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Here's Why Twitter's Lighting Up With Fireworks Conspiracy Theories

Over the past few weeks cities all around the United States have been reporting an increase in fireworks. And it's quickly becoming clear that murmurs on Twitter aren't just hearsay or the result of quarantine-induced noise sensitivity. According to Gothamist, fireworks complaints in New York City have increased by a whopping 230% since last year. And Twitter users have begun theorizing that the increase may actually be due to something more sinister. 

The most widely circulated theory right now is that the increase in fireworks leads back to the police, or even that the CIA is supplying fireworks to rowdy teens as a sort of psychological operation to deprive citizens of sleep and desensitize them to the sounds of warfare. One such thread comes from writer Robert Jones Jr., who tweets as Sons of Baldwin. Other conspiracy theories suggest that police are supplying and setting off fireworks and ignoring complaints to make themselves feel needed in the wake of calls to defund them. And there's been a lot of weird police activity that backs up this attitude - take this bizarre show from police vehicles in Harlem - at 3am. 

While some of the tweets we've been seeing mock and meme the theories, they're being taken seriously enough to inspire inquiries from investigative journalists and have even led to a writer having to apologize for retweeting speculation on the matter. Many people seem to think the explanations are a simple combination of inexpensive surplus fireworks (due to Covid-19 cancellations) and, well, let's face it: fireworks are fun. And while the theories may seem far-fetched, they're a hell of a lot more entertaining than anything pertaining to 5G. So we're happy to watch the truth unfold - whatever it may be. 

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Twitter Thread: How Dave Chappelle Taught A Comedy Crowd About The History Of Black People And Police

As anti-racism protests continue to be held around the United States following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, many people are receiving some serious education in the area of race relations and the way police treat people of color. Given the climate, comic Kenny DeForest thought it was the right time to share this story from 2015. Dave Chappelle was a surprise guest at one of DeForest's shows at the Knit in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the crowd (who may have been hoping for a standard set) received a sobering and eye-opening story about the history of black people and police in the US. By the end, even people who initially made light of his tale were humbled and grateful for the experience. It feels very relevant right now, and is a testament to the fact that it is possible to change minds.

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Twitter Is Having A Field Day Parodying This Pathetic Plate Of Brooklyn BBQ

Brooklyn has long been known for its trendy food scene, offering up unicorn lattes, rainbow bagels, and the bizarre raindrop cake. New York City in general stakes its claim as a destination for pizza, bagels, and of course - pastrami sandwiches. Brooklyn is not, however, known for its barbecue. And Twitter was very quick to remind Vice's Munchies of this fact after they tweeted a very sad plate of meat from Williamsburg's Fette Sau restaurant. The tweets of shame and the parodies are very, very entertaining. 

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A Guy Ran a Marathon With a Bloody Nose and Won This Amazing Photoshop Battle

According to the Reddit post that started this photoshop battle, this man got a nose bleed around mile two of the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Instead of quitting to find a bathroom, he stuck a tampon in his nose to stop the bleeding and ran the rest of the race wearing this pained expression. Good thing though, because if he had just quit then we wouldn't have all these beautiful photoshops.

Photoshop battle of a bloody nosed marathon runner that is the inner athlete in all of us
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All you white people who live in Brooklyn, now you know whom to thank.

This enraged guy was filmed straight up screaming and threatening the lives of a couple who pushed their stroller into him while he was out for a run. In the middle of his anti-yuppie rant, he loudly took credit for 'settling' Brooklyn for white people like them.

Wut.

In an interview with The Gothamist, the man who wants to remain anonymous at least has some shame about the episode.

The man who was recently caught on video berating a couple after their stroller hit his leg has not yet watched the video of himself shouting about how he "settled" Downtown Brooklyn for other white people. "I'm not gonna watch it, I understand it's probably ugly, and I'll feel embarrassed about it," the man told Gothamist. "I can't stand to watch that stuff."



He explained his side of the events that went down when the stroller hit his leg:

"The woman is talking over her shoulder to her husband, and doesn't notice," he said. "So I said a snarky thing, which the brothers say to me when I bump into them, which is 'excuse you.' We all know that's acceptable in New York. It's a little dicky, but that's what people say."

Instead of apologizing or acknowledging the faux pas, B.A. says the woman "starts screaming at me, 'F*ck you! Who do you think you are?' Then the guy starts screaming at me, 'F*ck you,' and starts coming at me with his fists like this. Now as soon as the guy comes at me with his fists, I'm telling you, if you come at somebody with your fists, be prepared that [the other person] is going to put their fists back up."



If there is any leeway you can give this guy, it's that the supposed run-in with the stroller did leave a mark.



Still definitely not an excuse to claim ownership of bringing white people to Brooklyn.

I don't even know where to start with that.

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Forced Meme Productions threw their annual HallowMEME party last week at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn (which, yes, did flood a bit from Sandy, but is reportedly going to be fine and reopening soon). BreakThruTV was there to talk with one of the organizers - Andrea Rosen, aka Stingray Photobomb girl - and some of the attendees about the party, their costumes, and the meaning of memes.