United tries to join in with viral nugget tweet, gets savagely roasted

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It’s not a good year for United, as everyone knows, and even their genuine PR attempts to get their reputation back up are being mocked relentlessly.

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In April, Carter Wilkerson went on a mission to achieve 18 million retweets in order to get a year’s supply of Wendy’s chicken nuggets and United offered him a free flight. 

If you get the 18 million RTs, we’ll give you a free flight to take you to any @Wendys in the world in a city we serve. Good luck! https://t.co/igxnPg1JUF

— United (@united) April 8, 2017

When the teenager made history with the most retweeted tweet of all time, the airline thought it was a good idea to jump on the bandwagon and remind him of the deal: Read more…

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Psy’s new hot single reminds you that he still has the top YouTube video of all time

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Oh, Psy knows you were waiting for this. The K-pop megastar and reigning top spot holder on YouTube has just dropped two fresh music videos, to go with his new album, 4X2=8.

His 2012 song, “Gangnam Style”, still has the most views on YouTube of all time, now at 2.8 billion.

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Psy slickly alludes to this in his new song, “I Luv It,” which shows his views skyrocketing on YouTube.

And for a little more viral love, Psy features a cameo from last year’s biggest viral sensation, Piko Taro, of “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP)” fame. Read more…

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German insurance ad slammed for its ‘cheap ripoff’ of a Maori haka

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Unfortunate that it has to be said in 2017, but please don’t appropriate other peoples’ culture.

A German insurance company, ARAG, is facing online backlash for a TV spot that features a dance imitating a traditional Maōri haka, a culturally important dance performed on significant occasions and imbued with reverence. 

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The ad features actors performing the haka, or at least a dance inspired by it, in the middle of a street, chanting in German.

ARAG said in a Facebook comment that the haka is “ideally suited to bring our messages across,” due to its “rhythm, impressive gestures and facial expressions and determination.”  Read more…

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‘The Sims’ like the one you remember is coming to iPhones and Androids

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Gaming company EA has announced that The Sims will soon be coming to iPhone and Android devices.

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And we don’t mean The Sims like the previous ones that we got, that were really different from the original game we all loved growing up. (I’m looking at you, The Sims FreePlay, and The Sims Social.)

This one is said to be truest to the one that was released 17 years ago.

Needless to say, people are pretty psyched.

Hey @TheSims give me The Sims Mobile NOW!! It looks so amazing!! I cant believe it has multiplayer!! I’m so excited! 🎉🎉🎉

— AviatorGaming (@AviatorGaming) May 9, 2017 Read more…

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Lorde tries trivia, fails spectacularly when it comes to Russell Crowe

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If you’re ever looking for a teammate to join your pub trivia night, maybe international superstar singer Lorde could help you out.

The Kiwi singer revealed on Australian radio station triple j that she’s won a $50 bar tab *and* a free pizza in her quiz defeating conquests before. Which is better than most of our efforts.

While Lorde may not be able to drive — which is why she had to think long about where the green light on a traffic light — she’ll always be reliable on those movie soundtrack questions.

Just don’t ask her anything about her fellow New Zealander, actor Russell Crowe. She thought he was Australian! For shame, Lorde!  Read more…

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A Trump aide perfectly captured the FBI disaster by texting 2 emoji

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It looks like White House was in total chaos following the news that Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

How bad was it? Too crazy for words. 

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“When asked Tuesday night for an update on the unfolding situation, one top White House aide simply texted a reporter two fireworks emoji,” according to a juicy story from Washington Post. The piece claims the White House was totally unprepared for the fallout and had to scramble to put together a response. 

The president was “irate” as he watched coverage of the firing on TV, the Post reported. Here’s a “West Wing official” on how it went down: Read more…

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Prepare to have your face scanned at airports across America

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When President Donald Trump issued his infamous travel ban in January, it consumed headlines for days. 

But little attention was paid to other provisions in the executive order—including one that sped up the implementation of a program that could soon result in the facial scanning of every person taking a flight from anywhere in the United States.

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The program is a part of a larger plan called Biometric Exit, which is operated by the folks at Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.  Read more…

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Watch: Heath Ledger’s sister ‘screamed and cried’ watching new documentary

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All dads should carry around their daughter’s fugly doll, like this tough guy

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It sucks when dads are praised as heroes for doing the stuff mums do every day. 

So instead of saying “look at this incredible dad, actually loving his kids like some kind of saint,” we’ll simply suggest that the actions of Indiana man Keenan Watkins be the new norm. 

When Watkin’s 10-year-old daughter, Aayla, asked her dad to carry around her precious (and anatomically accurate, therefore fugly) ’80s baby doll all day, he obliged. Only later realizing the gravity of what he’d promised. But it was too late to back out. He’s a dad who keeps his promises, without compromise.

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MashReads Podcast: ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ is bursting with feminist ghost stories for your soul

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If good horror writing illuminates the world around us, then Mariana Enriquez’s new book, Things We Lost In The Fire, is a floodlight, using the supernatural to expose in stark relief the hard, very real conversations we all avoid.

“Most of the stories are horror stories,” explains Enriquez, “but I try to make very atmospheric, dreary stories that mix with politics and the social climate of my city Buenos Aires,” says Enriquez.

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Things We Lost In The Fire is a collection of 12 short stories, each populated with ghosts, haunted houses, and other supernatural phenomena to explore violence, poverty, history, and women. Read more…

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