It’s a wonderful, wacky and very weird life. Who knew Bill Gates used Reddit? One lucky redditor drew the billionaire as her secret Santa. Plus, today’s Blog Log learns when you say “To your health!” and raise a cocktail in the air, you’re actually doing your immune system a favor. Plus, a few items more. You can haz read.
“I want to start by giving a HUGE THANK YOU to Mr. Bill Gates for an amazing gift and secret santa experience. Bill — you ROCK (can I call you Bill?! I feel like we’re friends now!).” — redditor NY1227 at redditgifts.com reveals the identity of her Secret Santa, who just so happened to be Bill Gates. (Yes, THAT Bill Gates.) Gates sent NY1227 a stuffed animal cow accompanied by a card — and a photo showing him holding them — stating that a cow was bought in the redditor’s name for a family through Heifer International.
“I’m reminded of that old saying … A martini a day keeps the doctor away!” — commenter George Bures at motherjones.com reacts to the conclusions of a new study that suggests cocktails might actually boost your immune system. The research did find one caveat, however: Only modest amounts of alcohol seem to help; too much alcohol had no positive effects.
“Merry Christmas, Son. I Trampled a Man to Death to Buy You This LeapPad Ultra Tablet.” — Jeremiah Tucker at mcsweeneys.net thinks up the perfect title to go with his fictional first-person essay about how he crushed an old man’s windpipe to procure a toy for his son. It’s funnier than it sounds. In fact, it might be the best post on McSweeney’s since “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf—–s.”
“Each of this year’s big shark of a release was followed by smaller suckerfish singles and Eps by unknown artists, who hope that the last two or three record executives in the world sometimes use Spotify drunk.” — Ben Richmond at motherboard.vice.com sums up the year in “shadow pop.” The term describes the practice of unknown artists naming their songs or albums similarly to more popular acts in order to increase the chances that someone might stumble randomly across their music through search functions.