Somehow, this is more obscene than the first Goatse.
Photo: Screenshot via goatse.cx

Last night, I received an alarming email. It was from the people who now own goatse.cx. “BREAKING NEWS: YOU can now OWN a piece of GOATSE.CX in the Ethereum blockchain!” it exclaimed. Worrying. If you are familiar with any of the proper nouns in that sentence, you are probably spiraling into depression right about now.

For those blessed enough to not know, Goatse was a “shock site,” a static website with a single grotesque image that people would trick others into clicking links to. Wikipedia puts it succinctly: Goatse’s “front page featured a picture, entitled hello.jpg, showing a naked man widely stretching his anus with both hands.” The image is notorious; the best-known of a cohort that also includes Lemon Party (don’t Google it), Meatspin (don’t Google it), and Tubgirl (seriously? I just said don’t Google it).

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