Fig. 1: Check this s#!% out
One of my favorite examples of Internet snark goes back at least a decade. Amazingly, the page continues to exist today. (I was going to say “thrive,” but that’s an overstatement, because it doesn’t do anything but sit there. To coin a phrase: It do what it do.)
The page is ostensibly a real physics experiment by a college student who was fed up with BS experiments performed with substandard equipment that yielded BS results. (As someone who had his share of college chemistry labs, I can relate. College chemistry lab results are a crock of BS.)
Anyway, the student wrote up his results, as well as his candid opinion of those results. The write-up proved highly amusing. It was funny 12 years ago when I was doing college chemistry, and it’s funny now.
It’s funny enough that the caption reading “Check this shit out” has become something of a standing inside joke between myself and my coworkers. You may notice that it’s the default photo caption on IDWID.
Another amusing page that continues to exist in its original form well over a decade after it was put online is the Pop-Tart blow-torch experiment, circa 1994. It’s nice to know that the owners of these pages understand the value of keeping them online. They’re reminders of the early days of the graphical Web before it became commercial and mainstream and all that jazz.
What funny Internet phenomena do you remember from the mid-1990s? Are any of them still online? Participate in the comments section below.