Five things worth sharing from the last week or so, brought to you by a different member of the Browser Media team every Friday.
This week’s My Five is by Lisa.
1. Rally cat
U.S. baseball team, The Cardinals, have this feisty little feline to thank for their rally against rival team, The Royals.
Delaying the game for several minutes, the cat put up quite the fight as he was carried off of the field mid-sprint.
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) August 10, 2017
On the first pitch after play resumed, the team hit a grand slam, giving them an 8-5 lead, and #RallyCat was quickly branded as a hero on Twitter.
2. Watch this space?
A recent study has found that people who frequently check Facebook on their smartphone typically have less ‘grey matter’ in the ‘nucleus accumbens’ part of their brain.
While it gives no conclusive answer as to whether it’s the high Facebook usage that causes less grey matter, or having less grey matter prompts higher Facebook use, the situation is about to get a whoooolllle lot worse.
Facebook is set to launch a shiny new, TV-like feature – Watch, in a bid to get even more people to spend even more time on the social network. Those poor nucleus accumbens!
Why? Because time is money. Watch will show users a stream of adverts as they use the feature to discover videos from outside of their feed, create watchlists, and follow shows created by artists, brands and publishers… sounds familiar, right?
3. NSFW BBC
Viewers who tuned into the BBC’s
Nudes News at Ten got quite the eyeful when a rather inappropriate video was running on a screen in the background behind presenter, Sophie Raworth.
The BBC said it is investigating the incident, which is the professional way of letting us know that the person responsible for the slip up has landed themselves in big troubs. Yikes!
4. Why did the chicken cross the road?
… To protest against Trump, of course.
This giant inflatable chicken belongs to Taran Singh Brar, who hopes to organise an entire “chicken march” someday. Taran parted with a whopping $1,300 (£1,000) for the 30ft (9m) bird character, stating “Trump is too chicken to release his tax returns, and too chicken to stand up to Putin”.
Funded through the crowdsourcing on GoFundMe, permission to set up the inflatable chicken outside the White House had to be obtained from the Secret Service, according to local news.
The stunt, dubbed #TrumpChicken on Twitter, has divided opinion with users unsure if it is “pathetic” or “cute”. Either way, it’s certainly ruffled a few feathers.
5. HBD Hip-Hop
44 years ago today, DJ Kool Herc threw a siiiccckk party in the Bronx and decided to switch up the sounds mid-set. He started playing only the instrumental sections or “breaks” from full songs while his friend, Coke La Rock, MC’d over the top to hype up the crowd. Everyone went nuts and started breakdancing all over the place, and that’s when modern day hip-hop was born.
Google is honouring that night right now, with an interactive Google Doodle that lets you mix up your own jams.