Author: Matthew Cooke

Matthew Cooke

Matthew Cooke is a longtime online writer and content producer, specializing in culture and media. He is currently the Editor/Content Manager of AvvoStories, brought to you by Avvo, the leading online legal marketplace connecting consumers and lawyers. Founded in 2006 in Seattle, Avvo provides transparent information about attorneys, with Avvo-rated profiles for 97% of practicing lawyers in the United States. A free Q&A forum with more than 9 million questions and answers, along with on-demand legal services that provide professional counsel for a fixed cost, make legal faster and easier.

Boy builds a clock, breaks the internet

He may not have built a bomb, but 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed of Irving, Texas still managed to blow up the internet on Wednesday when he brought a homemade clock to school that his teachers—and local authorities—decided was possibly an explosive device.

The 8 weirdest legal stories of summer 2015

Not a lot of data is available on seasonal upticks in lawsuits and/or illegal behavior (when asked for comment, Josh King, Avvo’s general counsel, would only say “crazy lawsuits know no season”) but based on the below examples from the 2015 summer to date, it appears the hot weather might be getting to some people

Cecil the lion, and the pain of online shame

Both their tales of woe arguably stem from questionable decision-making on the part of their protagonists. But Walter Palmer and Rachel Dolezal are examples of ordinary people suddenly thrust into extraordinary situations by the internet’s constant need for stories, stimulus and, above all, outrage.