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Posted on Dec 1, 2023   Updated on Dec 2, 2023, 8:36 am CST

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Happy Friday! Our top stories today are about: How Henry Kissinger’s death was the moment the internet had been waiting for, a viral video that showed a woman throwing her boyfriend’s clothes out of a window in New York City, how a Reddit thread has millennials realizing they might have long COVID, and since it’s December 1st we’ve got a look at some of the best Christmas memes

After that, our Trending Team has their pick for “Main Character of the Week.”

And since it’s Friday, it’s time for our weekly news quiz! Just scroll down to answer the question. If you guess correctly, you’ll be entered to win a web_crawlr shirt

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⚡ Today’s top stories

Henry Kissinger’s death is the moment the internet has been waiting for

In the case of Henry Kissinger, who died at 100, the mood online was downright celebratory, where people unearthed old takes, and bragged about being first to change his Wikipedia page


‘I’m pretty sure she’ll take him back’: Woman throws her boyfriend’s clothes out the window after a fight

 In a now-deleted video posted on @thisisnyc, an account that aggregates viral videos of New York City, a woman is seen throwing clothes out the window of an apartment onto the street below.


‘I feel so dull’: People are realizing they have long COVID thanks to a Reddit thread

After identifying with a Reddit thread for millennials, many are realizing that they might have long COVID.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas memes

Memes are a great way to spread laughter and cheer this holiday season.


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👑 Main Character of the Week

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

☕ A Starbucks barista went viral on TikTok after sharing news of a bizarre gift she received from a customer. Spoiler alert: she wasn’t thrilled.

✈️ This pair of Alaska flight attendants went viral for sharing some useful tips in a mini-manifesto about what it’s like to serve passengers at 35,000 feet.

🍩 A woman’s brief investigation into Krispy Kreme’s dumpsters prompted a renewed conversation about food waste.

🏥 Like death and taxes, health insurance is something every American has to deal with in their lifetime. It can be an overwhelming and frustrating process.

🥯 A Panera customer was excited about the prospect of getting a Cinnamon Crunch bagel, but was told by a worker they were “sold out,” even though there was a bag of them visible in the store.

💅🏼 These Korean sheet masks are proof that the fountain of youth can be found in sheet form.

🥗 As food costs are rising, folks are sharing their cost-effective meal options with each other online, to avoid overspending on groceries and take-out.

📅 Celebrate the end of the work week by checking out some of the best Friday memes

🛍️ From the Daily Dot archive: #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt: Why TikTok shopping isnow the ordinary.

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👋 Before you go

A user on TikTok is calling out Airbnb after alleging that the company refused to refund her following an unsafe situation, among other concerns.

In a video with over 31,000 views, TikTok user Jen (@sohltrain) recounts her experience, claiming that after the experience she will likely not book with Airbnb again.

“I’m traveling solo for work. I booked this Airbnb, I checked in after it was dark out,” she says. “I walked in and immediately something just felt off.”

According to Jen, there were numerous safety and security issues with the rental. For example, one window “had been taken off of its track so that it couldn’t slide closed to be locked.” The balcony door also had a lock that did not work, she says.

The next day, Jen says she received a response from Airbnb that she found surprising.

Airbnb guest files report after windows and doors in unit wouldn’t lock. Airbnb responds 18 hours later and deny her a refund
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*First Published: Dec 1, 2023, 10:30 am CST