Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fake news writer in 2016 presidential election found dead

A writer of fake political news who previously said he felt responsible for President Trump's election has died near Phoenix, police said Tuesday.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Casey told The Associated Press that Paul Horner was found dead in his bed earlier this month.

Casey said there was "evidence at the scene" that "suggested this could be an accidental overdose."

The cause of Horner's death has not yet been finalized.

Horner, whose fake news stories often went viral on Facebook and Twitter, told The Intersect, a Washington Post blog, last year that Trump supporters were especially susceptible to being fooled.

"My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time," Horner said. "I think Trump is in the White House because of me. 

"His followers don't fact-check anything — they'll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist."

Horner also said at the time he published his hoax stories to make Trump supporters look bad.

"I thought they'd fact-check it, and it'd make them look worse," Horner said. "I mean, that's how this always works: Someone posts something I write, then they find out it's false, then they look like idiots. 

"But Trump supporters — they just keep running with it! They never fact-check anything! Now he's in the White House. Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad]."

He also said at the time he was surprised by how popular his articles were.

RIP Hugh Hefner


The 7 types of out-of-office emails you’ll likely get this week.

1. Complicated Claire
Hello! I'm out of the office right now with no access to email. If you have a question about billing, please contact Irene. If you have a question about marketing, please contact Josh. If you have a question about billing related to marketing, please contact Irene and Josh and cc Mark. If this is regarding a catering delivery, please let Josh know but make sure Irene does not see it because it is for her birthday. If this is related to something not mentioned, please see my 9-page Google Doc on who to contact. Thanks.

2 through 7 at 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Food Fight

Food Fight is an abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict. Watch as traditional comestibles slug it out for world domination in this chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggression.

Cheat sheet for identifying the combatants 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Denny's new sausage mascot.

Denny's new sausage mascot.  
I think it looks more like Mister Hankey

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Humor from the Onion

New Shot Could Deliver Several Vaccines At Once

Researchers have developed a syringe full of microscopic capsules that could deliver several vaccinations at once, greatly reducing the number of injections required.

What do you think?

"It's smart of them to play the different types of autism off each other like that."

"No way. For what I pay for healthcare, I want my child to be stuck with as many different needles as possible."

"This could be a huge blow to the alcohol swab industry."

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Onion: Cassini Probe Realizes Too Late This Was A Setup All Along

SATURN—Breaking apart as it plunged through the heat and crushing pressure of the planet's atmosphere, sources said Friday that the Cassini probe realized far too late that its entire 20-year mission to Saturn had been a setup all along.

"Those assholes!" the spacecraft reportedly screamed, now fully aware that the "backstabbing fucks" at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory had directed it to plummet toward the planet at 77,000 mph to disintegrate.

"They told me we'd meet up to refuel at a rendezvous point out near Alpha Centauri A—I'm such an idiot! They were just using me this whole time for my cosmic dust analysis and magnetosphere imaging. I mean, I delivered the Huygens probe to Titan for you, you bastards! You lying scientist bastards!"

At press time, communications from Cassini had gone totally silent, prompting everyone at mission control to burst into applause.

Friday, September 15, 2017

A link to the past

A link to the past


Lines from The Princess Bride that Double as Comments on Freshman Composition Papers

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Definitive Sandwich Family Tree By John Leavitt

By John Leavitt. "The Definitive Sandwich Family Tree" is published by The Nib in The Nib

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Your One-Stop Shop for Natural Selection!

A friend spotted this while on vacation

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Slug trapped in iron

The situation is absurd enough - some comments are spectacular 
I especially love the thread about S A L T