The Weekly Trends Roundup: From Normandy to Philadelphia

It’s time for our brand new Weekly Trends Roundup series, which aims to showcase the most engaging online stories and news highlights based on the top trending hashtags on any given week.

French priest who was killed by ISIS knifemen in Normandy. Credit: Belfasttelegraph.co.uk (full link)

French priest who was killed by ISIS knifemen in Normandy. Credit: Belfasttelegraph.co.uk (full link)

#Normandy

Just two weeks after the Nice truck attack, a pair of ISIS knifemen burst into a catholic church in the northern French region of Normandy, taking five people hostage and ultimately beheading the church’s 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel. Internauts worldwide took to social media to voice their indignation at the brutality of the incident and express their solidarity with France in the aftermath of repeated terrorist attacks targeting civilians.

 

 

Football coach Mark Thompson undertaking the ice bucket challenge in Melbourne, Australia, on Aug. 22. Credit: Inverse.com (full link)

Football coach Mark Thompson undertaking the ice bucket challenge in Melbourne, Australia, on Aug. 22. Credit: Inverse.com (full link)

#IceBucketChallenge

The all-famous ALS ice bucket challenge was back in the spotlight this week. It turned out that the funds raised by the viral 2014 challenge have actually led to a major medical breakthrough in terms of ALS research. Researchers from The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Project MinE, which was funded by the ALS association through ice bucket challenge donations, were able to identify a new gene (NEK1) associated with the disease.

 

 

Prominent U.K. YouTuber Marina Joyce. Credit: Snopes

Prominent U.K. YouTuber Marina Joyce. Credit: Snopes

#SaveMarinaJoyce

Prominent U.K. YouTuber Marina Joyce became the talk of the Internet this week after fans started speculating that she might have been victim of domestic abuse or struggling with a psychological disorder after picking up clues from her recent videos/tweets, in one of the most bizarre online conspiracies to date. The hashtag #SaveMarinaJoyce soared to the top in a matter of minutes as multiple theories about the fate of the vlogger flooded Twitter, compelling her to release two live videos to ease her fans’ trouble.

 

 

A still from hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Credit: Tech Insider

A still from hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Credit: Tech Insider

#GameOfThrones

On July 30, American television network HBO confirmed its plans to end hit series Game of Thrones with season 8, sparking a panoply of mostly disapproving tweets from fans of the show worldwide. It seems winter won’t be coming so often after all...

 

 

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama during the Democratic National Convention. Credit: Map Quest

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama during the Democratic National Convention. Credit: Map Quest

#MichelleObama

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama said in her speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention Monday, making it one of her most memorable breakthrough moments to date. The heartfelt speech in which she addresses the historical significance of a woman winning her party’s nomination, served as an inspiration to many people worldwide, who took to social media to praise the First Lady for her powerful words.