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Welcome To The Internet, the tracksuit

The Welcome To The Internet tracksuit [Getonfleek.com] features a classic image so thoroughly buried in sedimentary layers of meme and merch that it's no longer easy to locate the original through the usual means: the cover of a Scholastic book from 1999 [Amazon]. The illustrator is Donald Grant, whose page on Behance has contact info if you're looking to commission a sequel.
Tags: Art, Post, News, Mistakes, Nostalgia, Behance, Donald Grant


Instagram "influencers" phished and accounts stolen

Instagram influencers are easy marks for phishers: they are unlikely to be security-savvy, are easily taken-in by marketing patter, have huge easily-grifted audiences, and Instagram won't even give them their accounts back afterward. Taylor Lorenz: For young influencers with no direct contacts at Instagram or Facebook, it can be nearly impossible to retrieve a stolen account. Hackers will change the contact email address and phone number and reset the username so the account is impossible to fi...
Tags: Post, News, Instagram, Marketing, Scams, Mistakes, Instagrams, Brooks, Taylor Lorenz, Tiktok, Faisal Shafique, Shafique


Baraboo High Schoolers give Nazi salute at junior prom

Baraboo High School's class of 2019 threw Nazi salutes for a staged photo at their junior prom this year. The photographer, named as Peter Gust, apparently removed it from his website and complained of the "malevolent behavior" of those spreading and criticizing it, but that did not stop it going viral. Though the Wisconsin school district claims to be taking action, it appears not to be merely a one-off stunt: since the photo was publicized, current and former students claim that the school...
Tags: Post, News, Nazis, Racism, Mistakes, Wisconsin, Trumpism, Jamelle Bouie, Picks, Sieg Heil, Baraboo Wisconsin, Jules Suzdaltsev, Baraboo High School, Wisconsin Nasty, Baraboo High Schoolers, Peter Gust


New York City man alarmed by presence of unusual cat (NSFW)

SPOILERS: Yes, it's obviously the back yard of a standard post-war British house. It's actor Michael Rapaport doing a voice-over on this video of , a divinely-inbred Chinchilla Persian from England.
Tags: Video, News, New York City, Mistakes, Wonderful Creatures, Michael Rapaport


Trumpy Bear: 22-inch toy with US flag stuffed inside

Trumpy Bear [Amazon] is a thing this holiday season: an incredibly expensive teddy bear with a blond wig stapled on and a flag stuffed into a "hidden zipper". Wittgenstein's advice is recommended: "What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence." [via Snopes]
Tags: Video, News, US, Hell, Gifts, Mistakes, Trump, Wittgenstein, Trumpy Bear


Watch the UK's Brexit negotiator explain his frank realization that Britain is an island

"I hadn't quite understood the full extent of this," Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab said, "but if you look at the UK and you look at how we trade in goods, we're particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing." [via James Felton] Raab hopes to find a "bespoke arrangement" which "recognizes the peculiar, frankly, geographic economic entity that is the United Kingdom." Islands, Dominic. They're called islands.
Tags: Post, Video, Politics, UK, News, Britain, Mistakes, Brexit, Dover Calais, Raab, Dominic Raab, James Felton, Hadn't Quite Understood The Full Extent, United Kingdom Islands


Park ruined by giant always-on TV screen

The problem with "privately-owned public spaces" is that the right of access and enjoyment is easy to subvert or poison by the owner, making clear that they're really just publicly-zoned private spaces.
Tags: Post, Video, News, Mistakes, Pops


Washington Examiner's twitter account: Trump going to hell

They surely got hacked, but some of those guys are on the strong stuff and you just never know what happens when you mix high-proof conservatism with Jesus and give everyone unlimited access to the Twitter account.
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Tweets, Mistakes, Jesus, Trump, Washington Examiner


That’s It! Let Millennials Go

When is the last time you used or heard the word “Millennial”? How do people say it in your leadership circles? Is it a term of endearment or a scathing word that’s akin to hearing fingernails scrape a chalkboard? If I were to guess, based on what I see floating by on social media these days, it’s probably the latter. In fact, just this morning another “Can you believe Millennials?” style video got tossed my direction, complete with eye-rolls and disbelief about younger coworkers. While I unders...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Creativity, Millennials, Mistakes, Millenials, Dreams, Strengths, Spencer Johnson, Pew Research Millennials, Don Clifton Father, CliftonStrengths


Food magazine editor resigns after joking about "killing vegans, one by one".

William Sitwell, editor of UK grocery chain Waitrose's in-house magazine, has resigned after calling for the killing of vegans. He was responding sarcastically to a pitch from freelance writer Selene Nelson, and Nelson collapsed his context. Nelson, who writes about food and travel, had suggested ideas on "healthy, eco-friendly meals" as "popularity of the movement is likely to continue to skyrocket". Sitwell had emailed back 10 minutes later, saying: "Thanks for this. How about a series on kill...
Tags: Food, Post, UK, News, Mistakes, Waitrose, Nelson, William Sitwell, Navelgazing, A Taste Of Brexit, Selene Nelson, Sitwell


Porno malware infestation hits U.S. Geological Survey

A single smut-addicted official at the US Geological Survey led to an IT crisis there, according to an official report, with visits to more than 9000 porny URLs resulting in a malware infestation. The recommendations? Filter the web, and plug those damned USB ports. Correction: More than 9000 sites, not 9000 infections.
Tags: Post, News, Porn, Tech, It, Mistakes, U S Geological Survey, US Geological Survey, More Than 9000


Porn at work led to more than 9,000 infected computers at the U.S. Geological Survey

A single smut-addicted official at the US Geological Survey led to an IT crisis there, according to an official report, with more than 9000 computers ending up infected. The recommendations? Filter the web, and plug those damned USB ports.
Tags: Post, News, Porn, Tech, It, Mistakes, U S Geological Survey, US Geological Survey, More Than 9000


Disturbing, uncloseable, emotionally manipulative advertising infests childrens' apps

The New York Times reports that apps intended for children are "crammed" with ads, many of them disturbing, inappropriate and effectively impossible to dismiss. Dancing treasure chests would give young players points for watching video ads, potentially endlessly. The vast majority of ads were not marked at all. Characters in children’s games gently pressured the kids to make purchases, a practice known as host-selling, banned in children’s TV programs in 1974 by the Federal Trade Commission. A...
Tags: Post, News, New York Times, Mistakes, Advertising Standards Authority, Federal Trade Commission, Tom, University of Michigan Medical School, Serious Business, Dr Radesky, Plymouth Associates


How long will it take my baby son to defeat the Strong Suction Silicone Plate?

We bought the QShare Strong Suction Silicone Baby Plate from Amazon. This product promises to remain affixed to any plastic, metal or other smooth surface no matter how hard a youngster tugs at it. In preliminary testing, we noticed that it was secure when pulled, but that it could be peeled up at the edges. So after serving up Alfy's dinner and placing him in his high chair, we trained a camera on him to see how long it would take him to defeat the Strong Suction Silicone Baby Plate—if at al...
Tags: Amazon, Video, News, Mistakes, Cuisine, Alfy, QShare Strong Suction Silicone Baby Plate


You can buy used voting machines on eBay, complete with election data

$100 or so a pop. Here's a nice up-to-date Diebold machine. And here's a stack of the voter access cards that go with them. Brian Varner reports on how much can be learned from such items. The hard drives had not been wiped. The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. Worse, the “Property Of” government labels were still attached, meaning someone had sold government property filled with voter information...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Politics, News, Mistakes, Brian Varner


Facebook hires Nick Clegg, British politician who annihilated his own party, as new global affairs chief

Nick Clegg's leadership of the UK's Liberal Democrats brought it briefly into the halls of power only to be destroyed by political incompetence and ambitious indifference. He started out commanding a quarter of the popular vote in a three-party system and left it with just 8 MPs, marginalized for a generation. Let's hope he can do the same thing for Facebook as their Head of Global Affairs. Facebook has hired Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister, to head its global affairs and communi...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Politics, UK, News, Nick Clegg, Mistakes, Silicon Valley, Financial Times, Clegg, Elliot Schrage, Nick Clegg British, Global Affairs Facebook, Already Artificial Intelligence


Halloween-themed hamburger promises to give you nightmares

A top burger chain promises that its new burger will "give you nightmares". It's putting out a 2-minute ad showing actors submitting to a sleep study after devouring a seasonally-themed sandwich, then reporting the night-time horrors that resulted. Here's the ad: "The burger in my dream transformed into the figure of a snake," one reports. Fox 8 News: A new ad shows participants hooked up to sleep monitoring machines after eating the burger. Per USA Today, the incidence of nightmares increase...
Tags: Food, Post, News, Fox, Mistakes


7 Dumb Reasons People Can’t Sell a Home

There can be many reasons a home sits on the market, some of which may be out of your control. However, there are a few “dumb reasons” that sellers could easily avoid with these 7 tips.
Tags: Real Estate, Fail, Radio, Mistakes, Mistake, FSBO, General Interest, Realtor.com, Home Sales, Realtor.org, For Sale By Owner, Sell A Home


Lawsuit: "pivoting to video" was a disaster led by Facebook's cooked viewing data

Several years ago media sites began firing writers en-masse to hire video people instead, because Facebook and other social media companies told them that this was the future. "Pivoting to video," some called it. But what Facebook actually delivered was "fraudulent" analytics. Advertisers slowly figured out the videos weren't being watched. Facebook lied about it for a while. Then it apparently admitted it. Then the media sites started firing the video people too. Here's an excerpt from a lawsui...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, California, Mistakes, Pivots, Jason Kint, Suzanne Vranica


Channeling the Messengers

It was a lovely June evening in Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado. I was playing banjo with cellist Hank Rober­ts, bassist Robert Black, and Robert Mirabal, who sang and played drums and flutes of the Pueblo tribe. One of Hank’s tunes called for us to make animal sounds. Something about this evening’s performance induced in me the sense that I was channeling those sounds, not just making them. I closed my eyes and don’t even remember what noises came out, but it seemed as if they we...
Tags: Colorado, Religion, Inspiration, Articles, Mistakes, Buffalo, Muse, Columns, Technique, Composition, Mozart, John Cage, Octavio Paz, George Gershwin, Pueblo, Robert Black


Red Delicious, that most vile breed of Apple, no longer America's favorite

The Red Delicious—picture-perfect on the outside but mealy, clammy, fleshy yet flavorless within—is no longer America's favorite apple. The Gala overtook it, and hopefully the noble Granny Smith will further dethrone it soon. Red Delicious’ slippage will be mourned by few. As Sarah Yager wrote in the Atlantic in a history of the variety a few years ago, the Red Delicious is a “paradox”: “alluring yet undesirable, the most produced and arguably the least popular apple in the United States.” They’...
Tags: Apple, Post, News, America, Atlantic, United States, Fruit, Mistakes, Genetic Engineering, Zajac, Granny Smith, The Disgusting Red Delicious, Sarah Yager, Orange Pippin


Intel accused of commissioning rigged CPU benchmarks

Intel reportedly published rigged benchmarks designed to make its new i9 chips look better than the competition, while holding tech media to an embargo on publishing reviews or independent tests. Intel — or to be precise, a company Intel hired to create a whitepaper on Core i9 gaming performance — has crossed that line. According to Forbes, Intel contracted with Principled Technologies to distribute a whitepaper containing various claims about gaming performance between Intel’s upcoming Core i9...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Tech, Intel, Mistakes, Amd, Bob, Chipzilla, NDA, Principled Technologies, RYZEN, Forbes Intel


Embezzler very sorry

Pure excitement last night from Pittsburgh's WPXI, which devoted several minutes to covering a local man accused of pocketing more than $3,000 from the store where he worked, in small amounts, over a long period of time. I can't remember his name, occupation or the outcome of the investigation, but love that the TV station thought "Very Sorry" to be worthy of a bulletpoint. Which it is.
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Mistakes, Pittsburgh, WPXI


Oil refinery explosion was "Thanksgiving miracle", says newspaper owned by family that owns the refinery

The Telegraph-Journal is a newspaper in New Brunswick, Canada. It is owned by the Irvings, among Canada's richest industrialists. Yesterday, an oil refinery owned by the Irvings exploded. Here's how the Telegraph-Journal covered it. [via] Today I learned that yesterday was Thanksgiving in Canada.
Tags: Post, News, Canada, Explosions, Mistakes, New Brunswick Canada, Telegraph Journal


Something Awful receives legal threat over hotlinked image of Hitler fan

Christopher Sadowski is, his lawyers submit, a most accomplished photographer of... Hitler admirer Heath Campbell? The New York-based shooter is threatening to sue the website Something Awful over a photo of the nazi spotted in its forums unless they pay $6750. The unauthorized use of my client's work threatens my client's livelihood. While Christopher Sadowski,[sic] does have the right to bring a lawsuit for damages, my client is willing to settle this in an amicable way, out of court and witho...
Tags: Post, New York, News, Law, Copyright, Mistakes, Hitler, Associates, CDA, Higbee, Sadowski, Christopher Sadowski, Heath Campbell, Higbee Associates, Rich Kyanka, Kyanka


Insane Clown Posse's Shaggy 2 Dope tries and fails to dropkick Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit

At a concert last night, Insane Clown Posse rapper Shaggy 2 Dope tried and failed to dropkick Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst in front of a large audience, then was dragged off by security guards. The Bellevue Intelligencer reports: The rockers were performing at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden for the Rock Allegiance festival on Saturday and while Durst was singing Faith ... 2 Dope, real name Joseph Utsler, only made light contact and ended up on his back. There's no word on what beef is at hand b...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Fights, Mistakes, Limp Bizkit, Camden, Fred Durst, Durst, Dropkick, Shaggy, Bellevue Intelligencer, Joseph Utsler


Brooklyn College prof: boys aren't men unless they sexually assault someone at school

Mitchell Langbert, a business professor at Brooklyn College who looks like a cross between Ray Liotta and an angry fermented potato, writes that "If someone did not commit sexual assault in high school, then he is not a member of the male sex." The blog post was reposted in a private group for some 5,000 students and alumni. Some students were outraged. Corrinne Greene said her campus group, Young Progressives of America, wants Langbert fired. "To have someone in a position of power espousing s...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Rome, Britain, United States, Athens, Mistakes, Ray Liotta, Kavanaugh, Brooklyn College, Lopes, Mitchell Langbert, Langbert, Corrinne Greene, Young Progressives of America


Why you should never return lost property in person

A man who returned a lost cellphone was charged with theft by cops. The rationale: because he took it home first rather than instantly handing it in, he had stolen it. They got him because he returned it, in person, a day later, providing his name, just like criminals do. Two weeks ago, Conkling went to the Subway near 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue to get a sandwich during his lunch break. As he got out of the car, he told 41 Action News he found a cracked iPhone lying on the ground. "It ...
Tags: Video, News, Mistakes, Tips, 135th Street, Conkling, Action News, Metcalf Avenue, Action News Conkling


Florida man insists he only drank at stop signs

69-year-old Earle Stevens Jr. drove his car "over and over" into another motorist's vehicle at a McDonald's drive-through lane in Vero Beach, Florida. Police pulled him over, noted the smell of alcohol, and asked him about that open bottle of bourbon in the passenger seat, wrapped in brown paper. When I asked him where he was drinking he stated, "Stop signs." He further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals. I ask...
Tags: Post, Florida, News, Law, Mistakes, McDonald, Miami Herald, Vero Beach Florida, Earle Stevens Jr


Car thief photographed by victim

Who is this man? Dorset Police hope he can help them with their enquiries. A woman confronted a suspected thief and took his photo as he was sitting in her stolen car. She spotted two men parked in her silver Ford Fiesta just two streets from where it was stolen in Lowther Road, Bournemouth, following a house burglary the night before.
Tags: Post, News, Mistakes, Crimes, Dorset Police, Ford Fiesta, Lowther Road Bournemouth