Monthly Archives: October 2016

Audit our aching sides! IRS tweets lack self-awareness; Citizens zing

http://twitter.com/#!/textilejunkie/status/341375244092731393

Stop! You are killing us! The IRS Twitter account @IRSNews is utterly lacking in self-awareness. The result? Comedy gold.

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/341415741792321537
http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/341415399402897408

Zing! Yes, what about that one, IRS?  

The hilariously ironic tweets continued:

http://twitter.com/#!/EEElverhoy/status/341417460538417152
http://twitter.com/#!/WTCosner/status/341536101820923904
http://twitter.com/#!/KevinNR/status/340155337321619456

Heh.

http://twitter.com/#!/BEZAnt/status/341555924554629121

Don’t hold your breath for that one.

Last month, the @IRSNews account tweeted a dire warning:

http://twitter.com/#!/CuffyMeh/status/337997078045282304

Bam!

Related:

CNN’s Jake Tapper zings conservative-targeting IRS on Twitter: ‘So … um’

Twitter lynch mob predicts riot if Zimmerman is acquitted

http://twitter.com/#!/ayo80proof/status/190303910135730177

https://twitter.com/#!/Bijvn/status/190502217869045760

I hope America knows if Zimmerman is found not guilty … some city is going to RIOT!

— Sandpaper #Grit220 (@oljames88) April 12, 2012

glad that ZIMMERMAN FINALLY got charged with murder of TRAYVON but if they find this fool not guilty, could have another riot break out!

— Ike Thunderton (@PlanetManSexxxy) April 12, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/Bora_City/status/190272119941238784

https://twitter.com/#!/epierce2011/status/190184950341963776

I bet George Zimmerman get found not guilty so niggas can start a riot.

— AJ (@0130AJ) April 12, 2012

So who's ready for a riot when Zimmerman is found not guilty?! #looters unite!

— Ms J (@Chump_Juice) April 12, 2012

#TruthIs if zimmerman is found "Not Guilty" ima start a riot, ima start a riot. (2 chainz voice) #SeriousTho …….”

— heezy (@heezy_mac) April 12, 2012

I feel a Rodney King riot of Zimmerman is found not guilty…

— TAErockstarr (@Off_GLASS) April 11, 2012

If Zimmerman is found not guilty I already know what stores I'm gone RIOT!

— Star Wilson (@SuperStarDizzle) April 11, 2012

I swear if Zimmerman gets Not Guilty it's going to be a riot !

— keys . (@keyweezyy) April 10, 2012

If zimmerman found not guilty, its gonna be a big ass riot

— Deezus (@410_drock) April 11, 2012

 

 

Obamacare: Americans tweet anger over cancellations, higher premiums

http://twitter.com/#!/bmaz/status/390518494908801024

Despite the panting sycophantic assurances from the fawning lapdog media that Obamacare is working out for everyone, some Americans are finding that health care unicorns and socialized rainbows aren’t what they’re cracked up to be.

How do some Americans hate Obamacare? Let us count the ways:

1) The cancellations!

http://twitter.com/#!/Alianora84/status/390603991769702400
http://twitter.com/#!/KristinSebring/status/388717795900284929
http://twitter.com/#!/Gobucks2736/status/390621852164300801

2) The high deductibles!

http://twitter.com/#!/GovKaineBrow/status/390682705475559424
http://twitter.com/#!/fearlesswidow/status/390569265159348224

3) The higher premiums!

http://twitter.com/#!/CathyDurden/status/390624756266852352
http://twitter.com/#!/KeensHeather/status/390224236163256320
http://twitter.com/#!/missydaysardo/status/390622997004169216

4) The great website!

http://twitter.com/#!/paulbensonsucks/status/390636433637400577
http://twitter.com/#!/One_Sick_Puppy/status/390621292568645632
http://twitter.com/#!/kaylorburd/status/390627378537304065
http://twitter.com/#!/timeyee/status/390608174698360833

5) The amazing customer service!

http://twitter.com/#!/heatherhydra/status/390614976106205184

So what’s the diagnosis on the Obamacare rollout?

http://twitter.com/#!/JonEasley/status/390639137805860864

Exit question: Is there meta-Obamacare that Obamacare can sign up for and get some help!?

Full Twitchy coverage of the Obamacare debacle

Here Are Some Of The Oldest Surviving Photographs Known To Man.

Today, we live in a world that’s obsessed with taking selfies on iPhones. There are a great many people who still appreciate the value of real photography, but the masses are more concerned with the cameras on their smartphones. I’ll let you know, though, it wasn’t always that easy to snap a photo.

Photography has come a long way since the early days. Have a look at some of the oldest surviving photographs known to man. (Disregard the fact that almost everyone is incredibly grumpy in these pictures. That’s just how things were back then.)

1.) Andrew Leyden stands with his Right and Left Hand men.

2.) Boulevard du Temple, a daguerreotype taken by Louis Daguerre.

3.) A photograph of Dorothy Catherine Draper, John Draper’s sister.

4.) View from the Window at Le Gras, the world’s first photograph by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.

5.) A calotype print showing the American photographer Frederick Langenheim.

6.) A daguerreotpye that is known as the first known photograph of Wilmington.

7.) This photograph of First and Oakland is from the “Howdy Neighbor” section of an unidentified 1942 Columbus newspaper.

8.) Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer of photography, takes possibly the world’s first selfie.

9.) A photograph of John Quincy Adams.

These nearly-ancient photographs are amazing… but they make me appreciate my iPhone even more. Imagine having to sit still for over a minute, just to capture ONE photo? It seems insane, now, to think about. 

Share these early photos from history with others by clicking on the button below.

18 Wonderfully Geeky Valentine’s Gifts For Scientists

Show them how much you care (about scientific accuracy).

1. This scientifically accurate Valentine’s card.

Because having very specific ways to describe how someone makes you feel is important.

2. This pair of mugs.

Because declaring your love any other way is elementary.

3. This nautilus necklace.

Because having your own jet propulsion system is sexy.

4. This anatomical heart puzzle.

 

Because it’s important to be able to pick up the pieces and put your heart back together again.

5. This agate watercolour print.

Because geology puns rock.

(Also, for last-minute present buyers: this watercolour is available to download right away, you just need to get it printed on decent paper.)

6. This minimalist card.

Because you can never have enough anatomy puns.

7. A beautifully cross-stitched STD.

 

Because VD doesn’t just stand for Valentine’s Day.

8. These anatomically correct heart cufflinks.

Because you should wear your heart on your sleeve.

9. This Valentine’s card.

Because they are your sweet-heart.

10. This silver-plated coffee spoon.

Because if caffeine is your valentine, that’s ok too.

11. This tardigrade model.

 

Because a $10,000 solid gold micro-animal model is the only way to show you’re really serious.

(There are cheaper plastic ones in fetching colours, too.)

12. This lunar phase necklace.

Because you can customise it with the date you met.

13. This vintage constellation map print.

Because sometimes you need a reminder to look up at the stars.

14. This binary cross stitch.

Because robots have feelings too.

15. These not-at-all-creepy anatomical heart soaps.

Because love means washing your hands with scientifically accurate soap after you go to the bathroom.

16. This USB astronaut book light.

Because sometimes you need a little extra company when your other half is away.

17. This heartbeat scarf.

Because you can’t always be there to keep them warm yourself.

18. A serotonin necklace.

Because your valentine should know how happy they make you.

Buzzfeed reporter omits important chunk of Rupert Murdoch tweet; Updated

http://twitter.com/#!/BuzzFeedAndrew/status/223098705375543296

So, what did Kaczynski leave off? Only the 101 characters Murdoch used to qualify his statement.

Climate change very slow but real. So far all cures worse than disease. Shale gas huge breakthrough for US. Half carbon of coal and oil.

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) July 11, 2012

Whoops! Twitterers called him out for his glaring omission.

Where's the rest of his tweet? RT @BuzzFeedAndrew RT @rupertmurdoch: Climate change very slow but real.

— drew (@FigDrewton) July 11, 2012

Parliamentary inquiry RT @FigDrewton Where's the rest of his tweet? RT @BuzzFeedAndrew RT @rupertmurdoch: Climate change very slow but real.

— William Newton ن (@wbdnewton) July 11, 2012

@BuzzFeedAndrew Is it really an RT when you cut off half of what he's saying?

— Andrew Valenti (@therealAValenti) July 11, 2012

MT @rupertmurdoch: Climate change very slow but real. So far all cures worse than disease. <—why omit this sentence, @BuzzFeedAndrew?

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) July 11, 2012

Kaczynski quickly apologized:

@NathanWurtzel @rupertmurdoch Because I was lazy and I'm sorry.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 11, 2012

@BuzzFeedAndrew @NathanWurtzel @rupertmurdoch Lazy? It took more effort to edit that tweet than to cleanly RT it. Weird.

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) July 11, 2012

@CuffyMeh @NathanWurtzel @rupertmurdoch Yeah, I said I was sorry should have included the other part. I'm not pushing an agenda.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 11, 2012

AlexaShrugged kindly pointed out the difference between a regular retweet (RT) and a modified retweet (MT):

@BuzzFeedAndrew Let me introduce you to the concept of a "Modified Tweet" if you are editing a RT, you write MT so people know it's modified

— AlexaShrugged (@AlexaShrugged) July 11, 2012

@AlexaShrugged Thanks I appreciate that.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 11, 2012

@BuzzFeedAndrew np!

— AlexaShrugged (@AlexaShrugged) July 11, 2012

Kaczynski seems contrite enough, but he would do well to remember that astute Twitterers will find out when they’re not getting the full story. Let’s hope he takes Alexa’s advice to heart.

(h/t @Slublog)

***

.@BuzzFeedAndrew won't ever forget the difference between an RT and an MT after this: http://t.co/CsfMR42u -SD

— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) July 11, 2012

@TwitchyTeam You bet!

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 11, 2012

***

Update:

It would seem that Kaczynski also left out a few details of his own Twitter knowledge. Only yesterday, he debated what constitutes an MT with Adam Baldwin:

@adamsbaldwin @NolteNC @AllenWest That's not really a MT.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 11, 2012

@adamsbaldwin I wasn't denying my answer I was just saying by definition that wasn't really a MT.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 11, 2012

C’mon, Andrew. If you’re indeed a “researcher/reporter,” feigning ignorance should be beneath you. Twitter never forgets — and we’ll be keeping our eye on you.

‘Cute alert!’ Janice Dean’s book to debut; Perino offers sneak peek [pics]

http://twitter.com/#!/janicedeanfox/status/371668949198319617

Funny lady and FNC meteorologist Janice Dean’s children’s book, “Freddy the Frogcaster” is set to debut Monday.

http://twitter.com/#!/janicedeanfox/status/371641132217671681

Fellow Fox Newsers have been providing some sneak peeks of the book:

http://twitter.com/#!/janicedeanfox/status/369903945889509376

Heh. Last time, Jenna Lee caught their fro-you run on camera. That didn’t stop Ms. Lee from reading her pal’s new book, though:

http://twitter.com/#!/janicedeanfox/status/366985990939738112

But it was Dana Perino who provided the “cute alert” sneak peek on Sunday.

http://twitter.com/#!/DanaPerino/status/371657069184552960

Oh, Jasper! Dana Perino’s dog is always a fan favorite.

http://twitter.com/#!/RobKimWill/status/371659122321543168
http://twitter.com/#!/welsh_michelle/status/371660091206148096

Snort! Perhaps a Jasper book in the works? Stay tuned!

Editor’s note: Title was corrected to fix a typo.

Related:

FNC’s Janice Dean ribs Red Eye’s Bill Schulz prior to book review

Busted! Fox News’ Shannon Bream, Janice Dean caught cold-handed by Jenna Lee [pics]

Pun-tastic! ‘Funniest reporter’ Janice Dean takes on Weiner, scores [pics]

Full Twitchy coverage of Fox News’ Janice Dean

Full Twitchy coverage of Dana Perino

Full Twitchy coverage of Jasper the dog

As An Elephant Calf Was Drowning, Something Absolutely AMAZING Happened. Check This Out.

Animals are much smarter than most people give them credit for. When disaster struck within this herd of elephants, they didn’t act helpless. Instead, the adults elephants proved just how intelligent and caring they are. A tiny elephant calf attempted to cross the swollen Ewaso Nyiro in Kenya, but it proved to be too much for the little guy. The youngster was submerged in the swift current, but thanks to some quick thinking of his mom, wasn’t swept downstream.

The little calf thought it would be okay to cross…

Sandy Gelderman

But the water was too high for the little one.

Sandy Gelderman

He was caught up in the current almost immediately.

Sandy Gelderman

But mom was there to save the day.

Sandy Gelderman

To see mom’s heroics in action, watch the video below. It’s hard to believe that these magnificent creatures are this intelligent. Absolutely amazing.

(H/T Daily Mail) It’s about time more people realize that animals have thoughts and feelings, too. This video proves that this elephant mother definitely does. She was horrified to see her baby in trouble and would do anything to save him. Share her awesome save with others!