Porn. Anime. Comics.
There are all sorts of corners of the internet. From the disgusting to the totally weird to the downright hilarious. My inside man George reveals where to find the manliest and geekiest of websites.
The Five Kinds of Online Man Caves
- The Bad: 4chan
- The Good: Reddit
- The Weird: Yonkis
- The Geeky: Crunchyroll, xkcd, phdcomics, Dr. McNinja
- The Funny: 27bslash6, emails from an asshole
First the back story. George and I started dating after a month of friendship. So you’ll have to forgive him for letting me in on a few of his secrets. At that time he had no idea we would end up getting married. We used to hang out like two bros, drinking wine together, frequenting fancy restaurants, talking all night… total bro stuff. One day while hanging George tells me a secret. I’m going to show you some websites men use that most women have no idea about.
When George showed me these websites, it was true, I had never seen or heard of them before. And when I asked my girl friends, they too had never heard of them. But what interested me most is that upon learning of the websites, my girl friends had literally zero interest in checking them out!
That made no sense to me. Ok, it’s partly my fault. I started out by telling them about the worst website George showed me called 4chan /b/ – Random, a bit like I’m doing again now.
4chan is commonly described as ‘the armpit of the internet’ where the most depraved hang out and post anonymously and without accountability. Common threads include ‘dumping’ of naked photos of ex-girlfriends sent to their phones as well as all sorts of vile and vulgar imagery I dare not detail. It’s where you’d go to find the leaked celebrity photos known as ‘the fappening’. It’s generally got a lot of nudity, ranging from pleasant to grotesque, but also contains stories, funny gifs and joke threads. I get it, not everyone’s cup of tea.
The antithesis of 4chan is mainstream forum Reddit, known as the ‘front page of the Internet’. It’s an online forum that has pretty much everything and has a huge following. There are also lots of sub-reddits for different interests, from broad topics like politics to narrow ones like a specific TV show. As the website grew, however, some 4chan-like sub-reddits have emerged, but unless you try to access them, you’re unlikely to be offended by this website. Barack Obama uses it, so it’s safe.
My favourite website that George showed me is yonkis.com. A Spanish website that uploads all sorts of funny and random videos from around the world. It’s a bit like an adult youtube… Yes, there is some nudity and weird porn-like material, but there are also hilariously drunk Russians, all kinds of pranks, insane parkour, amazing movie and video game trailers, and all sorts of awesome things and general stupid shit.
It’s no coincidence that 4chan originated as an anime forum, which it still is although it’s arguably since grown into something else. There are a lot of weird hardcore anime fans out there looking for like minded people. But don’t let that put you off. Anime is actually a fantastic genre with amazing graphics and storylines. Famous ones include Deathnote, Hunter x Hunter and Attack on Titan. At Crunchyroll you can stream the most anime in HD and with English subtitles. It’s also one of the few legal anime streaming websites, where you can pay for an ad-free version with some of the proceeds going back to the creators and studios. Crunchyroll recently became the biggest anime streaming player online following its partnership with Funimation.
Now to the last leg of our manly trio of porn, anime and comics. George’s online comic picks aren’t your Marvel or DC Comics. He loves these too, but has some other interesting (and way geekier) suggestions for you to discover. First up, check out XKCD, a funny and clever comic created by Nasa scientist Randall Munroe featuring stick figures, also author of the best-selling book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. His website and book have been described as nerd royalty. A similarly geeky comic website is Phdcomics, which looks to find the humour in academia. Dr. McNinja is another online comic book featuring Dr. McNinja, who is both a doctor and a ninja with urges to heal and to kill. There is also a Dr. McNinja card game!
Finally, let me leave you with two hilarious email chain websites. E-mails from an asshole (check out the Angry Fish Tank Guy thread) and David Thorne’s website, who became famous for his attempts to pay an overdue bill with a drawing of a seven-legged spider.
And that’s it! Thanks to George for sharing his favourite corners of the internet.