21 Internet gems you might’ve missed this week


Tara the Hero Cat, who is hands-down the star of the Internet this week. (REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian)

The Internet moves quickly. If you step away for even a moment — to, say, eat a meal, partake in an IRL conversation, or, God forbid, sleep — you’ll miss the latest/greatest cat video or bizarre Internet meme. This hilarious churn is, in part, why I write this e-mail newsletter called “Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends,” which goes out every day in the mid-to-late afternoon. It’s also why, from now until you tire of it, I’m going to collect some of the best links from the newsletter into a weekly post for your weekend perusal/distraction.

Without further ado, these are the 21 best things I spotted on the Internet last week:

  1. This essay on the “moral panics” that preceded Facebook
  2. This exhaustive slideshow on how the world uses the web
  3. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  4. Hamster butts
  5. Haikus based on Nancy Grace hashtags
  6. This brilliant (oddly calculating?) child at a baseball game
  7. This meditation on the value of Upworthy
  8. The world’s oldest cat
  9. The world’s most heroic cat
  10. 3D-printed pancakes
  11. Joe Biden’s response to a prom invite
  12. The inevitable conclusion of the “300 sandwiches” meme
  13. How to meet the love of your life on Twitter
  14. The world’s grimmest pet app
  15. ‘Tinder for grandmas’
  16. This oddly mesmerizing mini-documentary of slow-motion chipmunks
  17. This longform look into the failed romance of two Vine superstars
  18. A GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a Video
  19. A Facebook executive’s rant about the Internet he created
  20. YouTube parodies as political statements
  21. The viral hoax video that brought down Tom Cruise

You can also sign up to get these links on the daily, by e-mail, here. Otherwise — until next week!

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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