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Ian Dunn
174922.  Wed May 16, 2007 8:38 am Reply with quote

The website Fark.com, is a "News" website, dedicated to stories which are interesting, odd, weird, scary, idiotic or absolutely pointless. It is the website I mainly use for my Newshound duties.

The site was created by Drew Curtis in 1999, though it originally contained an image of a squirrel with large testicles. Now, it contains several thousands, if not millions of links. Whilst only a few of these make it onto the main site, the premium version called "TotalFark" displays all the links submitted, normally 2,000 per day.

News stories are submitted and categorised with tags, so stories are listed as Interesting, Sappy, Scary, Dumbass, Weird, Obvious, Unlikely, Asinine and a seperate tag for stories from Florida. The website also olds caption and photoshop contests.

The site is often accused of politically bias, however both links to left-wing and right-wing stories are posted. According to Curtis, the most hated "groups" on Fark are PETA, Catholic Priests, the French and Duke University.

Apart from the website, a book is to be published on 31 May, 2007, called It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News.

Wikipedia article

 
Norfolkian
174973.  Wed May 16, 2007 10:01 am Reply with quote

I find Yahoo! News wonderful for stories which are supposed to be news, but are actually just drivel.

Also http://www.metro.co.uk/weird is pretty good.

And so is New Scientist occasionally.

 
dr.bob
175023.  Wed May 16, 2007 10:46 am Reply with quote

The caption writer on the "weird stories" section of The Metro is obviously having far too much fun.

Check out the photo caption on this story:

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=49028&in_page_id=2

 
Tas
175026.  Wed May 16, 2007 10:48 am Reply with quote

Heh!

:-)

Tas

 
Sergei
175148.  Wed May 16, 2007 4:46 pm Reply with quote

One of my favourites:

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=24033&in_page_id=2

 
Ian Dunn
196973.  Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:25 pm Reply with quote

The news of The Book of General Ignorance going on sale in the USA has appeared on Fark. The story has attracted somewhat mixed reviews.

Forum on the story

 

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