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Jessica Roy

Summer Fun

Man Diagnosed With ‘Chronic Lateness Condition’ at Appointment He Was 1.5 Hours Late For

Even the Clock of the Long Now can't help poor Mr. Dunbar (Photo: Wikimedia)

If you have trouble getting to work on time, perhaps instead of being a standard issue lazybones you are afflicted with Chronic Lateness Condition, which is actually a real disorder. The Evening Telegraph reports that one man named Jim Dunbar, who has been late for practically everything for his entire life, was officially diagnosed with the condition at an appointment for which he showed up an hour and a half late. Read More

Off the Media

The Real Story Behind ‘These Links From Our Partners’

A few years ago, I got an unusual request from Google. The search giant was working on an experimental program that encouraged retailers to feature links to products from other retailers on their websites. I forget the exact economics of the deal, whether Google treated it as an advertising unit or more an affiliate program — all I remember was my reaction.

It seemed insane to send customers away from your website and toward the websites of competitors. After spending countless dollars and energies pulling users onto your page, why would you open up an exit door? Even if the ad unit was lucrative, it still seemed like advertising suicide–or at least, like stupidly shooting yourself in the foot.

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Play Your Video Games

Study Foiled When Researchers Can’t Find Men Who Play Computer Games for Less Than 2 Hours a Day

(Photo: Starcraftforums.org)

When attempting to complete a study on how playing the computer game “StarCraft” impacts mental faculties, researchers at Queen Mary University of London and University College London ran into a minor snag: For their sample pool, they’d need inexperienced gamers to participate, but they couldn’t find any men who fit that criteria. Guess your boyfriend isn’t so abnormal after all. Read More

Play Your Video Games

CNBC Says Call of Duty, Not Crippling Insecurity and Sriracha Breath, Is the Reason Some Guys Can’t Get Dates

Obviously what all gamers look like. (Photo: Gamepodunk.com)

When video games aren’t precipitating violent acts IRL or dangerously cutting into study time, they’re also keeping young men from nailing chicks. The future is terrible, isn’t it?

In a segment for CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, two experts–one an online matchmaker named Lori Zaslow and the other CNBC contributor Carrol Roth–attempted to parse just what first person shooter games like Call of Duty are doing to the young men of America.

Naturally, obsessive gamers who opt for virtual worlds instead of reality are being deprived of important rites of passages like feverishly making out in parked cars then running home to brag about it on Reddit. Read More