From “Jackson dies, almost takes internet with him” at CNN last week:
How many people does it take to break the Internet? On June 25, we found out it’s just one — if that one is Michael Jackson. The biggest showbiz story of the year saw the troubled star take a good slice of the Internet with him, as the ripples caused by the news of his death swept around the globe . . .
. . . Twitter crashed as users saw multiple “fail whales” — the illustrations the site uses as error messages — user FoieGrasie posting, “Irony: The protesters in Iran using Twitter as com are unable to get online because of all the posts of ‘Michael Jackson RIP.’ Well done.”
A belated Happy Towel Day to everyone!
From Wikipedia (which, I remind all students, is NOT a source!):
Towel Day is celebrated every May 25 as a tribute by fans of the late author Douglas Adams. On this day, fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their love for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on May 11, 2001.
A gay guinea pig wedding, that is. I just read about a new kids’ book about a little girl whose Uncle Bobby is getting married (it’s called Uncle Bobby’s Wedding), and her big issue is that he won’t have as much time for her anymore. The fact that the wedding leaves her with two uncles instead of one is a definite plus, however.