 5c Assuming you haven't been living under a rock, located deep in a forest, surrounded by a very tall wall; you'll be aware that Apple has unveiled its latest smartphone. Read More , 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 Tweets From History: 8 Twitter Feeds Revealing The Past Tweets From History: 8 Twitter Feeds Revealing The Past History tells us what went wrong, how bad things happened, and the timeline that led to world-changing events. You can read books, you can watch documentaries, or you can find it all on Twitter. Read More .

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 How Twitter Was Born [Geek History Lessons] How Twitter Was Born [Geek History Lessons] Originally created in 2006 as a short messaging system for small groups, Twitter has since evolved into a powerful communication tool that has dramatically changed how information is shared and spread online. Twitter functions as... Read More 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 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More 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.

Conclusions

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.

  1. Manuth C
    October 9, 2013 at 1:03 am

    LOL "Apple fanboys everywhere are weeping into their iPads"

    • Dave P
      October 12, 2013 at 9:16 am

      I raised at least one laugh then... totally worth it :)

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