Nearby Ashland, Kan., rancher and horseman Garth Gardner received overwhelming support from the community after he and his family were forced to scramble to save their homes, ranches and animals from one of the worst wildfires in state history. But what he received one morning in an unmarked envelope with no return address left him in tears.
"My Lord this country has some special people in it!!" he told social media.
We can understand actor Warren Beaty's embarrasment at blowing this year's Academy Awards announcement for best picture award. But for those who remember country music awards ceremonies from years past, there's no comparison to this gin-soaked performance by Charlie Rich from 1975.
Fifteen minutes of fame is simply too much for these, the most annoying Internet memes we can't wait to see die in 2017:
Sure, we get it. You don't promise to drain swamps without uncovering some mud at the bottom of it all. But the yuge flood of Trump memes, videos and Facebook rants has made America's Internet grate on our nerves again.
Granted, the Internet has produced some artful forms of this, the most desparate appeal to empty accomplishment since the soccer participation trophy. But whether it's the natural parent of disaster-prone small children in us, or the simple dread this trend could all turn suddenly gallon-smash nuclear, we'd like to see it trashed.
So many memes about a child-napping gorilla shot dead, so many reasons to hate them, from racism to all-out obscenity. But the best reason of all? No better example exists of the Internet's propensity for turning the most innane symbol into everyman's platform to stamp their feet and shout at the sky.
As if the world needed another reason to hate the frat-boy who could never actually convince any fraternity to accept him, Seth Rogan, his latest YouTube supermarket prank only makes us cringe at the potential for copy-cats, from the artful-but-annoying to the plain-old inexplicably stupid.
The potty mouth that launched a thousand clips, this 13-year-old wore out her welcome even before Dr. Phil came back from station break last September. Yet she has gone on to launch her own meme, cashy YouTube remix and the ultimate sign you have Internet-arrived: A Snopes myth debunking. Howbow dah?
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, on average about 1,300 kitchens will go up in flames this Thanksgiving, about three times the norm. Here are the top breathtakingly horrifying (and sometimes breathtakingly dopey) Internet examples.
Trick-or-treat comes disguised as a remote drone bearing creepy surprises, courtesy of YouTube prankster Tom Mabes.