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Posted on Nov 23, 2023   Updated on Nov 24, 2023, 9:37 am CST

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

Happy Thanksgiving! To celebrate the holiday, we’ve got a list of Thanksgiving memes to get you in the spirit of Turkey Day. After that, our other top stories are about: How viewers are reacting to a video showing a proposal on a hot air balloon that didn’t work out well, OnlyFans creators trolling Rep. George Santos after a report found he used campaign funds on subscriptions, and a comical and frustrating experience with a Wendy’s AI drive-thru chatbot

After that, our Senior Politics and Tech Editor David has a “Deplatformed” column for you. 

If you scroll down below, you’ll also see our latest video in the “Meme History” YouTube series the Daily Dot recently started. 

Enjoy today! See you tomorrow,

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Thanksgiving memes to get you into the spirit of Turkey Day

With the holidays comes family time, and with family time comes the inevitable moment when you need to have a Thanksgiving-related joke or meme on hand to break the tension.


‘I mean she never really said no tho’: Viewers divided over man who proposes during hot air balloon ride

Typically, marriage proposals are romantic and spontaneous. Here, a popular content creator thought he had a creative way to propose to his girlfriend of six years—on a hot air balloon ride—that didn’t work great.


Spicy content creators are trolling George Santos

OnlyFans content creators are joking that Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) subscribed to their accounts on the platform after a U.S. House Ethics Committee report found that Santos used campaign funds to buy OnlyFans subscriptions.


🤖 AI 
‘Why does the robot sound like it has an attitude?’: Robot takes a customer’s order at Wendy’s. It catches an ‘attitude’

Wendy’s has started rolling out its new AI chatbot system at the drive thru. However, according to one video, what was intended to be a seamless transition turned into a comical and frustrating experience.


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🚉 Deplatformed

By David Covucci
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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🙅‍♀️ In a viral video, an ex-Walmart worker shares that she quit her new job at Walmart during orientation

💨 A woman has lived to tell the tale of how she and her friends got carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from smoking hookah.

🏀 Here are some of the best NBA memes

🚗 Recently, a court ruled that Tesla employees can’t wear pro-union shirts to work

🥐 A customer bought a chocolate croissant from Trader Joe’s, only to realize that she’d been bamboozled upon opening the box

🔒 Do you have an internet security question you want answered? Well, you are in luck. Just submit a question here, and if it is picked to be answered in our “Your Password Sucks” column we’ll send you a pretty sweet shirt

🕹️ This groovy-looking mouse on the market brings a bit of retro gaming love to your workstation.

🐦 Swifties are digging through Travis Kelce’s old tweets. They’re… good?

📺 From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s why you can’t take a screenshot of a TV show or movie on your computer.

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▶️ Meme History

Have you checked out the Daily Dot’s new YouTube series “Meme History?” If not, why not check out the latest video in the series: The story behind Doge, the internet’s most beloved dog

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*First Published: Nov 23, 2023, 10:30 am CST