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April Fools' Day: The Most Horrible Time of the Year

Sadly, April Fools' Day has arrived. Every year on this day, tech companies across the country and the globe spend countless man hours and millions of dollars playing pranks on hapless consumers and frustrated tech journalists. In the past, we've been treated to such delightful jokes as Gmail Paper and every link on YouTube leading to a rickroll. Even NASA got in on the action by announcing it...

SXSW Dispatch: Hunting the Lobster Dog

We bring out the costume a lot. I think we wear it once a year, for Halloween. But I think this might come as a shock, but I don't think dogs like wearing clothes. I think they hate it, actually. It may be wrong to do it, but I love my dog, and if she really didn't like it, I wouldn't put her through it. We have done a hot dog. The dog's aspect ratio is 7:1, so you get all these cool costumes...

Top 10 Memes of 2010: We'd Live In Peace If We Never Saw These Again

2010 introduced us to countless new memes. But only a few were clever and culturally pervasive enough for consideration for this list. For every 'Double Rainbow' there were a dozen 'Standing Cats' and 'Salsa Dogs' that may have proved good for a quick chuckle but lacked staying power, depth and versatility. [Ed. Note: Disagree. 'Salsa Dog' is tops.] As viral videos and other Web phenomena...

24 Videos From 2010 That Should've Gone Viral, But Didn't

Everything is remixed and reblogged to death these days, so we've got very little desire to see yet another OK Go video, Old Spice riff or Double Rainbow in 2011. But, on a second look back on 2010 we picked our favorite videos that didn't necessarily go hyper viral -- the ones that warrant more than an e-mail forward or quick tweet. You'll find Zuckerberg's weirdest on-stage performance, the...

We Sent Our Writer to Get High Online. Here Are His Results.

Share digg I'll admit it. I'm an i-dosing skeptic. When we first found out that today's teens are getting high by listening to MP3 recordings of so-called "binaural beats," I was quick to dismiss (and mildly ridicule) it. Surely, I thought, there can't be more than a handful of kids stupid enough to actually believe in the mind-bending powers of crappy music, right? Wrong. The practice, known...

A Guide to Webcomics: Humor and the Absurd, From 'White Ninja' to 'Octopus Pie'

From their humble origins during the digitally threadbare days of Usenet, webcomics have become an inextricable part of the Internet landscape, underground but with more exposure than ever before. And with New York's epic celebration of the printed strip known as Comic-Con fast approaching, what better time than now to contemplate the splendors of the webcomic? We've done the hard work, and...

A Guide to Webcomics: Where to Begin, For the Uninitiated or Superfan

From their humble origins during the digitally threadbare days of Usenet, webcomics have become an inextricable part of the Internet landscape, underground but with more exposure than ever before. And with the epic celebration of the printed strip known as New York City Comic-Con right around the corner, what better time than now to contemplate the splendors of the webcomic? We've done the hard...

SNL's Top 10 Greatest Fake Tech Commercials

Share Despite the dozens of iconic characters 'Saturday Night Live' has spawned over its 35 years, the most consistently funny and memorable moments have come from its hallmark spoof ads. After striking comedic gold in its very first season with a sketch about Mel's Char Palace, SNL's writers soon keyed into the parodic potential of America's longstanding obsession with technology, resulting...

Y2-LOL: The Videos the Net Has Forgotten

Share Once upon a time, in a darker age, the world did not know Maru (who is now a hero to all of us here at Switched). We were unfamiliar with 'David After Dentist,' and how awkward some family photos were. But no longer are Net jokes and viral videos the exclusive domain of in-the-know college kids and über-nerds. Now, even CNN knows the truth behind keyboard cat. In 2009, the world...

Top 5 Late Night TV Tweeters (and 5 Who Should)

Perhaps it's due to the never-ending grind of churning out funny material on a daily basis, or the pressure from TV networks to keep things light, but there's a serious dearth of good tweeters from the legions of late night TV. Letterman and Conan apparently can't be bothered to Twitter, and Kimmel, Leno, Fallon, and Ferguson mainly use it to promote their show with staid, boring propaganda...

Comedian Frank Caliendo Does 'Street Fighter' Impressions

You may know him primarily for his work as John Madden, Andy Rooney, or one of a hundred other well-known celebrities, but master impressionist and comedian Frank Caliendo recently shed those facades for a rare moment of (somewhat) serious gadget and video games talk. The man of infinite voices told us (in more than one voice, including those of 'Street Fighter' characters) that he juggles his...

12 Gadgets to Survive the Apocalypse

Share Now is a good time to ponder the apocalypse. Iran and North Korea are going nuclear, the wonky weather is a harbinger of catastrophic climate change, and end-of-the-world blockbusters abound. (Tim Burton's '9' came out last week and '2012,' 'The Road,' and 'Zombieland' are all coming up later this fall.) In that dismal spirit, the Switched team has gathered its first choices for...

Twitter's Funniest Folks

Twitter has a 140-character limit on its tweets, which makes it a perfect forum for comedians to distribute jokes, one-liners, and pithy commentary to their fans and anyone who wants a laugh. Here are eleven funny folks who are making the most of the ridiculously popular microblogging service....

Most Famous Animals on the Web

Used to be, animal lovers who were stuck at their office desks all day would express their admiration of critters by festooning their cubicles with bobble-head puppy dogs and that one ubiquitous poster of a kitten dangling from a limb with the caption: "Hang in there!" Thankfully, those days are over. Now, devotees of animals have the Internet and, thus, innumerable pictures and videos of...

Most Embarrassing Online Mishaps

With near-instantaneous communication via e-mail and IM, the Internet makes socializing and "hanging out" with your friends as easy as updating your Facebook profile But like any technology, the Internet is just a tool, and when you're driving at these lightning speeds on the information superhighway, one wrong move -- a misguided keystroke, a mistaken Reply All -- can lead to disaster, fast....