A headline is supposed to be a succinct summary of an article. Clickbait, on the other hand, is like the headline’s slimy, used-car salesman cousin. It’s vague, intriguing, hyped up, and created with only one purpose in mind: to make you click on that link. Over the past couple of years, lazy bloggers have more or less standardized the jargon, so pretty much any headline starting with “this” or “these” or a number, like “6 Ways The Grocery Store Is Ripping You Off” and “This hilarious cat will make you bawl your eyes out” is clickbait.
This insightful xkcd turned the eye of history on clickbait, and came up with 14 headlines that you won’t believe.
Some of these are really obvious, but if you’re stuck on what the headlines are about:
- 1905: Einstein’s publishing of his Theory of Special Relativity
- 1912: The Titanic sinking
- 1920: Prohibition coinciding with women getting the right to vote
- 1928: The discovery of penicillin
- 1929: The start of the Great Depression
- 1945: The end of World War 2
- 1948: The Soviet occupation of East Germany
- 1955: The discovery of the polio vaccine
- 1957: The launch of the first man-made satellite
- 1968: MLK’s and RFK‘s assassinations
- 1969: The first moon landing
- 1986: The Challenger exploding
- 1989: The Berlin Wall being torn down
- 1990: Basically every one of Buzzfeed’s
The hovering title text is about Einstein’s publishing of the Theory of General Relativity.
Last week, Kanye released a music video called Bound 2. In the video, which is obviously produced by a teenager, he’s riding a motorcycle while having sex with a topless Kim Kardashian in front of cheap computer-generated backgrounds. It’s safe to say this was Kanye’s plan to top Kim’s sex tape with Ray J. But then, James Franco and Seth Rogen made Bound 3, a shot-for-shot remake of Kanye’s video, and it is pure genius:
Kanye’s original, Bound 2:
From YouTube, via The Superficial
As we’ve seen before, Bad Lip Reading is hilarious. When taking their art to Game of Thrones, they did something a little different, and turned it into a trailer for a campy medieval comedy along the lines of A Knight’s Tale. The results are great:
From YouTube, via Neatorama
In response to the Miley Cyrus incident at the 2013 VMAs, the New York Times has a hilarious article in which the word “children” was replaced with “parents”. A brilliant tweak that lead to gems like this:
A critical first step is to acknowledge that twerking is a normal part of life and that there is nothing shameful in their questions. They’re parents, after all, and this is the sort of thing they hear about on NPR, and, well, they’re curious.
Go ahead, read the whole thing — it’s a good use of three minutes.
Miley Cyrus twerking
From The New York Times
College Humor has a great new video explaining why you can’t use electronic devices during takeoff and landing.
The great thing about the skit is that while the stewardess’ explanation is funny, it’s really not that far off the mark.
From YouTube, via Airplane9
College Humor made a great commercial for the unsexy stuff girls wear when they’re just not trying.
Tell him it’s a watch-Netflix kind of night in a pair of flannel pajamas. Or a bathrobe and a pair of Hanes from when you were fat.
From YouTube, via FAIL Blog
As you’ve probably heard, last week, Facebook decided to give in to the grammatical abominations that are hashtags, start supporting them, and surely hasten the apocalypse. Here’s how that likely went down — and yes, it probably did involve their brilliant focus group:
Via FAIL Blog
The video calls this a prank, but it’s more of a good deed disguised as a prank on the pizza company, likely for the purposes of fitting in with the video makers’ target audience of … Beastie Boys fans, or whatever. Because without the word “prank” in there, it’s just a pretty touching — albeit clever — gesture.
BUT, if you were actually evil, you could just pretend to be the homeless people and get the free pizza for yourself. However, you’re still kind of impersonating a police officer, which is therefore kind of a crime. So, just do it for the bums.
From YouTube, via FAIL Blog