US: Ely.org (general)
“…Today it was announced that Canada has made an unprecedented offer, as a boost to tourism, to purchase the famous Boundary Waters town of Ely, Minn., and relocate it north of the U.S./Canadian border…”
UK: Guardian (general)
“…Moving rapidly to capitalise on the national explosion of Carlamania, which saw Bruni-Sarkozy heralded as a new Princess Diana during the French state visit to the UK last week, Brown will formally announce the latest addition to his “government of all the talents” in a speech tomorrow …”
Canada: Smart Canucks (general / technical)
US: PhillyBurbs.com (general)
US: Polar Bear Conservancy (general)
“…The Polar Bear Conservancy will begin relocation of the first Arctic polar bears to Antarctica on Earth Day, April 22, 2008. The relocation will be the initial step in a planned five-year program to migrate 3,000 polar bears from the Northern Arctic to the southern continent of Antarctica …”
US: TechConsumer (general / technical)
“…You see, on the surface it sure feels democratic. I mean, when you first visit the site, you’d have no idea of all the complexity behind the algorithm that determines what’s popular. You just see the way diggs accumulate, one per person, and assume it’s a democratic way for stories to be voted to the front page of Digg…”
US: EarthCam (general)
“…View the one-day 360 – degree webcam experiment using exclusive suspension technology…”
US: ITProPortal (general / technical)
“…Apple’s Steve Jobs has struck a deal with Microsoft to sell Windows Vista operating system with its popular range of Mac notebooks, desktops and workstations …”
US: Deal a Day Golf (general)
“…You foursome will include you, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rick Astley …”
US: Fandango (general)
“…Plot details are sketchy, but one version that has been slowly leaking onto the Internet finds DiCaprio’s character, Jack Dawson, last seen submerged and turning blue, being picked up by a Portuguese trawler and miraculously thawed out …”
US: The Spoof (general / technical)
It actually wouldn’t be such a bad move – but of course a pretty bold one. Microsoft cancels Windows Vista.
Update: There are more pranks on this site – you might end up on the index site – use link for the MS story.
“…As of April 26, 2008, Vista will no longer be sold as a retail or an OEM product. Nor will it be updated or acknowledged as a product. Existing units of Vista already in the pipeline will be given a $40 US rebate and a card good for a copy of XP …”
UK: The Register (general / technical)
“…Just hours after acquiring BitTorrent Incorporated for $53bn in cash and stock, Comcast has shutdown the tiny San Francisco company, assuring customers and shareholders that its doors will never reopen…”
US: The Consumerist (general)
“…Always buy the value pack. If you see a box that’s bigger, that means it’s always cheaper to buy that one. Make sure not to check the unit pricing because everyone knows that’s totally boring and a huge waste of time…”
US: InfoWorld (general / technical)
US: Wikipedia (general)
“…1865 – Ordered to hold five forks, Confederate General George Pickett instead lost almost 3,000…”
US: xkcd and Questionable Content (general)
- Humor: Voting machine accidentally leaks results of 2008 election early
- Humor: Chasing saints at Ebay
- Humor: Hasta la vista Vista!
- Humor: The 10.5 most stupidest captchas on the web
Great video with very dark humor from one of our favorite web sites “The Onion”.
Check the echoed lines on the voting machine in the video.
…ERROR: segregation fault…delete file: voter data…
There are web sites sieving through the offers of the online auction house “Ebay” to find the strangest, funniest or famous people selling things. There are people offering themselves or their services like women as party gags etc.
And you might have heard about it when in 2004 a slice of toast said to have an in-print of Holy Mary’s face reached offers of USD 20 Millions (it actually was sold later for USD 28,000 and is now displayed at a casino with other Ebay curiosities). So yesterday “CNN” was running a report on what was described in the offer at Ebay as “Virgin Mary pretzel” and the object went for USD 16,000.
So as with most successful pranks soon there will be…
A sign put up by a computer repair shop in a small town in New Hampshire, USA.
“Todd Bishop’s Microsoft Blog at SeattlePI” put it up as an “add-on” to a Vista one-year-story published in the newspaper on that day…
Captchas have been around now for a few years but still some web sites use them more as a Darwin award then a Turing test.
For them it seems that captchas help to keep traffic from annoying passers-by at a minimum.
Here is our collection of the funniest, most unusual or plain unusable captchas – 10.5 ways to assure that (“almost”) nobody will be able to access your web site….