- The giant battle episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ is nearly here Sunday 10:12 PM
- ‘Game of Thrones’ finally revealed the Night King’s endgame Sunday 9:53 PM
- Sri Lankan government shuts down social media in wake of deadly blasts Sunday 7:56 PM
- Amazon Flex drivers now must use selfies to verify identity Sunday 6:34 PM
- #GentrifyingGeorge thinks 152-year-old HBCU should ‘just move’ Sunday 5:27 PM
- Watch out! Tonight’s episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ leaked online (updated) Sunday 3:32 PM
- Videos of people working may be the best thing on TikTok right now Sunday 1:46 PM
- How to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8, episode 2 for free Sunday 7:00 AM
- Gendry is making a new weapon for Arya Stark—but what is it? Sunday 6:30 AM
- The live-action Halo series could be Showtime’s most ambitious project yet Sunday 6:00 AM
- How to watch Turner Classic Movies for free Sunday 5:30 AM
- How to watch Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao online for free Sunday 5:00 AM
- ‘Star Trek’s Jonathan Frakes calls out your lies with this new meme Saturday 3:46 PM
- #JusticeForLucca trends after video shows police slam Black teen’s head into pavement Saturday 3:11 PM
- The internet is shocked to learn that Goombas do, in fact, have arms Saturday 2:02 PM
Gotta catch ’em all.
The initial frenzy for Pokémon Go has cooled off somewhat, but the addictive app’s devotees are still hard at work trying to catch ’em all. And you know that a woman of true ambition—like, say, Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg—won’t quit until she does.
Which may explain why the head of state was caught tossing PokéBalls during a debate in the Storting, Norway’s parliament.
The smartphone scandal comes just a few weeks after another the leader of Norway’s Liberal party was seen playing Pokémon Go in parliament herself. Guess becoming a PokéMaster is something of a bipartisan issue.
One redditor notes that, according to rumor, “there is higher chance to find Porygon near government buildings, and specifically courts,” so maybe both women found they couldn’t pass up the chance to fill a critical gap in their Pokédex. In any case, they both laughed off the episodes, since Norway is apparently a chill place where politicians don’t scream at each other over nothing—and because Solberg happened to be playing while Grande herself was speaking to the legislature.
“She heard what I said, we ladies can do two things at the same time you know,” Grande tweeted, while Solberg commented, “I think that Trine will like that I opened the game while she was at the pulpit.”
Pokémon: bigger than politics.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'