The ridiculous, the ribald and the random

Jun 03, 2014

First up, Bloomberg's Max Abelson brings us the outrageous news that some ex-bankers are upgrading their lives with a Stradivarius-shaped pool. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson called it, "The most tasteful violin-shaped pool with chin-rest-shaped jacuzzi, and bow-shaped koi pond I've seen yet."

Just wait, though. This secret service software will supposedly "detect sarcasm" in social media users. Or as Storyful's Mark Little responds to that news: "Yeah, right."

And while we're talking social media, WSJ's Katherine Rosman reports that Everyword (the Twitter feed of "every single word") is shutting down. Because we know you were wondering, Mashable's Seth Fiegerman helpfully added, "The two most popular words on Twitter, based on @everyword retweets: 'sex' and 'weed.'"

Also, broadcaster Benjamin Ramm and Matthew Champion found and introduced us to a group that appear to be "Literally, grammar Nazis." Are we being trolled?

And in random trivia: "Wargames" was released 31 years ago today, featuring what is reportedly the first use of the word "firewall" in film history. Good to know!

(Photo Credits: Bloomberg and WSJ)

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