A not-so-warm welcome for baby “Hashtag”
A Facebook post announcing the birth of an eight-pound little girl named “Hashtag” went viral this past week, with the Atlantic dubbing the name “the worst baby name of our time.” Although the photo’s legitimacy has not yet been confirmed, commenters from all walks of the Internet weighed in on this most recent occurrence of social-media inspired naming—joining Egyptian child Facebook Ibrahim and Israeli youngster Like Adler. The verdict has been overwhelmingly negative, with Buzzfeed’s John Toronto lamenting, “These are the things that convince me the world is ending in a month.”
Two million—yes, two million—Facebook users have shared this photo of a photoshopped Powerball ticket following Wednesday night’s $587 million-dollar drawing. Nolan Daniels, who posted the photo, promised to give $1 million dollars of his “winnings” to one random person who chose to share the photo. Eagle-eyed users dubbed this photo a fake immediately upon noticing that the alleged winning ticket’s numbers were not printed in numerical order. “We’ve reached out to Daniels to see why he isn’t volunteering for charity or learning a second language since he apparently has too much time on his hands,” writes Gawker’s Adrian Chen.
Band creates first-ever Instagram-only music video
Mexico City band The Plastics Revolution revealed this week a surreal music video for their dreamy single “Invasión,” using 1,905 individual Instagram photos. The photos—which were taken on an iPhone, run through Instagram’s filters, and underwent no additional editing—were stitched together to create a stop-motion effect. This isn’t the first music video to utilize photos from the popular mobile-based social network (British songstress Ellie Goulding used fan’s Instagram photos for her “Anything Could Happen” video), but it is the first that employs no additional post-processing. Watch the video here.