As worldwide travel grows and lesser-known destinations skyrocket to the top of every bucket list, the effects of tourism become clearer and clearer. Visitors flocking in large numbers can create quite the array of problems: their repeated touches and footsteps erode, their trash builds up faster than it can be disposed of, and their resources are so heavily demanded that their system struggles to keep up.
While some places have had ages of time and experience teach them what to expect from tourism and how to handle it, other places are learning the hard way. But as one of those ‘other places,’ the Faroe Islands are wasting no time in putting tourism on hold to actively work against any permanent damage to their beloved habitat.
That means shutting down tourism for a few days each year.
While the residential population of Denmark’s extra-territory is around 50,000, that figure is doubled each year by annual tourism. And it didn’t take long for residents and businesses to feel those effects. Seeing how heavy tourism has affected other places, they decided it was better to take preventative action first than reparative action later. So, the islands will be closed for two days during the weekend of 16 and 17 April, 2020 – meaning that all of the major attractions will be barred off to visitation while maintenance takes place, although hotels will stay open for people who are already there. In fact, they’ll even invite volunteers to take part in the special restoration projects.
Last year, quite a few tourists were surprised when maintenance was happening during their visit, on which they were expecting to visit many of the places that were closed. But this year, they announced the temporary closure on their national tourism website.
All over the territory, the Faroe Islands citizens will be working on conservation projects. The tourism board has called it “delivering a touch of TLC to the Faroese countryside.”
The internet is a weird and wonderful place. The sheer vastness of the online world means there’s something out there for all of us. However, we’re so spoiled with information that sometimes we don’t bother learning or thinking for ourselves. Or at least, that’s what happened to these folks, and it came back around to bite them. On the plus side, their naivete makes for some pretty entertaining stories for the rest of us, so thanks, guys! Keep scrolling for 40 people who should be banned from the internet altogether.
Hashtag History Lesson
Strap yourselves in folks, because you’re about to get a history lesson. This Facebook user thinks that “hashtags” were invented along with Twitter, which is partly true. While Chris Messina did suggest the hashtag in 2007 for use on Twitter, the symbol itself existed long before.
In fact, the number sign, pound sign, or hash key has Roman origins, and is used in a range of fields. You can find it in computing and mathematics, or to mean “sharp” in music. Simple!
Salmon-Ella or Chicken?
There are several tiers of stupidity in this post. We aren’t saying this person is stupid, but without a doubt, this post is stupid. Stupid detail number one is that Alexander has eaten a raw chicken breast. Stupid detail number 2 is that they did it for money.
Stupid detail number 3 is that their only knowledge of bacterial disease salmonella is that it has the word “salmon” at the beginning and therefore can’t be carried in chicken. We despair, we truly despair.
All in a Name
OK, we know that some holidays move dates each year. The most obvious example is Easter, which is celebrated on various Sundays, and encompasses the 40 days of Lent. Easter is confusing, and has something to do with the moon and the equinox. Point is – we’ll forgive some confusion over Easter.
On the other hand, if a holiday has the date in its name, you can be pretty sure it will fall on that day. Say it with me – the FOURTH of July
Rosetta Rosa Runaround
We humbly throw our hands in the air for this one. This person is beyond polite explanations – they should just be banned from the internet until they get their history straight. We’ve already seen somebody confuse Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou – but at least they’re both black women involved in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Rosetta Stone is an ancient stone that helps explain hieroglyphics. It’s also a website for learning languages. The Rosetta Stone did not sit on a bus.
Elevator Explainer Required
Just like the commenter underneath this post, we don’t know how we feel about this. Or perhaps that’s a lie. We actually feel pretty strongly about this post, because it’s absurd! Let’s walk through this – elevators usually have buttons for every floor in the building they’re in. That’s because people need to get from floor to floor.
Therefore, if you’re on level five, there will be a button for level five, but you won’t need to push it, because you’re already on level 5. Got it?
Not Quite Double Trouble
To start us off, we have this post, which must have been written by someone that forgot the definition of “twin.” This poster wishes they had a twin that was over 21, but the thing about twins is – they’re the same age.
Hence, if the so-called twin was over 21, then the writer of the post would be too. We get what this person was trying to say, and clearly they’re under 21, but think before you post, people!
Know it All or Nothing
We all know that the internet is full of know-it-alls. Stick a person behind a screen, removing all human interaction, and they’ll start saying pretty weird stuff. Take this online savior, who swept in to save a woman from her own boyfriend.
That’s right, the first comment comes from the poster’s other half, so presumably, they were OK with the compliment. Well, not according to this know-it-all, who had to call out the previous post, and then give his two cents.
Outrage from The Onion
Lots of internet mistakes are made because of satirical or jokey websites. It might be trolling, or it might just be comedy, but you have to check your sources before freaking out online. Otherwise, you’ll end up like this poster, who interpreted an article from The Onion as real news.
The Onion is one of the most prominent satirical sites, so it’s literally never reporting real news. It’s a shame nobody told this person, who’s very wound up about Eminem.
Everything in English
For some people online, it seems like they just type whatever they’re thinking without giving it a second thought. Or a first thought. This YouTube commenter has listened to a video in another language, and their first thought is to ask them to speak English.
Clearly this is extremely entitled – why should this video be in English when it’s German? And what makes this person think it should be in their language? Thankfully someone replied, pointing out the obvious.
Marilyn Monroe’s Texting Rules
The internet is full of quotations – floating around, matched with images, and attributed to historical figures. But how do we know if they’re trustworthy? Or if we should interpret them in the context in which they were said? Well, in this case, it should have been easy.
This Marilyn Monroe fan has put words in the late actress’s mouth, and weirdly, they’re about text messages. For the record, Ms. Norma Jean, aka Marilyn, passed away in 1962 – long before texting existed.
From Austria to Australia
As well as struggling with history, some internet lurkers aren’t so hot on geography. We get it – not everyone has the money and time to travel, but atlases and maps still exist. This poor Facebook user is super excited that their pal will be visiting Australia.
The trouble is, when they try to confirm this Australia trip, their friend gently informs them it’s Austria. Sadly, too fixated on the joys of the Sydney opera house, they type Australia yet again.
Do You Take CD Rom?
Technology moves so quickly that whole age groups might not understand how to use a new device. We know that older people can struggle with game consoles or the latest smartphone, but it’s also true that younger people don’t have any experience with floppy discs or hard drives.
This gullible young person absurdly thinks that the CD slot in a computer is somehow also a card reader, and is teased into sticking her card into it. Come on, guys!
Further Research Required
Here we have someone else who wasn’t paying attention in geography class. This person thinks they have one over on CNN, and even took to Facebook to point and laugh at the news organization’s error.
The thing is, while CNN did mess up, so did this smug poster. They looked at the map, correctly recognized it wasn’t where Hong Kong is, and then took to Facebook without doing any more research. We definitely recommend deleting this post.
Pass the Organic Ketchup
This naïve poster seems to have misinterpreted the definition of vegetarian. For the record, it’s a diet without meat, and last time we checked, turkeys aren’t a vegetable. This poster is nannying for a new family, and must be experimenting with new-fangled and exciting things.
While organic ketchup is probably not what this person is used to, it’s also not any more vegetarian that regular ketchup. Somebody needs to get this prospective vegetarian a bean burger or a nice tofu kebab.
In the Name of Love
One person’s romance is another person’s nightmare, right? That could be a phrase. In this case, the poster is truly enamored by her boyfriend’s romantic gesture of eating the pickles from her burger because she doesn’t like them. The problem is that the boyfriend doesn’t like them either, but he just loves her…right?
To confirm, instead of just removing the pickles, or ordering two burgers without pickles, this foolish man chomps down every time, all in the name of love.
No Calls for Crimea
One of the great things about the internet is that we can keep up with the news all over the world. In years gone by, humans just existed in their own homes and communities, without precise and immediate knowledge of what was going on somewhere across the world.
Now, we hear about things as they happen, and we can choose to engage or respond. This well-intentioned poster decided to take on the Crimea situation by taking fewer phone calls…but still texting?
A Musical Mix-Up
We have to wonder how people can make such monumental errors on the internet and not immediately delete their posts. How could you look at this and think it’s a flute, and then go on to take multiple pictures, post and caption it?
Part of us thinks that this post must be trolling us, because there’s such a world of difference between a flute and whatever this is – a violin? A cello? Whatever’s happening here, this isn’t a flute.
I Love Him 31/7
Somehow, the basic facts of life can slip through people’s minds. How many days are there in a year? How many weeks in a month? How many hours in a day? Honestly, we sort of expect people to know how many hours are in a day. After all, we do mention it constantly.
Stores tell us they’re open 24/7, and songs and movies always reference the 24 hours in each day. We guess this person must have missed the memo.
Getting by Without Google
It must be great to have grown up with the level of technology we currently have. You never knew the dial-up tone of the early internet, you’ve always had takeaway food at the tap of a button, and your phone always contains a handy little button that shows you wherever you need to go.
Miraculously, before Google put themselves in everyone’s pocket, maps still existed. That’s right, people were able to travel the world without the help of Google maps. Shocking!
Pierced and Proud
For some posts, we just can’t think of what the person was initially thinking. We have to assume that this poster doesn’t understand what racism is, and maybe thinks it’s just a blanket term for being unkind to people. We have to say though, this use of the word sort of takes away from the actual definition.
Whoever they are, this pierced person clearly has a close attachment to their piercings. Hey, we get it, but let’s not bring racism into this.
Catch a Falling Sun
From looking at this list, we already know that lots of people didn’t pay attention in class. But what about people who think they know better than their teachers? We aren’t saying that teachers are perfect, but when it comes down to whether the sun is a star or not, we think they got it.
To make things worse, this stubborn poster dug their heels in and made a second error! You see, tomatoes are fruits, and the sun is a star.
Call Me a Cab
Sometimes, when we’re in a temper, we don’t exactly think rationally. You know how it is – you get irritated, and before you know it, you’ve said something you don’t really mean. That seems to be the problem here, with this poster repeating the classic phrase of parents everywhere – “I’m not a taxi service.”
Problem is, this person immediately says that if they give lifts, they expect money, making them a taxi service. Maybe they should drive for Uber.
Second Rate Speller
Perhaps it’s wrong to poke fun at people online who mess up their spelling. After all, they might be young, they might not speak English as a first language, and we know what they mean anyway. But for the sake of consistency, let’s poke some fun anyway.
This poster made two online errors, firstly by saying “cuted” instead of cut, and then “past tents” instead of past tense. Hey, may we recommend the spell check feature?
Add Me on Google Chrome
Again, this comment somewhat perplexes us. After reading it a few times, it still doesn’t make even a small amount of sense. Our best guess is that this person thinks that Google Chrome is also a social network. Do they think they can post photos and chat with people on a browser? Can you?
The post is made all the more mystifying by the comment underneath. Inexplicably, another person knows what this person is talking about. We give up!
More Gall than a Gull
Unfortunately, on occasion, we reach for one word and end up using a slightly different one. That’s what’s happened here, when someone tried to say “gall” and instead went for “gull.” To clarify, “gall” means bold behavior – it’s like saying, “the nerve of some people!”
To be fair, saying “gull” instead of “gall” does sort of make sense. After all, what has more gall than a gull? But this person lost any goodwill when they wrote “stupid”. We ain’t the stupid ones pal.
O Say Can You See
Ah to know the context of this post. We have to assume that only a non-American would post this, but who are we to know? Whatever the reason, this misinformed poster has described their image as “American flag and weird-looking parrot.”
Truth be told, we suppose this is a “weird looking parrot,” but of course, it’s also the national bird of the USA, the bald eagle. In fact, this eagle has been the national bird of the USA since 1782!
The Bitter Book Club
What’s better than someone posting something annoying and then getting completely owned straight after? That’s what’s gone down here, as a result of one very smug Facebook post about 1925 book The Great Gatsby.
This person is sick and tired of people bragging about reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, and heavily implies that they’ve read it too. As it turns out, they didn’t even get past the first line. This poster ends up coming off as uptight, petty, and bitter.
Attention All Geniuses
Puzzles and riddles have been around for far longer than the internet has, but what better way to spread them than online? Unfortunately, the more something is spread, the less likely anyone is to take some time to really think about it. If we give this crowd the benefit of the doubt, we can assume they just did this in a rush – right?
Regardless, obviously, if the sister is two years younger, then she is now 98 years old when her sister is 100. Easy-peasy.
Passport to California
This angry tweeter needs to pay a little more attention to news and current affairs, unless they know something we don’t. Last time we checked, the USA has 50 states and two jurisdictions – DC and Puerto Rico. The third most populous one is sunny California.
In fact, California is also the third-largest state by area in the US. We can see how this teed off American might look around bountiful Cali and think it’s a separate country. But they’d be wrong.
Janitor Punching Jesus
One downside of the internet is that you can’t always gauge tone. Is someone actually upset? Are they joking? Is their post supposed to be sarcastic? It can be genuinely difficult to tell. Clearly that’s what happened to poor Beth, who took this Facebook post about Jesus too literally.
Of course, Beth jumped straight to Jesus Christ, but the Jesus in question was actually the 14-year-old janitor punching variety. Poor Beth was only trying to help, but boy did she miss the mark.
Mr. Bublé Blue Eyes
Admittedly, we’re a little bit rankled by this post. In other words, we’re irritated. Now we know that young people can’t be expected to know everything about what happened before they were born. But thinking that Frank Sinatra is a Michael Bublé impersonator? Phew, that’s too far.
Mr. Frank Sinatra, aka Ol’ Blue Eyes, is one of the most influential entertainers of all time! He is one of the best-selling artists of all time! We declare this poster banned from the internet.
Generation Why Me?
Generation Y, also known as millennials, have a pretty tough time. Not only do they struggle to find long-term work and affordable housing, they’re called lazy and entitled by the boomers above them.
Unfortunately, this millennial on Facebook isn’t doing the rest of the generation any favors. Not only do they have to consider the laziness of their own peers, but they’re asking other people to do the work! Maybe this is just an example of millennial creativity and resourcefulness…right?
Parenting by Facebook
Can you imagine a more jarring way to learn that your parents are divorced than from seeing it on Facebook? For Jared’s sake, we hope that he was fully aware of the end of his parents’ marriage, and just unclear on the timeline of the final divorce date.
Regardless of the ins and outs, surely Janice should have fired her son a text message before adjusting her Facebook relationship status online. Get your priorities in line, people!
Wishing History Away
It’s a universal fact that you should think before you post something on the internet. It might seem cute to say “why did this have to happen?” because you’re tired of studying it, but you still need to think before you post something on the internet. Repeat after me – think before you post something on the internet.
Thankfully someone pointed out the error of Nicole’s ways under her comment. For the next step in her education, Nicole needs to sit down and watch Hamilton.
Sing a Song of Satire
We’ve already seen what can happen when someone takes The Onion too seriously. As a reminder – The Onion is a satirical joke site, and literally never publishes “real” news. There are some hints if you actually read the articles, like the ridiculously inflated stories and numbers.
In this instance, the website claims 42 million people died during Black Friday, which is clearly an absurd figure. Sadly, this poster lost their faith in humanity over the story. We lost ours over this post.
Mixing Up Maya
Here we have another case of someone who wasn’t fully listening in history class. Undeniably, both Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou were incredible people, but they were different people, with different lives. Rosa Parks – who this tweet actually refers to – was born in 1913 and was instrumental in the Montgomery bus boycott.
Maya Angelou was born in 1928, was also active in the Civil Rights Movement, but was a writer and poet. They’re both incredible women, but again, different ones.
We Need Wiki, Quickly
There are some internet mistakes you can forgive, and there are some that just make you shake your head in disbelief. To begin with, not knowing what a mummy is could be forgiven. We suppose it could be like narwhals, or platypuses – something you only see on TV and that could be a fantasy being.
Well, newsflash – narwhals, platypuses and mummies all actually exist. What’s most disappointing about this post is the person’s immediate rejection of Wikipedia. Ahem, there’s learning to be done here.
Whining Over Water
The thing about people who make mistakes on the internet is that they’re super angry about it. Just look at the tone here. Surely if you get your new iPhone wet without properly checking if it’s safe then that’s down to you, rather than whoever jokingly told you it was waterproof.
Look – some phones are water-resistant, but that doesn’t mean you can go swimming, or take a shower with them. And downloading new software certainly doesn’t change that. From where we’re standing, this tweeter doesn’t deserve a new phone.
Nintendo Code Ninja
Internet lesson number 1 – do not share personal information. That means credit card details, passwords, your address, or any voucher or code you have. If you post these things on the internet, people will steal them. Now that’s not a nice truth, but it is the truth.
This person posted a code for $50 worth of Nintendo goods, and of course, someone instantly stole it. If you wouldn’t stick it to a bulletin board, don’t post it on the internet.
The Naughty List
To top this list, have this deeply cringeworthy post from an ungrateful child that forgot their parents also had Facebook. This disgruntled minor took to the internet to air his grievances about how he got “literally nuthing” for Christmas the prior year.
Thankfully, their mom spotted their post and give a hearty rebuttal for everyone to see. Is it sad that this kid will actually get “literally nuthing” this year? We aren’t so sure it is.