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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 the internet is convinced that the Trump trial hinges on ‘Juror 2,’ debunking claims that the missing Malaysian Airlines flight was found on Google Maps, how sharp panels on Cybertrucks are sending owners to the ER, and why Idris and Isan Elba are TikTok’s favorite father-daughter duo

After that, the trending team shares with you their pick for “Main Character of the Week.” 

P.S. — It’s Friday, so it’s time for our weekly news quiz. Answer the question below correctly and you’ll be entered to win a “Take Me Out To The Blog Game” shirt. Good luck! 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today in internet culture

Everyone cracked the exact same joke over Trump’s conviction

The news sparked a number of reactions online.


The missing Malaysian Airlines flight wasn’t just discovered using Google Maps

The claim goes viral every couple of years.


Sharp panels on Cybertrucks are sending owners to the ER

Cybertrucker owner said they took a trip to the ER after accidentally slicing open their wrist while trying to clean off a grimy section of the new vehicle.


Idris and Isan Elba are TikTok’s favorite famous father-daughter combo

The ‘Luther’ superstar and his daughter are #offspringgoals.


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👑 Main Character of the Week

By Ramon Ramirez
Managing Editor

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Main Character of the Week: Mom who filmed herself baking and set off a firestorm 

Main Character of the Week is a weekly column that tells you the most prominent “main character” online (good or bad). It runs on Fridays 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.

💸 A Bank of America customer posted a viral TikTok saying she will now be charged a monthly fee if she doesn’t have $10,000 in her checking account.

👀 This catastrophic injury lawyer got a lot of attention online after he revealed the one home product that he’d never buy.

🥁 Self-proclaimed foodie influencer Brennan Taylor has less-than-stellar reviews for Crossroads, the restaurant Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker invested in

🥪 This woman got payback on a “rude” Subway employee in the most creative (and petty) way. Viewers of her viral video about it support her method.

🔋 While electric vehicles have come a long way in recent years, there’s still a major issue that affects all EVs on the road today: long charging times.

🍽️ Do you open up a box of dinnerware before you buy it? Maybe you should. One TikToker says that after buying a dinnerware set at Target, she came home to find she was missing the dinner plates from the set. She thinks it might have been a suspicious woman’s fault

👪 From the Daily Dot archive: Why some mommy vloggers are taking their kids out of the spotlight.

👋 Before you go

Airbnb was a neat idea for a brief moment in time. But as the service grew, so did the myriad of issues people were having, both as guests and as hosts. 

One of the most frequent complaints among guests seems to be the combination of exorbitant fees and high expectations of hosts—no one wants to deal with having to do all their detail-oriented cleaning at the end of vacation and get charged a hefty cleaning fee anyway.

But one alleged Airbnb horror story going viral on TikTok shows just how far some hosts can take things.

Pool balls in rack with handwritten note that reads 'Pool is £5 per day - you can pay via PayPal or leave the cash in the lockbox.' (l) Woman with caption 'Host charges me £740 extra fees for this' (c) television with handwritten note that reads 'To use the TV pay extra £5 a day and I will send you the access code' (r)
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