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Posted on Jul 28, 2023   Updated on Jul 29, 2023, 2:41 pm CDT

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Happy Friday! Our top stories today are about: One passenger showing an airplane that appears to be patched up with tarps and tape, a look at the four most bonkers claims made at Congress’ big UFO hearing, how reactions to the upcoming Exorcist movie’s trailer suggest people are sick of legacy sequels, and how Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suddenly froze for 20 seconds during a press conference. 

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⚡ Today’s top stories

✈️ WTF
‘No wonder the flight was 50 euros’: Passenger shows tape and tarp holding plane together

A user’s clip on TikTok has gone viral after showing an aircraft that appears to be patched up with tarps and tape.


Murder and cover-up: 4 bonkers claims made at Congress’ big UFO hearing

Has the government found alien bodies inside crashed spacecraft?


Reactions to ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ trailer suggest people are sick of legacy sequels

Co-starring the original Exorcist actress Ellen Burstyn, this legacy sequel plays into the criticism that Hollywood hates new ideas.


‘Today’s lesson on why we need age limits’: Mitch McConnell goes blank at press conference for 20 seconds—prompting concern

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suddenly froze for more than 20 seconds during a press conference on Wednesday, prompting concerns about his health and age.


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🗣️ This Week on the Internet

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The week the internet turned pink

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🔨 In a TikTok, a Home Depot worker called out a pair of customers who threw a “tantrum” while she was trying to help them.

💼 Reddit’s r/antiwork sub is rife with tales of people’s dissatisfaction with their employers and the state of the American workplace.

🔒 A Planet Fitness customer reported that she and a companion were locked inside one of their gyms in the middle of the night

🌯 This Chipotle customer says the viral catering meal prep hack isn’t worth it

💨 A gripe many chips enthusiasts have with products are bags that appear to be primarily filled with air.

☕ A Panera worker says a customer yelled at her after she wouldn’t make his self-serve coffee

🚮 A viral video of a TikToker bewildered by an unexpected note from the trash collectors, alleging that his trash bag was oversized, has gone viral on the video-sharing platform, leading to astonishment and amusement among viewers.

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📅 Meme of the Week

The Batman character to Barbenheimer star pipeline.

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*First Published: Jul 28, 2023, 10:30 am CDT