This is Weird
Leave it to the internet
When a study revealed that 47 percent of Brits have never kissed under a mistletoe, it disturbed TGI Fridays’ UK branch so much that they’re taking it upon themselves to change it.
This holiday season, select UK TGI Fridays restaurants will be releasing mistletoe drones in their dining rooms to encourage diners to kiss.
No matter how big or small a decision you’re making is, you can always turn to the Internet for help. Hell, this couple had Reddit name their baby.
A UK man is hosting an eBay auction so the Internet can decide which professional soccer team his son will support for the rest of his life.
Vote For Selfie
It was only last week that Google made Glass available in the UK for £1,000 (about US$1,700), but British movie theater chains are already banning Glass Explorers from wearing their new tech toys to the movies, The Independent reports.
The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association, which represents 90 percent of UK cinema operators, said that British Glass owners will be asked to remove their devices in the theaters, even when movies aren’t playing. Vue Cinemas, which owns 80 UK theaters, is going to be a little more lenient, asking Explorers to remove their glass after the lights dim.
sweet sweet revenge
Selfie nation is going to the polls.
Fearing that voters in today’s elections might accidentally reveal the contents of their ballots, the UK’s Electoral Commission is taking serious steps to stop people from taking so many gosh darn selfies in their voting booths, the BBC reports.
Although taking photos in the voting booth technically isn’t against the law, the Electoral Commission fears posting the photos to social media could compromise the anonymity of the secret ballot — an act that is punishable by law.
Things That Scare Us
A UK man is currently texting the entire works of Shakespeare to a fraudulent online vendor who refused to send him the PS3 he’d purchased. Ugh — how are British people so classy, even when they’re getting revenge on each other?
It all started when 24-year-old Edd Joseph paid £80 for a PS3 on Gumtree, and the vendor never delivered it to him, the Telegraph reports.
Crime and Punishment
The Greater Manchester Police have seized what may be plastic 3D-printed gun components–or just 3D printer parts.
The Associated Press reports that the cops confiscated the goods in a raid against suspected gang members, and are now determining whether they constitute a viable weapon.
They See Me Trollin'
A British man who posed as Justin Bieber in a sick attempt to blackmail young girls is headed to jail, according to The Guardian. For nearly three years, Robert Hunter would creep on Facebook, Skype and MSN posing as the pop singer to get young girls to strip for him and perform sex acts via webcam.
XXX in Tech
Last week, we told you about the U.K. government’s grand plan to filter out evil porn from its Internet because all that T and A was “corroding childhood.” If porn perusers wanted in on sites like youporn.com, they would have to alert their ISPs or else it would be blocked by default.
I Want My Free TV
While everyone in America frantically cracks jokes about the spawn of Will n’ Kate on Twitter, actual Britons are a little distracted. The Guardian reports that their prime minister is about to introduce a broad crackdown on Internet pornography, which he believes is “corroding childhood.”
Soon, anyone who wants access to the dirty stuff will have to formally inform their ISP; otherwise, it’ll be blocked by default. For the children. Because repressing everything naughty sure made the Victorians healthy and normal and definitely not weirdly preoccupied with spanking.
Watch out, impatient U.K. Game of Thrones fans: The City of London is launching a new police unit dedicated to IP crimes. The squad will be responsible for both online piracy and IRL offenses like counterfeit goods., and the national government is contributing £2.5 million to the cause.
This comes on the heels of a crackdown on torrent site operators, TorrentFreak reports.