The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius

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"There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years." (Terrance Fielding, WIRED magazine)

"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea." (Penthouse magazine)

"Brilliantly funny." (Jezebel.com)

From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular "Next Time I'll ...

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Overview

"There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years." (Terrance Fielding, WIRED magazine)

"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea." (Penthouse magazine)

"Brilliantly funny." (Jezebel.com)

From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead", in which he attempted to pay his chiropractor with a picture he drew of a spider; "Please Design a Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," which has been described as one of the most passed-on viral e-mails of all time; and, most recently, the staggeringly popular "Missing Missy", which has appeared everywhere from The Guardian to Jezebel to Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, comes this profoundly funny collection of irreverent Internet mischief and comedy.

Featuring all of Thorne's viral success, including "Missing Missy", The Internet Is a Playground culls together every article and e- mail from Thorne's wildly popular website 27bslash6.com, as well as enough new material, available only in these pages, to keep you laughing-and, indeed, crying-until Thorne's next stroke-of-genius prank. Or hilarious hoax. Or well-publicized almost-stint in jail (really).

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Everything about David Thorne is subversive. Even the name of his website (27b/6) grates against any conceivable marketing concept and Thorne himself admits to planting snide negative comments in internet articles that praise him. Such odious manners have earned him a huge fan base: He has almost 50,000 followers on Twitter and his 26b/6 address has attracted as many as 500,000 hits in a single day. In his new book, he brandishes his most outrageous hoaxes for all to behold. Profoundly funny.

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Hailed as a humorist for the digital age, Australian graphic designer Thorne (www.27bslash6.com) became an internet sensation after posting e-mail correspondences in which he attempted to pay his chiropractic bill with a crude drawing of a spider. Thorne's first book is a laugh-out-loud collection of his e-mail exchanges and satirical essays. As a rule, Thorne says he never initiates an e-mail; he just responds "stupidly" to what he receives. The book includes the biting "Please Design a Logo For Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," considered one of the most-forwarded e-mails of all time, as well as "Missing Missy," in which Thorne designs a poster to help a friend find her missing cat; he has great fun-at his friend's expense. The book reads as if The Onion published Letters From a Nut, but some of Thorn's antics-such as inviting himself to a neighbor's housewarming party-will make readers squirm. Others may offend ("Sponsor a Poor Black Boy"), or shock ("Belly Messages," in which Thorne pretends to be a horny woman on the Internet). Thorne's electronic voice is pointed, effective, and childishly exuberant, a bracing mix. His sense of humor could be called immature, but some people just want to have fun; Thorne does so at everyone else's expense. Illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585428816
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 196,901
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 5.56 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

David Thorne is a humorist, satirist, Internet personality and author. His website, 27bslash6.com, typically receives several thousand hits a day, he has more than 60,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook, and his work has been featured on the BBC, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He now lives in the United States.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Overdue Account 3

It's Like Twitter 10

Slyseb 19

Flash Drive Infringement 23

I Wish I Had a Monkey 29

Recommended Tire PSI 32

Matthew's Party 34

IKEA 41

Grubby Tenant 45

Matchbox Contents 50

One Thousand Characters 52

Permission Slip 61

Good Ideas for Websites 72

Blockbuster 76

Shannon's Lunch 85

Working Out with Jeff 88

Flight Commander 50 95

Foggot 53 99

Tom's Huge Head 109

Pi 3.14159265

Scott's Blog 111

Nigerian E-mail Sex Scam 114

Missing Missy 116

Page 121 121

Mark's Headlice 129

Strata 133

Courier 139

Good Drawer 143

One Girl, Twelve Cups 145

Simon's Guide to Camping 151

Massanutten 157

Bill's Guide to the Internet 166

SA Police 170

Investment Opportunity 177

Tennis 179

Rocket Science 183

Portals 184

Kaleth 192

Frogs 195

Tom's Diary 198

Roz Loves Adelaide 205

Craig Loves Dolphins 212

A Baby's Smile 215

Sell Me Your Car 217

Wilderness Survival 223

Photography 227

Ten Jobs 230

Professor Thomas 236

Chatroulette 239

Thomas Brady 243

Magic 8-Ball 244

CCTV 251

Monarto Zoo 254

St. Kilda Swamp 256

Beverly Hills 90210

Shannon's iMac 259

Lucius 261

Aqua Lucius 264

Love Letters from Dick 265

Life-size Lucius 277

Three Weeks in the USA 279

Belly Messages 283

Mr. Carganovsky 286

Mr. Carganovsky's Lawyer 290

That Tuesday 296

Jason's MacBook Pro 302

Tom the Sad Caveman 305

Speech 306

Fine Art Scanning 313

Dunning-Kruger Effect 317

John's Bicycle 328

Josh 331

Jenny 8675309

Bees Like Yellow 333

Bamesyfan67 340

Bababada Didva 345

Fahrenheit 451

Lesley 346

About the Author 355

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Fun but...

    First off, I love the work this man produces. There is some debate as to whether the interactions in this book are true or not but, having been on the Internet for more that 10 minutes, it seems rather likely that they are faithful representations of online interactions. Besides that, it's just a hilarious read. Unforunately, the Nook version is more expensive than the hard copy version but that seems to have been out of the author's hands. The only complaint I have is that much if the content in the book has already been featured on the author's website. There are new sections, of course, but not as many as I expected/hoped. I am happy that articles that were removed from the website for various (legal) reasons were included in this edition. I feel like a secret agent entrusted with documents that can alter the face of mankind forever. If I were a secret agent my codename would be Agent Fade because I would be so secret and stealthy that it would seem like I just faded into the background until I got the word from mission control to launch the offensive. If you are comming to this author for the first time this is definitely a great read. Older fans may be sadpandas by the older content but will be happy to have them as keepsakes until the crazy Australian censorship has the articles taken down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    David Throne Is A Genius

    This book is hilariously brilliant. I love everything in it and it is a great addition to my day. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a laugh.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    So funny, you won't be able to breathe

    We've all seen it in our email, forwarded to us by a friend or co-worker. The email string is about a man who is trying to pay for a chiropractor's bill with a drawing of a spider. Then there's the Missing Missy lost cat poster. I'm always wary of the "this really happened" tag that comes along with these sorts of emails.

    But these, my friends, are real. And so is David Thorne, the perpetrator. Thorne is a native of Australia with a wicked sense of humor, which you can bear witness to via his blog, 27b/6.

    The Internet is a Playground is a hysterical collection of actual emails conversations between Thorne and some poor sap (his co-workers must hate getting emails from him), complaints he gets from blog visitors and other hilarious things that will make your sides ache.

    From the very first moment I picked up this book and started reading it, I was laughing. Out loud, and uncontrollably. I read it to Hubby on the car ride home the day it came in the mail, and he was laughing so hard, we almost got into an accident. Later that night, I read Hubby the email string between Thorne and his kid's teacher. I was laughing so hard I was crying and I couldn't get the words out. And it was that obnoxious sort of laugh that makes you talk like you've just sucked down a bunch of helium balloons.

    I need to meet this guy. For real. I think he's my new hero.

    When I finished the book, I had to share it with someone, and since I'm not the kind of person to go up to a random stranger and hand over a book, I gave it to my mom to read when while we waited in the airport on the way to San Fran.

    She started laughing as soon as she opened it, quickly becoming my entertainment for our five-hour layover. I watched as her face contorted, eyes squinted, and then the held back laughter exploded. Seeing her react that way only sent me into fits of laughter as I remembered a string of emails from the book.

    Of course, we were getting weird looks as passengers scooted to the farthest reaches of the terminal, but that only made the whole thing funnier. And you know what? I was totally okay with it.

    This book instantly became one of my favorites with its laugh-out-loud-okay-to-cry humor. Read it.

    READ it.

    READ IT!!!

    Seriously, though. Just read it. You won't be sorry.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    Hilariously Brilliant!

    I received a galley version of this book and at first thought "hmm, could be funny" but just two minutes into it I was laughing hysterically and actually cried. This is, without a doubt, the funniest book I have read in my life. Highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    The best.

    I absolutely love this book. The writer is sarcastic and hilarious. It's a perfect blend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

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    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2011

    Lots of new material.

    At 368 pages, this is a pretty big book and contains a lot of material by David Thorne that I have not seen on his website. I have to admit to being a bit of a fan of Thorne's website and thought this would just be more of the same but there is enough new stuff to make it worth every cent and I laughed a lot while reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Funniest book ever!

    I just received a galley copy in the mail this morning and I didn't get any work done today because I couldn't put it down. I have never laughed so much in my life and I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Merry Cristmas and a happy new year!

    :D!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    This book was a riot

    This will be one of those books that I read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    LMAO Material

    I frequently come back to this book and secretly wish I had the cleverness and audacity to mimic his behaviour. What a wonderful, hilarious, vicarious adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Meh...Some of it was funny

    It was a good read. I was afraid it was going to be stupid humor, and was pleased most of it was intelligent and funny at the same time. But I got bored with it a little more than half way though. I will take a break from it and finish it later... I did enjoy enough of it to be worth buying and reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    This book sucks!

    Go to the website and play aqworlds way your at it cause this book sucks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    This really isn't worth it. The good stuff in here is what you c

    This really isn't worth it. The good stuff in here is what you can get on his website for free. Don't waste your money on this, go read his website instead. Also, it's black and white, which makes the pie charts harder to see and it subtracts from the humor. 3 stars because there were some funny moments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Terible

    I hate it blec reaf hunger games

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Amazing Book

    Enjoyed this book sooo much

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Funny like hell.

    Its funny like hell

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Great read

    Easy, light reading - definitely entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    I belive you guys

    This book is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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