There are plenty of topics people make fun of on the internet nowadays. You have some people making memes of bad elementary school pictures while others use old cartoon clips to tell the world how they feel “when bae stops texting” them.
One topic seems to stand out more than others — and not in a good way. There are certain people who hate being a responsible member of society and want to evoke that feeling to their social media hub. What better way to say “I hate doing homework” than by posting a picture of someone drinking bleach with the caption “when I have a s**t ton of homework to do”.
Seems so funny, right? Actually no, you are wrong. Mental health and suicide are not subjects to take lightly. All of the joking shows how insensitive some are to the topic.
Suicide is not something people should be using for ‘funny’ social media content. I cannot comprehend why some even think it is okay to post something regarding the issue.
According to MedlinePlus, “suicide is the act of taking one’s own life on purpose.” The people who consider committing suicide have no intention of going on with their lives, thinking that no one will miss them when they are gone and believing that life will be better if they just were not there anymore.
Suicide can be brought upon by depression or severe anxiety, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. People who have experienced their loved ones taking their own lives know that suicide is a real thing and affects everyone around them.
Since suicide is so bad, why is it being made fun of social media sites like Twitter? Why do I consistently see Twitter users make light of such a serious situation? The only way I can think that people think that suicide is funny is because they do not take it seriously. They do not know the pain that it puts the person and their loved ones through. Suicide is a serious matter, yet I see jokes made about it everyday on Twitter.
Just the other day, while scrolling through my Twitter feed, I could not help but noticing multiple memes and jokes made about suicide.
@LeafyIsHere, a Twitter user and Youtube star, posted a photo of a man looking at a noose with the caption, “When people say they don’t like suicide jokes.” The tweet received over 465 retweets and 2,968 likes.
In the comment section, other users were proclaiming how people are “too sensitive” about the topic of suicide, even though it should be taken very seriously. Some left ironic comments, like @DolanDark who responded to the tweet with “stop making fun of suicide, kill yourself.”
It is apparent that suicide is a joke to many, especially to the pre-teen generation.
Another tweet that I came across was from @Emmaverage saying that “dad jokes are funny, suicide jokes are funny, depression jokes are funny because it is better to laugh than cry. Comedy > sulking.”
While it may be true that laughter is the best medicine to put oneself out of a bad mood, it does not cure suicidal thoughts, especially if some of those “jokes” are about killing yourself.
At the end of the day, people can post whatever they want on the internet. We live in a country where people can do and say whatever they feel like to the dismay of others. If one wants to joke about the seriousness that is suicide, they have the right, but that does not mean people are not going to call them out for their disrespectful banter. Suicide is not something people should take lightly, and joking about the severity of it probably makes people with suicidal thoughts think about it even more.
If you are thinking about tweeting out something in reference to depression or suicide, you might want to think again. Making a joke regarding a person’s life and well being makes you look like an inconsiderate jerk. Think twice before you joke about suicide.
As investment in cryptocurrency has exploded over the past few months, driving the overall crypto market cap to an all-time high above $800 billion in January, the number of different cryptocurrencies in existence has also multiplied. At Yahoo Finance, we now track the top 110 cryptocurrencies by market cap. CryptoCompare tracks more than 1,500.
Needless to say, there is a vast ocean of digital coins, and it’s expanding every day.
But just because coins are being created doesn’t mean they are legitimate; it’s relatively easy to launch a digital token. Besides bitcoin, “the alpha and the omega” of cryptocurrencies, it’s likely you’ve at least heard of four more: ether (the token of Ethereum); litecoin; ripple; and bitcoin cash. Far below those more mainstream coins are small-cap cryptocurrencies galore, and some of them look pretty strange, or downright silly.
Every coin has a stated purpose or goal behind it, but in the current investment frenzy, it’s unlikely many buyers are buying based on the technology behind each coin. Dogecoin, for example, was created as a joke, but buyers don’t appear to care: its market cap topped $2 billion anyway. And many of these industry-specific coins are barely being used for their stated purpose.
Is all of this scary? Yes, it should be. It’s why the most popular message at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit on cryptocurrency on Wednesday appeared to be: invest wisely; do your homework.
Any of these coins may prove to be a scam. Earlier this month, a scam coin called Prodeum fooled people into buying up tokens, then made off with at least $50,000 in real money, leaving only a blank web page that said “penis.” A few days later, someone claiming to be the creator acknowledged it was all a scam (“I hope you’ll accept my apology, they were babyscams”) and added, “Remember that all ICOs are scams.”
Nonetheless, here are 7 of the strangest cryptocurrencies on the market. Take note: Yahoo Finance is not endorsing any of these coins as a legitimate investment.
Yes, there’s a Trumpcoin. It launched in February 2016 as a Trump 2016 donation vehicle (or “cryptoPAC“) with 200,000 coins set aside for donating to the campaign. It has no official connection to Donald Trump, nor has Trump ever acknowledged its existence. Now that Trump is president, Trumpcoin aims to support “his fight against fake news, corruption, and the deep state.” (It’s not clear how it achieves that so far.) The coin’s supply increases at a fixed rate of 2% each year, and its value peaked in January at 84 cents per coin and a market cap of $5.5 million. Like many altcoins, you must first buy bitcoin to purchase Trumpcoins. (See a price chart at CoinMarketCap.)
Two IBM developers, Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer, created dogecoin in 2013 as a joke, meant to parody other cryptocurrencies. “Doge” refers to a popular internet meme of a Shiba Inu dog with a particular way of speaking. (See below our own Yahoo Finance twist on the doge meme.) Palmer said in early 2017 that there is “no active development anymore” of dogecoin and said that the network will soon “organically wind down.” Nope: in 2017, dogecoin rose 3,832% in price. In the first week of 2018, its market cap briefly hit $2 billion. Now in a piece for Vice, Palmer says that spike shows “Something is very wrong.” (Price chart at Yahoo Finance.)
Billed as “the first blockchain solution for the global dental industry,” dentacoin is an Ethereum-based digital token that launched its token sale in October 2017. Its market cap topped $2 billion in the first week of January. Think of dentacoin as a simple rewards program masquerading as cryptocurrency; at participating dental offices, patients can pay in dentacoin and earn dentacoin. At the time of writing, just 14 dental practices in the world have signed on, located in: Buffalo, N.Y.; Simi Valley, Calif.; Australia; England; Italy; Hungary; Bulgaria; India; Taiwan; Malaysia; and Fiji. (Price chart at Yahoo Finance.)
Walmart, Unilever, Nestle, Kroger and other grocers all recently partnered with IBM Blockchain to use blockchain tech to track food shipments. So maybe it should come as no surprise that a banana plantation in Laos has introduced a digital token pegged to the export price of 1 kilogram of bananas. Bananacoin held a token sale over Ethereum in November and sold 4 million of a 14 million token supply. You can buy bananacoin with bitcoin or ether, and once you have some, you can sell one bananacoin for a kilogram of bananas any time you like. At the time of writing, Bananacoin is hovering around 25 cents. (Price chart at CoinLib.)
Blockchain for weed: why not? After all, cannabis businesses have struggled to get legitimate business bank accounts, even in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. There’s potcoin, dopecoin, and paragoncoin (backed by rapper The Game), to name just three weed-related crypto projects. Potcoin runs on its own blockchain, originally launched in 2014 as a fork from litecoin, and aims to be the default method of payment for the “underserved legal marijuana industry,” according to its website. Potcoin’s market cap peaked at the end of 2017 at just above $90 million. (Price chart at CoinMarketCap.)
If there’s crypto for bananas, crypto for dentists, and crypto for weed, why not for porn? Sexcoin is “the first cryptocurrency for the adult entertainment industry” and launched in 2013, with a planned coin supply of 250 million coins (for reference, bitcoin is capped at 21 million and 16.8 million have been mined). Sexcoin hit an all-time high market cap of $18 million at the end of 2017 amid the altcoin investing frenzy. (Price chart at CoinMarketCap.)
Named after the valuable mineral found on the planet Pandora in the movie “Avatar,” Unobtanium touts itself as “the original rare cryptocurrency.” Scarcity is the name of the game, with only 250,000 total coins in supply. At the time of writing, it’s trading at around $130 per coin, with a market cap of $25 million. (Price chart at CoinMarketCap.)
Daniel Roberts covers bitcoin and blockchain at Yahoo Finance. Follow him on Twitter at @readDanwrite.
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