Mass Suicide

“The arctic rodents called Lemmings are well known for their periodic mass suicides by collectively swimming into the sea and drowning, or at least the Norway lemmings do. This is probably caused by environmental pressures usually from over population…” –Mass SuicideHolology) Actually, the cause of this behavior is more likely to be Disney employees hurling animals from cliffs in order to provide striking visuals for the 1958 movie White Wilderness.…

Flashback: Have A Cow, G.I.!

“American troops in Saudi Arabia have been listening with amusement to Baghdad Betty, Iraq’s version of Tokyo Rose, who tries to demoralize them with her radio broadcasts. In one monologue, she warned them that their wives back home were sleeping with ‘famous movie stars,’ including Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and even Bart Simpson….” David Ellis –Flashback: Have A Cow, G.I.!Time, 1991) I have used this anecdote in my tech writing…

Inside the Soul of the Web: 24 hours watching the world look for answers at Google.

“Over their keyboards, lonely souls submit questions into the ether, praying that answers lie somewhere in the vast network – and, if not resolution, then at least succor.” Michael S. Malone –Inside the Soul of the Web: 24 hours watching the world look for answers at Google.Wired) Articles in Wired make technology the hero of nearly every story, but the anecdote surrounding the user who asked “what to tell a…

Ask the White House

“Good evening, I’m Andy Card — Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. I welcome you to the inaugural ‘Ask the White House’ online discussion. I am pleased to be here tonight to answer your questions. The Internet is an important communications medium. We have witnessed, especially during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a substantial increase in the amount of traffic to Internet sites as more and more people — worldwide…

Not Dead Yet! CNN Obituary Mock-Ups

“Until earlier this afternoon, a CNN server housed mock-ups of web pages announcing the yet-to-happen deaths. The CNN pages, which were discovered by the intrepid folks at fark.com, were yanked about 20 minutes after being exposed… In addition to Cheney and Reagan, CNN also prepped online farewells to Fidel Castro, Bob Hope, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, and Gerald Ford.” –Not Dead Yet! CNN Obituary Mock-UpsThe Smoking Gun)

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None Without Hope: Buck vs. Bell at 75

“Many people who were classified as feebleminded would now be called mildly retarded, learning disabled, or simply underachievers. Although the eugenicists saw the Buck family as a pedigree of degeneracy, many would now say that they had few problems a bit of money, education, and opportunity would not have solved. Their only sin was to have been born poor women in the impoverished South….Carrie Buck was sterilized because it was…