Take a break from post-election stress with these cute animals

This election has been exhausting, for those of us covering it and those of us just observing, and it was a late night for everyone as we watched election results roll in. Your Facebook feed is probably full of election-related content, from your friends complaining and celebrating to media outlets sharing updates. So instead, I’m bringing you some of the cutest animal videos and GIFs that the internet has to offer, because everyone could use a little brain break from this madness.

Here are the five best animal Vines the Statesman web team could find on this post-election Wednesday:

 

 

 

 

And 10 of the best GIFs that the Giphy gods could bestow upon us today (I tried to stop at five but I couldn’t, LOOK AT HOW CUTE):

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I hope this brought you some zen on this cloudy fall day.

As votes roll in for Donald Trump, Canada’s immigration website crashes

Well, guys, we did it.

We crashed Canada’s immigration website.

File- This June 11, 2016 file photo shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gesturing during a campaign speech in Tampa, Fla. Trump plans Monday to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
File- This June 11, 2016 file photo shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gesturing during a campaign speech in Tampa, Fla. Trump plans Monday to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

As of this writing, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck for the presidency. No, really — early Tuesday, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight projection model had Clinton at a 71 percent chance to be the nation’s next leader, but as of this writing just after 10 p.m. on Election Night, Silver has Trump with a 61 percent chance of winning. The race has been back and forth all night, with swing states steering the vote in either candidates favor on a minute-by-minute basis.

And, well, this has a lot of people in a tizzy.

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So much so, in fact, that people have been thinking about moving to Canada. Like, a LOT of people. Canada’s immigration services website crashed Tuesday night, and although there’s no way to know exactly why it crashed, demand is a highly possible explanation.

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After all, people were searching for how to move to Canada on Google:

And it’s possible Canada may have subtweeted the United States in the midst of a very important night:

We hear Canada is great this time of year, eh?

The internet loves Donald Trump’s election party cake, ‘vote spying’ photo

It’s Election Day, otherwise known as the day that keeps on giving beautiful gifts to the internet in the form of memes.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion on October 5, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump is campaigning ahead of the second presidential debate coming up on October 9 with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion on October 5, 2016 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump is campaigning ahead of the second presidential debate coming up on October 9 with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

First off, Donald Trump had this surprisingly lifelike cake at his election party, because of course he did. The cake actually looks quite a bit like Trump, facial expression and all. But sorry, Donald, your cake’s hair is a little more luscious than yours IRL.

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WATCH: Hillary Clinton posted a mannequin challenge video on Election Day featuring Huma Abedin and Jon Bon Jovi

The internet loves it, obviously:

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There’s no shortage of Trump memes this Election Day, like this one that appears to show Trump spying on his wife’s ballot as she casts her vote:

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It’s too early to call the election as of this writing, but one thing’s for certain: even if Donald Trump won’t be making America great, these memes definitely will.

Need a break from watching election results roll in? Check out these cute animal videos

This feels like the longest election ever, am I right? These two city zoos are fully aware, and they wanted to provide you with the brain break you needed to get by.

ORG XMIT: LON808 Two unnamed, four-week-old twin red pandas snuggle together at Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park near Kirkcudbright in Scotland, Wednesday July 8, 2009. The twins are native to the forests of the Himalayas and are among the latest new births at the park.  Other arrivals include baby owls, wallabies, Asian small-clawed otters and tree porcupines. (AP Photo/PA, Danny Lawson) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE **
Two unnamed, four-week-old twin red pandas snuggle together at Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park near Kirkcudbright in Scotland, Wednesday July 8, 2009. The twins are native to the forests of the Himalayas and are among the latest new births at the park. Other arrivals include baby owls, wallabies, Asian small-clawed otters and tree porcupines. (AP Photo/PA, Danny Lawson) 

The San Francisco Zoo and the Houston Zoo both posted multiple Facebook live streams to provide you with a little election relief.

Kick back with a beverage and watch these videos as you follow along with the Austin American-Statesman’s live elections coverage.

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Hillary Clinton posted a mannequin challenge video on Election Day featuring Huma Abedin and Jon Bon Jovi

The mannequin challenge, which all started in a school classroom, is the latest meme sweeping the nation.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at a campaign rally at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at a campaign rally at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Of course, on Election Day, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to get in on the action.

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She posted the video on Twitter, writing, “Don’t stand still. Vote today.” (Get it?)

The video features her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as well as her campaign vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and Jon Bon Jovi, who performed with Lady Gaga at a Clinton rally in Philadelphia on Monday night

RELATED: Mannequin challenge: Destiny’s Child, Kevin Hart, other celebrities get in on the trend

El Arroyo gets in one last joke before Election Day is over

Austin restaurant El Arroyo is celebrating Election Day with yet another punny sign.

This is hardly the first time El Arroyo has weighed in on politics. During the recent clown scare, the sign was updated to put the Mexican restaurant’s two cents into the conversation.

And after the final presidential debate of 2016, the restaurant put up a silent message.

El Arroyo has had its share of generic election jokes:

And summed up the complex feelings everyone has about internet commenters:

While El Arroyo loses a steady stream of comedic fodder with the end of the 2016 election, its classic jokes live on forever on the internet.

Thank you for your tacos and for the smiles during these trying times, El Arroyo.

Internet finds meme-worthy material as Election 2016 draws to a close

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking at a rally Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 in Leesburg, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking at a rally Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 in Leesburg, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As we near the end of the 2016 election season, the internet is squeezing every last meme it can out of it.

Donald Trump was photographed voting in New York next to his wife Melania, when his eyes wandered.

People took the image and ran with it:

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Melania did tweet out a supportive campaign button before she voted:

Twitter also found a photo of son Eric Trump doing the same when voting with his wife.

Goodbye, Election 2016. Thanks for the memes.

Texas restaurant changes name to Trump Cafe

It was bound to happen eventually.

There are countless buildings and businesses named after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, from towers and hotels to golf clubs and casinos. But a Texas couple has taken it a step further, renaming their restaurant in Bellville after Trump with just eight days left until the general election.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd for singing "Happy Birthday" as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd for singing “Happy Birthday” as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

According to the Houston Chronicle, Sue and Eddie Hawa changed the name of Bellville Cafe to Trump Cafe on Thursday to show their support for the candidate.

“He loves America and we hope he will be president,” Sue Hawa told the Chronicle.

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The cafe has gotten a mixed reaction from local patrons. Once Facebook user wrote, “I haven’t eaten here before, but I will now!” Another wrote, “Have eaten here several times and always promoted it to send business to keep it open. BUT, those days are over !! I guess no one ever told the owner you don’t mix a service oriented business with religion or politics ’cause you are bound to offend someone. And in a small town like Bellville where this business has not had much success he would want to have as many people eat there as possible. I think he has no idea how many he has offended by naming a restaurant after a psychotic sexual predator.”

According to Eater Houston, the new Trump Cafe will offer a different menu than Bellville Cafe, which served traditional French food. Eater reported Trump Cafe will serve “American, Trump-themed” food.

Elections 2016: Voter guide & results

Although Trump leads Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Texas by at least three points in a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll and a Crosswind/Austin American-Statesman poll puts Trump ahead of Clinton by seven points, FiveThirtyEight says Clinton has a 76.1 percent chance of winning the presidency next week.

If Trump loses the election, the owners of Trump Cafe said their restaurant will still keep its new name.

‘Pepe’ creator takes back meaning of meme, will push positive vibes

Photo via Anti-Defamation League
Photo via Anti-Defamation League

A new Pepe the Frog cartoon drawn by original creator Matt Furie showed the downward spiral the meme has taken.

In a new comic posted yesterday on The Nib, Furie depicts the sad frog slowly transforming into a blonde, wrinkled version of himself with mouths for eyes and fanged teeth. This seriously dark commentary on how his cartoon character became an out-of-control meme is aptly titled “Pepe the Frog: To Sleep, Perchance to Meme; The creator of Pepe draws his alt-right election nightmare.”

Pepe the Frog is not meant for white supremacist purposes, and Furie’s cartoon commentary condemns the racist ways his character has been used.

The Anti-Defamation League put the frog into its “Hate on Display” database on Sept. 27, where the swastika and Ku Klux Klan robes are also listed. The frog had been appropriated from its humble beginnings by internet users for racist, bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas, the ADL’s news release explained.

Matt Furie, the original creator of Pepe, decided enough was enough. On Oct. 14, the ADL published a news release announcing the partnership between Furie and the organization.

“Pepe was never intended to be used as a symbol of hate,” ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said. “The sad frog was meant to be just that, a sad frog.  We are going to work with Matt and his community of artists reclaim Pepe so that he might be used as a force for good, or at the very least to help educate people about the dangers of prejudice and bigotry.”

Furie will create a series of positive Pepe comics, which will be shared out with the hashtag #SavePepe. Furie called the use of Pepe as a hate symbol a complete nightmare in the news release.

“As the creator of Pepe, I condemn the illegal and repulsive appropriations of the character by racist and fringe groups,” Furie said. “The true nature of Pepe, as featured in my comic book, ‘Boys Club,’ celebrates peace, togetherness and fun. I aim to reclaim the rascally frog from the forces of hate and ask that you join me in making millions of new, joyful Pepe memes that share the light hearted spirit of the original chilled-out champion.”

Furie originally told The Atlantic he was fairly unconcerned with the direction the meme had gone.

“I think that’s it’s just a phase, and come November, it’s just gonna go on to the next phase, obviously that political agenda is exactly the opposite of my own personal feelings, but in terms of meme culture, it’s people reapproppriating things for their own agenda,” Furie said to the magazine.

Kenneth Bone gives post-debate interviews, proves he is hero America needs

Kenneth Bone listens as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question during the second presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)
Kenneth Bone listens as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question during the second presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

Kenneth Bone quickly became America’s sweetheart on Sunday at the second presidential debate, when he asked candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?”

When he arrived at the debate, he only had seven Twitter followers, he told ABC News. Now, he has over 89,000. (And don’t be fooled by the numerous Ken Bone Twitter accounts that have popped up since Sunday’s debate; the real Ken tweets from @KenBone18.)

Bone appeared Monday on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, where Kimmel asked the 34-year-old St. Louis husband and father if he knew that his fans were calling themselves “Boneheads.”

“That’s fantastic,” Bone said. “I’ve been calling my family that for years.”

Before his Jimmy Kimmel Show appearance, Bone also talked to CNN about his fame and his even more famous red sweater. He originally planned on wearing an olive suit, he said, until he split the seat of his pants. His wife helped him change quickly to his Plan B outfit: IZOD red sweater and khakis.

The sweater sold out completely on Amazon, but that hasn’t stopped IZOD from indirectly using Bone’s fame to push their product.

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Bone told CNN he was leaning toward Trump before the debate, but was impressed by Clinton‘s composure.