How to Deal With Internet Trolls

It never fails. You get online to post a video, a picture, an audio clip, or even a story, and you’ll instantly meet a person who’s most insightful and elaborate comment is something taken straight out of a 5th grade recess shouting match. When you try to correct this person, you get a comeback from the 90’s to the effect of – oh yea, well, your mom is an alien! Before long, you realize that you are trapped with a troll.

Trolls are hard to avoid, the only way to completely avoid trolls is to not do anything online. The same way that you would avoid criticism– say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing. Which is not a healthy way of living in my opinion.

These people lurk over forums and video sites waiting for the opportunity to criticize the content provider. They have one goal in mind when they get online – humiliate all the things! Shortly after logging on, they flip their switch to attack mode.

Oscar Wilde once said “ A Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” The same holds true when it comes to commenting on websites under anonymous user names. When you’re far away from a person and the conversation is not happening in real time, you are more prone to make an offensive statement towards someone – after all, there are hundreds of John Does in the world. Additionally, they can simply walk away from the keyboard – it’s easier for someone to throw out their opinion and then leave.

The study took anonymous user names like – XYZTroller – and compared it to John Doe on Facebook, it found that having a name next to your comment had little to no effect. People continued to say mean things and did not apologize for their statements. However, when people are outed – having their mask taken off – they instantly change their ways and attitudes. An excellent example happened in 2012 when Anonymous exposed Kylie Kylem’s trolls, shortly after they were revealed, they walked away with their tails between their legs crying for mercy.

Not all trolls are created equal though, in the infographic listed below, you can clearly see some instances where people who normally do not troll get sucked into a mob mentality and began to attack and insult a person for no apparent cause. They compared cases where people threatened to commit suicide by jumping from buildings, and found out that people in mobs actually encourage the victim to jump – but if the crowd is small, they try to talk them out of jumping.

The infographic is presented by bestpsychologyschoolsonline.com, it offers ways to beat internet trolls at their game and even offers ways to frustrate trolls to help you have a more enjoyable experience online.

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Public swimming pools? More like giant public toilet bowls!

Public swimming pools and water parks are a large part of many people’s childhoods. I mean, what’s not to love about cannon balling into the deep end of a pool on a day that tops 100 degrees? All the splish splashin’ and water fightin’ just tends brings out the fun in even the most boring adult. And it goes without saying that accidentally swallowing a mouthful of water is a pretty common thing. But, how often do we stop to really think about what’s in that water? Well, we know that we’re in the water, and therefore whatever is on our bodies (dirt, food, sweat, etcetera) is in the water. And we know that it’s kind of a pain to get out of the pool all wet and have to drag our soggy selves to the nearest facility just to go to the bathroom, so most people just go to the bathroom in the pool. After all, we know from science that the chlorine in a pool will kill most of the germs from a person’s urine.

But what good is that chlorine really doing when the waters pH levels are more urine than actual water?

54 percent of public pools tested by the WQHC last year failed to provide the proper chlorine levels and 47 got low marks for pH balance. You can blame poor pool maintenance, but frequent urinators don’t help. “Anything foreign that gets in the pool consumes disinfectant and makes the pool less capable of catching the next bug,” Dr. Wiant tells Yahoo! Shine. So while chlorine is working overtime to clean up someone’s mess, it’s weakened by the time more serious bacteria dives in. That comes from the germs we carry on our body even before we get into to the water. While only one in five of us cop to peeing in the pool, seven in 10 say they don’t shower before they swim. As much as a cold pre-swim shower ruins that first dip feeling, Wiant makes a good case for why it’s crucial. The additional bacteria we carry on skin, in particular sweat and traces of fecal matter (yes even on adults), gets mixed in the pool, and suddenly swimmers are subject to serious bacteria like E.coli or salmonella.”

There just seems to be something about a body of water, that once we get in, our natural floodgates open and we forget that we’re potty trained adults. Bottom line? Be a good pool Samaritan and don’t pee in pools! Via: Yahoo

Lunatics Busted After they Rigged a Trail With Deadly Booby Traps

At least this fort was found by a US Forest Service Officer and not a news channel that was covering the news of a death by medieval booby traps. The traps were found as Officer Schoeffler was patrolling a popular trail in Utah walked into an area of the trail that had a manmade shelter full of booby traps. According to the Sheriff’s Office:, people could have died. The traps had death pits, and even falling spike traps like the one you see above.

On April 16, 2012, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer James Schoeffler was on foot patrol in this area when he came across one of these shelters. This particular shelter is known locally as “The Fort”. Because of his time in the military Officer Schoeffler has extensive experience with identifying booby trap devices. As he investigated the shelter he noticed what appeared to be a trip wire near the ground at an entrance. Upon further investigation he discovered that the trip wire led to a booby trap device which was made with a large rock, sticks sharpened at both ends, and was held together with rope. This device was situated in such a way that when contact was made with the trip wire it would swing toward an unsuspecting hiker or camper. It was hung where it would most likely swing to and hit the head or face of the hiker or camper. In a second entrance to the shelter Officer Schoeffler found a second trip wire. This wire was configured so as to trip a person, possibly causing them to fall forward onto sharpened sticks placed in the ground.

I don’t really understand why somebody would want to plant these kinds of traps for unsuspecting joggers, but these two lunatics were arrested shortly after the Officer discovered the fort. The Sheriff’s office used Facebook to identify Benjamin Steven Rutkwoski and Kai Matthew Christensen. According to the Sheriff’s office they found evidence that these guys were still in the process of building more traps. [via NY Daily News]

Pilot Confuses Venus With A Plane And Almost Crashes

I have to drive all time for my work, and I’ve been behind the wheel with little to no sleep before, once I confused an airplane with an alien ship, other times I start to doze off and look at the stars and think they are all moving in different directions. This is usually not too bad, but it can be very dangerous, and that’s why you should take breaks between drive times. Yes, it sounds like stupid advice, but it really works.

But being sleepy in a car, is a ride in the park when you compare it to being sleepy inside a 767 plane and you confuse a planet for another plane then send your plane into a nosedive to try and avoid collision.

According to Reuters a “sleepy Air Canada pilot” was staring out the front window of his plane when he caught a glimpse of Venus,  confused it with another plane that was coming straight at his plane, then sent his plane into a nose dive to avoid collision

“Under the effects of significant sleep inertia (when performance and situational awareness are degraded immediately after waking up), the first officer perceived the oncoming aircraft as being on a collision course and began a descent to avoid it,” Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said.

I can see how this is making the news, especially with a title where a pilot confuses a planet with a plane, but the fact of the matter is that this pilot took the necessary actions to avoid a collision. Yes, he might of confused a planet for a plane, but imagine what hell he would be getting for crashing a plane into a plane? The plane descended 400 feet downwards and caused several people to jump out of their seats, 7 of them were taken to the hospital, but they will recover.

None of the less, this is another example of how grueling a pilot’s job can be and how fatigue affects everyone in the fields. OR it’s another example of a pilot thinking quick while almost crashing a plane for doing inappropriate things inside a cockpit. – OMG You just bumped into the lever! Quick, we need an excuse as to why we hurt so many people!… let’s just say we confused a planet with a plane, never heard that before, so it’s going to work.  [Reuters Img Credit: Favim]

Snow Globes Ignite Fire to a Couch by Magnifying the Sun’s Rays

I remember as a child being fascinated by these things – yes, we didn’t have much in my child hood. The small globes were pretty cool, but I always thought it was way better to go out and catch ants on fire using a magnifying glass. That part of my life can to an end when I tried to burn my brother’s hand with a magnifying glass and dad took it away, little did I know that I could have used a small globe to pull off the same effect.

In Milwaukie, Oregon, a man’s home caught fire this weekend after he left a pair of snow globes unsupervised by next to his window – darn Snow Globes always causing $crewing $**t up – He allegedly placed the globes on his window in Christmas and never cared about taking them down, eventually the sun’s angle changed to where the sunlight was hitting the globes at just the right angle that it caused the water and glass shape to act as a magnifying glass.

The light focused to a point on a couch and almost caught the entire house on fire. The only reason it was saved was because of the neighbors that called 911 in time to keep anything from being burned down to the ground. If I came home and my house was burned down and my wife said “it was the freaking snow globes man!” I wouldn’t buy that excuse one bit. [ABC]

Iron Man Drawing Made Of Pee Wins Top Art Award

When a person tells me “I’m an Artist” the first thing that comes to mind is “how do you eat?” it’s very difficult to make money as an artist – unless you have some weird art form, even then, you better have weird people wanting to purchase your art.

Then you take this art graduate student from Taiwan who claims he found his “art form” while he was peeing one day and found blood in his urine. He started to draw Iron Man and shortly after he had his revelation. He began to drink pigments to give his urine a different color, from Black, to Green. He then began to draw the characters in his toilet bowl and using spit he was able to add extra detail.

In order for him to start the painting process, he needs to find a bowl that has the Iron Man’s helmet shape, then he urinates around the edges of the bowl and allows the… liquid to softly stroll down the side and into the bowl to create the shadows in the helmet.

I’m not sure about you, but I think this man is probably going to be the only one that can pull this off. It’s like Picasso, a 9th grader can do better than that, but since he’s the first one and only one to do it, you can clearly see why people would appreciate this art form… but urine art? That’s pushing it too far.  [Micgadget]

Fluorescent Green Goo Spills In Dallas

Someone needs to see if any pizza eating turtles were found in this green goo! Not like it would of done anything serious, but everyone started to panic over the images above.

Earlier in the week some bright green substance started to flow out of Medical City Dallas Hospital and began to flow down into a drainage ditch that emptied into the White Rock Creek out in North Dallas. Of course, people freaked the heck out and everyone started to call the police, eventually the fire department showed up and concluded that the chemical was a green dye. After conducting several hours of investigation they figured out that the dye was being used to test for plumbing leaks in the hospital’s cooling tower No. 3. The dye is 100% non-toxic, this is the same dye that’s used to color the rivers in St. Patrick’s Day via WFAA

Man Attempts to Break Record for Longest Time Buried Alive and Dies

Janaka Basyanake, 24, from Sri Lanka had to definitely be considered a daredevil. In his third time to bury himself alive, however, the man was unsuccessful.

On Saturday with the help of some friends in the town of Kantale, which is 137 miles north of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, Basyanake dug a trench about ten feet deep. At 9:30 that morning he was buried, and when he was brought to the surface at 4:00pm, he was unconscious. He was then brought to the hospital where he was declared “dead on arrival.”

Basyanake’s previous attempts at burying himself alive where obviously successful, and considering one of those tries was for six hours, no one probably thought anything would go wrong this time. Dr. D.G. Kosta at the Kantale Hospital said that a medical investigation will be taking place.

L.D. Leelawathi, Basyanake’s mother, said that her son has always done unusual stunts. Many of the ideas he learned from watching movies. According to the Al Arabiya News, he wrote a letter stating that he was attempting a record and that no one was to blame if “he did not make it out alive.”

Basyanake was a member of the Civil Defense Force, which is a police unit that fought in the country’s 25-year-long civil war.

It is unclear what record Basyanake was trying to break as there is not an official time on record. The Guinness Book of World Records does not have such as record. Geoff Smith from Mansfield, England supposedly spent 150 days buried in a coffin six feet underground under the garden of the Railway Inn.