February recap: 5 trending topics to spark watercooler conversation
In all likelihood, your morning looks a little like this: You hit snooze three times on your smartphone, jump out of bed like a madman twenty minutes before you’re supposed to be at work, and get halfway to the office before realizing you’re wearing mismatched shoes. And forget about reading the news—you’re more concerned about the emails piling up in your inbox before 9 a.m.
That’s why in 2017, we’re adding a little oomph to your morning with monthly re-caps of some of the most viral, conversation-worthy hits on the internetz. Consider this your ICYMI monthly update on the trending topics everybody has been buzzing about at the watercooler.
Here’s what February had to offer:
The Big Game’s big upset had the internet all atwitter (literally)
This year’s big game was one that’s sure to go down in history. We watched the New England Patriots make nothing short of a miraculous comeback against the Atlanta Falcons; the internet was split between absolute elation for the Pats and complete devastation about the underdog’s brutal loss in the game’s final seconds.
Lady Gaga emerged as the runner-up MVP of the evening, literally swooping into the halftime show to steal the spotlight. Her stunning vocals reminded everyone that she’s a seriously talented individual — and Twitter didn’t fail to immediately turn her aerial entrance into an instant meme. In a bizarre throwback, users on the internet also pointed out some crazy similarities between a 2012 Simpsons episode and the aesthetics of Gaga’s halftime show.
Valentine’s Day gave us glimpses of the best (and worst) boyfriends
Whether you’re a diehard Valentine’s Day fan or consider it simply a Hallmark holiday, you can’t help but smile at some of the viral content that emerged as a result of this February 14.
Some boyfriends took the opportunity to mercilessly troll their girlfriends — like the guy who convinced his gf via text that he was whisking her away on a romantic vacation, only to reveal the actual surprise: Tickets to a Champions League football match.
But all hope is not lost for those who love love. The Facebook page "Boyfriends of Instagram" went viral this February, featuring a series of photos of dedicated men going to serious lengths to ensure their girlfriends look fly af. Now that’s true love.
Google gave this ambitious 7-year-old an adorable reality check
Landing a job at a top tech company is tough — but don’t tell that to this 7-year-old girl, who took a page out of the Silicon Valley Job Seeker Handbook and showed some serious proactivity by applying to a job at Google. She sent in her "application" after perusing the company’s online careers site. The letter (addressed "Dear google boss") received a sweet reply from Google, encouraging her to reapply after she finished school and offering sage advice that "you can accomplish everything you set your mind to."
The young — super young — professional who penned the letter also hinted at a couple alternative careers, in case the whole Google thing doesn’t work out: chocolate factory worker and swimming in the Olympics.
What a #GirlBoss move. This kid is going places.
A massive Oscars flub shocked the entertainment industry
The entire world was stunned at this year’s Academy Awards, as the announcement for Best Picture was, well… a little… off. Stars of the originally announced film, La La Land, were midway through an acceptance speech when the true winner, Moonlight, was revealed. The mystery of the mix-up was solved when PwC accountants stepped forward to admit guilt for the envelope swap.
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The internet reacted in its usual manner: With an uproar of tweets, memes and all-around shock. Meryl Streep’s face pretty much sums it up. Ryan Gosling, La La Land star, also had a pretty epic reaction to the mishap… that only made us love him all the more.
Upcoming: SpaceX making big moves
In the coming days and weeks, keep an eye on SpaceX, the company spearheaded by Elon Musk that’s making massive moves within the aeronautics and aerospace industries. The company recently announced that it plans to send two tourists on a trip around the moon in late 2018.
It’s an ambitious goal, to say the least — but also an extremely exciting one. In a memo on the company’s website, SpaceX thanks NASA for its support and involvement, and indicates that the tourists have already put down a "significant deposit" for the moon mission.
Though SpaceX has primarily been focused on its main mission — to eventually enable the colonization of Mars — this latest announcement sheds light on a few of the company’s short-term goals, including, apparently, lunar tourism.