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Just ahead of Pope Francis' first visit to America, Twitter rolled out some new emojis to welcome the leader of the Catholic church.

The social media company explained the new emojis in a blog post.

As Pope Francis (@Pontifex) makes his historic journey to the US, there will undoubtedly be excitement and celebration surrounding his arrival – both in the cities he visits, and on Twitter. Considering the warm Twitter welcome he received shortly after being named Pope, we anticipate many devotees will flock to Twitter to savor his visit.

No matter where you are, we want to make it easy for you to follow right along with his journey. We also wanted to offer a bit of fun to the proceedings, so today you'll start to see special Twitter Emojis that celebrate his historic visit to the US. To see the emojis appended to the end of the hashtag, simply Tweet your messages using these hashtags:

They also offered a list of notable accounts to follow during his six-day visit and a chart of the increased Twitter traffic it has caused.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey welcomed the Holy See with the new emoji:

And others have joined as he arrived.

Welcome to America, Your Popiness!

Swiftkey maps out the most used emojis per state.
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No matter which state you call home, you probably use emojis when expressing your various feelings.

Well, Swiftkey, makers behind the popular alternative smartphone keyboard, has taken their billions of emojis used and mapped them according to which state uses which picture emotion most.

A lot of them are really pretty obvious.

For instance, Washington state uses the music and coffee emojis most.

And Arizona uses the cactus and cooling ice cream the most.

Others are just interesting collections of a specific state's most pressing emotional state.

Like, Illinois panics the most about drugs and spaghetti. Probably because of Chicago.

New York is the strongest, dances the most and uses the Statue of Liberty most, obvs.

And we know you were wondering which state uses the poo emoji most.

It's Vermont.

Which one do you use the most and does your state represent it?

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Mmmm… 'Murica!

Competitive eater Molly Schuyler broke a new record this weekend, eating 3 72-oz steaks in less than 20 minutes.

At this year's 72oz Showdown at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, Schuyler was matched up against four teams of two, and she singlehandedly destroyed her competition while besting herself in the process.

The other teams included professional wrestlers and football players and they each had one hour to throw down as much as they could.

In total, Schuyler, who weighs just 124 pounds, ate 3 steaks, 3 backed potatoes, 3 shrimp cocktails, 3 side salads and 3 rolls.

Basically, as The Big Texan describes it, she consumed more than 13.5 pounds of food which is "the equivalent of a bowling ball or averaged sized three-month-old baby."

Anyone who stops by The Big Texan can take the challenge, but if they don't finish their meal in an hour they have to pay $72.

Schuyler not only got the 3 free meals, but also a $5,000 prize… and apparently an extended trip to the bathroom.

A European asked American redditors to summarize their home state in a single sentence to better understand the differences between the states. The results were... well... pretty cynical.

Looks like some people have some moving to do!

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Here's the "Pitch Perfect" way to shoot off your finger.

Jim Huish from the Tennessee-based band Amber's Drive recently performed Anna Kendrick's hit single "Cups."

But instead of using actual cups, he opted for an AR15, an AK47 (AK74), a CZ75 and a Walther P22.

There are still some Solo cups involved, but they just get riddled with bullets.

Via: ABC
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Way to make a first impression America.

While practicing takeoffs and landings in Brisbane ahead of this weekend's G20 summit, an Osprey U.S. military helicopter accidentally blew large dust clouds into 6 lanes of nearby traffic, causing a standstill.

Fortunately no accidents were reported, according to The Courier Mail.

In related news, Australia now hates us.

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Move over Alex from Target, meet Alan from Olive Garden.

North Carolina resident Alan Martin "won" a "Never Ending Pasta Pass" for $100 at his local Olive Garden, and he has used it to eat 95 meals over the last six weeks - or what amounts to about $1,510 worth of food.

Only 1000 of the passes were sold, and he says his goal is to eat more than any of the others.

Meanwhile, in Sub-Saharan Africa…

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