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12 Fun Novelty Twitter Accounts You Should Follow

Bored with your Twitter feed? Freshen it up with some follows. We have a few suggestions...

1. NYT MINUS CONTEXT

As its name suggests, NYT Minus Context takes lines from New York Times articles and presents them sans context. The results are weird, wonderful, and very often funny.

2. SIR MICHAEL

Michael writes absurd advertisements, posts them in public places, and takes pictures for his Sir Michael Twitter feed. Michael’s entire feed is funny, but if you want to see all his posters, check them out here.

3. COLORSCHEMER

The feed colorschemer is a bot that automatically generates random combinations of colors, then posts a photo of them. As you might imagine, the results are a mixed bag: Some are great; others, not so much. (The description admits that the bot isn’t very good at it “because I'm a robot with no sense of style.”) 

4. EVERY COLOR

If colorschemer is too complicated—or too hard on the eyes—Every Color is a bot that Tweets a new color every hour, with its hex code. That’s all. The account has more than 63,000 followers.

5. 50 NERDS OF GREY

50 Nerds of Grey crosses 50 Shades of Grey with stereotypical nerdery. The result is a ever-renewing supply of jokes and puns that are only dirty in your mind.

6. DAD JOKE HAN SOLO

When Han Solo became a dad, he began to spout dad jokes, the same way all men do when they find their young child will laugh at anything. The problem is that they never stop, even when you're grown and no longer find them as funny as you once did. Dad Joke Han Solo delivers Star Wars puns both clever and lame.

7. EMO KYLO REN

Kylo Ren may be the new bad guy in the Star Wars saga, but he’s also immature and wears his feelings on his sleeve. The Twitter feed Emo Kylo Ren makes that very evident. He's a sensitive soul who writes poetry and only trashes his surroundings occasionally. There’s a running joke about how no one can spell his chosen name correctly.

8. TOUGH LOVE LEIA

Leia has her own account in this universe. Tough Love Leia is the voice of reason, but she sees the absurdity among the other characters. Through her account, we learn that Ben (a.k.a. Kylo Ren) is an avid Harry Potter fan, a fact that embarrasses him. Moms are like that.

9. VERY LONELY LUKE

Luke is still part of the family, but is separated from the others. They only keep in touch via his Twitter account, Very Lonely Luke. It would be depressing if it weren't so funny.

The above four Twitter accounts communicate with each other often.

10. MANWHOHASITALL

A Twitter feed by manwhohasitall poses the question, “Can men ever really ‘have it all’?” Ha! It’s a Twitter account that takes things that women hear all the time—sexist remarks, pandering magazine headlines, and nasty internet comments—and turns them around to be about men. It appears to be partly machine-generated, with “man” and “Dad” replacing “woman” and “Mom,” for example, with some human input to make it even more absurd. Read it for advice to men on getting all that stuff done, and looking good doing it. Then treat yourself to some “me time,” if you have any left.

11. YOU ARE DOG NOW

Have you ever wanted to be a dog? What dog would you be? You might find out by submitting a picture to the Twitter account You Are Dog Now. The person or persons behind it will go to great lengths to find a dog image that matches your appearance, expression, position, location, accessories, and whatever else it takes to make you a dog.

12. TWITAA_BOT

TwitAA_bot is a Japanese feed you don’t have to read to enjoy (although you can toggle a translation). Each post has ASCII art of cats or bears or other images; the dancing cats in the tweet above are labeled Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

See also: 8 Decidedly Different Twitter Feeds and 12 Strange and Different Twitter Feeds

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How to Spot the Convincing New Phishing Scam Targeting Netflix Users
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Netflix may send customers the occasional email, but these messages will never ask you to provide them with personal or payment info. You'll want to keep this in mind if you encounter a new phishing scam that The Daily Dot reports is targeting the video streaming service's subscribers in Australia and the UK.

MailGuard, an Australian email security company, was the first to take notice of the fraudulent emails. While similar scams have targeted Netflix users in the past, this current iteration appears to be more convincing than most. At first (and perhaps even second) glance, the messages appear to be legitimate messages from Netflix, with an authentic-looking sender email and the company’s signature red-and-white branding. The fake emails don’t contain telltale signs of a phishing attempt like misspelled words, irregular spacing, or urgent phrasing.

The subject line of the email informs recipients that their credit card info has been declined, and the body requests that customers click on a link to update their card's expiration date and CVV. Clicking leads to a portal where, in addition to the aforementioned details, individuals are prompted to provide their email address and full credit card number. After submitting this valuable info, they’re redirected to Netflix’s homepage.

So far, it’s unclear whether this phishing scheme has widely affected Netflix customers in the U.S., but thousands of people in both Australia and the U.K. have reportedly fallen prey to the effort.

To stay safe from phishing scams—Netflix-related or otherwise—remember to never, ever click on an email link unless you’re 100 percent sure it’s valid. And if you do end up getting duped, use this checklist as a guide to safeguard your compromised data.

[h/t The Daily Dot]

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
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[h/t Thrillist]

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