Motherboard: The FDA Was Internally Thrilled Over That Viral Horse Paste Tweet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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.

CNN: Nigeria’s social media comedians are making laughter pay

CNN: Nigeria’s social media comedians are making laughter pay. “In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, an emerging crop of young comics are leveraging social media to create video content that makes people laugh — and makes money. What started as a hobby is now turning into a lucrative business opportunity. By leaning on the growing internet access across the continent, these comics are creating characters and skits on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter that can be sold to brands.”

New York Times Magazine: The Best Way to Respond to Text Messages

New York Times Magazine: The Best Way to Respond to Text Messages . “Though I have my own deep well of need tethered to every joke I attempt, it still makes me anxious when people use ‘LOL’ too generously. Its motive feels questionable, like transactional flattery. When someone sends more than one ‘LOL’ in a text thread, I can’t help thinking this person is about to ask me for a ride to the airport.”

Mashable: TikTok users parody East Asian fetishization with ‘Americacore’ videos

Mashable: TikTok users parody East Asian fetishization with ‘Americacore’ videos. “Under the guise of celebrating ‘Americacore,’ TikTok users are recording their trips to Target and Walmart, eating snacks like Goldfish crackers and Funfetti cookies, and using paper plates. Paired with gentle music and soft filters, the video trend mimics the way many Americans fetishize East Asian culture, but misrepresent them in ‘aesthetic’ content.”

BuzzFeed News: This Woman’s Viral TikToks Spooking Her Colleague Might Make You Miss Office Pranks

BuzzFeed News: This Woman’s Viral TikToks Spooking Her Colleague Might Make You Miss Office Pranks. “The office prank — you know them. Tape under the mouse. Screenshotting the desktop and hiding the shortcuts. Sticky notes on everything. And the classic: scaring your co-worker so badly she jumps out of her seat and yells, ‘Goddammit!’ That’s what Jenelle Brennan and Julie English have been up to at their law office job at the Marino Law Group in Rochester, New York.” The lady who’s getting scared thinks it’s funny and doesn’t mind.

Unilad: Argentina Loses Its Google Domain After Random Citizen Buys It For Just $5

Unilad: Argentina Loses Its Google Domain After Random Citizen Buys It For Just $5. “Argentina temporarily lost its Google domain after a random member of the public bought it for the equivalent of around $5. Taking to Twitter yesterday, April 22, Nicolas Kuroña said a google search had shown the domain ‘google.com.ar’ was available to buy, so he bought it.”

BBC: Canadian ‘sign war’ captivates the internet

BBC: Canadian ‘sign war’ captivates the internet. “For the past week, the Canadian town of Listowel has been embroiled in a war of words via business signs that has captivated local residents and people around the world. It started as a battle between two businesses in the Ontario town – Speedy Glass and Dairy Queen (DQ) – and has since spread to the entire town and even further afield. Locals have been joining in, creating fun mottos for their business’ sign.”