You know Upworthy, they're responsible for those clickbait headlines everyone (and their mother) share on Facebook about a million times. If you've had enough, the browser plugin Downworthy automagically rewords them for what they actually mean.
Downworthy replaces hyperbolic headlines from bombastic viral websites with a slightly more realistic version. For example:
- "Literally" becomes "Figuratively"
- "Will Blow Your Mind" becomes "Might Perhaps Mildly Entertain You For a Moment"
- "One Weird Trick" becomes "One Piece of Completely Anecdotal Horseshit"
- "Go Viral" becomes "Be Overused So Much That You'll Silently Pray for the Sweet Release of Death to Make it Stop"
- "Can't Even Handle" becomes "Can Totally Handle Without Any Significant Issue"
- "Incredible" becomes "Painfully Ordinary"
- "You Won't Believe" becomes "In All Likelihood, You'll Believe"
- ... and so on. (see the spoilers list below)
These articles are, in general, not nearly as bad as their titles - but the titles have become SO overblown, they're meaningless and annoying. But people still click, so the trend continues. Consider this me doing my part to stop the insanity.
|Google introduces phone services|
|“Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto [...] is a scary, dystopian document.”|
|A Style Guide for the Internet Age|
|AirPNP: the AirBNB for Toilets|
|Animals Being Dicks|
|Everything We've Learnt About the Surveillance State|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“The cost could be so near to zero it will effectively be free.”|
|Go the Fuck to Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Book|
|“He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|Sensually Retro Illustrations by Simone Massoni|
|“Put words between buns.”|
|“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”|
|Good Fucking Design Advice|