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Kira Deshler


Posted on Jan 8, 2024   Updated on Jan 8, 2024, 8:22 pm CST

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

Today’s top stories are about: a woman who was blinded by a Nerf gun, a TikToker who shared an EMT’s horrifying Hinge photo, George Santos’ political job prospects, and a renter in danger of getting evicted because of her cat. 

After that, dig into Mikael’s “One Dumb Conspiracy” column. 

— K.D. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

“If you get gifted a Nerf Gun, do not shoot anyone in the face. Yesterday my sister shot me in the eye and blinded me instantly,” a TikToker shared.


‘The splayed out toes’: Woman says EMT took Hinge photo with a ‘body’ on a stretcher

“If I called an ambulance and my EMT took his Hinge photo with my body and feet in the background, I would fucking riot,” she shared on TikTok.


George Santos lobbies for top immigration role in potential new Trump administration

It wouldn’t pay as well as Cameo.


‘I don’t know what else to do’: Apartment dweller’s cat may get her evicted in renter horror story. Here’s why

A woman went viral on TikTok after seeking advice about how to deal with noise complaints that have pushed her to the brink of eviction.


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy 

By Mikael Thalen
Staff Reporter

Conspiracy theorists think Bill Clinton visited the hospital to distract from Epstein docs
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Conspiracy theorists think Bill Clinton visited the hospital to distract from Epstein docs

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🚢 One TikToker set sail on the virtual seas of social media, capturing the imaginations of 322,900 viewers with her video about the food aboard a viral nine-month cruise.

📦 This worker went viral for refusing to ship her laptop back to a companyvia UPS after they laid her off, exclaiming “I am not paying for my own layoff.” 

🍣 In a viral video, one TikToker says she was excited to visit a revolving sushi bar—only to be met with disappointment

💰 An Olive Garden server’s table dined-and-dashed after racking up a $100 bill, and she feared she was going to have to pay for it out of pocket.

😁 If you’re never quite sure what to say when a strange man approaches you and suddenly suggests that you smile, there’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from a recent video posted by a TikToker who just was not having that kind of foolishness over the holidays.

💄 A Dollar Tree customer revealed what to be on the lookout for when searching for name-brand beauty products at a steeply discounted price.

💵 A shopper went viral when she shared how she got Walgreens to honor a sale price at the cash register.

👶 From the Daily Dot archive: The many lives of the Dancing Baby, cyberspace’s first cringe meme.

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📝 Question of the Day

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👋 Before you go

In a trending video amassing over 197,600 views, TikTok user Drew (@drews.worldd) shares a concise guide on identifying undercover cop cars. He asserts, “I’m about to show you guys a couple of different ways that you can spot undercover cop cars.”

Man talking(l+r), Cop car(c)
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*First Published: Jan 8, 2024, 10:30 am CST