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I hope your weekend is off to a good start! Our top stories today are about: A former DoorDasher saying he stole a customer’s Shake Shack order and then deleted the app, why people are defending a Starbucks customer who ordered a “pup cup” for himself, everything you need to know about the “girl math” meme, and how fans of Britney Spears are accusing Justin Timberlake of running a botnet PR campaign. Down below we’ve got a story about someone discovering an actual bookworm.
After that our Assistant Newsletter Editor Kira has a “Decoding Fandom” column for you.
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⚡ Today’s top stories
A former DoorDash driver says he stole a customer’s Shake Shack order and then deleted the app. In the comments, some viewers debated the ethics of the decision. Others just found it funny.
‘He’s got that dog in him’: Viewers defend Starbucks customer who ordered a ‘pup cup’ for himself
In a cheeky video, a man bought himself a “pup cup” at Starbucks all under the guise of treating his imaginary dog.
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Everything you need to know about the ‘girl math’ meme
We’ve all heard of “girl dinner,” but what about girl math?
Britney Spears fans accuse Justin Timberlake of running botnet PR campaign to push back on memoir revelations
Supporters of Britney Spears are accusing Justin Timberlake of using bots on social media to defend his reputation. But is it actually true?
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⭐ Decoding Fandom
By Kira Deshler
Assistant Newsletter Editor
Swifties are reshaping the concert movie experience
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👋 Before you go
You never know what you’ll find at the library, and that includes evidence of a real bookworm.
TikToker Toni (@tinycactustoni), a worker at a library, posted a video this week that now has more than 4 million views. The TikTok shows pages of a book as well as the work left by a bookworm.
No, bookworm isn’t just the name for someone who always has their nose in a book; bookworms do exist.
They aren’t typically worms but a variety of insects that feast on paper on their way to the real prize: bindings and the pastes/glues used on them. They often leave tiny tunnels behind.
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