If you’re a woman, you might be “inauthentic”—at least, according to a Facebook anti-fraud flagging bot gone rogue.
Thousands of female Facebook users yesterday woke up to find that their social networking accounts were disabled: female and only female users, apparently. An additional message made it clear that the social networking giant required a clear and legible scanned government-issued ID with full name, date of birth, and photo for reactivation. At least they weren’t asking for social security numbers, so conspiracy theorists have less to talk about at the moment.
Facebook issued a statement saying the bug caused “a very small percentage” of women’s accounts to be disabled—but with more than 500 million users, small percentages can translate into electronic catastrophe. Let’s hope this isn’t an indication of the sexism inherent in the system and just a result of an over-eager porn-bot blocker.
A funeral home in Cologne, Germany is now offering caskets carved with erotic imagery or festooned in rainbow colors in an effort to serve the need of bereaved gays and lesbians.
“Those who want a warmer, somewhat more fantastical departure, will find us to be a sensitive partner,” proclaims the advertisement for Königsfeld & Brandl. And already, their fantastical funeral urns and coffins have garnered some attention.
“Naturally there were people who threw their hands up in horror in front of the display window,” said mortician Michael Königsfeld. In a move to cater to the large LGBT population in Cologne, the funeral home also put gay and lesbian customers in contact with sympathetic speakers and religious leaders and arranges burials in places where other LGBT people have been laid to rest.
But, it’s not like their caskets depicting naked, athletic men only appeal to certain orientations—apparently the carvings are popular with straight women between the ages of 60 and 80 years old. Maybe, if you gotta go, go with a flourish?
Bristol Palin and The Situation from MTV’s Jersey Shore make sweet, sweet safe-sex public service announcements together.
Okay, it’s not sweet at all—it’s actually rather awkward and embarrassing. But that’s all we’re going to say about that.
Just a short time after John Tyner those now famous words “If you touch my junk, I'm going to have you arrested,” the new TSA airport security scandal is up and running, in what we hope might come to be called “Nakedgate.” (Or “Junkgate,” that might be fun, too.)
Over 35,000 images from a full-body scanner in an Orlando, Florida courthouse have been stored and recorded, just like the TSA said would and/or could not happen. Luckily, the scanner employed by the courthouse is less advanced, so saved pictures are little more than pixilated white blobs of people’s naked bodies rather than the highly detailed naked X-rays that can be obtained across the nation’s airports. Actually, maybe we should just call it “Blurrygate.”