My first internet memories are sounds. Dial-up tone, ICQ chat tone, and Gone Away by the Offspring, the first track I ever downloaded on Napster.
Internet is very fast, but now it is worse for you. Except for these bits.
1. Fungbunger’s Yancocide
I could fill this entire list with tweets from Twitter user @fungbunger – but I’ll stick to the one who started the war. In short: On June 3, 2022, @fungbunger made a very good and funny tweet about suddenly quitting. The tweet was well understood and appreciated by Australians, but soon caught on with US audiences unable to imagine a universe untainted by its myriad societal flaws.
It’s hard to describe how the carnage unfolded in real time over the next few days. One by one @fungbunger was sent to every idiot American who dared to engage and eventually – tragically – saw their account suspended. This is the closest you will get to being there. (Originated on PS Fungbunger @parsfarceRebornpraise be.)
2. Newcastle City Council meeting on 24 August 2021
I moved to Newcastle seven years ago and soon discovered what locals have long known makes it Australia’s best regional city: beaches, a 24-hour Kmart at the Waratah Stores and former city councilor Allan “Robbo” Robinson, a retired jockey. attended council meetings shirtless. I watched the entire meeting online in real time, but I will spare your readers that marathon. Instead, it’s linked to Robbo complimenting his wife on the “beautiful salmon” he cooked for tea, while the executive reminds him that they’re live.
3. Tony Windsor drops a bomb
I was moved to tears as I watched the hero of a hung parliament, independent MP Tony Windsor, shed tears as he announced his retirement. This “short film” reminiscent of that moment made me cry again – this time with laughter. You’ve never seen a more perfect Toto “Africa”. drop. I also love that it was “screened” at the Backyard Film Festival (Official Selection 2013, Chippo Film Festival).
4. Clickhole’s report on King Charles’ tuna speech
The list wouldn’t be complete without Clickhole. In this report on King Charles’ three-hour speech, he claims that tinned tuna has tasted “gritty” since 1993 because “dolphin-safe canning practices” run by “dreamers, ghouls and the Soviets” are really in the spotlight . I.
5. We are FULL in this house!!!!
One of my sisters posted this on a family group chat a few months ago saying “Oh this is 100% us!!!!” It absolutely is. This is the mood at every gathering of our family: grossly disproportionate reactions to violations of internal protocol. Refers to foreign judges to resolve the dispute. To suggest safety is a sign of greater moral failure. An unbridled rage that breaks into hysterical laughter at the realization of the absurdity of the rage, then still follows it.
we yet Talk about a week-long fight between my little sister and I over who got to get up to turn off the room light when we had to share a bed at Christmas 12 years ago. (For the record: the latter is the one it needs light because they are lying in bed reading books, not those who are at the end to bed. WHY SHOULD I TURN OFF THE LIGHT AFTER YOU FINISH THE LAST HARRY POTTER???) (Also FYI: my friend had to fill in.)
6. Richard Morecroft
It’s a four and a half minute long montage of ABC newsman Richard Morecroft taking a short breath before announcing the death of a famous person from 1986-2002.
I don’t remember when or how I discovered this piece of art, but it still keeps me up at night. WHO DID THIS. WHY DID THEY DO THIS? The sheer amount of taping and editing that goes into this is a comedy in itself. It must be someone with access to the ABC archives prior to May 2013 that was uploaded to YouTube.
My money would be on an obit producer somewhere at NewsCaff – having the opportunity to focus on this disease, even if their motives remain a mystery. We need Cameron James and Alexey Toliopoulos on this one – their next podcast mystery should be Finding Morecroft.
Circa 2014, I just couldn’t get enough of this Twitter account. One of the best of Weird Twitter. I can’t explain why this is funny. Others have tried. Making “crime” a verb (as in “to commit a crime”) is probably a big part of it.
8. Judge Judy from Scotland
To be fair, it’s pretty hard to apologize with a straight face for your dog’s wayward libido.
9. Madonna talks about Covid from a petal-filled milk bath
Everyone remembers Gal Gadot’s Imagine Covid video, but I don’t think we gave Madonna credit for her line, “The scary thing is, she’s great at it” (“It’s Covid”). Celebrities trying to be serious about serious topics is always incredible comedy; but when it’s from a petal-filled milk bath, it’s top shelf.
10. A pigeon walks on wet cement