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
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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:
New eye-examiner had internship in Alaska; may be an optical Aleutian
Cookbook for cancer patients: "We were hoping for tumor chapters, but the publisher said there could only benign"
300 U.S. children are burned each day. Well done parents
Helen Keller to be honored with a statue on Capitol Hill. Guess hiding from the Nazis all those years finally paid off
Barack Obama linked to terrorist Yasser Arafat
Man finally wins his battle to have the "refrigerator from hell" replaced. In related news, the triumphal return of Gozer has been postponed indefinitely
Trio of burglars steals $100K in perfume. Authorities encourage citizens to report any information through the appropriate Chanels
Golfer loses arm after being attacked by alligator. No word on what his handicap is now
United Nations plane crash leaves 11 dead, food for the whole village
This Sunday, the Pope will canonize five new saints, including one from Hawaii. Wait, what? After only eight months in office?
Convicted sex offender sues state, claiming his arrest for attending a church with a daycare restricts his First Amendment rights, dating opportunities
One legged fighter becomes the first disabled competitor to win an MMA bout, receiving a leaning ovation from the crowd
St. Louis Blues investigating escalator that injured thirteen, left a dozen stranded for hours
College bands reprimanded for playing at "inappropriate times" during football game, presumably 7/16 or 9/23
Children as young as five found to be using the Internet without parental supervision. All of a sudden the Politics tab makes sense
Blackbirds found to have better understanding of physics than chimpanzees, liberal arts majors
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
"Zombieland" takes the box office Friday, proving people really do love brainless entertainment
Jude Law's "Hamlet" falls somewhere between "to see" and "not to see"
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
Obamas share quiet dinner to celebrate wedding anniversary, last time anyone accepted one of Barack's proposals
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
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
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
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
Jay-Z credits Wham as an early influence. Is there no end to Andrew Ridgeley's reign of terror?
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
Headline: "Verizon to sell 2 Google phones this year". Why all the optimism, Verizon?
Starbucks sues former executive who moved to Dunkin' Donuts. Legal experts say plaintiff has grounds
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