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Fark NotNewsletter: Orange you glad we didn't say Trump?
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-10-17 2:20:44 PM (46 comments) | Permalink

A note from Drew Curtis about the avalanche of Trump articles:

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty much at peak Trump myself.  Seems like the guy is grabbing all the taglines on Fark some days.  The problem is we don't have the luxury of being able to ignore these stories.  We have to use material from the news cycle we have, not the news cycle we wish we had.  I personally wouldn't mind taking a day off, but the guy's a walking news cycle bomb-generator, so we can't.

That said, with more non-Trump submissions it makes it easier for us to drown him out.  If you've never tried submitting a link to Fark before, give it a shot!  Give us your funniest take on the article. Some of the best threads and headlines come from local stories that have universal appeal instead of the national news. So as you're looking through your local news on media websites or social media feeds, think about things that may be Farkworthy and give us some fresh stories.  Please don't use the original headline and avoid using puns because rhyming isn't humor.
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And now, back to our regularly-scheduled NotNewsletter


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Wikileaks - 601
Kansas - 297
Orange - 687
Rigged - 334
Bacon - 205

Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funniest:
Marksrevenge had an honest answer to a common interview question
amfv sympathized with a poor decision made by Ruth's Chris Steak House
ransack. proved that vacuuming gasoline out of your car won't cause an explosion
Paris1127 knew how a doctor should have responded to a flight attendant
Rent Party posted a requested photo from Miley Cyrus
bdub77 made the obligatory Cosby comment
The All-Powerful Atheismo defined one of Nancy Grace's favorite nicknames
Snarfangel shared a very strange book with the Saturday Morning Book Club
Mr. Coffee Nerves told us what to eat instead of Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Johnny Stalker Black wanted people to learn from an educational TV show

Smartest:
BKITU helped out anyone who was too lazy to RTFA
Rapmaster2000 suggested an alternative to Columbus Day
ginandbacon thought there should be a planeload of lawsuits
gopher321 figured out how many Sandlers it would take to make a Carrey
Mikey1969 engaged in the Fark tradition of insulting the submitter
Mentat asked an important question about the foiled terrorists in Kansas
Somacandra reacted to news of Nancy Grace's departure from HLN
Cubs300 gave some background information about a radio talk show host who quit on air
Pocket Ninja was caught by surprise by news about Billy Bush
palelizard thought that one thing proves that a missing couple is dead

CSB Sunday Morning: I'm never drinking again
Smartest: durbnpoisn shared a story that's actually about never drinking again
Funniest: acad1228's drinking left a legacy that would affect future generations

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
drumhellar pointed out one of Donald Trump's victims
sdd2000 had bad news for Mike Pence
Mike_LowELL predicted a November surprise
UNC_Samurai summed up the second presidential debate
ucantseeme found the locker room that Trump keeps talking about

Politics Smartest:
thorpe appreciated an invitation to bring it
bdub77 shared a comparison of how Trump supporters judge Trump and Clinton
hubiestubert had a different take on Trump invading Clinton's space during the debate
gaspode pointed out a statement that would later get more attention
JerseyTim let us know exactly when the glory days of SNL were


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
wickedfish revealed a superhero's identity
wickedfish found a plane having an "accident"
Don_cos gave this card game a classic ending
grampy showed a huge improvement to the presidential debate format
Wrongo found someone to thank Obama for stealing his fish
Yammering_Splat_Vector discovered Trump's true colors
zeon got us lost in an endless tunnel
Pure Weapons-Grade Bolonium All of the moderators and admins would like this joke explained to us
ToastmasterGeneral switched some people around
gerbilpox proved that even minifigs have trolls

Farktography:
Farktography Contest No. 597: "Collections 2" ended in a tie between Ldrtchbrd's buttload of caps and Wrongo's wall of sound

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


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Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)

Obama finds solution to closing Guantanamo

After being blown up, beaten, tied up, and drug into the river, the Grigori Rasputin Memorial Bridge has finally come down

County carves pumpkins underwater, known as Halloween H20

Kaepernick to start against Bills on Sunday. Rex Ryan reportedly to play national anthem on third downs

Former 'Apprentice' staffers claim Donald Trump routinely insulted the Kardashians on set. No official response yet from Gul Dukat's office

In light of impending lawsuits, Theranos to begin construction of "mini labs" for blood tests, Infinity Gauntlet

Greg Hardy to move to MMA, challenge Ronda Rousey

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 10/9 - 10/15


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

After a few weeks where the Quizmasters held the reins, the Farkers crashed through the front gates and stormed the castle last week. Every score on the Top 10 page was above 900, with two breaking into the 1000 Club. Your leaderboard this week was topped by a pair of players earning the gold: both rick42 and SilverStag each had an identical score of 1020 to top the list, while Yoeman nearly got into the four-digit club with a score of 992.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - October 14.
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Fark NotNewsletter: Last week was bananas
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-10-11 1:16:34 PM, edited 2016-10-11 7:51:38 PM (51 comments) | Permalink

When Monday is a holiday, it's a splendid excuse to go into ProcrastinationMonkey mode and put off posting the Fark NotNewsletter until Tuesday. It doesn't even matter how minor or imaginary the holiday is. From the Fourth of July to Festivus, they're all fair game. In fact, I hear next Monday is National I'm Not That Fond Of Raisins Day. I might have to take that day off.


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Matthew - 584
Pu**y - 1570 (censored here for email friendliness)
Grab - 2094
Tic Tac - 159
Ken Bone - 48
Columbus Day - 78
Bacon - 342


Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funniest:
markie_farkie provided a less offensive logo
bearded clamorer has a product to help Venezuelans
Non Sequitur Man exposed green-on-orange violence
Feel_the_velvet decoded a secret message
Dahnkster posted an update about the Oregon Balonians or whatever they're called
TheSopwithTurtle gave advice to a fellow Farker
scottydoesntknow reacted to the lack of news from Wikileaks
Kouta was happy to see the return of Fark's favorite group
blatz514 knew who else the NY attorney general told to stop fundraising
hugram showed a reaction to bad news for a sports team

Smartest:
Gyrfalcon stated the facts
somedude210 reacted to more great work done by the U.S. Congress
Weaver95 feared some people's fear of knowledge
basemetal shared some parental wisdom
whither_apophis suggested some money Illinois could seize instead of some lottery winnings
That Guy What Stole the Bacon gave advice that will save some Farkers some embarrassment and discomfort one day
hubiestubert wondered why a bunch of lawyers seem confused by how laws work
sigdiamond2000 re-posted a comment from Xcott explaining the three hacker modes
sigdiamond2000 made a guess as to why some people vote for Trump
STDMan69 commented on the Trump Foundation being told to stop fundraising in New York

CSB Sunday Morning: Asking someone out
Smartest: vudukungfu shared a story about a seamless transition from one girlfriend to the next
Funniest: doyner told a story about being a wingman

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
Sin_City_Superhero offered a helpful suggestion for Trump's campaign
duppy shared a tweet about the Republican party's predicament
Mike_LowELL commented on political differences among football players
doyner shared a grab bag of memes
Diogenes had thoughts about Trump's thoughts about PTSD

Politics Smartest:
jaylectricity thought that a comment was potentially harmful
RadioAaronsu summed up Trump's 2005 "Access Hollywood" comments
Mentat discussed Trump's mic problem in the first debate
One Bad Apple explained why John McCain is a hero
markie_farkie probably isn't voting for Trump


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
wickedfish made a pic-a-nic for this family
RedZoneTuba created the official soda of Fark
JerkStore made a couple of drinks that you probably don't want
RedZoneTuba has something to soothe your stomach
Pure Weapons-Grade Bolonium found out what happened to your lost iPhone
Herb Utsmelz must have had a power outage
RedZoneTuba made a new fundraising product for Trump
Wrongo found out what's moving those desert rocks around
Herb Utsmelz made some bad dental work even worse
wickedfish gave a dancer a new skirt

Farktography:
Warthog won Farktography Contest No. 596: "The Fungus Among Us" with a little redhead

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


Upcoming Fark Parties

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Saturday, October 15th: Detroit Fark Party at Greektown Casino
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Beyond Fark

We're very sad to have lost Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer, a very active and talented contributor to many our Photoshop contests. You can visit Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer's memorial thread here.


Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)

Indian authorities capture pair of Pakistani spy pigeons before they could plot coo

Matthew up to Cat4, approaches U.S. coast at 16Mb/s

Expert believes dogs can detect the passage of time with their noses by noticing changes in scent. Oh, so a watch dog

Cop arrested for pleasuring himself in public was also drafted in the 10th round of the MLB draft. Presumably by the Yankees

For some reason, researchers block gene to reduce cigarette smoke toxicity in fish embryos, when everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in schools

And the October Surprise Advent Calendar gives us another treat

Ford to reintroduce the Bronco SUV to its lineup. First 5000 buyers will receive a commemorative pair of black leather driving gloves - one size too small, of course

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 10/2 - 10/8


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

All in all, it was a mixed bag this week. Nobody managed to crack 1000, but chawco led the pack with 934, followed by coscausticevil with 924 and Hawkin05 with 887. The rest of the pack was all in the 800s at a full gallop.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - October 7.
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Fark NotNewsletter: JuggalOHMYGOD GET IN THE CAR!
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-10-03 12:59:27 PM, edited 2016-10-03 1:13:54 PM (33 comments) | Permalink

A strange form of hysteria has been sweeping the country in recent months, causing apartment communities and schools to go on lockdown. Having the potential to wreak more havoc than the "Satanic Panic" of the '80s - the Clown Scourge of 2016 is upon us. As clown sightings rise, American patriots hunker down with seltzer, confetti guns, and pies. Please, be careful out there, but also remember that real clowns - those who wrote their clown dissertation, received their degree from Clown College, and are licensed and bonded for clowning,  are not the threat. They are simply professionals who, while as terrifying as spiders, snakes, Zika, and commitment, are just trying to earn an honest living filling children's lives with laughter and dread.


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Alicia Machado - 411
Miss Universe - 266
Check out sex tape - 35
Sniffing - 68
Clown - 889
Bacon - 245


Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funniest:
Cake Hunter was relieved to hear about a new drug making the rounds
Slives found something alarming in an anti-Trump statement
UberDave wondered about the logistics of cops busting women for breasfeeding in public
Gordon Bennett shared Han Solo's Facebook status
Im_Gumby found the flaw in a plan for changing air traffic control methods
Weatherkiss found an explanation for a teenager who seemed out of place
scottydoesntknow noticed a trend when "Storks" moved up in the box office rankings
ralphjr illustrated what can happen when you invent statistics
jso2897 thought that another Farker made the wrong choice
August11 translated a letter to an advice column

Smartest:
Earguy found that a 9-year-old kid wasn't well versed in the scientific method
BadReligion thought that everyone should be held responsible when they shoot someone
Chris Ween still had some questions about Terence Crutcher's killing
Ambivalence had suggestions for getting a dangerous drug off the streets
Theaetetus discussed arrests at a public library event
tuskahoma man shared a sad story about addiction
Praise Cheesus thought a gun owner's response to signs not allowing guns was interesting
Marcus Aurelius reacted to a police union officials false statements
Banned on the Run had advice about lunatic fringes
Marcus Aurelius had a request for that 9-year-old genius who wants to prove the existence of God

CSB Sunday Morning: Interviews gone wrong
Smartest: Praise Cheesus shared a story about an interviewer with his head up his butt
Funniest: feckingmorons talked about making some noise in the library

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
duppy gave a sneak peek into the adult film featuring Donald Trump
browneye showed a pivotal scene from the presidential debate
Mr. Coffee Nerves discussed the belief that Trump won the debate
Obscure Login was pleasantly surprised by the debate
ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha shared one of Trump's tweets about Taxes

Politics Smartest:
Praise Cheesus explained Hillary Clinton's comments about millennials
vudukungfu perhaps wanted building a wall of some sort
Glenford suggested an alternative to voting for Trump
JerseyTim analyzed Hillary Clinton's remarks about millennial voters
aaronx discussed one purpose of estate taxes


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops (and Caption):
grampy referenced a classic eBay listing
Pure Weapons-Grade Bolonium got read for some sharp shooting
Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer showed some unhappy passengers
Shostie captioned what Obama said to Leonardo DiCaprio
zeon found out what was pushing this young fox back
Pure Weapons-Grade Bolonium gave us an authentic bass player
Stantz gave proof of a popular conspiracy theory
Stantz found some clues to who is in this uniform
Thrakkorzog found some military Muppets
Yammering_Splat_Vector turned a photo into Escheresque art

Farktography: wickedfish won Farktography Contest No. 595: "Giving Up and Giving In" with a colorful photo of sunrise over Lake Selmac, Southern Oregon

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


TotalFark Discussion

Oh hey, how about if we highlight some posts from TotalFark Discussion here? Sorry, non-TotalFarkers, only TotalFarkers will be able to see these posts.

Smart: optikeye pointed out what a TotalFarker who caused a kitchen fire did wrong
Funny: merrillvillain gave an example of a worse fire to deal with
Funny: mitchcumstein1 tracked down the source of the fire


Upcoming Fark Parties

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Saturday, October 15th: Detroit Fark Party at Greektown Casino
Saturday, October 29th: Fort Worth, Texas Fark Party

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Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)


Customs officials stop woman who had packed dead husband's intestines in a suitcase. Would that qualify as carrion luggage?

Over 8% of the population of Norway eats tacos every Friday; meanwhile, Mexico reports no plans to engage in reciprocal lutefisk consumption

Former WWE wrestler Jamie Noble stabbed twice in West Virginia trailer park. Heath Slater's 137 kids wanted for questioning

George Washington used vaccines to help defeat the British. So the next time some anti-vaxxer annoys you, remind them if it hadn't been for vaccines, we'd all be speaking English now

Muslim journalist, 22, poses for Playboy wearing a hijab. Which is great for people who read Playboy for the articles of clothing

SABMiller shareholders toast $100 billion takeover of AB InBev, presumably with an ice-cold odorless, tasteless, refreshing beer-like beverage

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 9/25 - 10/1


 Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

After a strong showing by the Farkers last week, the Quizmasters put together a pretty hard quiz on Friday, and the scores reflected it. Nobody cracked 1000, and only Evandar broke into the 900s with a top score of 924, followed by AstroJesus edging runwiz, with respective scores of 895 and 893.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - September 30.
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Fark NotNewsletter: Grandma and Grandpa are fighting
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-09-26 1:42:01 PM (19 comments) | Permalink

The presidential debates are upon us, and the hype makes it sound more like a drawn-out Celebrity Deathmatch than anything else. Actually, that's not fair - with the threats of possible grudge-picks in the audience, preemptive attacks on the moderators, and proclamations that one or both candidates will be arrested soon, this is a lot trashier than a Celebrity Deathmatch. But I still kind of hope to see some hair pulling.


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Gennifer Flowers - 129
Mark Cuban - 38
Debate - 1412
Skittles - 461
Bacon - 367

Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funniest:
bikerbob59 shared a love story
Non Sequitur Man showed an obstinate obstacle
Lance Robdon figured out what kind of equipment a bomb maker used
Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer hoped for a new candidate
MaudlinMutantMollusk figured out how the Ark Encounter can reach attendance goals
JerseyTim pointed out how the bombing suspect suffered
you are a puppet wanted to discuss the real problem this country faces
DaWormyPimpsta was sad about the Brangelina breakup
count_chimpula revealed the real reason for a photographer's arrest
Louisiana_Sitar_Club could totally see the resemblance

Smartest:
Benevolent Misanthrope made note of some things about the police officer killing Terence Crutcher
WhyteRaven74 asked a legal question about the shooting
maddermaxx argued that the Disney "Moana" costume wasn't racist
you are a puppet wanted to discuss the real problem this country faces
WhyteRaven74 wanted a common attitude to change
Serious Black wondered why cops don't deescalate situations for more people
Relatively Obscure pointed out that there can be many consequences of a stupid law
neapoi noticed a growing trend
shroom requested a reminder
HedlessChickn found another way to stop a bad guy with a gun

CSB Sunday Morning: Past and Present Home Projects
Smartest:
  croesius made a Farking desk (with photos)
Funniest:  ModeratelyProfane shared The Legend of DickTable (with photos)

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
DeltaPunch shared a wicked burn from George Takei
MaudlinMutantMollusk described Eric Trump
Grand_Moff_Joseph suggested a new flavor for Skittles
Precious Roy's Horse Dividers pleaded with a racist firefighter
Dallymo shared a different meme using Skittles as a political symbol

Politics Smartest:
PocketfullaSass had an idea for the first question of the presidential debates
PsiChick listed some nothings
DeltaPunch shared a wicked burn from George Takei
kbronsito suggested a group that should be profiled as a threat to America
make me some tea appreciated a new phrase


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
Wrongo found him
Pure Weapons-Grade Bolonium made a greeting card for a rare occasion
#2 showed a happy guy on his first and last day on the job
JasonOfOrillia stayed inside the lines
stertz did some self censuring
zeon colorized a family meal
Alligator showed what an infamous photo might look like from the other side
grampy caged some creepy animals
Alligator didn't have a square to spare
wickedfish gave this family the best maid ever

Farktography:
Farktography Contest No. 594: "Talk Like a Pirate, Walk Like a Pirate" ended in a tie between Queen Mab's photo from pirate weekend at the RenFest and CiliarySpasm's photo of a wealthy, poorly-hydrated individual

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


Upcoming Fark Parties

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Friday, September 30th - Sunday, October 2nd: EuroFark 2016 in Berlin, Germany
Saturday, October 15th: Detroit Fark Party at Greektown Casino
Saturday, October 29th: Fort Worth, Texas Fark Party

If you'd like to plan a Fark Party in your area, you can use the Fark Party submission form.


Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)

Man arrested for having sex with a horse fears he'll never again have a stable relationship

Joan of Arc's sword missing, search centered on San Dimas Mall

Six-year-old appeals for Obama's help in his human trafficking scheme

ISIS wives are given suicide vests and machine guns as wedding gifts. Brides will now wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blew

Former NFL linebacker has quite an adventure accidentally solving a murder case and, thanks to CTE, will treasure those memories for the next 3.5 hours

Fish use "mobbing" technique to fight the Bobbit worm, as opposed to the more traditional method of using a knife while it's sleeping

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 9/18 - 9/24


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

A solid week as the Farkers got the best of the Quizmasters. Fully half of the Top 10 were in the 1000 Club, and the lowest score was 930, which is enough to win the whole thing some weeks. The three at the top of this week's list were dionysusaur with 1036, edging blinkybluegnome at 1033, with Hawkin05 barely trailing at 1023. Looks like the Quizmasters will have to up their game this Friday to stay ahead of you all.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - September 23.
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Fark NotNewsletter: Check out my tool
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-09-19 1:14:02 PM, edited 2016-09-19 1:21:23 PM (65 comments) | Permalink

A note from Fark's dev team:

We want to announce a new tool that we hope will be useful to all you Farkers.  We're adding a widget to the side of the page to help you find the Fark stories you'll be most interested in.  There are a few different views.  If you comment a lot, you can pick the option to see either your "Recent Commented" or your "Recent Mentions."  These are the same as you'd find on your myFark Recent page, except you won't have to leave the page you're currently reading to see them.  Just click the refresh arrow (the circle with the arrow tip) on the bottom right.  If you don't comment a lot, you can quickly see the Top Commented, Clicked, or Voted links, whatever interests you the most.  Once you scroll down past the other sidebar content, the widget will stay on the page (as long as your screen is wide enough to show the whole page... if it's not wide enough, it won't stay put).  This is a perk for anyone logged into their Fark account.  If you're not logged in, you'll see stories you might be interested in on other sites.
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And now, back to your regularly-scheduled NotNewsletter


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Birther - 461
Body double - 123
Chelsea - 224
Bacon - 384

Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funniest:
Non Sequitur Man shared a story from Ammon Bundy
Non Sequitur Man posted an inspirational nature photo
12349876 guessed at the cause of an explosion
gnosis301 gave the answer that's always correct
Ivo Shandor shared an obligatory friend zone post
Soon Right Away encouraged everyone to vote for Trump
Pocket Ninja gave a passionate speach
Cyrus the Mediocre asked for an update on a news story
Rapmaster2000 told an inspirational story
optikeye had a question about an article

Smartest:
jaylectricity called attention to an argument made in the linked article
August11 said the things that a high school counselor should have said
SundaesChild pointed out what Brock Turner and his parents still haven't learned
OtherLittleGuy brought up some evidence that is going to waste
Cheron found a major flaw in the Bundy brothers' reasoning
IvanTheSilent found fault with a submitted headline
H31N0US gave an example of why some people aren't standing for the American National Anthem
Marcus Aurelius disagreed with a sentiment about the military
Sin_City_Superhero tried to clear up a prisoner's confusion
NephilimNexus described the problem with many homeschoolers

CSB Sunday Morning: Memorable Family Vacations
Smartest:
  GRCooper shared a story about a trucker aggressively driving up on a family on a road trip
Funniest:  Chris Ween told about being sacrificed by siblings for the greater good (apparently typed on a potato)

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
abb3w explained why Nate Silver gave a presentation to GOP donors
Hobodeluxe shared a tweet from George Takei about Trump supporters
Mike_LowELL gave the true story behind Hillary Clinton's body doubles
kbronsito exposed the truth about Hillary Clinton's health
Mike_LowELL described how Donald Trump will save two countries

Politics Smartest:
pkjun thought some Sanders supporters were reacting irrationally
JerseyTim factchecked claims about the Clinton Foundation
physt told us one thing that will happen if Hillary Clinton's health deteriorates
namegoeshere discussed what Hillary Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis meant
El_Perro disagreed with claims about Hillary Clinton


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
RedZoneTuba showed us someone who you probably don't want as your bartender
Alligator found this fellow carrying an appropriate beverage
RedZoneTuba gave this enthusiastic guy the perfect job
RedZoneTuba showed what happens when Pooty-Poot's bear is in the shop
Wrongo discovered what Seth Rogen does between films
Alligator stopped by the local hardware store
RedZoneTuba found a sale at Clint Eastwood's store
verchad showed us what a dry cleaning Bill might look like
verchad suggested a change to football games
Alligator found something useful for Bieber to do

Farktography:
Earguy won Farktography Contest No. 593: "Less is More 3" with a stack of balconies

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


TotalFark Discussion

Oh hey, how about if we highlight some posts from TotalFark Discussion here? Sorry, non-TotalFarkers, only TotalFarkers will be able to see these posts.

Funny:  Theaetetus spruced up another Farker's dating profile photo
Funny:  Theaetetus fixed up another photo for that Farker
Funny:  LlamaGirl had a question about a water birth
Smart:  MissFeasance gave advice to someone whose mom was being pushy with a kitten


Upcoming Fark Parties

See Farkers up close in their unnatural habitats

Thursday, September 22nd: Houston, TX Fark Party
Friday, September 30th - Sunday, October 2nd: EuroFark 2016 in Berlin, Germany
Saturday, October 15th: Detroit Fark Party at Greektown Casino
Saturday, October 29th: Fort Worth, Texas Fark Party

If you'd like to plan a Fark Party in your area, you can use the Fark Party submission form.


Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)

French emergency services called into Paris catacombs after illegal drug-fueled party goes bad. Current estimates are six million dead

So long and thanks for

Man who used counterfeit $100 to pay for a lap dance is ordered to pay $100 in restitution. Justice was finally served. So were Charity, Jade, Destiny

Jackson destroys Seminoles. This is not a repeat from 1819

Ex-girlfriend of Mark Hamill's son says the Star Wars actor tried to use the force to get her to get an abortion. Sounds like she was looking for love in Alderaan places

PolitiFact debunks Trump's claim of becoming an AfterBirther

Robot snatches gun from man during police standoff. Also needs his clothes, his boots, and his motorcycle

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 9/11 - 9/17


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

A pretty good distribution on the quiz scores this week. While rick42 took the gold with 1016, he was the only person to crack the 1000 Club, followed by AintNoAmoeba with 928--the only score in the 900s--and then dingorm01 with 839. The remainder of the Top 10 were scores in the 800s and even 700s, which is usually indicative of a harder quiz, but a few high scores shows that a few of you figured it out.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - September 16.
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Fark NotNewsletter: It's never too soon for a good deal
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-09-12 1:52:46 PM (35 comments) | Permalink

It seems like every year, a handful of companies learn that while Americans love a good sale, they will probably never be happy to see 9/11 used as a promotional theme. Most businesses at least have the sense to not joke about it, but even attempting a tribute has the potential to rub people the wrong way. If you're planning on referencing a national tragedy to promote your brand, just remember that even 72 years later is still too soon.


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Pneumonia - 545
Mattress store - 28
Walmart - 186
Bacon - 319

Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funniest:
Ow! That was my feelings! expressed feelings about Phyllis Schlafly's death
anuran had advice for those who don't want to raise their kids to be like the Bundy brothers
timujin tried to look on the bright side
MrBallou thought a funeral home operator should face stiffer charges
Non Sequitur Man shared a bit of sorcery
doglover appreciated wardrobe malfunction photos
what_now did something nice in memory of Phyllis Schlafly
ArkPanda noted that a torch has been passed
HighlanderRPI gave a nod to the Fark R.I.P. meme
BKITU is a mattress store truther

Smartest:
d23 came to bury Phyllis Schlafly, not to praise her
what_now did something nice in memory of Phyllis Schlafly
Miss Stein noted some irony about Phyllis Schlafly
timujin tried to look on the bright side
PocketfullaSass put on some dancing shoes
MasterAdkins found evidence in favor of labor unions
doglover argued in favor of some vandalism
unyon listed accomplishments of labor unions
ox45tallboy said goodbye to Phyllis Schlafly
EvilEgg pointed out that even if a horrible person was telling the truth, he was still wrong

CSB Sunday Morning: Pet sounds
Smartest:
  ginandbacon begged people to take proper care of their pets
Funniest:  ModeratelyProfane shared a story about two canine partners in crime (with photo)

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
Psychopusher explained how Daniel Radcliffe became an atheist
grokca knew why Donald Trump wants Gary Johnson to be included in the debates
I_Am_Weasel told us why a politician has punctuation coming out of his wherever
Walker showed how atheists and Christians might see each other the same way
naughtyrev could imagine why Putin might like Trump

Politics Smartest:
Codenamechaz found one reason why Phyllis Schlafly didn't have more fans
doyner showed an example of what liberals are said to be ignorant about
iron de havilland gave advice on how to have a good obituary
Kurohone noted that decades of work have been effective
Nadie_AZ countered some claims about U.S. history


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
RedZoneTuba revealed the true circumstances behind a flour bombing
RedZoneTuba found a replacement for one of The Supremes
Mojongo showed us how to identify a worker bee
wickedfish turned this woman into a butthead
grampy got downright cheeky
Pure Weapons-Grade Bolonium made an office a lot more fun
RedZoneTuba showed an enthusiastic world traveler
TrollingForColumbine found the queen cooling down
RedZoneTuba discovered the guys this restaurant was made for
Pure Weapons-Grade Bolonium found out what the queen is so happy about

Farktography:
Farktography Contest No. 592: "Out in Left Field" ended in a tie betweenReaperman with a photo from  Beachy Head, East Sussex, England and Cndn Bacon's photo from  Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


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Saturday, October 15th: Detroit Fark Party at Greektown Casino
Saturday, October 29th: Fort Worth, Texas Fark Party

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Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)

Nashville held its annual National Beard and Moustache Championships this past weekend. Top prize included a tube of Brylcreem, a one-way ticket to Brooklyn, and a copy of the Village Voice

Intoxicated man destroys Merrimack home during angry rampage, now must wear a Monitor

Google's parent company Alphabet is testing drones that will be equipped with payloads of biological weapons

John Hinckley Jr released after 35 years in a mental hospital on promise he will not shoot at Reagan again

Apple confirms jack off

"The media's five unspoken rules for covering Hillary" misses the crucial #6: Learn how to evade her Five-Finger Vince Foster Death Punch

Phyllis Schlafly has information that will lead to Hillary Clinton's arrest

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 9/4 - 9/10


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

A pretty consistent week for the Farkers this week, who ran up some pretty good scores consistently (the entire top 10 was in the 800s) but couldn't quite break through the ceiling to the 900s and the 1000s. Top three this week consisted of Seussie with a very solid 890, barely edging Mukster who was only a split second behind at 888 and planetdad at 866.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - September 9.
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Fark NotNewsletter: Someone farked with Fark
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-09-06 2:09:47 PM, edited 2016-09-06 2:18:12 PM (54 comments) | Permalink

If you haven't been to Fark's main page in the past few days, you might want to take a look at the tabs. There's a temporary adjustment in place. And no, we didn't go back to the Skittles colors that were oh-so popular.


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Gene Wilder - 308
Phyllis Schlafly - 126
Mexico - 989
Colin Kaepernick - 426
Garrison Keillor - 51
Potato - 684
Bacon - 334


Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funniest:
Diogenes sort of explained who Chris Brown is
Danger Avoid Death is going to hell anyway
sex_and_drugs_for_ian figured that a lawyer had the wrong priorities
Heamer said goodbye to Gene Wilder
L.D. Ablo posted something that, unfortunately, used to actually be a real game
SmackLT named what would be the world's worst band
MrBallou predicted how things would go for a raging moron who trashed his own car
70Ford posted a relevant joke about bears
Mr. Coffee Nerves had a hunch about North Korea's new submarine
Boo_Guy posted a Jared Fogle joke

Smartest:
Ambivalence reacted to theater shooting victims having to pay the theater
techrat had a bittersweet goodbye for Gene Wilder
BadReligion thought someone didn't look as young as she supposedly did
gaslight gave an outsider's view of the American healthcare system
fusillade762 felt that two things are connected
what_now pointed out some things that should be obvious
PoweredByIrony isn't enjoying this year
dittybopper disapproved of a vegan forbidding her friends from eating meat around her
what_now gave some reasons why women do not owe strange men their attention
kronicfeld didn't think a theater was negligent

CSB Sunday Morning:  Theme Parties

Smartest:
  docpeteyJ shared a story about living up to some costumes
Funniest:  Hankie Fest had a toga party full of punchlines

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Potato Funniest:
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat showed the perfect car for Russian dash cam videos
Blues_X sounded the Potato Tab alarm
Conservative Humor responded to a hater
ecmoRandomNumbers calmed some concerns after Sarah Palin fell
wejash was feeling sympathetic

Potato Smartest:
HMS_Blinkin gave one reason why some people oppose voter ID laws
enry pointed out some hypocrisy
Satanic_Hamster explained how difficult it can be to obtain a state ID
Guntram Shatterhand wrote a brutal analysis of Donald Trump
TuteTibiImperespointed out why voter ID laws affect some groups more than others


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
RedZoneTuba found Donald Trump having dinner with his close pal
Tribs probably gave Drew some ideas
Herb Utsmelz showed us a maverick nun
retrophil invited the dinner guest from hell
grampy discovered the fine print
Yammering_Splat_Vector made dinner more depressing
Pure Weapons-Grade Bolonium let Donald Trump eat with his favorite person
Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer brought us "the moment before disaster strikes"
Alligator welcomed John Travolta back with an action film
zeon made the best of a flooded street

Farktography:
billc226 won Farktography Contest No. 591: "Teh Funnay 4" with a pessimistic warning

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


TotalFark Discussion

Oh hey, how about if we highlight some posts from TotalFark Discussion here? Sorry, non-TotalFarkers, only TotalFarkers will be able to see these posts.

Funny:  rcf1105 found the identity of a guy who was trying to get some office nookie
Smart:  cjo said something smart
Funny:  birdmanesq reviewed the Whopperito
Funny:  Mrs.Sharpier replied to an inquiry about net worth and wiener size


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Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)


Connor McLeod successful in getting Australian treasury to issue blind-friendly paper money. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONES

♫ I'll tumble for ya, I'll tumble for ya / I'll tumble for ya, I'll tumble for you / I'll tumble for ya, I'll tumble for ya / I'll tumble for ya, I'll tumble ... ♫

Uzbek President Karimov dies with no clear successor, according to incoming Uzbek President Vladimir Putin

Zuckerberg's satellite lost when SpaceX rocket explodes hours before its scheduled launch. It must suck having something you poured resources, time, and creative effort into, taken away from you just before it really took off

When the United States sends its people, they're not sending their best

Huma cuts off Weiner

Apple to unveil iPhone 7 on September 7th. iPhone 8 will be introduced on October 15th, the iPhone 9 on November 3rd, and the iPhone 10 on December 23rd

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 8/28 - 9/3


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

A mixed week for the quiz, with the top scores evenly distributed through the 800s and 900s, led by QifutuWahuta and 987, chased closely by jaksmata at 978 and JSRevenge with 973. All in all, despite nobody cracking 1000, I'd still have to give the edge to the Farkers this week.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - September 2.
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Fark NotNewsletter: A change to Fark that you won't hate
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-08-29 11:40:42 AM, edited 2016-08-29 11:43:05 AM (74 comments) | Permalink

Some of you TotalFarkers might have noticed improvement to headline/link voting over the past week. It used to be that the entire thread would reload when you voted for or against a link. Our dev team sobered up long enough to change that, so now you can cast your vote without having to deal with the agony of a reload that might cause you to lose your place or your sanity. In addition to this spiffy change, they also added the ability to undo your vote. So if you vote for a link and then realize the joke was about your mom, you can take that vote back! Or if you vote against a headline, then you remember that you were the one who submitted it, you can undo that vote, too.

Those of you who want to vote for or against links and headlines but are currently unable can earn your suffrage rights by joining TotalFark. Remember: A poll tax isn't unconstitutional when we do it.


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

EpiPen - 221
Tornado - 156
Burkini - 224
Trigger warning - 211
Safe space - 222
Alt-right - 370
Cheese - 558
Bacon - 328


Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past week

Funniest:
phrawgh showed why they call it cursive writing
TuteTibiImperes cleared up some confusion for a lot of us
shower_in_my_socks provided some information about the tornado in Kokomo, Indiana
Relatively Obscure gave a reason for being opposed to leaving a 12-year-old home alone all day
OtherLittleGuy reacted to the hacking of Leslie Jones' website
Danger Avoid Death showed how an Iranian ship might have reacted to the U.S. Navy
Sgt Otter gave an early review of North Korea's own version of Netflix, Manbang
El_Perro proved that sometimes it's fair to characterize someone based on one action
Petit_Merdeux discussed getting tattoos in one's youth
jst3p shared a rejection from a dating site

Smartest:
Pocket Ninja explained why some people hate the "Star Wars" prequels
what_now pointed out what should have been obvious to a lawyer and his scummy client
spamdog memorialized Gawker
Car_Ramrod summed up the people who hacked Leslie Jones' website
stan unusual suggested an edit for a Fark headline
docpeteyJ discussed the effects of a lenient punishment
bronyaur1 shared a dean's point of view of a crackdown on trigger warnings
cman proposed a possible solution to judges not properly punishing certain crimes
Lsherm described the type of golf course that more people might want to live next to
labman described one reason why a doctor should have known that a hospital ethics interpretation was ridiculous

CSB Sunday Morning:  It's a major award
Smartest:
  Praise Cheesus shared a story about managing to pull off some impressive set decorating on a small budget
Funniest:  armor helix shared probably the best karate story ever. I laughed so hard I have tears in my eyes

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
kbronsito made note of Donald Trump's doctor's expertise
elkboy commented on Donald Trump's lack of recent tweets about the polls
mithras_angel helpfully corrected another Farker's comment
themindiswatching mathematically proved that Donald Trump will win the election
BKITU reacted to some election analysis

Politics Smartest:
Elfich made a long list about Donald Trump
FnkyTwn discussed how Minnesota's "libby lib policies" worked out for them
kronicfeld commented on liberals calling people racist
BKITU reacted to some election analysis
Jiro Dreams Of McRibs discussed how an insurrection in the U.S. would end


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
verchad revealed who secretly helped defeat the Empire
Thrakkorzog showed us the scariest Hitchcock villain
Yammering_Splat_Vector showed William Shatner's theater performance
RedZoneTuba found the happiest person in Oz
retrophil showed why the happiest person in Oz was so happy
RedZoneTuba created a new motivational poster
Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer uncovered a secret about the monoliths
verchad discovered what Porkins had for his last meal
wickedfish knew how a ship got its shape
Tribs found out what really defeated an AT-AT Walker

Farktography:
blastoh won Farktography Contest No. 590: "Fresh Photos" with "Beach on the Olympic Coast under the full moon Friday Night"

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


TotalFark Discussion

Oh hey, how about if we highlight some posts from TotalFark Discussion here? Sorry, non-TotalFarkers, only TotalFarkers will be able to see these posts.

Funny:  Louisiana_Sitar_Club advised a TotalFarker whose spouse tested positive for an STD
Smart:  Adjective Bird Whiskey wrote some Queensrÿche-inspired lyrics for a masculinity thread
Smart:  megarian replied to a story about a creepy bar dude
Funny:  doglover gave some advice on cleaning car parts

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Saturday, October 29th: Fort Worth, Texas Fark Party

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Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)

Robots are getting teenagers pregnant. Skynet seems to have been learning from the wrong sites

Mortal Wombat

A new event at the next Olympics may be Hide and Seek, allowing Francisco Huron from Paraguay to exact his revenge on the reigning champion, England's Don Roberts from Hinckley in Leicestershire

In her sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News, former anchor Andrea Tantaros describes the network as "a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in...indecency." Unclear if she is complaining or doing recruiting work for them

An argument of why Ford should kill off Lincoln. Although if you just add "Theater" after the word Ford, history sorta takes care of the rest

Mongolian beef

Astronaut Jeff Williams sets a record for the most days in space at 521, breaking the previous record held by Dennis Rodman

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 8/21 - 8/27


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

Well, no real surprise this week. After a strong showing by the Quizmasters last week, the Farkers roared back into the picture. While nobody joined the 1000 Club, every single score on the Top 10 list was over 900, led by the Mole of Production with 998, edging Atomic Jonb with 996 and Twilight Farkle, who had 966--enough to win, most weeks. Looks like the Quizmasters will have to step up their game for next week.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - August 26.
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Fark NotNewsletter: Two nerdy anniversaries
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-08-22 12:00:31 PM (27 comments) | Permalink

Fark's Last Post crew celebrated the tenth anniversary of the first Last Post thread last week. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular brand of weirdness, Last Post (or LP) threads are all about trying to be the person to make the final post in a Fark comments thread before the thread is closed. Congratulations to rosekolodny for "winning" the tenth anniversary LP thread with a creepy-ass image.

And in NotNewsletter notnews, this week marks the two-year anniversary of the first Fark NotNewsletter - though it wasn't called that until the third one. This is the 107th issue. I wish I'd mentioned when the 100th one was posted, but I was distracted by something shiny.


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Reboot - 181
Breitbart - 324
Shakeup - 47
Ryan Lochte - 289
Usain Bolt - 57
Gawker - 299
Bacon - 294

Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past seven days

Funniest:
noazark showed what happens when you call the number on the bathroom wall (source)
Ghastly shared a Ghastly Comic about Chick Tracts
Mike_LowELL reacted to John McLaughlin's death
cretinbob gave some information about counties in Washington
Non Sequitur Man posted an advertisement for Fark's favorite militia group
Pocket Ninja provided a script for handling an awkward situation
bighairyguy played matchmaker
Pocket Ninja educated Farkers about Kegel exercises
Morning Horsefarts showed the Gadsden flag's snake technically being obeyed
bearded clamorer had a suggestion for taming a French gorilla

Smartest:
Recoil Therapy thought that a police department's story was suspect
HedlessChickn commented on the DEA's reasons for keeping pot illegal
Benevolent Misanthrope called for a change in law enforcement
unyon listed some benefits of adult children living with their parents
Chris Ween wasn't buying a police officer's story
BadReligion reacted to a screwed-up story
HedlessChickn made a prediction about a man's arrest for flying an American flag upside down
Igor Jakovsky argued in favor of cold offices
Quaker let us know who would spend $70 million on a high school stadium
Shostie applauded a mother's good judgement

CSB Sunday Morning:  Olympic memories

Smartest:  tuckeg shared a story about qualifying for and competing in the 1984 Summer Olympics
Funniest:  tuckeg posted replies about the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team and funny things that happened while preparing for the Olympics

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
Mike_LowELL came to the limits of parodying
STDMan69 predicted we'd all learn something from Trump
Hobodeluxe shared a Trump Sandwich
Eddie Adams from Torrance remarked on double standards
Mike_LowELL agreed with Donald Trump

Politics Smartest:
Dinki thought that a teleprompter wouldn't fix the real problems
Hobodeluxe remembered an accusation about who created ISIS
vygramul commented on allegations that the U.S. paid ransom to Iran
hubiestubert felt that the Tea Party had served its purpose
AirForceVet discussed the purpose of presidential candidates releasing their tax returns


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
Yammering_Splat_Vector created some cereal that will turn your milk orange
Wrongo made the best sign
Circusdog320 showed how handy a chart is
Ldrtchbrd brought in a classic sign
Yammering_Splat_Vector made a really depressing Photoshop entry
wickedfish exhibited the attention span of a typical Farker
Herb Utsmelz showed a reaction to the competition going down like the Titanic
Yammering_Splat_Vector revealed the real reason an Olympic pool turned green
Dumski put some expressive politicians on display
maxandgrinch made a solution to legislative blockage

Farktography:  inelegy won Farktography Contest No. 589: "Software Hootenanny 6" with a colorful photo of the north shore of Kauai

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


TotalFark Discussion

Oh hey, how about if we highlight some posts from TotalFark Discussion here? Sorry, non-TotalFarkers, only TotalFarkers will be able to see these posts.

Smart & Funny:  middleoftheday answered a question about math
Smart & Funny:  middleoftheday made a comment for which I have no context
Smart:  Joliebleu discussed what a Southern accent says about intelligence

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Thursday, September 22nd: Houston, TX Fark Party
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Saturday, October 29th: Fort Worth, Texas Fark Party

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Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)

Confucius say... Man with unchecked parachute will jump to conclusion

Autoerotica

Senior citizens in Fark's favorite state face skyrocketing rates of STD transmission. Two in the pink, one in the wrink

Apparently, George Lucas has entered into his second career as professional wedding photographer

'Drug resistant super lice' have invaded forty-eight states. Of course, they're not really all that super, but that's just nit-picking

NASA says that Venus could have once been habitable, just like Cleveland

LeBron James says his dream is to someday own an NBA team. Although back in June he pretty much showed everyone that he owns the Golden State Warriors

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for  8/14 - 8/20


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

Last Friday appeared to have been a coup for the Quizmasters, as nobody cracked the 1000 Club or even scored in the 900s. The top three scores for the quiz were Angsto2 with 870, followed by FrancoFile with 858 and UnrepentantApostate scoring 837, while nearly half the scores were in the 700s. We're chalking this one up to luck.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - August 19.
· · ·

Fark NotNewsletter: Patent troll redux
Posted by DisseminationMonkey at 2016-08-15 12:44:49 PM, edited 2016-08-15 1:17:43 PM (77 comments) | Permalink

A message from Drew Curtis:

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Five years ago last week, Fark settled out of a case with a patent troll for $0.  A few interesting things have happened since then.

- I gave a TED talk about the experience which has been viewed over a million times

- I finally found out who was behind the lawsuit.  Three years ago, I was emailed by Kevin O'Connor, who told me his company Find The Best was sued by the same troll that Fark was (different patent, same people).  I asked him how he knew, because we weren't ever able to figure out who was behind the shell company that sued us.  He said he called one of the two people who originally filed the patent and asked if they stood to gain financially from the lawsuit.  They said they had sold the patent years ago.  Someone had also done this five years ago when we were sued, but Kevin asked them to answer yes or no to the question, "Are you benefiting financially?"  And they hung up on him.  Which means yes. Incidentally, Kevin asked for advice on how to go on the offensive against the troll.  I was happy to provide any and all advice, but he took things to a whole other level.  He not only got out of the lawsuit, but he got the patent invalidated and was awarded double attorney fees

- Since the lawsuit, I've been contacted by dozens of folks in the same predicament.  Everyone who has fought instead of settling has had a positive outcome.  Some companies, however, aren't in a position to fight.  In particular, I've been contacted by a number of companies that have a strangely similar situation - they were all sued by patent trolls just days before closing a round of venture funding.  I find this interesting because when raising funding, neither the investors nor the founders tell anyone there is a round being raised.  Which could only mean that this information is being leaked from the inside by someone else.  How this works exactly I have no idea, but it's something I've observed.

- In 2014, an interesting precedent was set in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International that ruled any patents that were roughly "something that already exists but done on a computer" were likely invalid. This would have ended our 2011 lawsuit immediately, because the patent we were sued on fit the same pattern - which was sending press releases via email.

- Finally, the best outcome of all is we haven't been sued again.  Patent trolls are lazy - they want to do the least amount of work for free settlement checks.  If you want to deter trolls from suing you, make it clear that you'll fight them into the ground.  They'll leave you alone and go after easier targets

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And now, back to your regularly-scheduled Fark NotNewsletter.


Comment Mentions

The number of comments these words were mentioned in on Fark and TotalFark in the past week

Trump Tower - 86
Second Amendment people - 295
Clinton Foundation - 196
Founded/Founder of ISIS - 258
Louisiana - 136
Bacon - 245


Comment Voting

Some of the top-voted smartest and funniest comments from the past seven days

Funniest:
FrancoFile answered a question about the LDS church that referenced the headline before it was corrected
GRCooper compared the Ark Encounter to another attraction
rkiller1 found the real reason for Delta's system failure
skyotter shared a breakdown of how Noah's Ark was built
GooberMcFly made the obligatory "Simpsons" reference
davidphogan realized something upon reading about a water slide death
farkingismybusiness recognized the inspiration behind some butt implants
ChipNASA shared one punchline for the joke from "The Breakfast Club"
edmo gave an example of some excellent parallel parking
NephilimNexus had high hopes for an object spotted in space

Smartest:
Benevolent Misanthrope explained what a "citizen police academy" is
tlchwi02 reacted to a DEA announcement
Bith Set Me Up reviewed the "clock boy" episode
Biscuit Tin analyzed Ark Encounter's failure to perform
HighlanderRPI provided a counterargument to a listicle
Pocket Ninja reacted to a man shooting a dog that mauled his pigs
hubiestubert explained how Harley Quinn became an iconic character
Frank N Stein described how government agencies work
Jaymark108 told us why cigarettes are legal according to the FDA and medical marijuana isn't
GRCooper explained the unexplained

CSB Sunday Morning: Sitting at the adult table
Smartest:
  FrancoFile inherited a baking legacy
Funniest:  MooseBayou shared the story of sister's first glass of wine

If you would like to suggest a topic for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please email dugitman.

Politics Funniest:
Clutch2013 shared a reaction image for Trump's "Second Amendment people" comment
BafflerMeal showed a "Bent Objects" image of what a Trump rally might look like
STDMan69 found the secret of how Obama causes so much trouble
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat provided a visual representation of Trump's "Second Amendment people" remark
physt revealed Trump's debate demands

Politics Smartest:
Clutch2013 shared a reaction image for Trump's "Second Amendment people" comment
mab1823 compared two statements from Trump supporters
Sin_City_Superhero wasn't surprised by a comment
El_Perro pointed out some people close to Trump who might not appreciate his comments
Lando Lincoln rated a statement as "False"


Contest Votes

Some of the top-voted contest entries from last week, listed from highest number of votes down

Photoshops:
RedZoneTuba illustrated an annoying driving habit
RedZoneTuba had some wishful thinking
wickedfish found the real cause of those weird marks in the desert
Yammering_Splat_Vector showed that it can be hard to swim when you have tiny hands
stertz revealed what's hidden inside a structure
Terrapin Bound gave these models a tacker pool enjoy
grampy extracted a new use out of this building
DrSandyBeech showed where this structure is AT-AT
grampy was realistic about what your pool needs
Dumski made America great again

Farktography:  Queen Mab won  Farktography Contest No. 588: "Framed" with a happy little pupper

If you would like to suggest a theme for a Farktography contest, you can contact Elsinore or stop by the Farktography Forum.


TotalFark Discussion

Oh hey, how about if we highlight some posts from TotalFark Discussion here? Sorry, non-TotalFarkers, only TotalFarkers will be able to see these posts.

Funny:  daRog made another Farker's portrait more intense
Funny:  PolloDiablo fashioned a comic featuring that same TotalFarker
Funny:  meg12279 revealed one weird trick for getting a low-maintenance pet for your kid
Funny:  megarian came up with a GoFundMe for a noble cause

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Headlines of the Week (brought to you by Unfreakable)

There once were six sharks from Cape Cod, getting turnt up on blubber and scrod. Not quite yet sated, for tourists they waited, while scientists studied rotten whale bod

Arianna Huffington steps down from *** Click here to continue reading ***

Word to the wise: a superhero fancy dress carnival expects superhero costumes, not period costumes

Yuri van Gelder kicked off of Dutch Olympic team for consuming alcohol, bending spoons

Research suggests married people drink less than single people - at least initially

Trump clarifies his "2nd amendment" comments, says "I didn't want a bunch of people to shoot Hillary, it would only take one after all. So, why would I say that? Anyway, etgay oryay unsgay and ootshay illaryhay. Excuse me, I was clearing my throat"

The rest of them are here:  Headlines of the week for 8/7 - 8/13


Weird News Quiz Results (brought to you by Unfreakable)

There seems to be some kind of equilibrium that's been reached the last two weeks, as there are still one or two getting into the 1000 Club every Friday, but a pretty even distribution of scores in the 900s and 800s below that. This week, the only member of the club was Learned Hand Job with the high score of 1009, followed distantly by sugaryvitamin with 937 and dittybopper with 918.

There's room for better scores--highest theoretical score is 1100--so if you think you can beat them, go get your name on the list--give last Friday's quiz a shot here: Fark Weird News Quiz - August 12.
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