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Planters teased its Super Bowl ad nearly two weeks before the game, releasing a teaser that showed its Mr. Peanut mascot seemingly being killed. The "death" of Mr. Peanut went viral on Twitter. But when Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash, the marketing stunt suddenly seemed insensitive, so Planters paused its pre-game advertising. The actual Super Bowl ad was relatively inoffensive, with a baby Mr. Peanut appearing at the funeral. “Baby Nut” comparisons to “Baby Yoda” and “Baby Groot” sprung up online.

It’s a tale as old as time: We see a lot of people wearing/doing/saying something and we want to try it, too. Back in the day it was saying “Bloody Mary” into a mirror at slumber parties. Today, it means viral social media stunts. Though adults get caught up, too, kids are especially susceptible to peer pressure and FOMO (fear of missing out). To them, what was once a double-dog dare is now a popular YouTuber eating a hot pepper just to see what happens.

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On July 16, filmmaker George A. Romero passed away at age 77 from lung cancer. Writer and director of Night of the Living Dead (1968), Romero …

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As a kid, I loved watching the original Mission: Impossible television series that aired on CBS from 1966–1973. The thought of a small team of…

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