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
Randall Munroe is not only the genius behind xkcd, just one of the webcomics all geeks should read, 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 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 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, 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.
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