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

Our top stories today are about: A look inside the tortured history of the internet’s most famous haunted lake, people falling for a fake Marjorie Taylor Greene post about “land dragon” dinosaurs, an explainer of the Ash Baby meme, and how actress Courtney Cox joined in on the “80s moms dancing” trend

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

See you tomorrow!

— A.W. 

⚡ Today in Internet Culture

🚣‍♀️ WTF
Inside the tortured history of the internet’s most famous haunted lake

Conspiracies about Lake Lanier’s haunting have gone viral on social media


Threads duped by old Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘ocean dragons’ meme

A viral screenshot circulating on Threads has many convinced that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) went on a recent rant about dinosaurs actually being “land dragons” from biblical times.


Ash Baby, the reaction meme nobody asked for

Ash Baby (also known as the Screaming Baby Made of Ash) is an AI-generated image of a small, ash-covered baby screaming with its arms outstretched.


Courteney Cox joined in on the ’80s moms dancing’ TikTok trend in the best way

Courteney Cox reveals how she danced in the ’80s…and shows her work!


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🚉 Deplatformed

By David Covucci
Politics & Technology Editor

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Deplatformed: Gab’s fake white women

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🕸️ Crawling the Web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

💵 Tipping culture pushed one woman beyond her tipping point, and she used TikTok to vent about it.

✈️ Missing a flight can ruin travel plans and become an expensive headache for any would-be passenger. But when one person blamed Delta for missing her best friend’s wedding, it backfired

🍕 This Costco customer says that as long as customers offer up a secret code to food court employees, they’re able to get their hands on a chicken bake pizza—a combination of two of the establishment’s food items.

🦷 In a viral video, a woman explained that she went to the dentist to get her wisdom teeth removed, but left with a broken jaw

🛒 Target announced plans to cut prices on thousands of consumer basics as it looks toward the summer months. But one content creator wasn’t buying the idea that the retailer was doing so for altruistic reasons

🌮 Fast food, once synonymous with budget-friendly dining, feels like it’s more expensive than ever

⚰️ From the Daily Dot archive: Here are the real-life stakes of faking your death online.

📝 Question of the Day

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🤳 Today’s Viral Video

Roblox gamers can get paid to work in a virtual IKEA store!

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