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Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Apr 3, 2024   Updated on Apr 3, 2024, 11:34 am CDT

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

Our top stories today are about: Conspiracy theories exploding online about the upcoming solar eclipse, how many people wish former President Trump’s April Fools joke was actually real, a woman’s wild experience unboxing a “lost package,” and a Dutch Bros. worker sharing how she got revenge on a rude customer

After that, our Assistant Editor Kira has got a “Decoding Fandom” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Christians claim solar eclipse path through ‘biblical’ towns prove U.S. is ‘wicked’

A total solar eclipse set to take place next week has conspiracy theorists in a panic, leading many to suggest that the natural occurrence could be linked to the apocalypse.


‘I can dream, right?’: Trump shares April Fool’s announcement he’s suspending his campaign

Former President Donald Trump may have temporarily gotten his critics’ hopes up after sending out an email that claimed he’d suspended his campaign for the 2024 presidential election.


Woman buys a lost package on Facebook Marketplace. She can’t believe what she receives

People online have started sharing videos of them unboxing “lost packages,” where the contents are a mystery to the buyer. One woman went viral for sharing her “crazy experience” of unboxing a sex doll


‘She drank it up’: Former Dutch Bros. worker shares how she secretly got revenge on customers

One former Dutch Bros. Coffee employee says she once took revenge on a rude customer, not by messing with a drink she ordered, but by offering her a “new beverage” that was heavy on sugar and fatty “ice cream milk.”


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⭐ Decoding Fandom

By Kira Deshler
Assistant Newsletter Editor

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🧀 In a viral video, a Goodwill customer shared the outrages things he found in the store and how much they cost, including expired Kraft Mac & Cheese

🧊 A Chick-fil-A customer who’s a big fan of the chicken chain’s pebble ice was surprised to discover a method for ordering a bucket of ice off the “secret menu.”

🍴 This Texas Roadhouse server went viral for sharing the things you do that servers hate.

🚗 If you’ve thought about becoming a driver for a ride-hailing service to pick up some cash, this expert shared which car is the best for it

🏖️ A 19-year-old Airbnb customer went viral on TikTok after sharing that she traveled 10 hours to her Airbnb on the beach, but wasn’t allowed to enter her rental property because she’s too young.

🍟 This McDonald’s manger got a lot of attention online after revealing what it’s really like to be in charge. 

📹 From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s how local governments are surveilling their workers

📝 Question of the Day

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👋 Before you go

A female private investigator is warning people about the potential vulnerability they’re opening themselves up to when responding “STOP” to text messages from businesses.

TikTok creator Lisa (@therealpinklady), who describes herself as a “female private investigator and business consultant,” said in a recent video that sending such a response could give private investigators access to information from your phone

Her video has been viewed more than 2 million times.

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*First Published: Apr 3, 2024, 10:30 am CDT