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This 700 Year Old Gargoyle Looks Just Like Donald Trump

This 700 year old gargoyle carved into Southwell Minster Cathedral in Nottinghamshire, UK looks just like the most powerful person in the free world.

Yep.

The picture started circulating on social media in August when a reporter for the BBC shared it.

So what do you think?

Could Donald Trump be immortal or is this a sign of the end of times? (Of course it could just be a coincidence, but that isn’t that fun is it?)

HT/ The Independent

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Asking People To Pay For Your Vacation On GoFundMe Is Actually Pretty Insulting

I can’t stand it when other people call my generation entitled.

The word entitled is such a filthy word to me, especially because I personally don’t find it applies to me.

My biggest pet peeve in life is to be grouped into a group of people based on similar traits, characteristics or because of my demographic.

The fundraising platform GoFundMe is a great way for individuals to bring awareness to their cause, often times to help those in need or even complete strangers with financing for medical hardships, unexpected deaths, etc.

Real, true causes for people who need it. Life happens and not everyone can be prepared for it financially.

My heart breaks every time I see a donations page for a family struck by tragedy, whether it be from the recent storms, the loss of a loved one from cancer or other medical injustice, or a bizarre or freak accident that took the life of someone unexpectedly.

Unfortunately, as the saying goes, one person can ruin a good thing for everybody, and is exactly what has happened with GoFundMe.

My peer group thinks it’s okay to use the fundraising platform to afford a lifestyle or trips that they can not afford, but have no problem asking friends, family and strangers for money for it, because they don’t know any better.

As the times continue to progress and more and more people take to the platform, the novelty of the website will become obsolete like most things, and those most in need may be second guessed.

It may be because I grew up in a home where my parents taught me the importance of work ethic, because I’ve had a job since I was 14, or because I know that it’s pitiful to ask people to pay for things that I shouldn’t have/do without working for it.

Let’s take for instance Rachel.

She wants to go to Bali because she enjoyed traveling while her parents were often deployed around the world.

She says she’s a poet, artist, etc. and wants people to fund her trip to Bali because she didn’t work hard enough to save up the money before her trip.

I take great insult to this idea because it insults the American Dream and the American work ethic.

I haven’t taken a TRUE vacation in close to two years, oftentimes because I had changed jobs but also because doing so would be detrimental to my savings account and my goals towards financial success.

Every last “luxury” I have wanted, I have worked for because that is what you are supposed to do, not beg for it on the Internet in hopes random strangers will donate to your cause.

I’m all for people following their dreams, but I also believe in having to compromise during other times in order to truly pursue your interests.

This generation has become so obsessed with finding themselves and “living their dreams” that they’ve forgotten about those who came before them who worked their entire lives to afford them the lifestyles they’ve grown accustomed to.

How about Jason? Instead of saving up the funds like a normal human being from his various odd jobs he has listed, he has taken to the Internet in hopes people will pity him and give him money because that is the new norm.

There is also Tom who asked his friends, family and the Internet community to fund his trip to Vietnam.

He didn’t even bother to mention whether he was working towards his goal to help get him to his destination on his “humanitarian” trip, instead hoping and spamming his friends and family begging them for money for his irresponsible decision to take a trip he could not afford.

I think it’s absolutely disgusting that people have the audacity to go online and ask people for money for things they cannot afford without thinking about how it may be perceived.

There are hard-working Americans out in the workforce who don’t have the luxury of picking up and going on a trip, who can’t afford their rent or to eat a decent meal because of their situation, but they don’t all take to GoFundMe asking people to fund their lives.

Since when did the citizens of this country become so dependent on others instead of creating and reinforcing their work ethic?

So please, next time you think about asking people for money, think twice about and the insensitivity that comes along with it.

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The Cincinnati Zoo Does Not Think Your Harambe Memes Are Dank At All

This past May following an unfortunate incident involving a young boy falling into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo a 17-year-old gorilla, named Harambe, was shot and killed.

And, as usual, the world only took the death of the late gorilla seriously for about a minute before forever immortalizing him online by turning him into a widely popular internet joke, or otherwise referred to as a “meme.”

Many examples of Harambe memes can be found on the popular website Reddit, which has an entire feed dedicated to Harambe.

At first the zoo appeared to be at least trying to ignore these jokes, hoping they would die down over time.

But as more and more Facebook posts, tweets, vines, and websites were made to joke about Harambe, the zoo has finally had enough.

“We are not amused by the memes, petitions, and signs about Harambe,” Cincinnati Zoo director, Thane Maynard told the Associated Press in an email early this week. “Our family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward difficult for us.”

But that won’t stop people online from being vicious.

This past weekend Maynard’s personal twitter account was hacked.

A variety of Harambe jokes were posted from Maynard’s account, most of which included hashtags such as #AnimalRights #JusticeForHarambe and the infamous #*****OutForHarambe.

He has since gotten control back over his account and removed the offending tweets.

And Maynard isn’t the only one getting slammed on twitter.

On nearly every tweet recently put out on the official Cincinnati Zoo account there are dozens of vicious and sarcastic responses condemning the zoo for their actions that resulted in Harambe’s death.

The online harassment towards the zoo got so bad that they officially deactivated their twitter account last night.

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This Penis Shaped Cloud Spotted Over Miami Is Taking Over The Internet

Yep, this is about what we deserve internet.

As first reported by BuzzFeed (because of course it was), a 16 year old girls viral tweet of a series of images of clouds over Miami this past weekend has taken over the internet.

Yep. This is a real cloud:

The girl in question is Samantha Meazaros. She was in the car driving with her mom this past Saturday when she spotted the cloud. 

“I went to tell my mom something, but then I looked over her shoulder and said, ‘What is that?!’ and then she said that she was about to ask the exact same thing,” Meazaros told BuzzFeed. “We were just like, ‘How in the world did this happen?’”

Meazaros wasn’t the only one to see the phallic phenomenon: 

A local student even saw the penis cloud at Florida International University:

According to BuzzFeed, the cloud is actually a formation known as a towering cumulus.

Sigh.

Thanks Miami. Never stop. Please never stop.

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This Woman Dropped Her Phone On The Carpet And It Is Driving The Internet Crazy

The interwebs is driving folks crazy again.

And this time, thousands of people have been driven mad by the following puzzler.

It was posted on Facebook by an Indiana radio talk show host named Heather Rooney:

The latest thing driving the internet crazy: A woman dropped her cell phone on her rug. Can you see where it landed?”

Well can you find it?

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It took us a good 10 minutes to locate the phone and we needed some serious help in order to do it.

Need a little help?

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Tell us in the comments below how long it took you to find it!

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Cover Photo Credit: Heather Rooney/ Facebook

‘Pokémon Go’ Server Status: Is The Game Down? Check It Here

Pokémon Go is awesome and a ton of fun, when you can actually play it that is. Since launch, the Pokémon Go servers have been spotty at best, with many people (yours truly included) having issues logging on. Thankfully, website MMOserverstatus.com has made a helpful tool to check if the Pokémon Go servers are up and… Read More

WATCH: Mark Zuckerberg Talks About “The Facebook” Before It Was Huge

This is an interesting video that we just came across. And for all you young entrepreneurs out there, it also has an important lesson- you can never really know where your idea or business is going.

In the video, a young Mark Zuckerberg talks about his dreams for “The Facebook” and they are pretty different than what Facebook has become a decade later.

Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below:

 

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This New Carly Rae Jepsen Music Video Just Made An Important Point About Modern Relationships

Carly Rae Jepsen doesn’t have to be one of your favorite musicians (or even someone you can stand) for you to appreciate what she is doing with her latest music video.

The video for the song “Boy Problems” is a throwback of sorts to a 1980s slumber party scene. But it also features plenty of selfies, laptop computers and tablets.

While the song is ostensibly just about those moments when you just can’t stand your friend talking about her troubles with boys, it can also be read in a deeper way.

Perhaps Jepsen is trying to point out how silly modern drama about relationships and social pressures tied to those moments really are.

We shouldn’t be so hung up on another person that we lose sight of ourselves and our own emotional well being. And in the end, drama is such a waste of time and energy.

Anyway, watch the video and tell us in the comments whether you think our theory makes any sense:

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Cover Photo Credit: Carly Rae Jepsen/ Facebook (Screenshot)

Yep. Katy Perry Is Totally Moving To Alabama

Sorry for the misleading headline, but this is important.

Please take a seat.

Can we get you something to drink?

Want a bottle of water? It’s all we got. Are you sure? Ok, suit yourself then.

We have all gathered here today because people keep believing stupid things they read on the Internet.

I don’t know what it means, but it ain’t good for society.

Hundreds of thousands of people have recently clicked on stories that claim that Leonardo Dicaprio was literally raped by a bear in the Revenant (talk about Oscar level commitment that would have been), claim that Miley Cyrus died and that Casey Anthony was murdered and found in the back of a pickup truck.

Read More: No Internet, Casey Anthony Is Not Dead

None of them are at all true and yet they have made money for sleazy Internet mud purveyors who hide in the shadows of anonymity.

These fake stories are everywhere and by all accounts, people believe them.

In a world where anyone can create a website that looks legitimate with only a few hours of work, anything is possible.

But this faux story really takes the cake.

A BS news website called the McKenzie Post wrote a junky little fake news item titled “Katy Perry is Moving to Wetumpka, Alabama.” Within a week, the story had been shared hundreds of times on social media and has racked up nearly 150 comments of mostly excited people looking forward to meeting their new star neighbor.

But let’s be clear about one thing. Katy Perry is not moving to Wetumpka, Alabama. Because of course she isn’t!

Read More: No Internet, Miley Cyrus Is Not Dead

“Not a lot of people have heard of the small town of Wetumpka, Alabama, but superstar Katy Perry happens to be one of them,” the fake news item reads. “Located about 20 miles outside of Montgomery, Alabama, Wetumpka is a peaceful town filled with people who have almost no connection to the LA lifestyle that Katy Perry wants to escape and that’s exactly what she likes about it.”

Now to be fair, the piece is written in such a way that it could seem legit to a person who is not spending much time thinking about the context or basic reality.

“I want a farm, I want cattle, I want chickens!”  a fake quote attributed to Katy Perry reads. “I’m not giving up my career, I just want to move to a place that feels so different than what I’ve been used to all my life.  For me, that place is Wetumpka, Alabama.”

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Nope.

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Double nope.

But don’t feel bad Alabama.

The same website pulled a similar trick on the towns of Boerne, TX and Rock Hill, SC (a real radio station even got tricked into believing that last one.)

In both of those instances, hundreds of people also shared the nearly identical fake news item.

Read More: No Internet, Leonardo Dicaprio Did Not Get Raped By A Bear

Maybe we should teach students in class on how to better evaluate sources?

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Cover Photo Credit: Fake Website/ (Screengrab) Joella Marano / CC BY-SA 2.0 /

The Strange But True Story Behind How The Internet Discovered The Identity Of “Grateful Doe” 20 Years After His Death

By Erika Hills 

After over twenty years, a South Carolina family is able to have closure thanks to the help of some resourceful Internet sleuths.

Known only as “Grateful Doe” for two decades, Jason Patrick Callahan was involved in a fatal Emporia, VA car accident in June 1995 while following The Grateful Dead’s 1995 tour.

According to The Washington Post, authorities were able to quickly identify the driver but not the passenger.

Due to the extent of Callahan’s injuries, it prevented them from accurately sketching or describing him. Callahan was hitch-hiking along the East Coast, WSOC-TV reported, which further increased the difficulty in identification.

On Dec. 9, the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS) confirmed that Grateful Doe was 19-year-old Callahan from Myrtle Beach.

Volunteers and amateur detectives on the true-crime forum WebSleuths began working on Grateful Doe’s case in July 2005.

Ten years ago users on the site started cross-referencing the case with hundreds of entries in the missing persons’ database, The Washington Post reported.

WMBF-TV reported that following an updated facial reconstruction of Grateful Doe this past year, the case caught fire once more. This time, users on Reddit and Facebook joined the efforts to give him a name and his family closure. On the Grateful Doe subreddit and Facebook page, many people came together to post tips, updates, photos, and even the original newspaper article describing the accident.

Information indicating that Grateful Doe may be Jason Callahan was received on social media a year ago. It led to the Myrtle Beach Police Department working diligently alongside other agencies to link both cases by collecting DNA samples.

As they waited in anticipation, many people following the case expressed their elation in the mere possibility of it being solved after so long.

11 months later, upon the news of Callahan being identified, people from different corners of the Internet united.The relentless support and hard work of countless strangers, in a mission to bring a name to the nameless and closure for a family, has finally paid off.

“Rest in peace, Jason Callahan. I am so thrilled you have your name back,” a Reddit user commented on Dec. 10.

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Cover Photo Credit: Grateful Doe Facebook Group

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