You Saw This Coming of the Day

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You Saw This Coming of the Day
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As expected, a fog of war is looming over the Gaza Strip (and on Twitter) following the Israeli Defense Force's air strikes yesterday that killed the Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari and Hamas' retaliatory missile attacks overnight. As of 5:30 p.m. (ET) today, three Israelis and 19 Palestinians have been confirmed as casualties of the hostile exchange, during which 250 target sites were struck by the IDF and 274 rocket missiles were launched by Hamas militants. The toll is expected to rise as IDF reportedly began mobilizing 30,000 reserves along the border. Meanwhile on Twitter:

  • The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) took the news of airstrike operations to Twitter as its jets began attacking.
  • Within minutes, Hamas announced that its top leader had been assassinated by Israeli planes via Twitter.
  • Around the same time, IDF spokesman's office uploaded videos of air strike footage onto YouTube.
  • Twitter users responded with pro-Israeli #PillarOfDefense and pro-Palestinian #GazaUnderAttack hashtags.



You Saw This Coming of the Day is a feature series following the latest news in current events that have been on the ticking clock, as well as news and social media commentaries that are predictable or cyclical in nature.

Internet Vigilantism of the Day

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A 47-year-old British woman named Jacqueline Williams was arrested and charged with racially aggravated public order offense yesterday, only hours after the British Transportation Police issued a public appeal on YouTube to identify the female passenger who was seen hurling racist remarks at other train passengers in a recently upload video (shown left). It seems that the British law enforcement has taken a liking to crowd-sourced investigations, as yesterday's arrest marked the third case of racial abuse involving a viral transit fight video from this year.

YouTube Compilation of the Day

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A sequel to Wednesday's compilation, unleashed by YouTuber Tharpless.

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The Stunt that Will Make You Barf of the Day

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Chuck from the Bronx takes no shortcuts when it comes to answering the call of challenges. Like most bros, he's willing to show off his manly prowess by owning a collection of sleeveless Tapout shirts and eating raw onions with jelly, chocolate syrup, and tears as condiments. Masculine Tim Allen-esque grunts give way to watery eyes in this feel bad video.

[bitsandpieces]