Museum Officials To Pokemon Go Fans: Please Stop Playing In Auschwitz
Remember that weekend when half the planet was really into Pokemon Go, and the other half thought that this was a sign of civilization collapsing? The game's launch had a few technical problems, one of which was that, uh, "sensitive" locations like the National September 11 Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park were getting tagged as Pokestops and Gyms. Thus, somber places of reflection played host to certain people staring at their phones and exclaiming "Hell yeah, I kicked that Diglett's ass!"
NianticAs prestigious as it may sound, no one should be gym leader of the Anne Frank house.
Those oversights were soon corrected, but not before both the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum had to explain what they had probably hoped in vain was the obvious -- namely, that it was "disrespectful" to run around a former death camp looking for a Meowth to take home as a souvenir. The Auschwitz Museum's spokesman called it "disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels and it is absolutely inappropriate," probably while adding "you absolute morons" under his breath.
To be fair to the vision of humanity that you'd probably like to maintain in your head, it's unclear how many people were actually running around gas chamber exhibits with dreams of catching the world's most inappropriate Weezing. But it was happening often enough that a statement had to made, so adjust your hopes for our future accordingly. In other news, a poll found that Americans have worrying gaps in their knowledge of the Holocaust, but that's probably a coincidence, right?
Dell Tech Support To Consumers: The Smell In Your Computer Is Absolutely Not Cat Urine
Unless you're selling cat litter, it's generally bad marketing to have your product associated with cat urine. So Dell was understandably concerned in 2013 when buyers of their new and inconveniently named Latitude 6430u laptops complained that they smelled like Garfield after a bender. Some people used the cat urine comparison as a metaphor, but others literally thought that a cat -- theirs or otherwise -- had decided to claim the laptop as territory, possibly because they were jealous of all the cat videos being played on it.
DellOf course, a nice ammonia-rich blast of cat urine would likely leave your laptop way, way cleaner.