For every iPhone app that actually serves a worthwhile purpose (even if that purpose is only to amuse the user
), there are hundreds of useless offerings that are only meant to dupe unwitting shoppers. Technology has also given rise to an influx of "snakeoil" gadgets
that weasel money out of gullible consumers with false promises.
Dr. Greg Pearson has devised an iPhone app that, upon first inspection, definitely appears to tap into both of those dubious sales practices
. His new 'AcneApp', which costs $1.99, apparently prevents pimples and reverses aging
by bombarding the user's face with red and blue light. The blue light supposedly kills bacteria and the red light apparently acts as an anti-inflammatory so that purchasers can "treat their acne while talking on the phone."
It may sound ridiculous, but if the app works (given the phone habits of pimply faced youngsters
), this could be the most ingenious union of two seemingly unrelated products since the marriage of baseball caps and cup-holders
. [From: The Huffington Post
Top Optical Illusions on the Web
Facebook is a great venue for humiliating oneself with ranting and raving, but, like most things, people can take things too far. Give someone a soapbox (or in this case, a Facebook group) and there are sure to be others crazy enough to follow them. Here are some examples of Facebook groups that crossed the line and were banned from the site.
Assasinate Evo Morales
Here's a good way to get your group banned -- call for the assassination of a political leader. Titled 'Global Collection to Hire a Sharpshooter to Liquidate Evo Morales' was taken down by Facebook since it bans threatening violence. No surprises here.
Surrey, BC Terrorist Group
A Facebook group supporting the International Sikh Youth Federation, a banned terrorist organization, was taken down by Canadian Police. Authorities were tipped off to the group because its page depicted a young person holding a prohibited gun, which was eventually traced back to 49-year old Bahadur Sandhur. Police seized it and two others when they investigated his home.
Dead Babies Group
Facebook took down a group called 'Dead Babies Make Me Laugh' after the UK Sun was flooded with outraged calls and emails. A running joke on campuses, the group included fake anecdotes about killing babies, but mothers weren't laughing even though the group was created and classified as being "just for fun."
I Need Sex Group
Laura Michaels of Bristol, England, created a Facebook group called 'I Need Sex.' According to the UK Sun, the group had more than 100 members after being up for only one hour. Michaels claims to have ended up sleeping with 50 of the group's members -- literally half of the group. Facebook opposes this type of personals-ad use, so the group was taken down.
Facebook recently shut down a group called the 'Isle of Man KKK.' The group called for the elimination of newcomers from the UK island and featured a picture of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member. Thankfully, Facebook's terms of service prohibits content that is hateful or threatening.