Monthly Archives: November 2012

The worst street names in America


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Are you ashamed of where you live, not because of the neighborhood, but because of the name of your city?

How would you like to live in either Blue Ball or Intercourse, Pennsylvania?  Cumming, Georgia?  Stoner, Colorado?  (well, that last one may be more appropriate now than previously, but still…)

Of course you can see a full list of EMBARASSING CITY NAMES at any number of places online…

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If you’re reading this right now, chances are you didn’t win the lottery


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So we hear that you may have bought a lottery ticket or two recently, hoping to maybe win big.

Hey – it could happen. It only takes one set of numbers to win, right?  And somebody’s going to win the lottery eventually – it can’t keep growing forever without a winner, as that would end up decreasing sales if customers ever figured out that nobody ever wins.

That’s why we still bother to try, because while the chances of winning the lottery drawing are practically nil, it’s still a one in millions chance of hitting… and that’s better odds than not bothering to buy a ticket in the first place.

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Parents: Don’t let your kids play in the bouncy castle ever again


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Parents, listen up!

Remember when WEB WATCH TOLD YOU ABOUT POO in the BALL PIT?  Or when we mentioned other PLAYGROUND INJURIES that you need to be aware of when your kids go out to play?

Well, guess what?  There’s anotherPLAYGROUND DANGERthat Web Watch needs to share with you:

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10 Completely Useless Wine Accessory Gift Ideas


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As we get deeper into the Holiday Gift Giving season, perhaps its time to take a moment to reflect on whether that wine accessory really is something that the recipient would appreciate.

The way Web Watch sees it, if you’re going to give a wine enthusiast a gift, you might as well give them a bottle of wine that either YOU like (so you can then say, “hey, let’s open that bottle I just gave you”) or a bottle of wine that you know THEY’LL like in the hopes that they will open that bottle and share with you anyway.

Funny thing about giving a gift of wine – you’ll probably end up having some of it anyway.

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Why every office should be filled with kittens and puppies


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Are you watching the current BRAVO TV program LOLWORK?

It’s a reality TV program that allegedly shows the real-world behind-the-scenes workings of how the Cheezburger Network — home toLOL CATSand millions of other funny animal pictures and videos — does business.

While most the show appears to be purposefully driven to make what is supposed to be good TV, there are specific business-aspects that get aired that really for-real give a reasonable peek behind the curtain of what it takes to run a popular content-driven website.

Watching LOLWORK will give you a good reminder that it’s always hard work to create good, compelling CONTENT for your website, but that it’s that same content that also brings eyeballs to your site in the first place.  Focus on the content, let everything else fall into place later.

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How much does Pandora pay musicians?


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Web Watch has covered the COMPLICATED WORLD OF MUSIC ROYALTY PAYMENT CALCULATIONS in the past, showed you how to calculate MUSIC ROYALTY PAYOUTS with a MUSIC ROYALTY CALCULATOR, and even told you HOW MUCH MONEY iTUNES PAYS ARTISTS.

And yet, the question keeps coming up over and over from various artists: HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I MAKE ONLINE WITH MUSIC?

And the answer keeps coming back as “not as much as you’d think”.

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Peeing in Space, Revisited: How Urine May Power Space Flight


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The other day, Web Watch had the privilege of having dinner with a former NASA engineer, and as is often the case with this gentleman, the inevitable topic of using the bathroom in the confines of the Space Shuttle or the International Space Station came up.

Not by us, of course.  He was the one to first broach the subject, which we found a little odd, especially over dinner.

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What REALLY happens when you have an opportunity to sleep with your fantasy


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Everybody has aTOP FIVE LIST.

That’s the list of your Top Five Most Desired celebrities who, if you ever have the opportunity to do so, you would sleep with – no questions asked from your current spouse or partner.

The obvious reason for the no strings attached hookup allowance is that we can all be fairly confident that the opportunity to actually sleep with perennial favorites Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, or George Clooney will never actually happen.

The Top Five List is the purest form of fantasy, like buying a lottery ticket, in that you can dream about what the experience would be like if it were to actually come true with the safety in the knowledge that it never will.  You can be as wild and crazy as you want in your mind, without having to go through with anything in the end.

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The Deli Man. It’s all about the food.


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Have you heard about THE DELI MAN?

It’s a film currently in development that focuses on ZIGGY GRUBER, the owner of KENNEY AND ZIGGY’S DELICATESSAN in Houston.

That’s right, Houston Texas has Jewish delis.  Who knew?

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The 1800’s were a vulgar, obscene time in history


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If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Old Country (Germany, Italy, France, etc), you’ll be amazed at how history surrounds you at every turn when you do finally make it over there.

Everywhere you look will be some ancient building or piece of art, forever preserved for the never-ending crowds of ooh-ing and aahh-ing tourists.  Even just stepping out of the high-speed, modern train station in Venice is like stepping immediately into the 14th century (get to Venice while you can, before it sinks away into the sea forever – it’s worth the trip).

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Woman arrested for DWS: Driving While Shaving


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What’s your most embarrassing arrest story?

Oh, you have to have one.  That one time that you were doing something completely, totally ridiculous — but it made sense at the time – but you ended up getting arrested for it?

Even if what you were doing was perfectly fine if you handled your business at home?

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The 60 Most Popular Thanksgiving Dishes


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Have you purchased your Thanksgiving turkey yet?

In case you haven’t, here’s a helpful tip:  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRESH AND FROZEN TURKEY is negligible.  Some people would say that Fresh is always better… but if you’re one of those, you’ll need to keep in mind that a FRESH turkey must be cooked within 2 days of being purchased, according to the USDA’s guidelines on food safety.  A frozen turkey make take days to thaw properly (figure about 1 day for every 4-5 pounds) — so if you were to start your frozen turkey thaw now, you should be good to go for the Thanksgiving holiday.

As for those who thought they’d go out and have already purchased their fresh, unfrozen turkey — they may want to be sure to keep that thing on ice for another day or two before beginning the brining process.  Don’t want to give your Thanksgiving guests any food poisoning, do you?

 

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The Secret to the Perfect Twinkie


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Ah, Twinkies.

Whether the Hostess company goes away with all their products, or if some other company decides to purchase the brands and recipes and continue onward, that we will soon have a world without Hostess is sad in many ways.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Cards Against Humanity: Best. Party. Game. Ever.


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Trying to find The Ultimate Game To Play when it’s holiday time with the family can be tough.

Not everybody likes playing Monopoly, and most other board games are limited to either four or six players maximum anyway.  So if you have a large gathering, it can be tough to find a group or party game that everybody can participate in.

What are you typically left with?  Trivia games, Pictionary, Cranium.  You know – team-based stuff.

But what if you’re tired of competing as a team when you have 10 or more people hanging out at your house for hours on end?

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It ends up that money actually CAN buy happiness


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We’ve all heard the expression that “Money can’t buy happiness”, and we’ve heard all the follow-up jokes about it just being a matter of where you shop.

It turns out that maybe those jokes were telling a little bit of the truth, after all.

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