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The internet cannot believe how good ‘Paddington 2’ is

On Thursday night, Valley News sports reporter Josh Weinreb asked me a rather peculiar question: “Did you see everyone is freaking out about Paddington 2?”

“What?” came my bewildered response. Josh handed over his phone, which was open to Twitter, and instructed me to scroll. At first I thought it was a joke, that the movie actually was a total flop, but then I started reading the tweets.

In case you didn’t know, Paddington 2, released in the U.S. on Jan. 12, is tearing up the box office, selling out showings and shattering internet records.

I was in disbelief. Twitter was abuzz with people raving that a sequel about a computer-generated, marmalade-loving bear in a hat was A. extremely well done and B. a genuinely good watch. (Up until Thursday night, I assumed Paddington 2 was a cute film no one had asked for that was made primarily because Hugh Grant needed a paycheck.)

I was wrong. People are taking this movie v seriously.

Of course, this came as no surprise to this fan account, which has nearly 32,000 followers. Wut.

Many people are claiming it’s the greatest thing they’ve ever seen.

What’s more, the movie cannot. Stop. Breaking. Review. Records. Like, it just overthrew Toy Story 2 to snatch the best-reviewed-movie-of-all-time crown.

Only a truly divine work of art could get the internet to reach a unanimous decision on anything.

PSA: Paddington is on Netflix, y’all.

RIP AIM, thx 4 the mmrs

AOL Instant Messenger, lovingly known as AIM, was officially put to an end on Friday, marking a sad day in many a millennial’s life.

AIM was our introduction to ~the internet~, the place where we chatted with friends for hours and began to form online identities for ourselves. It was our first real taste of what would later be known as social media, which of course is now inescapable in our daily lives. It’s also the reason we’re either A. really great at acronyms and reading shorthand or B. not so good at spelling and/or texting.

Your screen name said a lot about you, too. How did you want to portray yourself to your buddy list? It was hard to create an original screen name that really captured the essence of ~you~. (I believe my very first screen name — I went on to create another shortly after, which I switched to and continued to use for years — was penguinchick4256, which I thought was great because I love penguins; I’m a girl, hence the chick — so cheeky lol!; and obvs penguinchick was taken so I had to add some numbers. The combo worked for me.)

I don’t really have anything bad to say about AIM. It was fun, it was cool (at the time), it had neat little effects whenever people signed on and off (the doors opened and shut!) and it let you customize your fonts and colors. Who could forget the excruciating care that went into crafting the perfect away message or, even more important, a profile?!

And, for better or worse, it led us to where we are today.

Goodbye, AIM. We’re sad to see you’ve g2g.

I don’t know why I’m wasting my time as a journalist when I could be getting paid to translate emoji*

Don’t tell me it’s not a real job, MOM. *points to photo*

The timing of this tweet is fitting, considering last night I replied on Twitter to a DJ who asked his followers what the meaning of the 😤 emoji was. (I told him I always thought of it as a visual “hrmph!” or indication of being in a huff, but apparently it is meant to represent a triumphant or proud person with air coming out of their nose to indicate said triumph/pride, according to Google. Could have used an assist from Broni on that one, tbh.)

*Disclaimer: I’m totally kidding. I love what I do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Giphy’s Top 25 Gifs of 2017 was made for UV Index

‘Cause y’all know how much we love our gifs over here. (Sometimes we even make our own.)

Giphy has unveiled its Top 25 gifs of 2017, and it’s a pretty good list: There was a nice blend of gifs I use on the daily and gifs I’d never seen before. I was pleased to see one of my personal faves, White Guy Blinking, come in at No. 2, and that my girls Lady Gaga and Gal Gadot also had spots on the list (No. 24 and No. 10, respectively — Gaga’s Superbowl jump is iconic, tbh, and Gadot is human sunshine. Yaaaas kweens!).

Here’s what Giphy had to say about the list:

This year we saw a wide array of popular content rise to the top; from original GIF artist work to meme remixes, from music to TV to movies — and we’ve got all the heavy hitters for you. Analyzing the 2017 view counts of content through our extensive distribution platform (+ viral and high velocity indicators), here are the loops that shaped 2017.

The No. 1 gif was a surprise to me, but maybe that’s just a sign I’m becoming an old? (Don’t answer that.) It is super cute, though:

Above: The No. 1 gif of the year, Love Gnome by Anna Hrachovec, which as of my writing this had more than 401,000,000 views.

You can check out the full list over on Medium.

Thanks, Giphy!

Donald Trump’s Twitter page vanished for a few minutes, and the internet lost it

President Donald Trump’s infamous Twitter account mysteriously disappeared briefly on Thursday evening, and the internet quickly took notice.
Admittedly, when I saw the first few tweets re: the account’s disappearance, I had no idea what they were in reference to. I’m shocked by how quickly — and how many — people realized the page was gone.

Tweets on my own timeline indicated the account was down anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes, but Twitter’s government account (who knew that was a thing?) tweeted a statement later Wednesday addressing the situation:

2017 is so weird, y’all.

UPDATE: Reports say the deactivation was deliberate — specifically, the account was deactivated by a Twitter employee on their last day at the company. Dang.

Reactions to that news also was swift: