Tarol Hunt, author of webcomic Goblins
, was recently informed
that the house he and his family rent had been allowed to fall into foreclosure by its owners, forcing him to make a choice: raise thousands of dollars to buy the home, or be evicted. On July 10th, Thunt appealed
to his fans as a last resort: Raise $30,000
by August 20th, as part of his Tempts Fate
spin-off, and Tempts Fate will survive the most fiendish, dangerous adventure he's ever faced.
His fans raised the money in four days
posted by Silverdragonanon
on Jul 15, 2011 -
At the end of the Korean War, James Veneris
was an American POW awaiting repatriation. But when his time came, he—along with twenty other Americans and a Briton
—declined to leave and chose to cast his lot with Mao and the Chinese Communist Party. Over time, almost all of these men became disillusioned with Marxism and eventually returned to their homelands
. The Cold War that informed their decisions has become a chapter in the history books but the story of Western defectors to the Communist bloc is just now being written.
posted by jason's_planet
on Jan 4, 2007 -
How far will an online company go to make sure you're a good American? Some companies
will test you
like in a cheesy WWII movie drama. (screenshotted for posterity, but you can get there by clicking on "Unregistered?" on their website)
posted by Kickstart70
on Dec 17, 2005 -
Scientific American has an interesting article on brand loyalty
on the web. Researchers at MIT are concluding that people stick with familiar commerce sites. Even though the web is supposed to enable shoppers to choose from any site, they instead stay with their favorite, even paying more for the security and familiarity. The researchers also concluded that $20 off coupons and bargain deals aren't going to bankrupt top sites, because it's a considerable investment (from a user's prospective) to shop at a new commerce site, and the offers offset that cost accordingly.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 21, 2000 -