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Posted on Apr 18, 2024   Updated on Apr 19, 2024, 8:38 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: Why a dumpling machine has people captivated online, Trump’s attorney trying (and failing) to explain why he fell asleep in court, why Elon Musk has become a meme yet again, and actress Megan Fox finally commenting on the Love Is Blind drama caused by a comparison to her. 

After that, our Senior Politics and Technology Editor David has a “Deplatformed” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

All of TikTok is demanding one question be answered: How to use a dumpling machine 

dumpling machine has gone viral, and it’s taking over the internet


Trump attorney Alina Habba tries, fails to explain claim former president slept in court

Trump’s team said the people who made the claim weren’t in court. They were.


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Elon Musk’s red carpet poses get memed

Billionaire Elon Musk has yet again become an internet meme after attempting to pull off a handful of poses at a recent award show.


Megan Fox has finally commented on all of the ‘Love is Blind’ drama caused by comparison to her

If 2024’s selection of reality TV has given us anything so far, it’s certainly viral levels of messiness—and the latest season of Netflix’s Love is Blind was no exception. Now, Megan Fox has entered the chat.


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🚉 Deplatformed

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Politics & Technology Editor

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🚗 Using ride-share services like Uber and Lyft has already become fraught with safety concerns for women. Now, one woman is warning passengers that Lyft automatically shows drivers when an address is labeled as ‘Home.’

🕶️ One man went viral after catching a kid reselling solar eclipse glasses for an extreme profit.

✈️ This American Airlines customer says a major change is coming to the airline very soon

🍔 A vegetarian of 12 years accidentally broke her vegetarianism after an In-N-Out worker gave her a cheeseburger instead of the grilled cheese she ordered, she says.

💸 A TikToker’s joke video about car payments has sparked discussion about just how much some people are paying monthly for their vehicles.

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👋 Before you go

Here’s a harmless fast-food prank with a wholesome ending—we love to see it.

In a viral TikTok video, a man whose content can only be described as the perfect crossover between pranks and fast-food hacks took on the latest challenge from a commenter.

“Order a burger at McDonald’s then return it to In-N-Out telling them they made it wrong,” the commenter’s challenge read.

Anthony Villegas (@antstorm123) got to it with no hesitation.

I’m about to have them so confused,” Villegas says in the clip.

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*First Published: Apr 18, 2024, 10:30 am CDT