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

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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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The Funniest Word in the English Language? 'Booty,' According to New Survey
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Some words, regardless of their meaning, are simply more chuckle-worthy than others. To determine which expressions in the English language are truly the most comical, Smithsonian reports that psychologists at the University of Warwick in the UK conducted a survey in which they asked people to rate the “humor value” of a sampling of chosen words. They recently published their findings in the journal Behavior Research Methods.

The researchers selected nearly 5000 words, and then used Amazon’s online crowdsourcing tool Mechanical Turk to ask more than 800 individuals to rank the humor value of 211 randomly chosen words from the list, on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous). Likely not surprising to anyone with younger siblings, the funniest word ended up being “booty,” with an average ranking of 4.32. In descending order, the remaining top 12 words—which all received a score of 3.9 or higher—were “tit,” “booby,” “hooter,” “nitwit,” “twit,” “waddle,” “tinkle,” “bebop,” “egghead,” “ass,” and “twerp.”

Why these words are so funny remains fuzzy. But when they analyzed their findings according to age and gender, the researchers did find that sexually suggestive words like “orgy” and “bondage” tended to tickle the funny bones of men, as did the words “birthmark,” “brand,” “chauffeur,” “doze,” “buzzard,” “czar,” “weld,” “prod,” “corn,” and “raccoon.”

Meanwhile, women tended to laugh at the words “giggle,” “beast,” “circus,” “grand,” “juju,” “humbug,” “slicker,” “sweat,” “ennui,” “holder,” “momma,” and “sod.” As for people under the age of 32, they were amused by “goatee,” “joint,” and “gangster,” while older participants liked “squint,” “jingle,” “burlesque,” and “pong.” Across the board, all parties were least amused by words like “rape,” “torture,” and “torment.”

Although humor is complex and dependent on elements like syntax and delivery, the study's researchers say that breaking comedy down to single-word units could demystify its essence.

“The research initially came about as a result of our curiosity,” said Tomas Engelthaler, the study’s lead author, in a press release. “We were wondering if certain words are perceived as funnier, even when read on their own. It turns out that indeed is the case. Humor is an everyday aspects of our lives and we hope this publicly available dataset allows future researchers to better understand its foundations.”

[h/t Smithsonian]

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Watch the Original Spinal Tap Short Film
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Spinal Tap formed in 1979, five years before the classic film This is Spinal Tap premiered. They performed on TV and began developing their personas as idiotic heavy metal monsters.

When the band, along with director Rob Reiner, went to pitch their mockumentary to production companies, nobody "got it." It wasn't clear what an unscripted comedy pseudo-documentary would feel like. So Reiner asked for the screenplay fee—$60,000—to be paid up front as a budget for a short proof-of-concept film.

That skimpy budget went a very long way, allowing the group to produce The Last Tour, a 20-minute Spinal Tap film exploring some of the plot (and many of the songs) that appeared in the later film This is Spinal Tap. There's a surprising amount of concert footage, as various bits that were repeated in Tap (some interview clips were even used in Tap unaltered).

The Last Tour is delightful because it shows a well-developed idea being implemented on the cheap. The wigs are terrible, the sound is spotty, but the vision is spot-on. The characters and the core story of the group (including a string of dead drummers) is already in place, and we get to see the guys improvise together. Tune in (and be aware there's plenty of salty language here):

(Note: Around 4:38 in the clip above, we see Ed Begley, Jr. as original drummer John "Stumpy" Pepys in the "Gimme Some Money" video. Stumpy died in a gardening accident, of course.)

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