Before ‘distracted boyfriend’, was there ‘distracted girlfriend’?

  • 22 February 2019
An image that looks strikingly similar to the infamous distracted boyfriend meme. An old photo in sepia colours from the 1950s. On the right, a male Navy cadet walks with his arm around a woman also dressed in Navy attire. She has her head turned and is reaching out to an impeccably-dressed man in Marine Corps dress blues. The man looks outrageously confident. Image copyright Leatherneck
Image caption The picture appears in a military magazine from 1950

You're not alone if this image looks familiar to you.

Though you've probably never seen a photo of Staff Sergeant Louis Cappazzoli or US Navy recruits Nancy Kelley and Joe Ewing, there is probably something in this picture that you do recognise.

That is, of course, the striking resemblance it bears to the "Distracted Boyfriend" meme which has been ubiquitous in social media in the past couple of years.

It became so popular that even country music legend Dolly Parton tweeted a meme last year, with a play on one of her most iconic songs.

Meme origins

"Distracted Boyfriend" is the name given to a widely-shared stock image of a man looking at another woman while out with his partner.

Read full article Before ‘distracted boyfriend’, was there ‘distracted girlfriend’?

Twitch: How Ninja was unseated as most-subscribed streamer

  • 21 February 2019
Ninja looks out over a skyscape of New York. His two trademarks are most visible - fluorescent, coloured hair and a bandana. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Ninja is known for his trademark coloured hair and bandana

In 2018, Ninja was at the top of his game and untouchable.

At his peak Tyler "Ninja" Blevins led video gaming streaming site Twitch with more than 200,000 subscribers - people have paid $5, $10 or $25 (£3.84, £7.68 or £19.20) per month to watch him play video games such as Fortnite.

Read full article Twitch: How Ninja was unseated as most-subscribed streamer

The doctors facing sexual harassment

  • 20 February 2019
Woman holding up her hand with 'stop' written on her palm Image copyright Getty Images

When a doctor in Ontario, Canada, became exasperated with some of her patients' sexually inappropriate behaviour, she took to social media to vent her feelings.

In two days, her post on discussion website Reddit was upvoted 28,000 times and sparked 2,000 comments, which included useful tips and advice, as well as similar stories.

Read full article The doctors facing sexual harassment

WWE: Chyna Hall of Fame induction announcement divides fans

  • 19 February 2019
Chyna and Triple H in 1999 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Chyna got her start in WWE as Triple H's enforcer and took part in various intergender matches

Pro wrestling fans are divided after WWE announced that former wrestler Chyna would be inducted into their Hall of Fame this year as part of wrestling team D-Generation X.

Fans are overwhelmingly supportive of her induction, though many have argued that she should be added on her own rather than as part of a larger group.

Read full article WWE: Chyna Hall of Fame induction announcement divides fans

Indians open their homes to Kashmiris after violence

  • 18 February 2019
People attend a vigil in front of the India Gate war memorial in Delhi Image copyright Rex Features
Image caption People attend a vigil in front of the India Gate war memorial in Delhi

Indians from across the country have taken to social media to offer shelter to people from Indian-administered Kashmir after a suicide bomber killed more than 40 paramilitary police in the north India state.

The attack took place on the Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km (12 miles) from the main city in Srinagar.

Read full article Indians open their homes to Kashmiris after violence

Chinese actor quits research work over plagiarism admission

  • 15 February 2019
Actor Zhai Tianlin Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Zhai Tianlin enjoys the red carpet, here at the 2018 Bazaar Men of the Year in Beijing

Zhai Tianlin - also known as Ronald Zhai - is a well-known actor in China who is used to the limelight.

With more than 11 million followers on the social media website Sina Weibo, he's more accustomed to positive comments and praise from fans.

Read full article Chinese actor quits research work over plagiarism admission

Simone Giertz: 'Why I sent my brain tumour to Antarctica'

  • 15 February 2019
Simone Giertz's brain tumour 'Brian' in Antarctica Image copyright Ariel Waldman
Image caption Simone Giertz's brain tumour 'Brian' in Antarctica

On 4 February, YouTuber Simone Giertz posted a photo on Instagram that surprised and delighted her followers in equal measure.

"You know what this is?" the 28-year-old wrote in a post liked almost 36,000 times. "You see that iceberg in the back? That's Antarctica. And that pink thing on the left? That is my brain tumour."

Read full article Simone Giertz: 'Why I sent my brain tumour to Antarctica'

Russia or Russell? Georgian wrestler's hat causes a stir

  • 14 February 2019
Two photos of the wrestler, one which appears he has a hat with 'RUSS' written on it, the other from the side, showing the rest of the text spelling 'RUSSELL' Image copyright Jaba Kvelashvili
Image caption From a different angle the name on the hat becomes clear

Keeping warm whilst training is always advisable, but when a Georgian wrestler's hat was featured in the media, little did he know he would come under fire for his choice of clothing.

On 13 February, two Georgian news websites published a photo of Jaba Kvelashvili, who was out running with the national wrestling team, accusing him of wearing a "Russia" hat.

Read full article Russia or Russell? Georgian wrestler's hat causes a stir

Uighurs ask China: 'Show me my mother and father are alive'

  • 12 February 2019
Two children holding up #MeTooUyghur posters Image copyright Halmurat Harri
Image caption Uighurs are coming out in support for those missing in camps

Since Chinese state media released a video appearing to show a prominent Uighur musician alive, despite reports of his death, Uighur Muslims have flooded social media with requests for news of their missing relatives.

On 10 February, the footage released showed a man said to be Abdurehim Heyit stating he was in "good health". The video came after Turkey criticised China's mass detention of Uighurs in its far west, saying it had learned of Mr Heyit's death in a camp.

Read full article Uighurs ask China: 'Show me my mother and father are alive'

The battle over Britain's newest student movement

  • 9 February 2019
Turning Point UK personalities Image copyright Turning Point UK
Image caption Turning Point UK's leaders as pictured on the group's original website

To say that the launch of Britain's newest right-wing student organisation suffered a few snags is a bit like reporting that Brexit negotiations have not all been plain sailing.

Turning Point UK (TPUK) is an offshoot of Turning Point USA, a controversial and staunchly pro-Trump presence on American campuses.

Read full article The battle over Britain's newest student movement