Facebook Hypnosis and the Snuggie Suit: News of the Weird for 2010
- 2010/01/02 02:28:02
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The navel gazers struggling over what to call the new decade ought to take into consideration research confirming the Information Age is alive and well. The San Francisco Chronicle tells of a study showing that Americans are, you guessed it, inundated with info. In one day we are bombarded with 33.8 gigabytes of information. That’s about 101,000 words per person, or, for you visual learners, the “equivalent of covering the continental United States and Alaska in a 7-foot-high stack of Dan Brown novels.”
I am horribly inept at managing the information spew. In my New Year’s-induced-self-improvement haze, I geekily dream of arranging my email inbox into folders with subfolders that contain sub-sub-folders, although you can rest assured that this will never, ever happen.
But having access to virtually limitless information has its upside: there’s just no end to wacky news.
After a cursory glance through my daily deluge of email newsletters and alerts, I found some delightfully wacky tidbits worth sharing. After all, as we stand ready to embark upon a new chapter in the narrative of history, why not pause a moment to commemorate just how goofy we are today?
New Agey Guy Plans Mass Hypnosis via Facebook and Twitter. Mark your calendars! On January 4th, Chris Hughes plans to set a world record by conducting the largest online hypnosis session ever. Reserve your space today at www.socialtrance.com.
Snuggie craze taken to horrifying new heights. Potentially good news for the economy! JCPenney has introduced the Snuggie Suit, banking on the fact that people are still willing to buy completely ridiculous stuff.
Drunk guy calls 911 to catch a cab. Nothing says “maybe you should look into that drinking problem” like a conversation between a 911 dispatcher and a dude looking for a lift to the next bar.
Man pays $330,000 to own a virtual space station. Yep, you heard that right. Let’s do an exercise. I’ll show you a video of the thing and you tell me if it’s worth nearly half a mil:
Study: We get bored by lots of stuff, but we can snap ourselves out of it. Consumerism makes us bored – not really surprising. But True/Slant’s David DiSalvo illustrates how we can make the most of this wacky study: “Let’s say that you’ve become bored with a particular musical group you once couldn’t listen to enough. This research suggests that what you need to do it recall the variety of other songs from other musical groups that you’ve listened to since the last time you listened to your once-favorite band, and by doing so you’ll revive appreciation for your fave.”
May we never grow bored with our wacky ways, and may these tales serve as inspiration to us all. Happy new year!
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