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Posted on Oct 30, 2023   Updated on Oct 31, 2023, 8:00 am CDT

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

Our top stories today are about: a talking robot dog that’s scaring the internet, Enrique Iglesias’ disappointing performance on tour, conservatives’ hilarious reaction to a statue of Robert E. Lee being melted down, and a tenant who found a bloody mess in her laundry room

After that, check out Mikael’s “One Dumb Conspiracy” column.

Until next time, 

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⚡ Today’s top stories

‘Scary’: Boston Dynamics integrates ChatGPT into ‘Spot,’ allowing robot dog to talk

The company is showing off the robot’s countless customizable personalities.


Enrique Iglesias fans are thrilled he’s finally on tour. So why do concertgoers feel scammed?

A series of TikToks showing Iglesias on tour have fans skeptical about his singing skills.


‘Like watching someone die’: Conservatives melt down over video of Robert E. Lee statue being melted down

Conservatives on X reacted to a viral clip of Lee’s head being smelted at red-hot temperatures with outrage and grief.


Tenant finds blood smeared on the walls of laundry room. Her property manager put in a maintenance request

‘I called them four hours ago with a biohazard… and they’re just like ‘whatever, we’ll put a request in,” she said. 


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen
Staff Reporter

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Did Russia just crush Ukraine’s ‘Adrenochrome cartel?’

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🦖 The new Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, might believe there were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark

☕ Starbucks customers are boycotting the company by ordering free cups of water.

😈 A look at Doja Cat’s use of satanic imagery in her music.

📖 Scholastic has discontinued its Share Every Story collection, which separates “diverse” books at school book fairs. 

🧇 A man on TikTok commented on the viral list of 28 places  women won’t go on a first date, suggesting that it all depends on the woman.

🐂 A bar worker warns you get can an STI from riding a mechanical bull, but experts aren’t so sure. 

😱 A brief history of “The Exorcist” franchise

🎼 From the Daily Dot archive: Distorted TikTok sounds hurt marginalized creators—and AI is making it worse.

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👋 Before you go

A pair of friends have gone viral for putting their best foot forward for Halloween—by dressing up as a pair of flip-flops.

The video starts with a scene straight out of some kind of horror movie, as TikTok user Macy Scism (@macy_scism) and a friend, known as Hallie Rhodes (@hallierrhodes), are seen parading up and down the street in the dark of night, dressed as a giant pair of menacing flip-flops

The video, with over 7.9 million views, shows off their DIY-style costume, which seems to be made out of black cardboard, blue ribbon, and white sheets. 

The black cardboard forms the bottom of the sandal, while the blue ribbon is the strap that holds it together. It stands upright against their back, almost like they’re wearing it as a backpack. Scism and Rhodes seem to have taken on the most important part of the costume — the big toes that slide into the sandal.  

Video shows flipflop couple costume

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*First Published: Oct 30, 2023, 10:30 am CDT