The Atlasphere - (thanks Hanna Roze!)
Today's ALOD is a dating website designed exclusively for fans of Ayn Rand's literature. For those of you fortunate enough to have not read anything by Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged were books about people being totally selfish dicks to each other, whenever at all possible. Think MTV's Jackass in literary form, except Johnny Knoxville is claiming the moral high ground while cramming bottle rockets into Bam Margeta's asshole. Anyways, if you have read either novel, you are probably aware that people who treat this book like its the Bible or Harry Potter tend to be socially unbearable. This website is trying to let them mate with each other, and produce offspring.
While checking out this ALOD submission, I figured out a fun little game to play: mentally replace "Ayn Rand's Novels" with Manga, and "Ayn Rand" with "Anime" and then check out the about page. Here's an example.
"For many people, Ayn Rand's novels are more than just "a good read"; they inspire us to become better human beings...
What, then, could be more natural than to be drawn to others who shared the same reaction to Ayn Rand's novels? Perhaps this explains why campus clubs devoted to Ayn Rand's ideas proliferate at universities around the world, and why even non-students assemble groups in their community to meet, socialize, and discuss Ayn Rand's ideas...
The human soul needs fuel. Works of art - such as Ayn Rand's novels - can provide that fuel at times. And friends with whom you share significant values can also provide it."
Do you see how creepy this is? Naturally, your next inclination is to rationalize the website's existance, thinking that there's no way in hell there's an audience creepy enough to give validity to an Objectivist's Booty Call Directory.
Eight thousand people disagree. The only thing more infuriating than this social networking catastrophe is the fact they didn't call it Atlas Hugged.