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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: A viral video explaining why ginger ale tastes better on planes, how an eight-second video of a woman eating pancakes has become bizarrely controversial, everything you need to know about the alleged feud between Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo, and a look at whether Former President Trump or Gov. Ron DeSantis got flipped off more at a recent college football game. 

After that, I’ve got a “Today In Tech” column for you. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 


⚡ Today’s top stories

✈️ VIRAL
‘It’s one of the few things that tastes better at 10,000 feet’: Flight attendant says there’s a reason ginger ale tastes better on planes

As it turns out, your suspicions about airplane ginger ale were right all along. It really does taste better up there. And a new video explaining why is going viral.

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🥞 DISCOURSE
‘One is happy and joyous and one is bitter and judgmental’: This pancake reaction TikTok is bizarrely controversial

How much discourse can there possibly be about an eight-second video of a woman eating pancakes? A lot, as it turns out.

 READ MORE 

🎤 CULTURE 
Everything to know about the alleged feud between Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo

Speculation is rampant after Olivia Rodrigo appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.

 READ MORE 

🗳️ POLITICS
Who got flicked off more at the Iowa-Iowa State game: Trump or DeSantis?

It was a middle finger duel at the Iowa-Iowa State game between the two leading Republican candidates.

 READ MORE 


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💻 Today in Tech

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🍟 Here’s how to really get “fresh fries” at McDonald’s, according to a former corporate chef

🍗 A Popeyes customer couldn’t help but laugh after they visited one of the brand’s restaurants and were told that the only offerings available for customers to purchase were bread, wings, and sides.

🚿 This sales consultant recently went viral for sharing a story about a new hire taking a shower during a Zoom meeting while his camera was on.

👩‍🏫 A woman who earned a master’s degree in education says that she quit her teaching job in order to work as a server because she wasn’t earning enough in the classroom to pay off her student loans.

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

👀 One TikToker has shared a clever money-saving hack for buying furniture from popular brands like Urban Outfitters, Target, and Overstock for a fraction of the price.

🍰 This travel expert warns in a viral video that “of all the scams and hustles in Las Vegas,” Cake Boss vending machines irritate her the most

🛩️ An ex-Wall Street worker revealed how students can receive discounts on their flights by using KAYAK.

🤖 From the Daily Dot archive: Distorted TikTok sounds hurt marginalized creators—and AI is making it worse.

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👋 Before you go

Dunkin’ has a hardcore fan base—we don’t need to tell you how much Ben Affleck loves the doughnuts-and-coffee chain—but a viral TikTok takes the fandom to a new level.

Creator Carmela (@carmelaandthebeast) posted a video about taking a giant Dunkin’ sign home that her local store was throwing away. The video has 1.5 million views and more than 169,000 likes.

In the video, Carmela explains that she was visiting her local Dunkin’, and “the perfect opportunity fell into my hands.”

The video shows two large building signs on the ground: one for Dunkin’ and one for Baskin-Robbins. Carmela asked the store’s staff about the Dunkin’ sign.

They said if I found a truck, then it’s all mine,” she explains.

Customer discovers discarded 10-foot Dunkin' Donuts sign. They let her take it home
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