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Spanish Man Escapes Prison With a Fax... Again

A 57-year-old Spanish man is back in prison today, after using something called a fax machine to break free. The inmate, Juan Carlos Serna, reportedly got his wife to send a fax to the jail, posing as an official order from a regional court. The letter demanded that Serna be released, and was followed by a phone call to confirm. Police then let him stroll out of the facility, in much the same...

TweetForger: Your Lawsuit-Attracting Impersonation Site of the Day

TweetForger does exactly what it sounds like. Enter your mark's handle and some lulz-worthy copy, and blammo: You're all set up with a fake tweet. Not that anyone with a basic grasp of Photoshop couldn't already do this, but it's a good time-waster to kick off the week. (Apologies to both Sarah Palin and polar bears.)...

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...

'90s Kids Threatened by Unpredictable Web and Word Pervs

Have you ever been sitting on your computer, doing what you're "supposed" to do, when something came up on your screen that "made you feel bad or uncomfortable"? No? Us neither. Usually the Web doesn't surprise us with pop-up porn or snuff films. Nor do we chat with people using what appears to be Microsoft Word. The Internet was a strange place in the late '90s....

Sneaky, Supercilious Snake Taunts on Twitter, Laffs Ensue

Forget Time's list of Twitter's best. Our newest local celebrity, a king cobra snake who's lately gone missing from the Bronx Zoo, has just won Twitter. (Fine, it's likely a spoof ghostwriter, but don't crush the dream.) The "super venomous, but not poisonous" Egyptian cobra disappeared on Saturday from the Reptile House exhibit; according to his Twitter account, he's since gone on to gawk at...

Time Warner Sends Ohio Man $16 Million Cable Bill

Daniel DeVirgilio of Beavercreek, Ohio was understandably shocked last week when he received a letter from Time Warner Cable. DeVirgilio, a 26-year-old engineer, had apparently failed to pay his cable bill, and owed the provider a chunk of cash -- $16.4 million, to be exact. Turns out, the company made what it's calling a "human error" in calculating DeVirgilio's bill. An employee reportedly...

'Cloud Girlfriend' Makes Sad Guys Feel Worse About Being Single

It's easy to feel sorry for lonely dudes. Beyond the fact that they are desolate, there are entire industries devoted to making them feel worse and taking their money. (The same goes for lonely ladies, as well, but let's keep the focus on guys for a moment). So, when apps like 'Cloud Girlfriend' come along, offering to create the "perfect woman" who will fake a loving relationship with someone...

Web 'Comedian' Peter Coffin Caught Being His Own Girlfriend

Chances are you've never heard of Peter Coffin (the "comedian" not the artist) or Xiaxue, and even after reading this story you probably won't care about them. But the pissing match between the two is far too bizarre to ignore. It all started, it seems, when Coffin took to Twitter to attack Xiaxue, a blogger and model from Singapore who recently had plastic surgery: "Congrats to @Xiaxue on being...

OMG! Emoticons and Txt-Spk Make the OED

Future linguists will have a field day with this one. The Oxford English Dictionary (the "definitive record of the English language," in case you were keeping track) just released its latest update, and "OMG," "LOL" and even "<3" made the cut. These Internet acronyms were included due to their cultural relevance today, but it turns out most have origins pre-dating those pesky tween texters....

Julian Assange as Couch Surfer

The notoriously nomadic Julian Assange has never sought refuge on our couches, but if he ever did, we wouldn't be terribly surprised if he acted the way he does in this clip, which is allegedly based on an "absolutely true story." Directed and written by Allison Silverman (the former head writer of 'The Colbert Report'), the short features David Rees in a Warhol-esque wig, playing the...

Tech-Savvy Victim Tracks Laptop Thief, Has Lulz at His Expense

Here's a bit of advice for would-be gadget thieves: don't steal other people's stuff. But if you do have the compulsion to take what isn't yours, do the world a favor, and make sure you steal from people who are incredibly tech-savvy, like Mark Bao. The 18-year-old entrepreneur and student at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts had his MacBook Air stolen roughly two months ago. Last week,...

Prankster Duo Lovingly Retouches Facebook Photos, With a Splash of Derp

If you're a prankster with a modicum of Photoshop skills, you'll probably want to get in on this one. Oli and Alex are charmers who use their innate artistic abilities to seriously piss off their hapless friend James. As Oli puts it: "I like going onto my friend's Facebook page, taking photos of him, changing them slightly, then putting them back up on Facebook. He doesn't like me doing this."...

Break the Web, Internet Explorer Style

It's no Cornify, but IE6ify does have a certain charm about it. The developer brags: "After years of observation and reverse engineering I proudly announce I have been able to reproduce the IE6 algorithm to break even the most standards-compliant websites." You know the drill: Drag the bookmarklet up top, and let the games begin....

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...

'Show Me Now' How-To App Guarantees To Make You More Insufferable

Ever wonder how to find an avalanche victim? Tie a windsor knot? Wrap a Purim basket? Of course you have! Based on the much-ballyhooed book, the 'Show Me Now' iPhone app has over 300 hilariously illustrated how-tos, and promises to help you become an insufferable know-it-all. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have some bougainvillea to train. ...