Weird & Wonderful Web… A compendium of online awesomeness.
This week, discover how much virginity is worth, see kids crying over lost candy, find out how to obtain a creepy LED stickman costume, watch how video game title screens have evolved over the years, see cosplayers relaxing at home, learn how Japanese women eat burgers, read the truth about working at Google, see Thor’s hammer made real, discover which politicians are actually reptilian aliens, and take part in Movember without having to grow a moustache.
Your Virginity Is Worth $27,950
OK, so maybe yours is worth more than that, or less, who am I to judge? But one Russian teenager knows that this figure of $27,950 is exactly what her virginity is worth. How? Because she sold it to the highest bidder on an online auction site. The 18-year-old is set to meet the lucky man in a hotel room where the transaction will take place. According to The Siberian Times, the authorities claim the parties involved have broken no laws and there won’t be an investigation.
Pranking Halloween Candy Kids
Parents don’t often like to see their kids upset and crying, and certainly wouldn’t dream of being the ones responsible for causing that hurt. And yet every year when U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asks his viewers to tell their kids they’ve eaten all their Halloween candy, hundreds comply. This video shows the funny-yet-slightly-unsettling results.
LED Stickman Costumes For Everyone
In the run-up to Halloween a video of a toddler dressed in the costume her dad made for her went viral. Watch the video and you’ll see why, though as a 30-something man with no children as yet it scared the living daylights out of me. The good news, or bad news, depending on your personal perspective, is that the dad has now gone into business with the LED suits, which are currently being funded through Kickstarter.
Video Game Title Screen Evolution
Video games have been around for over 40 years at this point, and the medium has evolved incredibly in that time. This video, by The Art Of The Title, demonstrates just how much by pulling together some of the best title screens from video games seen in the past three decades. As their name implies, these guys specialize in pulling together compilations of title screens, whatever the genre or subject matter.
Cosplayers Chillaxing At Home
Cosplayers (people involved in costume play) can be seen at all the best conventions for geeks, where they look like they belong and should never leave. However, take the cosplayer away from the con and place them in their own homes dressed in the full gear and the effect is rather unsettling and disorientating. Klaus Pichler’s ‘Just The Two Of Us‘ series is almost guaranteed to give you nightmares.
Eating A Burger, Japanese Style
In Japan it’s apparently not acceptable for women to be seen opening their mouths really wide. Which makes eating a big fat burger at the local fast-food joint a tough proposition. Thankfully someone saw fit to create a solution to the problem, with the ‘Liberation Wrapper‘ designed to be placed over the mouth whenever a big bite is taken. I think I would just stick to fries, personally.
Working At Google Sucks, Apparently
If you’re anything like me you imagine working at Google to be pretty much the best job in the world. This is a company known for treating its legion of employees well, with money, stock options, and time enough to get creative and innovate. It turns out life isn’t all good at Google, as this Quora thread detailing the worst things about working at the search and advertising behemoth reveals. I guess I’ll stick with MakeUseOf then.
Thor’s Hammer Is Real Goddammit!
As any reader of the comic books or viewers of the films know, Thor’s hammer is one powerful mofo. Officially called Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer is virtually indestructible, capable of smashing through almost anything, able to summon extreme weather, and unusable by anyone other than Thor himself. And now a master blacksmith called Tony Swatton has forged a real-world version of Mjölnir. Want. Now.
Naming & Shaming Reptilian Politicians
Various mentalist conspiracy theorists have suggested that the world is run by a race of lizard people. That’s your politicians, royal families, and one-percenters who have green skin and eat flies, apparently. According to The Atlantic Wire an incredible 12 million Americans believe this fanciful notion, so the publication has put together a checklist for us all to work out which politicians are lying to us and which politicians are, well, really lying to us.
Realistic Movember Simulator
It’s November, which means one thing for gentlemen of a certain persuasion (that being the gentlemanly persuasion)… Movember! As we previously discussed, Movember is an annual effort which sees men grow moustaches for one month in order to raise money for charity. Unfortunately not all men are manly enough to grow facial hair, which is where the Realistic Movember Simulator from Us Vs. Them comes in. It’s pretty damn accurate.