The Gazette’s Picks

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

The Anonymity Experiment

A journalist decided to try to live a week without leaving any trace of his existence. And he found it was hard. He couldn’t rent a car, approach a government building, use a credit card, or even buy nasal decongestant.

Manga Comic Bible

A new hit: The Bible, retold as a dark and gothic Bible. And, apparently, the Christian community loves it. According to the article, the adaptation has been endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It has quickly become the most popular graphic novel in Britain.

Birthday Calculator

Enter your birthday, and this calculator will spew out an enormous amount of information for you. According to the site, my zodiac sign is the salmon, and I was born in the year of the tiger. I share a birthday with Jacky Kennedy and Beatrix Potter. And, most importantly, today is just not one of my luck days.

Bullshit Generator

It is late at night. You’ve got a paper due tomorrow. What do you do? Turn to the bullshit generator. Just click their button, and random buzz words will fill the box, and you can just watch the pages of your paper fly by. Implement rogue peripheries, redefine indexical networks, amplify real-time recipes, and even redefine productive palimpsets.

Some Excellent Dingbats

When you were in elementary school, you probably loved using the Wing-digs font on your computer. These fonts will let you pour out splotches, birds, butterflies, and even countries: take your writing to a whole new level.


This is an incredibly courageous site that releases documents from around the world. Just yesterday, a California judge tried to shut it down at the request of a Cayman Island bank, but the site is still ticking.

Harvard Hacked

One of Harvard’s websites was hacked, and now a massive archive of the site is popping up on bit torrent sites across the country. One of the files is a database of contact information. Remember: security breaches can happen to anyone.


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    Mark Kharas ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I learned the following important pieces of information from the birthday page: “There are 169 days till your next birthday on which your cake will have 22 candles. Those 22 candles produce 22 BTUs, or 5,544 calories of heat (that’s only 5.5440 food Calories!) . You can boil 2.51 US ounces of water with that many candles.”

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