Category: Pranks

Yes Men hoax uses Twitter, Facebook to put Big Coal on the defensive

Peabody, which launched a “Coal Cares” website to advertise the campaign, hoped to tackle the stigma associated with asthma by giving away a variety of colorful and hip inhalers to dignify the use of asthma medication. “For kids who have no choice but to use an inhaler,” the website reads, “Coal Cares lets them inhale with pride.” Above all, the empathetic hearts behind the “Coal Cares” initiative are seeking to make what they have deemed “Asthma-Related Bullying (ARB)” a thing of the past.

Link:
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/making-sense-of-news/131814/yes-men-hoax-uses-twitter-facebook-to-put-big-coal-on-the-defensive/

Journalism Warning Labels « Tom Scott

It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there's no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content. I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers. I've been putting them on copies of the free papers that I find on the London Underground. You might want to as well.

Link:
http://www.tomscott.com/warnings/

Tangerinegate… by Robert Popper

So I switched on LBC (a London talk radio station) where the topic was Gordon Brown's alleged bad temper. I called up and got through almost instantly. "What do you want to talk about?" asked the LBC operator. Without time to think I replied, "Gordon Brown visited my place of work and lost his temper right in front of me". Very soon I was on air, explaining how Gordon Brown had toured my workshop - a 'lamination factory' - and thrown a tangerine into one of the machines, breaking it, before calling a member of staff a 'citric idiot'.  It was all I could think of at the time. A load of nonsense. But I was quite proud of the phrase, 'citric idiot'.

Link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/comedy/2010/03/tangerinegate-by-robert-popper.shtml