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

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

by David Thorne

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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585428816
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 469,586
Product dimensions: 8.04(w) x 5.56(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Thorne is the author of The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius, I’ll Go Home Then, It’s Warm and Has Chairs: The Unpublished Emails, and more.

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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Internet Is a Playground 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Glass-Cannon More than 1 year ago
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.
Soren515 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. The writer is sarcastic and hilarious. It's a perfect blend.
RaeLynn_Fry More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Elaine77 More than 1 year ago
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.
apense on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I suppose this is what Whistler's "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" looks like in the 21st century. Brilliant and unforgiving satire.
RaeLynn_Fry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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-pee-yourself humor. Read it. READ it. READ IT!!!Seriously, though. Just read it. You won't be sorry.
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
*WARNING* All of the snarky remarks and slightly grayish humor should be taken with a grain of salt (or sugar if you prefer). They are intended to be made in good humor in light of the title and any offense caused to readers was unintended¿unless you laughed, then THAT was intentional.*Perhaps you¿ve been to this author¿s website before and witnessed his work first hand¿than again, perhaps not. Hey, I don¿t know what you do all day? To gain a little insight on him, in his own words (from the ARC back cover bio)¿¿..he reads too much, generally exceeds others¿ tolerances, and listens to Linkin Park. He stays up too late, drinks too much coffee, smokes too much, hates getting up in the morning, and has offspring who thinks he doesn¿t know what he has been up to when he deletes his Internet history.¿Yeah¿that sounds about right¿or at least it does once you¿ve read his work. This is not a book to be taken seriously (hence the Humor genre in which it resides) but it is a book to be taken one sip at a time much like a dose of ill tasting medicine¿you know it¿s good for you, but it doesn¿t change the fact that it can taste like the drippings from an oil pan. There are many topics covered within ranging from the benign to the OMG-you-did-not-just-write-about-that. ¿Bill¿s Guide to Everything on the Internet¿ is a condensed version of our multitude of social, search and shopping outlets with a penchant for the KISS method (stands for ¿Keep It Simple¿Sally ¿ well, in polite circles it is¿) of description. Are they accurate? Some are (surprisingly) but mostly it¿s just for kicks¿or is it? (dun dun dunnnnn) Jetting forward some dozen pages we unearth ¿Ten Jobs I Would Rather Have Than Mine¿ that reveals the particular wonders of one day becoming a Fortune Cookie Writer (if you get a message from the future about a robot invasion in your next one¿you know he met this aspiration) as well as a Forest Fire Lookout (though I¿d be scared if he achieved this one¿O-O), and everything in between (well not everything because then it would be called ¿A Million Jobs I¿d Rather Have¿.¿). Perhaps my favorite ¿conversation¿ in the collection is actually the first one you encounter about an overdue balance, an inability (or blatant refusal) to pay, and a drawing of a spider. LOL¿I¿m chuckling as I recall it right now¿and getting strange looks from a passerby. *ahem*Overall, a fun and funny filled read that I understood about 50% of the time¿sorry, not everyone¿s humor level revolves around a conversation about what type of monkey would be most useful. Yeahhhh. Scariest part? The introduction lists that the email conversations included¿are all¿verbatim. Might make you a little more wary the next time you send something out into the virtual black hole we call the Web. Recommended for older teens through adult readers. There is some questionable humor and offensive language, so it¿s best to keep this one away from the kiddos. Just tell them the spider on the front will come to life if they touch it¿.
sjurban on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was very funny for the first 100 or so pages. Then it just got old. The author comes across as being very full of himself and kind of an ass. He seems to only find humor in tearing down other people, that's just not funny for very long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will be one of those books that I read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to the website and play aqworlds way your at it cause this book sucks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Easy, light reading - definitely entertaining!
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This book is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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