Nancy Caldwell couldn’t figure out why her phone wouldn’t stop ringing. The 60-year-old elementary school secretary would receive provocative messages asking about the legitimacy of her pictures and racy courtships from traveling businessman.
Confused, she confronted a caller and asked how they obtained her number; as it turns out, it was listed on Backpage, an online classified board most commonly used for adult services. The site has recently come under fire for its ties to child prostitution and human trafficking. Read More
It’s so annoying when you’re just trying to soak up some of that gorgeous Russian sun and a giant military water vessel plows into the beach, right? God.
When the cable goes out, normal people complain about it on Twitter. In Connecticut, people call 911.
That’s what happened last night in southern Connecticut when affected Optimum Cable subscribers decided that missing an episode of Breaking Bad or Eat Drink Love was akin to suffering a major heart attack. Service was down for about two hours during primetime because of a power outage in Norwalk. Read More
If there’s one thing the homeless could use, it’s some snazzy typography.
Food, water, shelter and healthcare would be nice, too–but a couple of graphic designers believe bright colors and cool fonts just might be the gateway to a comfortable life. Read More
Turns Out Putting Coupons for Free Phones in Balloons and Letting People Shoot Them Down Is a Bad Idea
In such an overcrowded market, you can never be too creative with smartphone promotional events–unless of course those events turn into dangerous target practice with BB guns and a “long, pointed staff.” Read More
There is only one discernible way to make flying more hellish, and Virgin Atlantic has just added it to its roster, alongside the purple mood lighting and ability to order beer via TV screen: the airline has introduced live stand-up comedy to select domestic U.K. flights. Read More
#factsonly: We here at Betabeat will never forget the glorious day that Jay Z decided to take to Twitter for a few hours and offer us a much-needed break from the summer doldrums.
During his brief stint on the platform he coined several memorable hashtags, such as #mylaugh, a replacement for “lol.” He also spent time answering questions from Twitter users, one of whom asked what his favorite cereal is. “cap’n crunch growing up,” he responded. “I haven’t had cereal in a bit.”
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh set out to program a computer that could find connections between unlikely word pairs and generate witty one-liners. Instead, they ended up with an “un-PC PC” that spews sexist jokes like an amateur manchild comedian trying to emulate something he once saw on Comedy Central. Read More