Is Your Facebook Contest Legal? [Infographic]

Do you run contests on Facebook? Or maybe are interested in creating one? Read this over and make sure you are staying as close to the law as possible because there are repercussions if you deviate.

Remember, you can always ask your fans to like or share your page for access to an entry form, but it cannot be the only means of entry.

It’s unfortunate that there are so many steps to take, but hey, if you follow them, you will be fine and your Facebook contest should go off without a hitch. And always keep in mind; Facebook changes their rules like weather changes in New England. Always. These rules are current as of 7/14/14.

Keep the following in mind:




Infographic courtesy of ShortStack

Giant Dead Parrot Unveiled in London to Promote Last Monty Python Show

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, never mind a giant dead blue parrot in London.


Not something you see everyday, but if you were in London recently, you would have seen a 50 foot giant dead parrot being unveiled on London’s South Bank promoting the live broadcast of the final Monty Python Live stage show on July 20th. It’s been revealed that this famous Norwegian Blue dead parrot was created as a homage of sorts because it was the #1 Monty Python sketch voted on by the nation on British Comedy TV Gold channel. It took a team of three sculptors over two months to create the prop.

I personally thought the Spam, Spam, Spam vignette or the Lumberjack Song would be right up there as well, but the dead parrot was classic Python.

If you’ve never seen the sketch, well we just happen to have it here…






















Pictures courtesy of Taylor Herring via Flickr

Star Wars is now on Instagram and Selfies Just Got Insanely Better

Just when you thought the Internet could not be more awesome…Star Wars gets its own Instagram account. And the Selfie will never be the same.

What is cooler than Darth Vader taking his own selfie? Awesomeballz….

Follow Darth Vader and everyone else at:

What Star Wars character do you think will be the next selfie?


What does the Fox really say?

No doubt that one of the most viral videos on YouTube right now is Ylvis‘ “The Fox” which was an attempt by a two comedic Norwegian brothers to create a really horrible video for their tv show’s upcoming season. Beware of what you ask for: this crap video has turned into almost 50 million views. If you have not seen it yet, oh yes, you must….


And if you thought it was Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow! or Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho! or Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!, then you would be wrong. In fact, it scared the crap out of us…


Our our animal reporters have found out many things about the fox we did not know:

1.) Male foxes are called Reynards or a “dog fox” or a “tod”

2.) Female foxes are called Vixens and  baby foxes are called “pups”, “kits” or “cubs”

3.) They have whiskers on their legs as well as around their faces, which they use to help them find their way

4) Their mating calls are sharp, high-pitched shrieking/screaming noises which can be quite scary. They call this “gekkering”…

5) A group of foxes is called a “skulk” or a “leash”
Now you know what the fox says…


Thanks to tumblr, PETA

Google Awards Ada Lovelace the World’s First Computer Programmer with a Doodle

Anyone notice the Google doodle for Ada Lovelace today? If you aren’t aware of Ada Lovelace, she is credited with being the first computer programmer. Not to mention the first female programmer. ‘The Enchantress of Numbers’, as Ada was called, partnered with Charles Babbage, know as the ‘Father of the Computer’ to create  applications for his modern computer. Many people feel as though if she had not such a celebrity father – Lord Byron – she might have slipped into oblivion. Babbage created the Analytical Engine, but history proves Ada Lovelace was able to understand it and devise its uses and applications for a super calculator. Thus earning her the right as ‘The Word’s First Computer Programmer’.

If you love Ada as much as we do, check out our tshirts: ‘Ada Lovelace – the Original Geek Girl’. Only $25!

The Ultimate Complete Final Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

This is the Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet to replace all others. Well, until social network decide to change their image allowances. BUT – this is a huge resource for any of you social media marketeers and designers.

It’s awfully nice to have a central place for image resizing, whether you need it fo Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+. A real lifesaver so you don’t have to go through embedded searches just to create an image.

Many thanks to the folks at LunaMetrics for this infographic, and thanks to Susan Beebee for posting it. Yipppeee!

Happy 40th Birthday, Pong

Before there was Master Chief of Halo, Assassin’s Creed, and even Angry Birds, there was Pong.

For those of you who might be too young for this, Pong was one of the first video arcade games, created by Atari on November 29th, 1972. Some think that because of its success it spurred on the video game industry to what it is today.

It may look simplistic, but when I was a wittle tadpole, this was cutting edge. I had Pong for my tv – right next to my 40 pound Magnavox VC player – and I played that all the time. I loved it!

While we reached the age of lifelike graphics, exceptional detail and multi-million dollar sales in the video game insustry, let’s all take a moment look back, reflect and salute Pong and its accomplishments.

And feel free to play a little Pong today for sentimental reasons.

Did you grow up with Pong?