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2014-01-24 04:26:33 PM  
Well  Drew, it was a good run while it lasted.
 
2014-01-24 04:39:33 PM  
Was it discovered by a mom?
 
2014-01-24 04:41:45 PM  
I have no idea how they're so successful, I avoid click-bait headlines as though they were spam.  Anything that has "you'll never believe this" or "this one weird trick" I just assume is going to take me to a site that will have pop ups, autoplay videos or malware embedded.
 
2014-01-24 04:54:18 PM  
"One simple Krav Maga tax accounting trick the government doesn't want you to know, discovered by a housewife from Alaska."
 
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2014-01-24 04:55:53 PM  
If you need that article, you shouldn't be on-line in the first place!!!
 
2014-01-24 04:59:15 PM  
Is it at all ironic that the story is nowhere near as exciting as the headline implied that it would be?
 
2014-01-24 05:05:37 PM  

Jormungandr: "One simple Krav Maga tax accounting trick the government doesn't want you to know, discovered by a housewife from Alaska."


And you wont BELIEVE what she was wearing.
 
2014-01-24 05:15:27 PM  
I heard a commercial on the radio the other day (waiting for the traffic report) that used the "one weird trick" line. Something to do with a way to get more Social Security per month, I believe.  That crap is spreading to news radio now. (Then again, they also advertise some 911Obamacare site and invest in gold, so maybe I am particularly young to be listening to news radio)  *shrug*
 
2014-01-24 05:42:15 PM  
Wait... "Even" CNN used the headline?

... does the writer of TFA genuinely not know that the "[boring thing] that might shock you" and "[boring thing] and you won't believe what happens next" lines have been staples of cable and local TV news since at least the 1970s?

Because you'd have to be literally one of the least literate people in the world to not know that and be surprised by a TV-based news network using it.  And I use "literally" in full knowledge of its actual meaning there.  IQ of 70 at best, man.
 
2014-01-24 05:44:21 PM  

theorellior: Was it discovered by a mom?


I'm always amazed by the number of single moms who live near me that have discovered everything from do it yourself facelifts to losing weight by eating berries.
 
2014-01-24 05:56:08 PM  
I found the Upworthy Generator to be mildly amusing.
 
2014-01-24 05:56:55 PM  

timujin: I have no idea how they're so successful, I avoid click-bait headlines as though they were spam.  Anything that has "you'll never believe this" or "this one weird trick" I just assume is going to take me to a site that will have pop ups, autoplay videos or malware embedded.


What's more amazing is that behind the clickbait headline is very often a long, poorly made, dull, evasive video.  To get to the buy line you need the patience of Job as well as the curiosity of Pandora.

You'd think that people losing interest after 15 minutes of conclusionless blah blah would negate any sales.

I guess the whole thing is a terribly effective sucker filter, where people who get to the sell point will buy anything.
 
2014-01-24 06:03:27 PM  

Flappyhead: theorellior: Was it discovered by a mom?

I'm always amazed by the number of single moms who live near me that have discovered everything from do it yourself facelifts to losing weight by eating berries.


That's nothing compared the number of hot Asian chicks that live near me and just want a boyfriend.
 
2014-01-24 06:17:17 PM  

serpent_sky: I heard a commercial on the radio the other day (waiting for the traffic report) that used the "one weird trick" line. Something to do with a way to get more Social Security per month, I believe.  That crap is spreading to news radio now. (Then again, they also advertise some 911Obamacare site and invest in gold, so maybe I am particularly young to be listening to news radio)  *shrug*


KFBK?
 
2014-01-24 08:02:20 PM  
Reading this thread with the plugin installed is somewhat confusing.
 
2014-01-24 08:59:19 PM  
Headline writers hate this!!!
 
2014-01-24 09:31:52 PM  
I just want a Facebook feature that auto-unfollows anyone who posts an Upworthy link.
 
2014-01-24 11:02:48 PM  
Everyone is shocked by this headline!!!!
 
2014-01-25 02:38:56 AM  

RedVentrue: serpent_sky: I heard a commercial on the radio the other day (waiting for the traffic report) that used the "one weird trick" line. Something to do with a way to get more Social Security per month, I believe.  That crap is spreading to news radio now. (Then again, they also advertise some 911Obamacare site and invest in gold, so maybe I am particularly young to be listening to news radio)  *shrug*

KFBK?


I have moved nine times in the last 16 years. So little things like radio station call letters collect in the rotary cortex like so much lint. When you mentioned KFBK I had one of those screeching memory queries and had to double check. I was much younger when we were stationed at Beale (99-02 and I will be 42 in May). I am a different person now too. So I can admit to listening to that particular station just a bit too much then.
 
2014-01-25 06:50:43 AM  
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