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Ivanka Trump tweeted about going to The Hague and everyone had the same reaction

Ivanka Trump tweeted about going to The Hague and everyone had the same reaction(图1)

Ivanka's seemingly innocent tweet today did not go as planned.

As Ivanka Trump was headed to the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit(Opens in a new tab) at The Hague in the Netherlands on Wednesday, she sent the following seemingly innocuous tweet.

Thing is, The Hague is also home to the seat of the UN's International Court of Justice(Opens in a new tab) and the International Criminal Court(Opens in a new tab), which are two very important places where international criminals and cases are tried.

SEE ALSO: Ivanka Trump was just given the Internet Freedom Award. LOL.

Ivanka Trump tweeted about going to The Hague and everyone had the same reaction(图2)

While Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner haven't been formally accused of any international crimes, they do have a lengthy(Opens in a new tab) (and growing(Opens in a new tab)) list(Opens in a new tab) of allegations(Opens in a new tab) of corruption(Opens in a new tab) and ethically(Opens in a new tab) questionable behavior following them around, and the opportunity for jokes was too good for many Twitter users to pass up.

Alas, the visit is only for Ivanka to give a speech(Opens in a new tab) at the summit but, like her father, it seems there will be a protest(Opens in a new tab) to meet her once she arrives.

May no baby blimps be hurt in the process.

Ivanka Trump tweeted about going to The Hague and everyone had the same reaction(图3)

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  • Laura Ingraham compares child detention centers to summer camps as Fox News goes totally off the rai


    Laura Ingraham compares child detention centers to summer camps as Fox News goes totally off the rails

    Fox News has really outdone themselves this time.

    While the rest of the nation waits for a soothing voice to rise above the maddening cacophony and give us direction in this moment of national crisis, two of Fox News' highest profile on-air talents continued to spread lies and misinformation on Monday about the separation of migrant families at the U.S-Mexico border.

    SEE ALSO: How to stop feeling helpless when you hear about immigrant children taken from their parents

    Fox host Laura Ingraham wants you to know that despite the heartbreaking images and audio you may experience that, hey, these detention camps for migrant children aren't so bad.

    In fact, they're just like summer camp!

    Yes, because when I listen to the horrifying audio take inside one detention center, I am taken back to those fond summer days of my childhood spent making popsicle stick log cabins, playing kickball, and screaming for my parents whose arms I was ripped from against our will.

    It's a willful ignorance that would be painful to watch if it weren't such a blatant attempt at propaganda. That (opens in a new tab)San Diego Union-Tribune(opens in a new tab) story(opens in a new tab) Ingraham references is taken a bit out of context as it has plenty more to say about the conditions.

    On closer inspection, details about the California-licensed child care facility run by Southwest Key Programs reflect the situation of the children it serves.

    It’s surrounded by fencing that is backed by privacy netting, and a sign at the gate warns visitors that it’s under video surveillance 24 hours per day. If someone opens the front door of the facility without first swiping a badge, an alarm blares through the hallway, warning of a potential escape.

    That sounds a whole hell of a lot more like a juvenile detention center than any summer camp I've ever seen. It's the pick-and-choose nature of this presentation by Ingraham that makes this kind of "reporting" by a pundit so dangerous; it's inaccurate and spreads misinformation about what's really going on.

    Later, Ingraham responded to real time comments to her initial statement, saying:

    Apparently there are a lot of people very upset because we referred to some of the detention facilities tonight as essentially like summer camps. The San Diego Union Tribune today described the facilities as essentially like what you would expect at a boarding school. So I will stick to there are some of them like boarding schools. And I suggest that a lot of the folks who are worried about that spend more time in Central America. I have. And we should make adoption easier for American couples who want to adopt these kids who are true candidates for adoption because our policies don’t allow that. So let’s put our hearts out there for the kids in the right way. Take care of them the right way. Open your hearts and your homes to them.

    The statement simply doubles-down on her first comments and then veers off on to the topic of adoption which has little, if anything, to do with the separation of families at the border, a clumsy sleight of hand to obfuscate the real issue here that accomplishes little and makes even less sense.

    Not to be outdone: talking Zima bottle Tucker Carlson also went on a rant that wasn't so much unhinged as it was so inane and stupid that a hundred monkeys on a hundred typewriters couldn't have replicated his terrible argument: that America's "ruling class" are more concerned about families being separated at the border than they are about American families.

    Tucker clarifies that by "the ruling class" he really means "The Left" (as if there was any doubt) and lambasts them for being more interested in "yelling and preening" than finding solutions. But the last time I checked -- *looks at notes(opens in a new tab)* -- yes, that's right, Republicans are in possession of both chambers of Congress, the White House, and a conservative edge on the Supreme Court.

    Never does he blame the Republican party for failing to use their place as the party in power to enact those "solutions," like funding more immigration courts or building facilities in which migrant families can be housed together while they await hearings. Nor does he note that the separation of migrant families is not law but, rather, a tactic the Trump administration(opens in a new tab) has willingly employed.

    There's plenty of hypocrisy in Tucker's comments about "the ruling class," as Splinter notes(opens in a new tab), but fairness is clearly not the objective here.

    In fact, looking at both Ingraham's and Tucker's comments, it's hard to discern what the objective is, other than to parrot the White House and sidestep the painful truths of this very real crisis.

    UPDATE: June 19, 2018, 12:57 p.m. EDT Updated to include additional comments by Ingraham

  • Smart scale comparison: Fitbit vs. Withings vs. Garmin

    Smart scale comparison: Fitbit vs. Withings vs. Garmin

    Shopping for a bathroom scale isn’t as straightforward as it once was. You can spend less than $20 or shell out well over $100; have your pick between WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity; keep the focus on body weight or also track your fat, muscle, bone, and water mass; and interact as much or as little with a companion app as you want.


    Here are some of the major ways that three of the most popular at-home smart scales (Fitbit Aria Air, Withings Body+, and Garmin Index S2) compare — and which one might be right for you:


    The first big differentiating factor is price point. The Aria Air(Opens in a new tab) is the cheapest of the bunch, at $49.95. The Body+(Opens in a new tab) falls right in the middle, running $99.95. And the Index S2(Opens in a new tab) costs the most: $149.99. Keep those numbers in mind as you learn more about each scale — and don’t assume that the cheapest option is always the simplest, or the priciest one the most sophisticated.

    Physical Aspects

    Physically, the Aria Air, Body+, and Index S2 are more similar than dissimilar. They’re all about one inch thick, available in two colors (black and white), and boxy with rounded corners and a display in the top center. Size-wise, the Aria Air is slightly smaller than the other two, measuring 11.8 x 11.8 inches. (The Index S2 is 12.6 x 12.2 inches and the Body+ is 12.8 x 12.8 inches.) All three scales have a maximum weight limit between 398 to 400 pounds, and three units of measurement (pounds, kilograms, and stones). 

    The Index S2 stands out in one aspect: its multicolored display. While probably not a deal-maker, I’ll admit that it does make for nice stats viewing.

    Bluetooth vs. WiFi

    It may not seem to matter whether a scale connects to your phone via Bluetooth or WiFi. But that difference actually changes the weight tracking experience quite a lot. 

    Bluetooth-reliant scales — like the Aria Air — sync straight to your phone or fitness tracker. The caveat is that your device has to be nearby while you’re on the scale in order for the measurement to log.

    WiFi-equipped scales — such as the Body+ and Index S2 — sync to your device through the internet. That means that your phone can be anywhere, and your data will automatically get recorded. WiFi scales tend to be more expensive, but also more convenient.

    Scope of Measurements

    When it comes to the amount of information a scale offers, more is appealing, but not always better. In addition to the accuracy limitations of at-home scales (more on that below), too much output can be overwhelming for some users. Others are here for all the data, even knowing that it’s not 100 percent accurate.

    On the minimal end of the spectrum sits the Aria Air, which measures just weight and BMI. On top of those, both the Index S2 and Body+ offer the following body composition metrics: fat mass, muscle mass, bone mass, and water mass.

    Accuracy of Measurements

    In the accuracy department, the Body+ reigns supreme. Whether it actually is “the most accurate smart scale on the market,” as Withings advertises, is impossible for me to say. But it must be somewhere up there, since that claim is based on an independent lab’s weight performance test on similarly-priced scales. 

    The Body+ has another unique advantage over the other two scales: its patented position aid technology. The accuracy-boosting system helps you evenly distribute your weight on the scale using a system of arrows on the display, and only locks in a number when you’re properly positioned.

    The Aria Air and Index S2 offer less information about the technology behind or accuracy of their scales, but it’s fair to assume that they’re relatively accurate on weight, but less so on BMI and body composition metrics.

    Companion Apps

    Each of the three scales has a companion app, which houses your weight-related metrics.

    The Fitbit app(Opens in a new tab) (companion to the Aria Air) is designed as a one-stop fitness and health tracking shop, with weight being just one of many components (including exercise, sleep, heart rate, hydration, and nutrition) to focus on. The app, which is simple and colorful, basically serves as a record book for your daily weigh-ins (with BMI). By clicking on the scale icon on your landing page, you can view your data in a table or 30-day graph format.

    In the fitness-focused Garmin Connect app(Opens in a new tab) (companion to the Index S2), weight feels secondary to workouts. You have to actively search for your weight stats by clicking the “More” tab in the bottom right corner, followed by Health Stats, and finally Weight. Once you’re in, you can then see each of the six metrics the scale tracks (weight, BMI, body fat percentage, skeletal muscle mass, bone mass, and body water percentage) in one-day, seven-day, four-week, and one-year graphs, with corresponding tables below.

    The Withings Health Mate app(Opens in a new tab) (companion to the Body+) offers the most streamlined weight tracking experience of the three apps. There’s very little navigating required to see all of your body weight and body composition stats, which are presented in neat-looking graphs (weekly, monthly, quarter, and yearly) that you can drag your finger across to pinpoint individual entries. The emphasis in Heath Mate is on weight trend rather than single-day snapshots — which seems like a healthy approach.


    User-specific modes is another area in which the Body+ shines. The scale features dedicated modes for pregnant women(Opens in a new tab), babies(Opens in a new tab), and athletes(Opens in a new tab) that offer personalized insights tailored to each lifestyle or life stage. In pregnancy mode, you get obstetrician-reviewed wellness advice and personalized weight tracking. Baby mode allows you to easily weigh (in your arms) and keep track of your little one’s weight. And athlete mode, which is meant for individuals who work out at least eight hours a week and have a resting heart rate below 60 beats per minute, uses a slightly different algorithm that theoretically yields a more accurate body composition analysis.

    Neither the Aria Air nor Index S2 offer such modes (although the predecessor to the Index S2 did have an athlete mode.)

    Multiple Users

    All three scales allow multiple users to track their weight, as long as they’ve downloaded the companion app, set up an account, and added the scale to their collection of devices. While the Aria Air and Body+ both max out at eight users, the Index S2 accommodates 16. Since these scales are intended for at-home use, most people will not take advantage of that capacity. But for very large families or teams, that might be a big tick in the Index S2’s pro column.

    Decision Time

    In this three-scale battle, the Withings Body+ scale is the clear champion. Smack in the middle, price-wise, it either rivals or outclasses both the Fitbit Aria Air and the Garmin Index S2 in every important category: It’s WiFi equipped, it measures body weight as well as body composition, its accuracy has been tested and proven in a lab, its companion app is intuitive and uncluttered, and it offers three user-specific modes. 

    The only scenario in which it would make more sense to get one of the other two scales is if you’re already plugged into the Fitbit (Aria Air) or Garmin (Index S2) ecosystem, and could just tack weight onto the data you’re already collecting in an app you’re familiar with. 

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  • British wedding guests forced to get real, real creative to watch World Cup


    British wedding guests forced to get real, real creative to watch World Cup

    Historically, weddings and world soccer championships haven't exactly blended together.

    The wedding guests of Britain are doing what they can. All around the country, attendees are patiently checking their phones and scrambling for scores as the country proceeds to the World Cup semifinals.

    SEE ALSO: Have you completed the #NeymarChallenge yet?

    These fans are resilient. Let's show them some respect.

    Only the Church of England(opens in a new tab) had the strength to warn guests not to check their phones during Saturday's wedding ceremonies. There's a zero percent chance anyone will follow this particular bit of advice, but it's a great thought.

  • Eastern quolls reintroduced into the wild after 50-year disappearance


    Eastern quolls reintroduced into the wild after 50-year disappearance

    Once abundant on Australia's mainland, the eastern quoll — also called the native cat — has been extinct in the country for half a century.

    Fortunately, they're still widespread in Tasmania, where they exist in the wild and in captive breeding centres on the island state. Now, they're making a comeback.

    SEE ALSO: It's not often you see koalas swim, so here's one paddling across a river

    This week, 20 eastern quolls were returned to the wild at Booderee National Park, located on the south coast of New South Wales.

    The marsupials were transferred from Tasmanian sanctuaries, and the area had to be cleared of predators to ensure the native animal would flourish once again.

    "Translocating species can be a long and difficult process, but the rewards are high," Booderee National Park's natural resource manager, Nick Dexter, said in a statement.

    "We’ve spent 15 years undertaking intensive feral predator control in the surrounding region. This makes Booderee unique and it’s already led to success in reintroducing other locally extinct mammals to Booderee in recent years so we’re confident that this project has every chance of success."

    Eastern quoll in Booderee National Park after being released. Rewilding Australia, with support from WWF-Australia and in collaboration with a number of partners have attempted the first wild reintroduction of eastern quolls since their mainland extinction last century. 20 eastern quolls were flown from Tasmania to Jervis Bay and released into Booderee National Park for wild reintroduction in March 2018. Partners include: Rewilding Australia, WWF-Australia, [email protected], Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, the Taronga Conservation Society and Shoalhaven Landcare. Credit: © WWF-Aus / Morgan Cardiff

    It's the third native species reintroduced to the park recently, following the release of long-nosed potoroos in 2014 and southern brown bandicoots in 2016.

    The eastern quoll release comes as a result of a collaboration between Rewilding Australia, with support from WWF-Australia, the Taronga Conservation Society and Shoalhaven Landcare.

    They'll be intensively tracked via GPS over the next three months, then regularly over a three-year period. Researchers will also keep their eye on predators.

    "Foxes, both outside and entering the park will also be monitored and managed with the aim of ensuring fox incursion to the park is very limited," Australian National University researcher Natasha Robinson said in a statement.

    Eastern quoll taking its first step into the wild. Rewilding Australia, with support from WWF-Australia and in collaboration with a number of partners have attempted the first wild reintroduction of eastern quolls since their mainland extinction last century. 20 eastern quolls were flown from Tasmania to Jervis Bay and released into Booderee National Park for wild reintroduction in March 2018. Partners include: Rewilding Australia, WWF-Australia, [email protected], Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary, the Taronga Conservation Society and Shoalhaven Landcare. Credit: © WWF-Aus / Morgan Cardiff

    "This will help us understand how resilient the eastern quolls can be to very low densities of feral predators in the landscape."

    A mysterious epidemic in the early 1900s decimated populations of the eastern quoll, which was exacerbated by the spread of foxes, an invasive species, across mainland Australia.

    Last regularly sighted around the 1960s, this week's introduction will hopefully change the fortunes of the eastern quoll, listed as endangered by the IUCN.(opens in a new tab)

  • Ongoing feud between hotel and YouTuber escalates even more dramatically

    Ongoing feud between hotel and YouTuber escalates even more dramatically


    Remember that rapidly-escalating feud between the Irish hotel and the British vlogger from last week?

    Well, it's escalated yet again.

    SEE ALSO: Logan Paul's fans still love him and some think he's done nothing wrong

    So first things first: a quick recap. Basically the whole thing started last Tuesday, when The White Moose Cafe in Dublin, Ireland, shared an email(opens in a new tab) they'd received from vlogger Elle Darby. Darby had suggested a deal where the hotel give her free accommodation in exchange for publicity across her YouTube and social media channels.

    The post went viral, Darby's name was discovered (the hotel had blanked it out but someone discovered it was visible when they turned the brightness up on their screen), and basically everything went south from there. Darby responded in a video, the hotel hit back, both parties were trolled, the hotel issued a blanket ban on all bloggers, and all-in-all it was a splendid example of the internet at its absolute worst.

    Anyway, guess what? It's now been over a week since the post that started it all, and the feud is still going strong.

    On Saturday, the hotel shared an image of an "invoice" they were planning to send to Darby.

    Then there was a "press conference".

    Then, on Monday, merchandise:

    On Tuesday, Darby shared another video on her channel(opens in a new tab) titled "my side of the story / moving on":


    In the clip above, she makes a handful of points about the feud and tries to address any confusion over the way it all unfolded.

    "Any business owner is more than entitled to refuse a business proposal," says Darby.

    "My issue was not with the idea that he had 'refused my stay', my issue was with how he reacted. A very simple way to go about it would have just been a no or for the email to be ignored instead of me having death threats and cancer wishes."

    Darby finishes by saying the video will be her final word on the topic.

    "I don't think this situation should ever have escalated into what it has escalated into," she says.

  • An adorable five-year-old king won the internets long-awaited #JoshFight

    An adorable five-year-old king won the internets long-awaited #JoshFight

    A bunch of people named Josh Swain met in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday to fight for the right to their name. The winner of that contest, the One True Josh, is five years old.


    #JoshFight has been a year in the making, since University of Arizona student Josh Swain created a messenger group with others sharing his name and challenged them to a fight.

    "We fight, whoever wins gets to keep the name, everyone else has to change their name," he wrote. "You have a year to prepare, good luck." Hundreds turned up in Lincoln to watch or compete, playing rock, paper, scissors and fighting with pool noodles in an open field. The event expanded from Josh Swains to all Joshes(Opens in a new tab) and included a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation.(Opens in a new tab)

    The winner, five-year-old Josh Swain, is already a legend-in-the-making.

  • Fall is still the internets favorite season

    Fall is still the internets favorite season

    It’s officially fall, the season of spookiness, the word crisp, the pumpkin spice industrial complex, and that one screenshot of (Opens in a new tab)When Harry Met Sally(Opens in a new tab). The beginning of autumn has fall fanatics coming out of the woodwork to wax poetic about the season and to claim seemingly everything as autumnal.


    In the first week of fall, Twitter and TikTok became inundated with fall movies, fall outfits, fall playlists, fall recipes. It’s Christian Girl Autumn, Meg Ryan Fall, the time we can really start dressing.

    No other season has this kind of cult following. Fall comes after summer, which is so obviously good no one needs to hum and haw over it. Winter is so obviously bad it’s best not to talk about it.

    What does it take for something to go viral as autumnal? It seems relatively easy. A film just needs one scene with some good fall foliage and an album cover just needs to be red or orange.

    Let's investigate some of the internet's favorite "autumnal" media.

    Unpacking Meg Ryan Fall

    While you've probably heard of Hot Girl Summer, you may not have heard of the latest internet season, Meg Ryan Fall. Meg Ryan Fall is a TikTok trend where users draw inspiration from Meg Ryan's most iconic movies to create fall outfits(Opens in a new tab). This means outfits consisting of wool blazers, button downs, and most importantly, knit sweaters. Users are replicating Ryan’s outfits in When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail. Both movies are written by Nora Ephron and fit into the fall movie paradigm due to Ephron’s signature enviable outfits and comfortable interiors.

    An example of the Meg Ryan Fall trend on TikTok is @_christianawebster(Opens in a new tab)'s video where she recreates Meg Ryan's outfits to a tee. The video is set to a sounds that incorporates one of Ryan's lines from When Harry Met Sally and the song "Tis Autumn" by Nat King Cole.

    @_Christianawebster recreates Meg Ryan's iconic outfits from When Harry Met Sally. Credit: TIKTOK:_CHRISTIANAWEBSTER
    The hashtag Meg Ryan Fall has over a million views on TikTok. Credit: TIKTOK:_CHRISTIANAWEBSTER

    Both When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail have iconic fall scenes: When Harry Met Sally has Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan walking through peak fall foliage in the coziest of fall fits and You’ve Got Mail has Ryan crossing the street with a pumpkin in tow.

    But You’ve Got Mail also has vivid scenes of other seasons. It has Ryan and her coworkers caroling, Ryan putting up twinkly lights, and Tom Hanks and Ryan finally getting together in Central Park at the height of Spring. It seems foolish to trap movies with such lush seasonal scenes like You’ve Got Mail as fall movies. If we are in the business of trapping movies into one season, why not leave all movies with an iconic winter scene to be enjoyed in the most miserable season?

    Similar to You've Got Mail, the latest adaptations of Little Women(Opens in a new tab), Emma(Opens in a new tab), and Pride and Prejudice are celebrated as fall movies for their beautiful autumnal sequences. But again, they all feature lavish shots of every season. These films could just as easily be recognized as winter films. Little Women opens with a Christmas celebration where the characters are artfully bundled up and has wonderful winter imagery, like Jo, Laurie, and Amy ice skating. Not to mention it's so heartwarming that it could thaw your heart on the coldest of winter days.

    A trend of TikToks claiming these as fall films(Opens in a new tab) and showing off fall outfits are often set to Hozier's cover of "Do I Wanna Know" by the Arctic Monkeys(Opens in a new tab). It's only fitting that Hozier's self-titled debut album is praised as The Fall Album, and that title fits. After all the album cover is orange. It also has a rustic sound and romantic, yearning lyrics.

    Another part of the internet claiming fall is the Dark Academia subculture. Dark Academia is a popular subculture and aesthetic found on TikTok(Opens in a new tab) and Tumblr that celebrates the crossover between all things academia and all things gothic. Dark Academia is defined by a devotion to reading, writing, old libraries, tweed jacket, worn leather, and skulls. Dark Academia is a fall aesthetic mostly because of its emphasis on outerwear and the season’s association with school.

    In August TikTok user @lynlapid posted a video(Opens in a new tab) with the text "me being sad that summer's ending, but then remembering this style is coming soon." The video then flashes to a bunch of images that characterize the Dark Academia aesthetic, like the one below.

    The Dark Academia hashtag has over a billion views on TikTok. Credit: TikTok: lynlapid

    Dark Academia’s Bible is The Secret History by Donna Tartt which was hailed as "the most autumn book ever(Opens in a new tab)" by Twitter user @maryellen. The idolization of the characters in The Secret History found in the Dark Academia subculture is disturbing because the characters are varying types of problematic and all murderers. More importantly, The Secret History is a winter book. Snow is a key plot device and the narrator nearly dies from hypothermia while living in an unheated basement. If that doesn’t make something a winter book, I don’t know what does.

    The final three of the internet's fall darlings are rightfully the holy trinity of autumnal media: Knives Out, Gilmore Girls, and "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift. Like When Harry Met Sally, Knives Out falls in the Sweater Genre of Fall Movies because of Chris Evan's iconic cream sweater. Unlike other "fall" movies, the entirety of Knives Out takes place in fall. It also doubles as a spooky movie and of course features fall foliage and rich interiors. Gilmore Girls has all the best fall stuff: a small town, studying, coffee, reading, and Milo Ventimiglia in a leather jacket. Finally, "All Too Well" is first and foremost about a scarf and features the lyric "autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place." I'll be waiting to celebrate fall until Taylor Swift releases her ten-minute version of "All Too Well."

    That being said, if you have to cosplay as Meg Ryan to make it through another uncertain pandemic fall by all means put on your chunkiest sweater and order a pumpkin spice latte.

  • Dont worry, meth-gators arent real. The police just played a stupid prank.

    Dont worry, meth-gators arent real. The police just played a stupid prank.


    We have some good news and some bad news.

    The good news is that you can officially cross "meth-gators" off your list of things to be deathly afraid of in this world, because it turns out that they're not actually real. This brings us to the bad news.

    You may have noticed a cautionary, deeply concerning "meth-gator" headline(Opens in a new tab) or two on the internet last week after a Facebook post(Opens in a new tab) from Loretto Police Department(Opens in a new tab) in Tennessee went viral.

    On Friday, Tennessee police officials revealed that they essentially instilled unnecessary fear in the public by lying about the existence of meth-fueled alligators to make a point about the dangers of flushing drugs down the toilet. Not good!

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    The post details the arrest of Andy Perry, who police say they caught "attempting to flush methamphetamine along with several items of paraphernalia," and then goes on to warn people about the dangers of potential meth-ingesting animals, such as gators.


    "Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama," the post reads.

    Gators are intimidating enough without the added effects of drugs, so when people saw a police station warning them about an increased level of danger, they were understandably concerned. A week after the troubling Facebook post, however, police officials in Tennessee admitted, "meth-gators aren't real," and said that the post was a joke.

    "Let us be perfectly clear: the meth gator was a humorous illustration used to highlight the dangers of flushing drugs and other substances down your toilet," the department wrote in a follow-up Facebook(Opens in a new tab) post on Friday. "Alas, the meth-gator is not real. Let's say that again: THE METH GATOR IS NOT (at this time) REAL."

    As the department went on to explain, the original post was shared worldwide and covered by a number of local and regional TV and radio stations, including NBC News(Opens in a new tab) and Fox News(Opens in a new tab).

    Though officers at the Loretto Police Department claim they never expected the post to gain this much traction, it's absolutely crucial to stress that cops playing pranks, joking around, or trying to go viral is a horrible idea.

    It's not cute or funny when the same people tasked with the momentous responsibility of protecting the public go out of their way to make light of drug use or start false rumors about dangerous animals. It's also not a great look that the Loretto Police Department wants to make "meth-gator" merch(Opens in a new tab) in celebration of their viral fame, but at least they're planning to donate the proceeds "to a local charity that deals directly with children affected by drug use."


    In the future, try thinking twice before you make a dumb joke that can very easily be taken seriously. Especially if you're the police tasked with delivering valuable information to the public.

  • We never in a million years couldve guessed why David Schwimmer was trending today


    We never in a million years couldve guessed why David Schwimmer was trending today

    That's right, there's a whole other David Schwimmer.

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    Today some exciting news was announced. At least it looked exciting enough to trend on Twitter.

    The name "David Schwimmer" provoked a fair amount of confusion, not to mention amusement.

    Sorry David Schwimmer, you're just not David Schwimmer.