Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Kira here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Today’s top stories are about: the ‘orange peel theory’ as a symbol of true love, an EMT dispatched to the scene of an exorcism, the origin of those Vince McMahon memes, and Trump’s $1.5 billion lawsuit against news orgs that reported on Truth Social’s losses.
After that, check out a “Decoding Fandom” column from yours truly.
See you next week,
⚡ Today’s top stories
Everything you need to know about the ‘orange peel theory,’ the test of true love in relationships
The popular theory romanticizes the little things people do for each other as symbols of love and care.
A paramedic says that when attending to a patient who was experiencing a seizure, she realized that the woman had been subject to an exorcism.
The McMahon meme actually predates ‘galaxy brain.’
Trump demands $1.5 billion over ‘unprecedented fabrication’ that Truth Social lost $73 million since launch
Truth Social’s parent company sued a slew of news organizations on Monday that reported the company had lost $73 million in 2023.
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By Kira Deshler
Assistant Newsletter Editor
With the Hunger Games renaissance, fans are making dystopia cool again
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
💬 A wife posted a viral TikTok sharing how her friend sent her husband a direct message (DM) while they were separated. She asks viewers if her reaction to the news is irrational or valid.
💼 This recruiter went viral for sharing the 3 things you should lie about in every interview.
🎟️ A woman who just wanted to go see the musical “Beetlejuice” found herself dealing with a customer service nightmare when Vivid Seats canceled her tickets—which she claims happened so they could resell them at a higher price.
🎙️ Swifties have been getting creative with outfits for Taylor Swift‘s Eras Tour. But one fan’s costume is definitely a throwback.
👖 At a time when prices around the United States are at a recent high, finding a deal is a joyous—and at times, unbelievable—experience.
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🚘 A self-described people pleaser got over her anxiety and insisted that the worker at her local auto shop help her install her wiper blades—a service advertised as free by the business. Many viewers relate.
🚓 From the Daily Dot archive: A background check company is secretly paying cops on TikTok to push its services.
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👋 Before you go
Everyone knows the price of childbirth in America is costly, so any mistakes on a hospital bill can be especially burdensome.
After one mom realized the hospital where she gave birth wrongfully overcharged her, she stumbled on a way to fight back from an unlikely source.
In a viral video that has been viewed over 482,000 times, TikToker Annie Muscato (@afmuscato) explained how a debt collector taught her how to fight incorrect medical charges.
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