Humor

  • 7 of the Internet’s best animated 404 pages

    Gone are the days where a humorous picture or phrase will get your site’s 404 page noticed. In a version of the Internet where GIFs are the new text and videos are the new photos, it’s going to take a lot more than a witty phrase to stand out amongst the crowd. But, we were surprised to see that most sites still aren’t taking advantage of that valuable real estate. Read More

  • The science of funny Crunch Network

    The science of funny

    Psychologists in Canada have developed a mathematical formula for quantifying the humor of nonsense. Most of us would be forgiven for thinking math and humor are mutually exclusive. One is perceived as logical while the other is considered an intangible, uniquely human trait. Still, science knows no limits and, as The Cat in the Hat once declared, “It is fun to have fun but you have to… Read More

  • SPUN’s New App Makes It Easy To Mash Up Videos And Make Your Own Memes

    Short videos, looping videos and GIFs are some of the hottest types of user-generated content on the web today, and have everyone from Instagram to Twitter and even Facebook and Google getting involved in offering support and tools for creators. Today, a new app called SPUN wants to capitalize on this growing trend by allowing users to mash up videos from their phone along with topical… Read More

  • Siliconvicts Are The Tech Slogan T-Shirts You’ve Always Talked About Making

    Siliconvicts Are The Tech Slogan T-Shirts You’ve Always Talked About Making

    Remember all those jokes about Silicon Valley you always said you’d put on t-shirts? Siliconvicts Clothing Co., a shirt company from Malibu, just beat you to it. With slogans ranging from ‘Unicorn Hunter’ to ‘Coding Is My Cardio’, recent Stanford grad Cameron Lindsay’s side project will probably be the source of your next favorite t-shirt. Sitting on… Read More

  • Yo Has Spawned An Army Of Clones

    Yo, a so-dumb-it’s-smart (?) app now valued at $10 million following its $1.5 million seed funding round, lets you send brief audio messages to friends that simply say “Yo.” I’m not making this up. This is Idiocracy in action, my friends. The buzz around Yo was nearly as deafening as that around Flappy Bird for basically the same reasons: This? This is a thing?!  Read More

  • HODOR!

    HODOR!

    Stop. the. presses. Yo, the ridiculously simple messaging app that lets you send a “Yo” to your friends and nothing more, has a new rival. (Or perhaps a more appropriate word would be “parody.”) Introducing Yo, Hodor. As the name implies, this recently launched app offers a different spin on the Yo concept by letting you virtually shout “HODOR!” to… Read More

  • Google Nest Parody Protest Site Holds A Funhouse Mirror Up To The Search Giant

    Google Nest Parody Protest Site Holds A Funhouse Mirror Up To The Search Giant

    Update: Google has provided the following statement clarifying its filing, described below – We are in contact with the SEC to clarify the language in this 2013 filing, which does not reflect Google’s product roadmap.  Nest, which we acquired after this filing was made, does not have an ads-based model and has never had any such plans. Google acquired Nest Labs last year, bringing… Read More

  • Too Bad! Tickle, The App That Saves You From Awkward Situations, Doesn’t Really Exist

    Too Bad! Tickle, The App That Saves You From Awkward Situations, Doesn’t Really Exist

    Stuck in an awkward situation? A newly announced application called Tickle has been promising to give you an excuse to get away in the form of an urgent, but fake, phone call, which you can slyly activate just by “tickling” (rubbing your finger over) your iPhone. Sounds good, right? Well, it’s too good to be true, as it turns out. Despite what you’ve read in… Read More

  • This Facebook Phone Parody Actually Makes Some Good Points

    This Facebook Phone Parody Actually Makes Some Good Points

    Well, that didn’t take long – Facebook Home is already being parodied on YouTube, in a video which actually ends up making a few biting comments about the potential problems the new application will face. For example, will the promised monthly updates to Facebook Home end up confusing users as to the basics of how their phone operates? Where will the ads (you know they’re… Read More

  • Tumblr Blog “Actual Facebook Graph Searches” Goes Viral

    Tumblr Blog “Actual Facebook Graph Searches” Goes Viral

    Well, that didn’t take long. Facebook Graph Search is now its own Tumblr meme: “Actual Facebook Graph Searches.” The site dials up the social media rubbernecking-slash-privacy outrage to a whole new level: user submissions. It’s like that Gizmodo post was turned into an entire blog, edited by everyone. The blog is now blowing up on Hacker News. It’s getting tweeted. Read More

  • It’s Alive! Google’s iOS Search App Shows Hints Of Self-Awareness

    It’s Alive! Google’s iOS Search App Shows Hints Of Self-Awareness

    It may not have a cool name like “Siri,” but you can’t accuse Google’s Voice Search app of lacking personality. Or self-awareness, for that matter. In case you missed it, Google upgraded its iOS search app on Tuesday with improved voice search functionality – it’s the closest iOS users can get to a “Google Now“-like experience. The new app can… Read More

  • Noppl Lets You Hide Your Friends’ Political Posts On Facebook

    Noppl Lets You Hide Your Friends’ Political Posts On Facebook

    Some of my friends are idiots. And by idiots, I mean they disagree with me about who should win the upcoming election. What’s worse, is that they continually post these erroneous opinions of theirs to Facebook, and back them up with statements which I can thoroughly debunk via Politifact. C’mon people, fact-check yourself! The thing is, I don’t have time to engage in… Read More

  • Jotly Lives! Parody App Goes Live In iTunes

    Jotly Lives! Parody App Goes Live In iTunes

    You remember Jotly, right? The hilarious and absurd spoof of our mobile/local/social app obsession? To refresh your memory, Jotly’s humor was so on target, people wondered if creator Alex Cornell (founder of Nosh) was actually making fun of Kevin Rose’s Oink with this parody video. He swears he was not, just of the “proliferation of absolute ridiculousness when it comes to… Read More

  • Report: ‘Peak Bandwidth’ Threatens Global Economy Unless Decisive Action Taken

    Sometimes humor is the best mechanism to explain an opaque topic. Public Knowledge, a group that concerns itself with defending consumer rights in “the emerging digital culture,” has released a report today entitled “Peak Bandwidth.” Keep in mind today’s date, is all I have to say. The report says that the “era of plentiful, low-cost bandwidth is approaching… Read More

  • Pogue shares tech support humor; We share Pogue

    [photopress:call_center.jpg,full,center] I had the misfortune of working tech support for a time, and I came away from the experience with the mindset that people should have to have some sort of license to operate technology, or at least be required to take an orientation. It’s not that people are dumb — though some are — it’s that they don’t know what… Read More

  • How your neglected girlfriend would explain Halo 3 cheat codes

    Unless your girlfriend is Samus Aran, in which case she would simply disintegrate you. Kotaku’s found a pretty funny McSweeney’s piece that describes, in a fairly funny way, how your better, cleaner half might explain those Halo 3 codes you asked her to dictate to you. McSweeney’s is hit-and-miss for me, but this one’s pretty on target. If only your extensive… Read More

  • And now for something truly frightening

    John Biggs wanted me to post some Halloween gadgets today. Here’s a remote controlled pooping, talking skeleton. You won’t see one in my yard. Only $3000 from the nice people at the Horror Dome. Happy Halloween. The Crapper [Horror Dome] Read More

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