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Meanwhile, on the Internet
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'Meanwhile' is a collaborative blog about all the crazy stuff on the Internet. Here, reporters from various Tribune desks tell you what you (almost) need to know about topics ranging from technology to YouTube sensations. Contributors: Michael McFall, Dave Newlin, Matt Piper, Brennan Smith, Erin Alberty. Edited by Sheena McFarland.
Updated on Oct 12, 2014 04:32PM

A Mormon missionary and Michael Jackson impersonator held a dance-off on a street of Barcelona, Spain.

The YouTube video was uploaded Thursday, an...

Updated on Sep 23, 2014 09:13AM

We all know Utah is home to the Happy Valley, but according to a new study by consumer information site Wallet Hub, the entire state could go by that moniker.

Updated on Sep 18, 2014 03:14PM

<freeform>With the series premiere of “Gotham” less than a week away, I put my detective skills to task to figure out where the city’s villains would hide out, or...

Updated on Sep 15, 2014 02:00PM

Maybe it was The Onion’s tourism campaign.

You know, the one about how everyone is free to leave Salt Lake City.

Updated on Sep 5, 2014 11:44AM

Some adventurers on Thursday posted a video of them gutting a giant pumpkin and then floating it down the Colorado River near Moab.

How well it w...

Updated on Sep 2, 2014 02:37PM

There are plenty of liberals in Utah who would line up to dump a bucket of ice water on the head of Gayle Ruzicka, leader of the ultra-conservative Eagle Forum.

Updated on Aug 21, 2014 12:30PM

Utah again showed up on The Onion's radar, this time having some fun with Salt Lake City's tourism industry.

The Onion says Utah's capital city unveiled a new advertising campaign, "Free to ...

Updated on Aug 21, 2014 10:48AM

As comedian John Oliver’s segment on police militarization goes viral, a lot of attention is being called to his examples: a BearCat to defend a New Hampshire pumpkin festival...

Updated on Aug 14, 2014 05:14PM

A Brigham Young University sophomore has taken to the pages of Cosmo to protest the school’s approach on premarital sex.

In an article that appear...

Updated on Aug 4, 2014 12:12PM

To help welcome in the start of college football season, Jell-O is working with 20 schools across the country to market University Jell-O Mold Kits that feature their logo or ...

Updated on Jul 15, 2014 10:42AM

Some high-level Utah politicos are taking a cold wet bath for charity, and it makes for some highly entertaining web videos.

The Ame...

Updated on Jun 26, 2014 10:24AM

Ever wondered what it would be like to watch fireworks from where the professionals are launching them?

Wonder no more. Dusty Baird, one of the sp...

Updated on Jun 25, 2014 05:37PM

From the Avenues to Sugarhouse, from Glendale to the East Bench, the neighborhoods of Salt Lake City have undergone a detailed geo-cultural analysis on Judgmental Maps.

Updated on Jun 23, 2014 03:47PM

What if Vincent van Gogh had painted “Starry Night” in Southern Utah?

That’s more or less the vibe of Michigan-based photographer Vincent Brady’s ...

Updated on Jun 16, 2014 09:00AM


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Updated on Jun 12, 2014 10:27AM


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Updated on Jun 7, 2014 08:01PM

Bill Watterson, creator of the beloved “Calvin and Hobbes,” returned to comics this week.

This is not a drill. The author and artist of a generati...

Updated on Jun 6, 2014 07:44AM


The donut: a relief in dark times that evolved into a pop culture icon. On this National Donut Day, among the hole-iest of days, ...

Updated on Jun 4, 2014 04:30PM

First of all, you might be wondering what a fire rainbow is, aside from a concept you might find in a fantasy novel. Fire rainbows are real, and they’re radical. Check out ...

Updated on Jun 3, 2014 05:03PM

It’s got lip-syncing. Dancing chemists. An omnipresent sax man.

A video posted last week to thank donors to the University of Utah is gaining mome...

Updated on May 30, 2014 03:30PM

You know you’ve made it big when you make The Onion.

The news-satire site on Friday picked up Wasatch High School’s edited-for-modesty yearbook ph...

Updated on May 28, 2014 11:02AM


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Updated on May 22, 2014 03:03PM


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Updated on May 21, 2014 01:51PM

You like “Newsies?” You like a cappella? Sure you do.

And if you like impressive one-track shots, then BYU Vocal Point has you covered. The colleg...

Updated on May 21, 2014 01:23PM

A Utah-restored Allosaur is on its way to the famous Creation Museum.

The 30-foot-long, 10-foot-tall Allosaur skeleton will be unveiled Saturday a...

Updated on May 21, 2014 11:24AM

Ty Burrell is head over heels for Salt Lake City. He even wrote this jewel of a love letter.

The actor, best known as the lovable and clueless Phi...

Updated on May 20, 2014 05:19PM

What did you type into Google today?

If you’re living in Utah, chances are it was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Def Leppard or ...

Updated on May 19, 2014 04:39PM

There’s a meme storming the Land of Zion — Hipster Joseph Smith.

The photo of the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pi...

Updated on May 16, 2014 01:59PM

Utah’s reluctance to allow married same-sex couples to adopt children doesn’t bother Kermit and Jumbs, a gay couple who lives more than an ocean away.

Updated on May 15, 2014 01:38PM

Editor’s Note: The video above is graphic. The little boy is recovering from his wounds.

The cat who literally leaped to the rescue of a little bo...

Updated on May 12, 2014 04:44PM

Utahns love watching sex online, at least according to a 2009 Harvard Business School study that ranked the state highest in online pornography subscriptions. But that doesn’t...

Updated on May 9, 2014 01:38PM

Here me out. No, rather, hear the above video out. It’s of a baby T-Rex throwing out the first pitch in San Diego before The Padres played the Kansas City Royals earlier this ...

Updated on May 9, 2014 09:01AM

Could the U.S. Air Force take Godzilla?

Good question, and one “Air & Space Magazine” posed to those stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japa...

Updated on May 8, 2014 02:03PM

I’m not going to post the now-infamous photo of singer Willow Smith on a bed next to actor Moises Arias. It’s hard to say anything about the photo without knowing the nature o...

Updated on May 8, 2014 09:03AM

Dancing Stormtroopers, a hip-hopping Gandalf and Hogwarts students getting down with their bad selves is just the beginning.

In this great parody ...

Updated on May 2, 2014 07:06PM

An astronaut in a bright, orange jumpsuit walks along the ice-covered, rust-colored ground.

There’s the requisite oxygen tank and other environmen...

Updated on May 20, 2014 06:40PM

Ever wonder how Spider-Man would get around town if he didn’t have his webs?

Think Peter Parkour.

In the video above,...

Updated on Apr 26, 2014 08:19PM

Seeing a line around the block for the newest “Hobbit” film or someone dressed up like your favorite boy wizard wandering around downtown Salt Lake City is pretty typical in t...

Updated on Apr 24, 2014 01:58PM

With its generous green spaces, walking-distance shopping and array of local eateries, Salt Lake City’s East Central neighborhood is among the nation’s best for Millennials, a...

Updated on Apr 21, 2014 08:12AM

Like young Amy Pond, everyone was left waiting.

Karen Gillan’s spotlight panel at FanX on Saturday started about 20 minutes behind schedule while ...

Updated on Apr 19, 2014 06:53PM

Salt Lake’s Comic Con FanX event is in full swing this weekend and the gallery above shows what it’s like through the eyes (and cameras) of the attendees. And if you want to s...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 09:21AM

“If I could pretend to have your attention for just a few moments, my ex-husband, my new boyfriend and their divorce attorney are going to show you the safety features of this...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 09:10AM


The Great Salt Lake is a little less great than it used to be.

Back in the mid-1980s, the West’s bi...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 11:33AM

Ever dreamed of flying through downtown Salt Lake City?

A GoPro camera attached to a Blade 350 quadcopter shows you what that would be like. Ben K...

Updated on Apr 8, 2014 12:30PM


A funny thing happened late last week: people on Twitter started talking about cars the way we normally talk about bikes.

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 11:23AM

“Either one of you know where The Smithsonian is? I’m here to pick up a fossil.”

Obviously everyone was joking around in this early scene from “Ca...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 10:16PM

Don’t know how many of you heard, but aliens invaded the Wasatch Front Saturday, and absolutely enormous shelter dogs were our only hope. You may have missed it.

Updated on Apr 4, 2014 07:09PM

Utahns trust their state government more than the residents of almost any other state.

In a recent Gallup poll, Utah ranked third for having the ...

Updated on Apr 3, 2014 12:40PM

Salt Lake City had the 9th best economic performance during the recession and the recovery. Home prices dropped 19 percent over that same period. And the number of jobs increa...

Updated on Apr 18, 2014 02:47PM

Utah’s indigenous bro (young, image-assimilated male) “is a preening, hair geling, gym ratting, thick necked doofus who dresses like an Abercrombie ad and burns through Crest ...

Updated on Apr 2, 2014 12:10PM

Yet again, the hottest and smartest people are going to Brigham Young University.

That’s according to new rankings published by Forbes and based ...

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