12 Fun Novelty Twitter Accounts You Should Follow

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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.


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.


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.”) 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Bali Is Suspending Mobile Web Service for Its Sacred Day of Silence
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Nyepi, a Hindu holiday that celebrates the Saka new year, is a sacred tradition on the Indonesian island of Bali. It's a time for silence and mindful meditation, practices that might pose a challenge to a plugged-in generation of smartphone users. To ensure the day passes with as few distractions as possible, religious and civilian leaders in Bali have asked telecommunications companies to shut off their data for 24 hours, AP reports.

From 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 until 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, Bali residents will be unable to access online news, social media, or any other form of web content on their phones. “Let’s rest a day, free from the internet to feel the calm of the mind,” Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, head of the Indonesian Hinduism Society, said according to AP.

Shutting off mobile data for a full day may sound extreme, but it's just one way the island will respectfully observe the holiday. Throughout Nyepi, Balinese shops and the island's sole airport are closed, and television programs and radio broadcasts are paused. Officials first asked cell phone companies to suspend their data last year, but this is the first year they agreed to comply with the request. An exception will be made for hotels, hospitals, banks, and other vital public services.

Nyepi is followed by Ngembak Geni, a day that also encourages self-introspection. But unlike Nyepi, Ngembak Geni is a day when people are allowed to socialize, even if it is online.

[h/t AP]

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Find Out If Your Passwords Have Been Stolen With This Free Service

In the modern world, data breaches happen with startling regularity. They can happen to giant credit monitoring firms, social networks, or the fast food restaurant down the street. In late 2017, a security research firm found 1.4 billion stolen usernames and passwords floating around unencrypted on the Dark Web, giving even the most unsophisticated hackers a shot at your online accounts. In many cases, you may not realize that your account has been compromised.

As CNET reports, a security tool called Pwned Passwords can help you figure out with a simple search which of your passwords has already been leaked. Created by a regional director at Microsoft named Troy Hunt in August 2017, the free site is designed to make it as easy as possible to check the security of your online accounts. It's as simple as entering your password into the search bar. In February 2018, Hunt updated his original site to include passwords from more major breaches. The database now features half a billion passwords that have been leaked as part of hacks on sites like MySpace, LinkedIn, DropBox, and Gawker. Some are sourced from breaches you may not have even heard of, but which still contained your information.

"Data breaches are rampant and many people don't appreciate the scale or frequency with which they occur," Hunt writes on the site. When he analyzes the user credentials leaked after big hacks like the one on Adobe in 2013, he finds that he will keep seeing "same accounts exposed over and over again, often with the same passwords." And once that password is leaked once, that puts all the other accounts that you use that password for at risk, too.

A screenshot of the site asks 'have i been pwned?' Below, the word 'password' is typed into the search bar.
Pwned Password

So if you're one of those people who uses the same password for multiple accounts—we know, it's hard to remember a different password for every website you ever visit—now would be a good time to see whether that password has ever been part of a data breach. Pwned Password will tell you if your password has been revealed as part of any major data breaches, and which ones. (CNET advises against searching your current passwords, since revealing that info to third parties is never a good idea, but checking old passwords you no longer use is OK.)

I, for one, searched a standard password I've been using for a steady rotation of online accounts since high school, and found out it has been spotted 135 different times as part of data breaches. Oh boy. (Presumably, those might not all be related to my accounts, instead coming from other people out there in the world who base their passwords off tidbits from The Fairly OddParents, but who knows.)

If, like mine, your passwords show up on Pwned Passwords, you should update them as soon as possible. (Here are some good tips on coming up with secure ones. Maybe don't use "password.") This would also be a good time to get yourself a password manager, like LastPass or 1Password.

The latter service actually has a Pwned Password integration so that you can check each of the passwords stored in your 1Password with Pwned Password. If you use LastPass, the service's security checkup can also search for potential data breaches in your roster, but it looks for leaked usernames, not passwords.

[h/t CNET]


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