The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday May 9)

May 9, 2017

Here are some of the stories trending today.

President Obama uses courage award speech to reframe the healthcare debate

President Barack Obama returned to the spotlight on Sunday to receive the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. And his acceptance speech will probably go down as yet another example of his gift for mixing the truth of current realities with inspiration for the future.

You won’t be able to take your eyes off this guy’s blazing skip rope technique

You may know to skip rope, but try it at this speed. This guy in China has posted a now-viral video of himself skipping at an insane pace. The best speed-skippers in the world can manage about 7 jumps a second.

MTV Movie & TV Awards winners list: Who’s taking home the popcorn?

The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards are underway – and we’ve got the winners list updating live. Check out the champs below and keep refreshing for the latest updates.

Awesome ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ clip from the MTV Movie & TV Awards will get your Spidey senses tingling

Spider-Man: Homecoming is still months away and it’s already our favorite movie of the summer. A new clip that aired during the MTV Movie & TV Awards Sunday night shows Peter (Tom Holland) sneaking home to find an unexpected visitor in his room.

KFC releases steamy novella starring none other than Colonel Sanders, just in time for Mother’s Day

KFC wants you to give your mom a romance novella for Mother’s Day. In fact, they wrote one for you to give her. This is great if you don’t want to spend hours thinking about what kind of ingenue she considers herself. Very thoughtful of them, that chicken company.

Nike’s Eliud Kipchoge came very close to running a mythical sub-2 hour marathon

Nike tried to make history via livestream on Saturday, and it almost did it. The athletic company continued its quest to be part of a world record: the first marathon finished in less than two hours. Athletes Lelisa Desisa, Eliud Kipchoge, and Zersenay Tadese tried to make the elusive 1:59:59 finish time early Saturday morning in Italy.

Paris breathes a sigh of relief as Macron takes center stage

Thousands gathered in front of the Louvre, waving the tri-colored flag as they embraced one another under a blazing soundtrack of pop music among scantily clad dancers and neon laser lights. The set was perhaps unconventional for a presidential victory party — but then again, this was no ordinary election — nor an ordinary electorate.

From Macron’s teacher to France’s first lady

There is nothing cliche about their story, which began when a 15-year-old Macron took part in a school play directed by Trogneux, 24 years his senior. Trogneux went from being Macron’s teacher to his partner, and eventually his wife. But through each phase, she has been his mentor and inspiration.

French election: Macron defeats Le Pen

Macron has won 66.06% of the vote with 99.99% of registered votes counted, France’s interior ministry said. In a clear rejection of France’s mainstream parties, voters have turned to the 39-year-old to help bring unity to a deeply fractured country. The result is remarkable considering Macron, a centrist independent, campaigned without a traditional party and with no experience of governing.

Emmanuel Macron: From political novice to president

The independent centrist who has never held elected office, has become the Fifth Republic’s youngest ever president after defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday. The 39-year-old former investment banker, who entered the race without the backing of an established political party, had been branded by his opponents as inexperienced.

Number one issue in the South Korean election? Not North Korea

But for many voters, relations with the North are not the main issue as they choose a successor to President Park Geun-hye, whose impeachment left voters clamoring for transparency and a clampdown on corruption. Park’s humiliating fall from grace has had far-reaching effects on South Korean politics.

Obama calls for ‘courage’ to oppose Obamacare repeal

Obama’s remarks, which he gave upon receiving the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, are his first since the House voted to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday. They mark a rare post-presidency appeal on a policy matter for Obama, who has steered clear of discussing political issues since leaving office.

Air Force’s mysterious space plane lands, wakes up Florida

The space plane sent a sonic boom that rattled east-central Florida before 8 a.m., waking residents from their weekend slumber. “Thought somebody crashed into my garage … It was just a sonic boom … Thanks @NASA for the scare!” said one woman on Twitter.

Republicans Are Building An Alternate Reality Around Their Health Care Bill

President Donald Trump pledged on the campaign trail that he would Medicaid funding dramatically. not cut Medicaid, the government program that provides health coverage to millions of Americans.

1 Million Children Refugees From South Sudan’s Civil War

NAIROBI, Kenya – More than 1 million children have fled South Sudan’s civil war, two United Nations agencies said Monday, part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Another 1 million South Sudanese children are displaced within the country, having fled their homes due to the civil war, said the U.N.’s child and refugee agencies in a statement Monday.

Oblivious Paul Ryan Poses For Photo With Man In Strongly Anti-GOP T-Shirt

The tweeted photo of the day features a Wisconsin voter wearing a strongly anti-GOP T-shirt and standing next to a delighted-looking House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The T-shirt, which reads “‘Repeal and go f**k yourself.’ – GOP,” makes a pointed comment about House Republicans who voted to end health insurance for millions of Americans earlier this week.

Pentagon to lease privately owned Trump Tower apartment for nuclear ‘football’

The U.S. Defense Department is finalizing a lease on a privately owned apartment in New York’s Trump Tower for the White House Military Office to use for supporting President Donald Trump without providing any benefit to Trump or his organization, according to a Pentagon letter seen by Reuters.

Pepe The Frog Is Dead

Pepe the Frog is dead. Cartoonist Matt Furie made it official by drawing Pepe in an open casket. The funeral parlor scene was part of a single-page strip he created for Fantagraphics’ “World’s Greatest Comics” to mark Free Comic Book Day on Saturday.

The Epic Final ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer Is All About The Action

Warner Bros. debuted a brand new ” Wonder Woman” trailer during Sunday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, and to put it plainly, it looks awesome. The almost three-minute clip, titled “Rise of the Warrior,” focuses primarily on the films action sequences, with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) wielding her sword, blasting through windows, and rising up into the air like a phoenix from the ashes.

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Soars To The Top Of The Box Office

LOS ANGELES, ( – And just like that, Star-Lord and his band of super buddies are back on top of the box office. ” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ” blasted into domestic theaters this weekend to kick off the summer box office to the tune of $145 million at 4,347 locations.

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