We like headlines about weirdos working in pyjamas. The independent is reporting about the success of satirical news site The Daily Mash. It was launched by 2 journalists in 2009 and was inspired by the US site, The Onion, which claims, with tongue in cheek, to be “America’s Finest News Source”. The Onion has millions of followers and has produced classic headlines like, “Black Guy Asks Nation For Change” or “Study: Dolphins Not So Intelligent On Land”.
The founders of The Daily Mash had considered creating a more serious journalistic start-up. “Then we had a revelation – why don’t we just make it all up? Nobody was doing anything quite like that in the UK.” explains co-founder Paul Stokes. The site now has a team of 8 regular writers and according to Paul, “We’re paying social misfits and weirdos to sit around in their pyjamas and give vent to their base feelings.”
Paul’ favourite articles include:
Breaking Bad a front for crystal meth manufacture
THE laboratory in hit TV series Breaking Bad was actually making crystal methamphetamine, it has emerged. New Mexico police raided the Breaking Bad set to discover the series – about a terminally-ill teacher making crystal meth – was an incredibly audacious cover for industrial-scale drugs manufacturing. DEA agent Tom Logan said: “Talk about hiding in plain sight.”
JK Rowling recorded two dubstep albums as Burial
HARRY Potter author JK Rowling has been revealed as the enigmatic dubstep producer Burial. The 47-year-old recorded two albums of gritty, introspective dubstep under the name Burial while also writing the Harry Potter books. She was nominated for a Mercury Music Award but didn’t turn up.
The Daily Mash is about to stage its inaugural Git of the Year awards (any nominations?). For the benefit of our USA readers, the urban dictionary defines a Git as:
- A completely ignorant, childish person with no manners.
- A person who feels justified in their callow behaviour.
- A pubescent kid who thinks it’s totally cool to act like a moron on the internet, only because no one can actually reach through the screen and punch their lights out.
That might help you come up with nominations.