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The Disturbing Homophobic Motives Behind Porn Wikileaks

Porn Wikileaks, which quietly launched in December 2010, isn't some kind of benevolent database of information on porn stars, with the hope of making the industry more transparent. It's a wiki mainly devoted to naming and shaming porn stars at high...
DON CALDWELL
4.6.11
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The Meanest Scam Ever

Romance scams, the phenomenon that has robbed countless eager men and women of their money and pride and hope for true love – and sits at the center of this new documentary we made in Ghana – have been around for quite some time, well before they...
DON CALDWELL
4.6.11
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The "Zangief Kid" Bully Caught on YouTube Explains Himself to the Internet

Casey Heynes, also known as the "Zangief Kid":http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/zangief-kid, became an Internet hero last week when a YouTube video came out showing him pile drive a bully into submission.
DON CALDWELL
3.21.11
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I'M ON A PLANE RIGHT NOW

One hundred and thirty five years ago today, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call. "'Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you," he told his assistant, who was in the next room. I'm currently uncomfortably seated on an...
DON CALDWELL
3.10.11
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These Guys Are Putting All Web Culture, from Furries to Lulz, In a Book

The three guys from "MemeFactory":http://www.whatweknowsofar.com/memefactory/, a live performance about web culture, want to write a book about the Internet, and they've made a "Kickstarter page":http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rugnetta/memefactory...
DON CALDWELL
3.7.11
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Who Really Discovered the Structure of DNA?

When thinking about who discovered the double helix structure of DNA, we generally only remember James Watson, Frances Crick and Maurice Wilkins. But like many discoveries, there are sometimes those who lose out on the fame.
DON CALDWELL
2.28.11
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How To Troll the Internet With Special Effects Magic

In January Luis Carone and Daniel Dias of Jonathon Post in Brazil released a clever troll video showcasing a fake device that supposedly allows you to watch 3D media without the need for glasses.
DON CALDWELL
2.23.11
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10 Years Later, All Your Base Still Belongs To Us

On this day 10 years ago, Newgrounds user Bad_CRC uploaded a music video called "All Your Base" to the popular flash animation site, and the Internet would never be the same. With a techno song based off samples from the "engrish" translation of...
DON CALDWELL
2.16.11
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Scumbag Steve Shows How To Handle Negative Internet Fame

The past few weeks have been interesting for Blake Boston, the Massachusetts resident that had his life turned upside down when an image macro using his likeness went viral last month.
DON CALDWELL
2.9.11
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Stock Photo Cliches To Make You Laugh Alone With Salad

After a marathon of extensive research, I compiled this collection of wonderful stock photo cliches, which should at least help to validate your bizarre apple-fondling, computer-kissing behavior.
DON CALDWELL
1.10.11
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Sidejacking: The Security Flaw Social Networking Sites Are Ignoring

Firesheep is an open source Firefox extension that allows you to “sidejack” other people’s cookies if you are on an open wireless network, giving you access to many websites they are logged into like Facebook and Twitter.
DON CALDWELL
11.10.10
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Wireheading: This Strange Experiment from the 1950s Wired Pleasure Directly Into the Brain

In the early 1950s, some very odd experiments were being performed at Tulane University in Louisiana. Dr. Robert G. Heath found that he could manipulate the pleasure and pain centers of the brain by surgically placing electrodes deep inside.
DON CALDWELL
10.18.10