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This week the kids are debating whether COVID is a thing and falling from milk crates. I know Whitney Houston said, “Children are our future,” but I’m not so sure.
Online trend of the week: The milk crate challenge
In my day we stole milk crates to build insane bookshelves, but today kids stack them up, climb the resulting pyramid, and then post videos of their spectacular falls on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. The videos are so popular that #cratechallenge had more than 82 million views on TikTok before it was removed.
As you’d expect with an internet trend, swear words, parents, and doctors point it out this is a very stupid thing because falling from a pile of hard plastic crates can result in any number of broken bones – and also, vaccinators who don’t have vaccinations could hog all of the beds in your local hospital.
As a responsible adult, I agree with the doctors, but I can’t lie: I would definitely have tried this when I was young and indestructible. Doing stupid shit that could hurt you is just as much a part of young adulthood as judging being an old fart.
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Of course, don’t do this, but if you absolutely have to take up the challenge, go in with a plan. Or just sit back and relax in your boring but safe chair see miscellaneous People live their lives.
Reversal of the week: OnlyFans doesn’t ban porn
Last week We learned that reigning DIY adult entertainment site OnlyFans planned to ban sexually explicit content, citing pressure from its payment processors. This week, OnlyFans says, “Pretend we never said that. You can post what you want. “
the Company says the reversal was due to listening to their fans and creators, as well as assurances from payment processors that the money faucet wouldn’t suddenly turn off, but a conspiracy theorist might suggest the whole thing was a corporate kayfabe – a publicity stunt that grossed millions / billions of dollars in free Advertise OnlyFans with a single press release. The funniest explanation, however, comes from perennial internet satirical site TheOnion, which posted this headline:OnlyFans CEO admits the decision to ban pornography was made at an embarrassed moment after orgasm. “
Internet drama of the week: Reddit users call for COVID misinformation to be banned. Reddit says “near”.
A serious pandemic drama is brewing on Reddit. A coalition of various subreddits earlier this week called Reddit to “remove dangerous medical disinformation that puts lives at risk and contributes to the existence of this ongoing pandemic,” with subreddits by Powerhouse, over 20 million users and boards like. are sufficient r / shower thoughts Team up with small niche outlets like r / stonedswifties Demand that something be done about the growing spread of pandemic nonsense on the site.
In a statement in response, Reddit CEO Steve “spec” Huffan raised the idea of ’banning Rhona misinformation with cold water’ and posted: (User comments were of course banned from spec ‘mail.)
Part of what makes Reddit so damn Reddit is the site’s commitment to expressing both sides of an issue. On the vaccine advocate side, doctors and epidemiologists around the world urge you to take a tested, safe, free, and effective vaccine to prevent the spread of a deadly disease. On the anti-vaccine side, there are the dumbest people you went to high school with suggest that you treat COVID with equine worming agents from the feed store, so a valuable, useful debate.
Viral Video of the Week: “I Purchased Every Weird Ad I Saw For A Month”
In a recent video, YouTuber Drew Gooden did something I always wanted to do: He bought every “miracle” product he saw advertised online and tried them out. Gooden tested innovative products, including the Grip 6 belt, which looks more like a tied cargo belt than clothing, the so-called “SpineNeck”, the “keto-friendly” breakfast cereals from Magic Spoon and, most importantly, a paper hand that you stick on with tape Forehead was designed to make you better (?) At playing basketball. Gooden is a hilarious online stand-up comic, but he gives the products a fair chance and rates each on a scale of one to five. (Spoiler: Most of the products advertised online are total crap.)
Mini trends of the week: LeBron action figure destruction and bossa nova
Here are a few youth culture trends that are too small and now really hit the pop culture radar, but may (or may not) grow into something bigger.
- Destruction of LeBron James action figures: There is a small subculture of TikTok users who enjoy videos of people creatively destroying LeBron James action figures. The toys are filled with goo and stretchy, so it’s fun to push them to their limits. You can fill them with water until they start to leak, manipulate the internal goo grow the package of Lebron, or just give Your Lebron doll will have the decent burial it deserves. (You know you did all of this and worse for Stretch Armstrong.)
- The return of bossa nova. Maybe it’s because I’ve only been listening to jazz / samba music from the early sixties lately, but I predict bossa nova will make a huge comeback with the kids. My proof: The brand new K-Pop band CRAVITY has released a bossa nova track.Go Go,” on his debut album, which will expose millions of rabid K-pop fans to the bossa virus, and the great Billie Eilish released “Billie Bossa Nova“This week, a real bossa blast with the kids subtly swinging their hips. Is this the beginning of a widespread revival? Millions of Eilish heads and K-pop stans are addicted enough to try the tough stuff like Antonio Jobim and Stan Getz? Humor me and say “sure”.
This week in games: SplitGate is the game of the moment
According to my gaming sources, everyone plays SplitGate. The first person shooter combines the teleportation of Portal with the run-and-gun fun of Halo 3 and is called “The best arena shooter I’ve ever played. “ SplitGate has been languishing around Steam since 2019, but it kicked off last month with the launch of an open beta that ended up attracting over 10 million players. This week, the game’s developer, 1047 Games, released a new, improved open beta across all platforms. Players can expect a ton of new content in Season 0, including a new map, new “Infection Mode,” new gear, and a Season 0 Battle Pass. See you soon, Fortnite.