Kim Kardashian’s tasteless birthday photos instantly became a copypasta meme

While millions of Americans are unemployed and draining their savings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Kim Kardashian West jetted to a private island for her 40th birthday celebration. 

In a Twitter thread, Kardashian West explained what safety precautions she and her guests took — as well as all the fun, exciting activities people who aren’t worrying about next month’s rent can do.

“We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more,” she said in the thread’s final tweet. “I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is.”

Kardashian West was so humbled by her privilege, in fact, that she let us poors see glimpses into what her $780 million net worth could afford her (including a hideous cake). Perhaps if she was actually humbled, she would’ve kept the photos private — but this is someone who made her millions showing off her Facetuned lifestyle, so we can’t expect much from her. 

Rightfully so, people on Twitter called Kardashian out for the tactless posts:

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen out-of-touch celebs brag about lavish celebrations during the pandemic — and also not the first time we’ve seen them get ruthlessly mocked. Last month, a copypasta about “summer fun” and going on a private island with others who tested COVID-negative went viral. In similar fashion, Kardashian West’s words became a viral copypasta:

Just as the “summer fun” meme, this copypasta punches up and points out the gross inequality the pandemic only exacerbated. Maybe next time, Kardashian West’s photos should stay in her camera roll. 

UFO sighting: Mind reading aliens fly over California – claim

On the night of October 24, people of Burbank California were treated to a peculiar phenomenon when a strange orb appeared in the sky. The object in question looked to be orange and appeared to move slowly across the sky.

Residents of Burkland were stunned by the sighting, with one person able to capture it on film.

The video of the supposed UFO shows the object hovering before clouds obscure the view.

The video was submitted to the UFO investigation network MUFON, with the eyewitness claiming: “I was walking my dogs when I saw a light overhead, it looked like it was sort of like a kite on fire, or like a fireball.

“It was glowing, it was not a drone and not high enough to be a plane.

“It kept moving across the sky to the NE and then it just vanished. A neighbour came out and videoed it.”

Prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring spotted the video, and took to his blog, UFO Sightings Daily, to dissect it.

According to Mr Waring, beings inside the supposed ship could telepathically sense that the person videoing the object was afraid.

However, Mr Waring does not provide any evidence of his claim.

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Near death experience: Woman greeted by Jesus in the afterlife

Following complications while giving birth to her son, a woman named Mabel clinically died – which is the cessation of the heart or breathing. During her brief brush with death, Mabel believes she saw the afterlife and had a glimpse of what is to come. Mabel said that he soul left her body and went through a tunnel to a heavenly realm.

While there, she believes she met Jesus, and is now convinced of his existence.

However, Mabel said that it was God who had the final decision on whether she would stay in heaven.

Mabel said on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “As unusual as it is, my soul left my body and I flew through space in a tunnel with lights streaking on each side (my soul left my feet and proceeded upward through my head and out).

“I flew thousands of miles per second and felt protected from evil and harm by the colourful lights.

“At the end of the tunnel was a light, which was Jesus’ robe. Suddenly, I was standing in the valley of the shadow of death with a small stream of water running at my feet.

“On the other side, facing me was Jesus! His hands were held out to me; his face expressed love.

“His message to me (although His lips did not move) was ‘I love you and forgive you your sins and I will wait with you until God decides whether you are to go home now or later.’

“I was so happy and at peace. God’s will and mine were the same.”

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UFO sighting: Claim ’still burning spacecraft’ falls on Dominican Republic – ‘100% alien’

The incident, which reportedly took place in the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic on Monday, shows stunned locals excitedly examining the debris.

Self-styled alien expert Scott Waring is among the minority who controversially feels this short video has documented the remains of an alien UFO.

Mr Waring took to his UFO Sightings Daily site to speculate about his so-called alien engine.

He said: “Wow, this thing is huge and is still burning.

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Instagram users evgeniy.lavrov, said: “I think they made it out of iron.”

Fellow user Jassetts, also appeared unconvinced by the claims, writing: “Looks like an engine part from an airliner.”

And Theancientone added a perceptive question: “They are saying it’s from space and anything is possible.

“My question is, wouldn’t an object of that size create a large crater from impact?”

‘Big Pile’ Of Live Eels Dumped In Lake In NYC Park; Impact Not Yet Known

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes.

“And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park.

They turned out to be eels that had escaped from one of two large plastic bags that split open as a man dragged them to the shoreline. After dumping the eels in the lake, the man walked away, explaining to bystanders that “I just want to save lives.”

The illegal release late last month became a curiosity on social media, but the dumping of exotic animals in urban parks isn’t new. In cities across the country, nonnative birds, turtles, fish and lizards have settled into, and often disturbed, local ecosystems.

New Yorkers free thousands of non-native animals every year, many of them abandoned pets that quickly die. But others can survive, reproduce and end up causing lasting harm.

“People like animals and they sometimes think they’re doing a good thing by letting them go,” said Jason Munshi-South, urban ecologist at Fordham University. “Most will die. Some will become a problem, and then there’s no going back.”

New York state and city officials say it’s too soon to know how the eels in Prospect Park might affect local species. But based on photos taken by bystanders, officials identified them as swamp eels native to Southeast Asia like those that have been found in at least eight states.

Asian swamp eels on display for sale at a market in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Asian swamp eels on display for sale at a market in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

Once introduced — often after being purchased at local live fish markets, officials say — the eels eat almost anything including plants, insects, crustaceans, frogs, turtles and other fish. And they could prey upon or compete with the park’s native species for however long they survive, said Katrina Toal, deputy director of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s Wildlife Unit.

There are no plans to eradicate the eels. Since they’re nocturnal and spend most of their time burrowed in the sediment of lakes, rivers and marshes, spotting and removing them from the lake could be impossible.

“This kind of species is a little tricky. They’re well hidden,” Toal said. “We’ re not going to go out there and try to trap any of them.”

Without having witnessed the release, officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which is investigating the incident, could not specify the number of eels released last month. Bystanders described seeing more than 100 of them.

DEC officials say they will look for swamp eels during the agency’s next survey in the spring, but don’t expect them to make it through the winter.

However, said University of Toronto freshwater ecologist Nicholas Mandrak, “Even if they don’t survive, they could have negative short-term impacts.”

If some Prospect Park transplants survive for a few years, climate change could feasibly warm up city waters enough to render them hospitable for swamp eels, Mandrak said.

“We shouldn’t come to an immediate conclusion that because they’re found in Asia they couldn’t survive in New York City,” he said.

The exotic species previously has shown up in western New York state’s Hemlock and Canadice lakes in 2019 and Queens’ Meadow Lake in 2017. Elsewhere, biologists have found Asian swamp eels in waterways in Hawaii, Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania.

New York City has a long history of people introducing exotic species into its parks.

In 1890, Shakespeare enthusiasts released a flock of about 60 European starlings in Central Park that grew into a current population of hundreds of millions nationwide that outcompete native birds, destroy crops and occasionally snarl jet engines.

For decades, pet Red-eared slider turtles have been abandoned in city ponds, creating a major nuisance that has crowded out local painted turtles and fueled green algae blooms.

Voracious, sharp-toothed Northern snakehead fish — introduced by way of pet stores, live food markets and aquarium hobbyists across the U.S. — have been spotted in New York’s Harlem Meer and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

And descendants of escaped or released monk parakeets and Italian wall lizards are scattered across the city’s boroughs.

The eels are just the latest episode. “This is an unusual and eye-catching story,” Toal said, “but something that happens far more often is people release one unwanted pet.”

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Comedian’s hilarious Trump impression compares ‘Sex and the City’ with ‘Gilmore Girls’

Donald Trump’s 60 Minutes interview drummed up major buzz last week when the president walked out of the interview early. Despite Trump subsequently posting “leaked” footage on his Facebook page, CBS wasn’t deterred from airing the combative conversation between Trump and journalist Lesley Stahl. 

Comedian James Austin Johnson lampooned the footage, spending three minutes comparing characters on Sex in the City to those on Gilmore Girls, all while doing a damn good Trump impression. 

This is far from Johnson’s first time imitating the president. His IGTV is full of clips where Johnson-as-Trump comments on pop culture happenings like 100 Gecs and Weird Al. Johnson told Mashable over email that he’s impersonated Trump on stage and on Instagram since 2015, so he’s had time to fully develop his take. 

“It’s really fun when you’re complaining about pop-culture stuff, really meaningless stuff that has almost no bearing on reality — when people tell me it’s uncanny, I think that’s what they’re hearing, the unrehearsed speech pattern,” said Johnson. He doesn’t use a script when imitating Trump, instead opting to pick a meaningless pop culture attitude he holds in real life and relaying it on camera in Trump’s voice. 

“Even though I’m a comedian that does voices in his act all the time, I think that the rambling, frustrated complaining is as much a way to sound like the president as physically distorting my voice to sound like him,” Johnson said.

He was inspired to film this video after watching a 60 Minutes clip on his phone while Gilmore Girls was playing in the background; the show is one that he and his wife have watched many times and sometimes put it on to fall asleep. Johnson noticed that Trump was filmed in a dark room with a harsh light highlighting his fake fan, and knew he could imitate it. 

“It was at night with this hard light on my face and it just felt enough like the 60 Minutes interview that I just had to do it,” he said. “It’s fun to make those stupid videos. It gets me through this terrible time.”

The video’s subject matter came together after Johnson and his wife watched the clip and returned to Gilmore Girls. “My wife and I start talking about Lorelei’s boyfriends on Gilmore Girls [and] it all just comes together,” he recalled. “The Sex and the City comparisons are just another pop-culture element to help with the Trumpian word salad.”

“The Sex and the City comparisons are just another pop-culture element to help with the Trumpian word salad.”  

In the video, Johnson’s Trump goes through explaining the four SATC lead’s roles in the show and then in true Trump fashion, changes the subject and pontificates about something else. Unlike Trump, however, Johnson’s ramblings are funny: He transitions into talking about Luke, a character on Gilmore Girls, and his dating history. 

A woman off-screen, a stand-in for Stahl, interrupts Johnson as he’s going on about how Luke loves to date “Carries,” to get to the real question: He says he’s Team Logan (one of Rory’s major boyfriends in the show — if you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls, Logan is a hoity-toity rich boy she meets when she goes to Yale), but he cuts in to say he’s actually Team Jess, another one of Rory’s boyfriends who was the “sensitive bad boy” type and working class, unlike Logan. 

The jumping around from topic to topic was purposeful on Johnson’s part. He said he’s watched videos of his rallies where he mixes two or three stories together in what Johnson called an “unhinged ramble.”  

“It seemed totally fitting to grab multiple different TV shows made for the same demographics and chop them all up into the word salad,” he said. 

Johnson’s Trump asserts that he’s never been Team Logan and always Team Jess because Jess is a “pre-Luke.” Then he launches into a diatribe about how Logan is a “pre-Chris” and therefore not good for Rory. Now, if you’ve never seen the show you’d be completely lost, so I’ll catch you up: Chris is Rory’s biological father, while Luke had been a consistent father figure throughout her life (and Luke eventually ends up with Rory’s mother, Lorelai — which I’d say is a spoiler but the show ended over a decade ago, so don’t come crying in my DMs).  

Then, similarly to how it played out in real life, Johnson’s interview goes off the rails when he insists that Jess is a Carrie and that Rory is a Charlotte, two comparisons that make an ounce of sense but are non-sequesters from the rest of the interview.

He then halts the interview like Trump did with Stahl. “You’ve got enough interview,” Johnson said, “I think we’re done.”

Johnson said he’ll be making Trump videos as long as people get a kick out of them. He compared Trump to Sonny in Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, saying he’ll always be a fixture in our lives. “Even if he loses, which it seems is what he wants to happen,” Johnson mused, “we will never forget him will we?”