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What Newsweek and Nintendo Have in Common

Posted in neato, news and media, things i like with tags , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by absurddelight

Quick, try it before journalistic values get in the way of fun.

Step 1. Go to the Newsweek Magazine main web page.

Step 2. Type in the Konami Code. That’s the code to get 30 lives in Contra. Boys who grew up in the era of Nintendo Entertainment System probably still know all eleven steps of it by heart.

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Start

Since you don’t have a NES controller, do it this way: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left Right, Left, Right, B, A … and in this case, enter.

Step 3. Let Newsweek know if you find it funny, or a waste of journalistic resources. And post below if you get it to work in browsers besides Safari and Firefox – we hear it works in Chrome, but not all the time.

HINT: It has to do with zombies! (If it doesn’t work for you, just click here for a summary)

Now, if you are wondering why a prestigious news weekly would devote web resources to such mid-1990s tomfoolery. Well it might be what happens when a magazine goes up for sale. For one, this is demonstrating the digital team over there has the chops to get creative and drive traffic. Or they aren’t afraid of getting fired. Truthfully, I think they could have done more with the idea, but we won’t comment more on that, lest we give away the fun for you all.

NYMag caught up with Newsweek about the stunt.

A Newsweek spokeswoman just told us: “It’s true that our programmers had a bit of fun and hid the Konami Easter egg in the site. It does not affect the rest of the site’s functionality. Now that we’ve all had a laugh, we will be removing it.”

BONUS: Snorg has made a T-Shirt about the Konami Code.

Meta Mockery Videos

Posted in funny, news and media, things i like, videos with tags , on March 9, 2010 by absurddelight

Meta jokes and commentary are all the rage.  OK, they have been for a while. So it makes sense that several pretty good videos are floating around with meta mockeries of various media genres.

Here’s TV News, mocked, in TV News format.

Here’s an award winning movie trailer, mocking that venerated genre.  Really, it’s pretty well made. This team could probably make an actually decent movie.

Here’s more from BriTANick

First Vid via Femi Oke

Second Vid via Ze Frank

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America’s First Legal Gigolo

Posted in business, funny, news and media with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2010 by absurddelight

Via Details

Details Magazine broke some news last week. They had an “exclusive interview” that sparked coverage around the country of a little ranch in Nevada. That salacious scoop was picked up by the AP and spread through venerable CBS, MSNBC, and even staid NPR inciting gleeful web editors all around to chuckle and hit publish on headlines including the word “Prostidude.”  Originality reigns, but that’s not the point here.

The man of the hour goes by “Markus” and he’s using his 15 minutes of fame/ridicule to preach an empowerment gospel, part of a long venerable line of other civil rights heroes.

He is a man is proclaiming his rights for all to hear:

“It’s just the same as when Rosa Parks decided to sit at the front instead of the back. She was proclaiming her rights as a disadvantaged, African-American older woman. And I’m doing the same.”

And promoting empowerment:

“A surrogate lover will love that woman for a whole hour, or however much we charge here, and she’ll leave feeling much more empowered and much more confident in herself.”

Noble work indeed. And if you wonder how one comes to find stable pay for such saintly acts: Continue reading

Woman to Marry a Carnival Ride – Seriously

Posted in news and media, WTF with tags , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by absurddelight

Once again the British Daily Telegraph scoops US papers on a doozy of a local story.

…a US church organist who claims to have objectum sexuality – a condition that makes sufferers attracted to inanimate objects – plans to marry a magic carpet fairground ride.

Now you are probably a bit confused. How can a 33 year old Pennsylvania woman wed a mechanical gondola ride you ask? Not really sure. We are still befuddled on that legal point. But she really means it:

Miss Wolfe … will change her surname to Weber after the manufacturer of the ride she travels 160 miles to visit 10 times per year, according to reports. [Absurd Delight would love to know of which reports they speak] …“I love him as much as women love their husbands and know we’ll be together forever,” she said.

Check out the full article for a few more choice quotes that, though brief, reveal that this woman really is in love.  She is mocked yes. But that love is part of who she is, and she will act on it no matter how she might be treated, not unlike brave homosexual lovers from an earlier, less tolerant time. So really, she’s at the vanguard of a sexual identity movement in the making. Is loving a machine so strange?

No, but letting yourself get written up in an international newspaper for marrying metal sure invites derision.

Especially when you lie down underneath it and rub oil all over yourself in near orgasmic bliss on camera. Watch video here.

In the video you can really hear her passion: the way Amy Wolfe talks about why she loves the ride is not all that different from how a preservationist talks about a beautiful building. She’s like an architecture critic from a sex crazed parallel universe.

Or for pic of Amy Wolfe and the complete article: link.

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BONUS: Here’s video of a woman who married the Eiffel tower.

Bhopal Water – ewwww

Posted in news and media, stunts with tags , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2009 by absurddelight
Photo: The Yes Men

Photo: The Yes Men

Five years ago, the Yes Men impersonated Dow Chemical live on BBC World Television and announced that after 20 years, the company was finally going to clean up its mess in Bhopal. That hoax, … temporarily knocked two billion dollars off Dow’s share price …”

Here’s their latest prank against Dow Chemical … bottling the toxic water from Bhopal and bringing it to Dow Chemical.

The unique qualities of our water come from 25 years of slow-leaching toxins at the site of the world’s largest industrial accident.

See that prank, and more in the Yes Men’s new movie, The Yes Men Fix The World, which opens in UK cinemas on August 11. It comes to the USA sometime later.

Link for prank lovers. Link for do gooders.

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The BBC Meets Animal Planet

Posted in news and media, science with tags , , , on June 15, 2009 by absurddelight

This is huge news folks. International sensation. The venerable BBC is reporting on an amazing victory bound to inspire millions: a little bird ate a big eel.

Here’s the official headline:

Bird swallows eel after struggle.

What exactly these pictures show, we’re not sure, but we can pretty well guess that without them, there wouldn’t have been this scoop at all.

A hungry bird was seen struggling to eat a 4ft long (1.2m) eel for 20 minutes before swallowing it whole on the banks of a city river.

Eyewitnesses said the eel was almost twice the size of the cormorant which was fishing in the River Taff near the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

One woman said the eel coiled itself round the bird’s neck causing it to drop and re-catch it four times.

Read more eye-witness Bird vs Eel reports at the BBC here.

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Jailed Dictator Converts to Christianity AND Judaism

Posted in news and media with tags , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by absurddelight

In an extravagant twist on the stock script, this extravagant criminal has turned not to Jesus, but away from him after jailhouse reflection and meditation.

“Former Liberian president who is standing trial at The Hague, Charles Taylor has turned to Judaism for succour.”

Now, lovers of JC, fret not. Because there is hope yet.

His wife Victoria Taylor told BBC Network Africa … that her husband has not renounced Christianity, but only wanted to take on Judaism.

It’s like double decker religion. So modern.

Link. Via Cara.

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Cyber Stalker Outsmarts NBC Reporter

Posted in funny, news and media, videos, WTF with tags , , , , on June 2, 2009 by absurddelight

Admit it, you love it when your local news reporter blindsides some scumbag in his office or home to ask him if he has stopped beating his wife, or some other such question bound to enrage and embarrass the poor criminal.

Well if the scum a) is functionally crazy, and b) works in a costume shop, the formula doesn’t work out so well for the reporter.

My favorite line is “please take off the rabbit head.” And guess what? There’s another mask on underneath.

Best part is that the alleged cyber-stalker gets in a few plugs for her website. On second thought, I think she’s a genius, and not crazy at all.

Here’s the back story:

Cranston police have arrested an alleged cyberstalker. Ann Bruno, a local costume shop owner, is accused of using a computer to harass a competitor. NBC 10s Jim Taricani attempted to question her about it in what turned out to be an unusual interview.”

And, because why not, let’s take this oppportunity to compare this NBC debacle of an interview to the NBC debacle of a series, To Catch a Predator. That’s the horrendous, self-righteous TV show where host Chris Hansen essentially entraps aspiring online child molesters. What would Chris Hansen have done here? Nothing. This is way better programing.

For a good time, listen to some highlights of Catching a Predator excerpted for maximum out of context absurdity.

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Foolish FEMA makes 9/11 Coloring Book

Posted in art and design, news and media, WTF with tags , , , on May 6, 2009 by absurddelight

Really? I mean, really?

Just try to get your mind to bend and contort into emergency response planner mode. Because, apparently, that’s when it’s a good idea to make a kids coloring book about 9/11 and other tragedies. This makes us safer, damn it!

Here’s one you can print out and color for yourself.

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Kenyan Sex Strike for Peace

Posted in news and media with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by absurddelight

Kenya is on the brink of civil war. Male politicians can’t stop bickering, threatening a fragile peace agreement.

So the women are taking matters into their own, er, hands.

“We have looked at all issues which can bring people to talk and we have seen that sex is the answer.”

That’s right! A sex strike is Kenya’s newest hope for peace.

The move will attempt to succeed where other peace-building measures have failed to end months of deadlock which threaten to plunge the country into another explosive crisis.

But that’s not all.

The group will also pay prostitutes not to work.

This seems dangerous for several reasons, but that kind of foresight is beyond the purview of a humble blog such as this one.


BONUS: Read a history of sex strikes here.

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