Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Happy Friday! Our top stories today are about: A discovery that a dumpster diver found at TJ Maxx, a look at what it means to be in your “villain era,” how people think President Biden referenced a Chumbawumba song during a recent speech, and how the FCC officially kicked off its effort to restore net neutrality.
After that, our trending team shares with you their pick for “Main Character of the Week.”
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⚡ Today’s top stories
‘An employee was 100% coming back for that bag’: TJ Maxx customer finds a bag filled with brand-name products in dumpster outside store
In a video with a staggering 3.8 million views, a woman’s video about what she “found in this dumpster” at TJ Maxx is sparking a lively debate about the lengths to which folks will go to snag a good deal.
😈 INTERNET CULTURE
From setting boundaries to putting yourself first, everything you need to know about being in your ‘villain era’
The “villain era” is a phenomenon that’s swept the internet.
‘Sick reference’: Biden’s Israel speech accused of cribbing ‘get knocked down’ line from Chumbawumba’s ‘Tubthumping’
President Joe Biden appeared to reference the popular Chumbawumba song “Tubthumping” during his recent speech in Israel. “When we get knocked down, we get up again,” Biden said.
💻 INTERNET RIGHTS
FCC officially kicks off effort to reinstate net neutrality
Net neutrality has been a source of constant fighting for nearly a decade.
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👑 Main Character of the Week
By Ramon Ramirez
Main Character of the Week: 48 Oysters Girl
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🔌 If you have an air fryer, you might want to watch this woman’s PSA about leaving it plugged in.
🏠 A college student posted a viral video in which he claims he has never met the roommates of his four-bedroom apartment. It’s been two months since he moved in.
⌚ New fear unlocked. In a viral video, a nurse revealed that one of her patients got an infection after not cleaning the area in and around their smartwatch.
🍟 This worker is going viral for calling out customers who split the bill on a single dish like a plate of fries.
🍗 A Chick-fil-A customer went viral on TikTok after documenting her bizarre experience trying to obtain extra sauce packets from the fast food chain.
🎤 Here’s why Eminem didn’t trust Kendrick Lamar.
💼 A hiring manager has gone viral on TikTok after venting about a candidate showing up to their job interview in pajamas.
🏳️🌈 From the Daily Dot archive: How a Sims 2 fan forum became an unwitting safe space for queer creatives.
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👋 Before you go
A couple living in a remote community in northern Canada has gone viral for showing the extreme cost of groceries in the Arctic.
In a TikTok, user Willow Allen (@willow.allen) shows a regular trip to the grocery store with her husband Cale.
The first item shown is a bag of tangerines for a whopping $16.99 CAD, or $12.50 USD. A container of blueberries is listed at $7.35 USD; a frozen pizza is $12.50 USD.