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Today’s top stories are about: a supposed elevator hack that teaches you what to do when disaster strikes, a viral video about a mom who says she hates parenting, the right-wing conspiracy theories surrounding the Lewiston shooting, and a new brand of fraternity hazing brought to you by TikTok.
After that, dig into Ramon’s “Main Character of the Week” column and answer our weekly news quiz.
⚡ Today’s top stories
‘Elevators just need to not exist’: Viral TikTok shows how you should save yourself when an elevator suddenly falls
One TikTok claims to have the solution to your worst fear coming true, but does the science check out?
A mother recently went viral on TikTok after she expressed a truth many mothers feel—she hates parenthood. Viewers had thoughts.
Maine mass shooting immediately pinned on Hamas by far-right conspiracy theorists—despite U.S. soldier under suspicion
Though conspiracy theorists might say otherwise, there is no evidence the shooting is related to Israel or Palestine. X has only furthered the confusion.
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PledgeTok is making fraternity hazing more wholesome
The new Greek life trend may be a safer way to “haze” new pledges.
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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 TikToker took her friend to a musical festival so he could get his sore throat checked out at the medical tent, proving just how expensive healthcare in the US is.
🐕 A woman dressed up as a ‘crusty white dog’ for Halloween, calling it ‘the perfect mix of hot, offensive, and funny.’
🗳️ Trump called Speaker of the House nominee Tom Emmer a RINO (Republican in Name Only) and he dropped out of the race.
💵 Crypto bro Ben Armstrong tagged both his wife and his mistress in his divorce post. He was quickly ratioed.
🍲 A couple questioned a restaurant’s 20% service charge policy, igniting a debate about tipping culture.
🔋 A man on TikTok revealed the purpose of the Duracell battery package, shocking viewers.
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The barista reenacted an encounter with a disgruntled woman who demanded a refund and a new sandwich. When Jorlala explained that she could either issue a refund or remake the sandwich—but not do both—the customer lost her cool.
Jorlala began to make the woman a new sandwich, but when she opened the bag, she realized the woman had already eaten it the day before. To make matters even more frustrating, Jorlala brought her manager in and he took the customer’s side, giving in to her demands. “i do not miss having these types of managers,” Jorlala wrote in the caption.