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The Weird Wide Web: the week in online oddities

The internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.


The ultimate purse has arrived.

No, it’s not because it’s pretty and colourful – it’s because it magically* charges your phone all day.

The Everpurse – a kickstarter project – wirelessly charges your mobile phone throughout the day and, according to co-founder Dan Salcedo, the combined weight of the battery and receiver is just 6 ounces (approx 170 grams).

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*does not actually power phone by magic


German artist Martin Backes is selling a limited edition pixelated mask, which he hopes will raise questions about increasing surveillance on social media sites.

So, you can either wear it as a powerful statement on the changing nature of media and personal privacy in the digital landscape OR just put it on your face for Hallowe’en. The choice is yours.

Photo via MartinBackes.com


The University of Alberta has launched NoHomophobes.com to track the “alarming” use of gay slurs on Twitter, with the slogan: “Homophobic language isn’t always meant to be hurtful, but how often do we use it without thinking?”

¿Donde esta la biblioteca?

Apple’s iOS 6 launched amongst much fanfare last week but Apple Maps stole a fair share of the limelight for the wrong reasons.

Mad magazine has re-imagined a famous New Yorker cover using the buggy Apple Maps. We laughed.

Image via Mad Magazine/Facbook

Lady parts

The Obama campaign pulled a controversial e-card from the President’s official Tumblr earlier this week following an online backlash. The image, which carried the slogan “Vote like your lady parts depend on it”, was not well-received by all quarters.

You might have thought that, after Vaginagate, the euphemism “lady parts” might be considered more palatable. If so, you were wrong.

Image via someecards.com

Main photo: JD Hancock/Flickr/Creative Commons

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