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Memes and Weird Web Culture

As the largest broadcasting medium in the world, the Internet and World Wide Web have grown some really odd, and downright bizarre, curiousities. Strange language, urban legends, fearmongering, hoaxes and myths... these are just some of the strange things you will find online. About.com tells us more...

The Greatest Internet Memes of the Last 15 Years
They are viral because they're so much mesmerizing fun: memes are the quirky jokes, videos, and human oddities that spread like wildfire. Here are the best memes of the 21st century...

The Most Addictive Sites on the Web
There are websites that offer a rare blend of mesmerizing content and discovery-based browsing. These websites are arguably addictive, inspiring laughter and awe, and sometimes revulsion. Here are some of the most addictive sites on World Wide Web, as suggested by About.com readers...

Why Would You Create a Meme?
Why on earth would someone ever want to create a meme? Interestingly enough, there are several reasons. Memes have remarkable influence on modern culture, and if you want to make a dent in how people think and talk, definitely consider starting a meme. About.com explains why you would ever create a meme, and some steps you can take to make it...

How Big Is the Internet?
FAQ: How Big Is the Internet?

Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web, 2013
October, 2013: several torrent sites have managed to stay on the legal side of the P2P war for now. Here is your visual guide to The Top Torrent Download Sites of 2013...

What Is 'ASCII Art'? How Do I Make ASCII Art?
You've seen these bizarre images made of text characters. Most of them are inane and amateurish, but some ASII art is absolutely stunning and complex. What exactly is this bizarre art form? And how do people make ASCII art? About.com explains ASCII art in detail here...

What Is 'Scareware'?
Scareware is when dishonest programmers will try to intimidate you into buying bogus software products. And these scammers do a pretty convincing job. Read more on scareware here...

Emoticons and Smileys 101
If you turn your head sideways, these heiroglyphic shapes have funny and friendly meanings! Millions of Internet users add these "emotional icons" and "smileys" to their messages. After you see the amazing emoticon choices available, you might want to add them to your emails!

What Is an Internet 'Troll'?
Internet trolls are mean-spirited users who purposely seek to cause conflict and hurt feelings online. They use several specific tactics to wreak their havoc, and it's important for all users to understand the sad fact of online trolls. About.com explains more on trolls here...

"Is This a Hoax?": How to Confirm an Email's Authenticity
Hoax emails are everywhere. What's even worse: people enjoy forwarding these compelling-but-false stories. Don't get fooled by these hoax forwards! Use this guide to research and confirm whether an email story is authentic, and save yourself the embarassment at the office!

The Thugs of the World Wide Web

The Dark Side of the Internet
In an online world of millions of people, you are bound to have bad guys and dishonest individuals. The tough part is that they can know deceive you just by knowing a little more technology than you do. But don't fear: About.com wants to help you see when you are being scammed or attacked by a dishonest internetizen. And we want to help you defend against these bad boys of the Internet.

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