It's become trendy to maintain a gluten-free diet, even for people without allergies, but it's apparently not as trendy to have any idea what gluten is.
Here at "I of the Tiger" Fitness Reportage Inc., we don't know much about "politics" or "economics" or "stealthy plans to decimate the social safety net while funneling untold sums to the rich." But we do know about fitness fads, exercise trends, and workout crapola. So when we heard that hokey-doke dreamboat Paul Ryan, Washington DC's most famous adherent of the P90X workout, could be the next VP, we immediately knew that it was time to exploit this fact for profit.
Google's mission is to organize all the world's information. It's working. For example, there is apparently no better resource on the Internet than Google Maps for British teenagers trying to decide which houses have the best pools for to sneaking into and hosting bacchanalian parties. Facebook, which is dedicated to "connecting people," helpfully gets in on the action too. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that once the British teenagers decide on a pool, they use Facebook to invite as many as 500 of their closest friends. Comfortable with Facebook's renowned privacy setting, the Herald reports the teenage organizers happily share their cell phone numbers to help coordinate the event. Just another example of how American teens are falling behind in technology thanks to a poor public education system, since this is far more complex than the "fire in the hole" prank.
As I've mentioned, LOLcats is just a cuter version of Caturday, an old forum tradition of posting cat pictures with captions in broken English on Saturdays. Caturday itself is just a more formal version of the image macros that have floated around ever since the Internet found pictures. Every popular Internet meme is in fact a lamer version of a more obscure one, including Lazy Sunday, the Rickroll, Badger Badger Badger, Hot or Not, Ask a Ninja, and Chuck Norris Facts. I've traced them back to their edgier ancestors.
"Please run a post explaining 4chan, /b/, the Encyclopedia Dramatica, etc.," asks reader Gabe Roth. "I just have no idea what that stuff is about, and it makes me feel old." While Gawker commenters know every obscure web site or at least can fake it, regular readers may want an explanation of some of the Internet's most strangely influential sites, an explanation shorter than Wikipedia's 2200-word article about 4chan. So I'll define Encyclopedia Dramatica, 4chan, /b/, Something Awful, and YTMND.
Internet video is booming. Presidential candidates take questions from YouTube users. VH1 talks about the week's best clips. Bill Murray and Danny DeVito star in straight-to-web skits. When Miss Teen South Carolina lost her mind on the air, millions saw it — online. But after all this excitement, why is the most famous Internet video of all time a four-year-old home movie?