bytestories.com has teamed up with some of the best comedians throughout USA, UK and Australia to produce a new mobile-enabled platform dedicated to sharing entertaining stories.
With over 400 true stories being submitted on the site within the first 6 months online, it has provided hours of entertainment to 100,000′s of comedy fans across the globe.
The most popular stories include dating disasters, awkward moments of lost-in-translation, and cringe-inducing social encounters.
Australian comedians such as Andy Thompson and Jennifer Burke state that, “It’s provided entertainment for our fans and has helped open up doors for us as writers which has been fantastic! We’re big tweeters but a real shortcoming is the 140 character limit”.
The only guideline is that the stories must be true and be within the 300 word limit. As Luke Simmons (co-creator) explains, “We wanted to provide a place for people to get short, byte-sized reads because there’s nothing more off-putting than getting a link to a blog site you see that you’ll have to scroll down forever. When people following their favourite comedian arrive on bytestories, they know it will only take them a minute to read”.
Sharing technology with NASA and MSNBC, the site also uses the Twitter Bootstrap which provides full functionality across all types of mobile devices. Brendan McKenzie (Head Developer) states that, “It was a no-brainer for us because it makes Apps effectively redundant!”
Despite comedians being the major user of the site, anyone can create an account and share their story with the world. Luke Simmons states that, “The three main goals of the site have been to encourage people to read rather than clock Candy Crush, provide entertainers with a mechanism to provide entertainment for their fans and encourage everyone to share their greatest tales around a digital camp fire”.
Within the first year of the site being online, it gained a feature on the Huffington Post (UK) and has attracted users from over 90 countries.
Some of the most popular stories and a FAQ have been supplied on the next pages for your viewing. The site is located at bytestories.com.
Do Not Say This in Japan – View on the site
By Michael Connell (@MichaelRConnell)
I’d just arrived in Japan and was meeting my host family for the first time. After I’d introduced myself, and they’d introduced themselves, we fell into an awkward silence.
It seemed my Japanese was as bad as their English, and we were struggling to find something to say.
Suddenly their dog ran into the room. It was a Shiba Inu. These are small Japanese dogs that are pretty common over there but I’d never seen one before.
“Oh, wow! What kind of dog is that?” I asked, leaping at the chance to make some small talk.
My host mother looked confused and said “Wakarimasen” (Japanese for “I don’t understand”). It seemed they didn’t know the word kind”.
Luckily they had an English to Japanese dictionary and looked it up. Unfortunately it was a concise edition and only had one definition; kind in the sense of kindness.
“Hmmm no…” I said, “What type of dog?”
Again the concise dictionary failed us, giving only type as in typing and my host family started miming keyboards.
Trying again I pointed at the dog and said, “Um…breed?”
They looked it up in the dictionary.
Suddenly they looked shocked.
“With the dog?!”
Embarrassing encounter with the floor polishing machine – View on the site
By Brad Oakes (@Brad_Oakes)
As I had a job when I was about 19 where I used to polish the floors in the old Queen Victoria Hospital.
One night my polishing machine was on the blink and took off down the corridor without me. I chased it and grabbed the handles only to have the thing buck then flip me over the handles onto my back.
Then the machine came at me between my spread legs and the half metre diameter brush head was agitating between my legs like a rabbit on Viagra.
Just then about a dozen female student nurses walked out of the cafeteria and saw me getting polished on the floor and nearly fell over laughing at the sight.
I have had mixed feelings about nurses ever since then.
Siblings Stick Together. Sometimes. – View on the site.
By Andy Thompson (@AndyJTee)
I did a fair bit of travelling with my sister and my parents when I was young. Some would say this kind of experience would be enlightening to a child but the reality was I spent all that time in the car fighting a vicious and prolonged battle against my older sister. She is 2.5 years older than me and by the time she’d reached the age of 14, I had simply ceased to exist. I was a gnat that required slapping from time to time. I would take the abuse with a minimum of whining but every so often I would lash out like a cornered baboon. One such event occurred when parents rented a small hatchback car and, perhaps in the interest of science and/or entertainment, had confined my sister and me to the rear seat. One thing led to another and before too long, a protuberant leg started poking me in the ribs. My sister was staring straight ahead out the window but was doing her best to dislodge one of my kidneys. The red mist descended and in a fit of rage I swivelled in the seat, arched my back and then exploded with my legs. To say I kicked the shit out of my sister is an understatement. I belted her so hard that she flew across the seat, hit the door, which then opened, and started falling out of the car which was travelling at about 75km/h at the time. I lunged across and pulled her back in to the chorus of screams from my parents.
“What the hell just bloody well happened?”
My sister looked me in the eye.
“The back door just opened, Dad. This car is a piece of crap.”