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Kira Deshler


Posted on Feb 17, 2024   Updated on Feb 18, 2024, 5:21 am CST

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Hello fellow web crawlers! Kira here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.

Today’s top stories are about: Putin choosing sides in the U.S. election, the uptick in cosmetic procedures among Gen Z, a woman who found AI-generated images of herself on Reddit, and the shocking reason a parent had to sign a permission slip in a Florida school. 

After that, dig into Kyle’s ‘Meme History’ column (and video). 

Until next time,

— K.D. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Putin trolls Tucker Carlson for his softball questions, says he’d prefer Biden to Trump in latest remarks to press

“Frankly, I did not get full satisfaction from this interview,” Putin declared.


‘I take pride in openly sharing the work I’ve done for myself’: Expert addresses stigma behind the rise of cosmetic procedures by Gen-Z clients

Gen Z have started mining personal cosmetic procedures for online content.


‘This is extremely scary’: Woman says someone found images of her on Reddit. She never took them

A woman was horrified to find AI-generated pictures of her on Reddit and took to social media to issue a PSA.


‘This should alarm EVERYONE’: Parent says they had to sign permission slip for their child to be able to listen to a book by a Black person

“Do they have permission slips for “white books?” one X user commented


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🤓 Meme History

By Kyle Calise
Video Producer

Meme History: Generational Memes

Meme History is a weekly column that dives deep into internet lore to uncover the history of famous memes. It runs on Saturdays in the Daily Dot’s web_crawlr newsletter. If you want to get this column a day before we publish it, subscribe to web_crawlr, where you’ll get the daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to your inbox.

🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

💏🏻  George Soros’ son is dating Huma Abedin, Hilary Clinton’s former aide, and the conservatives are losing it

💵 A visually impaired woman called out iPad tipping culture on TikTok.

🏈 There was a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade, and conspiracy theorists think it was another “false flag” operation orchestrated by Taylor Swift and the U.S. government

🌮 A Taco Bell customer shared how she orders food using the app while in the drive-thru – no human interaction necessary.

🍹 A woman ordered a margarita while dining alone and received a dazzling surprise

🕹️ A Pizza Hut delivery person was robbed at gunpoint while on the job. All the thief wanted was the pie

🎟️ A woman on TikTok tested the ‘white line theory’ when buying lottery scratch-offs, sparking debate in the comments.

🥡 From the Daily Dot archive: Videos of Asian food bring out xenophobic trolls—creators are pushing back.

👋 Before you go

When traveling, it can be tempting to treat oneself to room service. However, just because a hotel has an item on their menu, that doesn’t mean they actually know how to make it, as TikTok user and actress Elle McLemore (@elle_pooh) recently learned.

Recently, this hotel guest’s ‘luxurious’ dinner service went awry after she discovered her pricey pasta was just a frozen dish from Trader Joe’s.

In a video with over 59,000 views, McLemore shows two dishes being unveiled from room service containers. One of the dishes is a pasta dinner, specifically spaghetti cacio e pepe.

However, as the video progresses, McLemore reveals that she found a bag of frozen Trader Joe’s Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe in the hotel’s communal refrigerator. “Thought it tasted familiar,” she writes in the text overlaying the video.

Trader Joes(l), Woman looking surprised(c), Pasta in bowl(r)
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*First Published: Feb 17, 2024, 10:30 am CST