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Spider web found that says 'lol'.
Via: io9
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Charlotte is laughing at you.

It's been a weird couple weeks in spider world. It seems like their intelligence has grown at an exponential rate and no one knows where it will end.

Let's recap.

Scientists have discovered spiders that know how to parachute effectively and how to tie up stone in their webs, probably to drop on unsuspecting passerbys.

They've even started joining up by the hundreds of thousands to create masses mega-webs.

And now this.

Spiders have learned to read, then learned to write with their webs, then learned enough to understand the subtlety of Internet slang to throw shade at the world.

Our one savior is the cutest spider ever who we want to have as our Ninja Turtle friend.

Remember him?



At least we are still ahead of them. Facebook said that people aren't really using 'LOL' anymore, instead relying on more nuanced phrases like 'haha' and emojis.

Get with the times, spiders. You haven't caught up to us quite yet.

Facebook says 'lol' ain't happening.
Via: Facebook
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Inspired by an New Yorker article on expressing laughter, Facebook decided to see how it's billions of users choose to show their laughter.

While you would expect that 'lol' would take the cackling cake, because it was burned into our collective brains through insipid over-use during Internet's 2.0 days, it turns out those three terrible letters are on the decline. Facebook ran their analytic numbers and gave us several graphs to plot out how America chuckles online.

[W]hy rely on anecdotes when you have data? We analyzed de-identified posts and comments posted on Facebook in the last week of May with at least one string of characters matching laughter1. We did the matching with regular expressions which automatically identified laughter in the text, including variants of haha, hehe, emoji, and lol2.

As denizens of the Internet will know, laughter is quite common: 15% of people included laughter in a post or comment that week. The most common laugh is haha, followed by various emoji and hehe. Age, gender and geographic location play a role in laughter type and length: young people and women prefer emoji, whereas men prefer longer hehes. People in Chicago and New York prefer emoji, while Seattle and San Francisco prefer hahas.



Here's an overall usage of the four most common types of e-laughs:



Here's a gender analysis:



Here's a city evaluation:



Here's an age plotting:



If you're a maps person, here's a state by state break down:



Of course, the data is pretty compacted. There's no mention of 'lolz', 'lawlz' or even 'lololololololol'. Not to mention 'huehuehue'.



And where's this?



How do you laugh online as a digital expression with no inherent humanity?

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Teen rap sensation (using "sensation" rather loosely), Krispy Kreme, made this very DIY video for his track, "The Baddest." With production that rivals Mannie Fresh, the song features quotable lines like "I got more money than Jay-Z, because Jay-Z is lazy." With rap punchlines like that, Krispy Kreme is surely serving up some hurts doughnuts.

[worldstarhiphop]

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Toowomba, Australia mother of two Kylie Steger says her appetite was ruined when she found a "rude surprise" at the bottom of a burger box from fast food chain Hungry Jack's: a crude drawing of a penis.

The offensive doodle has put Steger off her weekly dinner visits to the restaurant, where she often took the kids after football and netball practice.

"It literally made me sick," she said. "If they have drawn that in there, what else have they done to my burger?"

A Hungry Jack's spokesman says the company has launched an internal investigation to determine the identity of the artist.

Jonah Hill's character from Superbad has not yet been ruled out as a suspect.

[nerdalicious.]

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Too Cool For School of the Day: Springs Academy in Sheffield has banned students from using slang and "text speak" while on school grounds.

The academy says its students, mostly children from working-class families, stand a better chance of landing a job later in life if they learn to be less reliant on slang phrases early on.

The policy appli

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Hijacked Twitter Feed of the Day: Ashton Kutcher, who is currently at TED2011, just had his Twitter account hijacked by a fellow attendee who took advantage of Kutcher's total lack of security.

To be fair, what better place than TED, a technology-centric conference with a stated goal of disseminating "ideas worth spreading," to learn such a valuable lesson.

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T-Shirt Design of the Day: ":)" by David Soames and Maxim Cyr.

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[thanks david!]

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