The viral item du jour is a letter one woman published on her blog, thanking an anonymous guy in a suit for being such a sweet airplane neighbor to her three-year-old daughter, who has autism. The letter, which has been republished on the Huffington Post (hence the virality), reads, in part:
Remember Kai the Homeless Hitchhiker and Viral Internet Sensation Who Allegedly Killed a Guy in Jersey and Then Tried to Escape from the Greyhound Station in Philly? Well, he has pleaded not guilty. (And has a new haircut.)
We are about to be inundated by 2013 Year-in-Review videos, articles, blogs, cable shows and radio marathons. The most interesting review is already out – yours. Every year, Google puts out a list of the top searched names, places and things of the year gone by. It is like the American Idol of Year-in-Reviews because you vote by your searches on the most important events of the year.
This year death, devices and the Harlem Shake dominate the Google Zeitgeist. Here are the national top 10 searches of the year:
You’ve heard about Amazon drones, the Seattle-based e-tail giant’s new idea to use drones to deliver packages on the same day to customers, particularly those in “densely populated” urban areas? The way it works is like this: you order something from Amazon. You want it the same day. Your order is placed in a tupperware container which then gets sent to something resembling the checkout line at Acme where a model “octocopter”(the kind your 5th grader got for Christmas last year) swoops it into the air and seamlessly delivers it to your door.
Really, this is how it will work. And in only a few years. Assuming FAA approval of course. And assuming that we’re all insane.
A man hugging strangers. And sometimes getting rejected. On Independence Mall. That is all.
Using Minecraft, an award-winning update on Sim City, some architectually savvy Redditor has created a pretty accurate rendering of Philadelphia’s City Hall. It’s great, except it’s a. apparently been planted in the middle of Versailles, and, b. missing a certain city founder atop its clock tower.
Kai the Homeless Hitchhiker Cult Hero, who became famous for hitting a guy in a head with a hatchet, has now been indicted for the murder of a 74-year-old New Jersey lawyer, who reportedly died of blunt force trauma in the head.
This happened during Tuesday’s Pearl Jam show at the Wells Fargo Center, much to the misguided amusement of long-sleeved blue shirt over there.
The smartest show on the radio right now is WNYC’s On the Media, and OTM’s smart people have launched a smart podcast called TLDR. The show—or at least, their blog—earned my affection when producer PJ Vogt introduced me to the seemingly universally loathed 40 Days of Dating in a sharply witted post on the superficial passion project of those two annoying but still hot Manhattanites. It also introduced me to the charm of TLDR: It’s short, but not reductive; analytical without feeling parasitic of other’s reporting.