Liz Gannes

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No Joke: Pandora Adds Comedy

Internet radio service Pandora has added 10,000 short sketches from more than 700 different comics to its library. Even though the best way to ruin a joke is to explain it, Pandora enlisted a “team of working comedians” to identify traits such as “basic themes (ethnicity, family) and styles of delivery (dry, self-deprecating) to broader categorizations of how comedians toy with logic and language (spoonerisms, juxtaposition, misdirection)” so it can make comedy recommendations.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus