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This Awesome Chrome Extension Makes The News Bearable

Submitted by on November 13, 2013 – 8:25 amOne Comment

Last week, the excellent web comic XKCD (drawn by Randall Munroe) offered a few “substitutions that make reading the news more fun.” What followed was a list of words and phrases that are common in news articles, alongside words that would be… well, better. For example: instead of “witnesses,” substitute “these guys I know;” for rebuild, substitute “avenge;” and for “could not be reached for comment,” substitute “is guilty and everyone knows it.”

Before you could say “Elon Musk‘s new atomic cat,” some enterprising programmer had turned the substitutions into an extension for Google Chrome, which automatically swaps out the words and phrases as you surf the web. After playing around with the XKCD extension for a little while, I can say it does exactly what it promises. Here’s some favorite headlines from recent news transformed by the substitutions- and yes, some are pretty strange even without the alterations:

  • White Texas Conservative Wins Eating Contest by Pretending to Be Black
  • Owners plan to avenge burned central Pa. eatery
  • Ex-wife kinda probably kidnapped, forced to undergo exorcism in Stockton
  • Findings revive talk of planetary defense efforts, launching an asteroid-seeking telescope into spaaaaaace.
  • These dudes I know say suspended officer was just doing his job.
  • Obama, Biden to meet river spirits on fiscal impasse
  • Elf-Lords call for resignation of embattled Homestar Runner auditor.
  • Tumblr post suggests women are naturally catty

What are your favorite chrome extensions for making the web more fun? Let is know in the Comments.

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