Social News Daily Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:03:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tech and Fried Chicken: KFC Introduces The ‘Memories Bucket’ [Video] Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:56:12 +0000

KFC is known for their famous buckets of fried chicken. Their newest product takes the bucket to a whole different level. The Yum! brand restaurant is taking your fried chicken binge into the tech world.

As part of KFC’s 60th anniversary in Canada, the fast food chain is introduced the ‘Memories Bucket’. The memories bucket is a bluetooth-enabled bucket that allows the chicken-eater to print photos from their smartphone. Does anyone need to take photos to remember stuffing their face with delicious greasy fried chicken? Fortunately, we don’t have to. It seems KFC only invented the item for promotional purposes, not for the public use… yet.

Check it out.

The Yum! brand restaurants are no stranger to crazy fast food innovations. Taco Bell is turning biscuits into tacos and cereal into pastries. Pizza Hut created the ‘Blockbuster Box,’ a pizza box that turns into a movie projector. So, now we have printer-equipped fried chicken buckets. Time to step up your game. We’re looking at you, McDonalds.

We can only imagine what is next…

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#ChangeTheWorldIn5Words: From Peace To Blowtorches? Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:12:53 +0000

#ChangeTheWorldIn5Words is trending on Twitter and the answers vary from the normal pageant answer to straight-up weird. With more than 48,000 tweets, the hashtag certainly as people talking.

From charities that want world peace…

To those that just wanted to achieve a pretty modest goal.

Some companies too this as the perfect chance to advertise, such as Nissan. They tweeted out a picture of their latest model GT-R.

Surprisingly, this led to a lot of backlash for the car maker.

Hey, there have been way worse Twitter blunders. Remember DiGiorno Pizza’s controversial tweet about #WhyIStayed?

Back to #ChangeTheWorldIn5Words. The answers may of varied, but there were people that knew exactly what this world needed.

Nutella is the answer to everything.

And then there were those that absolutely no idea.

We all have an inner Miley. That’s actually a disgusting thought.

How would you #ChangeTheWorldIn5Words? Tweet us @SocialNewsDaily.

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Man Accused of Performing Sex Act with Shrubbery Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:04:29 +0000
An elderly Connecticut man has been charged with public indecency after getting caught on video shagging a shrub.


tthe recent story of the Florida man who was caught having sex with an alligator may have been a hoax, but there are plenty of weird sex-related crimes out there. Take, for instance, this 81-year old Stratford, Connecticut man who was caught on video performing a sex act with a bush.

81-year old Wallace Berg has been charged with public indecency after his neighbor caught the unspecified sex act on video and contacted the police. After filming the incident, the neighbor, who remains unidentified, confronted Berg. He was standing outside of his home, naked amongst the bushes, doing something unspeakable to the shrubbery.

Indoor shrubbery, pictured here, would be far better suited to Mr. Berg’s alleged purposes.

Police say Berg immediately stopped the indecent behavior, covered himself with a grill cover, and apologized, before fleeing back inside his home.

According to the Associated Press, “Berg was charged with public indecency and second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is due in Superior Court on Aug. 5.” Their report states.

“He did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday from the Associated Press seeking comment.”

The strange case is fascinating for all of the questions it begs: what specific sex act was Mr. Berg performing with the shrub? Is Mr. Berg attracted to plant life or was it merely a crime of opportunity? Can shrubbery consent? If so, what new laws should be put in place to ensure their rights aren’t violated?

Only time will tell. In the meantime, be wary of what’s behind the bushes.

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Batmobile Breaks Down on Freeway, Causes Massive Traffic Jam Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:02:55 +0000
Even Batman can have car trouble.


ubbernecking is the act of slowing down your vehicle to gawk at a traffic accident or other roadside misfortune. It’s a bad idea. It causes traffic jams and frequently leads to more accidents. But you have to admit, the urge to rubberneck would be pretty tempting if you spotted Batman stranded on the side of the highway, trying to fix his broken-down Batmobile.

That’s exactly what Ontarians taking Hwy 401 saw Sunday evening, and it created a traffic nightmare.

Julie Toole says she watched Batman “in full garb standing at the back (of the car). We only saw it for a few seconds as we were driving. It was cool. And confusing.”

Here at Social News Daily, we have a policy against revealing the secret identities of crime-fighting vigilantes, but Stephen Lawrence, the man in the Batman costume, doesn’t mind letting the world know who he is. He just prefers to be referred to as “the Brampton Batman”.

Lawrence in character as the “Brampton Batman”.

Lawrence was returning from an appearance at a charity event at a Kingston, Ontario mall when he heard his 1989 replica Batmobile make a disconcerting noise. He pulled off to the side of the road to inspect the problem, which turned out to be nothing more than a loose hatch. By then, however, traffic had come to a near standstill as people stopped to get a glimpse of, to quote the Canadian Press, “the caped crusader with car troubles.”

Lawrence's replica Batmobile is based off the design from Tim Burton's 1989 film "Batman".
Lawrence’s replica Batmobile is based off the design from Tim Burton’s 1989 film “Batman”.

“I try my best to baby that car as best as I can,” Lawrence said. “It was fine, but it didn’t take long for traffic to build up, as it always does when Batman is around.”

Lawrence, 39, has been an aspiring Batman impersonator since the age of 14. He tole The Canadian Press said it started when he was in high school and would wear a black trench coat to class over his school-issued uniform.

“I started wearing that and it looks like a big, black cape,” he said. “So my friends started calling me Batman.” Shortly after, he said, he started practicing the martial art of ninjutsu.

He says when his dad died a few years later, he began wearing a homemade Bat-suit and lurking around in the shadows at night, emulating his favorite hero.

“When your father passes away and, obviously, you’re looking at Bruce Wayne’s life and looking at your life and you’re saying, ‘they kind of match, don’t they?“’

Lawrence said he kept on doing it as a form of personal catharsis, keeping his nighttime activity private.

“You don’t want people to think you’re just nuts,” Lawrence said. “It was private. There are nights that I have gone out in my early, put-together homemade suit and literally be Batman and be by yourself – you can help kind of cope with your changing life.”

But eventually he decided to “follow his dream” to drive a real life Batmobile. He says a friend of his saw one driving down a street outside Toronto, and Lawrence eventually found the man who builds them in Orangeville, Ontario.

That’s when he decided to ‘come out’ as a Batman impersonator. While saving to buy his Batmobile, he opted to forgo his pedestrian vehicle and take to the streets in full costume, walking over two hours to get home from his job at Coca-Cola. He says he met a lot of people who loved the suit, as well as many curious police officers.

“I told them I was getting a Batmobile and would appreciate it if they didn’t pull me over every two minutes,” he joked.

Lawrence said his Batmobile is made from a retired police vehicle, a Chevrolet Caprice, and has a 1989 Batmobile replica body over the frame. He still gets pulled over from time to time, mostly by curious officers. They have nothing to fear, as the car is street legal, insured, and has Ontario plates.

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Woman’s Facebook Post Moves TopShop for Body Positivity Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:47:42 +0000

Laura Kate Berry wanted to celebrate on payday, and decided a brand new pair of Topshop Jaime jeans was the best way to treat herself. However, something in the shop displays made her pause to think.

She later gave voice to her opinions on Facebook.

The post features the lower torso and legs of one of the boutique’s mannequins, and comes with a plea to be rid of the style of mannequin. She says “it is quite frankly ridiculously shaped. … Not one mannequin in your store showed anything bigger than a size 6.” She said the whole thing caused her to use her “size 10/12 legs to walk straight out of your store.”

“I’m calling you out Topshop, on your lack of concern for a generation of extremely body conscious youth,” Berry continues. “I’m old enough and wise enough to know I will never be this size, but as we’ve all been impressionable teens at one point, I’m fairly certain if any of us were to witness this in our teenage years, it would have left us wondering if that was what was expected of our bodies.”

She also explained that such tiny-bodied mannequins can be harmful to young women, specially at such impressionable ages where their body images are constantly under attack from photoshopped and altered body images, on TV, in print, and in many other forms of media.

Topshop didn’t waste a minute to address Laura’s concern.


Many replied that the mannequin didn’t look like a size ten. Nonetheless, it is worth acknowledging the commitment to changing for the ebetter that TopShop is making.

Topshop is not the first brand to take action on skinny mannequins. Stores such as La Perla, Whistles, and New Look have all vowed to change their mannequins after customers have complained about their unrealistic body proportions.

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Internet Enraged; Killer of #CeciltheLion Forced to Close Shop Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:11:52 +0000

Cecil the Lion was an iconic and well-loved figure of the Zimbabwean savannah. He walked the grasslands of Hwange’s National Park, was the head of his own pride, and reared cubs to carry on his lineage. Cecil sported an unusual black mane, and visitors would always keep a charismatic eye out for him.

Until most recently, it was believed that a hunter paid a local man $55,000 to lure Cecil out of the protection of the grounds so he could be hunted “legally” on a local resident’s land. The lion was injured by a crossbow shot, tracked for 40 hours, and was later decapitated and skinned. It was also said that the hunter had failed to remove and hide Cecil’s tracking collar.

After thorough investigation, the Zimbabwe Tourism authority have named Cecil’s killer to be a certain Walter Palmer, a big game hunter who also holds a dental practice in Minnesota.

The findings drew the ire of the Internet. Ricky Gervais and a host of other celebrities expressed their disgust of the whole affair on Twitter.

There’s been so much backlash on social media against Walter Palmer, that it seems he’s elected to close up shop for the day. Or infinitely. No one one’s for sure, but it does seem no one’s home at all.

Local people have turned up, leaving animal plushies and flowers to remember Cecil.

Other Twitter users also decried the practice of big game hunting and mourned the majestic lion. #CecilTheLion became one of the most volatile hashtags this week on Twitter.

Cecil has left behind 24 of his own cubs, which may likely be killed by rival prides with the absence of their Alpha.

At present, an online petition has been set up as a call for President Mugabe to finally ban big game hunting and to cease issuing hunting permits.

UPDATE: Jimmy Kimmel reveals that Cecil was part of a 13-year-long Oxford University research program. Watch him break down into tears over Cecil below:


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#100Days100Nights: Los Angeles Gangs Using Social Media To Threaten Violence Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:05:37 +0000

Various social media platforms are warning of gang violence in Los Angeles after more than six gang-related shootings have taken place. One person is dead and at least a dozen are wounded after the violence. It seems as warnings of violence are flooding social media, even though it is hard to tell what is true or rumor.

One of the biggest claims being made is that one gang has vowed 100 days of violence after a 27-year-old man was killed. This threat has sparked hashtags such as #PrayForLA and the more popular one #100Days100Nights.

It seems as if there are conflicting stories of how the #100days100night thing came to be. Whatever the reason, there has been an escalation of crime.

The Los Angeles Police Department says they are keep track of the threats and warnings. Gang intervention workers are out and about on the streets. Police say there is no reason to believe these threats, but fear still seems to be spreading.

Of course, there are some that aren’t afraid. Even some people who believe this is all a rumor, a hoax or a conspiracy.

Others are using the story as an example of the how the media shapes the way we think.

It is important to note that the shootings were all located in one of LA’s most violent neighborhoods.

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Unveiling the Detroit Satanist Statue, As Told By Social Media Wed, 29 Jul 2015 03:11:07 +0000

As an unspoken rule of the Internet goes, do not read the comments. Even Satanists would agree.

Earlier this week, The Satanic Temple of Detroit unveiled a one-ton heavy, nearly-nine-foot statue of a Baphomet gazed at lovingly by two children, bearing the sigils of their worship, at what was called one of the “largest Satanic ceremony in history” according to Reuters. According to Satanists, the statue stands for “reconciling opposites and plurality”.

Satanists flocked to the historic gathering, all bearing tickets that went $75 a head that would also allow them to take a picture together with the statue.

The venue was supposed to be held at a local restaurant, but the owner cancelled it after he realized the Satanist Church was hosting it. The group had said that they kept business very transparent, though, signing the contract as “The Satanic Temple”.

The new warehouse venue was then kept a water-tight secret and revealed to ticket-holders at the very last minute. A rival group learned of their location and leaked it, but the group had then moved on to another secret location to continue their festivities.

The pictures from the church’s Facebook page show the gathering to be anything but nightmare fodder. Sure, the lighting was a deep red, but more than anything it certainly seemed like the worshippers were having a pretty good time, chilling with each other, drinks in hand, music in the air, and clad in their gothic best.

Christian groups in Detroit were not to be outdone, as the chose to light up a large statue of St. Michael in a pickup truck, following the group as they changed venues in protest of the event.

However, it was in the comments section of the Facebook pictures where the opinions really started to fly.

Some took it as an opportunity to engage over scholarly debate.


And others, well…




In a bold move, The Satanic Temple of Detroit had hoped to place the statue outside Arkansas’ statehouse, right beside what was planned to be a monument to Moses’ Ten Commandments. The statue was originally meant to stand for the state Capitol of Oklahoma City, until Oklahoma supreme court banned the planned erection of a Ten Commandments monument outside the building.

The Satanic Temple says they advocate the separation of church and state, and are staunch supporters of liberal human rights and have spearheaded campaigns for the right to accurate medical information and the protection of women (as in the case of abortions and illnesses), the protection of children from domestic abuse, and same sex marriage.

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Watch Guys React To Their Partners Get Catcalled [Video] Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:38:49 +0000

Catcalling really, really has to stop. It’s cheap, it’s rude, and it’s just not doing anyone any favors.

Cosmopolitan put three volunteer couples in uncomfortable situations in more ways than one. The boyfriends sat and watched as a camera went ahead of their partners to record the cheap jeers and catcalling they were subjected to, just like any other regular day walking down the streets of New York.

Watch the video here:

We feel you, dudes, we totally feel you. Doesn’t it just make your blood boil?


Doesn’t it make you want to punch or wreck something?


You should, because women all over the world face catcalling, leering, and many forms of street harassment. Every, Single. D@mn. Day.


The gents reacted the same way anyone would seeing their loved ones get harassed on the street — anger, revulsion, and an overall discomfort watching their ladies walk the streets and get verbally molested and made to feel unsafe.


We applaud Jon for acknowledging what his partner Tessa must have felt during this experiment, and for acknowledging tat catcalling needs to stop right now. “I’m glad that people are making it an issue and not standing for it anymore.” In her segment, Tessa had to stave off the unwelcome attention of a stranger who tried to praise her hair as a way of “getting in”.

Miguel shares some basic truths with Amy that most catcallers don’t realize, or care to remember. “You’re somebody’s daughter, y’know, or somebody’s sister. I’m sure if someone did that to … their mother or cousin, they sure wouldn’t appreciate it.” You can practically see the desire to punch someone on Miguel’s face as he has to watch Amy get leered and catcalled at by some random laborer and given unwelcome compliments on her tattoos. “I hate it when people tell you that,” he hisses.

Catcalling isn’t a simple matter of “complimenting someone” simply because you feel the need to. Catcalling is street harassment, plain and simple. It’s a slippery slope that normalizes disrespect and misogyny, and could lead to other forms of gender violence. Like Groping. Stalking. And raping. And other heinous crimes.


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Study Warns Social Media Use Can Lead To Mental Health Problems Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:45:49 +0000

As social media becomes more and more a part of our daily lives, the young generation Z is admitting they spend most of their time on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Now, a new study is shedding light on the possibility that heavy social media use could lead to mental health problems for these young people.

The Ottawa Public Health, the city of Ottawa’s agency for health information, programs and services, studied teens who used social media for more than two hours a day. They noticed these teens were more like to develop problems, such as physiological issues or suicidal thoughts.

Experts are pointing out that these findings could also mean that teens with mental health issues are turning to social media more.

“It could be that teens with mental health problems are seeking out interactions as they are feeling isolated and alone,” Dr. Hugues Sampasa-Kayinga, the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post in an email. “Or they would like to satisfy unmet needs for face-to-face mental health support.”

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[Photo credit: Forbes]

So, what is a solution to the problem? Some are saying that there should be more mental health platforms on social media sites. Maybe, if the users are more educated about the symptoms, they might be able to seek help.

“We see social networking sites, which may be a problem for some, also being a solution,” Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold of the Interactive Media Institute in San Diego said in a statement reacting to the study’s findings. “Since teens are on the sites, it is the perfect place for public health and service providers to reach out and connect with this vulnerable population and provide health promotion systems and supports.”

It is also important that parents stay involved in their teens lives, that way they can be aware when there are any physiological changes.

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