Meteorologists Did "Robot Journalism" Before It Was Cool

Something that shook-up the media more than the media getting shaken-up in Monday morning's 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles is the revelation that the Los Angeles Times has a set of code written to automatically post an article when the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that an earthquake occurred in… » 3/19/14 1:45pm 3/19/14 1:45pm

#FreeJahar: When Conspiracy Theorists and One Direction Fans Collide

Up until last week, "One Direction Infection," a Tumblr blog created and maintained by an eighth grader we'll call Claire, looked like any other 14-year-old's Tumblr: a bright pink background, a default font that resembles cute handwriting, an embedded MP3 player playing Daddy Yankee and Jesse McCartney, and scores of… » 2/11/14 3:27pm 2/11/14 3:27pm

From Otherkin to Transethnicity: Your Field Guide to the Weird World…

Like a lot of teenagers and 20-somethings, "Eric Draven" used to keep a Tumblr. The microblogging platform has a strong community aspect, and it's easy to find people who like the same things — or are undergoing the same struggles — as you. There aren't many people undergoing the exact same struggles as Draven (a… » 2/11/14 3:26pm 2/11/14 3:26pm

Weird Internets: The Amazing Found-on-Twitter Sonnets of Pentametron

Weird Internets is a series in which we spotlight and explore funny, bizarre, or otherwise interesting corners of the internet. Today, we examine Pentametron, a Twitter bot that writes sonnets by finding rhyming Tweets in iambic pentameter, and talk to its creator, Ranjit Bhatnagar. » 2/11/14 3:26pm 2/11/14 3:26pm

'Celebrities With Big Dicks' and Other Tales from the Weird World of…

Interested in celebrity dick size? Boy, do I have the book for you: Celebrities with Big Dicks like Jay-Z, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, and Many More, edited by one Dana Rasmussen. It's out of stock right now on Amazon—I bought the last copy—but you can order one of three used copies available, starting at the low price … » 2/11/14 3:26pm 2/11/14 3:26pm

Weird Internets: How One Man Is Getting to Know Every Kevin on Twitter

Weird Internets is a series in which we spotlight and explore funny, bizarre, or otherwise interesting corners of the internet. Today, we talk to Matthew K., or "cheesegod69," who has spent each Friday over the last few months following and retweeting every Kevin on Twitter — from @kevin to @kevin388. » 2/11/14 3:26pm 2/11/14 3:26pm

Finding Goatse: The Mystery Man Behind the Most Disturbing Internet…

Sometime in the late 20th century a naked man bent over, spread his ass and took a picture. Eventually that picture, known as Goatse, became one of the most venerable memes in internet history. Who is this man, and how did his ass take over the internet? » 2/11/14 3:26pm 2/11/14 3:26pm