Did Joan Rivers just prank Apple from beyond the grave?

September 19, 2014 | No comments

Social media is great for real time updates about what’s going on in our fast-paced world, but it’s not always so great for pretend real-time updates scheduled weeks in advance.

In the latest social media slip-up for a major brand, Joan Rivers took to Facebook and Instagram to endorse the new iPhone…15 days after she died. These sponsored, pre-set posts were quickly deleted by whoever is managing Rivers’ accounts now, but not before the internet took screenshots

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Both posts had a photo of what was purportedly her old iPhone accompanied by the same message…

This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got this one in 2010, and after 4 years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired. Never had a case for it, since it was most beautiful on its own. Great achievement in design. Great product. #apple #iPhone #tech

Of course, the internet is lamenting the unfortunate posts, but perhaps it’s just one last laugh Joan is having at Apple’s expense.

After 5 days of failing to solve a hate crime, police turn to Facebook and Twitter…

September 18, 2014 | 3 comments

Known more for his barbed tongue in the Philadelphia sports world, anonymous Twitter user @FanSince09 put his social media skills to use yesterday solving a hate crime that had eluded police for several days.

At 10:45 PM on Thursday, September 11, a gay couple was accosted on the sidewalk by a group of between 10 and 12 people. Police didn’t know much about the group who attacked besides the fact that they were white and in their early 20s.

Both men who were attacked required a hospital visit, and deep lacerations and facial fractures caused one of the victims to require surgery and to have his jaw wired shut. To add insult to injury, the attackers stole a cell phone and wallet from one of the victims.

After five days of working to identify the suspects, Philadelphia Police finally turned to the internet, posting this photo from video surveillance of the group as they left a restaurant just before the attack.

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It didn’t take long before Twitter user Greg Bennett was sent a photo of a group at a nearby restaurant that evening with individuals who were unmistakably the same as those in the surveillance video…

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The mystery of a wedding photo found at Ground Zero finally solved 13 years later

September 17, 2014 | No comments

Every year on September 11th, Elisabeth Stringer Keefe posts the crumpled photo of a wedding party found at Ground Zero on social media, hoping to find its owner, alive and well.

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In a testament to the power of social media, this year after Keefe tweeted the photograph, it was retweeted 58,000 times and even got its own Reddit page. Elisabeth was hopeful, telling Boston Magazine:

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Celebrities become part of classic masterpieces when magazines are perfectly lined up

September 16, 2014 | 1 comment

Eisen Bernardo, a Philippines-based graphic designer and illustrator, is carefully superimposing iconic magazine covers onto pieces of classical artwork. He says of his project, Mag + Art

This ongoing project…is my way of giving homage to the magazines – as a venue of human artistic expression and vehicle of popular culture.

The result is a beautifully curated collection of new icons that are equal parts amusing and intriguing…

The Birth of Angelina

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The Ryan of Man; Rihanna’s Mood

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It’s official, God loves gay people…and He just unveiled a billboard to prove it

September 11, 2014 | No comments

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God is everywhere, being omnipresent, but when it comes to antagonizing the Westboro Baptist Church, Facebook has traditionally been His favorite.

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The Kansas-based hate group often protests military funerals and LGBT*Q communities with signs reading “God Hates Fags,” famously blaming gay people for 9/11 and the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, among other tragedies.

But God disagrees…

This hate group goes around saying that God hates gay people. Nonsense! I love gay people.

In an email to Mashable, he says…

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Sister and brother reunited after 60 years, thanks to Facebook and a blurry photo

September 5, 2014 | 1 comment

In 1954, Siblings Allan Healey and Margaret Mitchell were separated from each other because their parents divorced. The family split up when Margaret remained with their mother in Scotland, and Allan went with their father to live in England.

But last week, a lifelong dream for both of them finally came true. They were reunited…after 60 years.  And all because of their simultaneous searches for each other on Facebook.

Years after the family’s sad separation, Allan attempted to find his sister, but due to data protection laws, he hit a wall and was discouraged by his lack of progress. He decided to give it one last try and turned to Facebook, but he couldn’t find her…because she’s not on Facebook.

In a last ditch effort, he posted this photo of the siblings — likely the last one of them all together before they were split up…

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Young man comes home to the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, is in a thrilled state of shock

August 26, 2014 | 1 comment

When Dustin Patton got home from work yesterday he was absolutely blindsided by the most extraordinary and wonderful thing he’s ever seen. I think you will agree it is a beautiful sight. Try not to be too jealous…

(via Reddit)

5 things you will never see anyone post on Facebook (even though they should)

July 17, 2014 | 1 comment

Social media is with overrun with people who are passionate about lots of issues, leaving the appropriately apathetic middle without a strong voice online, even though they are often the most sensible.

But what would they say if they did speak up more? Richard Stevens offers a few examples…

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(via Laughing Squid)

The hilarious result of people on Facebook thinking The Onion is real [21 pics]

July 14, 2014 | 4 comments

Just because The Onion is the most famous satirical publication on the planet doesn’t mean that everyone knows they’re joking. In fact, there are thousands out there who see their headlines every day and believe them to be real.

Thanks to the site Literally Unbelievable, we get to check in from time to time and laugh at these people. Here are a few of their most recent…

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Most people can’t watch this entire video…and it’s only 3 minutes long. Can you?

June 26, 2014 | 8 comments

This video is motivational, even inspiring, but most people can’t make it all the way through. Those of you who do, though, won’t regret it…

(via Twisted Sifter)

If you watched the whole thing, let your friends know and see if they can do it, too…