The Week's Five (Well, Six) Funniest Media Stories: Special Social Networking Edition

Last Updated May 27, 2010 12:51 PM EDT

This week's six funniest media stories, with special nods to Facebook, a really dumb ex-Disney employee, and Jack Bauer, ex of Fox's 24.

1. Productivity lost: according to, the total amount of time spent playing Google's playable Pacman logo was more than 4.8 million hours, most of it probably spent in corporate cubicles around the globe. If you didn't get to play it the first time, you still can.

2. In what was a Mickey Mouse operation in every way possible, a Disney employee and her boyfriend came up with a scheme in which they would advance information to hedge funds about the company's quarterly earnings, for a fee. They got caught. This idea was so dumb that not even greater knowledge of basic grammar would have helped. Still, it's worth including this sample email excerpt:

First of all, i am not a fed, I have no way to prove it at this point but i am not asking you to disclose your identity not i will disclose mine. It is up to you to determine if this is worth the risk as i did. I work for Disney, that is all i can tell you.
i kid u not.

3. Joy of Tech (via AllThingsD) presents a fanciful Facebook's new privacy settings. One box you can check:

Most privacy. I publicly admit that there are things I want to hide, and things I am ashamed of, and that my name will be added to the Facebook Wall of Shame, and that I want to abandon my friends and perhaps never be spoken to again.
4. Ryan Howard of The Office debuts his new social network: Woof.

5. From The Onion: Entire Facebook Staff Laughs As Man Tightens Privacy Settings. 6. And finally, via Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, Chuck DeVore, conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in California, compares himself to Jack Bauer -- as if Jack Bauer was real. Really. Sample copy:

Ask yourself this question, Jack Bauer fans: which person would Jack want as his U.S. senator?
(Hint: It's not Barbara Boxer.)

Have a good Memorial Day weekend.