Emergency Unicorn Delivery


111 Responses to “Emergency Unicorn Delivery”

  1. tylerkaraszewski says:

    NSFW screenshot for those who missed out:

  2. Daedalus says:

    Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.


  3. WaylonWillie says:

    If you do a quick google search on boing boing hacked, you will turn up some screen shots of the tasteless images that kept everyone from boinging for a while.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you must relive the penis costume image: http://blogs.heretv.com/hotgayblog/files/penis-costume.jpg

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm, having trouble logging in (although apparently no one else is).

    I must’ve missed all the excitement that necessitated unicorns.

  6. Tyler H. Walk says:

    I snagged a screenshot of it last night. Here you go:


  7. redesigned says:

    i too am curious as to what i missed. anyone care to post a screen grab or description?

  8. Aloisius says:

    I was really disappointed by the peckerman hackers.

    If you’re going to spend the time to hack a website that has as many viewers as BoingBoing, why not spend a couple hours designing a clever webpage to put up? Show some pride in your work man!

  9. David Pescovitz says:

    Thanks for the support, everybody. We really do appreciate it.

  10. cinemajay says:

    For those that missed, just google it. Srsly.

  11. spiderking says:

    I’d rather not know. Leave that stuff to 4chan.
    I really like the new front page header, by the way.

  12. Mantari says:

    I must apologize, Jeni. But can we bring the dick sprouting guy back? Given the choice between that or more unicorn chasers, I’m afraid that I’m going to have to side with megadick guy.

  13. Mantari says:

    If you must know, here is what you missed:

    Evidently, they claimed displeasure about Cory posting security related stories which he did not have ongoing and expert implementation on the Boing Boing webserver.

    More likely, they had a hack that worked and then tried to come up with something clever to say from there.

  14. okupin says:

    Um, I had this folder in 7th grade, in my short-lived Lavender and Unicorns phase. There was a whole series–can’t remember the artist’s name. Anyway, this particular folder inspired a ill-thought-out redecoration of my whole bedroom to match it. When I came to my senses a few months later (I blame hormones) and wanted to un-redecorate it, my parents explained that unfortunately the funding had dried up for bedroom redecorations. I was stuck with this “theme” through visits home during college. Thanks for the memories….

  15. tobiasaurusrex says:

    It’s hard to tell if this is a NAMBLA promotion poster or not.

  16. teapot says:

    Are people really that incapable of typing ‘boingboing hancked’ into Google? TechCrunch and ZDNet were all over it.

    Good to see you are back!

  17. teapot says:

    thats right, you got hancked!

  18. mauzzz says:



    There was a YouTube video embed on the bottom of the page but my screengrab FF plugin didn’t copy that.

  19. Anonymous says:

    well, that was weird, huh guys?

  20. Jack says:

    Is David Fincher going to option this drama?

  21. Sekino says:

    Hehe, I like how the parent unicorn is comforting the little one:

    “Sob, sniff, Mooooommmmy, I saw something really nasty on the internet…”

  22. Herbie says:

    Thank you! And congratulations on being back.

  23. Elvis Gump says:

    Alas, another internet meme thingy that goes over my head. Is this to refresh our palette’s from the horror we saw when the site was hacked a little while ago?

  24. W. James Au says:

    Lovely! But if I refresh this page, will the unicorns suddenly look like they’ve sprouted dozens of dicks from their faces?

    • lectroid says:

      “will the unicorns suddenly look like they’ve sprouted dozens of dicks from their faces?”

      No, just the one, right in the middle of their foreheads.

  25. Anonymous says:

    melvyn bragg discusses unicorns on bbc radio 4′s in our time 9am uk time (ten minutes!)

  26. Anonymous says:

    Cory, please keep writing about whatever you damn well like.

  27. hapa says:

    unicorns are the opposite of gangsters

  28. haineux says:

    Around 7 PM PDT last night, some 1337 h@x0r gained write access to the boingboing.net front page, and installed a screed calling Cory Doctorow names (“you talk about security but you don’t have m@d skillZ”, and containing a picture of people in costumes of penises covering their entire bodies, and some video, which I didn’t bother to click.

    If you’ve ever seen one of those haxx0r3d web pages, with giant white text and a black background, this one was pretty much exactly like them, only with more penises. Or maybe the same number of penises — I’ve little experience in these matters.

    The Stalwart Admins worked diligently for an unknown period of time to replace it.

    Sorry I didn’t save it off; I didn’t realize that some people would find it entertaining.

  29. Hirsty says:

    How is Unicorn made?

  30. Anonymous says:

    Bring back the penis tree!

  31. rollerskater says:

    twice the unicorn protection!

  32. dagfooyo says:

    I missed it too – but techcrunch has a good summary and screenshot:


    You gotta respect the boingboing crew for handling this whole thing with such humor and good grace.

  33. Anonymous says:

    what this?

  34. Xeni Jardin says:

    Thanks, all.

  35. Crispinus211 says:

    Well, I posted a (NSFW) link with a photocache, courtesy of techcrunch dot com. But I guess it didn’t take.

  36. Dungeonbrownies says:

    I got the whole security idea but geeze that was tasteless. appreciate the chaser

  37. a random John says:


    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  38. Anonymous says:

    GREAT Xeni, was worried that you was seriously hurt!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Can someone fill me in on what happened to require this emergency Unicornication?

  40. Narmitaj says:

    By luck, Melvyn Bragg has just (20 mins ago) finished a live discussion about unicorns with his studio guests in the latest In Our Time on BBC Radio 4, for those who can Listen Again later (too fresh right now to listen again yet).

    “In the 5th century BC a Greek historian, Ctesias, described a strange one-horned beast which he believed to live in a remote area of India. Later classical scholars, including Aristotle and Pliny, added to his account of this animal which they called the monoceros, a vicious ass-like creature with a single horn in the middle of its forehead.

    “For centuries the monoceros or unicorn was widely accepted to be a real – if rarely seen – beast. It appears in the Bible, and in the Middle Ages became a powerful Christian symbol. It continued to be represented in art and literature throughout the Renaissance, when ‘unicorn horn’ became one of the most valuable commodities on earth, thanks to its supposed properties as an antidote to poison. As late as the seventeenth century, scientists believed they had found conclusive proof of the existence of unicorns. It was some time before the animal was shown to be a myth; four hundred years on, the unicorn retains much of its fascination and symbolic power.

    Juliette Wood, Associate Lecturer in Folklore at Cardiff University
    Lauren Kassell, Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge
    David Ekserdjian, Professor of the History of Art and Film at the University of Leicester.”

  41. rebdav says:

    Some 1337 10053R hacked the site complaining that Cory, an occasional security lecturer, had an insecure site. There was a lame youtube video and a picture of Cory “Cocktrow”, many peni protruding from a man in a costume. It was pretty lame, any web server can be hacked if enough effort and luck is involved. Seriously, does this idiot think Cory runs and audits the BB server?!?!
    I am more wondering why it is taking so long to get the regular flow of stories back.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Oh come on, 110 posts and nobody has made a reference to Peniplus yet?

  43. Anonymous says:

    Pavement – Gangsters And Pranksters

    Donnybrook between two gangsters
    And a bunch of merry pranksters
    Two against a .22,
    Well who d’ya think is gonna win
    Ten ta one it’s the gangsters,
    Those pranksters they can’t even fight!

    Gangsters like their knuckles bloody
    Pranksters spike the drinks of their buddies

    Gangsters treat their ladies right
    And pranksters curse their chick-less plight
    (Aw man, there’s no dames)


  44. Anonymous says:

    Is it weird that I have this very picture, among many others, on one of my unicorn art floppy disks?

    Yeah. When I was younger, unicorns were to me what aliens were to Mulder. Except for the sister bit.

  45. Anonymous says:

    For those who don’t know: sometime last night BB got hacked. When the page came up, there was a juvenile insult directed at Cory, accompanied by a photo of someone in a pink suit covered in rubber phalluses. Cuz, like, penises are funny, right? And supposedly shocking, I guess.
    Thanks for the unicorns anyway, Xeni!

  46. Anonymous says:

    @ samsam, this is what we missed, it’s posted on sean bonners blog “don’t go outside”.

  47. Darren Garrison says:

    Maybe a picture of a creature with cylinders protruding from weird places isn’t the ideal chaser in this instance…

  48. Anonymous says:

    Basically it was a picture of a guy with 40 or so dicks all around his body, like at the end of that George Washington cartoon music video.

    And then there was some text about how Cory publicizes other hacks, but his site isn’t secure, so he’s stupid.

    Below that, there was an embedded Youtube remix of You Dun Goofed (Backtraced) guy screaming.

    All in all, not that bad. But the unicorn chaser is still nice.

  49. nigex says:

    FYI, In Our Time on BBC Radio 4 had an excellent discussion about unicorns this morning. You can listen to it here:
    … assmuming the BBC lets you play this wherever you happen to be in the world.

  50. Art says:

    I believe I logged on last night just when it must have happened.
    It was weird and quite childish, no?

    Well, nothing can stop my BoingBoing!

    Best Regards to you all:)

  51. billstewart says:

    Are the pliers from Cool Tools also here to address the vandal who defaced the site?

  52. the|one says:

    I wish that unicorn horn was a penis, so I could sit on it.

  53. blahrgh says:

    Here’s a link for anyone who missed it: http://i.imgur.com/HZMfK.png

    Let’s start the whole Violet Blue fiasco again and admonish Boingboing for ‘unpublishing’ the post.

    • Anonymous says:

      Let’s start the whole Violet Blue fiasco again and admonish Boingboing for ‘unpublishing’ the post.

      Yeah, how dare they! It’s censorship, I tell you!

      Help, help, I’m being oppressed! Come and see the violence inherent in the system!

  54. siradambeck says:

    I don’t understand what the unicorn is soothing. Is it that little clown doll down about six posts?

  55. george57l says:

    BBC Radio 4. In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg. 9.00 am UK time this morning was all about Unicorns. A bit dry but wholly unicorny.

    Downloadable here

    Also available as a podcast.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Both Rwanda and Denmark saw it, so relieved you got out fine Xeni, keep up the unicorning!

  57. Morrigan says:

    Clue me in folks. Boingboing hacked?

    • Cowicide says:

      Clue me in folks. Boingboing hacked?

      OMG, I was there.

      It was chaos…. dicks everywhere, pulsing music, little girls crying, fathers howling, phallus, innuendoes…

      [cow mumbles something incoherent, faints & falls back into chair]

      • Morrigan says:

        “Cats and Dogs living together, mass hysteria…”

        I miss all the fun ’cause I go to be early. *sigh*

        Teapot: Yeah, when I haven’t started my 2nd cup of coffee, I’m freakin’ crippled. ;P

  58. Tdawwg says:

    Remember, not all unicorn-chasersunicorn chasers are alike…. Beware!

  59. jtegnell says:

    It looks like someone is drilling through the animal’s head from the inside.

  60. Anonymous says:

    is that on blotter paper?

  61. bobbcorr says:

    In Scene 1, we see Unicorn 1 has The Hunger, and Unicorn 2 has, sadly, just discovered this. Scene 2 should be interesting.

  62. Kosmoid says:


    I love you and I think you’re amazing. I didn’t get the full appreciation of you until I read that you were the real inspiration for Cayce Pollard in Gibson’s Pattern Recognition.

    Having said that, I think the unicorn apologia has gotten old.

    We’re living in an age of hyper-allergies where the least little strangeness, even involving clothing, sends some into anaphylactic shock. I think Cory should go on Fox News and say that the Internet makes him nervous. He could make $2 million by just acting a little neurotic.

    BTW, how did a nice religious holiday celebrating dead saints turn into a hypersexualized costumed event?

    Can’t we have some sort of constancy in the consequences?

  63. Sarah Neptune says:

    I missed a penis hack? Screen shot, please? Behind the unicorn?

  64. cosmorphis says:

    I can’t wait to read about the hack … or is BoingBoing going to keep it on the dl?

  65. daneyul says:

    Meh. I liked the man in the unicorn suit better, with all the pretty pink horns all over his body.

    Where’d that article go, anyway?

  66. Hamish Kuzminski says:

    Thanks, Xeni – this came just in the nick of time.



  67. Anonymous says:

    That picture is from some children’s book… I think. I’m having flashbacks…

  68. Daemon says:

    The conceptual purity! It BURNS!

  69. Anonymous says:

    thank god, this site was on the verge of collapse without unicorn support.

  70. fidel_funk says:

    very curious, how many readers does boingboing actually have…..

  71. mdh says:

    I think it was nice for the one to put up his picture like that. Here I was assuming it was a just another 14 year old frustrated know it all, when clearly he has several large dicks, perfect for his girlfriends (they’re all from out of town, you wouldn’t know them).

  72. Anonymous says:

    That looks like a new-born unicorn to me. And it has a HORN. I’m thinking of an especially painful birthing…Ouch.

  73. SamSam says:

    Can someone explain what we missed? I have no horror on my palette to refresh….

    • Swizzlebat says:

      As far as I can tell, last night about 9:30 PST or so, the site was hacked with a photo (from a Halloween festival?) of a guy dressed in a rubber suit with penises sticking out all over it. Lots and lots of penises, and his head (this is the clincher) done up as a ball sac. Yuck. Not horrifying, just kind of depressing (and wow, how original!

      Things seen cannot be unseen, but a unicorn chaser makes it better. Thanks, Xeni, and glad to have my treasured procrastination resource back online.

    • Mazoola says:

      As best I could tell — the caption was a bit confusing — I think it was a photo of Cory….

    • Anonymous says:

      Seriously, you don’t want to know.

    • David Pescovitz says:

      Front page got hacked last night. You can check Twitter if so inclined.

    • Anonymous says:

      Essentially, the website was hacked last night. There was a fairly tacky and infantile photo put up of a man dressed in penis suit. Dozens of penises attached to the suit and the head of the suit looked like a penis and balls for a chin. They also had a message about hacking and said some not nice things about some of bloggers on this site.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you mean “palate”?

    • tallpat says:

      I was wondering the same then saw this

    • ill lich says:

      What you missed:

      If you do a google image search for “penis man” you will see the multi-phallused offending image. I am leery of promoting it again here, but it could have been worse I guess; mildly funny, mildly offensive by my reckoning, and hey– it brought loads of joy to some poor acne-faced kid who is busy high-fiving his poster of Captain Picard celebrating his perceived victory.

    • johnnyaction says:

      What happened was that the server or the content management system got hacked last night and replaced by a picture and some shout out/taunting text.

      If you want to see the image that this is chasing I will not directly link to it. Instead if you go to google images and search for this string you will find it, “man in penis halloween costume”.

      It should be one of the top hits and he is in a body sock with multiple pen0rs flopping off of it.

    • daemonsquire says:

      For a while, late yesterday evening, coming to BoingBoing yielded a black screen with a picture of someone dressed in a suit covered with floppy schlongs, a mash-up of that girls father yelling about backtracing internet trolls, and some senseless ranting about Cory and/or BoingBoing redesign. Then, for a while, you just couldn’t access BoingBoing at all. So, I went to bed.

  74. Anonymous says:

    very curious, how many readers does boingboing actually have…..

    Well, it’s all actually just you and me, but I have a lot of accounts and a lot of free time.

  75. SamSam says:

    So was comments system also down for some of this morning?

    I had posted my question here, then came back about an hour later and my question was still last on the list, in both threads I had commented on.

    It might have just been a caching issue for me, but now I’m back, and see that 11 different people responded to me, which makes me think that no one saw anyone else’s answer either.

    Did BB suddenly become a magnet for hax0r script-kiddies?

    • lovelystrangeness says:

      I noticed the same thing. I posted a summary of the hack and it took hours for it to post (at which point a bunch of other people had also posted explanations).

  76. Godfree says:

    Yes, someone hacked the site last night; I saw it at around 9:30 pm Pacific time. It was one page that included the image others have described (daneyul and mdh in particular); a juvenile series of taunts directed at Cory; and that video of that man with his daughter (?) that was going around a little while ago, where he says something meme-ful that I forget.

  77. social_maladroit says:

    Annnnnd…they’re back! Someone just had to show off pictures from his Halloween party. Ugh.

  78. efergus3 says:

    Not a REAL hacker. Just another script kiddie. Nothing worth your time, folks. Just move along.

  79. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if there’s a penishacks.com website?

    Maybe that could be a sister site to cornify.com ?

  80. Ugly Canuck says:

    …and thus be constantly carefree as a consequence.

  81. ScottTFrazer says:

    If BoingBoing were an iPhone, they basically got jailbroken. Someone just wanted BoingBoing’s platform to be a bit more open :-)

    Gruber’s twitter stream (@gruber) has a small nsfw screenshot of it.

  82. Ugly Canuck says:

    I feel like I’m chasing a unicorn’s tale.

  83. spool32 says:

    That unicorn looks shopped. I can tell from the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

  84. lovelystrangeness says:

    I can’t remember exactly when, but some time between 11PM and 1AM last night Boing Boing was hacked by someone calling him/herself the|one. See screen shot here: http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/27/looks-like-boingboing-got-hacked-nsfw/ They then added a Jessi Slaughter “You done goofed” remix and finally added a “shout out” to YTCracker, IC3D, Jinks, Idlez, eGod, Dimmie, and all of http://www.digitalgangster.com.

  85. Unmutual says:

    in the dark of last night Boingboing front page was hacked.



  86. Anonymous says:

    Mmmmm unicorn chaser!

  87. Anonymous says:

    Google “BoingBoing hacked” and all will become clear.

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