Monday, July 07

 

Wednesday, July 02

 

Tuesday, July 01

Woot Turns 10 in July: Happy Birthmonth to Us!

by Jason Toon


​Has it really been 260 fortnights? Has Woot existed for one-hundredth of a millennium already? Where did those two Roman lustra go? Yes, this month Woot celebrates 70 dog years of questionable business decisions and occasionally reliable customer service - and we're passing the jubilation on to you with our Woot 10 celebration! Please enjoy:

Our live birthday Wootcast, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST, Friday, July 11: A full day of jinks both hi- and lo-, streamed live from the Woot studios! The centerpiece will be a participatory ecommerce experience utterly unlike anything ever yet attempted anywhere by anybody. We'll reveal more later. Seriously, this is gonna be insane.

$10 daily shirts at Shirt.Woot: All month long, our shirt store is turning back the price clock with $10 featured shirts every day! Let's party like it's 2004 except we didn't have a T-shirt store in 2004 so more like 2007 but that's confusing with the whole 10-year-anniversary thing so let's just say 2004! Awooh!

Woot Vault product descriptions: With all this partying going on, who's got time to write new product descriptions for every single Today's Woot deal? Not us! So we're flipping through our stash of thousands of product writeups and featuring the choicest deep cuts in the main writeup space on each Woot site.

Games, videos, giveaways, animal fights, and more: We're working on all kinds of fun to celebrate ten years of Woot in the most fitting of ways: with a scattershot, slapped-together jumble of ill-conceived folly. Catch it!

Most of all, Woot 10 is a gift to thank you, the fans, for keeping us alive as we near puberty. You don't even have to buy anything. But you know, come on, we've gone to a lot of trouble here. Would it kill you to flip us a couple of bucks? 

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The Debunker: Is Human Body Temperature 98.6°?

by Ken Jennings

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, July is the beginning of the “dog days” of summer, the hottest period of the year. But you know what’s cool on a hot day? Knowledge. Grab a tall glass of lemonade, settle down in a hammock under a shady tree, and let Jeopardy! wunderkind Ken Jennings set you straight on some shamefully persistent misinformation about hot stuff.

The Debunker: Is Human Body Temperature 98.6°?

My mom was a slave to the thermometer. A temperature of 98.6° meant that, even if I felt lousy, I was perfectly healthy and had to go to school. Anything higher meant a fever, so I could stay home and watch game shows and General Hospital. Anything lower meant I wasn’t holding the damn thing in my mouth right, and I got just one more chance before she’d go back to the medicine cabinet to get (ominous music sting!) the other thermometer.

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Monday, June 30

Music Monday: Sunshine Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! So, everyone who's anyone is outside soaking up some rays. We're gonna do the same thing in here. This week, our theme is Sunshine Songs! Maybe they're about sunshine, maybe they sound good in the sunshine. Scott doesn't care. Do your thang, people.

The Ramones - California Sun

 

If ever there was a song for a convertible of the modern era, THIS is that song. Fill up the tank and zip down to the beach. And maybe swing by the offices and grab me, too? I'll buy soda and chips for the drive!

Unless you plan to take Scott up on his offer, see you after the jump!

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Thursday, June 26

 

Wednesday, June 25

 

Tuesday, June 24

The Debunker: Are Wedding Dresses White to Symbolize Virginity?

by Ken Jennings

“Oh, my Luve’s like a red, red, rose / That’s newly sprung in June,” wrote Robert Burns, and while it’s always sad when a poet doesn’t know how to spell an easy word like “love,” it’s undeniably true that June is the most romantic month of the year. To this day, it’s the most popular month for Americans to get married, just ahead of August and May. We’ve asked Ken Jennings, the famous Jeopardy! champion and relationship guru, to puncture four matrimonial myths that have stuck around for years, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. If you’re not ready to have all your marital misconceptions shattered, speak now or forever hold your peace.

The Debunker: Are Wedding Dresses White to Symbolize Virginity?

It was rarely a nice day for a white wedding at the turn of the 19th century, so it’s a good thing Billy Idol wasn’t trying to make a go of it as a singer then. Bridal gowns up back then were typically practical affairs: black, brown, or gray dresses that could be reused throughout married life. But then, on February 10, 1840, everything changed.

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Monday, June 23

Music Monday: Songs About Themselves

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today's list of songs are songs about the very songs they are. That's right! We're gettin' meta up in here.. Case in point:

The Raspberries - Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)

 

See how easy it is? You write a song about why you're writing a song and then people understand, and it becomes a hit! Well, okay, this song didn't actually ever become a hit per se, but surely that was in the original plan. Just listen to the lyrics, he just wanted to hear the record!

We never meta song we didn't like. See you after the jump for four more!

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Wednesday, June 18