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This "Walking Dead" Brain Burger Is More Terrifying Than the Show

It's a marketing gimmick more disturbing than the zombie apocalypes.

Do you remember the first scene of the first episode of AMC's The Walking Dead?

Rick is wandering a wasteland of death and desolation, when he finds a young girl walking alone, dragging a teddy bear.

He calls out to her, and she turns to his voice, revealing a ravaged, zombified face, and he fumbles for his gun as she walks toward him. The shock of that opening moment helped propel the show to become an overnight phenomenon with the result that the show is still running more than 10 years later and has spawned two spin-off series.

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Joe the Pigeon

Was he running from America, looking for new life on Australian shores?

Was he sent to sabotage the Australian ecosystem? Was he an Australian falsely accused of being an American, or was there something deeper and far more mysterious at work?

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This Week in Internet Hell: "Game of Thrones" Is Sexist and YouTube Gets Emotionally Violent

What's a "ProJared" and why should we care? Society has proven once more that we love sticking our noses into strangers' emotional conflicts and watching their personal lives burn.

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But on to the really important news this week: Society has proven once more that we love sticking our noses into strangers' emotional conflicts and watching their personal lives burn. It's not that we love or condone emotional violence—we're just terrible people who are glad not to be one of the following individuals.

1. No One Knew What "Camp" Meant at the Met Gala—but Neither Do We?

All we learned from this year's exclusive event is that its theme of camp isn't gender-bending fashion, Zendaya in a Cinderella dress, or Lady Gaga removing layers like she's melting from all the attention. It might be Lena Waithe's historic jacket, though.

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2. Game of Thrones Doesn't Know How a Woman Thinks or Speaks or Acts or Survives

With its final season winding down, Game of Thrones seems to believe that women can't be strong without men and that people can suddenly see in the dark. With female characters showing poor development, weepy dependence on others for validation, and given deeply problematic lines, it's almost like the show...maybe...just isn't that good or worth the hype in the first place? Sorry, never mind me: I'm a "Never Seen an Episode and Don't Care" type of viewer, according to our writer's Dan Kahan's Game of Thrones quiz, "What Type of Viewer Are You?"

popdust internet hell Brienne ugly-crying like the amazing, strong, beautiful woman that she isMetro

But on to the important questions: Was that or was that NOT a damn Starbucks cup in front of Dany?!

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3. YouTube Gamers ProJared and JonTron Trended on Twitter

This man is an online "celebrity." Gaming YouTuber ProJared is apparently divorcing his wife, who, among other things, accused him of soliciting nude photos from his underage fans. Once again, this man earns his living by owning a YouTube account.

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4. Honor the release of It: Chapter Two's trailer by buying your very own Pennywise!

We loved Stephen King's classic novel It, we enjoyed the film adaptation, and we maybe peed ourselves a little when the trailer for the sequel premiered this week. So in the vein of evil clown fandom, please consider purchasing this eBay seller's "Haunted 20 inch tall CLOWN Doll spirit Vessel. Supernatural Paranormal power."

Meet Ollie, "a spiritual hobo clown vessel that is 20 inches tall. Sometimes late at night you will hear talking in his room. We have seen Shadow figures all around him. Ollie the hobo like's to play with the car keys, like hiding them at times and putting them right back where you first looked for them, he is a joker. He also likes to play with the lights and TV remote, Radio and much more. I got his name from my spirit box voice recorder and confirmed it on my Ouija Board as Ollie."

User: terris145 /eBay Everything Else>Metaphysical>Psychic, Paranormal

User: terris145 /eBay Everything Else>Metaphysical>Psychic, Paranormal

5. Please Let This "Nice Man" Drive Your Car to Florida

Here at Popdust Internet Hell we usually feature one of Florida's gloriously dumb criminals, from posing as a police officer to pull over an actual police officer to smearing your own feces all over a public picnic table. But this week, we just want to spotlight this lovely Craigslist user who wants the best for you and your car and is maybe also fleeing the state: "➡ Nice Man Will Drive Your Car To South Florida"➡ Nice Man Will Drive Your Car To South Florida." Good luck, Michael!

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Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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This Week in Internet Hell: A Bear, a Bunny, and a Bird (Also, Thanos)

The Easter Bunny is a criminal, and there’s still no joy in Idaho.

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Happy belated Easter! Did you hear that the Easter Bunny was arrested in Florida? Or that you can now stay in a giant potato in Idaho, because how else would you experience joy in Idaho? Also, Thanos is back. Welcome to this week in Internet Hell.

1. Thanos Is Google. Google is Thanos.

The release of Avengers: Endgame may have flooded Twitter with spoilers and broken box office records, but mostly it's real. I mean Thanos is real. Sure, Google is working a cool, kitschy marketing ploy here, but also it's a warning. Guys, he's coming.

2. 11% of the World's Population Lives on $2/DayBut Others Pay $200/Night to Sleep in a Potato Airbnb

With “hash browns for cushions, fries as shelves, and a giant bowl of fluffy mash to snuggle into at night," the cost of spending one night in the Big Idaho Potato Hotel is the same as sponsoring a child's education for six months. Also, where are the windows? How is this safe?

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3. Killer Pets Deserve Homes, Too

Some pets murder their owners and are put to death. But, like humans, if you are too pretty to die, then you can murder whomever you'd like and probably get away with it.

4. The Easter Bunny Got Arrested—in Florida

Antoine McDonald dressed up as the Easter Bunny “for laughs," but then he saw a man in a parking lot spit at a woman, so he intervened. The unidentified man became aggressive, and so McDonald, who told WKMG that he's the type of person "to avoid fights," began punching the man until police arrived. He did it all in a bunny costume, guys—somewhere in Florida, a man has bruises from the Easter Bunny.

5. Anti-Vaccers Held a Rally and They Used a Grizzly Bear to Prove Their Point

Yes. This (sort of) occurred this past week. Gizmodo published, “This Was Supposed to Be a Story About a Bizarre Anti-Vaccine Rally and a Sedated Bear. Then It Got Weird." It got weird after you heard about the bear? How? When? Why? And how bloody were the inevitable injuries that ensued? I won't spoil it for you. Here is an excerpt of the organizers' proposed plans for the rally:

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Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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This Week in Internet Hell: YouTube Sends a Man to Jail and Donald Trump Daydreams about Joe Biden

Sadly, none of these are April Fools' pranks, just human nature trolling our faith in humanity.

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The first rule of the Internet is don't break the law. The second rule of the Internet is don't live stream yourself when you break the law.

The final rules are: deny all video evidence you take of yourself and always get the contact information of the "friend" who comes to your house just to dress up for you. Welcome to April's first week of Internet hell.

1. Mississippi YouTuber filmed himself speeding more than 180 mph.

Beau Alan Rogel is a 36-year-old "self-proclaimed YouTube celebrity" who live-streamed his shitty footage of breaking the speed limit. At 3:25, he's pulled over by three police officers, who ask him why he was ridiculously speeding. Rogel answers, "I haven't been driving fast." Rogel explains why he's filming, "I get paid to be on YouTube. I video every day of my life. I video when I take a s**t, too."

Rogel, who was later found to have several felony convictions, has been charged with reckless driving and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was released on a $20,000 bond—and all for his 11,000 YouTube subscribers.

Youtube Troll calls COPS while on Live Feed in Shelby GT350 at 180+ mph! youtu.be

2. Donald Trump thinks about Joe Biden touching himself.

The Donald tweeted a parody of Biden's apology for invading female coworkers' personal space. In reply, Biden tweeted, "I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always."

3. Craiglist's Missed Connections continues to make fairy tales come true.

Passionate romance! Lost loves! Searching for the phantom cross-dresser of your dreams! It's a Disney movie come true.

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4. eBay's Vintage Toy collection includes mint-condition problematic action figures.

This VINTAGE FIGHTING EAGLE MARX BEST OF THE WEST action figure could be yours for the low, low price of $60!

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5. r/NoStupidQuestions: "Do animals like the food they eat?"

Everyone knows Reddit is a haven for sophisticated, avant-garde thinkers who go under-appreciated by the drooling masses—but there's even a space for those insecure in their brilliance. This poster in r/nostupidquestions dares to query the ontological differences between man and beast:

"Like yknow, butterflies drink nectar. Is it tasty and refreshing?

Cows and other animals eat grass, I have tasted grass and it's not that spectacular. Do cows enjoy the flavor?

Do carnivores actually enjoy the weird raw texture and taste of guts and blood and tendons? Obviously theres evolutionary hard wiring to eat meat but...is it yummy to them?

It got me thinking because yeah my dog eats his food happily but if you leave a burger and fries on the floor and let him pick, his food bowl will remain full of kibble. So theres preference and enjoyment there, right?

I cant imagine taste is just a human thing...I bet theres a cow out there that thinks grass is some bullshit"

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Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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This Week in Internet Hell: Evil Spirits for Sale and a Good Kind of Stroke

We ruined our browser history to bring you the best the freaky web had to offer.

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Shame, intrigue, and human connection are the pillars of Internet culture.

At least, those are lies we tell ourselves when we don't want to admit that all media is driven by loneliness, sex, and absurdity. While Internet rabbit holes are lovely, dark, and deep—exactly like that Robert Frost poem, an Anselm Kiefer painting, or puberty—some stories just keep on giving. Our ace Popdust staff has curated the best the freaky web had to offer this past week, gladly sacrificing time spent with loved ones, our ability to be appropriate at dinner parties, and our inner peace of mind. Here are this week's Internet gems:

1. Woman Suffers a Stroke Receiving Oral Sex

This story has sexy, life-threatening danger and uncomfortable detail about how nature's most intimate hug can go so terribly wrong. Plus, the woman turned out fine, so after the perverse thrill and vague undercurrent of shame, we all feel relief at the end.

2. www.reddit.com/r/Mirrorsforsale

Here's a fully active subreddit with over 50,000 subscribers entirely dedicated to looking at pictures of mirrors that are for sale somewhere. Mind you; the posters are not necessarily selling the mirrors themselves. They're just sharing pictures of them.

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3. Imagine Beta O'Rourke in Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Yes, that's Beto O'Rourke's head photo-shopped onto a frat kid's body. It rocks because people will literally vote for a candidate because he's handsome.

4. EBAY: Wicca Priestess Evil Voodoo Doll Iva Haunted Active

The perks are endless: 100% buyer satisfaction, free delivery in 4 days, and step-by-step instructions how to activate and use your authentic Voodoo Doll, which was "individually handmade by the Witches of the Coven of Rosen who are Witches by birthright. They have not made up some coven or joined one." With "more than 93% sold," this is your last chance to own an authentically evil doll instead one of Mattel's manufactured ones, like creepy Little Mommy or Barbie.

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5. Florida Man Wearing Spider-Man Mask Robs Liquor Store

Dumb criminals wearing dumpster masks to their crime scenes is as common as celebrities turning out to be criminals, but Edward "Fast Eddie" Wilburn is special. As Deputy Bruce Milne said, "Wilburn might have gotten away with it if he didn't scout the store first and then return wearing the Spider-Man mask to rob the store."

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Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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