Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Happy Friday! Our top stories today are about: A resort’s chicken nugget fail that is going viral, a look at how President Biden is pushing an “Online for All” campaign for eligible Americans to get an internet discount, why people are calling a leaked cameo in The Flash “disrespectful,” and an Instacart shopper who had to deliver a live lobster to a customer.
After that, our Senior Culture Editor Tiffany has her “This Week on the Internet” column for you and shares her pick for meme of the week.
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⚡ Today’s top stories
‘This is not even 1 piece of chicken’: Resort cuts up chicken piece into 3, tries to pass it off as several ‘chicken fingers’
Travel can bring surprises. The hotel you arrive at may look markedly different from what you booked online. Or, in the case of one person, you can receive some absolutely pitiful looking food.
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Biden launches ‘Online for All’ campaign to target 20 million missing out on internet discount
Almost half of eligible Americans aren’t taking advantage of the Affordable Connectivity Program.
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‘The Flash’s ‘evil, disrespectful’ cameo represents everything wrong with superhero movies in 2023
This leaked cameo is being labeled ‘anti-art’ and ‘digital necromancy.’ (This story contains spoilers).
‘Why do i always get the crazy orders’: Instacart shopper has to deliver live lobster to customer
Instacart shoppers get their fair share of strange orders.
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🗣️ This Week on the Internet
The ‘self-drawn memes’ prove that Twitter meme culture is not dead—yet
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Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🛍️ How would you feel if you ordered one pound of green beans but ended up getting just one single green bean instead?
🥪 Workers need to eat too. That was the message a Wingstop employee made during a video about customers staring at her during her lunch break.
🎯 This Target customer was blown away by a tape hack at checkout, calling it “sooo smart.”
🟣 McDonald’s new bright purple Grimace shakes are going viral online.
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📱 Workers in the world of customer service face weirdness on a daily basis. That was particularly true for a Best Buy worker who documented an especially strange request from a customer.
📺 From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s why you can’t take a screenshot of a TV show or movie on your computer.
📚 Last week, Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert announced her next novel. Six days later, she canceled the book’s release—a decision that stemmed from Goodreads backlash, stirring controversy in the publishing community.
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📅 Meme of the Week
A meme that makes fun of the moral panic around Target’s Pride merchandise jokes about the movies and TV shows that will actually influence kids.
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