Monthly Archives: January 2010

NSFW: A complete history of naked SURVIVOR contestants (and Jeff Probst?!?!)


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SURVIVOR is one of those shows, especially as it is about to enter its 20th season this month with an all-star HEROES VS VILLAINS theme, that Web Watch loves watching – if only because the show somehow always figures out how to be fresh, exciting, and surprising season after season.

Jeff Probst has even given all future contestants one vital hint on how to survive Survivor, and it all comes down to studying game theory, which Web Watch will cover in a future post.

One thing that Jeff didn’t feel the need to mention is that one key part of being on Survivor is that at some point during the game, you’re going to be naked.

Sure, the CBS censors may pixelate your NO NO ZONE, or the contestants may decide to show off their newly-buffed bodies in an attempt to increase their Survivor-provided 15-minutes of fame — but after 20 seasons (and approximately 300+ contestants), there was bound to be a glut of Survivor contestant nudity available at some point.

It was inevitable, really.

Continue reading NSFW: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF NAKED SURVIVOR CONTESTANTS (AND JEFF PROBST?!?!)

At $32,878 a year, you’re doing better than half the country


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Turbotax

A recent study of submitted tax returns (from 2007, since you asked – the most recent set of data available to researchers who study this type of thing) shows that IF YOU ARE MAKING OVER $32,878 A YEAR, then you are in the top 50% of income earners in the country.

$32,878 is the cutoff point, and the top 50% of all earners — those making more than $32,878 — cover about 88% of all income earned in the country. Continue reading AT $32,878 A YEAR, YOU’RE DOING BETTER THAN HALF THE COUNTRY

RUNNING FROM CAMERA is a funny blog idea


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The Runaways

RUNNING FROM CAMERA is a funny original blog idea.

Muggezifter, the blog creator, had a great idea for original self-portraits.

He sets the camera down on a stable surface (or has a friend/stranger hold the camera), sets the self-timer for 2 seconds, and then runs away from the camera as fast as possible.

Yup, can’t be any simpler than that. 

Certainly makes those staged posed photos on your next vacation seem a bit old-fashioned, doesn’t it?

Think your job sucks? It can’t suck any worse than one of these (where’s Mike Rowe?)


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Jobs that Don't Suck

Web Watch has long held the belief that one of the worst jobs one could have would be the editor of a fishing show:

“nothing…. nothing…. nothing…. wait, what’s that?   Oh, never mind.   Nothing… nothing… nothing…”

Yes, we stole that joke from someone, but the sentiment remains the same.  Not all cool-sounding jobs are all they’re cracked up to be. 

Some jobs really do suck.  And Mike Rowe and his DIRTY JOBS team has done a great job of showcasing some of those jobs and the people who are proud to do what other folks refuse to try.  But he may have missed one or two jobs along the way. Continue reading THINK YOUR JOB SUCKS? IT CAN’T SUCK ANY WORSE THAN ONE OF THESE (WHERE’S MIKE ROWE?)

How many friends do you need? When considering your salary, lots of ’em


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Friends

A recent scientific study that covered 10,000 people over 35 years determined that people have, on average, 150 friends at any one moment in time.

So what does this mean to you, faithful Web Watch reader?

You’re right – on the surface, not so much.

Continue reading HOW MANY FRIENDS DO YOU NEED? WHEN CONSIDERING YOUR SALARY, LOTS OF ’EM

Betcha can’t name the Most Played Video Game of All Time


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Mobile Gaming Smartphones

Can you name the MOST PLAYED VIDEO GAME OF ALL TIME?

It’s not MS PAC MAN.

It’s not TETRIS.

It’s not even Microsoft Windows’ SOLITAIRE card game (although that one should qualify as the most played video game in the office environment).

Continue reading BETCHA CAN’T NAME THE MOST PLAYED VIDEO GAME OF ALL TIME

Proven Stereotypes: How What You Read Says Who You Are


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Catcher in the Rye

Lauren Leto has written about many things, and even has one of those blog-to-book deals that Web Watch is fond of pointing out every occasionally — so when it comes to books and their authors, and what that all means to us, the reader – Web Watch believes that Lauren knows what she is talking about.

Which is why Web Watch would like to point you to a recent posting Lauren made entitled READERS BY AUTHOR, a look at what proclaiming who your favorite author is says about you.   And after reading the list, Web Watch can confidentally say that Lauren speaks the truth.

Continue reading PROVEN STEREOTYPES: HOW WHAT YOU READ SAYS WHO YOU ARE

Picking a good password is important. “Tigger” is not a good password.


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username password underwear

A recent study has been released that took a look at over 32 million passwords that were published onto the Internet after a hacker broke into the ROCKYOU.COM website.

This is the first time that a password study of this magnitude was able to be performed, but it did confirm a few things about users and the passwords they choose:  PEOPLE ARE NOT PICKING SECURE PASSWORDS FOR THEIR ONLINE ACCOUNTS.

The most common password found online is typically 12345, although the ROCKYOU data had the most common password being 123456, with nearly 1 percent of the ROCKYOU users being that uncreative.  Go figure – that extra digit made it that much harder to hack into the critical ROCKYOU website. 

Continue reading PICKING A GOOD PASSWORD IS IMPORTANT. “TIGGER” IS NOT A GOOD PASSWORD.

News Flash: Women secretly hate the fashion choices most men make


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Robert Graham Shirt

Web Watch openly admits that we grew up with the eight-color box of Crayola crayons

We don’t know the difference between cyan, sky blue, light blue, purple, blueberry, navy blue, royal blue, denim, or burnt sienna colors. 

To us, those all qualify as “blue”, and since they’re all the same color they all should match appropriately to each other.  Besides, “jeans” go with everything, right?  Right.

And because of our keen fashion sense, Web Watch knows that we can comfortably sit back and mock other people’s fashion choices of their own. 

Because Web Watch would never stoop so low as to participate in any of the EIGHT FASHION TRENDS THAT MEN FOLLOW THAT WOMEN HATE.

Continue reading NEWS FLASH: WOMEN SECRETLY HATE THE FASHION CHOICES MOST MEN MAKE

January 23rd (National Pie Day) vs March 13th (National Pi Day)


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Pie

January 23rd, as everyone knows, is NATIONAL PIE DAY.

And there are all sorts of ways for you to celebrate National Pie Day, including the obvious – such as “bake a pie” or “bring a pie to work”, and the not-so-obvious “have a pie fight” or “pass along pie memories” (whatever that means).

Even restaurants that are self-proclaimed “famous for their pies” have taken to promoting the need to CELEBRATE PIE. Continue reading JANUARY 23RD (NATIONAL PIE DAY) VS MARCH 13TH (NATIONAL PI DAY)

The Hokey-Pokey is just a Body Part Rebus


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Michelangelo David Statue

Web Watch hasn’t had a NSFW entry in a while, so we thought we’d throw one in today just because we can.

Have you ever wondered about how much our body parts play into our senses (besides the obvious “smell” and “taste”, of course)?  LOOK, TOUCH, and LISTEN are three parts of an art project called FLESHMAP done by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg.

In each of these three studies, FLESHMAP highlights how and where our bodies are mentioned in song, how they look in abstract, and how we feel when we touch each other — all in unique graphical displays. Continue reading THE HOKEY-POKEY IS JUST A BODY PART REBUS

Every year 120,000 people die from accidents. Here’s the breakdown of the weirder ones…


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Bizarre Freakish Curious Ways to Die

Every year approximately 120,000 PEOPLE DIE FROM ACCIDENTS.  Here’s some of that breakdown, according to 2006 data from the CDC: Continue reading EVERY YEAR 120,000 PEOPLE DIE FROM ACCIDENTS. HERE’S THE BREAKDOWN OF THE WEIRDER ONES…

Today’s lesson: Writing jokes isn’t easy. Computers that write jokes aren’t funny.


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Writing Jokes

A friend of ours is a comedy writer.

He always says that writing jokes isn’t easy.  We keep telling him that he would have more free time if scientists would invent a robot that could write jokes.

He insisted that there was no way a machine could write something that was as funny as what a person could write.  Web Watch tried not to point out how horrible some so-called sitcoms are, or how repetitive certain late-night talk show host monologues have become.

And then along comes the JOKE WRITING COMPUTER.   Continue reading TODAY’S LESSON: WRITING JOKES ISN’T EASY. COMPUTERS THAT WRITE JOKES AREN’T FUNNY.

Want to be in a music video? Open casting call is online now – all you need is a webcam


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Web Watch was at a music video shoot many, many years ago.  It consisted of standing around a concert stage in an empty arena for hours on end while the same song got played over and over for the artist to lip-sync.  It really wasn’t as much fun as we were promised, and no pizza was provided.  Through the magic of editing, the crowd shots in the finished video look much more packed than what was really there.

So have you ever wanted to be in a music video, but were never in the right place at the right time?  Now’s your chance. Continue reading WANT TO BE IN A MUSIC VIDEO? OPEN CASTING CALL IS ONLINE NOW — ALL YOU NEED IS A WEBCAM

Boosting your metabolism helps you lose weight. Sadly, Twinkies are not the answer


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North Beach Diet

One thing Web Watch knows how to do is tell others what they are supposed to do to lose weight.
It’s quite simple – “eat less and exercise more.”  

See how easy it is to say that?  The hard part, as we all know, is actually following through with the advice that we freely give to others.  Web Watch may not practice what we preach, but we’re really not the kind of people we would preach to anyway.

So let’s pretend that you’re already trying to eat a sensible breakfast, healthy lunch, and small portions at dinner.  You’re exercising a little bit every day as best you can, but you haven’t really noticed any real differences yet.

Maybe all you need to do, since you’re doing everything else right, is to kickstart your metabolism a little.  Here are a few suggestions that you can try: Continue reading BOOSTING YOUR METABOLISM HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT. SADLY, TWINKIES ARE NOT THE ANSWER