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Baby Yoda takes over the world


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The adorable "Baby Yoda" captured the hearts of Disney+ users, as well as the rest of the Internet. Social Media exploded with memes showing admiration for the creature

Disney Plus, the latest streaming service, has and continues to come out with many of its own original TV shows and movies, including High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Diary of a Future President, Stargirl, and many more.

One of Disney Plus’s more popular shows, The Mandalorian, has had a more attention than all of the other shows. The reason for all of this attention toward the show is because of one tiny aspect, a little character that Star Wars fans indicate as “Baby Yoda.”

The Mandalorian is the first live action Star Wars television show that takes place on the official Star Wars timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and it is inspired by the classic Star Wars character, Boba Fett. This television show stars prior Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pasco, former mixed martial artist Gina Carano, and successful actor Carl Weathers. They all play such important roles in the television show, but the one character to pay attention to is Baby Yoda.

“Baby Yoda” refers to a character in the Star Wars series named Yoda, who was a wise master in the Star Wars franchise. In The Mandalorian, “Baby Yoda” is not the actual name of the character, it is officially called “The Child,” but with its resemblance to Yoda from Star Wars the Internet has taken the liberty to give it the name “Baby Yoda.”  From this television show, Baby Yoda has gone viral throughout the Internet creating videos, art, memes, and even merchandise. 

ShopDisney has taken this opportunity to create merchandise that is exclusively dedicated to Baby Yoda. On their website, shopdisney.com, when “Baby Yoda” is typed into the search bar, Baby Yoda shirts, water bottles, phone cases, plushes, bags, and even mugs will pop up for anyone to shop until their heart’s content.

Along with ShopDisney, big companies like Build-A-Bear Workshop are getting in on all the action. The CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Sharon Price John, has recently announced that Baby Yoda will soon be available at Build-A-Bear Workshops nationwide. Baby Yoda is inspiring almost every audience, whether it is someone making a meme, outfit, or baked good, everyone is able to be enthused by Baby Yoda.

Baby Yoda has taken over the Internet since The Mandalorian introduced this character to the world. This popularity for Baby Yoda has definitely made a big impact not only for the television show itself, but also the Internet. There are multiple things that make Baby Yoda wildly popular; he has power within him, a sense of mystery about him, and most importantly, he is a very adorable creature. All of this draws the viewer’s attention to Baby Yoda, thus outlining his fame. 

Baby Yoda has stolen the hearts of all of its viewers and has gone viral because of his lovable persona. With The Mandalorian exceeding the crowd’s expectations with Baby Yoda, there should be much more to anticipate out of the popular television show.

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Mattie Powers, Staff Writer

Mattie Powers is a senior at Durant High School and a Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. Not only is Mattie Powers involved in the PawPrint, but...

Area 51 as a meme becomes a reality.


John Locher

Photo of raiders protesting thr freedom of aliens "kept" in Area 51.

Recently the military base called Area 51, has blown up in popularity over the question, are there aliens at the Area 51 base? This question has hovered around social media for a very long time and it wasn’t until a few months ago it started to become relevant across all social media platforms including Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. 

Then people started to think, how we would figure out if there is aliens at area 51, then they came up with the term “Storm Area 51” coined by a Facebook event, set to occur September 20, 2019. While it seemed like a reasonable idea, most people generally agreed that it would never happen. Social media is one of thelargest influences to people of all ages across the world, which that led to, people making petitions to raid the Area 51 base. This idea blew up across the U.S as hoards of people signed rudhed to this online petition. In total close to 2 million citizens signed the petition.

This topic has also became a variety of poplar memes, there have been thousands of memes made about the Area 51 raid which led to it getting some many people to sign the petitions. Lil Nas X took the meme to a whole other level releasing an additional remix of Old Town Road featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, the video being an animation of the group raidng Area 51.

On the other hand this caught the attention of the military, who were very against people rvsp’ ing the event that would be a potential threat to military security and anyone who decided to attend the event. The Air Force especially found this  dangerous and sent out several discouraging messages to those who were considering attending the event.

Once the date for the raid arrived, nothing near as major occured. About 3,000 people showed up to Area 51, but none of the individuals attempted to storm into the base. However, one of the individuals in attendance urinated by the gate and got arrested. This long expected raid never ended up occuring, even with the thousands of people who signed the petition.

Internet jokers have been around for a long time but these jokers should take serious consideration when it comes what they say. Nowadays social media has an enormous influence, and has very large, and very serious effects on the things around us.

What would have happened if people stormed Area 51? Well the raiders storming in would have been arrested by the military. Overall this topic has been a big thing hovering around our life and is something that has been talked about by many people and was successful at what was trying to get accomplished. 

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Nick Travis, Staff Writer

Nick Travis is a sophomore at Durant High School and one of the Staff Writers for the PawPrint. He has an outgoing and creative personality. When isn't...

A Fake Vine 2 App is Fooling the Internet



Fake "Vine" comeback

In October of 2016, it was announced that the popular mobile app, Vine, would be shutting down. Twitter bought the video-sharing service back and 2012 and ultimately made the decision to delete it.

The end of Vine sparked overwhelming outcry from the public, with people creating petitions and sending angry letters to Twitter in hopes that the social media giant would bring Vine back. But Twitter refused to relent and the Vine app was shut down in early 2017.

Though Twitter rejected to listen to the public, Dom Hofman, one of the founders of Vine, did not. Hofman announced that he was going to make a second vine app, called “V2”, tweeting, “I’m going to work on a follow-up to Vine. I’ve been feeling it myself for some time and have seen a lot of tweets, dms, etc.”

There was a roar of excitement from former Vine users after Hofman’s big announcement. People were very eager to be able to create more vines.

Unfortunately, On May 4, Hofman tweeted that the second Vine would be postponed for “an indefinite amount of time.” He explained that financial and legal difficulties were the reason for the halt in production.

Recently, a company called ‘VidWorld Labs AB’ created a Vine-style app called V2. Many people downloaded it thinking it was the official second Vine as it had the same name as the app that the vine creators were working on. The internet was buzzing, with everyone discussing the return of Vine on Twitter and Instagram. Even former Vine stars were downloading the fraudulent app and posting on social media about it.

Shortly after the fake Vine 2 came out, the real V2 app released a statement on Twitter, saying “Unfortunately, we are not currently in the app store. That is an impersonation.” They also went on to explain that when released, “V2” will no longer be the app’s name.

The fake V2 only permitted users to sign up using their Facebook or Instagram accounts. Now that it has been confirmed that V2 is not the real Vine sequel, many are worried that their login info to these accounts is being used for the wrong reasons.

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