Lost YouTube: 7 Videos From the Internet's Weirdest, Darkest Depths

YouTube is, for the most part, the place where everything Right and Good goes to die. But move those lifeless cat and listicle corpses aside, and you’ll find a dark, fascinating world that’s all too easy to get lost in for hours. So instead of losing part of your own life to YouTube’s depths, we’ve brought the… » 4/24/15 5:27pm Friday 5:27pm

Who Drew This Peeing Android Logo on Google Maps?

Navigate to 33°30’52.5”N 73°03’33.2”E in Google Maps this morning—a rural area south of Rawalpindi in Punjab, Pakistan—and you’ll find an oddly shaped park. Just like Calvin pees on the Chevy logo on the backs of countless Ford trucks, there’s Google’s Android logo taking a leak on Apple. Who put it there? » 4/24/15 11:55am Friday 11:55am

This Viral Facebook Video About Mental Health Is Scientology Propaganda

Has this magnificently corny PSA graced your Facebook newsfeed lately? Inspirational rock music. Dejected kids pulling stickers from their shirts, revealing words like "revolutionary" and "healer" underneath. A title card: "Stop psychiatric labeling of kids." You've got the Church of Scientology to thank. » 4/16/15 2:28pm 4/16/15 2:28pm

A Bot Bought MDMA off the Internet and Got Away With It

Right now, if you wanted to, you could log onto the internet, order a bunch of drugs, and have them delivered to your doorstep. There's none of the awkwardness of dealing with your shady, coked-out bartender, but all of the legal risk: If the cops found out, you'd still go to court. Not so for Random Darknet Shopper. » 4/16/15 12:08am 4/16/15 12:08am

The Doomed Visionary Who Made Feminist Games 19 Years Before Gamergate

Here are a few computer games that were marketed to girls in the 90s and early 2000s: Barbie as Princess Bride, in which the titular doll sits around “waiting for her future husband to come home” according to one reviewer; Fisher Price Dream Dollhouse, a game about a dollhouse; and Chop Suey, featuring snake charmers… » 4/15/15 9:35am 4/15/15 9:35am

How to Read wikiHow, the Internet's Bizarre Search-Engine Therapist

How do you make a tuna fish sandwich? After you've finished eating it, how do you wash the dishes? How do you tie the shoes you'll be wearing that day, and what are the five steps for correctly buttoning a shirt? How do you avoid being creepy if you run into your crush? (Step 1: Don't linger.) » 4/07/15 10:37am 4/07/15 10:37am

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 3/28/15 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 3/27/15 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

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