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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/18/2011

Lunchline: The Internet does not last forever

Last night, my Twitter account was phished and I sent out a bunch of ridiculous spam DMs to my followers. Sorry for that if you got one. It was particularly annoying because I'd just gotten through telling the long story of how I came to be a soccer fan in this country, if you care to know. More on the world's game later, though.


(Oli Scarff - Getty Images)
Every morning, I wake up to see people complaining about Metro on the Internet. Whether it's a hot train car or a bus that was late, someone always has something to say about the service. Now, Metro is officially trying to use the platforms that were a sounding board for grievances to its advantage. The transit system has hired a full-time social media manager, and a "Twitter-savvy chief spokesman" to better communicate with riders, The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reports. Who knows how effective this will be, but at least they're trying.


Many customers, like Anthony Baker, 63, claim Smokey's at 4714 14th Street NW has the best sauce. (Sarah L. Voisin - THE WASHINGTON POST)
If you've never eaten mumbo sauce, you're probably not from D.C. In fact, it's entirely possible that you did grow up in the city and are not aware of the delectable local condiment that is the lifeblood of carryout food spots all over town. Now, an Annapolis woman who grew up in D.C. is trying to take the sweet sauce mainstream. The Post's Theresa Vargas offers a backdrop on the history of mumbo sauce. Full disclosure: I love the stuff, and I typically take it on the side as a dip. Also, a video on how it's made.


Michael Nelson. (Courtesy of Old Dominion University - COURTESY OF OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY)
Contrary to popular belief, not everything that goes on the Web is permanent. The average life of any specific page is about 100 days, and a computer science professor at Old Dominion University is looking to change that. Not because he wants to make sure you remember that night in college when you passed out on a friend's couch after partying too hard, but to make sure historians have something to study down the line. The Post's Daniel de Vise reports on the interesting world of Michael Nelson, whom some call "an Internet time traveler."

Apparently, loose lips aren't the only thing that sink ships. The U.S. Navy is sinking another one of its destroyers east of Delaware to serve as an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean. It's considered a form of recycling, because the sunken vessels will draw diver tourists to the area and help the service get rid of its obsolete ships. But The Post's Juliet Epstein reports that environmentalists have a different view on the matter. They claim that the sunken ships are nothing but potentially harmful ocean debris.

The United States women's national team lost to a superior opponent yesterday. You might consider it a choke job, but the Japanese squad had taken down the host nation Germans, and punished the Swedes (who beat the Americans outright) on their way to the final. That win was no fluke. Pia Sundhage's team got outsmarted and lost in Frankfurt on Sunday. The Post's Chico Harlan describes how winning the Women's World Cup was exactly the prideful moment that Japan needed.

Extra Bites

• Today is Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday. The man affectionately known as The Madiba is inarguably one of the most inspirational figures of all time, and The Root's Charlayne Hunter-Gault says "he set a standard of conduct to which leaders of any age should aspire."

• In journalism, they say "dog bites man" is not news, but "man bites dog" is. In that case, this story is definitely news.

• People are doing magic tricks with their iPhones. This is seriously a thing.

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