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Polar Vortex

Over the last week, the polar vortex has left most of the U.S. dealing with frigid cold and an unbearable wind-chill. It was so cold, in fact, that many companies and schools closed down. It resulted in days of #PolarVortex trending on Twitter, with people sharing their experiences ("FROSTBITE"); non-experiences (one Californian tweeted, "This morning [I] had to switch from an iced latte to a hot latte."); and parodies ("Poehler Vortex," as a shout-out to Amy Poehler). It also made the video above — of boiling water being shot out of a squirt gun into freezing temperatures, resulting in snow — go viral. And you know what happens when things go viral? People get hurt. At least in this case, where it's estimated that at least 50 people were hospitalized after trying to replicate the video at home. This is why we can't have nice things.

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Denny's Tweets about BCS Championship

There are a lot of things that could be said about the BCS Championship, but I want to talk about Denny's. Yes, Denny's, the diner. After FSU defeated Auburn during Monday night's game, the brand couldn't help but weigh in on the situation. They tweeted, "If it's any consolation Auburn fans, there are 47 chances to win on the way home," complete with a map including all 47 of the Denny's locations from Pasadena, CA back to Auburn, AL. (See full tweet below.) Some found the tweet distasteful, while others called it a success. Can't please everybody.

Outkast Will Reunite at Coachella

After rumors that Outkast would be reuniting sometime soon, it was announced that Andre 3000 and Big Boi will officially reunite at this year's Coachella. It will be the hip-hop duo's first time performing together since their 2006 album. Aside from Outkast, the full lineup for the Festival That Shall Not Be Named (For Legal Purposes) includes: Pharrell Williams (!); Queens of the Stone Age; MGMT; Lorde; Foster the People; Beck; Ellie Goulding; and Lana Del Rey. Coachella is scheduled to take place for two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20.

What were you talking about this week?