Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pictures Of Hipsters Taking Pictures Of Their Food (Of The Day)

Yes, please show us what you're having for dinner. We care.

From Visual News (a site no doubt run by--yep--hipsters).

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News: NASA Drew A Giant Penis In The Sand On Mars

It's pointing directly at Uranus.

From Gizmodo.
NASA Drew This Giant Penis on the Surface of Mars

Apparently, this drawing of the male genitals etched into the surface of Mars—which has popped up on NASA's website—was just an amusing accident. 

Either that, or a very dirty-minded individual got hold of the controls of NASA's aging Opportunity Mars rover--as if it wasn't bad enough that Opportunity got replaced by Curiosity and left on the red planet to die.

The appearance of this celestial schlong could, of course, be pure coincidence. Or even photoshopped—but the fact that it's on a NASA website either makes that unlikely or even funnier. Either way, it's still childishly amusing.

10 Celebrities Mourned Before Their Time

This has been going on forever. When I was a kid it was Mikey from the Life cereal commercials who was falsely declared dead (after ingesting the lethal combination of Pop Rocks candy and Coca-Cola, which was rumored to make you explode). Since then, everyone from Dustin "Screech" Diamond to Justin Bieber to Bon Jovi have been pronounced dead when they weren't. At some point you see these things for what they really are: wishful thinking.

From Reader's Digest.


Following the death of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher earlier this month, the memorial hashtag #nowthatchersdead began trending worldwide. But it didn't take long before Tweeters misread the missive as "Now that Cher's dead," improbably plopping the still-living "Life After Love" artist into the center of the Internet news mill for a day.


One of America's earliest tabloid media fails occurred in 1897, when Mark Twain was mistakenly reported dead instead of his ailing cousin. Twain was assumed dead a second time in 1907 when reporters briefly lost track of him on a steam ship voyage from Virginia to New York. Twain's twin brushes with the grave prompted him to later pen one of his most enduring one-liners: "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."


To hear the Internet tell it, Justin Bieber has committed suicide (2009), been shot to death in a nightclub (January 2010), suffered a fatal drug overdose (June 2010), and just straight-up kicked the bucket (May 2012 - via an unexplained "RIP Justin Bieber" Twitter trend). Such hoaxes have become routine in the age of Internet stardom.


Rap mogul Lil Wayne actually did end up in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a seizure this March, but reports that he was being administered his last rites were straight-up trash talk. Weezy tweeted the same afternoon "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love," and will begin touring his newest album (ominously titled I Am Not A Human Being II) in July.


When crime-writer Agatha Christie went missing from her Berkshire estate for 11 days, friends and family feared the worst. Over 15,000 volunteers were sent to scour the countryside for the presumed-dead author. Turns out Agatha had stormed off and gone into hiding to begrudge her adulterous husband.


The rumor that Paul McCartney died in 1966 remains one of the most famous urban legends of rock. Reports of a late '60s car crash and diminished public appearances by the Cute Beatle spiraled into an international conspiracy investigation. The hundreds of "clues" that emerged from coded messages in The White Album and Abbey Road belie the fact that a breathing 70-year-old Paul recently embarked on another global headlining tour.

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