While you were busy crushing candy, the game’s maker was busy stealing the word… Plus, read more about what you may have missed on the Internet in today’s Blog Log, where we attempt to cover all the latest Web chatter in one fell swoop.
“The populace is sure to rise up and resist this linguistic power grab, just as soon as they match a chocolate bomb with a striped lollipop to get the jelly beans out of licorice jail and advance to level 295.” — John Teti at avclub.com makes a prediction about the fate of a recent decision by the U.S. government that gave preliminarily approval for King, the makers of Candy Crush Saga, to trademark the word “candy.” Before the makers of Candy Land and candy canes freak out, rest assured, the trademark is limited solely to video games and, strangely, clothing.
“Impending snowy doom or not, Harris Teeter has just one register open. I actually sort of admire them for sticking to their principles.” — @dcuniverse lauds a local Harris Teeter grocery store for staying consistently awful in terms of checking out on Tuesday morning, before snow hit the region.
“The 38 year old me thinks the 26 year old me was an idiot. I can only assume what the 50 year old will think of the both of us.” — commenter apeshapedman at gawker.com reacts to a recent essay posted on Thought Catalog, a blog marketed to 20-something liberal arts students. Gawker, a website often devoted to mocking 20-something liberal arts students, linked to the essay in which a 26-year-old contemplates mortality for the first time after watching “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”
“ ‘123456’ is finally getting some time in the spotlight as the world’s worst password, after spending years in the shadow of ‘password.’ ” — Jared Newman at pcworld.com reveals the most commonly stolen password of 2013. The security firm Splashdata compiles the list annually and adds some common-sense advice: “Consider using phrases of random words separated by spaces or underscores,” writes Newman. Guess “654321” is out, then.
“The war against butter is over. Butter won.” — Roberto A. Ferdman at qz.com declares a winner this week in the butter vs. margarine battle. Ferdman claims the margarine industry waved the white flag when one of its largest manufacturers, Unilever, the maker of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, began making a spread with butter.