Approximately 68% of online experiences begin with a search engine — and if you spent any time online during the first weekend of 2020, you probably saw something about “Bean Dad” on your newsfeed. Twitter was abuzz with a thread from a musician and podcast host named John Roderick that went horribly awry. What Roderick intended to be a valuable teaching moment backfired and showed that he has a lot to learn about parenting. Continue reading
*Though the majority of 2020 has required us to cover up our faces, that hasn’t stopped people from elective cosmetic procedures.
Even though many of these procedures won’t be seen in person for a little while, they’re still very much present. But what were the most popular cosmetic procedures in 2020? Let’s take a look.
MUMBAI — In September this year, the Tibetan community in Bengaluru, a city in south India, experienced a rare phenomenon. Passang Chokpa, a 90-year-old woman was declared dead by a doctor after a thorough examination. Her pulse was absent, her heartbeat had stopped, and she was not breathing.
But as relatives began making arrangements for her last rites, they noticed that her body had not stiffened, there was no discoloration and she appeared as if she was in deep sleep.
New York, New York: Consumer engagement across social media contributes to record-high valuations in 2020 with the majority of the included sports and entertainment celebrities listed being valued, for the first time ever, above $1 million per post, according to D’Marie Analytics annual top 10 highest valued social media influencer list.
The primarily female-dominated list also includes notable celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. D’Marie Analytics, a Bloomberg Portal style platform for influencer insights, confirms that COVID accelerated the growing trend of brands tapping influencers and doubled down in 2020 on user-generated content from celebrities and influencers to stabilize sales during this difficult year.
*(Via LA Focus) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ Senate Seat, ending a campaign from progressives in the state to fill the seat with another Black woman. But some Angelenos believe he may have instead turned up the heat on himself and the campaign to have him recalled.
*OAKLAND, Calif. — Dictionary.com today announced it has named pandemic the 2020 Word of the Year. The choice encapsulates an unprecedented year in which the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted every sector of society and defined the context for all the many other consequential events of the year, including racial injustice, an economic downturn, climate disaster, political division, and rampant disinformation. And just as the pandemic upended life in 2020, it also reshaped language, requiring a new vocabulary for a new reality. The event drove not only record searches for new or unfamiliar terms, but a record in the number of related additions made to Dictionary.com.
The Vinland map demonstrates that Christopher Columbus did not discover the Americas and that a group of Vikings reached the continent’s eastern coasts and founded a colony nearly five centuries before.
Vinland was the name given to this part of the world for its dense vineyards.
KOLKATA, India — An Indian chess team took top honors for the first time at the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Online Chess Olympiad earlier this year, but it didn’t get to bring home the gold — at least not right away.
The medals were held up by Customs, owing to an $85 duty.