No media trends discussion this week, just a sad goodbye to one of our own before Headlines of the Week for 8/16 through 8/22
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Normally we put something related to media trends here to kick off our favorite Headlines of the Week, but there was a death in the Fark family last week. We were deeply saddened by the news that Thai Williams, known around these parts as Arelas, was killed in a car accident. He's survived by his wife and their small children, so some enterprising Farkers who knew him took it upon themselves to set up an account for donations that will go to his family. I donated, fwiw.
Anyone who also wants to contribute to the family can see the donation thread for instructions. One note: we scramble email addresses deliberately to thwart spammers, so if you use the PayPal link you'll need to manually type the email address to avoid that issue.
On a side note, it's really amazing and reassuring to see so many people rally around a guy that few had ever met in person. There's a prevailing conception that the internet is destroying traditional socialization, but when events like this happen and people rally around a virtual stranger, it shows that there's a unique human quality that still rises to the surface.
For those who set it up, and for all of you who contributed something, whether it was money or even just kind words, thank you. You made a difference.
Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-08-16 to Sat 2009-08-22:
Angry patient bites off the end of a doctor's finger and runs off. Police are looking for tips
Britain and America were complicit in the Nazi extermination of the Jews, according to the latest press release from the Vatican. In other news, the hunt is on for an attractive and successful kettle for whom there is an urgent message
90 percent of US currency contains trace amounts of cocaine, value
Billy Joel was right... Only the good Dae-jung
Men who snore loudly are twice as likely to die early, possibly from multiple stab wounds
Cable guy electrocuted. Viewing to be held for 20 minutes sometime between 8am and 5pm
Gardening makes for better sex. Yeah that's right, talk dirt to me you hoe
Today is the 50th Anniversary of Hawaiian statehood. Hawaii is of course famous for the hula, luaus, volcanoes, and temporarily being Kenya one day in 1961
How farkin bad is DC's Metro? Though they've been sending alerts since March, Metro still hasn't figured out the 140 character limit for twe
See. See plane. Seaplane crash
Woman accidentally hits child with riding lawnmower. Oh Deere
Former skiing champion Picabo Street welcomes baby boy. She had some minor complications in the intensive care unit, but was discharged from the Picabo ICU
John Smoltz leaning toward Cards. Probably pinochle or bridge down at the senior center
Plaxico Burress gets two-year contract to be receiver
Scientists invent kitchens which virtually clean themselves, leaving your wife more time to make sure the bathroom is up to an acceptable standard
Inuit hunters help scientists track narwhals, offer tech support on Quicken, TurboTax
NASA beams 461 gigabytes of data back from the moon daily, the equivalent of last week's download volume on your mom's new porno
Copyright lawyers fly around Earth backwards really fast and erase DC Comics' rights to Superman's origin story. Kal-El now an immigrant from Costa Rica with an allergy to peanuts
Steve Harvey joining Good Morning America. I would make a joke, but there's nothing funny about Steve Harvey
Celine Dion pregnant with eight year-old sperm. Isn't that illegal?
Tom Ridge admits that he "was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over." Well color me level orange
Yes, it's finally come to this. We've dragged the Almighty Lord into the debate. It's Yahweh or the highway
Elizabeth Edwards opens furniture store, no word if drawers come pre-filled with dirty laundry
Major announcement suggests Mozart may have died from strep throat after sharp decline in health. Other voices counter that multiple minor elements worked in concert to overcome his diminished capacity
Cradle of Filth are pretty heavy, but if you throw Gobstoppers at them, that's it man. They're done
Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse kiss onstage. The resulting superbacteria will wipe out humanity by year's end
Rosetta Stone cuts outlook, stock offering. La piedra de Rosetta corta la perspectiva, ofrecimiento común. La pierre de Rosetta coupe des perspectives, émission d'actions. Rosetta Stein schneidet Aussicht, Aktienemission
History celebrates 25 years of Powerpoint. Obvious tag missed his flight and Dumbass didn't review the slide deck, so Wheaton gets stuck doing the presentation
Smuckers makes more smackers due to more suckers losing jobs, eating at home like slackers, becoming snackers, needing something to put on crackers
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