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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.

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

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