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  1. Psychologists Prove Internet Trolls Are Terrible People, Try Not To Die Of Surprise

    They fall into the Dark Tetrad, which sounds way awesomer than it actually is.

    So we all know internet trolls are the bane of the internet; but, in reality, are they all just harmless basement-dwelling creeps and pre-pubescent boys? A new study suggests that's not the case; in fact, the troll denizens of the net have some serious personality issues IRL.

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  2. The White House is Officially Sick of This Crap, Requires More Signatures for Petition Responses

    Since the Obama administration launched online petition site We The People in September 2011, the digital team at the White House has learned some valuable lessons about human behavior on the Internet -- namely, that if you offer people a forum for voicing their opinions on the Internet, they are mostly just going to troll you with demands for Death Stars and official state Pokemon and that they be allowed to go start their own country because they really don't like the way most people voted, which is how democracy works. While it's kind of disappointing that the digital team for the White House didn't apparently see this sort of thing coming -- you've seen the Internet before, right digital team? -- it seems like they're starting to get a handle on things, or at least stemming the tide of petitions that will require action. Yesterday, they announced that they are quadrupling the number of electronic signatures a petition needs to get to merit an official response from the government from 25,000 to 100,000.

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  3. South Korean Court Upholds 10 Month Jail Sentences For Being A Dick On The Internet

    If anyone was wondering how seriously South Koreans take their rappers educational backgrounds, the answer is: very. A judge in South Korea has upheld the jail sentences of eight people for attempting to defame rapper Tablo on the internet by claiming he did not, as he claimed, have Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Stanford University.

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  4. Borderlands 2 Includes the Most Annoying Gun in the World

    The quickest way to win the hearts and minds of Internet denizens is by amusingly trolling them. At least, that's apparently what Gearbox Software was counting on when they made one very special gun: Hyperion's Energizing Bane for Borderlands 2. The gun itself boasts some impressive stats. It also just so happens to make an infernal racket when players shoot, and slows characters to a crawl. Hit the jump if you want to hear what very well may be the most annoying sound in the world.

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  5. 4chan Tries To Dub The Dew, Trolls Mountain Dew

    Restaurant chain Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen innocently tried to crowdsource the name of its new green apple-flavored Mountain Drew concoction, letting people submit and vote for names online. Well, 4chan decided to take them up on their offer to "Dub the Dew," and results were highly educational. I didn't know there were so many ways to describe a carbonated beverage tasting faintly of green apple, and apparently, neither did Mountain Dew.

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  6. Crowdsourced Erotic Novel Hits #4 On iTunes, Trolls

    Brian Brushwood and Justin Young, hosts of the NSFW podcast, have a $0.99 novel at #4 on the iTunes Top Paid Books chart, and they didn't even have to write a single word of it. The secret to their publishing success is incredibly simple, and truly depressing.

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  7. South Korean Real Name Policy Proved Ineffective

    Requiring those posting comments on the Internet to use their real names is a popular concept that just won't die. YouTube is the latest site to "suggest" users sign in through Google+ using their full name in an effort to decrease ridiculously nasty commentary for which the web is known. As it turns out, South Korea attempted something similar in 2007 and found that their real name policy was unable to curb any significant amount of the trolling.

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  8. Thank You Haters, The Musical [Video]

    Be forewarned, this brilliant response to the unbelievable vitriol that makes up the bulk of Internet communications contains quite a bit of naughty language. And a self-pleasuring monkey. However, Isabel Fay's video really is the most apt response to Internet trolls I've yet seen. A special thanks to you, haters, without whom none of this would be necessary. Sing it with me now.

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  9. This Version of Tetris is the Trolliest [Video]

    These tired and weary Internet eyes have seen some fun versions of Tetris in their day, from xkcd's Tetris Hell, to Tetris being played on the side of a building. This time, from an old Japanese sketch comedy show, we see a probably not actually playable, but still pretty hilarious version of the famous puzzler. The sketch covers a wide range of Tetris-based comedy, from each individual piece clearing whenever it drops, to the game dropping down a bunch of regular tetrominos, but then following them up with a piece from Puyo Pop. Possibly even funnier: The actor's narration.

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  10. Is This Article About LOLcats the Most Brilliant Troll of All Time, Or Way Behind the Times?

    This article over on The Sun, entitled "Wacky cat pics are a web hit," is an article from today, which happens to fall in the year 2012. The article only has a few sentences written up, followed by a handful of the mentioned "wacky cat pics." As anyone who has an Internet connection knows, these "wacky cat pics" are LOLcats, and have been a cornerstone of the Internet for roughly ever. So, either we're looking at a humorously out of date article, or we're looking at one of the greatest trolls of all time.

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  11. Finnish Coffee Shop Lets You Troll Its Customers Over the Internet

    Kauko, a coffee shop in Helsinki Finland, is conducting an experiment. Not some kind of boring experiment with control groups and use of the scientific method, no. Kauko is engaging in mad science, conducting an experiment with little discernible purposes, countless variables, and the potential for hilarious videos. Kauko has adjustable seats, tables, music, and lights that can be controlled over the Internet by anyone who happens to feel like it.

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  12. Mortal Kombat Characters Troll New York City Through the Art of Dance [Video]

    The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Mortal Kombat is flash dancing, right? Well, that's at least what comes to this group's hive mind, because they dress up as characters from the venerable fighting series, carry around a boombox, and dance dance dance their hearts away across New York City. I couldn't think of a better way to have my day ruined.

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  13. Supermarket Trolling for Fake Products is Hilarious [Video]

    How's this for a video premise: You and your buddy swap lists of nonsensical items and then record yourself asking Target employees to point you in the right direction. Does it sound funny? It's hilarious. The video, by MediocreFilms is truly an instant classic. Both guys, Greg and Ryan, prove to be exceedingly talented at coming up with amazing, poetic, word-salad gems and at frantically trying to provide a logical explaination of what they are. I think a lot of things are funny, but this is hysterical. I had to pause several times to catch my breath. I worked up a slight sweat laughing at this. Check it out. Oh and pick me up some turtle mix next time you're at the store? Thanks.

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  14. Ice Cream Man Clearly Loves His Job [Video]

    In his role as a provider of ice cream, this man is clearly foremost amongst the best. Engaging in what Internet denizens might call some "lighthearted mustachioed trolling," he whisks the ice cream right out of our hands but lands in our hearts. (via Reddit)

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  15. Fake Capsizing Boat Trolls the High Seas

    Artist Julien Berthier created a boat, named Love Love, that looks like it's sinking, but actually has a motor that allows it to be driven around, fully afloat. Check past the jump for a picture of the boat out of the water.

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  16. 5 Self-Illustrative Guides to Trolling

    Trolling, or "posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion" (h/t Wikipedia), is the hot new Internet trend, and a guaranteed way to increase your social media currency.

    But the million-dollar question is: How can aspiring viral marketers harness the power of trolling for greater user engagement in online communities? These five self-illustrative trolling guides will show you the way:

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  17. Blizzard Trolls BlizzCon Attendees with “New MMO,” World of Jersey Shorecraft

    Blizzard Entertainment is pretty infamous when it comes to pranking their fans, but their prank at this year's BlizzCon was so calculatedly evil that it can only be considered a hilarious epic troll. Hilarious if you aren't a huge Blizzard fan, I suppose.

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  18. moot Called to Testify in Sarah Palin E-Mail Hacking Case; Forced to Define “Trolling,” “/b/tard,” “Rickroll”

    Earlier this year, 4chan founder Christopher Poole, a.k.a. moot, was called to testify in the trial of David Kernell, a 4chan user who was ultimately convicted of computer fraud and obstruction of justice for his role in "hacking" into Sarah Palin's email account and leaking screenshots during the 2008 election. Note that this "hack" consisted of "reset[ting] Palin’s password using her birthdate, ZIP code and information about where she met her spouse — the security question on her Yahoo account, which was answered (Wasilla High) by a simple Google search"; not exactly the height of state security. Anyway: During the trial, moot was asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Krotoski to define some common online and 4chan lingo, including "troll," "Rickroll," "404," ".jpg," and even "/b/tard." (Yes, this is a violation of rules 1 and 2, but hey, he was under oath.) Some choice excerpts below:

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  19. Thumbnail Gallery of Horrors: The Best of the Worst of Chatroulette

    Chatroulette's rise through the various layers of Internet culture has been illustrative -- illustrative, that is, of how online phenomena bubble up first in the strangest and most arcane of places before finally dribbling down to the "mainstream" outlets that make up the sprawling majority of media. From the horrific cultural smelters of 4chan and SomethingAwful, out through the sprawling network of topical forums, and finally, onto sites like BlackBook, Buzzfeed, and NYMag, the site -- which, in case you've been speedrunning Dragon Age or something, randomly connects users through their webcams -- has evolved to the verge of Internet behemoth-dom.

    Ah, Chatroulette -- now that you're about to go mainstream, let us savor the last lingering moments of your cultural relevance, before your meme-riddled concupiscence goes the way of all flesh. And what better way to do that than with a gallery of The Best of the Worst of Chatroulette!

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