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Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 7, 2023   Updated on Jul 9, 2023, 12:26 pm CDT

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

Happy Friday! Our top stories today are about: A renter claiming that their landlord raised their rent 22.5% to fund their “lifestyle,” how Donald Trump Jr.’s trip to Australia was delayed after an online petition to block him from visiting went viral, a woman who was captured on video yelling at an airplane full of passengers about someone or something that wasn’t there, and how Bravo fans reacted to a couple’s recent rumored separation. 

After that, our Culture Editor Tiffany has a “This Week on the Internet” column for you. 

And, of course, it’s also time for our weekly news quiz. Scroll down below to to answer the question! If you guess correctly, you might win our brand new “Hot Blog Summer” shirt

See you tomorrow! 

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⚡ Today’s top stories

Renter slams landlord for increasing rent on multiple houses by 22.5% to fund ‘lifestyle’

A renter has sparked discussion after claiming that her landlord increased her rent by 22.5% to “pay for her and her adult daughter’s lifestyle.”


Trump Jr.’s Australia trip delayed after online petition to block him from visiting went viral

The last-minute postponement comes as a Change.org petition seeking to ban the former president’s eldest son from Australia garnered more than 22,000 signatures.


✈️ WTF
‘That motherf*cker back there is not real’: Drunk woman hallucinating on plane exits before takeoff

A woman, who appears intoxicated, was captured yelling at an airplane full of passengers that she had seen someone—or something—that wasn’t there before leaving the plane prior to takeoff.


‘Real Housewives’ fans react to Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky reportedly separating

While there are many rumors circulating around the pair’s separation, Bravo fans predicted the split a long time ago.


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🗣️ This Week on the Internet

By Tiffany Kelly

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍗 In a viral video, a KFC customer requested to “speak to the manager”—but it backfired

☕ A Starbucks worker has a simple solution for speeding up drive-thru lines—now it’s just a matter of whether customers will follow his advice.

💰 Do you get paid biweekly or per month? What strategies do you have for making it through to payday?

🔧 A mechanic has viewers divided over the boundaries of transparency for unplugging a dashboard camera while repairing a vehicle.

🍞 Texas Roadhouse customers with “$18 in their bank account” filmed themselves sharing a dozen rolls in a parking lot. It’s more common than you think. 

💎  This ‘champagne of pepper grinders‘ is the ultimate flex for bougie kitchens.

💼 A former JP Morgan worker revealed why she quit her job after six years—because, as she depicted it, there was no “upward mobility” for her.

📦 If you’re moving and need to clear out a lot of belongings, Facebook Marketplace might be able to help you.

✏️ From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s a look at the wild history of fanfic censorship. 

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