AOL Promotional CDs – Return to Sender

Throughout the 1990s, AOL distributed hundreds of thousands of promotional AOL floppy disks and CDs, offering hours of free service for new subscribers. The disks cost the company upwards of $300 million dollars over the years and at one point, caused all other CD production to be halted. The disks were highly criticized for their environmental impact and as early as October 1996, Usenet members were sharing ideas on how to destroy them. In 1997, computer software engineer Dave Dyer created a lit Christmas tree out of 66 AOL CDs. In August 2001, launched, encouraging people to mail them their unwanted promo disks. Their initial goal was to gather 1 million of the disks and hand-deliver them back to AOL headquarters. By May 2003, they collected 179,245 disks. The project ceased on August 10th, 2007 after collecting 410,176 disks.

Collecting AOL Disks
Return to Sender: AOL CDs

In 2002, Sparky Haufle launched, both to show off his collection of AOL CDs as well as facilitating trades between other collectors. The following year, The AOL CD-ROM Museum was established, housing pictures of multiple people’s collections as well as separate exhibits highlighting the different types of disks issued. Well into 2005, collectors continued to share photos of their collections on forums.

The Netherlands close 27 prisons in 2014 due to lack of criminals

The country is actually to close eight prisons because of a lack of criminals, the Dutch justice ministry has announced.

nside Boschpoort Prison, a dome-shaped prison in Breda
Crime rate in The Netherlands has reduced so drastically


In a decade, the number of people imprisoned every year in The Netherlands fell from 50,650 in 2005 to 37,790 in 2015. And the rate of incarceration stands at 57 prisoners per 100,000 residents, compared with 458 in the United States.


The decrease is expected to continue, the ministry said, with Deputy justice minister Nebahat Albayrak saying that natural redundancy and other measures should counter any forced lay-offs.

The Criminal Justice Alliance, which represents more than 60 organisations, called for the government to urgently limit “the unnecessary use of prison, ensuring it is reserved for serious, persistent and violent offenders for whom no alternative sanction is appropriate”.

There are now only 38 prisons still in operation in The Netherlands, with 27 closed since 2014.

Six were sold for about 20.7 million euros ($23 million), while others have been rented out, often as centres for asylum seekers, bringing in a total of around 18 million euros

Justin Bieber to North Korea – Project North Korea is Best Korea


On May 3rd, 2010, a fan voting page was launched, which allowed users to select a country for Justin Bieber to visit and perform during his “My World” tour.

Justin Bieber goes to North Korea
Justin Bieber goes to North Korea

On June 30th, 2010, the Internet news blog Urlesque published an article by writer Cole Stryker titled “4chan Tries to Send Justin Bieber to North Korea”, which reported that North Korea had already received over 100,000 votes on the Faxo poll page. The same day, the Urlesque article was submitted in a post on the /r/wtf subreddit, receiving over 3,000 up votes and 460 comments prior to being archived. On July 1st, the viral content site BuzzFeed published a post titled “Justin Bieber: Project North Korea is Best Korea”, which included an infographic on how to participate in the online prank.

infographic on how to participate in the online prank
infographic on how to participate in the online prank

On the same day, Gawker published a post titled “The Plot to Send Justin Bieber to North Korea”, reporting that North Korea had reached second place in the online poll tailing behind Israel. On July 2nd, The Independent published an article about the prank, which noted that it would not be possible for Bieber to perform in North Korea due to the country’s ban on western music. On July 5th, the BBC published an article titled “Prank leaves Justin Bieber facing tour of North Korea”, which reported that the voting site had not been officially endorsed by Beiber’s record label. The same day, the Internet news blog BoingBoing published a post titled “4chan prank means Justin Bieber must tour North Korea”, which mocked the BBC news coverage of the prank.

If we send him to North Korea, they’ll use his/her/its voice as the ultimate weapon

On July 6th, MSNBC published an article by writer Helen A.S. Popkin titled “Web prank sends Justin Bieber to North Korea”, which compared the voting scheme to other online pranks including the “Shaved Bieber” Firefox extension created by the Free Art and Technology Lab member Greg Leuch. The same day, the tech news publication Wired posted an article titled “4chan Has Nearly Voted Justin Bieber to North Korea.”

On July 7th, 2010, the voting contest officially came to an end with North Korea topping the poll with 659,488 votes. The results were immediately posted in a screenshot to 4chan’s /b/ (random) board , which received over 180 replies. The same day, MTV News published an article titled “Justin Bieber is Not Going to North Korea, Rep Confirms”, which quoted a Bieber spokesperson who revealed that the voting page was “not a legitimate contest.”

The My World Tour is an upcoming concert tour by Justin Bieber. It is his first official headlining tour, and is promoted by AEG Live, and Live Nation. The tour is anticipated to have multiple legs, and the supporting acts for the first will be Sean Kingston and Jessica Jarrell. Pop girl group The Stunners will also serve as an opening act for the first twenty dates. The tour is set to support his first release, My World, and its follow-up, My World 2.0. Who wants Justin the most? Decide now…