Pretty Strange

Pretty Strange

Scott Alexander

Pong

Back in 1972, pong blew our minds and started an entertainment revolution (today’s hard-core gamers owe it all to that dot and two lines). Now, 30 years later, the marvels of technology allow us to see exactly what happens down there amid the ones and zeroes of the mean streets of Pong. Let us warn you: It ain’t pretty. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn what happens when you try to mess with the line judge. [madblast.com/oska/humor_pong.swf]

The Totally Sawa-Some Devon Sawa Fan Club Page!

When the editors of a humor site posted an over-the-top parody of a teen heartthrob fan page, they naively thought their satire would be the funniest thing on the site. Little did they know that reality, in the form of sincere e-mails from teenage girls, would upstage them. A taste: “Your eyes are fantastic, your mouth is very burning, I like your ‘long’ hair and I send you a very very big kiss in your mouth.” [rumproast.com/devon]

Me and My Monkey in 32 Locations

Whether you’re atop a sand dune or in the wilds of antarctica, in a boardroom or a tenement, waiting for a train or basking near some raging rapids, any place is a good place for you and your monkey, and this site proves it. Just make sure you document the occasion with a photo. What’s that? You don’t have a monkey? What are you, some kind of freak? [www.aa.alpha-net.ne.jp/tetsxx/monkey.html]

Megaball

The megaball scares the bejesus out of us. It now weighs more than 12 1/2 pounds and contains enough stored energy to power a 60-watt lightbulb for 300 million years. When bounced on the seventh floor of its owner’s building, it can be clearly heard on the second, and its owner is adding to it all the time. “Only 3.3 x 1034 more rubber bands are necessary to turn Megaball into a neutron star.” How comforting. [web.mouser.org/megaball]

They fight crime!

“He’s an old-fashioned gay werewolf with a secret. She’s a violent renegade angel with a song in her heart and a spring in her step. They fight crime!” And who can blame them, given their alter egos: “He’s an all-American umbrella-wielding boxer from the hood. She’s a radical kleptomaniac safecracker from a secret island of warrior women. They fight crime!” And once you’ve created your own customized crime-fighting duo, you will, too. Why? Because “he’s an immortal pirate cyborg with nothing left to lose. She’s a scantily clad thirtysomething nun fleeing from a satanic cult.” Bad guys, consider yourselves warned. [rain-street.org/fightcrime.htm]

Copyright © 2002 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Originally appearing in Yahoo! Internet Life.