The Week's editor James Harbeck, who happens to be a linguist as well, provides phonetic descriptions of seven annoying sounds that teenagers make.
Have you ever been so hungry that you can only speak in pictures? Have you ever been so hungry that you can type the full word “hamburger”?
Well, you’re time is here, because as of now, you can search Google using emojis — with a few caveats. It’s not like you can just go to Google and put in an emoji burger. You have to do it through Google’s Twitter page. Simply Tweet an emoji to @Google, and they’ll respond with a corresponding search result. It’s that easy.
So basically, if you want to see what the best burger is in town, simply send them a burger emoji, and they send back some suggestions.
Mashable says, “Google says the feature will work with over 200 different emoji for food, sites and activities near you. It's also promising some ‘easter eggs.’”
This news is both good and scary, depending on your feelings regarding the peach and eggplant emojis. Proceed with caution.
In a new study, Netflix found out what 86 million members across 190 countries watch after they finish binging on a TV show and how long it takes them to dive into another one.
The results? 59 percent of viewers give it about three days before moving on to their next show, while 61 percent simply watch a movie. The point is, we never stop watching something apparently.
The study went even farther, looking at what movies people commonly watch after a good binge. They found that people like to stay in the same genre when going from binge watch to movie watch. According to TIME, “After finishing all four seasons of House of Cards, viewers often watched Beasts of No Nation. Bingers of Gilmore Girls went on to watch Sixteen Candles and The Princess Bride. Bloodline was frequently followed up with a serving of Spotlight for dessert”
“Narcos watchers followed up on their interest in drug trafficking with documentaries like Cartel Land and Narco Cultura. Fans of Marvel’s Luke Cage took in 13th, Ava DuVernay’s documentary about race and the American criminal justice system. BoJack Horseman devotees tended to prefer stand-up comedy specials, but a good number of them hunkered down with a motivational speaking superstar in Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.”
You can read the whole study over on Netflix’s blog or just look at that handy graphic above. With the holiday break coming up, this pairing menu will certainly take some of that hard decision making off your hands.
Christmas commercials are like onions in that they make sandwiches better. Wait, that’s not right. They’re like onions because they make you cry.
This Polish advertisement for the auction site Allegro is no different. Featuring an elderly man learning English for, well, let’s not ruin it. You have to watch this thing and feel something again. We all have to feel something again.
Twitter is having a good cry over this one. Check out some of the best reactions.
As society plummets ever deeper into the pit of despair, from which there is no chance of returning, a beacon of light shines in the distance.
There, at the bottom of the pit, lay the 2017 Carponizer Carp Calendar.
For the those unfamiliar, as undoubtedly many of you are, the Carponizer Carp Calendar is an erotic calendar that features models wearing nothing but a carp. Think of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue if all the women were holding a giant carp. Sexy.
The Toronto Sun reports, "The weird calendar was the brainchild of Hendrik Pohler and it’s getting a five-star rating on Amazon."
They're not lying. But the Amazon description is the real money. According to Amazon, the calendar is “one of the most extraordinary ideas of how this magnificent fish can be presented in an appealing setting,” managing to “courageously” make each month a little better. It boasts 12 “magnificent” caprs to create 12 “formidable and unmissable images.”
“Whether for yourself or as a tasteful gift: the 2017 Carponizer Carp Calendar will not only make men's hearts beat faster.” (The sentence just ends like that so we’ll never know what else this calendar does in addition to making men’s hearts beat faster). “
Wow. Nothing says tasteful gift, like calling your sexy fish and bikini girl calendar tasteful in the description.
This is pure peak 2016.
It’s time to step your game up, Yankee Candle, because Colonel Sanders is calling you out.
KFC has just released a super-limited scented candle, and the only way to get one is to win it. The contest, which is being run by KFC New Zealand, asks contestants to submit ideas for different KFC merchandise.
The candle was suggested by Shiz Inari, a New Zealander, who is now one of the lucky few to get the candle.
Unfortunately, we still can’t make our houses smell like the Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spiced because the contest is still going on. Contest winners receive the candle by entering the contest. Simply submit a suggestion and your entered.
According to Mashable, this isn’t the first time someone has made KFC-scented candles. “In 2015, giftware company Kentucky for Kentucky released a Double Down sandwich scented candle. It seems the world can't get enough of that finger-lickin' fried chicken scent.”
Finally, a candle that makes you constantly hungry. Arteries are going to hate this.
The world is filled with questions, so many questions that’s hard to tell which one to answer first.
And then some questions are just unanswerable, even if you’re asking the smart people at MineCon ’16, the annual Minecraft Convention.
One little boy asked said question, and it has left us stunned. Pulling the plush purple pig off the top of his head and raising his hand to get the moderator’s attention, the boy asked simply: “How do you know if somebody is acting as if they were a good person, but in reality, they’re technically not a very good person?”
Wow. Life comes at you fast.
Fake news is a serious problem. In fact, bogus headlines might have been partly responsible for very real headlines, like ones about a “pizzagate shooter” and a billionaire reality TV game show host winning the presidency.
To arm yourself against Fake News, the only thing you can do is be vigilant. It’s clear that critical thinking and media literacy are not at the top of most school’s lesson plans, so NPR put together a solid list of things to look out for when reading the news. After you check out the list, send it to any family members or former classmates who keep clogging our newsfeeds with this stuff.
Pay Attention to Domain and URL
Addresses that end in “[dot] com” — good.
Addresses that end in “[dot] com [dot] co — bad.
Read the "About Us" section
According to NPR, if the “melodramatic and seems overblown, you should be skeptical. Also, you should be able to find out more information about the organization's leaders in places other than that site.”
Read the quotes in the story
Journalism, of the most part, relies on first person accounts to get the stories. Traditionally, although becuase of the internet this has been dwindling, it’s a journalistic responsibility to speak to more than one source.
If you’re reading a story and there aren’t that many quotes, raise your eyebrows and look into who they’re quoting.
Read the comments
This goes against smart practices, but if you think something might be fake, read the comments. Because so many comment sections are linked to other social media sites, there’s a good chance someone is already calling the article “fake” in the comments.
Reverse image search
Honestly, if you’ve already gone through the other steps and still can’t whether it’s fake news or not, either check another news outlet or get off the internet. But if you really want to know how to do this, NPR says, “You can do this by right-clicking on the image and choosing to search Google for it. If the image is appearing on a lot of stories about many different topics, there's a good chance it's not actually an image of what it says it was on the first story.
BONUS: See who’s writing this garbage
If every article is written by Jimmy Rustling, and they include headlines like “DRUGS IN COLORADO: New Deadly Strain Of Marijuana Turning Users Gay,” you’re on a fake news site, buddy.
Jimmy Rustling’s bio on abc.com.co is unbelievable.