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):
I hope this brought you some zen on this cloudy fall day.
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.
Chances of me having a heart attack in the next couple hours: Too close to call.
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.
After all, people were searching for how to move to Canada on Google:
It’s Election Day, otherwise known as the day that keeps on giving beautiful gifts to the internet in the form of memes.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.