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Congratulations to 40below for achieving 10,000 greenlights on Fark. Also some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 10/4 - 10/10 
Posted by Drew at 2009-10-12 3:15:18 PM (445 comments) | Permalink
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A lot of times before we get to the Headline of the Week, we do a little writeup on media trends, but this week we have a happy milestone to announce. Today, our most prolific submitter--you know him as 40below--passed 10,000 greenlights. Congratulations, sir, you've accomplished a feat that is difficult to imagine even among the regular submitters.

Considering that his account was created back in February 2004, that means he's averaged about 5.5 greenlights a day, every day since he joined. You may use your own adjectives for that, but I'm going to pick impressive.

While the importance of the Fark community cannot be downplayed, the submitters are often overlooked unless they come into a popular thread and take the occasional well-deserved bow. It's easy to recognize the popular posters because they're so visible, but the submitters provide so much of the entertainment value here. They're the ones that not only find fresh oddball and weird news stories, but then go the extra mile by crafting the headlines that have made nearly everybody here laugh at inappropriate times in the office, occasionally during meetings, and have made us all spit out our beverage of choice onto our keyboards.

Everybody who contributes to Fark in some small way makes this place better. And today, I want to give a nod to somebody who has helped make Fark into something special.

Thank you, 40below. Good work.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-10-04 to Sat 2009-10-10:

img1.fark.net  New eye-examiner had internship in Alaska; may be an optical Aleutian    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Cookbook for cancer patients: "We were hoping for tumor chapters, but the publisher said there could only benign"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  300 U.S. children are burned each day. Well done parents    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Helen Keller to be honored with a statue on Capitol Hill. Guess hiding from the Nazis all those years finally paid off    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Barack Obama linked to terrorist Yasser Arafat    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Man finally wins his battle to have the "refrigerator from hell" replaced. In related news, the triumphal return of Gozer has been postponed indefinitely    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Trio of burglars steals $100K in perfume. Authorities encourage citizens to report any information through the appropriate Chanels    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Golfer loses arm after being attacked by alligator. No word on what his handicap is now    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  United Nations plane crash leaves 11 dead, food for the whole village    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  This Sunday, the Pope will canonize five new saints, including one from Hawaii. Wait, what? After only eight months in office?    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Convicted sex offender sues state, claiming his arrest for attending a church with a daycare restricts his First Amendment rights, dating opportunities    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  One legged fighter becomes the first disabled competitor to win an MMA bout, receiving a leaning ovation from the crowd    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  St. Louis Blues investigating escalator that injured thirteen, left a dozen stranded for hours    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  College bands reprimanded for playing at "inappropriate times" during football game, presumably 7/16 or 9/23    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Children as young as five found to be using the Internet without parental supervision. All of a sudden the Politics tab makes sense    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Blackbirds found to have better understanding of physics than chimpanzees, liberal arts majors    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  U.S. develops plan to control massive wild horse population in western states. We won't get into the details, but hope you enjoy your next My Little McPony Happy Meal    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  "Zombieland" takes the box office Friday, proving people really do love brainless entertainment    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Jude Law's "Hamlet" falls somewhere between "to see" and "not to see"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  The Godfather and its sequels are the classic films Britons are the most likely to claim to have seen without actually watching the movies. Except for Godfather 3, nobody would ever admit to watching that    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  Obamas share quiet dinner to celebrate wedding anniversary, last time anyone accepted one of Barack's proposals    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Obama will donate his $1.4 million in Nobel Prize money to charity, the Foundation for Rubbing it in Bill and Hillary Clinton's Smug Faces    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Hillary Clinton settles dispute between Turkey and Armenia. If only there was some prize she could win to show how she's making peace in the world    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  U2 'desperate' to have their own video game reflective of the band but say they can't find a developer able to design a game that is equal parts pompous and suck and that drags on for hours without actually getting anywhere    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Jethro Tull shows what happens if you mix the drugs of Burning Man, Bill The Butcher's kid brother and an unreleased dance number from The Lord of the Rings    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Jay-Z credits Wham as an early influence. Is there no end to Andrew Ridgeley's reign of terror?    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  Dutch start Europe's first camel dairy, proving once again that there's no idea so dumb that the Dutch won't try it first    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Headline: "Verizon to sell 2 Google phones this year". Why all the optimism, Verizon?    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Starbucks sues former executive who moved to Dunkin' Donuts. Legal experts say plaintiff has grounds    img.fark.net
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2009-10-12 03:42:11 PM  
Dee Snarl: In other news, 40Below is a pathetic loser virgin...

he's happy married w/ kids you failure
 
2009-10-12 03:42:34 PM  
someone should post some examples of 40below's headlines

you know, for reference
 
2009-10-12 03:42:38 PM  
I want to see a Top 10 of his finest submissions or this is completely fake.
 
2009-10-12 03:43:00 PM  
Airfoilsguy: Good god I can't think of anything I have done successfully 10,000 times. I am 38 years old.


I count breathing, heart beats, and maybe farting.

That's my list.
 
2009-10-12 03:43:01 PM  
Keep your powder dry, 40.
 
2009-10-12 03:43:24 PM  
I wouldn't want that many greenlights anyway.

/grapes? what grapes?
 
2009-10-12 03:44:04 PM  
I thought it was bad form to call someone out in a headline...
 
2009-10-12 03:44:21 PM  
bradkanus: uh... The dude isn't funny at all proving that he knows the guy who greenlights shiat.

Just like on Jim Rome's radio show, you get your shiat read if you know someone.

I see many more clever submissions out there that don't go green and it's because certain people have certain friends and certain shiat like htis happens.

Being a totalfarker has its advantages - you get to see everything that didn't go green and there's lots of clever, funny stuff the lites don't get to see.


Wouldn't that evidence of favoritism make someone want to throw their fark subscription in the garbage?
 
2009-10-12 03:44:36 PM  
i33.tinypic.com

Way to go, 40 ;)
 
2009-10-12 03:44:49 PM  
Cyberluddite: I submitted at least 9,993 of those links first with better headlines.


LOL


I am currently right behind with 574 greenlights. See you in 2017, 40below.
 
2009-10-12 03:45:02 PM  
I pour a 15 year old single malt scotch into a glass of Mountain Dew in your honor.
 
2009-10-12 03:45:24 PM  
Aarontology: I thought it was bad form to call someone out in a headline...

I'm pretty sure Drew can do whatever he damned well pleases around here ;)
 
2009-10-12 03:45:30 PM  
Wow, that is the most pathetic thing I've ever heard. Get a life is not even strong enough. I feel sorry for your family and boss.
 
2009-10-12 03:45:58 PM  
congrats 40below!
 
2009-10-12 03:46:09 PM  
bradkanus: uh... The dude isn't funny at all proving that he knows the guy who greenlights shiat.

Just like on Jim Rome's radio show, you get your shiat read if you know someone.

I see many more clever submissions out there that don't go green and it's because certain people have certain friends and certain shiat like htis happens.

Being a totalfarker has its advantages - you get to see everything that didn't go green and there's lots of clever, funny stuff the lites don't get to see.


Dude, I have like 3000 greenlights and I'm just happy I'm not banned every day.
 
2009-10-12 03:46:22 PM  
ghey!!


8 links, muthafarkers!
 
2009-10-12 03:47:01 PM  
SpinStopper: Aarontology: I thought it was bad form to call someone out in a headline...

I'm pretty sure Drew can do whatever he damned well pleases around here ;)


Ass kisser.
 
2009-10-12 03:47:20 PM  
A FARKER among farkers.
 
2009-10-12 03:47:25 PM  
at80eighty: Dee Snarl: In other news, 40Below is a pathetic loser virgin...

he's happy married w/ kids you failure


So I wonder if he's going to get laid tonight, or if his wife is saying, "10,000 what? Fark? What is that?"
 
2009-10-12 03:47:49 PM  
Much like it's sometimes theorized that "Shakespeare" was actually a syndicate of collaborating writers .......
 
2009-10-12 03:47:52 PM  
wow.

i thought my 3 in the last 8 years was a lot, but wow.

nice work
 
2009-10-12 03:47:53 PM  
I moved to Tahoe with some friends when I was 21. I moved away at 24. One of my friends is still there. I was talking to him about a year ago and asked him when he was going to leave. In the last 15 years I'd graduated college, got a nice career, got married, had a kid, bought a house, saved for retirement, etc. I asked him what he'd done besides waiting table at Apple Bees. He said he'd bought 15 season passes at Heavenly and another 15 season passes at the golf course. He's now 41 and life is just passing him by. Soon we'll both be 65 and I'll be enjoying my retirement spending at least a month a year on vacation in Tahoe while he'll probably still be my waiter.

Do you see what I'm getting at 40below?

Then again, maybe you're just one of those 800lbs people I see on the Health channel that is confined to your house. If that's the case, keep up the good work!! :)
 
2009-10-12 03:47:55 PM  
Way to go 40below
 
2009-10-12 03:47:56 PM  
meh. approximately 97% of 40below's green were actually Classified Ads. He spent a lot of money to get 10k greens. Don't respect him, mock him.

/also Drew I'm reporting you for calling out a Farker in your headline
 
2009-10-12 03:48:00 PM  
40below fark profile (new window)

why all the 'get a life' hate?

i47.photobucket.com

there's his life, defending yours.

now don't you feel a bit silly now?
 
2009-10-12 03:48:03 PM  
This guy should get a job as a writer for late night TV. Although it might be a dying art.
 
2009-10-12 03:48:23 PM  
So he's the one that's been writing all those dick headlines, making fun of Helen Keller and one legged MMA fighters. What an asshole.
 
2009-10-12 03:48:39 PM  
Congratulations!
 
2009-10-12 03:48:45 PM  
CynicalLA: Wow, that is the most pathetic thing I've ever heard. Get a life is not even strong enough. I feel sorry for your family and boss.

Seconded.
 
2009-10-12 03:49:00 PM  
Holy hell. Congrats, and I'm sorry.
 
2009-10-12 03:49:48 PM  
40below is used by the writing teams of late-night talk shows to test out material.

40 = The number of people using this login.

"Below" referencing the fact that they are "below decks" and write their material for the show hosts.

/Wild speculation.
 
2009-10-12 03:49:54 PM  
I never laughed more than a chuckle at a headline a handful of times, and never come close to spitting anything out of my mouth or any. It's rare to get one that's really funny.
 
2009-10-12 03:50:14 PM  
40below me
 
2009-10-12 03:50:16 PM  
Does 40below blow Drew and the mods regularly or something?

/I kid
//Congrats, and good luck on the next 10,000
 
2009-10-12 03:50:46 PM  
Damn, snappy headlines and balls of steel. Nice job man!
 
2009-10-12 03:50:47 PM  
Yoduh: 40below fark profile (new window)

why all the 'get a life' hate?



there's his life, defending yours.

now don't you feel a bit silly now?


I'd hit it 10,000 times!
 
2009-10-12 03:50:54 PM  
You make people smile, everyday. How cool is that? Very.
 
2009-10-12 03:50:58 PM  
Yoduh: there's his life, defending yours.

now don't you feel a bit silly now?


No, he's not defending me.
 
2009-10-12 03:51:17 PM  
Everybody who contributes to Fark in some small way makes this place better.

I see Drew doesn't spend a lot of time reading the Politics threads.
 
2009-10-12 03:51:22 PM  
Drew: Considering that his account was created back in February 2004, that means he's averaged about 5.5 greenlights a day, every day since he joined. You may use your own adjectives for that, but I'm going to pick impressive.

Nice! That doesn't...wait for it...40 BeLOW!
/accounted also created in February 2004
//a measly 111 greens
///grumble
 
2009-10-12 03:51:29 PM  
What kind of revenue sharing deal does 40below get? He generates so much of the content and all. You should at least give him free TF.
 
2009-10-12 03:52:52 PM  
300 U.S. children are burned each day. Well done parents

I just now got this one... well done.
 
2009-10-12 03:52:59 PM  
Yoduh: 40below fark profile (new window)

why all the 'get a life' hate?



there's his life, defending yours.

now don't you feel a bit silly now?


not as silly as you when you realize it's photoshopped.
 
2009-10-12 03:53:03 PM  
bradkanus: uh... The dude isn't funny at all proving that he knows the guy who greenlights shiat.

Just like on Jim Rome's radio show, you get your shiat read if you know someone.

I see many more clever submissions out there that don't go green and it's because certain people have certain friends and certain shiat like htis happens.

Being a totalfarker has its advantages - you get to see everything that didn't go green and there's lots of clever, funny stuff the lites don't get to see.


You can believe it all day long, but you'd be wrong.
 
2009-10-12 03:53:55 PM  
Also, since this headline violates the FArQ:

"Calling out of other Farkers (in headlines): As odd as this may sound, not everyone wants attention on Fark. Specifically mentioning a fellow Farker in a headline or post (where the named Farker isn't participating) generates attention to a Farker who didn't intend it. This is not welcome on this site."

I think the submitter should be banned. Sorry Drew but it is the only way you'll learn.
 
2009-10-12 03:53:57 PM  
I was all happy about making it past 6 greenlights this morning, and Drew has to go and point out how little my accomplishments really are. He must be working with parents on that.

Congrats, 40below!
 
2009-10-12 03:54:07 PM  
hahaha.. 40below has jealous haters. He feeds on your deliciuos tears.
 
2009-10-12 03:54:46 PM  
They_no_kill_BakBak: Yoduh: 40below fark profile (new window)

why all the 'get a life' hate?



there's his life, defending yours.

now don't you feel a bit silly now?

not as silly as you when you realize it's photoshopped.


how can you tell?
 
2009-10-12 03:56:09 PM  
fritopendejo: not as silly as you when you realize it's photoshopped.

how can you tell?


From looking at the pixels?
 
2009-10-12 03:56:12 PM  
rancidPlasma: hahaha.. 40below has jealous haters. He feeds on your deliciuos tears.

Haters? One day he will truly regret all the time he spent trying to come up with headlines for a website. It's sad really.
 
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