Bored? Check out SomethingAwful.com

Parody site puts CollegeHumor to shame

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Man dressed in puffy shirt

HE IS VERY DAINTILY CRACKING HIS KNUCKLES FOR A FIGHT THAT IS GOING TO LEAVE ABSOLUTELLY NO ONE BRUISED AND BLOODIED. MAYBE BADLY TICKLED. CRITICALLY TOUSELD. SomethingAwful.com has loads of hilarious commentary and amusing features to keep you busy.

The Internet ought to be a playground of diversions to help you procrastinate. But for the dedicated loafers out there, sometimes it seems like the Internet has gone into reruns.

You’ve watched every Family Guy clip on Youtube. That band still hasn’t released concert dates on its website. No one has responded to your hilarious Facebook photo comments. If this sounds familiar, you might be ready for SomethingAwful.

Somethingawful.com, created in 1999, is essentially a comedy website, but what makes it unique is that all of the site’s content is created by the paying members of the SA forums.

The self-proclaimed “Goons” who discuss movies, music, politics and video games on the forums are the same people who come up with the blogs, reviews, feature articles and flash videos presented on the site’s home page. It’s as if Collegehumor.com was taken over by nerds. The results are funnier than you’d expect.

It’s free to peruse the different media on the site, but a one-time $9.95 membership fee is required to upload content. Members can then take part in the many different weekly creative features put out by the site. One of these weekly activities is “Photoshop Phriday,” where users modify existing images " usually movie posters or news stills " with image-editing software to create parodies adhering to a set theme.

Some past themes have included Modernized Art, Mixed-Up Movies and Bond Recyclery, where the almost interchangeable names for Bond movies are satirized (Octofinger and Moonpussy, for example).

There are other weekly features, but the best articles are collaborations between forum members and are reserved to more sporadic monthly and bi-monthly release schedules.

One such recurring article is called “Fashion SWAT” and features biting fashion commentary from forum members Zack Parsons and David Thorpe. No group, no matter how peripheral it may be, is safe from the “Fashion SWAT.”

In their articles, they showcase a number of pictures ranging from Finnish hipsters to Japanese ganguro girls who imitate Californian girls right down to painting their skin to look tanned. With these pictures, the two exchange bon mots, or witticisms, referencing even the darkest corners of popular culture while never failing to cut right to the core of each subject’s awful fashion sense.

Another one of Thorpe’s recurring articles is also one of the site’s most controversial. In “Your Band Sucks,” Thorpe takes a closer look at everyone’s favourite musicians and points out the little things that fans of these artists have repressed.

He has trashed Tool, the Mars Volta, System of a Down, Radiohead and many others. Even if you are a fan of these bands, the way Thorpe looks beyond the cult of cool to criticize how seriously musicians take their work should be commended. Funnier still are his deadpan reviews of the hate mail sent in by furious fans of the aforementioned bands.

So if you’re unsatisfied with your procrastinating, this might be the website for you. Because if it’s something and it’s awful, it’s probably on SomethingAwful, where the Internet makes you stupid.

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