Monday, December 17, 2018

Patriots on Drudge

What is this, Drudge Report?



"Season-killing loss?"  Are you kidding me? 

"Season-killing loss?"  They have a two-game lead over the Dolphins!

The Patriots would need to lose their next two games, and have the Dolphins win out, for their season to be in jeopardy.  (And that doesn't even account for tie-breaking scenarios.)  Get back to me when it's Week 17.  Then you can talk about a season-killing loss.

And, yeah, I realize the line about a "potentially season-killing loss" originated from a Boston Globe article, but I'll cut them some slack since it wasn't their actual headline.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

A look at IFPNews.com

Last week, a Redditor in /r/Offbeat tried submitting a story from IFPNews.com (aka "Iran Front Page"):
https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/oldest-iranian-woman-dies-at-140/

The story claimed that the oldest woman in Iran, Goli Papi, had passed away at the age of 140.  An Iranian genealogist, Morad Hossein Papi, was quoted as saying: “The late woman was from a tribe called Papi residing in Silakhor Plain in Dorud County.” I did some Google searches and couldn't find any other prominent mentions of Goli Papi or Morad Hossein Papi.

An article on IFPNews.com

Recently, Reuters published a report about Iranian disinformation sites, and I don't think IFPNews.com was part of their scope.  After reviewing some of the other stories on IFPNews.com, I don't feel like it's a typical disinformation site.  A lot of their stories seem to fall into the Taboola category: There's one article about stem cells, another article about minimally-invasive spinal surgery, etc...  IFPNews.com may just be a typical blog that happens to be based in Iran.  It could still be worth documenting, however.

According to Whoisology, IFPNews.com is registered to Mahmood Askarieh and the organization Safhe ye Avval.  The administrative e-mail is mahmoodaskarieh@gmail.comThe contact address is no 26, pirjamali Alley, Shariati Ave. Piche Shemiran, Tehran.  The zip code is listed as 1611943715, and the country is listed as "Afghanistan."  The contact phone number is 982177528888, and the contact fax number is 982177535454.

There have been 25 domains registered with the administrative e-mail address mahmoodaskarieh@gmail.com:

askarieh.com
businessfrontpage.com
cafekhat.com
ifpdirectory.com
ifpmagazine.com
ifpnews.com
internationalfrontpage.com
irafrica.com
iranbelarabi.com
iranbreakingnews.com
iranbusinesspage.com
iranexportdirectory.com
iranfrontpage.com
iranmessages.com
irannewspage.com
iranphotonews.com
irbanews.com
payameiran.com
safheaval.com
safheavval.com
safheyeaval.com
shirinpeky.com
shirinpeyk.com
tehran118.com
yellow118.com

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Breaking9111?

For years, Breaking911.com used the Twitter handle @Breaking911.

Here's an archive from November, showing the @Breaking911 account had 3,724 tweets and 333k followers:
https://web.archive.org/web/20181111034157/https://twitter.com/Breaking911

Currently, Breaking911 is using the Twitter handle @Breaking9111.  I don't know why they switched. 

There's actually a new Twitter account with the handle @Breaking911 (created on December 6), and lately it's been writing tweets that kind of sound like breaking news blurbs.  However, neither the profile nor the tweets themselves contain any hyperlinks to Breaking911.com.  That account has 20 followers.


Notice the extra "1" in the handle


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Graphtreon

Graphtreon.com is a useful website for measuring how somebody's Patreon numbers have changed over time.  For example, here's a chart showing Tim Pool's subscribers on Patreon:


The reason for the nosedive is that many of Tim Pool's supporters have recently switched from Patreon to SubscribeStar.  This migration was prompted by Patreon's decision last week to boot Sargon of Akkad from their platform.  Sargon set up a SubscribeStar page, and he already has 1,531 subscribers.  Tim Pool, meanwhile, has 534 subscribers on SubscribeStar, which is roughly equal to the amount of subscribers he's "lost" on Patreon.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Breaking911 is SHOCKED by professional wrestling

This post on Breaking911.com is really stupid.  It's titled: "SHOCK VIDEO: This move on the apron during WarGames left fans stunned."  

Here's the embedded video, along with the main image Breaking911 used:



The two "shocked" girls in the image are part of the performance.  In storyline, they're friends with Shayna Baszler (the girl who received the DDT), which is why they've got the shocked looks on their faces.  They're acting.  As far as I can tell, the DDT was performed perfectly and nobody was hurt.

Whatever.  I know it's just a random internet post.   But if you want to post a "Shock Video" from the world of professional wrestling, there are legitimate examples you can use.  Last month, a Puerto Rican wrestler named El Cuervo was sent to the hospital after his opponent hurled a cement block at his head.  The match was stopped, and I'm pretty sure the injury was legit.  Fightful.com wrote that Cuervo underwent surgery to have a blood clot removed:

Sunday, December 9, 2018

KFILE in 'The Newsroom'

I was watching season 3 of The Newsroom, and there was a cameo by Andrew Kaczynski (aka K-FILE): 



I wonder if he's famous enough nowadays to be referred to by name?  He is up to 300,000 Twitter followers.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Which subreddits reach the top of /r/all?

Have you ever wondered which subreddits have the most success reaching the #1 spot of /r/all?

Fortunately, there's a bot, /u/TopRedditBot, that records a thread whenever it reaches the #spot of /r/all.  These threads are cross-posted over in /r/TopOfReddit. 

I went to /r/TopOfReddit yesterday and sorted by "New," then I scrolled until I could see the 1,000 most-recent threads (the earliest thread was from October 22), and noted how many times each subreddit was represented.  To my non-shock, /r/Politics had the most success reaching the top of /r/all.  Then came /r/Funny, /r/Pics, /r/Gaming, /r/Gifs, /r/Aww, and /r/TodayILearned.

For the record, I don't think /u/TopRedditBot is 100% accurate.  Sometimes is seemed to record the same thread multiple times, and at other times it failed to record a thread that I could see with my own eye had reached the #1 spot of /r/all.  But in general it's pretty good.

Here are the results:

Politics--129
Funny--124
Pics--91
Gaming--73
Gifs--68
Aww--65
TodayIlearned--50
News--37
MildlyInteresting--33
WorldNews--21
InterestingAsFuck--20
BlackPeopleTwitter--18
WhitePeopleTwitter--12
WTF--12
MadeMeSmile--10
Movies--10
OddlySatisfying--10
ShowerThoughts--10
WholesomeMemes--9
Unexpected--8
BeAmazed--7
DankMemes--6
Sports--6
AnimalsBeingBros--5
CrappyDesign --5
MurderedByWords--5
NBA--5
BikiniBottomTwitter--4
Europe--4
HumansBeingBros--4
Memes--4
OldSchoolCool--4
PrequelMemes--4
Science--4
Soccer--4
Trashy--4
AskReddit--3
CasualUK--3
Comics--3
DamnThatsInteresting--3
DunderMifflin--3
EarthPorn--3
LeagueOfLegends--3
MarvelStudios--3
Me_IRL--3
NotTheOnion--3
Space--3
ThereWasAnAttempt--3
TIFU--3
Tinder--3
WellThatSucks--3
YouSeeingThisShit--3
AdviceAnimals--2
Atheism--2
BlackMagicFuckery--2
ChoosingBeggars--2
DataIsBeautiful--2
GetMotivated--2
GlobalOffensive--2
GreenText--2
Hockey--2
Instant_Regret--2
LifeProTips--2
MadLads--2
ProgrammerHumor--2
RedDeadRedemption--2
Trees--2
Videos--2
WatchPeopleDieInside--2
WholesomeBPT--2
WoahDude--2
AnimalsBeingJerks--1
AnimalTextGifs--1
BetterEveryLoop--1
BlackPeopleGifs--1
CFB--1
DIY--1
Facepalm--1
FortniteBR--1
Futurology--1
HighQualityGifs--1
HistoryMemes--1
Hmmm--1
IAMA--1
Jokes--1
MildlyInfuriating--1
NeverTellMeTheOdds--1
NintendoSwitch--1
PCMasterRace--1
Photoshopbattles--1
PoliticalHumor--1
QuitYourBullshit--1
RealLifeDoodles--1
ScottishPeopleTwitter--1
SmashBros--1
StarterPacks--1
TechnicallyTheTruth--1
The_Mueller--1
UpliftingNews--1
WhitePeopleGifs--1



And here's the exact same data in alphabetical order:

AdviceAnimals--2
AnimalsBeingBros--5
AnimalsBeingJerks--1
AnimalTextGifs--1
AskReddit--3
Atheism--2
Aww--65
BeAmazed--7
BetterEveryLoop--1
BikiniBottomTwitter--4
BlackMagicFuckery--2
BlackPeopleGifs--1
BlackPeopleTwitter--18
CasualUK--3
CFB--1
ChoosingBeggars--2
Comics--3
CrappyDesign --5
DamnThatsInteresting--3
DankMemes--6
DataIsBeautiful--2
DIY--1
DunderMifflin--3
EarthPorn--3
Europe--4
Facepalm--1
FortniteBR--1
Funny--124
Futurology--1
Gaming--73
GetMotivated--2
Gifs--68
GlobalOffensive--2
GreenText--2
HighQualityGifs--1
HistoryMemes--1
Hmmm--1
Hockey--2
HumansBeingBros--4
IAMA--1
Instant_Regret--2
InterestingAsFuck--20
Jokes--1
LeagueOfLegends--3
LifeProTips--2
MadeMeSmile--10
MadLads--2
MarvelStudios--3
Me_IRL--3
Memes--4
MildlyInfuriating--1
MildlyInteresting--33
Movies--10
MurderedByWords--5
NBA--5
NeverTellMeTheOdds--1
News--37
NintendoSwitch--1
NotTheOnion--3
OddlySatisfying--10
OldSchoolCool--4
PCMasterRace--1
Photoshopbattles--1
Pics--91
PoliticalHumor--1
Politics--129
PrequelMemes--4
ProgrammerHumor--2
QuitYourBullshit--1
RedDeadRedemption--2
RealLifeDoodles--1
Science--4
ScottishPeopleTwitter--1
ShowerThoughts--10
SmashBros--1
Soccer--4
Space--3
Sports--6
StarterPacks--1
TechnicallyTheTruth--1
The_Mueller--1
ThereWasAnAttempt--3
TIFU--3
Tinder--3
TodayIlearned--50
Trashy--4
Trees--2
Unexpected--8
UpliftingNews--1
Videos--2
WatchPeopleDieInside--2
WellThatSucks--3
WhitePeopleGifs--1
WhitePeopleTwitter--12
WholesomeBPT--2
WholesomeMemes--9
WoahDude--2
WorldNews--21
WTF--12
YouSeeingThisShit--3