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Dunn’s ‘All by myself’ to #LeBroning

If it’s a trend, a clip, a comment, a moment, a meme, a tag, or a topic, it’s a thing. Thing Tank is a new feature that reviews the week in things.


Richard Dunn may be stranded overnight in a Las Vegas airport, but his artfully crafted DIY video for Celine Dion’s tear-streaked, time-stretching rendition of “All By Myself” took off in no time. It will move you, so please: Stand right, walk left.


The World Cup — understood by many Americans as the Eurovision of sportsball — is underway! So far, the #FakeWorldCupFacts hashtag (launched by Comedy Central’s “@midnight”) is scoring with far greater frequency than players. Example: “Canadians call soccer dry hockey.”



At E3 (the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo), Nintendo offered a sneak peek at a new Zelda game (working title “Hyrule Warriors”), complete with a playable princess Zelda, a sleeker version of our hero Link (CNET: “Wait, is Link a girl now?” INTERNET: “Shut up, CNET.”) and an “open world” that allows players the ability to travel in any direction. Much like leaving the house.



Twitter lapses into a full-on Drizzy/Weezy tizzy, as Drake and Lil Wayne announce plans for a 31-city tour, following theirsufficiently hot collaboration, “Believe Me.” They hit Xfinity Center on Aug. 25.


Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition.

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Mekayla Diehl, a.k.a. Miss Indiana, shook up the Twitterverse (as well as the patriarchal bodyshaming industrial complex) by daring to walk the Miss USA swimsuit competition in what appeared to be a normal-looking female body. To really drive home the whole “normal” thing, she then lost.


The Washington Post’s George Will remarked in a column that colleges give “coveted status that confers privileges” to sexual assault victims. Internet takes deep breath, steps out onto the porch for a second. Is fine. Just needed some air.


That #LeBroning meme about LeBron James getting really hot, cramping up, and getting hauled off the court seems to have gotten really hot, cramped up, and been hauled off the Internet.


EDS NOTE THIS IMAGE IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 20:00 GMT TUESDAY FEB. 11, 2014 AND CANNOT BE USED BEFORE THAT TIME - FILE - In this Friday Feb. 24, 2012 file photo, British singer Morrissey performs at the 53rd annual Vina del Mar International Song Festival in Vina del Mar, Chile. A savage review of Morrissey's best-selling memoir won Britain's Hatchet Job award Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014 for the year's most cutting book review. "Autobiography" topped the British best-seller lists when it was published last year. It appeared under the Penguin Classics imprint, a rare designation for a living writer. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File) 15thingtank
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Morrissey at the 53rd annual Vina del Mar International Song Festival in Vina del Mar, Chile.

In a grand tradition, Morrissey cancels his tour in progress (though not before wowing Boston). Blames fever, for which he further blames opener Kristeen Young’s allergies. Because Morrissey.

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