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By / 10.11.10

Facebook allows ads in support of Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana in California, but pictures of the plant aren’t allowed in any banner ads. (Sorry, weed cat. Maybe you can be mascot next year.)  Despite Facebook’s mixed messages about the plant, a couple of the founders are making their opinions very clear.  Sean Parker and Dustin Moskovitz have donated $100,000 and $70,000 respectively.  Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t made a donation yet, according to the campaign filings, but we can guess where he stands.

German company Neofonie is probably wishing they were in the news for campaign contributions. Instead, the managing director for their WeTab tablet computer, Helmut Hoffer, has been caught posting five-star Amazon reviews under fake names.  The company was already caught faking the tablet’s user interface when showing it to the press for the first time, so fake positive reviews shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Nonetheless, he resigned and released a statement that the company didn’t know of his actions. Maybe Hoffer should have just smoked a joint instead of generating false product buzz. Speaking of buzz, a study of 2000 school children in the UK between the ages of six and twelve found that 20% of them think Buzz Lightyear was the first man to walk on the moon.  Another 5% believe The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was masterminded by Jack Bauer from the TV show 24.

The study also found that 20% of the students thought Charles Darwin invented the telephone, while 11% believed Albert Einstein was Frankenstein’s brother. Another 11% thought Isaac Newton discovered fire.  Twelve percent of them believed the battle of Britain was fought in space, while one in six thought Britain had been occupied by Daleks.  One in six also said they didn’t recognize Barack Obama, many of them saying he was Mr T.  Christopher Lloyd, the man who held the survey to promote his book, said, “It’s worrying to see so many youngsters are more aware of celeb culture than influential figures, key battles and events that changed the world.”  Or, perhaps, the children did exactly what I did in any survey that wasn’t for class credit: pick out the craziest multiple choice answers possible to upset the adults.

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  • Facebook co-founders donate $170K towards weed legalization in California. (CNET)
  • WeTab boss caught posting fake five-star Amazon reviews. (Engadget)
  • One in five kids in the UK think Buzz Lightyear was the first man to walk on the moon. (Telegraph)

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  • Female journalism students at Moscow State University posed in their lingerie for a calendar to celebrate Vladimir Putin’s 58th birthday. (Metro, full calendar here)
  • Bank Of America has put a moratorium on home foreclosures in all 50 states. (HuffingtonPost)
  • Awesome headline of the day: “100 drunken Canadian women brawl over male stripper”.  They heard he had butter tarts and Tim Hortons coffee. Girls in Canada will put out for butter tarts.  FACT. (Arbroath)

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KNOW YOUR STATS

  • World of Warcraft now has 12 million subscribers worldwide. That’s a lot of Lubriderm and Mountain Dew. (DeviceMag)
  • Police in Colombia have made the biggest seizure of suspected drug money in their history. (France24)
  • Here’s an infographic that asks if the laws treat weed possession fairly.  I know a certain cat who would say no, if he could talk.  Whoa.  Like, dude, what if cats could talk.  Duuuuude. (SubmitInfographics)


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