White Guy Blinking Meme is All Of Us On The Viral List

A GIF of a “white guy blinking” takes the internet by storm, Supreme is so beloved even their NYC metrocards are selling out, a woman and her boots earn the next #Bae title, four college girls build a viral mousetrap, and more links on trending stories this week…

White Guy Blinking Meme is All Of Us

Has something online got you confused, shocked, or dismayed? The perfect reaction GIF is here to help, and it’s a white guy blinking. Originally from a 2013 gaming website video, the footage has resurfaced as a GIF gone viral, and a major meme. The GIF is being posted as a “surprised, stunned, or indignant reaction” and the visual punchline of many a tweeted joke about personal finance, grades, or any time you shouldn’t be surprised by a situation but you still are. One especially popular tweet of the GIF is captioned “when u take off a face mask and u still have acne,” and has earned over 100,000 retweets and over 200,000 likes.

The Girls Who Built a Viral Mousetrap

These days, a better mousetrap is a viral one, as this popular video proves. Four college roommates came up with a genius plan to get rid of a rat trapped in their bathroom by blocking off a path and coaxing it out with a broom. The footage of their plan in action has launched them into internet fame, thanks especially to the “Hollywood-like” surprise ending that made many on the internet “hail [them] as heroes.” The original video of the incident has 100,000 retweets and over 200,000 likes.

Say Hello To The New #Bae, #BootBae

There’s a new #Bae in town. At a recent date night auction at the University of Houston, 22-year-old Kennedy Palmer blocked a model from approaching her boyfriend for bids with her tall red velvet boot. The filmed “glorious savagery” was released on Twitter with the caption “When you got a girl who…


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Quote of the Day:  Millennials have grown up in a world where consuming wine outdoors—or any location outside of the traditional table—is more acceptable than generations past.”—Kate McManus, VP of Marketing, Delicato Family Wines (Wine Spectator)

Young consumers are “killing the shopping spree.” Whether they’re signing up for the growing number of clothing subscription services (Rent the Runway, Le Tote, Urban Outfitters, etc.), shopping second-hand, or just culling their closets—young shoppers are quitting fast fashion in droves. Some are inspired by Marie Kondo’s joy-sparking brand of minimalism, while others want to help the environment—and still others are just seeking a wide range of things to wear at a lower price. (Vice)

Airbnb is launching “adventures” for experience-seeking young travelers. The site that started with accommodations and moved into one-off “experiences” (like dinner parties) now offers multi-day excursions, complete with guides, gear, meals, and accommodations. The platform already features over 200 trips in 40 countries, including a tiger-tracking expedition in Kenya and a trek through the canyons of Oman. (Fast Company)

Tyson Foods is taking on the fake meat market with plant-based nuggets. The pea protein nuggets are the first in a line of “Raised & Rooted” products from Tyson Foods. The brand's CEO explains they’re catering to the “growing number of people open to flexible diets that include both meat and plant-based protein”—aka young flexitarians, not full-time vegans. But can a company known for its meat sell the idea that “this [trend] is about ‘and’—not ‘or’”? (The Verge)

Snapchatters can shop Levi’s new Pride Month jacket via selfie filter. The Shoppable feature is first enabled by scanning a QR code found at select stores or by getting a special Snapcode from a friend. Then, users can try on the special-edition trucker jacket via augmented reality, customizing it with one of two washes and a selection of six pins and patches. Once they complete the look, users can purchase the Pride Month Jacket—without ever leaving the app. (SJ)

Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition revamps the original. The new smart speakertakes many cues from the adult version’s second generation (it’s louder and rounder) but adds special features just for kids that go beyond a rainbow-striped color scheme. The device will come with a year of FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service that includes popular Alexa skills like Pinkfong’s Baby Shark Adventures, as well as an enhanced parental control suite to address growing privacy concerns. (VarietyCNET)

Quote of the Day: “Young people still have an incredible interest in the Olympic Games…But the way they are consuming the Olympic Games—the type of content they are watching and the ways and the platforms on which they are watching—are fundamentally changing.”—Kit McConnell, Sports Director, International Olympic Committee (Bloomberg)

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