A story reported on a number of Christian and conservative news outlets this week tells the story of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's brother, Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, who allegedly "repented" and "converted to Christianity" earlier this week. It was first reported in the World News Daily Report and has since gone viral, with money quotes from the ISIS leader like, "[al-Baghdadi] is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday."

Sadly, the story is a complete hoax. The World News Daily Report is yet another of the terrible, miserable faux-news sites poisoning the Internet which claim to be "satire" and yet serve mostly to troll those who don't check their sources. The ruse isn't even a particularly good one since, as Antivrial reports, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi isn't even the ISIS leader's real name, and the photos in the story are ripped from an old video of 9/11 hijackers. In any case, it's a pretty mean-spirited, inept, silly prank. If you see it floating around out there, shut it down ... Discuss

Teen heartthrob. Respected actor. Noted dancer. Is there anything Leonardo DiCaprio can't do? Besides win an Oscar? Well, there's at least one more thing to scratch off his bucket list: become the United Nations' new ambassador of peace. What exactly that means is sort of tough to say, but according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Leo is "is not just one of the world's leading actors," but he also has "a longstanding commitment to environmental causes." That's very true, and DiCaprio's commitment to raising awareness about the environment does seem to be more than just the usual lip service stars are supposed to pay to a cause ... Discuss

The search for missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been ongoing since Saturday, with no real leads about what happened to the first-year student. She was last seen leaving a party and then later texted friends that she had gotten lost while walking home. Police and bloodhounds are canvassing the area, but have so far been able to turn up any sign of her. Charlottesville police on the verge of calling in additional resources to help with the search, and recent tips have led them to refocus their hunt on a different side of the city. The AP notes that Graham is the fourth young woman to go missing near Charlottesville in five years ... Discuss

In an interesting 2012 interview, Fred Armisen explained his beliefs that "hipster" isn't as much a subculture as it is a word people use to criticize anyone or anything that makes them insecure about their own coolness. It's a good point but, then, if there is no such thing as hipster, who is the target audience for the "Grably"? It's a beard comb made out of vinyl records, which definitely sounds like something a hipster would use, if hipsters were in fact a real thing. Which they aren't, which means there's no one around to buy the Grably ... Discuss

The oldest church in Amsterdam—the famous Oude Kerk—recently hosted a massive funeral … for the Facebook “Like” button. The campaign, which also included the launch of the trippy “Like4Real” website, serves as a high-concept art project meant to raise awareness about the rise of misplaced online activism. The project uses various global religious-like symbols to promote “Enlikement”, which is encompassed in their manifesto (you can read it in its entirety here):

Not too long ago, this development led to a miraculous occurrence. A new technology turned the act of Liking into a commodity, hence into a symbolic totem and a new belief, at a time when faith in religion and our monetary system is crumbling … And now society has forgotten the real act of Liking … And instead of taking action to make change happen, our activism has been reduced and confined to the square inches of our computer screen activism has become clicktivism … We as a society need to focus on real actions and intentions, rather than the symbolic reward bestowed on things by a mouse click.

Remember the time before modern energy drinks when you would ride your Huffy up to the 7/11 to get a couple of cans of Surge or Jolt Cola to fuel an afternoon of Mario Kart and Golden Eye 64? The ‘90s were simpler times. Well now, thanks to the social media efforts of people who like tart beverages from two decades ago, Surge is back. This week, Coca-Cola release several batches of the sugary drink on Amazon—which promptly sold out—but may soon be unleashing more because the response was so overwhelming. In a statement, the president of Sparkling and Strategic Marketing said, “We appreciate the enthusiasm we’ve seen from tens of thousands of fans nationwide, and we’re bringing Surge back, in part, because of them. Future plans for the brand will depend on the level of excitement exhibited by fans across the country.” Come on Coke. Just go ahead and feed the rush ... Discuss