Trendsburgh: What are people talking about online?

Written by Edgar Ramirez on .

Welcome to Trendsburgh! Every Monday-Friday at 5 p.m. (sometimes earlier), we'll give you a quick recap of what was trending on Twitter and/or Facebook here in the 'Burgh and U.S. throughout the day.

This week: Sept. 26-30



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Newsweek released an investigative report today that showed Donald Trump conducted business in Cuba at a time the U.S. embargo was in place.

Newsweek reports:

  • Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.



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It was chaos and terror in New Jersey this morning after a train crashed in one of the stations, killing at least one person and injuring scores.

Via The New York Times:

  • Nassima Toumi, who is nine months pregnant, had stopped for a coffee on her way to work as a personal trainer at Crunch when she heard the commotion from the terminal. She went looking for her husband, who was headed for the light rail, and saw him in tears.

    “My husband was there crying,” Ms. Toumi said. “He’s a big guy and not that emotional.”

    Then she saw bodies strewn on the ground and shot some video with her phone. The video shows a woman lying on the ground, not breathing, with a leg split open, Ms. Toumi said. She said she saw a man walking by “all covered with blood all over and his eye is gone.”

    “It was very scary,” she added.


Tim Burton


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Finlay MacMillan, left, Eva Green and director Tim Burton attend "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" red carpet event at Saks 5th Avenue on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in New York. 

The director is finding himself in hot water again over some comments he made when asked about the lack of diversity in his films.




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For some people, it's #NationalCoffeeDay every day, but one of America's favorite drinks got the special recognition today.

For Pittsburghers that love coffee, be assured you're in the right place: The city was named one of the top five U.S. cities for coffee lovers.




(Allison Farrand/Post-Gazette)

They might be on a "break," but the (former) members of One Direction are still finding ways to stay in the spotlight.

If you recall, Harry Styles sent the fandom buzzing earlier this week with some Instagram model shots (see Monday's post). Now, Niall Horan sent them into overdrive in releasing not just a new song but also a video.

Seriously, this came out of nowhere.

Horan, who's pretty active on Snapchat and Twitter, gave no indication he was working on any solo projects, so this was the ultimate surprise for Directioners.

The song is already making waves.

His lads approve.

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Trendsburgh: What are people talking about online?

Written by Edgar Ramirez on .

This week: August 29 - Sept. 2



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Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs holds up a photo showing the type of BB gun that police say a 13-year-old boy pulled from his waistband just before he was shot and killed by police investigating an armed robbery report, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

All eyes are on Columbus.

A 13-year-old was killed by police after they said he pulled out what looked like a gun to them. It turned out to be a BB gun. 


  • Columbus' police chief said Thursday that the BB gun 13-year-old Tyree King allegedly pulled from his waistband before he was killed by an officer "looks like a firearm that could kill you."

    Chief Kim Jacobs, speaking to reporters at a news conference, held up a photo of the type of gun found at the scene and said “our officers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon."


Some reactions:


Donald Trump Jr.


(Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

Donald Trump's son — who was in Canonsburg Wednesday — made some eyebrow-raising comments this morning.

Trump Jr. was giving an interview on a Philadelphia radio station, saying the media was favoring Hillary Clinton favorably, swaying voters away from his father.

He then had the following to say, according to The New York Times:

  • “They’ve let her slide on every discrepancy, on every lie, on every D.N.C. game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing,” said Mr. Trump, the candidate’s oldest son, alluding to the Democratic National Committee. “If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”

Those comments went viral instantly, with the Anti-Defamation League tweeting out the following:


Colin Powell

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(Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

There's more email leaks!

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton had this to say about her being mentioned in Powell's emails:

While Donald Trump had this to say:



Pittsburghers are joining in for the good cause:



Sooooo many questions, so little answers on the season premiere of "American Horror Story 6."

Good reviews are coming in for the show, though.


Lady Gaga

Speaking of "American Horror Story," Lady Gaga, who appeared on the show last season (and is scheduled to do so again this season), sent her fan base into a frenzy today with one simple tweet:


Jesus Tomillero

Spain's first openly gay referee has been receiving homophobic death threats after returning to the game.

The 21-year-old had left earlier due to the harassment he was getting and decided to return.

Via The Guardian:

  • Jesús Tomillero, 21, was refereeing a game between CD Lasalle and Atlético Zabal in Andalusía’s second division on Saturday when a Lasalle supporter told him to “get off for being gay” after he awarded a penalty to Zabal.

    The game was stopped and the man was removed but he managed to get back in and shout “You f*****g f****t” at Tomillero.

    Following the match - his second since returning - the referee started getting death threats on social media. “You son of a b***h. You messed with the club. We’ll kill you with Aids, you f****t,” read one.

    Another message, featuring a photograph of a handgun and bullets, said: “Not long left to live, f****t.”


Lil Wayne


Ryan Lochte just can't catch a break this week.

During a performance on "Ellen," the rapper called out the Olympic swimmer, adding to Lochte's already drama-filled week (check Tuesday's post on here).

Wayne's original lyrics go: “I just popped five percocets and only caught a buzz. And if that label try to stop me. There gon’ be some crazy Weezy fans waitin’ in the lobby.”

On "Ellen," he changed them to: “If Cash Money tryin’ stop me, Ima’ let em’ rob me, yeah right, like Ryan Lochte.”







(Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)

They're heeeeeere.

Uber's self-driving cars have arrived in Pittsburgh.

So what's it like being in one? Let one of our reporters tell you.

However, not a lot of people are thrilled with the idea — take these people who commented on our Facebook page:





(Rick Wilson/The Florida Times-Union)

The conference pulled its championships from North Carolina over the state's controversial House Bill 2 law.

Passed in March, the law "restricts transgender bathroom access and makes it illegal for cities to protect the rights of transgendered people in regards to using public bathrooms of the gender with which they identify."

The league released this statement: “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”

The state will surely feel the impact of the loss.

The NBA also pulled out the All-Star game from there earlier this year.


Colin Powell

The former secretary of state's email were hacked to and released to the public.

Let's just say Powell is not a fan of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Via The New York Times:

  • In the emails, reported by BuzzFeed News, Mr. Powell also accuses Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, of having embraced what Mr. Powell called a “racist” movement when he questioned the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate.
    “Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Mr. Powell wrote in an email to a former aide, according to BuzzFeed. “That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim. As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans everyday.”

On Hillary Clinton, via CBS News:

  • In one blunt 2014 email with Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds, Powell had this to say of Clinton: "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy,not [sic] transformational, with a husband still d**king bimbos at home (according to the NYP)."

  • In an Aug. 21 email bashing Donald Trump, Powell talked about his frustration with Clinton, as well.

    "It could have been so easy for her just tell what she did, a 'Full Monte.' Last night several folks came up to me to say 'She threw you under the bus.' I replied 'don't be silly, she is under the bus.' The FBI guys loved me and so did the IG types. But conversation turned to: 'Clintons always trying to use you.' Most folks up here detest Trump and won't vote for him, but dislike her intensely at the same time. Ah, well the country will decide. The NYT piece yesterday on emails was fine and balanced. I worked with the reporter. I found out from her about the book coming out. No alert from State or HRC team. Same with WP reporter. He gave me info that had been leaked to them. Trump just looks stupid trying to appeal to blacks and Latinos."

To which the Internet reacts:





The city was still buzzn' over the Steelers' dominant win over the Washington Redskins.

Most importantly, the Internet was loving Antonio Brown's touchdown dance.


(Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Yea, twerking isn't really new, but Brown sure made it cool again.

But where does it rank among twerkers? Judge for yourself.


Tupac Shakur

The rapper was killed 20 years ago today but his legacy lives on.


Harambe McHarambeface

You know the saying: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't.

Such was the case with this story.

The Internet fell for another fake news story that claimed a Chinese zoo had held a naming contest for its new gorilla.

The winning name?

Harambe McHarambeface, in honor of the Cincinnati Zoo's beloved deceased gorilla, Harambe.

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(Associated Press)

Never forget.

Alas, it was all a hoax.

The Internet was, of course, devastated.


Ryan Lochte

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(Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)

The drama continues for the Olympic swimmer.

Lochte got quite the scare Monday night on his "Dancing With the Stars" debut when two men rushed the stage after his performance.

Via The Associated Press:

  • The two men, wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts, were arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing, Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Mike Lopez said.

    They had rushed the stage while Lochte was getting his scores from judge Carrie Ann Inaba for his debut performance during Monday night's live installment of the celebrity ballroom dance competition.

    "Hey, back off," Inaba said as the altercation was occurring off screen.

    When the show returned, "Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron explained they were interrupted by "a little incident" and thanked the ABC series' security team "for staying in shape."

"So many feelings are going through my head right now" Lochte later told Bergeron after the incident. He said he was "a little hurt, but I came out here. I wanted to do something I'm completely not comfortable with, and I did."


50 shades

The trailer is out for the sequel to "50 Shades of Grey."

Check it out:




They're back in action tonight!

Though the Steelers were trending for a variety of reasons.

Among them:

DeAngelo Williams


(Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

The running back was making headlines this morning after a waitress posted on Facebook he had tipped $.75 on a $128.25 bill.

His reasoning? Poor service.

In a series of tweets, Williams defended his doing, spurring a conversation of whether he was in the right or wrong of doing so.

Williams further explained his position in saying he used to wait tables, so he knew how the service industry worked.

TMZ Sports reported that they talked to the manager of the Maryland restaurant Williams and his friends attended and that the waitress would be fired.

  • "Long story short ... we're told the restaurant policy is 'the customer is always right' and tipping is a reflection of the service -- not mandatory.
    'We were in the wrong,' Jimmy Marcos, co-owner of Ledo, says.
    He also has a message for Williams -- 'I want to offer anything I can do. I'll be sure to apologize in person next time he visits and pick up his next meal.'

Tress Way

It's the video going viral: The Washington Redskins punter posted on Twitter a video his mom had sent him of her burning a Terrible Towel.

It's not the first time the Terrible Towel has been disrespected, if you recall — but it also hasn't bode well for teams that do it.

Here's the video with a warning of some graphic content in it:

Pope Francis


(Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)

We're not sure if the pope himself is a Steelers fan, but the Rooneys are on their way in making him one.

As Seth Rorabaugh reports, Pope Francis was presented an autographed Steelers (American) football today by Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Rome. 

The ball was a joint gift from the Rooney family as well as Nowicki and Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, where the Steelers hold their training camps.



Week 1 and already Browns fans are calling it a season.

Cleveland announced today their injury-prone quarterback — Robert Griffin III — is being placed on injured reserve.

At least the city has the Cavaliers, right?


Eid Mubarak

Though the first day of the religious holiday Eid al-Adha starts Tuesday, well-wishes were already being sent across the Internet.

Eid meaning "celebration" and Mubarak meaning "blessed."


Kate Upton

 Fashion Week in New York City

(Ben Hider/Invision/AP)

The model/actress shared her thoughts on NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem and was immediately criticized on all ends of social media.

Some of the reactions:



Thousands took to the streets in Mexico this weekend to protest (and counter-protest) the recent victories won by same-sex activists.

In a surprising move, Mexico City was one of the first key cities that approved same-sex marriage back in 2009.

The LA Times reports:

  • In Tijuana, participants in Saturday’s peaceful protest chanted “Viva la familia natural” — “long live the natural family” — as they walked in an unbroken stream that stretched for several blocks along Paseo de los Heroes through the city’s Río Zone. They were of all ages and came from all corners of the city, many of them members of Catholic parishes or evangelical Christian congregations.

    “Marriage is between a man and woman for the purpose of procreation,” said Ariadna León, 39, a Catholic and mother of two from Ampliacion Guaycura in eastern Tijuana. “We are asking for the respect of the nucleus of society, which is the family.”

However, one image that began to be widely-circulated came from the pro-same-sex marriage side:


Photographed by Manuel Rodriguez, the image shows a 12-year-old taking the middle of the street to face the protesters.

When asked by Rodriguez why he was out there, the boy said “Tengo un tío que es gay y no me gusta que lo odien” — meaning "I have a gay uncle and I don't like that they hate him."


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Trendsburgh: What are people talking about online?

Written by Edgar Ramirez on .

Welcome to Trendsburgh! Every Monday-Friday at 5 p.m. (sometimes earlier), we'll give you a quick recap of what was trending on Twitter and/or Facebook here in the 'Burgh and U.S. throughout the day.

This week: August 29 - Sept. 2




(Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)

"I don’t want the first half of last season to happen ever again. I want the second part. I want to keep the Cup."

Those were the words Penguins captain Sidney Crosby penned in an essay to Sports Illustrated's The Cauldron.

The 29-year-old described the struggles he and the team faced early on last season — and how they were able to turn it around.

"That October to December stretch was awful; the lowest point of my career outside of injury. I’ll put in any amount of work I have to so I don’t have to go through that again," Crosby wrote.

The NHL star remembers feeling the frustration of going on a scoring drought early on and the media constantly asking why a team loaded with star power was losing so much.  

"After each and every practice and game, reporters were there to remind me that things weren’t going well. 'Why aren’t you scoring?' . . . 'Why can’t the offense get going?' . . . 'Why is a team with so much talent struggling to win?' "

He continues: "...when the media repeats the same questions — particularly when the team isn’t winning consistently — you already know that whatever is being said out there, it isn’t good. You can feel the atmosphere in the arena and see the look in people’s eyes. It’s hard not to hold the stick a little bit tighter. It’s hard not to want to fix it all with one big game. It’s hard not to over-think and over-work and try to make perfect plays instead of just playing."

He briefly mentions the coaching change the organization made halfway through the season, saying it "is difficult as a player to have rest on your shoulders," but acknowledged that it led to a faster playing style that ultimately led the team to success.

All in all, he writes, "winning the Stanley Cup was amazing (obviously), but it was made all the more sweet on account of how we started the season. We were an afterthought, a punchline — and then we weren’t." 

The full essay can be found here.




(Rodrigo Cruz/The New York Times)

The he-said-he-said continues.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto today reiterated that Mexico would not pay for a wall — despite what Donald Trump had said following their meeting.

Donald Trump tweeted this last night following his speech in Arizona:

Pena Nieto had something else to say:

Translation: "I'll repeat what I told you personally, Mr. Trump: Mexico will never pay for a wall."

The tweet follows what was a rough morning for Trump among Latinos that had been supporting him.

Trump's speech Wednesday night raised many eyebrows, especially among the Latino community where some thought he would be softening his stance on immigration.

Turned out to be quite the opposite.

This morning, via POLITICO:

  • Jacob Monty, a member of Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, quickly resigned after the speech. Another member, Ramiro Pena, a Texas pastor, said Trump's speech likely cost him the election and said he'd have to reconsider being part of a "scam." And Alfonso Aguilar, the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, said in an interview that he is “inclined” to pull his support.

    “I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately,” said Monty, a Houston attorney who has aggressively made the Latino case for Trump. “What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate.”

Trump was again making headlines after his speech in Cincinnati in which he said he would require schools to teach patriotism.


“We will stop apologizing for America, and we will start celebrating America,” he said. “We will be united by our common cultures, values, and principles, becoming one American nation, one country under the one constitution, saluting one American flag—always saluting.”





Colin Kaepernick drew ire from the Internet yet again after someone spotted him wearing these socks during practice.

He then took to Instagram to explain his position:


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Just when the controversy was dying down, too.....



Hurricane Hermine is on its way and all the Gulf Coast can do is wait and brace itself.

"This storm is life-threatening," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.


Freddie Mercury

The former musician was honored in London, days ahead of what would have been his 70th birthday.

According to Variety:

  • The Queen frontman’s home in the suburb of Feltham was decorated with a English Heritage Blue Plaque — a historic marker that ties the location with a famous person.

    Blue plaques have been erected in the English capital for 150 years and currently total over 900. English Heritage, the organization that awards the plaques, only adds a dozen or so each year. The plaques have become popular tourist destinations.


Viral video(s) making the round(s):

SpaceX had setback today during a routine static test-fire.

The blast destroyed Facebook's first satellite. 



James Harrison


(Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

At last, the drama is over.

The NFL today cleared the Steelers linebacker of any wrongdoing relating to an Al-Jazeera report that tied him and other players to the use of banned substances.

“The NFL found no credible evidence that Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers were provided with or used substances prohibited under the NFL-NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances following a comprehensive investigation into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America," the report read.


Donald Trump


(Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

The meeting with Mexico's president was short and sweet, just like the announcement.

And like the announcement, today's conference left us with more questions than answers.

Especially the one on everyone's mind: Who will pay for the wall?


Trump did get some praise, though.

However, there was some disappointment among others:


Mexico's president has a different version of what went down, it seems.....


Stranger Things

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There IS a season 2 coming, folks.

We just have to wait a while.

Netflix had this little tease to offer:

But they didn't answer the question on everyone's mind [SPOILER ALERT]: WHAT HAPPENED TO ELEVEN??


Bill Nye

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Speaking of Netflix, guess who's getting their own show — again?

That's right, Bill Nye the science guy.

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

  • "Bill Nye Saves the World" will explore science and its impact on politics, society and pop culture. Each episode will tackle a different topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry. Nye will also bring in special guests, conduct experiments and, ultimately, let the facts make the case.

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” Nye said. “Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Let the countdown to spring 2017 begin.



The debate continues.

This time, several veterans took to Twitter using the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick to show their support for the embattled San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who made headlines earlier this week by refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of the black lives lost to police violence.



Chris Brown


(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The R&B star is making headlines again.

Police in Los Angeles spent a good portion this morning searching through the entertainer's house after receiving a call from a woman who said Brown had threatened her with a gun.

Via Los Angeles Times:

  • The search was sparked by a call for help from a woman who said she had been threatened by the performer, police sources said, with officers first arriving at Brown’s home in the 5000 block of Corbin Avenue about 3 a.m. Tuesday, said LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado.

    The woman said Brown, who has had several previous run-ins with the law, pointed a gun at her during a violent rage before she ran outside to call police, according to the police sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

TMZ, who broke the story, says weapons and drugs were found in a duffel bag Brown threw.

This isn't Brown's first run-in with the law.

He pleaded guilty in 2009 to attacking superstar Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, and spent six years on probation and also performing 1,000 hours of community service.

More from Los Angeles Times:

  • Brown also faced charges in connection with driving without a license and accusations of a hit-and-run. In May 2014, he admitted to violating his probation after committing an assault outside a Washington hotel.

    More recently, in June, Brown’s former manager, Michael Guirguis, known as “Mike G,” filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging he was attacked by the singer.

    Brown punched Guirguis four times in the face and neck in an incident on May 10, according to the complaint.


Tim Tebow


(@TaylorBlakeWard, Twitter)

Tim Tebow is doing everything he can to be back out in the field — even if it's a baseball field.

The former NFL quarterback had a two-hour workout today in front of 42 MLB scouts (the Pirates included).

Reviews were mixed.


  • The former Heisman Trophy winner hit eight balls over the fence at USC's Dedeaux Field, including shots that cleared a scoreboard and reached the trees in right field. The lefty also hit an opposite-field drive that cleared the left field wall.

    He looked less impressive during live batting practice against former major league relievers Chad Smith and David Aardsma. Smith's fastball topped out at 92 mph, and Tebow put four of Smith's first 20 pitches in play, cracking a line drive to center field that would have been the only sure hit in the bunch. He also lined two balls to shortstop and grounded to second base in displaying decent bat speed.

Some tweets from those who saw him live:

So can we expect to see Tebow in an MLB uniform soon?


Ryan Lochte

Tired of hearing about the Olympic swimmer?

Too bad.

Lochte's going to be in the spotlight for some time after it was announced he'll be on this season's "Dancing With the Stars."

If you're not a fan of him, we suggest you avoid the ABC network.

Wonder if he'll be bringing these moves.


Among the other cast members taking part in the show are actress/model Amber Rose, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, rapper Vanilla Ice, actress Maureen McCormick, former NFL receiver Calvin Johnson and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.



It all started with an article.

More specifically, an article from a site called "The Modern Man."

The title of it, plainly: How to Talk to a Woman Who is Wearing Headphones.

In it, the author lists ways to, well, talk to a woman who is wearing headphones.

The Internet wasn't having it.

Probably didn't help that this was in the author's bio:

  • If you have a problem with women, I have the perfect solution for you. I've already helped thousands of guys to achieve instant success with women and I would love to help you too. View customer success stories, browse my products or watch this mind-blowing video about success with women.


Abu Muhammed al-Adnani

The Islamic State reported that their spokesman and senior leader in Syria was killed by an airstrike.

But some were wondering:



Gene Wilder


Rest In Peace, Gene Wilder.

The star of "Willy Wonka" and Mel Brooks movies "The Producers," ''Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein" died on Sunday at the age of 83.

Via the Associated Press:

  • Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement that Mr. Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but kept the condition private so as not to disappoint fans.

    "He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world," Mr. Walker-Pearlman said.

Mel Brooks took to Twitter to honor his friend:


Anthony Weiner


(Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

Another day, another sexting scandal for the former congressman.

This time, it's costing him something more dearly: his wife.

Via The New York Times:

  • Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, said Monday that she intended to separate from her husband, Anthony D. Weiner, the former congressman and New York City mayoral candidate, after it was reported that Mr. Weiner had exchanged suggestive images and messages with a woman while the couple’s young child was beside him.

This would be the third time Weiner has been embroiled in a sexting controversy.

“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said in the statement. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”



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The MTV Video Music Awards dominated social media, but the TV ratings say another thing.

Anyways, Beyonce was, of course, the talk of the night (and the Internet), taking home eight Moon Men out of 11 and delivering a performance that had people buzzing.

Adele was second in nominations but ended up with zero wins — perhaps the reason why she didn't show up.

Among the highlights in what was a pretty tame awards show compared to previous year (MTV might reconsider bringing Miley Cyrus back)

You can check out full coverage of the VMAs here.


Juan Gabriel

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(Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)

Trending since Sunday, Juan Gabriel is not a name widely known in U.S. pop culture, but to Latinos, it's as popular as Elvis.

The Mexican legend died Sunday from a heart attack at the age of 66.

His popularity in Latino culture can be compared to that of Michael Jackson, Prince, Elton John, the list goes on.

Via a Billboard profile that was published before Gabriel's death:

  • Born Alberto Aguilera Valadez, the son of a farmer, in Parácuaro, Mexico, about 165 miles west of Mexico City, Gabriel is a courtly gentleman, the single father of four adult children. Yet he transforms onstage into a master of melodrama (his nickname is "The Divo From Juárez") and is known to bring both men and women to tears during his two-and-a-half-hour concerts.

Gabriel was in the middle of his MeXXIco Es Todos (Mexico Is All of Us) tour.

Several artists took to social media to mourn him.

For a better understanding of his significance:


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Trendsburgh: What are people talking about online?

Written by Edgar Ramirez on .

Welcome to Trendsburgh! Every Monday-Friday at 5 p.m. (sometimes earlier), we'll give you a quick recap of what was trending on Twitter and/or Facebook here in the 'Burgh and U.S. throughout the day.

This week: August 22-26




(Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)

Traffic was backed up (more than usual) this morning in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Oakland.

The culprit? Love.

Rescuers, including from the city public works department, had to break through a wall from the inside of the Qdoba restaurant to reach the 22-year-old student, police said.

He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian with a broken ankle.

Despite being closed, the store kept its sense of humor. 

And from all this, the hashtag #PittSpiderman was born.

But also....



The plot thickens in the Ryan Lochte/Rio scandal.

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A USA TODAY Sports investigation is raising new questions about the Rio police, and how they acted during the whole incident.

The report states the bathroom that was supposedly vandalized by the U.S. Olympic swimmers wasn't actually completely trashed — and in fact, some parts in the report may have been exaggerated. 

The report states:

  • "An extensive review of surveillance footage by a USA TODAY Sports videographer who also visited the gas station supports swimmer Gunnar Bentz’s claim that he did not see anyone vandalize the restroom, an allegation that in particular heightened media portrayals of the four as obnoxious Americans behaving recklessly in a foreign country. Meanwhile, Rio authorities have declined to identify the guards or offer any details beyond confirming they are members of law enforcement who were working a private security detail."

Also brought into question is if the police acted accordingly in demanding money from the Olympians to pay for the damage caused, and how much of Lochte's story is true concerning them drawing their guns.


Jeffrey Ostrow, Lochte’s attorney, told USA TODAY Sports that he stands by his original statement in saying the swimmers were robbed.

  • “That part of the story will never change,'' Ostrow told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview. "We stand behind that."


Lochte has lost a majority of his sponsors due to the incident.


Clinton Foundation


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Donald Trump called for Hillary Clinton to shut down the foundation after reports surfaced that she had met with donors during her stint as Secretary of State.

Via The Associated Press:

  • At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

So what's the problem? As the AP reports, "the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton."

Feeling the heat, Clinton's campaign is deciding to act....



If you recall yesterday, Upworthy put up an article about how Black women are now America's most educated group — yet they remain largely underpaid.



Ryan Lochte


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The fallout has begun for the Olympic swimmer.

Despite his TV apology over the weekend, many had suspected the 32-year-old would face backlash from his sponsors after the controversy he caused in Rio and sure enough, Speedo was the first to act.

Ralph Lauren followed after, saying it would not renew its current deal with Lochte.

Lochte had been one of the key athletes featured on Ralph Lauren's website, modeling the Team USA gear designed by the company.

Added to the list:

  • Syneron-Candela, the parent company of Gentle Hair Removal where Lochte served as a spokesperson, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that it had cut Lochte loose. And, late Monday, airweave, a mattress company, said it had "ended its partnership" with Lochte.

In a video posted by TMZ today, Lochte said he was remorseful, adding it would be "heartbreaking" if the USOC ruled he couldn't swim again.

Lochte mentioned his top priority right now was getting together with his family and addressing his drinking behavior.


David Freese


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Get used to seeing Freese, Pirates fans: The organization reached a 2-year contract with the 1B/3B.



It's hard to pinpoint exactly how this hashtag started trending, but many women took the opportunity to share their success and inspire others.

At the same time, there is this reality that there is a lot of work to be done in term of reaching equality.


Robbie Rogers


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The United Soccer League is investigating after Robbie Rogers of the L.A. Galaxy said a player from the OC Blues used an anti-gay slur against him during a match last weekend.

Rogers, 29, retired from soccer four years ago after coming out, saying he wanted to be himself and didn't think he could do it while playing, but later on signed with the L.A. Galaxy.

In a Facebook post, Rogers said he was "shocked" after "a player from the opposing team called me a 'queer' repeatedly."

Rogers continues:

  • "This is my fourth season back in the MLS and I've yet to hear another player use that or any other gay slur during a game. I quickly became enraged, I spent the drive home wishing I had channeled my inner Zidane and punched or head-butted this player even though I knew punching this person wouldn't have helped either of us, my team, or the greater cause of advancing equality in sports."

Since coming out, Rogers has been a strong advocate for the LGBTQA community while trying to encourage other professional players to come out.

He wrote about his coming-out experience in a best-seller, "Coming Out to Play."

His full post is below. (Warning: Some cuss words are used)



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The famous gorilla that was killed in May lives on in the Internet — but the Cincinnati Zoo would like for you to know it is "not amused" by your memes.

The Associated Press first wrote a story today about the impact the late 17-year-old ape has had on the Internet, from "tongue-in-cheek petitions to rename the hometown Cincinnati Bengals, to add his face to Mount Rushmore or the Lincoln Memorial, and to put him on the dollar bill. He has grown the angel wings and halo of a deity in social media memorials."

However, this has made it hard for Cincinnati Zoo officials to move on from the tragedy, says the director.

  • "We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe," Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, said by email. "Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us ."

If you take a look at the Cincinnati Zoo's Twitter, just about every time they tweet, the Harambe jokes come.



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Pennsylvanians vote for a 'Philexit'

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What would it be like to say goodbye to Philadelphia? (Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

The Brexit, or the British exit, got people thinking- what part of Pennsylvania should leave the state if given the opportunity? Harper polling conducted "Our Commonwealth Poll" to find out.

52 percent of the state were not sure but 29 percent voted that Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania should be the ones to go. Pittsburgh and the southwest only received 7 percent of the votes so it looks like we are safe for now.

However, some Philadelphia residents were not very happy with the decision.



Votes were scattered at 4 percent each for Scranton and the Lehigh Valley, South Central Pennsylvania and the Northern Tier.

The Philly cheese steak was apparently not enough to garner support for the Philadelphia area.


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'Philexit' was not the only element surveyed. Salad dressings, vacation spots and word choices were only some of the topics that made the poll. Here are some of the more interesting observations:

  • Ranch is the top salad dressing
  • 77 percent of those surveyed say soda not pop
  • You all beat out yinz and y'all
  • 42 percent feel they are happier than the average Pennsylvanian
  • Unsurprisingly, a majority of people are in favor of 80's music
  • The Jersey Shore is the top vacation spot

The poll also measured how different professions and institutions stack up in the eye's of the public. The position of CEO is not looked upon favorably, while construction workers rated highly.

No matter the circumstances the state would be drastically different without "the city of brotherly love." There is enough room for all of us in the state of Pennsylvania.


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