The Internet has a field day with Supreme Court ruling aftermath

Melissa Knowles
June 29, 2012

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The Supreme Court's ruling on the health-care law Thursday created an unparalleled social media firestorm. At one point, there were more than 13,000 tweets every minute about the decision. So it should come as no surprise that some people made incorrect statements.

One notable trend on Twitter involved people threatening to move to Canada to escape America's new health-care law. The big problem with that decision? Canada already has universal health care, which is even more involved than the newly mandated U.S. law. There was even an 18% increase in Yahoo searches for "Canadian immigration" yesterday.

Another trend included common typos in response to the new health-care law. A Tumblr page called "Affordabe Care Cat" went up in response to the common typo on the "Affordable Care Act." The blog posts one of the Internet's common subjects, pictures of cats, with clever block texts that have double meaning, including "Affordable Care Cat a Tax!" Another reads, "Affordable Care Cat is Upheld."

Cable network CNN was also made fun of. The network's now-infamous false report that the law was struck down has been immortalized in a digitally altered image that has since gone viral. Based on the photo of Harry Truman holding up a paper declaring "Dewey Defeats Truman," the new image features President Obama holding up an iPad with CNN's "Mandate Struck Down" on the screen.


If you're in the market for a new home it makes sense to call a real estate agent. However, if you are in the market for an entire Italian village, just go on eBay. The Tuscan village of Pratariccia, located just 25 miles from Florence and adjacent to a national park, is listed for sale on Italy's version of eBay, "Annunci" for $3.1 million. The eight-acre village dates to medieval times and is set in the rolling hills of Tuscany, 2,400 feet above sea level.

So what is included in the deal? There are 25 abandoned houses that are in desperate need of repair in the village. So there will be plenty of work to do, which could help boost the local economy. The group of people selling the village live outside the area. Two bids have already fallen through on the property. The first was from a group that wanted to turn the village into a luxury spa resort. Another unsuccessful bid was from a group of local artists who wanted to turn the village into an area for craftsmen and laborers.

Real estate agent Carlo Magni, who is handling the sale, said he decided to list it on eBay. "So many people buy and sell online these days that it has to be worth it." The village is not listed in the auction section, but in the classifieds. The price has already been reduced from 5 million euros, and Magni said he's been getting a lot of calls since the property was listed two weeks ago.