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Perhaps the biggest bummer about Twitter's new 280-character limit is that it allows the current president to compose tweets like this one:

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump hit Twitter to suggest a "FAKE NEWS TROPHY" for whichever news network he deems produces "the most dishonest, corrupt" coverage of his presidency. As usual, Fox was excluded from Trump's media rage.

In the same tweet, Trump referred to himself as the American people's favorite president with a parenthetical "(me)." According the most recent Gallup(opens in a new tab) poll, the self-described "favorite" president's approval rating currently sits at 37 percent.

Naturally the internet jumped all over Trump's first tweet of the day. Some even have a solid suggestion for Trump's proposed "FAKE NEWS TROPHY":

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  • The internet made sooooo many jokes about Trumps fake news trophy tweet

    The internet made sooooo many jokes about Trumps fake news trophy tweet


    Perhaps the biggest bummer about Twitter's new 280-character limit is that it allows the current president to compose tweets like this one:

    On Monday morning, President Donald Trump hit Twitter to suggest a "FAKE NEWS TROPHY" for whichever news network he deems produces "the most dishonest, corrupt" coverage of his presidency. As usual, Fox was excluded from Trump's media rage.

    In the same tweet, Trump referred to himself as the American people's favorite president with a parenthetical "(me)." According the most recent Gallup(opens in a new tab) poll, the self-described "favorite" president's approval rating currently sits at 37 percent.

    Naturally the internet jumped all over Trump's first tweet of the day. Some even have a solid suggestion for Trump's proposed "FAKE NEWS TROPHY":


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    Now entering its third year, Project Entrepreneur (PE) — an initiative from the Rent the Runway Foundation and UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs(opens in a new tab) — is expanding the number of winning companies in the accelerator from three to five.

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    Two people trying to run the same government agency makes for a really awkward first day


    Revolutionaries, take note -- if you're planning a government takeover, please use high quality breakfast pastries.

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    The only problem? The agency's acting director, Leandra English, refused to cede it to him, in the workplace drama of the decade.

    As a Trump appointee, Mulvaney wasn't exactly welcomed at at the job, so he brought crappy Dunkin' Donuts as a way to "ease" himself into an agency he's expected to destroy.

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    This is how English responded in an email sent to 1,600 staff.

    "I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving in mind, I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude to all of you for your service,” English said(opens in a new tab), signing the note with her title, "Acting Director."

    And that, my friends, is what we call a death drop.

    Via Giphy(opens in a new tab)

    Here's how Mulvaney responded:

    “Please disregard any instructions you receive from Ms. English in her presumed capacity as acting director.” Mulvaney said(opens in a new tab). “I apologize for this being the very first thing you hear from me. However, under the circumstances I suppose it is necessary. If you’re at 1700 G Street today, please stop by the fourth floor to say hello and grab a doughnut.”

    If Mulvaney, a budget hawk, thinks he can sway members of an agency whose jobs he's poised to eliminate with Dunkin' Donuts, he's out of his mind. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(opens in a new tab) was explicitly designed to protect consumers from banks and credit card companies. Mulvaney once famously called the agency "sad" and "sick." He is not, as members of the agency likely know, their friend.

    And dude, if you're going to try and win your staff over with breakfast pastries, at least go for something slightly more delicious than Dunkin'. Some suggestions:

    • Krispy Kreme

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      Entenmann's Coffee Cake

    • Savory bacon cheddar scones

    • Literally anything else

    The case is currently being decided. In the meantime, here's Twitter's majority opinion on the issue:

    Chef José Andrés, the man who single-handedly served 3 million meals to Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria, had the best response of them all.

    Case closed.

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    Woman posts video of crocodile attack, and it is heartstopping


    Welp, this is a close call.

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    Business Insider posted a similar video, calling him "the Royal Town Crier":

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    In 2013, he fooled prominent American broadcasters(opens in a new tab) including Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper when he announced the birth of Prince William and Kate's firstborn, Prince George, outside St. Mary's Hospital.

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    News of the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caught Americans' imagination just like any other story about the British royals -- births, anniversaries, celebrations, jubilees, and so on.

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    via GIPHY(opens in a new tab)

    It was just a cheeky tweet, but it went absolutely viral and people just loved it:

    There was the obvious Brexit reference:


    As well as the Trump one:

    Some conjectured a crossover between two incredibly popular TV shows:

    But in general the tweets reacting to the joke were just hilarious:

    While someone took it a bit too seriously:

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    • A half-pound Beef 'N Cheddar sandwich dipped in Bourbon Honey Mustard sauce, rolled in Desert Heat seasoning and deep fried

    • An entire smoked brisket coated in Blazin' hot sauce and served whole on a bed of deep-fried Cheddar Cheese Curds

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    • A Crispy Chicken Farmhouse Salad dressed with Hot BBQ sauce

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      Boneless Wings coated in Cheddar Cheese sauce

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    2017 was the year Congresswoman Maxine Waters was elected president of All in With Chris Hayes.

    From the moment she declared that the director of the FBI had "no legitimacy" and then death dropped in front of a gaggle of shellshocked reporters, 79-year-old Auntie Maxine has had our blood loyalty. Every floor she walked on in 2017, whether it was in the Capitol or at the MTV Movie Awards, became her stage and ultimately, a property in her empire.

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    3. The time she was asked what she would do once she was done impeaching Trump, and she replied: "Impeach Pence."

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    Credit: tom williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

    8. When she started railing against Trump and told a room full of supporters, "We've got to stop his ass"

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    10. And the tweet that did it too:

    11. That day Bill O'Reilly tried to humiliate Auntie Maxine and just ... lol, sorry bro. She can't be intimidated.

    12. When she "reclaimed her time" from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

    13. So the internet did too

    14. And the Women's March made "Reclaiming my time" the theme of a whole convention

    Credit: rachel woolf/The Washington Post/Getty Images

    15. When Congresswoman Maxine Waters finally passed on her torch to the generation that needs it the most.

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    PewDiePie vs. T-Series also highlighted the growing divide between the demands of advertiser-friendly content and creators’ ability to keep up. Large studios like T-Series could produce more content in a week than a single creator could in a year. Celebrities were opening YouTube channels with teams of producers and backing from YouTube itself. Plagued by burnout and worn down by demonetization, creators found themselves teetering on the edge of an uneven playing field.

    YouTube Rewind 2018(Opens in a new tab) tried its best to create a shimmering highlight reel of a terrible year. The result was, as tech creator Marques Brownlee put it(Opens in a new tab), a "chaotic barrage of clips that’s really hard to watch." The video opened with a (much-memed(Opens in a new tab)) Will Smith cameo and went on to cover Fortnite, parody K-pop, and then pause for an awkward segment acknowledging a bevy of social issues, including mental health, Asian representation in entertainment, the "empowering art of drag," education, women’s empowerment, and "people who put aside their differences." 

    The flub led to an almost-inspiring unification of fandoms. PewDiePie fans were upset that their idol and efforts to defeat T-Series had not been acknowledged. Creators were upset that they had been portrayed as unbearably cringey. Driven by a combination of anger, embarrassment, and disappointment, they began to dislike the video en masse. They were eventually joined(Opens in a new tab) by(Opens in a new tab) the BTS Army, who were disgruntled after view count freezes and the removal of tens of millions of views(Opens in a new tab) from BTS music videos (a result of YouTube’s perpetual fight(Opens in a new tab) against spam views) complicated their streaming efforts and jeopardized their record-setting goals(Opens in a new tab)

    Together, they made YouTube Rewind 2018 the most-disliked video in YouTube history. In 2019, YouTube returned to its list format and in 2020, they pointed to the global pandemic as a reason for skipping Rewind altogether. Finally, in October 2021, YouTube announced Rewind would not be returning and that they would be highlighting creator-made rewind videos instead.

    So, is Escape2021 an improvement over Rewind? I think so. Ultimately, Rewind tried to be too many things to too many audiences. "The problem with YouTube Rewind," explained Brownlee, "is pretty simple: YouTubers and creators and audiences see it as one thing" — a celebration of the best moments on the platform — "and YouTube… sees it as something completely different" — an advertiser-friendly highlight reel.

    YouTube can’t make everyone happy, and Escape2021 knows that.

    Ultimately, Rewind tried to be too many things to too many audiences.

    The event featured notably brand-safe creators and trends. Mark Rober made an elephant toothpaste volcano, with an assist from Mr. Beast, as a gaggle of schoolchildren looked on. Soccer fan content creators AFTV(Opens in a new tab) commentated a nail-biting marble race crafted by Jelle’s Marble Run.(Opens in a new tab) A very charming magician duo faced off in a test of their skills. And there were no less than four “Real or Cake” guessing games featuring Sideserf Cake Studio(Opens in a new tab). Most of these segments were accompanied by interactive gameplay for viewers in the live chat. This creator-centric content was offset by games and music video trivia highlighting artists like The Weeknd, Blackpink, Doja Cat, and The Kid Laroi. The finale featured a virtual concert with Maneskin and BTS, hosted in Minecraft. The tempo of the event was relaxed, even slow at times. It was beautifully produced and palatable and, most importantly, it didn’t feel forced. 

    Julia Alexander(Opens in a new tab), who reported extensively on YouTube for The Verge and Polygon from 2017 to 2021, and whose work is referenced throughout this piece, says Escape2021’s format makes sense. 

    "YouTube is at the point where their creators exist in their own infamy, they kind of don't need to be involved," she says. "If we look at YouTube's trajectory over the last five years, what they want to put emphasis on as a brand, it's just become much more music-focused." 

    A lo-fi scene from Escape2021. Credit: YouTube

    So putting on a show with big artists and spotlighting brand-safe creators is a smart path forward. "That way, it's hard to argue YouTube as being inauthentic," Alexander adds. "You can argue YouTube is making an advertising play, and they are. But at the end of the day, that's still better coverage than what they're going to get out of Rewind [which is] simply, ‘It's cringey.’ And that's the best option." 

    According to Alexander, there’s not a huge difference between YouTube Rewind and Escape2021. "One is in celebration of YouTube," she explains, "and one is in recognition of YouTube."

    As I contemplated the stream, and watched a giant knife cut into an inanimate object for the 10th time to reveal whether it was made of cake or not, I realized what she meant. Whereas Rewind sought to encapsulate the culture of the platform, Escape2021 seeks to capture the content. Creators represent a wild spectrum of perspectives and personalities; they’re complicated, difficult to predict, and messy in all the ways humanity can be. Content, on the other hand, is a commodity. Content can be controlled.

    Whereas Rewind sought to encapsulate the culture of the platform, Escape2021 seeks to capture the content.

    Still, Julia thinks it would be wise for YouTube to invest in a new way of celebrating all of its creators, even the ones that don’t meet its advertiser-friendly standards, "in a way that is not just a commercial on NFL Sunday." That’s especially crucial when Black(Opens in a new tab) and LGBTQ+(Opens in a new tab) creators report feeling that demonetization affects them disproportionately. 

    The question is, "What [do] you do that celebrates [creators] and reiterates that you are one of the few companies [providing them with] a good revenue split? Looking at those types of positives," she says, will be the key to rebuilding that relationship.

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  • Diddy is the unofficial king of erasing people for the perfect Instagram photo

    Diddy is the unofficial king of erasing people for the perfect Instagram photo


    Sean "Diddy" Combs: musician, producer, television judge, all-around entrepreneur, and petty Photoshop pioneer.

    The man who consistently appears on the Forbes Celebrity 100 List(opens in a new tab) flexed his latest hobby this week when he shared a legendary snap of rappers Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Nas. The only problem is that those are not the only folks that were in the original photo.

    SEE ALSO: Diddy wants to buy the Panthers and sign Colin Kaepernick
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    Seems like a great, iconic photo of three kings and "GREAT FRIENDS"—right?

    Wrong. French Montana shared the same photo moments before Diddy did and it turns out he was in the photo as well as Fabulous before Diddy cut them out.

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    Safe to say it was an omission felt 'round the world.


    We're not sure how French feels about the move, but he's not alone. Let's not forget that Diddy gave Kylie and Kendall Jenner the same treatment last year. He also did the same(opens in a new tab) thing to Kim Kardashian and Anna Wintour before that.

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    No one is safe.

  • Sorry, Donald Trump, but your tweet about the London embassy is completely inaccurate

    Sorry, Donald Trump, but your tweet about the London embassy is completely inaccurate


    If you're gonna talk sh*t about your predecessor, at least ensure you've got your facts straight.

    That's one thing that Donald Trump did not do when he fired off a tweet about the reason behind the cancellation of his London trip. What a surprise!

    SEE ALSO: Pete Souza had the perfect reaction to Trump's 'like, really smart' tweets

    Trump said he cancelled his trip to the UK's capital because he's "not a big fan of the Obama administration" for selling "perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts.'"

    Uuum, hate to break it to ya, Donald, but you can't pin this one on the Obama administration.

    It was, in fact, the Bush administration who signed(opens in a new tab) the deal in 2008—a month before Obama's election—to relocate the U.S. Embassy to the Nine Elms location in Wandsworth, London.

    “This has been a long and careful process," Ambassador Robert Tuttle said(opens in a new tab) in a statement at the time. "We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square. In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable Embassy could best be met by constructing a new facility."


    Many Brits, awaking to the factually inaccurate tweet this morning, were keen to set the record straight.

    Sorry, Trump. You just got fact-checked.

  • Bumble launches mental health and self-care badges


    Bumble launches mental health and self-care badges

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and dating app Bumble is kicking it off with a new set of Interest Badges and Prompts about self-care and mental wellbeing.

    Interest Badges on Bumble let you signal to other users what you care about, while Prompts let you show a little personality and can be good conversation starters. Six new Badges to choose from are "Therapy," "Mindfulness," "Deep chat," "Nutrition," "Sleeping well," and "Time offline." New Prompts include, "My mental health game changer was..." and "I'm prioritizing my mental health by..."

    Mental health is important to millennials and Gen Z daters, especially since the pandemic. Since 2021, dating experts have said that self-care and mental healthcare and awareness is more important to singles than ever. A survey of 1,000 adults Bumble commissioned, conducted in April 2023, came to the same conclusion: Millennials and Gen Z are more likely than any other generation surveyed to go on a second date with someone who mentions therapy or their mental health journey on the first date.

    SEE ALSO: Bumble says UK cyberflashing bill isn't enough

    Overall, 55 percent of respondents said it's important to be open about mental health when connecting with others. A majority, 60 percent, are comfortable talking about mental health on the first date, while 53 percent are comfortable talking about therapy. Having these conversations is one of the most important factors to take into account when searching for a romantic partner, according to respondents.

    If "Time offline" is your Interest Badge of choice, you can pause your Bumble activity without losing any connections or chat with Snooze Mode(opens in a new tab); you can choose to hide your profile from potential matches for 24 hours, 72 hours, a week, or indefinitely. Bumble also has an Incognito Mode(opens in a new tab) that allows you to only appear for people with whom you want to match.

    "Over the past few years, people have prioritized their mental health and personal self-care journey more than ever before, and now we are prioritizing it within our relationships," said Bumble's sex and relationship expert, Shan Boodram, in a press release. "Putting our mental health first can only make us better partners and ultimately have a stronger, healthier relationship in the long run."

    Update: The story has been updated from its original version to reflect which survey Bumble's findings came from.

  • The internet is obsessed with 2 cars locked in a parallel parking stand-off in LA

    The internet is obsessed with 2 cars locked in a parallel parking stand-off in LA


    Let's spin the Wheel of Virality to find out what Twitter has decided to stan today. Aaaaaand, it looks like it's two parked cars!

    A Twitter saga has erupted with everyone from celebrities like Chrissy Teigen(Opens in a new tab) to LA locals(Opens in a new tab) weighing in on a fierce parallel parking battle. The internet is now firmly split — are you #TeamBlackCar or #TeamSilverCar?

    But how did we get here? Let's start at the beginning, with some high-stakes parking choices and even higher levels of passive aggression.

    Twitter user @Mrhflrs set the scene, starting thread on Monday evening about the horrors of parking in Koreatown. The backstory: Silver Car, on the right, is blocking Black Car, on the left from parallel parking into a coveted street spot in LA.

    If this story ended here, it would be a mildly interesting level of LA parking pettiness. But she starts to add to the updates, marking the time because folks, this is not ending anytime soon.

    The standoff intensifies as the night continues. Cars passing by are forced to drive around the two(Opens in a new tab) and into oncoming traffic. A parking spot even opens up across the street(Opens in a new tab), yet both cars refuse to move. It is then that she turns to the internet to weigh in — who's in the right here? Black or Silver?


    There's a symphony of angry horns(Opens in a new tab), and traffic starts to build up(Opens in a new tab). Approaching the one hour mark of the stalemate, @Mrhflrs also give us a little more backstory to our two parking protagonists.

    But then, when all hope of a resolution seems lost, Silver Car backs off and Black Car successfully parallel parks. Although now there's the question of the drivers facing one another. One must have to leave their car eventually, right? Twitter is captivated.

    The saga ends with Silver taking the gold and leaving the car first(Opens in a new tab). But of course, there are two sides to every story. So, @Mrhflrs decides to set up a new email, and leaves both Black and Silver notes on their car, giving them opportunity to email her and tell their story to the world.

    Even after the drama unfolded, Twitter had a lot of #TeamBlackCar vs. #TeamSilverCar opinions, especially when it came to LA drivers.

    Even after receiving a fake response email(Opens in a new tab), @Mrhflrs still hopes to find the two individuals behind the cars and reunite them for some much-needed Korean BBQ(Opens in a new tab).

    And thus, the Twitter battle rages on, with experienced drivers and casual observers alike taking a side and airing their parking woes in the form of stanning cars. Just another day on the internet.


  • People are sharing how pop culture has hilariously ruined their names

    People are sharing how pop culture has hilariously ruined their names


    "'Andy' like Toy Story!" they always say.

    Always my response: "Hahaha... yep..."

    And then the followup: "You gootttt a frriiieeennnd in me!"


    "Yep. That's the song..."

    The Twitterverse is filled with people whose names have surely trapped them in interactions like the one above due to their pop culture presence. Writer Jesse McLaren tweeted in search of these poor souls, and the responses deserve our sympathy.

    SEE ALSO: Hilarious new Tyra Banks meme reveals we're all scared, too


    McLaren kicked things off, and it's got us thinking song names may be the most punished of all.

    Example B

    That's tough sledding, Mike

    You certainly do

    Uh oh

    And THERE it is, right on time

    One candle lit for every time they've had to hear "No running in my lobby!"

    What's...going on here?

    That's so sad. Alexa, play "Emotional Machine" by Marina

    Arguably an honor?

    What's a king to a god?

    PSA to Drake fans

    It's gonna be Key & Peele forever, A-a-ron

    If your name is another pop culture victim, we're sending good vibes.

  • Trump and Bloomberg are trading cheap shots on Twitter. Time to log off.

    Trump and Bloomberg are trading cheap shots on Twitter. Time to log off.

    Billionaires Donald Trump and Mike Bloomberg are throwing the cheapest of cheap shots at each other on Twitter, and it's too early for this.


    Before most people even had a chance to get their caffeine fix, Trump tweeted yet another dig at Bloomberg, who's running for president as a Democrat. Trump once again called Bloomberg "Mini Mike," and then took the height shaming to another level by calling him a "5'4" mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians."

    Trump went on to say that Bloomberg hates Bernie Sanders and "will, with enough money, possibly stop him."

    This time, Bloomberg responded to Trump by tweeting... a Gladiator meme of Russell Crowe with the quote "The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end."

    Per a tweet from CNN's Shimon Prokupecz(Opens in a new tab), Bloomberg gave a more detailed response to Trump's tweet, saying, "Somebody said you know that he’s taller than me, he calls me Little Mike and the answer is, Donald, where I come from we measure your height from the neck up. I am not afraid of Donald Trump."

    According to Trump's Twitter archive(Opens in a new tab), the president has been calling Bloomberg "Mini Mike" on Twitter since Dec. 2, 2019(Opens in a new tab). He's tweeted the nickname more than a dozen times over the past two months, and has called out everything from Bloomberg's ad campaign and debate performance and more.

    Per the Washington Post(Opens in a new tab), Bloomberg says he's standing strong against Trump's insults. "There’s nothing that Donald Trump can do or say that can hurt me... He’s not going to bully me, and I’m not going to let him bully you," the Democrat recently told a crowd of supporters.

    From the looks of it, Trump's tweets aren't going to wear this guy down any time soon.

    UPDATE: Feb. 13, 2020, 10:11 a.m. EST This article was updated with additional comment from Bloomberg, past Trump tweets, and a past Bloomberg quote.