Where did all the women come from? Notes from the Toronto Fark Party and some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week 6/5 - 6/11
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I was in Toronto this past weekend for one of three simultaneous Fark parties in three countries. We heard a bit from the folks in Cologne before Toronto got going, and I assume that when I woke up around 10am the following day that the New Orleans party was probably still going from the previous night. I wish I could have gone to all three but I had a great time in Toronto.
I had an interesting conversation in Toronto about the expected ideal of what a general Farker actually looks like vs reality. Everyone expects Fark parties to be sausage fests, but they're not. In fact lately, the last few I've been to have been nearly 50% women. Which is interesting to me because back in the early days of Fark the men to women ratio was 80/20 (it's 60/40) now. I'm not sure why that changed. We've never specifically targeted the male audience, that's just kind of how it was back in the day. I suspect the progress went something like this:
- TotalFarkers are allowed to buy subscriptions for other Farkers
- Turns out most of the bought subscriptions are for women, and cool women at that (smart, funny women don't take sh*t from people, etc.)
- Critical mass is reached with the female population, more women join
Just a guess, I've done no studies. I like it though.
Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2011-06-05 to Sat 2011-06-11:
Cole's Law: Cabbage art, when correctly marketed, can sell for very high prices
Identical twin friars born seconds apart 92 years ago, die hours apart. Finally, both were just tuckered out
Jury selection begins in "Cleveland Strangler" case. Challenge is finding people who actually live in Cleveland and don't want to strangle people
Man kills himself after 10 failed attempts. Friends and family cite his 'never say die' attitude
Manatee man finds class ring after 25 years, also hopes that scientists can make him human again
Two men jump in Wisconsin river to cool off, are now at room temperature
Leonard Stern, co-_________ of Mad Libs, _________ at age 88. He will be ___________
Cumming man shoots woman in face and neck
The US Balloon Corps celebrates 150 years of aerial reconnaissance, squeaky voices
Crystal Lake girl dies. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ah-ah-ah-ah
Angry birds menacing Everett, WA residents. National Guard preparing to deploy pigs and poorly fastened lumber
BCS pokes hole in Trojans' 2004 title
All-Black Donald signs for Bath. E-I-E-I-O
Indiana residents squabble over plans for a Larry Bird statue, saying a statue would depict his mobility too accurately
Technology experts argue that Facebook will eventually kill Google because we'd all much rather ask our friends what the best place to find midget tranny porn is, rather than search for it anonymously
People judge the rapists by their offices, business cards
Basement inventor creates low-cost artificial hand, immediately filling fellow basement dwellers with ideas on how to test it
Kim Kardashian threatens In Touch Weekly with big-ass lawsuit
NPR interviews Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars, who had to call an expert buddy during the interview because he wasn't sure if NPR was legit or not
Lady Gaga planning "marathon" tour in 2012. So THAT'S what the Mayans were talking about
Santorum begins his state-by-state tour to stimulate his base. And if there's one thing Santorum's good at, it's pro-state stimulation
Weiner seeks to beat heat for his meat tweet and keep seat
Newt Gingrich's senior aides resign en masse, presumably will join younger, more attractive candidate's campaign
Comcast seeks to gain exclusive rights to air the Olympic games in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020. Death Star construction begins in 2022
Texas Instruments prepares for some serious 535507
Winner of charity auction spends $2.3 million for lunch with Warren Buffett. Will get numerous investment tips, starting with don't spend $2.3 million to have lunch with anyone
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