Zuck Only Eats What He KillsMark's a big fan of yearly "personal challenges" to himself. For example, in 2009, he dared himself to wear a tie every day for a year. And then, possibly hoping to pull himself back from the very brink of madness following such a wild stunt, he announced in 2011 that he'd only be eating animals he personally has killed. He didn't actually add "with my own bare hands" after that, but I think we all know it was implied.
He made the announcement himself on his Facebook page with the following post that I swear I am not making up:
"I just killed a pig and a goat"
It instantly got a whole bunch of likes, mostly from people who hate goats and pigs. (Zuck later added that he "cut the throat of the goat with a knife, which is the most kind way to do it." So don't get judgey.)
Zuck later told Fortune Magazine that he'd been talking to some friends at a pig roast (you've never had one?), and it bugged him that they didn't like to think about live pigs while they ate delicious pork. So Zuckerberg, having experienced slightly negative feelings towards this attitude, decided he'd like to spend the next year doing his best Ted Nugent impression, standing around knee-deep in animal carcasses every time he felt a bit peckish.
Later on that year, just for laughs, Zuck mounted the head of a bison he'd killed on the wall of the Facebook office. At least he didn't pull a "GoDaddy CEO" and actually film himself hacking up a wild elephant. Cause, you know, their meat's all stringy.
Zuckerberg Sweats Privacy Questions. Profusely.At the 2010 D8 technology conference, Zuckerberg had kind of a bad night. A grilling on stage from Wall Street Journal reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher left him flustered and visibly frustrated. (Not to mention kind of gross and sweaty, a fact mentioned in pretty much every report or blog post about the event. Seriously, look them up. It was so bad, several in the press dubbed it a "Nixon moment.")
He seemed unable to answer basic questions about privacy on Facebook without rambling and jumping back to vague talking points. He also seemed to concede at times that Facebook's default settings were not determined with the users in mind, and that people would be wise to review them personally. The post-interview reviewers were brutal.
As if all that weren't bad enough, during the interview, Zuckerberg removed his sweatshirt, revealing a strange insignia inside. Here it is:
Upon seeing the symbol, Swisher declared that it looked like Zuckerberg was in a cult. More likely, it's just an internal Facebook design representing the site's mission statement or some other inside reference. Of they believe the Dark Lord Xenu is coming to Earth and is really really going to need to know when everyone's birthday is. One of those.
National Lampoon's Uruguayan VacationIn early 2012, Zuckerberg, his girlfriend and some other friends headed South to Punta del Este, a resort town on Uruguay's southeastern coast. Before heading down there for some quality R&R, Zuckerberg made some rather outlandish demands of the owner of the house he'd be renting. (Bear in mind, Zuckerberg and his friends would be staying in this house less than a week.)
- Everything in the house had to be scrubbed with "special chemicals"
- All the homes furniture had to be removed and replaced
- Cooks, maids and other servants were hired at essentially a 1-to-1 ratio - a servant for each guest. Even Downton Abbey can't boast that kind of luxury. (Well, there is a war on. Guess we'll have to do with just 2 footmen.)
- No pets anywhere on the property
Maybe he heard that Mickey Rourke had stayed there recently or something? Oh, and he's now a Dowager Countess? That's all I can think of.
Zuckerberg on SNL
After the release of "Social Network," the film's star Jesse Eisenberg hosted "Saturday Night Live." And the writers apparently thought, "what better way to kick off a comedy show than invite the weird billionaire kid to confront his movie doppelganger live on the air!" This, as it turns out, was an even more brilliant strategy than putting Horatio Sanz and Jimmy Fallon together in every sketch for 8 years even though they couldn't be around each other for more than 8 seconds without giggling. Jim Downey, you mad genius.
Anyway, watch the above clip if you want to see what a pasty white guy with no acting or performing ability and a hooded sweartshirt with the sleeves rolled up looks like flailing around on live TV. Personally, I might go make a sandwich and wait for them to bring out the musical act and... oh, crap, what do you mean it's Coldplay? Forget it, I'm just going to bed.
A Walk to RememberAccording to an anonymous tipster, Zuckerberg sometimes offers potential employees jobs by inviting them for a walk in the woods. Just imagine the scenario: You're contacted by Facebook about a major, and potentially lucrative, step forward in your career. You arrive at their office expecting a professional job interview, and instead, some goofus in a hoodie asks you to come take a walk along a wooded trail with him. Got to figure, even by a generous estimate, there's a 35-40% chance you're getting disemboweled before sundown.
According to the employee: "Zuckerberg said money wasn’t an object and that if I wanted the job — and why wouldn’t I, he questioned — the paperwork was already ready to go back at the office. The entire experience was totally surreal. I really felt like I was on a date."
Romantic. Another person invited out for Sunday in the Park with Zuck said that the walk ends with a view of other tech companies headquartered nearby in Palo Alto, CA. "He pointed out Apple’s headquarters, then Hewlett-Packard and a number of other big tech companies," the individual explained. "Then he pointed to Facebook and said that it would eventually be bigger than all of the companies he had just mentioned, and that if I joined the company, I could be a part of it all."
Then the "Lion King" theme kicked in.
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