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Fark NotNewsletter: The story behind Drew's time travel
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A message from Drew Curtis:  
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Hey everyone, hope your pandemic is going well.  

Let me lead with the podcast blurb because it leads into the topic at hand - whether or not I am a Time Traveler.  Last night we were recording the latest episode of Fark and Schnitt podcast when Newsweek dropped an article entirely devoted to my time travel tweet.  

Here's the backstory: On New Years Eve 2015, everyone on social media was trashing 2015, as folks do pretty much every year.  2015 hadn't been a particularly bad year per se. Part of the problem with social media is that people don't tend to post "wow that year was reasonably average," so the good-riddance 20xx posts tend to be the strongest signal.  So in response to the negative trend, I posted the following tweet: "Admission: I'm a time traveler from 2020. Enjoy 2016 - it's as good as it gets for awhile."  

I figured if something really truly terrible happened by 2020 I could pop up out of nowhere and complete the joke.  But a couple things intervened.  One, I forgot about it entirely, Two, pandemic.  For some reason I woke up about two weeks ago, remembered it, and retweeted it with "This tweet aged well," and hit post.  

It's been interesting watching the viral ramp - I've had a couple other tweets go viral, but this one spread like wildfire.  It really took off later on the first day when it got picked up by other aggregator accounts.  By the end of the first weekend, it had 650,000 likes.  I figured that was the end, but then it jumped over to Reddit and Instagram the following week, then Imgur and Facebook, and finally TikTok this week.  Then the Newsweek article.  

The responses I've gotten on social media have been super interesting.  More people than I would have expected seem to think I might actually be a time traveler.  Also, many people seem to confuse time traveling with being a psychic based on the questions I'm getting asked.  Lots of people want to know when things will get better.  Some folks want to know who will win the EPL/Superbowl/NBA finals.  A few want to know what stocks to pick.  Lots of people asking for a trip the hell out of here.  That one I do understand

You guys already know I'm not really a time traveler.  I am a really good guesser, though.  Sometimes it can seem like the same thing.
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We now return you to your usual Fark NotNewsletter.
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Top Comments

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

Funny:
vudukungfu told of an adventure in a store with an anti-mask policy
no1curr figured out why a woman in a parking lot in Hawaii was so upset
wademh found an appropriate way to remember Farker Sid_6.7
MagSeven's cat had feelings about a woman's temper tantrum
OkieDookie checked on People of Walmart's competitor
Marcus Aurelius answered the question, "If band names were literal, what would be the scariest band to fight?"
The Googles Do Nothing cared more about the method than the message
Pocket Ninja listed sure signs that your partner is cheating on you
thatguyoverthere70 knew the truth about AstroJesus' friend who tried to ward off coronavirus with cannabis
Yoda's Pen Is revealed what one guy did before becoming a defense attorney

Smart:
wademh described what Sid_6.7 was like on Fark
Befuddled had a suggestion for trying to keep people from causing even more trouble during the pandemic
cretinbob had a theory on why some businesses have had problems with customers as soon as they reopened
stoli n coke had parting words for Jerry Stiller
Raymond Perjurytrap noticed something about a reporter covering a story about an HOA president blocking a delivery driver from leaving
wademh found an appropriate way to remember Farker Sid_6.7
hubiestubert thought about what it will be like for people to one day tell their grandchildren about the COVID-19 pandemic
Chariset could see why some people think that doctors are wrong about the severity of the novel coronavirus
vudukungfu told of an adventure in a store with an anti-mask policy
dark brew remarked that they would've gotten away with it if it hadn't been for that bumbling lawyer

CSB Sunday Morning: This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife
Smart:
wademh went through a series of awkward interviews for a job
Funny: DocBubba wasn't in Kansas anymore

CSB [Cool Story, Bro] Sunday Morning is a thread where Farkers share true stories from their own lives based on a weekly topic. If you have a topic idea for a CSB Sunday Morning thread, please contact Farkback ahead of time, or just submit it on Saturday afternoon/evening. If you're posting an intro, you'll want to write it out first so you can copy and paste it in for the Boobies. Please note: While submitted CSB Sunday Morning threads have a high likelihood of being greenlit, there is no guarantee they will be. 

TotalFark Discussion:
Note: This section can only be accessed by TotalFarkers  

First, a sweet TotalFark Discussion story:
Badafuco's cat needs surgery, so TFD friends, including generalDisdain, suggested submitting a thread to ask for help so she can get it. TFD came together to help pay for Miss Maci's surgery. Fundraising was a success, thanks to awesome TotalFarkers who were able to help out by donating and/or getting the story out. Many TFDers, including meat0918 and mcsiegs, noted that TotalFark Discussion helping Badafuco and Miss Maci gave them hope in humanity when everyone's going through a difficult time. 

Smart: meg12279 gave advice on raising a daughter
Funny: My Daddy Ate My Eyes had been waiting for this thread
Funny: Ceteris Paribus says pointed out something about a homeless woman's boyfriend
Funny: The Pope of Manwich Village had a message for someone who would eat at a packed Chinese food buffet right now
Funny: MBK showed how one-way aisles can be safely enforced in supermarkets
Funny: Louisiana_Sitar_Club shared a scientific fact about Earth's moon

Politics Funny:
physt figured that maybe it's finally the right time
WoolyManwich recognized the real meaning behind some signs in front of a store
dionysusaur shared some famous words of wisdom
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat broke the news to Marcus Aurelius
Martian_Astronomer thought about how a fight between lockdown protesters might start

Politics Smart:
Marcus Aurelius brought up some of the things Barack Obama said in a leaked phone call that angered Mitch McConnell
hubiestubert made an observation about a store with a sign outside reading "no masks allowed"
Ambivalence argued that Sen. Richard Burr was the one who was being vindictive
physt figured that maybe it's finally the right time
eurotrader wanted to know more about Obama and Biden's alleged crimes


Top Contest Entries

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

Photoshops:
opalakea showed how much President Trump used to enjoy moshing
Mojongo caught someone photowreckingballing Chrissy Teigen
Excelsior found out who this model likes to hang out with
Alligator went with the cheapest option at Edible Arrangements
RedZoneTuba followed the rules exactly
RedZoneTuba discovered what happens when a nurse really dislikes a patient
hail2daking remembered the tragic tropical fruit disaster
Alligator caught Joe Biden failing to follow proper social distancing guidelines
opalakea showed McMurphy on the way to therapy
Yammering_Splat_Vector figured out why you give Polly crackers instead of cookies
hail2daking showed off dat peach
hammettman really ruined Fark's mascot's day

Captions:
From: Caption this dog and some french fries

RedZoneTuba decided the dog was trying to make sure there would be more fries for itself
hail2daking knew that there was something missing

Fartist Friday: Create your Team Farkistan uniform for the Farklympics
CordycepsInYourBrain showed us why Team Farkistan won't be invited to the actual Olympics

This week's Fartist Friday theme, brought to you by E-brake: Create a Fark-themed greeting card using anything you like - Photoshop, MSPaint, pen and paper, etc

About Fartist Friday:
Fartist Friday is a weekly contest to help keep you entertained by giving you a way to show off your artistic skills - or lack thereof - during this time of social distancing. The winners of the Fartist Friday contests will be named in the following Fark NotNewsletter, where we'll also announce the theme for the next contest. Fartist Friday contests will be submitted Thursdays and will show up on Fark's main page on Fridays, and will close to both comments and voting at the end of the day (midnight Eastern) on Sundays. All times are approximate because we're all drunk. We're asking each person to limit their entries to three per contest. We might change things up depending on feedback. Please contact Farkback to let us know what you think, and feel free to submit your own Fartist Friday ideas.

Farktography:
Farktography Contest No. 784: "Happy Farktography Anniversary 15" ended in a six-way tie between Elsinore's surly bird, gregscott's colorful hovering shuttlecock, MorningBreath's pensive primate, Lovesandwich's conifers enjoying a sunset and moon enjoying an eclipse, and Earguy's shiny ball


Farktography is Fark's weekly photography contest. If you would like to suggest a Farktography theme, please contact Elsinore.


Fark Weird News Quiz (brought to you by ox45tallboy)

Another fun time on the Quiz this week, with a set of mostly socially distant results. jayfurr gets to be isolated in the 1000 club with 1031, followed by Evildog in second with 912 and needalife in third with 871. relaxitsjustme made fourth with 809, and sprgrss is less than six feet away in fifth with 807. 

The hardest question on last week's Hard Quiz was over how NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin wound up finishing last at the  eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series GEICO 70 virtual race when he was having a great run up until the last lap. Only 36% of quiztakers knew that his daughter had wandered into the room with the living room TV remote, and when he shushed her away, she hit the power button - and the monitor he was using to race happened to also be a Samsung. I guess the lesson here is to show a little less brand loyalty when you're working from home.

The easiest question on last week's Hard Quiz was over what led to a Vallejo, California City Planning Commissioner's resignation after a Zoom meeting he participated in was made public. 90% of quiztakers knew that he thought it would be cute to introduce his pet cat to his coworkers, and then followed it up by tossing kitty aside like Carrot Top after a prop joke bombed. Not only were his coworkers about as amused as they would have been had it been Carrot Top making a prop joke, his constituents were angrier than if they had been forced to sit through an entire Carrot Top set.

The hardest question on the Easy Quiz was over one of the Louisville traditions surrounding their yearly custom of putting mint leaves in their bourbon to watch horses run around in a circle for a day, because TV cameras are in town and it's classier than their normal drinking straight bourbon and watching cars run around in a circle. Only 44% of quiztakers knew that ordering a "Hot Brown" in Kentucky would get you a turkey and bacon sandwich covered in cheese sauce and toasted and served on a fancy plate. While most of the finer restaurants in Louisville serve some form of the "Hot Brown," the original dates back to the Brown Hotel in 1926, and was based on traditional Welsh rarebit (a similar dish made with rabbit meat, which apparently the Brown Hotel was out of that day). 

The easiest question on the Easy Quiz was over the French "Fromagissons" campaign and its aim to encourage support of local industry. 86% of quiztakers knew that the French government is essentially a Monty Python sketch at this point and is reminding folks that the cheesemakers are indeed blessed and should be patronized. While Arthur Fromage may have been the Sausage King of Chicago, his ancestor was likely a blessed one, as "fromage" is the French word for cheese.

Congratulations once again to the winners, and if you missed it, you can catch up here.
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4 days ago  
Just pick a year.
 
4 days ago  
Time travel isn't even possible.
 
4 days ago  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: Time travel isn't even possible.


Kevin Garnett said anything is possible.

So, you know...there.
 
4 days ago  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: Time travel isn't even possible.


We are all traveling through time now.
 
4 days ago  
I don't think I've taken the quiz yet.

Anyway, yay for Miss Maci. She's prepped and ready to go according to Bada and we're waiting on the wake up announcement.

Thinkmgood thoughts for the kitty. She's a good friend to her handler.
 
4 days ago  

Chris Ween: We Ate the Necco Wafers: Time travel isn't even possible.

We are all traveling through time now.


Lay off the drugs.
 
4 days ago  
Every day is Fartist Friday in my world
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

Chris Ween: We Ate the Necco Wafers: Time travel isn't even possible.

We are all traveling through time now.


i heard there is an alternate dimension where time travels backwards
 
4 days ago  
Lol. I saw that tweet on reddit's front page and had to check the thread to see who knew fark. Lot's of responses were 'Holy shiat, that's still around?'
 
4 days ago  
wademh found an appropriate way to remember Farker Sid_6.7

shiat. I completely missed this. :(
RIP bud
 
4 days ago  

Subtonic: Lol. I saw that tweet on reddit's front page and had to check the thread to see who knew fark. Lots of responses were 'Holy shiat, that's still around?'


Yeah, we get that sometimes. I used to be a little cranky about it. (He thought it was funny.)


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4 days ago  
I absolutely love this place. Thank you everyone. The power of Fark is truly amazing.
She will be held overnight for observation so a follow-up will be posted.
 
4 days ago  

DisseminationMonkey: Subtonic: Lol. I saw that tweet on reddit's front page and had to check the thread to see who knew fark. Lots of responses were 'Holy shiat, that's still around?'

Yeah, we get that sometimes. I used to be a little cranky about it. (He thought it was funny.)


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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
4 days ago  

Badafuco: I absolutely love this place. Thank you everyone. The power of Fark is truly amazing.
She will be held overnight for observation so a follow-up will be posted.


Can't wait for the pics of the happy, healthy, recovered kitty.

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4 days ago  
Wait, so you're telling me that after decades of managing the Fark Queue Drew is surprised with how many people believe he is a real time traveller.

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4 days ago  

DisseminationMonkey: Subtonic: Lol. I saw that tweet on reddit's front page and had to check the thread to see who knew fark. Lots of responses were 'Holy shiat, that's still around?'

Yeah, we get that sometimes. I used to be a little cranky about it. (He thought it was funny.)


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Well played. The snark of your average farker should not be underestimated.
 
4 days ago  
Vaguely relevant given how much Trek (ab)used time travel as a plot device:

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I really want it to be that another neighbor raises the Romulan banner
 
4 days ago  
By the way - I'll probably put this in next week's NNL, but we're moving the NNL and the podcast to Wednesdays for the foreseeable future. The NotNewsletter votes will still be counted from Sunday morning around 7 to Sunday morning around 7 (Eastern).
 
4 days ago  

Rev.K: We Ate the Necco Wafers: Time travel isn't even possible.

Kevin Garnett said anything is possible.

So, you know...there.


Anything is possible*

*when you leave Minnesota
 
4 days ago  
Or you pay attention and read history. Same thing.
 
4 days ago  
I wish I had seen that thread about farkers you don't want to meet in a dark alley.
 
4 days ago  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: Time travel isn't even possible.


So, we aren't going to hear from you in the future?
 
4 days ago  
Drew's basement.

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4 days ago  

Badafuco: I absolutely love this place. Thank you everyone. The power of Fark is truly amazing.
She will be held overnight for observation so a follow-up will be posted.


I knew it would end up in the NNL, but I'm glad it did and I'm even more glad that Miss Maci is getting her surgery!
 
4 days ago  
Glad to see the thread pulling through for Maci to get a mention.

Hope she pulls through it fine, is that today?
 
4 days ago  

Badafuco: I absolutely love this place. Thank you everyone. The power of Fark is truly amazing.
She will be held overnight for observation so a follow-up will be posted.


Guess I should have read TFT.
Message me and let me know how it goes man.
 
4 days ago  

vudukungfu: We Ate the Necco Wafers: Time travel isn't even possible.

So, we aren't going to hear from you in the future?


Yes.
 
4 days ago  
"Hey everyone, hope your pandemic is going well."

As far as pandemics that I've lived through* go, it's the very best.
 
4 days ago  
I've always wondered this:

Is there a method behind what's included in the top comments for the week?
 
4 days ago  

moos: I've always wondered this:

Is there a method behind what's included in the top comments for the week?


Yes.
 
4 days ago  
Drew has since got a haircut. You wouldn't recognize him anymore.

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4 days ago  

DisseminationMonkey: Subtonic: Lol. I saw that tweet on reddit's front page and had to check the thread to see who knew fark. Lots of responses were 'Holy shiat, that's still around?'

Yeah, we get that sometimes. I used to be a little cranky about it. (He thought it was funny.)


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4 days ago  

Opacity: I wish I had seen that thread about farkers you don't want to meet in a dark alley.


Link

This one?
 
4 days ago  

Cafe Threads: Just pick a year.


I got this: 1347.
 
4 days ago  

Badafuco: I absolutely love this place. Thank you everyone. The power of Fark is truly amazing.
She will be held overnight for observation so a follow-up will be posted.


I've missed this place.

/manly hugs
//top cuddles for Miss Maci
///lurk
 
4 days ago  

bazbt3: I've missed this place.


You have no idea how happy comments like that make me.

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4 days ago  

DisseminationMonkey: bazbt3: I've missed this place.

You have no idea how happy comments like that make me.

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I have an inkling. It's not quite as furry as that puppy though.
 
4 days ago  
I once took a beer away from Drew (c. 2009) and he threatened to knock me into 2020.

Just kidding, he was paralyzed with DTs after two seconds.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

Non Sequitur Man: [Fark user image 260x197] [View Full Size image _x_]


LOL
 
4 days ago  

Cafe Threads: Just pick a year.


I'd like to give 1987 another go. I don't think that I appreciated it enough the first time around.
 
4 days ago  
I'm going to claim indirect credit for Drew's time traveler tweet. I do this because at one point in the mysterious past I made some goofy post to a thread where I claimed to be from the future and, and well I forget the rest of the joke but the idea was that I was commenting from about 24 hours or so in the future and commenting about either the topic or what was going to happen in the thread. Somehow this caught a moderator or admins attention, probably Drew himself, and he tweaked the timestamp of my post to be plus 12 hours or so.

I don't recall the details but that meant that here were responses to my post showing up before my post and some level of threaded comedy ensued. I don't recall all the details because, face it, it was a minor event that happened on the internet, good for a laugh or two and then you move on. It's not like it was throwing 5 touchdown in one game in high school or anything like that. (but I did score a hat trick in a high school soccer playoff game).

Anyway, subconsciously that silly incident persisted in Drew's brain so that when he reached a similar state of drunkenness I expect his neurons aligned and inspired him. So that's my theory.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
"The greatest proof that time travel isn't possible is that no future selves have yelled at me to stop messing the heck up." -- T-Rex, Dinosaur Comics
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

DisseminationMonkey: moos: I've always wondered this:

Is there a method behind what's included in the top comments for the week?

Yes.


No, then. Gotcha
 
4 days ago  

moos: DisseminationMonkey: moos: I've always wondered this:

Is there a method behind what's included in the top comments for the week?

Yes.

No, then. Gotcha


Okay, I had too much going on earlier and had to dig this up from before, and update it a little. Here's a rough explanation of the criteria I use:

I go by the votes, but then, so that 1) we don't end up with basically the same comments in each NotNewsletter, and 2) they're actually worth reading, I skip over some types of comments.

Some types of comments I try not to include:

- comments that are basically "fark that guy" or "that dog is cute" another obvious reaction (this would be a huge portion of the NNL, especially the fark that guy comments)
- comments that are said in one way or another nearly every week (like the same arguments in gun threads, lockdown protest threads, etc.)
- sort of obvious comments, which aren't wrong and are decent comments, but they really got the votes for being there early and saying what most Farkers were thinking - it's like an "I agree with you/I came here to say this" vote, but they aren't necessarily worth clicking on from the NNL because they aren't bringing in new information or a novel point of view
- memes, tweets, comments, jokes or other things originating elsewhere unless used in a new/original way or, as far as I can tell, created by the person posting it (because we want to focus on Fark content - it's the Fark NotNewsletter, not the Twitter/Facebook/whatevermemesiteyouli​ke/etc. NotNewsletter)
- comments that basically summarize the article or restate the headline, or just agree or disagree with someone in the article without really providing any new information, or give an opinion like "that movie sucked" without providing any new argument or information that makes the comment worth clicking on from the NNL
- comments just complaining about the article, author, linked site, headline, etc. because they're really just not worth clicking on from the NNL to read
- comments attacking or complaining about fellow Farkers or Fark (we don't want any Farkers to feel like the NNL is attacking them, and we're certainly not going to give a megaphone to the guy standing in the middle of the party yelling about how much the party sucks)
- stuff that's borderline to being against Fark's rules

It's not that all of the comments I leave out aren't smart or funny or you shouldn't vote for them, it's just that the NotNewsletter is meant to highlight original Fark content that is worth clicking through to read, and not be basically the same comments week after week. I'm always open to changing how I make these decisions, so please let me know if you disagree with any of the types of things I omit or have some other ideas. I want Farkers to enjoy the NotNewsletter, so I'm always happy to get your constructive feedback and ideas. Doing it this way is a LOT more work for me and a LOT more time consuming than just going straight by the votes, but I'm really trying to worthwhile for you to read. Trust me, if I'm screwing that up, I want to know, because I don't want all this effort to be misguided.

By the way, the criteria I use for TFD is a bit different, but I can go over that, too.
 
4 days ago  
Well Drew, for what you could have done to make the news, this was pretty tame.
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4 days ago  

DisseminationMonkey: moos: DisseminationMonkey: moos: I've always wondered this:

Is there a method behind what's included in the top comments for the week?

Yes.

No, then. Gotcha

Okay, I had too much going on earlier and had to dig this up from before, and update it a little. Here's a rough explanation of the criteria I use:

I go by the votes, but then, so that 1) we don't end up with basically the same comments in each NotNewsletter, and 2) they're actually worth reading, I skip over some types of comments.

Some types of comments I try not to include:


...

I am here to testify that I have griped about "brilliant" and/or "hilarious" memes I have posted, that I crafted all myself using meme making websites that were not included because DM thought they were simply borrowed from elsewhere --- to which he offered an apology and we all went about our lives. And by my thinking, the apology wasn't needed because complaining about not achieving the fame and fortune that comes with making the NNL is rather silly in itself. In my defense my gripe was intended to be tongue-in-cheek, mostly kinda sorta anyway.

By the way, anybody notice I hit a triple this week? Kinda a 4 bagger but one post was referenced twice as both a smart and a funny, which seems unfair, especially as it involved stealing a previous NNL mentioned post from a now dead farker, but I guess it's okay as long as we understand that the credit really goes to him. Still sad about Sid_6.7's passing.
 
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