When the internet gets down to compiling its “Best Viral Tweets of 2019” list later this year, there’s a good chance that Willie McNabb’s feral hogs tweet will be at the top. “Legit question for rural Americans,” McNabb tweeted in response to calls for greater control of assault weapons back in August, “How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?”
Walmart is selling off women’s clothing company and online retailer ModCloth, just two years after acquiring it. The brand will now be a part of investment firm Go Global Retail, though it will continue to operate independently.
Logitech has agreed to acquire Streamlabs, which makes the popular live streaming app Streamlabs OBS, for approximately $89 million in cash. The pairing seems like a natural fit, as Logitech already makes widely-used gaming peripherals and streaming gear.
Launched in 2005, Webkinz was one of the first children’s toys to bridge the physical and digital world. The stuffed animals were sold with codes that allowed you to bring your pet to life and care for it in the cartoon-style Webkinz World online. The half-physical, half-virtual pets lined the shelves at Target and Limited Too retail stores for years, providing a safe, online space for kids to play and learn.
The brilliant simplicity of the Funny Or Die shorts series Between Two Ferns is that anyone could do it, but only one person could make it work. Shot on a set meant to evoke a public access cable show, Between Two Ferns features a black-curtained set, a pair of seats, and the requisite two ferns. In one seat sits a celebrity guest, from Natalie Portman to Barack Obama. In the other sits Zach Galifianakis, who glowers as he asks a series of misinformed, inappropriate, and downright hostile questions. The guests are in on the gag, of course. But even if they weren’t, they still might find the insults refreshing after fielding so many variations on the same sycophantic questions during their time on the series’s not-so-secret target: the junket and talk show circuit.
Charli XCX has made a career out of releasing music however and whenever she wants. So if much of her new album, Charli, already sounded familiar to fans, that’s because it should: about half of the album’s tracks were released as singles before its release, spanning back almost a year. This would have been unthinkable before streaming. But Charli uses the instant nature of modern platforms to her advantage, upending the traditional idea of an album and growing her audience in the process.
Hatchimals, the line of best-selling collectible toys, which includes the robotic stuffed bird that “hatches” itself into existence, is debuting a new, very long addition today. Its name is Llalacorn: it’s part unicorn, part llama, and it’s got an extendable neck that lets it grow up to 32 inches tall. Llalacorn has style and glamour, and it’s coming for Long Furby’s spot as the de facto cursed toy of the internet.
Nextdoor, the social networking app for neighborhoods, is adding a new Kindness Reminder feature to try and dissuade neighbors from posting mean comments. Now, if you try and post a comment that is too similar to one that’s been flagged in the past, the app will prompt you to edit your response and provide a link to community guidelines.