It’s official: The New York Observer was duped by Mellow Pages Library, which claimed earlier this week that they had gotten a large offer of money from ExxonMobil and were considering whether or not to take the cash. (To be fair, we’re in good company.)
Still, we should have noticed something fishy about the idea of a corporation as big as ExxonMobil–which only donates to large, legitimate non-profits–suddenly offering a small, non-registered operation like Mellow Pages a bunch of cash, no strings attached. Via email.
Today’s big “So dumb I can’t believe it’s a real trend” trend comes courtesy of Wired’s U.K. website, in an article called “Brace yourselves for the proliferation of the ‘finger hashtag.’”
According to the piece’s author, who also provided seven pieces of photographic evidence, this new “trend” involves people “actually making the hashtag sign with their hands (using the index and middle fingers from both laid over each other) rather than saying ‘hashtag.’”
Which would be semi-outrageous (no more so than planking, surely) and sort of makes you hope that the people currently using this gesture are “killed in a fire,” as the story goes, except for one thing. This trend story is most likely a fake.