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What Kind of Pinner Are You? The 8 Types on Pinterest

Many moons ago, I posted What Kind of Friend are YOU? The 13 Types on Facebook. Now that everyone and their grandmother has opened a Pinterest account, I thought it timely to do the equivalent for the new-ish social sharing site.

A) The Bookmarker

This is the person who uses Pinterest only as an updated, visual version of the old delicious. Usually, Pinner A has no idea what the “Bookmark” functionality is on their own browser and is often the type of person who uses Google to find Yahoo mail.

B) The Project Procrastinator

Pinner B sees something on the Web and immediately gets excited about a DIY project based on the image pinned. Unfortunately, Pinner B is a major procrastinator and is easily distracted by the next bright, shiny thing and winds up emulating @shanenickerson‘s amazing tweet: You guys, my new podcast, “Ideas I have in my car that I’ll never follow up on” will never be available.

C) The Designer

Forget humor, forget food pics, The Designer is almost exclusively into design and uses Pinterest the way one would place Post-Its on pages of old-school design magazines. This pinner is often the one who gets repinned by his/her friends who zealously follow The Designer much the way 30-plus-year-old women follow Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop.

D) The No-Pinner

This person has no business being on Pinterest whatsoever and only created an account to see what all the hubbub was about. The whole concept of boards vis-à-vis live timeline feed proved to be too “new” and overwhelming and Pinner D never checked into the site again.

E) The Over-Pinner

Pinner E pins everything and anything! This is definitely a pinner you want to follow with caution. Like the overzealous Tweeter who feels the need to live out loud (“OMG - This rerun of SNL with Steve Martin that I’m watching right now is HILARIOUS!"), The Over-Pinner needs to share every image s/he finds on every Web page, especially icanhascheezburger.com.

F) The Foodie

Quite simply, the Foodie is only interested in pinning photos of foods/recipes, etc. There’s nothing wrong with this, unless, of course, you prefer eating food to looking at pictures of it.

G) The Stand-Up Comic

This type of pinner is very hit or miss. Either the humorous photos they’re sharing are hilarious, and you’re thrilled you’re following him/her, or the jokes strike you as sophomoric and you wish you never followed based on that one funny image that drew you in to begin with.

H) The Corporate Shill

This pinner is using Pinterest with the great hope that s/he will be noticed by some company or other and offered free product for all the free promotion s/he is doing. They hope to be influencers across multiple verticals in multiple markets, yet generally fail to impress much of anyone except themselves.

Okay guys, I'm sure you feel that I left some off the list. So tell me: What kind of pinners do you love most?

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When MAD Magazine Got in Trouble for Printing Counterfeit Money
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MAD magazine has always prided itself on being a subversive, counter-culture presence. Since its founding in 1952, many celebrated comedians have credited the publication with forming their irreverent sense of humor, and scholars have noted that it has regularly served as a primer for young readers on how to question authority. That attitude frequently brought the magazine to the attention of the FBI, who kept a file on its numerous perceived infractions—like offering readers a "draft dodger" card or providing tips on writing an effective extortion letter.

The magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots" outdid themselves in late 1967, though, when issue #115 featured what was clearly a phony depiction of U.S. currency. In addition to being valued at $3—a denomination unrecognized by the government—it featured the dim-witted face of MAD mascot Alfred E. Neuman.

The infamous $3 bill published in a 1967 issue of 'Mad' magazine
MAD Magazine

When taken at its moronic face value, there was absolutely no way anyone with any sense could have confused the bill for actual money. But what MAD hadn't accounted for was that a machine might do exactly that. Around the time of the issue's release, automated coin change machines were beginning to pop up around the country. Used in laundromats, casinos, and other places where someone needed coins rather than bills, people would feed their dollars into the unit and receive an equal amount of change in return.

At that time, these machines were not terribly sophisticated. And as a few enterprising types discovered, they didn't have the technology to really tell Alfred E. Neuman's face from George Washington's. In Las Vegas and Texas, coin unit operators were dismayed to discover that people had been feeding the phony MAD bill into the slots and getting actual money in return.

How frequently this happened isn't detailed in any source we could locate. But in 1995, MAD editor Al Feldstein, who guided the publication from its origins as a slim comic book to netting 2.7 million readers per issue, told The Comics Journal that it was enough to warrant a visit from the U.S. Treasury Department.

"We had published a three-dollar bill as some part of an article in the early days of MAD, and it was working in these new change machines which weren't as sensitive as they are now, and they only read the face," Feldstein said. "They didn't read the back. [The Treasury Department] demanded the artwork and said it was counterfeit money. So Bill [Gaines, the publisher] thought this whole thing was ridiculous, but here, take it, here's a printing of a three-dollar bill."

Feldstein later elaborated on the incident in a 2002 email interview with author Al Norris. "It lacked etched details, machined scrolls, and all of the accouterments of a genuine bill," Feldstein wrote. "But it was, however, freakishly being recognized as a one-dollar bill by the newly-introduced, relatively primitive, technically unsophisticated change machines … and giving back quarters or whatever to anyone who inserted it into one. It was probably the owner of those machines in Las Vegas that complained to the U. S. Treasury Department."

Feldstein went on to say that the government employees demanded the "printing plates" for the bill, but the magazine had already disposed of them. The entire experience, Feldstein said, was "unbelievable."

The visit didn't entirely discourage the magazine from trafficking in fake currency. In 1979, a MAD board game featured a $1,329,063 bill. A few decades later, a "twe" (three) dollar bill was circulated as a promotional item. The bills were slightly smaller than the dimensions of actual money—just in case anyone thought a depiction of Alfred E. Neuman's gap-toothed portrait was evidence of valid U.S. currency.

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Watch 18 Minutes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Bloopers
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Sometimes you just need to settle in and watch professional actors cracking up, over and over. That's what we have for you today.

In the two videos below, we get a total of 18 minutes of Seinfeld bloopers, specifically focused on Julia Louis-Dreyfus. When Louis-Dreyfus cracks up, Seinfeld can't help but make it worse, goading her. It's delightful.

Sample quote (during an extended break):

Seinfeld: "We won an Emmy, you know."

Louis-Dreyfus: "Yeah, but I didn't."

Her individual Seinfeld Emmy arrived in 1996; the show started winning in 1992. But in September 2017, Louis-Dreyfus—who turns 57 years old today—set a couple of Emmy records when she won her sixth award for playing Selina Meyer on Veep.

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