After digging through cached images and code in The Strokes’ official website, one Reddit user claimed that he discovered the name and artwork of the band’s upcoming album. The artwork, which is a stark red cover in the style of an old-school RCA tape reel box, features the words Comedown Machine directly underneath the name of the band. The user also reported that several visitors to who had attempted to listen to the band’s new single were directed to a URL that also featured the words “comedownmachine.” Now, following the Reddit scoop, The Strokes’ website features the red artwork prominently displayed behind a stream of the band’s single. The band has also just announced that the album will be released on March 26 through RCA. Once again, Reddit wins at the Internet.
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Remember that time when pranksters sent Pitbull to perform at a WalMart in Alaska?
The Internet trolls of the world have united once again from the darkest corners of Reddit and 4chan in an attempt to get
country pop singer Taylor Swift to perform at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in sunny and scenic Allston, Massachusetts.
It all started when Swift teamed up with textbook rental company Chegg and pizza chain Papa John’s to offer a promotional performance at the campus that receives the most online votes. Perhaps learning from Pitbull’s mistake, Swift’s team were sure to include a possibility for opting out of the performance in the fine print of the rules, but we’d love to see her follow in Pit’s footsteps and go through with the performance anyway. After all, the winning school also receives $10,000. Silver lining, people!
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“Mr. 305” himself is headed to a Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska (pop. around 6,000) thanks to the combined efforts of roughly 70,000 internet denizens. It all started with a contest held by Walmart and Sheets Energy Strips to have the Miami based rapper perform at the Walmart that had the most Facebook likes.
Thorpe and Hernden, writers for SomethingAwful.com, both tweeted about their desire to send Pitbull to the far-flung Kodiak Walmart. Those tweets became the catalyst for the prank, which spread across Twitter after hundreds of retweets and the creation of the #ExilePitbull hashtag. From there, the user community at popular image hosting board Reddit joined in on the campaign. By the time media outlets had begun reporting on the story, it was already over.
But the story doesn’t end there. Much to the pleasure of everyone involved, Pitbull is going along with the results of the competition. What a good sport!
And for his hard work coming up with the idea and moving his fingers to type out a few tweets, Thorpe has netted himself a trip to Alaska alongside Pitbull. Recap: the Internet gets what it wants, a sleepy Alaskan town gets something pretty special, and Pitbull might have to wear a puffy coat for a few days in the middle of the summer.
Happy Wednesday, everyone.