Happy almost new year, folks! We are officially in the future (according to movies and such). Before we kick off this week's edition, I'd like to announce that starting in January, #Ashtag will scale back from a weekly to a monthly release. It will appear the third Monday of every month. Mark your calendars, and prepare yourselves for pop culture feasts. Let's dive into this week's most popular things on the Web. Currently, the No. 1 search on Google is "Twitter." Twitter is having some technical difficulties at the moment. Some tweets have time stamps of December 2015 and some are incorrectly stamped from last year. Maybe the social media giant has figured out time travel and this is some guerrilla way to announce it? Twitter is also having a bug where Android users are being booted off of their account. I can't think of a sci-fi explanation for why that is happening. Oh, maybe computer data remains of Steve Jobs are waging war against all things not Apple?
Another top search on Google is rapper Bobby Shmurda. Shmurda spent his Christmas behind bars after he was arrested for conspiracy to commit murder, gun charges, and more. His attorney, Howard Greenberg, stated that this arrest was because, "The government hates rappers...and are jealous of a brother on the way up." That could be it or it could be results of the Wire-esque investigation the NYPD had been conducting on Shmurda and his crew. I actually don't know if it's appropriate for me to be using Shmurda like it's his last name. Bobby Shmurda is a stage name for Ackquille Jean Pollard. A rumor spread that Pollard, nope, that doesn't feel right either, Shmurda was killed in his jail cell at Rikers Island. I am now going to let you in on a secret. I didn't know that Rikers Island was a real place. OK, I think maybe I knew that it was real, but I don't think I thought it was currently operational. In my head, it was like Alcatraz or Arkham Asylum. Either way, I now know that Rikers is a real place and is still a functional jail.
One of the top YouTube videos this week is "Best News Bloopers 2014." Since, you're not getting a pop culture compilation or best-of-the-year list from me, I'd like to recommend you watch this gem instead. I watched this entire 15-minute video and chuckled aloud several times. There's a little kid at the 11:10 minute mark that is just adorable. For my next birthday, I'd really like for him to do a video card for me. I can't imagine he'll have aged too far out of his cuteness by then. Is this a strange request? It may be, but I mean it. Please someone make it happen.
To wrap this week up, I'd like to say thank you for joining me on my popular culture education so far. I look forward to learning much more in 2015. And just to note, I haven't been playing the Kardashian game, but I have been getting alerts that her mom and sister are now somehow involved. #Ishoulddeletetheappfrommyphonebutikindawannacheckoutthefam