Nowadays, the word "troll" is too often used when people really mean "psychopath with an Internet connection." We've lost sight of the fact that true trolling only serves two purposes: shits and giggles.
That said, the ancient art of messing with randoms online for no reason isn't completely lost. Some brave souls are still carrying the torch, trolling the Internet with elaborate acts of clever dickery like ...
6 Twitter User Fools ISIS Observers With A Nonexistent Battle
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Last month, ISIS detractors on Twitter began celebrating one of the greatest victories against the Islamic State: a fierce battle in Shichwa that ended with the Taliban 2.0 withdrawing from that Iraqi town. At the same time, ISIS supporters angrily called for righteous retribution in 140 characters or less (yes, One Directioners aren't the worst type of fanatics on Twitter).
Here's the thing, though: The town of Shichwa doesn't exist. There was no battle. One Twitter user made it up, even going as far as to create fake CNN screen captures to go with his story.
The man running the popular @IraqSurveys Twitter account, an Iraqi living in London, usually collects legit information about the doings of ISIS and the forces fighting against them ... until he "got bored" and decided to start making shit up for the heck of it. He says that the name of the town should have tipped people off, since "shichwa" is an Iraqi Arabic word meaning "cheese bladder" (not to be confused with the city of Mozzarella Urethra, Delaware). Soon, people who did get the joke started adding more "information" about the battle, even making maps of the action going on in the nonexistent town.
"As you can see, the name is derived from the fact that city has the unmistakable shape of a cheese bladder."
The hoax's mastermind decided to come clean when he noticed that people on either side of the conflict were getting a little carried away, with anti-ISIS fighters bragging about their victory and pro-ISIS forces planning acts of revenge. Had the guy not admitted that it was all made up, this fake battle could have led to a very real one, becoming the second-biggest debacle ever started because of Twitter (after that time Miley Cyrus tweeted half a nipple).
5 The Saved By The Bell Wiki Is Becoming A Nihilistic Nightmare
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Saved By The Bell was a pretty formulaic show. Zack would get in trouble with Mr. Belding, Screech would do something stupid, and the whole gang would "build an enormous monolith to a forgotten, profane god." What, you don't remember that last part? Well luckily for you, the Saved By The Bell Wiki is here to remind you of that and many other classic moments. Like these hilarious quotes:
"I'm so asphyxiated! I'm so asphyxiated! I'm so, I'm so ... scared!"
Fine, those weren't really in the series, but they should have been. Somewhere on the Internet, some altruistic soul is anonymously turning the Saved By The Bell Wiki into a dark, nihilistic work of art. As you progress through the episodes, they slowly turn from lighthearted high-school fun into disturbing madness, like the final season of Roseanne. When you read through the episode descriptions in order, they start out mostly tame, with a few bizarre elements here and there, like the story of the satanic cult that operated in the beach resort where Zack and his pals get summer jobs. But as the show continued, so did its apparent descent into madness:
Suggesting Mario Lopez is an otherworldly demon? What kind of irresponsible site would publish this?
Other episodes are reinvented to deal with important issues of the '90s, like the one where Slater shoots and kills a man (gun violence), the one where Zack's parents won't let a black doctor operate on him ("the opening salvo against socialized healthcare"), or the one where Mr. Belding gives birth on camera (this one is self-explanatory). We have no idea who this magical lunatic is, but we hope Netflix gets in touch when they inevitably bring Saved By The Bell back for a new season.