The Internet is a Playground - David Thorne

The Internet is a Playground

By David Thorne

  • Release Date: 2011-04-28
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4.5
From 292 Ratings


"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).


  • I couldn't put this book down.

    By KatelynO
    I couldn't put this book down. It's so funny. I'm not much of a reader but this was just fantastic. I've never laughed so hard in my life and it was from a book! I didn't know if that was even possible but it turns out it is. Anyway if you're on the fence about buying this book DO! Tl;dr: you're an idiot if you don't get this book.
  • Great book, but

    By The Sky Guy
    Not worth the 12 bucks to read it. Just go to your local library cause we're paying taxes for it and who reads a decent book more than once anyway?! Be smart about it. 😉
  • Ah What?

    By meeniegreenie
    So funny, loved it.
  • Absolutely hilarious!

    By Aliyah A
    If you read David Thorne's website, you'll love this book and understand the humor. While it is easy to get cheap laughs by being crass and unintelligent, Mr. Thorne is witty and imaginative. Great read, the only thing I didn't like was that a lot of the material had already been posted for free on his website.
  • No reason not to read it

    By TauCetiNova
    Seriously. It's only the best since Shakespeare...if Shakespeare enjoyed torturing frogs and telling tales about scanning fine art with helpful "How-to" instructions. Another reason why Australia is the best, aside from number one Crocodile Dundee. I designate him....The Prankster of Oz.
  • Amazing

    By jerrymizeii
    This book was simply amazing. I loved how it had humor for many types of people. I highly reccommend!
  • The Internet is a Playground

    By something123
    Fantastic read.
  • Cerebral monkey soup

    By chodger
    If you can keep your head while others around are losing theirs, then you will be a man, my son. I have to admit to shedding a tear and leaking some wee at the twisted sense of humor that DT has. You may find this funny, but that in itself will cause you to question your sanity.
  • Hilarious

    By Aditya1101
    Quite possibly the funniest boom I have ever read
  • Totally worth $10

    By dawards0628
    I am only 25 pages deep and I love. I just wish I could be as witty as this guy. Been reading for 30 min and haven't stopped laughing except to write this review.