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Crowdsourced Humour


For the people, by the people. Take a stroll around Cyberia and you'll see tonnes of sites that rely on the humour and sporting nature of the hoi polloi. From photo submissions that capture family eccentricities to the comedy of errors caused by autocorrect in mobile messaging;from embarrassing gaffes by well-meaning parents who've 'friended' their kids on Facebook to candid confessions that elicit schadenfreude. It's all on the interweb. But I'd advise caution: Most of these are like those post-11 pm comedy shows. Game for some wicked, vicarious pleasure?

Awkward Family Photos

We all have them in our photo albums: Pictures of big hair and printed polyester;dads with "mutton-chop" sideburns and monster sunglasses;bashful mums in hippy-ish maxis and minis;kids in ultra-short shorts and colourful ganjis. The poses we struck, the "cheeses" we said, the matching clothes we wore might've seemed cool at the time, but not any more. Well, Awkward Family Photos is home for such Eastman-colour weirdness.
You can sift through the site's submissions based on category (birthdays, pets, weddings, grandparents, holidays, etc) or you could browse date-wise through its huge repository. Either way, AFP guarantees bucketfuls of mirth. And yes, it also has an app for the iPad and iPhone. www. awkwardfamilyphotos. com

Damn You Autocorrect

We've all sent hurried text messages at some point or the other where the autocorrect feature on our phones kicked in and played havoc with what we meant to say. Damn You Autocorrect is dedicated to such unintentional bungles on the iPhone. "Hey can you get pregnant before you come over?" "What?!" "Oh my God, I meant to ask if you could get Pringles at the grocery store" You know where to go for more of these. www. damnyouautocorrect. com

Engrish and Funny Typos

I couldn't decide which of these two sites should make the cut, so I did the lazy thing and included both. The first one, Engrish, carries submissions of broken English that are found on billboards, sign boards, restaurant menus, food cartons, packaging, and almost any place where you're likely to find the mangling of the language. For most part, these signs are found in Japan where the alphabet 'L' is used interchangeably with 'R' (and hence Engrish). But from browsing through the site, it looks like the rest of the world is catching up. All of us have come across signage -" Go Slow, Accident Porn Area. "
And Funny Typos, well, is just about funny typos. So "If You Brake It, You By It". And better still, "Child Bear" painted over a desi bar that actually means to advertise its 'chilled beers'. www. engrish. com, www. funnytypos. com

F My Life

I can't say for sure what the 'F' in the title stands for, and not being terribly good at guessing games, I'm not even going to speculate. But what I do know is that FMyLife is uber fun. Basically, it's a place where users are invited to share short, funny, sometimes ironic anecdotes about the "shitty moment" that ruined their day. All the stories begin with 'Today' and end with 'FML'. Sample this: 'Today, I learned that I'm expecting twins. A boy and a girl. My husband, upon finding out about this, immediately suggested that we give them Star Wars names. But not Luke and Leia. Oh no. He wants to name them Darth and Vayda. And he is absolutely serious about this. FML'
Visitors to the site can post their own moments, comment on the misfortune of others and even vote between 'I agree, your life sucks' or 'you deserve it'. www. fmylife. com

My Parents Joined Facebook

It's bad enough being hounded by your parents all the time. But imagine what it would be like if they 'friended' you on Facebook - and you, in a moment of absolute idiocy, accepted their request. This site is full of submissions by such... ummm... idiots.

On this site, you will find real instances of parents being parents and publicly correcting their grown-up children;public displays of parental affection;and moms and dads making embarrassing but innocent disclosures. MPJF is not only amusing, but also a warning why you should never 'friend' your family. www. myparentsjoinedfacebook. com


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