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Posted on Feb 23, 2024   Updated on Feb 23, 2024, 1:54 pm 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: the ironic conspiracy theory that a famous Holocaust denier isn’t really dead, an Easy Bake oven that led to a family ER trip, TikTok’s theories about yesterday’s cell phone outage, and the internet’s reactions to the new Beatles biopics.

After that, dig into our Trending Team’s ‘Main Character of the Week’ column.

And don’t forget our weekly news quiz down below. If you guess the question correctly, you’ll be entered to win a web_crawlr t-shirt.

See you tomorrow,

— K.D. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘I’m not convinced’: Ambiguous reporting about death of infamous Holocaust denier leads to memes questioning his existence

Reports of Irving’s death were questioned after he spent a lifetime questioning Holocaust deaths.


‘One thing I’ll never be buying’: Parent says her daughter’s Easy Bake Oven sent her entire family to the ER

“Easy Bake lawsuit,” joked one commenter.


Solar flares or sabotage: TikTok has theories about what happened with yesterday’s massive cell phone outage

Online sleuths had some thoughts


‘Here’s my fancast’: The Internet responds to news of four separate biopics about The Beatles with their preferred casting picks

The Beatles are finally getting the biopic treatment—four films directed by Sam Mendes—and fans are already sharing their dream casts.


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👑 Main Character of the Week

By Ramon Ramirez
Managing Editor

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🎬 We spoke to Geraldine Viswanathan and Beanie Feldstein about their new film, ‘Drive Away Dolls.’

☕ A Starbucks customer condemned a controversial new drink with olive oil in it. It’s called the ‘Oleato.’

⚖️ Go inside the courthouse as Julian Assange makes his final stand against U.S. extradition.

🚗 Following the Amazon-UPS-FedEx feud, there’s a new dance battle in town: Toyota VS. Honda

🍔 A TikToker says Arby’s worker who made under $8 an hour was forced to buy an expensive work sweatshirt for their shift.

👩🏼‍❤️‍💋‍👨🏼 White Lotus’ co-stars Meghann Fahy and Leo Woodall confirm their relationship on Instagram as Woddall’s star rises

🚨 A woman on TikTok shared a harrowing tale of all the red flags she learned about her husband

🖼️ From the Daily Dot archive: These students are ditching college to run an NFT business.

👋 Before you go

What would you do if three home cleaners (that you didn’t hire) showed up at your door at 6 a.m. for a prepaid cleaning? Would you let them in to clean or politely tell them they have the wrong apartment?

In a viral video, TikToker Nizzie (@nizzie333) lets three cleaners into her apartment even though they have the wrong address. “I play along and let them deep clean my studio apartment,” Nizzie says.

She adds in the caption that she tried to help them figure out the right address, but her address and apartment number were the ones written down, and there was no name on the order. “I was not going to knock on my neighbors doors at 6am on a sunday to find who hired cleaning ladies so i just let them in & tipped generously,” Nizzie explains.

Nizzie confirmed that the women own the business and have a policy in which they don’t refund customers who don’t “bother” to leave a phone number or name. “It’s his fault for paying in advance & giving wrong apt #,” she said. 

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*First Published: Feb 23, 2024, 10:30 am CST