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· July, 2011

Stories about Humor from July, 2011

Plank Vietnam

A Tumblr account was created encouraging Vietnam netizens to post their planking pictures.

Zambia: Current Events Through Political Satire

Kalaki's corner is a political satire on current events in Zambia in the form of a weekly story: “Spectator Kalaki, aka Roy Clarke, came to international attention in January 2004...

Colombia: ‘Padding Journalism’

In the wake of the death of singer Joe Arroyo, Colombian news channel NTN24 featured reactions with actresses, models, and former beauty queens in English on its website. The video...

Colombia: Dancing Police Welcome Soccer Players

In Medellin, Colombia, police officers welcomed England's U-20 soccer players at the airport with a dance, making a good impression on visitors but raising concerns on security for some locals.

Jamaica: Public Outbursts from Diasporan Women

“How can we not say to ourselves – was any enterprise ever so doomed to failure? Was anything ever so sad?”: An eye-opening post from Under the Saltine Flag about...

Jamaica: OCD Ghosts?

Could it be that “the world of the supernatural [is] ordered not by the rules of metaphysics, but the rules of mathematics”? Under the Saltire Flag considers the possibility by...

Argentina: What Irritates Argentinians?

Argentinians and Twitter: a means to express what irritates them. On July 22, the hashtag #irritante (#irritating) became a local trending topic with protests and irritations about politics, traffic, neighbors...

Eastern Europe: Dairy Farming in Fashion

Matthew Rojansky at Scraps of Moscow follows the lead of “The Cynical Dairy Farmer's Guide to the New Middle East” by constructing a dairy farmers guide to the Former Soviet...

Portugal: “Junk” National Debt Rating Provokes Online Demonstrations

The “junk” rating given to Portugal’s ability to pay its public debts by independent American financial analysis corporation Moody's, has provoked numerous demonstrations of exacerbated nationalism on the social networks....

Puerto Rico: Perform & Get Paid

All jokes aside, Gil the Jenius wonders why not pay according to performance when it comes to lawmakers?

Barbados: Murdoch Madness

“Who say recession not hitting dem big multi-millionaire/billionaire fellas an dem ain't tightening dem belt like de small man? Even a media mogul like Murdoch cut back and now he...

Russia: President Medvedev's Gadgets Evaluated in a YouTube Video

YouTube user tebedam publishes a video [ru/en] entitled as “Medvedev is NOT corrupted,” that provides market prices for the gadgets president Medvedev had been spotted with on various photos, including...

Russia: Women ‘Rip For Putin’ As Election Campaign War Begins

Russian 2012 presidential candidate Vladimir Putin is quickly catching up with his supposed rival Dmitry Medvedev in engaging guerrilla marketing techniques and new media to boost his campaign.

Russia: Popular Curse Temporarily Becomes a Worldwide Twitter Trend

#хуи [ru], Russian swearword for penis (plural), for a few hours became a global trend. Lenta.ru notes [ru] that the sudden appearance of this hashtag marks the launch of Cyrillic...

Trinidad & Tobago: Smooth Operator

B.C. Pires thinks that “the People’s Partnership appears to be living in interesting times.”

China: Dealing with heat wave

Ministry of Tofu has collected a series of photos showing how ordinary Chinese people deal with heat wave.

Bulgaria: A Day Without PM Boyko Borisov

July 5, 2011, presented an interesting challenge to the traditional Bulgarian media: would they follow a Facebook appeal for "A Day Without Boyko Borisov" - or would they continue to...

Trinidad & Tobago: Accomplishments or Spin?

Plain Talk takes issue with an article citing the accomplishments of the government, calling it “Merlin-esque” and adding: “It should have begun ‘Abra Cadabra’ and ended ‘Tah Dahhhh!!!!’ with a...

Serbia: Demanding Apology From Comedian Chelsea Handler

Nearly 44,000 Serbs have joined the Facebook group 'Boycott of Chelsea Handler until she apologizes to the Serbian people,' demanding an apology from the popular American female comedian for the...

Russia: Vladivostok Bloggers Choose the City’s Flag

As the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit of 2012 approaches, local authorities of the Russian maritime city of Vladivostok are busy with preparations, but creative netizens have pointed out that...

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