Student Trapped On Train During His Graduation Ceremony Gets Surprise Celebration

Former high school student Jerich Marco Alcantara missed his commencement ceremony at Hunter College’s Brookdale campus on Tuesday, after getting caught in a delay on the E train. Alcantara toldSelect All that he had opted out of the second ceremony at Radio City Music Hall later in the day, because that one had a two ticket limitation for family, and he wanted as many people as possible to be there. 

In fact, many of his friends and family members were traveling with him to the earlier ceremony when they finally admitted they weren’t going to make it. 

“I was on track to be at my commencement at 9:15 a.m., but the delays altogether ended up taking almost three hours,” Alcantara said. “After 45 minutes, I knew I was already late, but I kept hoping that I’d at least make it to walking the stage.” 

Most kids would throw down their clapboard hat and sulk at this point, but Alcantara rallied and ended up giving everyone on the train with him a very memorable experience:

Train goer Naduya Afzal posted a video on Tuesday of Alcantara in his full graduation regalia, getting a makeshift “diploma” from a friend on their cell-phone while the most high school song of all plays over a loudspeaker: “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day. 

It’s an oddly touching private ceremony witnessed by two dozen fascinated strangers, that ends with Alcantara hugging and kissing the people traveling with them. Presumably they’re not just more strangers, but who knows.

He even offers onlookers a copy of his diploma, saying, “If you want a copy of my diploma, turn on your AirDrop.” It seems like a few people took him up on it, if hesitant questions about how to turn AirDrop on are any indication.

If you’re thinking of doing something similar, be warned that magical New York City moments like this can’t be planned. “It wasn’t so much an idea, but something that just happened,” said Alcantara.

“Everyone was getting antsy and impatient, so I figured I’d lighten the mood by thanking everyone for coming out. That led to applause, and the rest just followed.” 

Eventually, the family did make it above ground, but they were too late. The real ceremony had ended. Though this kid has bad luck with public transportation, he has good luck with friends.

“So I missed the commencement, but after the auditorium cleared out, my close friends threw me my own little graduation,” Alcantara said. 

Another one? “It was a great time,”  he added. 

It’s disappointing to miss a big life touchstone like graduation, but at least Alcantara hit a different milestone early on: going viral. Congrats!

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Drunk Man Wakes Up To Selfies Of The Police Officers Who Took Him Home

A Tasmanian man has gone viral for drinking himself into a blackout and getting saved from some bizarrely friendly officers. Australians sure seem to do policing differently. News.com.au reports that Reece Park had a wild night and ended up in a cab somewhere near his home completely blotto on Friday evening. The driver called the cops, and instead of slamming Park in jail, Constables Natalie Siggins and Jeremy Blyth escorted him home and left a selfie on his phone, so he’d remember how he got there:

Don’t worry, someone asked the important question:

It’s hard not to think about all the ways this could have gone wrong for Park. This image was taken in a pretty small town on a somewhat isolated island, and they apparently have some unique ideas on community policing. A few Queensland commenters on Reddit have said that officers are called the police service rather than the police force so as to seem more community-oriented. They’re at least in touch enough to know that the photo has become wildly popular on Reddit. The Tasmania Police addressed it on their Facebook page, writing:

Park and his saviors were even interviewed on the local news:

When asked if the experience might have turned him off drinking, Park only responded, “I dunno.” Hmm, think we know what that means.

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Shaq Showed His Feet Live On Air And People Were Traumatized

There are some infamous TV moments that will always go down in history. Like that time a contestant on The Newlywed Game accidentally talked about anal sex, or this amazing moment from Survivor.

Then there are some gross things that you just can’t unsee, and I blame Fear Factor for a lot of those moments. For instance, I’m still traumatized by watching people eat extra large dung beetles or boiled antelope brains.

And the latest in unseeable, unforgettable on-air grossness doesn’t come from a nasty food challenge or a misunderstanding about newlywed sex.

It comes courtesy of Shaq’s feet.

The NBA Hall of Famer put his size 22 foot on full display during the Cavs game this past Thursday night and well, people were horrified.

Like, really horrified.

They just couldn’t comprehend his big toe.

They couldn’t get over how mangled they looked.

Some people made unwelcome food comparisons…

Others thought they looked ancient.

Others just wanted him to get help.

His feet became part of a cruel, worst-case scenario game.

They were so bad, his own son went on Twitter to apologize for them on behalf of the family.

As mangled as they look, respect to Shaq for being brave enough to put them out there on TV, knowing full well he’d be roasted. I would get upset if someone even pointed out my stretch marks, let alone a toe that looks like a can opener.

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This Woman Stopped A Carjacking By Leaping Onto The Hood Of Her Car

A woman jumped on the roof of her car to stop a thief who was driving it away—and believe it or not, this isn’t viral marketing for Wonder Woman. CNN got the insane video:

The woman on the roof of the car, Wisconsinite Melissa Smith, admits she’s “apparently a little” crazy. 

“This is what I’m doing,” she told CNN that she thought during her car leap. “You are not leaving with my car,  I’m not dealing with this sort of crap today, and that’s just what I did.” That’s right—her superhero move came out of pure annoyance, which is perfect.

“I don’t tolerate this sort of behavior,” she explained.

The carjacker’s reaction to her, as she screamed in his face from the hood of the car? “He laughed at me,” Smith said. In a few seconds, however, she apparently spooks him, and he gets out of her car. She then opens the front door and jumps into the moving vehicle.

The thief fled away for now, but Smith has her car back. How would you handle this situation?

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Twitter Roasts Congressional Candidate For 'Bodyslam' Attack on Reporter

On May 24th, Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Montana’s Congressional seat, allegedly  ‘body slammed’ a reporter from The Guardian after being asked questions about his support for the AHCA. The story was confirmed by The Guardian and Fox News who were both present for the alleged attack. Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault. 

The special congressional election is today, and it is unclear how this will impact the outcome of the race which was already looking to be very close between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist. But one thing is for certain: The Internet doesn’t look like they are forgiving him any time soon.

People are already turning the attack into mock political ads. 

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The Trumps Just Had An Awkward Photo Op With The Pope, And The Memes Are Glorious

President Trump and family met the pope last night, and had a slightly awkward photo op.

As if the photo wasn’t awkward enough, the Internet immediately piled on.

How could they not? Just take a look at that photo! Trump, smiling wide… and his wife, his daughter, and the leader of the Roman Catholics not smiling with him.

The outcome? A hilarious meme parade of the highest religious order.

It’s nice to know that we can still have a laugh, even if Papa himself can’t even muster up a grin. Trump and Co. are headed back stateside soon, so let’s enjoy the relative national media calm and peace while we can.

We’ll be reporting on all sorts of calamities soon enough.

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Woman Orders Crop Top With Obvious Flaw And Discovers She's Not The Only One

Olivia Skuce, a 21-year-old from  Northern Ireland, recently decided to order a crop top from PrettyLittleThings. But when it arrived, she noticed a pretty hilarious flaw in the design, so she decided to share it with their customer support on Twitter…

Skuce initially thought she ordered the wrong size, or something from the kid’s section, but as it turns out, a lot of people were having the same issue…

And when we say a lot, we mean a lot

The price people pay for fashion. 

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Survey Finds The Most Successful First Dates Involve Fried Chicken

If you really want a first date to go well, maybe suggest getting fried chicken together. It might be greasy, but according to a survey by the dating app Hinge, suggesting a fried chicken joint is the restaurant cuisine most likely to lead to a date.

In general, people thought that the best overall date idea was getting drinks. Interestingly, Hinge users particularly loved Bloody Mary’s, though you’d think all that garlic would make it a date drink to avoid! But 24 percent of Hinge users loved the idea of grabbing fried chicken for a first date. Watch out, though, because apparently 23 percent of Hinge users would rather grab vegan food. Hinge users: apparently eclectic! 

The app even breaks down the most and least successful locations for a first date by major city—San Francisco daters loved going to Golden Gate Park, for instance, but turned their noses up at the cocktail bar Novela (their loss, it looks really cute). 

You can see dating advice for the city near you over at Hinge’s website.

No promises that any of this will result in you getting married, though it did kind of make me want to marry a bucket of fried chicken.

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No One Can Solve This Math Question Given To First Graders In Singapore

As if we needed yet another reminder that we’re terrible at math, an exam question given to first graders in Singapore has the Internet scratching their collective heads. “Study the number pattern. Fill in the missing numbers,” the instructions read.  

The question is a number problem, with a circle split in four with different numbers in each section. Around the sides are four empty circles, with another circle in the middle of the first circle. The questions asks children to fill in the four circles with no numbers so that they total the middle number in all cases.

First graders are supposed to get this?! In all fairness, it’s labelled as a bonus question and probably doesn’t impact the student’s scores all that much. Think you’ve worked it out? Read on when you have, because the answer is below. 

Thankfully for us, one user on the forum was able to work it out. According to their explanation, the four circles should be filled with either 1 or 2, depending on how many numbers with more than one digit they touch on either side. 

If you got the answer without cheating, you’re officially as smart as a first grader. If you didn’t, feel better knowing that social media didn’t, either. 

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Someone's Trying To Edit Wikipedia And Erase This Problematic Information About The President

Joe Lieberman has solidly emerged as one of the front runners for the newly-vacant position of FBI Director. Considering his law firm has a lengthy history of representing Donald Trump, many people think there’s a conflict of interests there.

Not this person, though. 

That potential conflict of interests might be behind the Wiki-War that’s been happening on the law firms page. Someone keeps trying to remove all references to Donald Trump. Reporter Lachlan Markay posted the edit history for their page on his social media, pointing out where Trump was removed from a list of notable clients.

Curious, Markay went on to check the IP address that made the changes to see if they’d made any other edits. It turns out, they had. The user removed Trump’s name from that client list several times because admins kept putting it back. The user also adjusted the Wikipedia entry for Trump advisor Stephen Miller and the entry for Trump’s State of the Union address. Both edits were pro-Trump.

When you look up the location for that IP address, it happens to land you very near to the address for a Trump delegate in Alabama.

The map of the IP location is on the left, the delegate address on the right.

Twitter user @KateInVenice pointed out that the Wikipedia page wasn’t the only place Donald Trump’s name disappeared from. Trump’s name is now missing from the law firms website as well, specifically from Joe Lieberman and Marc Kasowitz’s attorney profile pages.

It went from being listed first to not existing at all. 

People don’t seem too impressed by how obvious these changes have been.

Jokes were made at Trump’s expense pretty quickly.

Wikipedia has since locked the law firm page so that it can no longer be changed. It remains to be seen whether the edits on their website will be reversed.

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