Biden defeated by an absolute rando—and the internet is captivated

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Posted on Mar 7, 2024   Updated on Mar 8, 2024, 6:23 am CST

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

Our top stories today are about: How an absolute rando politician who beat President Biden in a primary is captivating the internet, a viral video warning people why you should watch what you do in your seats at movie theaters, people sharing a fix for a new X feature that automatically reveals personal info by default, and how the Oompa Loompa from the infamous Willy Wonka experience now has a Cameo

After that, we’ve got a “Deplatformed” column from our Senior Politics and Technology Editor David

See ya tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Absolute rando bests Joe Biden in American Samoa, captivates internet

When the winner of the Democratic primary in American Samoa was announced Tuesday, it wasn’t President Joe Biden.


‘The couples at the back’: Customer shows new movie theater cameras—and reveals why you should watch what you do in your seat

Salty popcorn, soda, Skittles and… surveillance? These four words may not be exactly what you’d group together when thinking about a movie theater


‘Dox by default’: Musk’s new calling feature for X automatically reveals personal info

Users shared a quick fix.


The iconic Oompa Loompa from the Glasgow ‘Willy Wonka experience’ is now on Cameo

Since the disastrous event went viral, the Oompa Loompa (Kirsty Paterson) has spoken out about their side of everything, and is now on Cameo


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🚉 Deplatformed

By David Covucci
Politics & Technology Editor

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🏠 A tenant posted a video saying her apartment is now charging to replace damaged items instead of doing repairs for free. People online are telling her that it’s illegal

🚗 When shopping for a car, getting a good price on your desired vehicle involves a lot more psychological maneuvering than you might expect.

🥤 Viewers of this viral video are divided after a McDonald’s customer blasted a drive-thru worker over a straw.

🚰 A server posted a viral video after reportedly interviewing at a nice restaurant. She’s shocked when she finds out that the water costs $33.

🍋 In a situation that feels more like a Saturday Night Live skit than real life, one TikToker recently shared a grocery delivery mishap in a video that quickly racked up 22,000 views. It involved lemons.

🧳 An airline losing your baggage is any traveler’s nightmare.

🍴 A TikToker has sparked debate after accusing a restaurant server of “robbing” her. But is everything as it seems?

💸 From the Daily Dot archive: How a cryptocurrency fortune crippled a deceased billionaire’s estate.

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👋 Before you go

A shopper went viral when she highlighted how a grocery store’s “Buy 2 Get 2 Free” deal on Diet Coke allows the company to raise prices on the individual stock.

TikToker Melissa Simonson (@realmelissasimo) filmed the short clip in an effort to draw attention to deals that force consumers to purchase more. Viewed over 2.1 million times, the clip sparked a debate about the price of groceries.

Simonson’s video began after she noticed that Diet Coke 12-packs were marked at $9.99 per case. “Nobody is actually going to spend this, right?” she said. “$9.99 for a single 12-pack. I thought this is what their goal is; they want people to pay that much. This is how far we’ve fallen. $10 for 12 stinking sodas, right?”

Though $10 per 12-pack seemed outrageous by itself, Simonson believed the signage was a ploy to lure customers into spending more than they planned on luxury goods like brand-name sodas.

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*First Published: Mar 7, 2024, 10:30 am CST