Like nearly everyone else, I anxiously awaited last week’s announcement of the inaugural inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame. Scanning through the biographies of the 33 pioneers who were enshrined and cast in virtual bronze, I was shocked to discover that they were nearly all older, white men who primarily worked behind the scenes to develop various things that make the internet work. In other words, the serious business people of the internet. Besides the weird, sort-of-lulzy inclusion of Al Gore, there weren’t many people the average guy would think of including in a list of internet stars. While I’m all for recognizing the innovators in technology who have made, and continue to make, the infrastructure of the internet what it is, let’s be honest: The Internet Hall of Fame is pretty boring.
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An attempt at viral fame ended in tragedy Monday when a 22 year-old social media intern took his love of internet humor too far.
Joshua Flaherty of New Brunswick, NJ passed away at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital late Monday night due to Sepsis, a bacterial infection resulting from a gastrointestinal perforation, following the rectal insertion of precisely 10 pounds of hickory smoked bacon.
“Josh had a really big heart, and he just loved giving people what they wanted,” said Flaherty’s mother Linda. “When he told me about the project, I thought to myself, Josh is a smart kid and he’s made good at this Internet thing so far. What could go wrong?”
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