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Fans are going berserk as Justin Bieber concert tickets go on sale in India

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We told you that Justin Bieber is performing in India for the first time.

Understandably, there’s a lot of excitement, especially in millennials who can’t have enough of the 23-year-old pop sensation.

But now there’s a problem as we discovered once the tickets went on sale.

Firstly, there’s a queue. Even if you wait, you are never sure that you’re going to get a ticket. What if they are exhausted by 2,000 or even 3,900?

And you thought only ATMs in India have queues? At least those were to get…

Spiderman vs. Elsa videos have taken over YouTube and it’s so confusing

Spiderman and Elsa clips are taking over YouTube.
Spiderman and Elsa clips are taking over YouTube.

Somewhere along the internet’s path into content oblivion, Spiderman and Elsa videos on YouTube became a guaranteed and genuinely weird traffic winner.

The premise is simple enough: Adults dress as characters from the Spiderman and Frozen franchise and act out wordless, often slightly violent skits to chirpy music.

As TubeFilter noted in early February, these short films, ostensibly for children, have been racking up the views. Search “Spiderman and Elsa” on YouTube and you get more than 6 million results.

The videos are part of a surge of kid-friendly content on Youtube — a trend the site itself has embraced via the Youtube Kids app (the main app is meant for people 13 and over). Videos of Kinder eggs being opened, toy reviews and yes, even Spiderman and Elsa skits aren’t just niche, mind-melting internet fodder: they are a full-blown business.

Indeed, some of the most successful Spiderman and Elsa clips boast more than 250 million views, and channels like “Webs & Tiaras – Toy Monster Compilations,” which specialise in superhero and princess clips, have more than 5 million subscribers.

The trend shows no sign of slowing. Channels including Beeble TV and Superheroes IRL churn out almost one video a week, meaning titles like “Double Pregnant FROZEN ELSA vs DOCTOR! w/ Spiderman vs Joker Maleficent Hulk Baby – Superhero Fun” are filling up the feed.

So why have these clips found a loyal, hungry market? Thanks to a fairly simple equation: “The videos feature something that children know well,” Joanne Orlando, an expert in children and technology, explained over email. “The sense of familiarity is very comforting to a child.”

Frozen is, after all, a cultural experience as much as a one-off film: Making $1.276 billion (A$1.663 billion) at the box office, according to Forbes, it’s one of…

A tech company just gave walking meme Ken Bone a job as ‘chief people officer’

If you were wondering, real-life meme Ken Bone got a new job and it has to do with politics... well kind of.
If you were wondering, real-life meme Ken Bone got a new job and it has to do with politics… well kind of.

With a perfectly corny, safely politically neutral ad about politics, undecided voter Ken Bone is still squeezing out the last drops of internet fame.

Bone, in case you forgot, was the man who shot to internet celeb status during the second presidential debate last fall. Dressed in a red zip-up cardigan, he asked a friendly middle-of-the-road question about energy policy amid a frankly nasty political climate. That was enough for him to be quickly embraced as the much-needed “can’t we all just get along” meme of the moment.

His fleeting fame also came with some less-than-savory discoveries about his internet past. Nonetheless, his image and a Twitter following of 224,000 have managed to persist.

And through it all, he’s still managed to never actually take a stand in politics, while continuing to talk all about politics. On Tuesday, a political software company called Victory Holdings announced Bone would be joining its team as “chief people…

Twitter can’t get over this English cricketer who was sold for $2 million at the IPL auctions

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions were held in Bangalore on Monday. For the uninitiated, IPL is a Twenty20 cricket tournament held in India in April-May and draws players from across the globe in a month-long extravaganza.

This is its tenth year and the English Premier League replica is now one of the richest and buzziest sporting events of the world.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter couldn’t hold its own while the auctions happened.

Besides ensuring…

This meme is the perfect reaction GIF to throw some shade on Twitter

Giant bomb

Salty reaction GIFs have a special home on Twitter. Sometimes they just work better than anything you can write in 140 characters.

Though a GIF of Giant Bomb’s video producer and podcaster Drew Scanlon has existed in the gaming community for quite some time, it has only received wide-spread internet notoriety in the last few weeks, which is fortunate, because it deserves the internet’s admiration.

As noted by the internet meme database…

New Obama/Biden memes are here to help you survive inauguration week

Image: Susan Walsh/ap photo

You can take Barack and Joe out of the White House, but you can never take Barack and Joe out of the memes.

Over the past eight years, President Obama and VP Biden have formed a lasting bromance, and with every great bromance comes some beautifully creative memes.

Having been inspired by the first round of beloved “Biden plotting against Trump” memes, the fine folks on the internet are back at it again,…

The internet is freaking out over this gross ‘medium rare’ chicken recipe

The world is a dark and terrifying place sometimes.
The world is a dark and terrifying place sometimes.

The newest #cleaneating fad is here and it’s…salmonella?

It is according to Australian Facebook user Morgan Jane Gibbs it is. She posted a photo of her raw chicken “recipe” to Facebook last week, and it’s fair to say people had some thoughts about it.

Read it and weep.

Gibbs’ tongue-in-cheek responses to comments on the post make it pretty apparent that…

Someone made a really, really cute game based off that ‘This is fine’ dog

The “This Is Fine” dog meme perfectly described 2016, and now it’s getting a video game to boot.

The internet’s favorite in denial dog has been immortalized in free game form to continue to show us that we can all try to keep it together, while the world around us is falling apart.

The game, based on the KC Green comic, was created by developer…

You’ll never be able to unsee this kid dressed up as a frog

Please witness the beginning of a brand-new meme dubbed Frog Nephew.

Racked reporter Chavie Lieber shared an adorable and mildly terrifying photo of her nephew Sammy dressed up in a homemade frog costume on Thursday, much to the delight of the internet. Please see for yourself.

It’s “Book Day” @ my nephew’s Yeshiva in the UK, where they dress up like their favorite book. Check out the costume my sister Nechama made! pic.twitter.com/uNcyCYPQ9k

— Chavie Lieber (@ChavieLieber) February 2, 2017

In celebration of Book Week,…

Don’t stress: Positive possum is here to get you through the week

“You can do it!”

You there. Feeling down? Depressed by the weight of the world and the state of global politics?

Then there’s someone you need to meet.

Behold your new motivational life coach: Let’s call him “positive possum.” He’s clearly the world’s happiest possum to ever live.

Image: Imgur/Sretlaw

“I want YOU…to be happy.””

This unbearably upbeat little critter was spotted in the bush around Opotiki, New Zealand, by the stepdad of Reddit…

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