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Sunday, September 2, 2012

WTFckery or Not? You Decide

Here comes your weekly dose of WTFkckery!

1. Nothing says WTFckery like WTF books:

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear...


Synopsis: Fuzzy is an unsatisfied ladies' man. Geoff's a bear-loving man who satisfies. Problem? Convincing a straight man that satisfaction might be just around the bend.

Overall Fuzzy has a good life. He loves his family, his friends are amusingly tolerable-mostly, and he enjoys his job. He never hurts for a date. Yep, the ladies seem to love the furry Fuzzy...so why does he feel like he's missing out on something? And why does a surprise dinner with a strange man hold more interest for him than the flirty, available waitress?

Geoff knows who he is and what he's after. He's searching for a big hairy man to wrap around him. He just hasn't found one that piques his interest...until he is manipulated into having dinner with Fuzzy-definitely not something to complain about. Fuzzy is tall and broad and proclaims to live up to his name. Everything that Geoff wants in a boyfriend. Except, Fuzzy happens to be straight.

When the opportunity arises for Fuzzy to crash at Geoff's apartment, Geoff works his derriere off to see what other things can arise. And prays that he can capture his Fuzzy Wuzzy all for himself.


2. The controversy regarding Amazon reviewing continues and brings to light the unethical practice of people getting paid big money to review books and not reading them and always giving the books rave reviews. This article that appeared in the New York Times last week should be read by authors, readers and reviewers alike.


"Todd Rutherford was part of the marketing department of a company that provided services to self-published writers — services that included persuading traditional media and blogs to review the books. It was uphill work. He could churn out press releases all day long, trying to be noticed, but there is only so much space for the umpteenth vampire novel or yet another self-improvement manifesto or one more homespun recollection of times gone by. There were not enough reviewers to go around. Suddenly it hit him. Instead of trying to cajole others to review a client’s work, why not cut out the middleman and write the review himself? Then it would say exactly what the client wanted — that it was a terrific book. A shattering novel. A classic memoir. Will change your life. Lyrical and gripping, Stunning and compelling. Or words to that effect. 

In the fall of 2010, Mr. Rutherford started a Web site, GettingBookReviews.com. At first, he advertised that he would review a book for $99. But some clients wanted a chorus proclaiming their excellence. So, for $499, Mr. Rutherford would do 20 online reviews. A few people needed a whole orchestra. For $999, he would do 50. 

There were immediate complaints in online forums that the service was violating the sacred arm’s-length relationship between reviewer and author. But there were also orders, a lot of them. Before he knew it, he was taking in $28,000 a month. 

Bing Liu, a data-mining expert at the University of Illinois, Chicago estimates that about one-third of all consumer reviews on the Internet are fake. Yet it is all but impossible to tell when reviews were written by the marketers or retailers (or by the authors themselves under pseudonyms), by customers (who might get a deal from a merchant for giving a good score) or by a hired third-party service.
 
The Federal Trade Commission has issued guidelines stating that all online endorsements need to make clear when there is a financial relationship, but enforcement has been minimal and there has been a lot of confusion in the blogosphere over how this affects traditional book reviews."

3. People take their McDonalds' hot fudge sundaes seriously. I for one never understood why the hot fudge was poured on the bottom of the cup first. From Knox News:


"A jury on Tuesday turned a cold shoulder to a Knoxville man's claims he was justified in punching an assistant manager at a fast-food restaurant after a dispute over a hot fudge sundae. And, as it turned out, that $1 sundae will cost James Davis Wilson, 43, $1,050 in fines and the possibility of jail time.

An eight-woman, four-man jury in Knox County Criminal Court convicted Wilson of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after an hour of deliberations Tuesday evening and fined him $1,050. Judge Bob McGee set a Sept. 27 sentencing hearing. Wilson faces a maximum jail term of just one day shy of a year in what began as a fuss over fudge sauce, according to Assistant District Attorney General Eric Counts.

It was February 2010 when Wilson rolled up at the McDonald's restaurant on Magnolia Avenue and ordered lunch.

"The food appeared to be right, but the dessert, it had chocolate on the bottom," Wilson told jurors. "The hot fudge should be on top. It freezes up when you get fudge on the bottom of it. I asked them to redo it."

4. Chair art taken to new heights: From Chair Blog:

This chair is meant to “capture the essence of the wave”

5. I would so buy my own Ryan Gosling body pillow and act out scenes from The Notebook with it. Don't judge. From The Vulture:


 6. Something you don't see very often that may make you go WTF?


7. This just might by one of the most disgusting WTFckeries I read this year. You may want to put down whatever you're eating. The title of the article alone makes me squirm:  Rosacea could be caused by mites unleashing feces inside your pores. From Io9:


"University of Ireland researcher Kevin Kavanagh, the bugs may be responsible for rosacea, a chronic skin disease estimated to effect between 5 and 20 percent of the world's population.

Tiny mites – eight-legged arachnids related to spiders – live in the pores of our facial skin. They are particularly fond of the hair follicles of eyebrows and eyelashes, and the oily pores most common on the nose, forehead and cheeks. Called Demodex, the mites eat sebum, or facial oil, and colonise your face at puberty.

They crawl about your face in the dark to mate, then crawl back into pores to lay their eggs and die. Healthy adults have around one or two mites per square centimetre of facial skin. People with rosacea, however, can have 10 times as many, says Kavanagh. Research suggests that the stress that causes flare-ups of rosacea changes the chemicals in sebum, making it better food for mites."

8. This cake looks more like what shark would vomit up. O.o. From Cakewrecks:


9. Poor Clint Eastwood has become one big WTFckery this week because of his speech he gave at the RNC convention. His main audience was an empty chair. Already the jokes about it have been relentless:

Make my day, Dirty Chairy!

10. Who knew synthetic brown hair could be so expensive in this WTFckery Regretsy?


I hope you have enjoyed this week's best in WTFckery!

Katiebabs

2 comments:

Alexia561 said...

Whoa! Am speechless....

Blodeuedd said...

HA, the Ryan Gosling pillow is awesome