The Internet has a complicated relationship with ads. They can be annoying, but most of us understand that they are necessary in order for us to continue doing things for free on our computers. However, some companies are going out of their way to make their ads as intrusive as possible, to the point where they might as well be hiring old-timey radio announcers to break into our houses and read us ad copy.
#4. Google's Free Services Are Becoming Ad-Riddled
Statistically speaking, Gmail is the top email service provider in the world. That's a lot of eyeballs just waiting to have ads paraded around in front of them, and Google is taking advantage of that fact by delivering ad spam directly to their users' inboxes disguised as legitimate messages.
"Ah, good ol' Vista Print. What he's been up to since our frat days?"
We'd like to think that we know the ins and outs of our own homes pretty well. But as the following stories prove, you never know what mystical treasures you may find dwelling in your abode. And by "mystical treasures" we mean "R&B superstars" and/or "horrifying creatures waiting to feast on your flesh."
#4. A Crocodile
Guy Whittall, a former cricket captain, was staying at a lodge in Zimbabwe. He had a peaceful night's rest and woke the next morning as usual. It wasn't until he had already gotten out of bed and was in the kitchen when he heard a maid scream in alarm, alerting him that something was wrong.
When he went back into the bedroom, he saw that he had an unknown bunkmate the entire night:
Successfully fueling the nightmares of little kids and one-handed pirate captains everywhere.
Almost every other X-Files episode begins with some quiet hamlet getting plagued by a paranormal thingamabobber, at which point Scully, Mulder, and Scully's absolutely smashing 1990s fashion ensembles are sent to investigate. And if The X-Files were still on the air today, the following recent real-world happenings would inevitably be adapted for episodes. (And to add to the horror, the theme song would be remixed as dubstep.)
#4. A Hundred Elk Randomly Die, Bear Christmas Ensues
A single square mile of land just north of Las Vegas recently saw 100 elk simply stop being alive over a span of 24 hours. When we say "stop being alive," we mean this:
Casinos ... they don't fuck around.
Most of us are probably aware of people like Phoenix Jones, who dress up like superheroes and patrol the night looking for crime and/or collecting aggravated assault charges.
However, as several recent news stories have demonstrated, sometimes people put on superhero costumes with absolutely no intention of fighting crime and wind up saving the day anyway.
#4. Woman Dressed as Wonder Woman Is Attacked by Transient, Rescued by Guy Dressed as Superman
Last week, a man and a woman dressed up as Superman and Wonder Woman (respectively) were out on Hollywood Boulevard filming a segment for Jimmy Kimmel Live wherein they dumped buckets of water on a Polish tourist.
Jimmy Kimmel Live
As one does.