I Interrupted Anime Twitter Cybersex Roleplay as Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer

Some people role play to escape the dreariness of their day-to-day lives. Some people role play to bring back childhood memories. Some people role play to explore fantastical worlds of their own creation. I role play because I want to know the answer to the question "What if powerful and intimidating Bar Rescue host… » 3/28/15 11:13am Saturday 11:13am

1988 Mom and Dad Bust 1988 Teen Party

Hiding at the bottom of Dave Holmes's (very entertaining) write-up of the March 23, 1988 pop charts is a link to an incredible document. It is titled "B-Rock Party." It is a home video, shot the night of June 28, 1988, of a party attended by some exquisitely 1988 suburban teenagers. At 1:36, a set of parents arrive… » 3/27/15 5:50pm Friday 5:50pm

The Nine Best Hoaxes to Have Hit Wikipedia

Snappy & Friends, a short animated show sponsored by Kellog's Rice Krispies, first aired sometime in 1949. In 1968, a visionary toy scientist named Alex Cartwright created an artificially intelligent robotic arm that could play full games of Stratego, Battleship, and Candyland, to the delight and vague unsettlement of… » 3/26/15 2:04pm 3/26/15 2:04pm

A Scientific Ranking of Which Parts of Reddit Are Most Racist and Bad

An easy way to find a part of Reddit filled with toxic speech and disturbed personalities is to go to Reddit.com and close your eyes and wiggle your mouse and click a bunch. But if you want to find the absolutely, quantitatively worst parts of Reddit, someone did that work for you. » 3/23/15 3:12pm 3/23/15 3:12pm

How One Man Made Himself Into an Aboriginal God With Wikipedia

In Chapter 10 of his 2012 book Atheism and the Case Against Christ, Matthew S. McCormick provides a list of "gods and religions in history that have fallen out of favor." Between the Chinese deities Jade Emperor and Ji Gong on this list sits Jar'Edo Wens, an exotic-looking nonsense phrase some Australian guy added to… » 3/19/15 2:34pm 3/19/15 2:34pm

You IRL

As you're sitting there in a poorly lit office in front of your MacBook Air screen, perpetually hopscotching from one text-filled vessel for banner advertising to the next, absorbing the media, so is ContentBot. As you're socially sharing the most compelling images, videos, and personal essays that you find, in… » 3/13/15 6:17pm 3/13/15 6:17pm

The Creeps of Reddit Are Outraged Over New Masturbation Obstacles

Last week, Reddit announced a new policy: If someone informs the site that their naked pictures have been published without their permission, the pics will be taken down. This radically reasonable policy has left Reddit's entitled masturbators furious and fed up. » 3/02/15 11:25am 3/02/15 11:25am

If Disney Princesses Were a Web Publication With No Quality Control

I love/admire/envy/want to marry and kiss Paul Ford, so I enjoyed his Medium mini-essay on THE DRESS and WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE MEDIA. If you read one piece of dress-related content on your Internet today, make it this one, and also congratulations to you for only reading one piece of dress-related content. » 2/28/15 10:29am 2/28/15 10:29am

What Happens When Someone Hacks Your Venmo and Steals All Your Money?

Using Venmo sometimes feels like making a deal with some personal-finance devil. Venmo gives you an embarrassingly convenient way to send money to friends, and all you have to offer in return is perpetual access to your most private banking information. It's a potentially precarious arrangement, but for the most part,… » 2/27/15 3:56pm 2/27/15 3:56pm

Revenge Porn Sleaze Craig Brittain Wants His Past Deleted from Google

Before it was shuttered by the federal government, IsAnyoneDown.com published naked photos of women without their consent. Now Craig Brittain, the site's former owner, is demanding that Google erase anything that mentions his history of brazen, mass privacy violation. That's so cute. » 2/25/15 10:50am 2/25/15 10:50am

Psychopath Who Harassed Brianna Wu: Just Kidding!

Earlier this month we wrote about "Jace Connors," a seemingly deranged violent Gamergate obsessive who filmed himself kicking a wrecked car and claiming he'd been planning to attack the game developer and writer Brianna Wu. At the time, we believed that "Connors" was terrorizing Wu out of a sincere belief in the… » 2/24/15 2:35pm 2/24/15 2:35pm

Freaky Old Man Won't Ever Stop Jumping Into Water With His Clothes On

Even on an internet that lives in a constant state of excretion, spewing weird shit from every orifice without pause, the primordial human oddness glimpsed in Gernot Lausen's "Wet, messy and gunge videomix" is rare. » 2/23/15 4:56pm 2/23/15 4:56pm

Edward Snowden Banned From Reddit During AMA

During an AMA to promote CITIZENFOUR this afternoon, reddit moderators temporarily banned the Oscar-winning documentary's subject from commenting. Edward Snowden was forced to sign-in through another account to explain the delay in his answers. "Hey guys, sorry — the reddit mods are being a little weird. My account is… » 2/23/15 3:30pm 2/23/15 3:30pm

Black Emoji Are Finally Here

After years of emoji that only sort of vaguely resemble white people, Apple is giving the world a rainbow of emoji that only sort of vaguely resemble humans of all races: Black Santa Claus is ready for your iPhone. » 2/23/15 3:10pm 2/23/15 3:10pm

Here's the Number One Reason to Set Your Venmo Account to Private

If you're the kind of person who splits rent with roommates, frequently dines out in large groups, or has a recreational drug habit, Venmo is a fantastically hassle-free way to make payments. It is the rare internet startup that actually provides its users with a useful tool, rather than an attention-sucking… » 2/23/15 11:45am 2/23/15 11:45am

The Time a Cop Pretended His Arm Was a Vagina to Bust a Cyber-Perv

Sometimes the long arm of the law clutches you with nothing more than brute force and brawn. And sometimes that arm folds back onto itself, posing as an underage girl's vagina, in order to trap and incriminate an internet predator. » 2/23/15 11:30am 2/23/15 11:30am

The Lost Emoji

This summer, a very small council of people you've never heard of will make a very large pop-cultural impact when they release dozens of new emoji. But this crop of tiny phone art had to be narrowed down from a much larger bunch, which means we're likely missing out on what would've been some amazing specimens. » 2/20/15 12:15pm 2/20/15 12:15pm

Can I Get an Instagram Shout-Out from a Celeb for My Birthday?

Across the vast and teeming wilds of the Instagram comment sections of popular celebrity accounts, certain questions echo: "Follow back?" "Like my pic?" "Can I eat your pussy?" For years, scholars and scientists of the celebrity Instagram have wondered: Are these requests ever fulfilled? Let's find out. » 2/19/15 4:44pm 2/19/15 4:44pm

Year-Old Reddit Meme Sends Indonesian Police Into Panda Sex Panic

A Facebook alert from the public relations department of Indonesia's national police force warns parents of a scourge that may or may not be plaguing their nation: children wearing perfectly fashionable t-shirts that happen to feature an array of giant pandas making sweet, species-saving love to each other. » 2/19/15 1:50pm 2/19/15 1:50pm