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In this edition of Weird & Wonderful Web, we catch a glimpse of Google’s new island, witness the shortest relationship in the world, discover when Facebook will die, debunk age-old science myths, see evidence that video games can make you violent, solve that stupid Facebook giraffe riddle, find out why we should all have bought Bitcoin in 2009, witness the power of Photoshop, discover PC actually stands for “Pissy Cat,” and play with the first release of Windows.

Google’s (Don’t Be) Evil Island

What on earth is Google up to with this mysterious construction in San Francisco Bay?! CNET investigated and found that truth is sometimes much more banal than fiction. The genesis of this story isn’t an island and it isn’t likely to be used for anything more exciting than housing a giant data center, but the thought of Google creating an island for some unknown nefarious purpose is more compelling than the actual truth.

The Shortest Relationship In The World

A whole relationship, from the initial meeting all the way through the flirting, meeting friends and family, and even the first time sleeping together and first argument, all in the space of five minutes. This has to be the shortest relationship in the world ever, and while it’s not exactly representative of all relationships, it’s a pretty good recreation of the different stages that happen within them. And there’s not a Michael Bay-inspired special effect in sight.

I See Dead People… On Facebook

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Randall Munroe is not only the genius behind xkcd, just one of the webcomics all geeks should read 10 Awesome Webcomics Drawn Just For Geeks 10 Awesome Webcomics Drawn Just For Geeks Webcomics are arguably more popular now than they ever have been before. This is mainly due to a marked increase in the quality of content, with some webcomics being both magnificently written and magnificently drawn.... Read More , he’s also responsible for What If?, which sees him answering hypothetical questions posed by randomers. He recently figured out when Facebook was likely to have a userbase made up of more people who are dead than alive. The results (and the working) will likely blow your mind.

Old Science Myths Debunked

There are certain scientific claims that are so embedded into our our psyches that they get repeated and shared despite having been debunked a long time ago. This Cracked article takes six such age-old myths and reveals the truth about them, which may come as a shock to those who have grown up believing what some well-meaning teacher once told them at school. The comments reveal some arguments over the debunking, but this is, at the very least, a reminder to question everything.

GTA V Turns Old Woman Nasty [NSFW]

I’m a firm believer that video games don’t turn people into evil, sadistic killers. Nor does music, movies, or any other medium you care to mention. However, there’s no doubt that playing GTA V The Games, TV Shows, Movies, & Technology That Influenced GTA V The Games, TV Shows, Movies, & Technology That Influenced GTA V As with every medium, video games are heavily influenced by other things, and there are plenty of examples of this in GTA V. Read More seems to bring out a different side of this old lady, who appears to be taking her anger over rising fuel prices out on the citizens of Los Santos.

The Facebook Giraffe Riddle… Solved

If you’ve seen anyone change their Facebook profile picture to a giraffe recently then the chances are they’re victims of the latest idiotic viral phenomenon sweeping social networks. There’s a riddle being passed around that, if you answer incorrectly, means you’re a giraffe or something. It’s nonsense, obviously, but for those who must know what the elusive (probable) correct answer is it’s available on this Chicago Tribune article.

The Bitcoin (Almost) Millionaire

Imagine you’d been ahead of the curve when it came to virtual currencies, and taken a gamble that Bitcoin was about to take off in a big, bad way mainly thanks to the dark Web How To Find Active Onion Sites & Why You Might Want To How To Find Active Onion Sites & Why You Might Want To Onion sites, so named because they end with ".onion", are hosted as Tor hidden services – a completely anonymous way to host websites. They're part of the deep Web – an invisible part of the... Read More . How much would you now be worth? A frighteningly large fortune, so it turns out. We know because a Norwegian man who invested just $27 in Bitcoin in 2009 is now worth a cool $886,000. Making him the luckiest person in the world, and someone we can all legitimately hate.

The Power Of Photoshop

It’s hardly new information that Photoshop is used extensively to alter the look of photos in advertising. But perhaps you, like me, need to be shown exactly what a Photoshop makeover looks like. Which we now can thanks to this incredible video demonstrating how an average looking model can be stretched and airbrushed until she looks just the way someone sitting at a computer wants her to look. Remember this the next time you’re leafing through a glossy magazine full of beautiful people.

PC Stands For Pissy Cat

New computers usually have a distinct smell about them. This being a combination of plastic, metal, and internal components being fired up for the first time. And in the case of Macs, a whiff of style over substance too. What you don’t expect, however, is your new computer to come with an added stench of cat piss, which has been the unfortunate fate of some Dell customers.

Party Like It’s 1985 With Windows 1.01

We’ve already taken a trip down memory lane to 1995 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 , when the Internet was just starting to become a force to be reckoned with. But what was happening 10 years previously? Why, the first Windows operating system was being released, that’s what. And you can now play with Windows 1.01 right from within your browser thanks to the power of emulation. It sure makes Windows 8 look less crappy.

Conclusions

This column is designed to entertain, but, let’s be honest, it probably won’t work. The comments section down below exists for you to let us know what you think of this column; whether you’re a lover or a hater. The Internet is full of trolls, and you may be one of them, in which case give us your best shot… we can take it!*

*Actually we can’t take it, and will cry into our cornflakes for a full week after reading any nasty comments.

  1. Daniel
    November 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Well, it truly is amazing what human engineering can do, software or hardware. I wonder what it will be in, say, ten years. I think that open source is the future. Me and most people I know use free and open source alternatives, and where open source gives in, well, umm... we sail the high seas?

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