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Tiffany Kelly

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Posted on Jun 7, 2023   Updated on Jun 8, 2023, 8:43 am CDT

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Hello! Tiffany here, filling in for Andrew. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Today, we have stories on Apple Vision Pro memes, Ben Shapiro going after Elliot Page, beige flags, and UFO conspiracies

Scroll down for a Now Streaming column from Michelle on Netflix’s The Mother

— T.K. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

‘I Think You Should Leave’ is the perfect Apple Vision Pro meme generator

The Apple headset memes immediately targeted some of the sillier features, like being able to leave live voicemails


Ben Shapiro, others accuses Elliot Page of lying about being hit with transphobic slur

Shapiro’s tweet prompted a flood of transphobia and misgendering, both of which have plagued Page since he came out. Many people separately accused the actor of lying.


What is a ‘beige flag’—and why is the term all over TikTok?

If you’re annoyed by small things a partner does, it may be a beige flag.


🛸 UFOs
Conspiracy theorists afraid to believe massive new UFO report is real

If there’s one thing that remains a certainty among conspiracy theorists it’s that everything is a conspiracy theory, even on the rare occasion when one of their beliefs appears to be vindicated.


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📺 Now Streaming

By Michelle Jaworski

lucy paez as zoe (left) and jennifer lopez as the mother (right) in the mother
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‘The Mother’ is Netflix’s latest algorithmic hit

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Wednesdays our Culture Reporters Audra Schroeder and Michelle Jaworski review or analyze the latest streaming content in their “Now Streaming” column.  If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.

🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

⌚ Worker shares how he ‘robs’ company time after not receiving promotion

🍔 Jack in the Box worker issues PSA about fast-food places that have 2 drive-thru menus

💊 Walgreens worker says he was cross-trained to work in every department—even the pharmacy

🎯 Target manager who led nation in stats reveals the parts of her job that still ‘haunt’ her

🧸 Gather the family for some G-rated fun. These are the best kids’ TV shows that are actually good.

👊 From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s why Netflix action movies always suck

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👋 Before you go

Are you keeping up with the chicken wars on TikTok? 

In the span of a week or so, the “chicken wars” started dominating the app, leading to a trend of farmers showing off their chickens via stitch or duet. 

man speaking outside with chickens behind (l) chickens in group running (c) man speaking outside with chickens behind (r)
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🎶 Now Playing: “Across the Spider-Verse (Start a Band)” by Daniel Pemberton 🎶 

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*First Published: Jun 7, 2023, 10:30 am CDT