Breaking Bard: Ruining Shakespeare for fun

  • 30 June 2016
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In this week of seismic political change in Europe, a deadly terror attack in Turkey and troubling protests by police officers in Rio, social media has not been finding much funny. However, a viral hashtag has been providing some respite. And it's all to do with Shakespeare.

When you think of Britain's contribution to culture, we bet the Bard crops up in your thoughts somewhere. This year marked the 400 year anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. And it's perhaps a good thing that he's not around to see how social media has been mangling his greatest work in the last few hours.

The hashtag #RuinShakespeare invited people to adapt the great playwright's works to contemporary times and, well, mess it up, and the internet happily delivered.

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There were plenty of references to Millennial behaviour.

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And those stalwarts of popular culture, the Kardashians.

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Germans reveal why they still 'Love UK'

  • 30 June 2016
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Admit it, times have been hard for the UK recently. First, the result of the EU membership referendum left many - even among the winning side - in shock. The value of the pound plummeted and the prime minister announced his intention to quit. Then underdogs Iceland kicked England out of Euro 2016 in humiliating style.

So German paper Zeit Online decided it needed to cheer the Brits up a bit and show they were still appreciated. The best way to do this it decided was to ask its readers to list things they like about the UK.

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Can we get a straight answer about 'Heterosexual Pride Day'?

  • 29 June 2016
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To borrow a phrase that we're probably too old to use, social media "is lit" with mentions of "Heterosexual Pride Day".

The phrase was used more than 300,000 times on Twitter in just a few hours on Wednesday - mostly it has to be said by people ridiculing the idea that such a day might exist or need to exist.

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#PrayForTurkey: Show of solidarity after Istanbul attack

  • 29 June 2016
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Soon after the triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul Airport on Tuesday evening, the hashtag #PrayForTurkey began trending on social media around the world.

By Wednesday, it had been used more than 300,000 times on Twitter alone, by people wanting to show solidarity with Turkey and the victims of the deadly assault that has killed more than 40 people and injured more than 200.

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The other Joe Hart suffers fans' rage

  • 29 June 2016

After England's humiliating exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland, disappointed fans bombarded @JoeHart with insults, advice and inspirational messages on Twitter. The problem was that the account belongs to Joe Hart a stand-up comedian, rather than Joe Hart the English team goalkeeper.

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Rio 2016: 'Welcome to Hell' warn police

  • 28 June 2016
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There was a nasty surprise awaiting passengers in the arrivals hall at Rio de Janeiro's Galeao International Airport on Monday.

Along with the relatives carrying flowers and taxi drivers waiting with name boards there were lines of off-duty police with banners that had a far more ominous message: "Welcome to Hell".

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Naked in the national interest

  • 28 June 2016
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When President Alyaksandr Lukashenko urged Belarusians "to get undressed and work till you sweat", there was every reason for his passionate appeal.

After all, the country is experiencing one of the worst economic situations in decades. With the value of the rouble plummeting and rampant unemployment, what else there is to do but to work harder?

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'Mexit' leaves Messi fans pleading for change of heart

  • 27 June 2016
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Lionel Messi's shock announcement that he will never play again for Argentina is almost too much to bear for some football fans.

The man widely regarded as the greatest player in the world, revealed his decision to retire from international matches following Argentina's defeat by Chile in the Copa America final.

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Iranians are angry about big bonuses paid to bureaucrats

  • 27 June 2016
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How much can you earn working for the Iranian state?

That question is trending online in Iran, after the payslips of several employees were leaked online and published by several media outlets.

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Five social media trends after Brexit vote

  • 24 June 2016

The UK has voted to leave the European Union prompting many social media users to take to their keyboards to post their reaction. We've rounded up some of the most popular post-Brexit trends.

1. A call for London's independence

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Almost all the major parts of the UK had a majority of votes to leave the EU, but three voted in favour of Remain: Scotland, Northern Ireland and London.

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