Don’t Waste Your Time on These Bogus Clickbait Stories. Especially Number 9.
The craze for clickbait — tempting, often untrue headlines that rack up page views through trickery and sleaziness — shows no sign of subsiding.
But as long as those tacky websites are going to litter the Internet with exaggerated or outright deceptive headlines, I’m going to keep ruining their punchlines. I’m going to keep offering these clickbait spoilers. (You won’t want to miss our previous takedowns. See installments 1, 2, and 3.)
Here’s Episode 4 of Pogue’s Clickbait Spoilers:
Spoiler: Idling their engines.
Spoiler: Putting flowers in your beard.
Spoiler: They’re more tolerant of “stigmatized groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees.”
Spoiler: The pictures show what appear to be acts of kindness by strangers — for example, a woman buys a meal for a homeless man. None of the photos are credited, sourced, or linked; many are not believable; and the “one thing” never does become clear.
Spoiler: Local news story about a 3-year-old boy who spends time with his 89-year-old next-door neighbor every day. But both are about to move away, so it’s sad.
Spoiler: Cut straight slices (not wedges) to avoid exposing surfaces to the drying air. It takes the guy 2 minutes, 43 seconds to get to the point.