Motherboard: The FDA Was Internally Thrilled Over That Viral Horse Paste Tweet. “Internal documents obtained by Motherboard through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the federal Food and Drug Administration was absolutely delighted to do a fire tweet discouraging the use of ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. In internal emails, supervisors with the agency’s public affairs office congratulated the author of the tweet for their ‘clever (humorous)’ approach, suggesting the agency will employ more humor in its desperate, often ineffective efforts to keep the American public from continuing to poison themselves with unproven treatments for the novel coronavirus.”
BBC: New Zealand council’s Zoom talks go viral as pretend meeting . “A New Zealand council’s Zoom meeting has been viewed more than 290,000 times on YouTube as people use it to pretend to take part and avoid being disturbed. The meeting of the Waipa District Council’s finance and corporate committee was recorded during a Covid-19 lockdown period in April last year. Since then, users have been playing it at home and at their workplaces to create the impression they are busy.”
SF Gate: San Francisco prank artist turns ‘ghost town’ Google office into a Spirit Halloween store. “Like many other San Francisco tech companies, Google has yet to return to its offices. With its campus on Embarcadero going largely unused, conceptual artist Danielle Baskin got to thinking about what type of business might swoop in on that kind of vacant real estate. Given that Oct. 31 is just a little over a month away, the answer was obvious: Spirit Halloween, the costume store that moves into strip malls every year in the months proceeding the holiday.”
Mashable: Ig Nobel Prize winners include scientists who cleared blocked noses with sex. “This year the 31st First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony (not a typo) was again held via live stream due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though that definitely didn’t stop scientists from getting silly. In addition to the awards, the stream featured a series of 24/7 lectures wherein speakers had 27 seconds then seven words to convey their thoughts on a topic. There was also a bridge-themed “mini-opera,” because scientists like singing too.”
McSweeny’s: Oh My Fucking God, Get The Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks. “Look, if you have been forwarded this essay from a friend or loved one, then there are two possibilities. Either you are a normal, regular, sensible fucking person like me who got fucking vaccinated at the first possible moment, and this essay channels all your fucking rage and sadness and is therefore cathartic OR, and I really hope this isn’t the fucking case, you AREN’T fucking vaccinated, and someone sent it to you because you fucking fucking fuck, you need to get fucking vaccinated.”
BBC: New Zealand cinema worker left red-faced after voicemail blooper. “The man was trying to inform customers that the Movie Max in Timaru was closed due to Covid restrictions. But, the employee struggled to get his words out and that left him frustrated. Instead of deleting his failed attempts, the employee’s bloopers were accidentally uploaded to the voicemail.” Mostly video, mostly captioned.
BBC: Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists revealed. “A seal that appears to be giggling, a baboon that looks like it’s singing and a very angry starling – this year’s finalists show animals in comedy moments snapped by photographers from around the world. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were founded by Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, both professional photographers and passionate conservationists.”
New York Post: New Zealand COVID-19 minister’s x-rated gaffe goes viral. “New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown is really heating up. The country’s pandemic response minister unintentionally gave Kiwis some x-rated advice during a live COVID-19 press briefing Sunday — reminding residents to social distance when they get outside to ‘spread their legs.’”
Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland (The Register)
The Register: Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland . “Livestreaming the siege against one of the oldest fortresses in Scotland (and Europe) via Facebook, protesters appeared to be objecting to COVID-19 lockdown. However, Scotland has followed England for the time being in removing legally enforceable restrictions, so exactly what the problem was remains unclear.” One of the rare articles in this digest that might leave you in a fit of giggles, thanks to the laconic, unflappable Scotland law enforcement.