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Posted on Jul 21, 2023   Updated on Jul 23, 2023, 6:59 am CDT

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

Our top stories today are about: An Airbnb host catching guests “running a club” at their rental, how internet sleuths spotted who is believed to be the Long Island serial killer using Google Street View, an in-depth look at the rise of the Barbenheimer meme, and why acting like an NPC robot is the hot new gig for TikTokers

After that, our Culture Editor Tiffany has her “This Week on the Internet” column and shares with you her meme of the week

One last thing: It’s Friday, which means it is time for our weekly news quiz. Scroll down to answer the question. If you guess correctly, you’ll be entered to win a “Hot Blog Summer” shirt! 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Airbnb host catches guests ‘running a club’ at rental

One evening when an Airbnb host decided to check the security cameras on an the rental she manages, she discovered something strange.


🗺️ WTF
Google Street View caught image of alleged Long Island serial killer chatting with woman outside his office

An internet sleuth on a subreddit dedicated to the Long Island serial killer found an image of what appears to be the suspect outside his office using Google Street View.


The rise of Barbenheimer, the cinematic-social media crossover of the year

Barbenheimer has led to ticket sales, artwork, double feature plans, stolen artwork, and spam.


Why acting like an NPC robot is the hot new gig for TikTokers

As we reported last week, TikTok’s “NPC livestreams” are your algorithm’s latest push.


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🗣️ This Week on the Internet

By Tiffany Kelly

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I saw ‘Barbie’ after seeing all the memes, and here’s what I thought

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Fridays our Senior Culture Editor Tiffany Kelly recaps the most pressing online discourse of the week in her “This Week On The Internet” 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.

💸 This DoorDash customer says the company kept denying her a refund after her driver didn’t deliver her $30 order

🍕 A pizza restaurant server posted a series of videos chronicling the allegedly shady way her restaurant let her go.

😱 One TikToker has revealed a harrowing tale of alleged financial malfeasance and gaslighting from an ironic source: Her own therapist’s office.

👪 A mom went viral after she posted a video complaining about the cost of babysitters. It didn’t go as planned.

👁️ When you think about bringing your car in for service, there are probably a few procedures that immediately pop in your head. But what about asking an auto service worker to install some car eyelashes on your whip?

🌿 A video of a young boy went viral when he didn’t understand the clothing he wanted at a gift shop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina had marijuana leaves on it.

🛍️ Not every customer looks at the biography description of a food delivery app runner or driver. But one person did and found a driver whose description of themselves has charmed folks online.

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

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📅 Meme of the Week

The classic “1 ticket to” meme made its comeback for Barbenheimer. 

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*First Published: Jul 21, 2023, 10:30 am CDT