4Chan is best known for their ballsiest pranks on the internet. They have fooled various media outlets and even have made nationwide trending stories out of the fake news. We went on to their site to research what the outcry was all about… we weren’t disappointed. The last one will surprise you to no end, but first, some equally hilarious yet shocking ones.
This one was done with good intent, at least that’s what it seems to be. When Time’s polled their readers to pick the person of the year in 2012, the 4Chan community got together to vote unanimously for Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
They wanted him to win so that he would allow open internet in North Korea, where the internet is banned and propaganda fills the media. The intent was that Kim might lift the ban from the internet as this would project him as a great leader… and it would be something which he would want to show it off to his people.
Time’s refused to go with the readers’ choice and instead named Barrack Obama as the person of the year.
Kim Jong Un was not the only gift of 4Channers to Time. In 2009, they got together to make sure that the founder of 4Chan, Christopher Poole aka ‘Moot,’ got his due. The result of the co-ordination was that Moot was named as Time’s Most Influential Person of the Year easily beating Barrack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Vladimir Putin.
Poole recently announced his retirement amid a gathering of 40k YouTubers and a group of 63k anonymous shout outs on 4Chan. The site ownership has since been transferred to the founder of 2channel. Poole had started 4Chan when he was just 15.
4Chan loves to hate Justin Bieber, perhaps even more than the YouTube users of his song (Baby). Maybe, that’s why when an online promotion started, where users were asked to choose Bieber’s next tour destination, all 4Channers got together to vote for him to go to North Korea.
Before the contest details were posted on 4Chan, Israel was trending as the top destination. However, after the details were outed on 4Chan, North Korea jumped up significantly and won the contest with over 650k votes. With no way out, Bieber’s spokesperson termed the contest as not legitimate and everybody just missed out on a great opportunity.
Pepsi Co. wanted to launch an apple flavor of Mountain Dew. Thinking that having online users name their drink would be a masterstroke in marketing, they launched a massive campaign to promote the contest. Things were going great until 4Chan got a whiff of it.
Pretty soon, names like Diabeetus, Gushing Granny and ‘Hitler did nothing wrong’ started to lead the race. Pepsi had to choose between promoting Nazis or terminating the contest. They chose the latter and have not launched that apple flavored drink in the market to date.
Taylor Swift... dividing the Internet since 2006
Chegg and Papa Jones once organized a contest for US schools. The most popular school at the end of the contest would have had Taylor Swift perform for them. 4Channers once again got together and ensured that Horace Mann School won the competition – with over 5 times the votes of the other schools.
While the above doesn’t seem fishy at all, it all made sense when it was found that Horace Mann is a school for the deaf. Event organizers had to remove the school from the contest, but the school got $50k in donations with $10k coming from Swift alone, giving this story its happy ending.