February 26th, 2016
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This day in 2015, and other news


"Happy 2/26, remember how fun the Internet used to be," asks BuzzFeed's Ben Smith, reminding us that how two llamas and a modestly priced dress gave us the Internet's Greatest Day exactly one year ago today (at only a few hundred shares right now but sure to grow with time). "WERE WE EVER SO YOUNG," wonders Shani Hilton, also at BuzzFeed. "Simply put: We lost our s#it, and we lost it together twice in the same day," writes colleague Charlie Warzel, the author of that 7,000-word oral history, who later adds, "it's gonna be super exciting when president trump gives us all a day off from school/work for next 2/26." Um, sure? "Only Buzzfeed would do an oral history of something that never would have happened had they not written about it," snarks Alex Weprin at Capital New York. Okay, but if anyone else is feeling nostalgic, a pony dressed as a unicorn led California Highway Patrol on a wild chase last night, so the world can still be magical if we look around enough.


Sen. Marco Rubio put up a good fight at last night’s Republican debate, tag teaming with Sen. Ted Cruz to go after frontrunner Donald Trump, but is it too late? Super Tuesday is just days away and the GOP’s Frankenstein monster leads Rubio even in Florida -- and that's not even the craziest thing that last poll revealed. "Ten percent of Floridians said they believe Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer," realizes The Guardian's Scott Bixby. Yet another poll (this time by Bloomberg) finds that Donald Trump is more popular than the pope in the Bible Belt, showing "remarkable strength for a twice-divorced New Yorker" in such conservative states. The New York Times offers an impressive look at the cold hard math of a Trump win with an interactive delegate calculator that lets you run multiple Republican scenarios. "I no longer have a face, because it melted," reacts NYT's Jeremy Bowers. Still, former Mexico president Vicente Fox is adamant that he won't "pay for that f*cking wall." Check out the Fox Business anchor's poor face. Meanwhile, Trump tweeted some things that kind of look like English, and a dictionary's Twitter account got saucy about it.

And while all that is happening, the NY Times editorial board quietly pesters Hillary Clinton to show voters those transcripts already.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to The Guardian, a team of researchers from the University of London’s department of life sciences just completed a study on what? A study on penguin clumsiness, which entailed putting penguins on an actual treadmill. The findings? Fat ones fall over more often than slim ones. Important stuff, everyone.

Congratulations to Carrie Gray of Columbia Business School for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these wonderful people for also answering correctly: Ken Walker (who punctuated his answer with this gif),Ron Casalotti (who suggests, "Next study: Can Giraffes with longer necks reach higher?"), Martin BerlinerMark Gibbs (who "Thanks the gods we now know fat penguins fall over easier than thin ones" and added the hashtag #humanracesaved) and Tom Reale (who describes it slightly differently as "a study on why more penguins quit their New Year's fitness resolutions before March").

As for today's question, here it is: The Wall Street Journal reports that a random Russian IT guy is having a moment because why?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Featured journalist: Christine Stoddard


It's our pleasure today to highlight the work of Christine Stoddard, a journalist, fiction writer, poet, and visual storyteller with bylines in Cosmopolitan, Bustle, The Huffington Post, The Feminist WireTulane Review and many more. Penning stories on everything from falconry to Pope Francis, Stoddard was named by Folio Magazine one of the top media visionaries in their 20s for having founded Quail Bell Magazine. She also is a Puffin Foundation Emerging Artist, a 2015 BinderCon NYC Scholar and a USA Today Al Neuharth Free Spirit in Journalism Scholar -- and she's earned other awards, too, all listed here! And while you're clicking links, you should be sure to stop by her Muck Rack portfolio and take a peek at her body of work, starting with "One Year After Rolling Stone's Disastrous 'A Rape On Campus,' Here's How University Of Virginia Classrooms Have Changed" (at 200 shares so far).

Remember: If you also want to be featured here, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Friday


Your career moves to-know:

  • Sunny Hostin (at right) is now a senior legal correspondent and analyst at ABC News. Hostin most recently served as a host and legal analyst for CNN.
  • The Daily Dot welcomes back Jay Hathaway as senior reporter, reporting to LOL Editor Miles Klee. Most recently a contributor to New York Magazine’s Following, a pop-up blog covering Internet culture, Hathaway previously served as news editor for two years at The Daily Dot and helped shape the editorial direction of the newsroom. 
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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