Welcome to Trendsburgh! Every Monday-Friday at 4:30 p.m., we'll give you a quick recap of what was trending on Twitter and/or Facebook here in the 'Burgh throughout the day.
NOTE: Due to a technical glitch, Monday's content is currently unavailable.
This week: May 9-13
This never fails to trend on this day. Feeling superstitious or silly today? Let's check in with none other than Jason himself:
Who's having a killer #Fridaythe13th ?— Jason L. Voorhees (@JasonLVoorhees) May 13, 2016
WAVE YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR!!
If you waved less than 19 hands you need to catch up to me.
Either way, soak the date in — as Cleveland.com reminds us, this Friday the 13th is the only one in 2016.
Or should we say Donald Trump? The bizarre Friday the 13th news making rounds today: Did Donald Trump once act as his own spokesman? The Washington Post seems to think so. They write:
- "A recording obtained by The Washington Post captures what New York reporters and editors who covered Trump’s early career experienced in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s: calls from Trump’s Manhattan office that resulted in conversations with “John Miller” or “John Barron” — public-relations men who sound precisely like Trump himself — who indeed are Trump, masquerading as an unusually helpful and boastful advocate for himself, according to the journalists and several of Trump’s top aides."
On NBC's "Today" program, Trump denied knowing anything, as The Post writes:
- “No, I don’t think it — I don’t know anything about it. You’re telling me about it for the first time and it doesn’t sound like my voice at all,” he said. “I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice and then you can imagine that, and this sounds like one of the scams, one of the many scams — doesn’t sound like me.” Later, he was more definitive: “It was not me on the phone. And it doesn’t sound like me on the phone, I will tell you that, and it was not me on the phone. And when was this? Twenty-five years ago?”
We'll let you decide.
That's only one of the fake names bidders used in driving up the cost of George Zimmerman's gun up to $65 million. Other names in the mix: "Donald Trump," "Tamir Rice," "Craig Bryant."
Racist McShootface has hijacked George Zimmerman's attempts to sell the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. pic.twitter.com/Vb2XKtpsUt— Nick Rotherham (@nrothers) May 13, 2016
The bidding was cancelled, but seems to be live again.
What comes next for the storied NBA player?
In his 19-year-career — all with the San Antonio Spurs — Duncan has:
- Played in 15 All-Star Games
- Won 5 championships
- 3 Finals MVPs
- 2 NBA MVPs
We're not sure yet who's the starting goalie, but Pittsburghers are feeling pretty confident going into tonight's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.
And then there were four... pic.twitter.com/M9gMNSJDME— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 13, 2016
Impressively still trending for a second day. Congrats, grads!
Viral video(s) making the rounds:
Seeing is believing
Will Wilcox conquered the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.https://t.co/yRT6pl78eA— 120 Sports (@120Sports) May 13, 2016
(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)
Where to start? This story has been all over the place, even as this post goes up. So here we go: If you recall, Zimmerman is the Florida man that went to trial for shooting Trayvon Martin back in 2012 but was acquitted. He made headlines again today for deciding to put on auction the gun he used to kill Martin. His reasoning? "I'm a free American," he told WOFL-Channel 35, a news station in Florida. "I can do what I want with my possession." The Orlando Sentinel further explains:
- "In the listing, Zimmerman says a portion of the proceeds would go toward fighting alleged violence against law enforcement by the Black Lives Matter movement and to stop anti-firearm rhetoric made by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The proceeds will also help pay for efforts to end the career of Angela Corey, who led the prosecution against Zimmerman, according to the post."
Minutes before the bidding was set to take place, the gun disappeared from the auction's site. According to the Sentinel, "GunBroker.com, in a statement, said it wants 'no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.' " Done then, right? Nope. A few hours later, the gun surfaced on another auction site, TMZ reports. The day is still young, we'll see where this story goes....
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford had nothing but positive things to say about the team's coach — and said it'd be up to Sullivan to decide who to start as goalie against the Tampa Bay Lightning. So far in our online and Twitter polls, the rookie is a fan favorite to start.
On a related note, looks like the rivalry has begun between the cities.
With West Virginia's graduation coming up, graduating seniors were showing off their decorated caps and sharing memories. Congrats to all those graduating!
Hey #WVUgrad, YOU'RE TRENDING! Show the world what it's like to be a Mountaineer!
She was making the rounds yesterday but she really soared on the trending topics today — and ironically wasn't around to see it. It looks like Twitter suspended the rapper's Twitter account
While she's been controversial in the past, it looks like Banks crossed the line this time, going off on a racist and homophobic tirade against Zayn Malik, the former One Direction member, earlier this week. She later tried to explain her behavior:
Azealia Banks has attempted to explain that Zayn Malik rant https://t.co/TF1jHpzo1V— The Independent (@Independent) May 12, 2016
But not before Twitter took celebrating with the #AzealiaGotSuspendedParty
BookExpo America is live! People were live-tweeting from the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry. Spotted: Nicholas Sparks, author of "The Notebook," "The Longest Ride," "Dear John," "The Lucky One," etc., etc.
It was nearly impossible to avoid seeing Rob Gronkowski on your Twitter or Facebook feed — the New England tight end will be gracing the cover of #Madden17.
Oh yea, you can also find him on the mag racks at your local grocery store too.
Viral video(s) making round:
He did it again: Jimmy Fallon brought back some NHL superlatives on "The Tonight Show." No Penguins are featured this time, however Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin is along with Victor Hedman and Vladislav Namestnikov of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A little throwback to the 2014 one that included some Penguins:
There were a number of Penguins-related trending topics, but Nick Bonino was the one that took the lead among. Maybe it had something to do with him scoring the overtime goal in Game 6 against the Washington Capitals.
The game had yinz buzzing on all sides.
Even if it did leave us feeling like this:
Y'all doing alright, Pittsburgh? pic.twitter.com/pJ2cQ88vU4— Edgar Ramirez (@ERam631) May 11, 2016
Today, in Donald Trump headlines:
The Vermont senator did pick up another win in West Virginia, making the primary race for the Democratic nomination more interesting....
It's been quite the day for the director. His name started trending early this morning after his son, Ronan Farrow, penned a an essay about the media's (lack of) handling over Woody's shady history:
That led to this awkward encounter at the opening of Cannes:
Woody Allen rape joke opens Cannes: French comedian burns Allen with scathing Roman Polanski reference https://t.co/yAcaCExJqw— Salon.com (@Salon) May 11, 2016
No, that's not a new app on your phone — rather, it's a new look from Instagram.
Everywhere to you looked, I can guaranteed you ran a .gif similar to this:
The unveiling of the new Pitt uniforms is one week away!
Pitt athletics hyped it up some with this tweet:
After 46 years, Morley Safer of "60 Minutes" is retiring.
Viral video(s) making the rounds:
They say golf is a gentlemen's game — and Greg Owen proved that to be true. During his practice round at TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championship, the 6'5, 210-pound golfer did not hesitate one bit in stripping down to his underwear to save a baby bird from drowning in a nearby pond. His friend caught it all on video:
The city is buzzing — can the Penguins close out the series tonight against the Washington Capitals?
Because victory is all we need... pic.twitter.com/yhbFyxJzds— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 10, 2016
President Barack Obama this month will be visiting Hiroshima, Japan. Why it's historic:
President Obama will be first sitting U.S. president to visit where atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in WWIIhttps://t.co/Wqs1MMkEtg— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) May 10, 2016
The Golden State Warriors point guard has made history again. Curry was named the first unanimous NBA Most Valuable Player — winning the award for a second straight year. The stats say it all:
73-9— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 10, 2016
This was the 3rd time in 4 years that Steph Curry broke the record for threes in a season pic.twitter.com/8LGr0cDUJc— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2016
Ever wonder what America would taste like? Apparently it takes like Budweiser.
That's right, Budweiser is changing its name to America — for a limited time, that is. As Reuters reports, starting May 23rd to the presidential election on Nov. 8, "cans and bottles of the beer will be adorned with U.S. icons such as the Statue of Liberty, phrases from the Pledge of Allegiance and lyrics from 'America the Beautiful' and 'The Star Spangled Banner.' The change will coincide with the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Honestly, all that comes to mind is this meme:
Viral video(s) making the rounds:
This is what happens when you try to eat corn on the cob....on a power drill.
Which brings me to this: