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The Internet is a Playground

Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


"There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years." (Terrance Fielding, WIRED magazine)

"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea." (Penthouse magazine)

"Brilliantly funny." (

From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead", in which he attempted to pay his chiropractor with a picture he drew of a spider; "Please Design a Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," which has been described as one of the most passed-on viral e-mails of all time; and, most recently, the staggeringly popular "Missing Missy", which has appeared everywhere from The Guardian to Jezebel to Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, comes this profoundly funny collection of irreverent Internet mischief and comedy.

Featuring all of Thorne's viral success, including "Missing Missy", The Internet Is a Playground culls together every article and e- mail from Thorne's wildly popular website, as well as enough new material, available only in these pages, to keep you laughing-and, indeed, crying-until Thorne's next stroke-of-genius prank. Or hilarious hoax. Or well-publicized almost-stint in jail (really).

From Publishers Weekly

May 02, 2011 – Hailed as a humorist for the digital age, Australian graphic designer Thorne ( became an internet sensation after posting e-mail correspondences in which he attempted to pay his chiropractic bill with a crude drawing of a spider. Thorne's first book is a laugh-out-loud collection of his e-mail exchanges and satirical essays. As a rule, Thorne says he never initiates an e-mail; he just responds "stupidly" to what he receives. The book includes the biting "Please Design a Logo For Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," considered one of the most-forwarded e-mails of all time, as well as "Missing Missy," in which Thorne designs a poster to help a friend find her missing cat; he has great fun at his friend's expense. The book reads as if The Onion published Letters From a Nut, but some of Thorn's antics such as inviting himself to a neighbor's housewarming party will make readers squirm. Others may offend ("Sponsor a Poor Black Boy"), or shock ("Belly Messages," in which Thorne pretends to be a horny woman on the Internet). Thorne's electronic voice is pointed, effective, and childishly exuberant, a bracing mix. His sense of humor could be called immature, but some people just want to have fun; Thorne does so at everyone else's expense. Illus.

Customer Reviews

Solid humor.

A good collection of both the works he posts online and those unseen (previously). David Thorne never fails to deliver.

The Internet is a Playground

Absolutely hilarious! Unflinchingly witty, dry, and tongue-in-cheek. An exquisite example of killing stupidity with a deluge of distracting sarcasm, or at least wearing it into submission! - Chelle

Page turner

Very good I couldn't put it down

The Internet is a Playground
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Humor
  • Published: Apr 28, 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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