Words by Yang-Yi Goh

Believe it or not, Twitter has only been around for four years. With more than 28 billion tweets currently clogging the interwebs, the microblogging site has become so ingrained in our self-indulgent culture that it can be hard to remember what life was like before it. Back in the day, for something to be considered scandalous, the people involved would actually have to—you know—do something that was truly and utterly dumbfounding in its absurdity. And then, in order for ordinary folk like us to even hear about it, we'd have to sit around like dopes until the stories finally reached us by chain email, magazine or newspaper article, or even worse...via Ye Olde Word of Mouth. Damn, we lived in backward times.

Thankfully, Twitter has changed all that, giving us a direct line to all the embarrassing, shocking, and melodramatic happenings from around the world we could ever need. But with an average of nearly 1,500 new tweets posted every second, we know you don't have the time to sift through all the crap to get to the good stuff. Luckily for you, though, we're here. From Sarah Palin inventing words to Asher Roth making an ass of himself (twice), we count down the 100 most controversial, outrageous, and side-splittingly funny tweets of all time.