Whenever I write about the history of the internet, someone slips into the comments with a joke about Al Gore inventing it. And it gets funnier every time.
No, people did not suddenly become obsessed with calculus today, wanting to know the answer to an controversial math equation. Aaron Paul seems to have discovered an Easter egg on Siri that quickly tore up the internet.
Earlier today, reports abounded that North Korea had suffered an unprecedented internet outage. While it remains unclear whether it's the result of a cyber attack or the country's longstanding technological woes, one thing is certain: you got jokes!
We all know that conformity is one of the great weaknesses of humans, who will do almost anything to "fit in." But this isn't exactly news — researchers proved it 70 years ago. They came up with the world's least funny joke, and then tested to see if they could use peer pressure to make people laugh at it.
Meet Grant Meyers. A man passionate about sound, he can pull meaning from cacophony. He works as a foley artist (someone who recreates the ambient sounds in film) for porn movies. He LOVES it.
Someone was did an amazing job of predicting the future when they put that strange slot in the center of your dash. Spooky. [Reddit]
Have you given a dude in a blue hat directions around Manhattan recently? Did he have a Century 21 shopping bag? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve unwittingly participated in the art (gasp!) of Nobutaka Aozaki, who is building a map of Manhattan based on directions drawn by strangers.
Science, chemistry, computer science, medical science, math, programming, physics and basically anything else that requires more than half a person's brain means that I completely suck at it. Does that make me stupid? Yes. Does that make me useless? Yes. Does that make me scratch my head as the wind passes through my…
If you have to explain a joke, that usually means it's not a very good joke. But, if you're telling a math joke, maybe it just means your audience never enjoyed algebra as much as you did. Either way, these videos help explain to the less able mathematicians out there why they're funny.
Watch enough Arrested Development—I mean, is there really such a thing as enough?—and you become party to a long and intricate series of recurring jokes. Now, you can feast your eyes on an interactive visualization that lets you take a closer look at where the gags crop up.
Matt Gemmell, developer of Mac and iOS apps, created a little funny about tech companies and file menu commands. Using TextEdit's actual File menu, Gemmell used it to describe tech companies like Apple, Google, Samsung and more. My favorite might be describing HP as just a printing company. See the full picture here. […
Facebook announced a phone! No, Facebook just announced Facebook Home. Facebook announced a home? No, it's just a home screen. Hmm... what would a real Facebook home actually look like? The guys at Joy of Tech wondered just that and created a comic that shows what Facebook distilled into a home would look like.…
There's an old joke that has been making the rounds for hundreds of years. It has been ascribed to heads of state, heads of the church, Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It would make an unconscionable experiment. And I want it to happen. Do you dare discover it?
This Facebook user had a genius idea for a prank: find Facebook users with the same name as yourself, recreate their profile pictures as closely as possible and then send them a friend request. It's like seeing an alternate version of yourself and it's freaking hilarious.
Ever wanted to be a secret agent like James Bond? If so, you're probably a little insane, but the UK government's official job site briefly posted an opening for a position called "Target Elimination Specialist." The job code? 007. No doubt it comes with a license to kill.
While we doubt the 3-year-old construction "hole" that's plagued Seattle neighborhood Green Lake will actually become a play area—complete with 65-space unicycle parking lot—it's really the thought that counts, and the thought here is pretty clever.
I get it. Samsung wants to hawk their wares. And obviously they're joking. But when a corporate voice gets all tongue-in-cheek, I can't help but feel like I'm being offered candy from a creepy, middle-aged dude in a white van. [Twitter]