Tesla 'hires' witty museum sheep tweeter

  • 22 May 2019
A picture of two Twitter profile pictures, on the left Elon Musk with a sheep as his picture, on the right the Museum of Rural English Life with Elon Musk as its picture. Image copyright Twitter
Image caption Adam Koszary (not pictured) has been hired to be Tesla's social media manager but was it because of this sheep which took the fancy of Elon Musk?

What happens when you post a picture of "an absolute unit" of a sheep to your work Twitter account and it then gets picked up by Elon Musk - also known as the 25th most powerful person in the world?

For Adam Koszary, the social media strategist behind The Museum of English Rural Life's Twitter account, it appears to have been a great career move as he says he's now been hired to be the social media manager for automotive company Tesla.

The Tesla founder has history with the museum after temporarily changing his profile picture into a photo of an Exmoor Horn aged ram that @TheMERL owned and was a viral sensation a year previously.

In response, Adam changed the museum's Twitter name to the "Muskeum of Elongish Rural Life" and its profile picture to Musk's smiling visage.

Image copyright @TheMERL

Adam revealed the move in a tweet late Tuesday on his personal account stating: "I'm no longer moving to the Royal Academy. Instead I'll be Tesla's Social Media Manager from July."

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TFBoys: Wang Yuan sorry over illegal smoking

  • 21 May 2019
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Image caption Wang Yuan was caught illegally smoking in a restaurant

One of China's biggest boybanders has apologised after he was caught smoking illegally in a Beijing restaurant.

Wang Yuan, who also uses the English name Roy Wang, is considered to be one of the country's most "socially responsible" public figures, so this transgression has caused Chinese social media to fall into meltdown.

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Is Russia trying to sway the European elections?

  • 20 May 2019
illustration of a man chipping a star off the EU flag Image copyright Getty Images

EU officials say Russia is using disinformation to influence the outcome of this week's European Parliament elections. How seriously should their warnings be taken?

"Winter isn't the only thing that's coming - so is the risk of interference in our elections," said Sir Julian King, the EU's commissioner for security, in a press conference late last year.

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Moscow courier service campaign creates a stir online

  • 17 May 2019
Ad campaign for Delivery Club featuring Natalia Andreeva, who used to be a TV reporter. Image copyright Delivery Club
Image caption Natalia Andreeva quit her TV career for her well-being, and to earn more money

Do you pay attention to the person who delivers your food, and would it make a difference if you knew them?

In Moscow, a company called Delivery Club has launched an advertising campaign around the city, and across Russian-language Twitter, filled with photos and personal details of some of their workers.

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Councillor's colour-coded knitting shows 'men talk too much'

  • 16 May 2019
Sue Montgomery holds up her knitting Image copyright Sue Montgomery
Image caption Sue Montgomery colour-coded her knitting for men (red) and women (green) speaking

What do you do to stay focused? Some people like a strong coffee, others prefer some fresh air, but how about knitting?

Sue Montgomery, a city councillor and borough mayor in Montreal, learned to knit while studying in Germany, then took it up again once she was elected in 2017.

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Arthur teacher comes out in children's cartoon series

  • 14 May 2019
Mr Ratburn and his husband-to-be Patrick walk down the aisle Image copyright ? 2019 WGBH & PBS KIDS
Image caption Some thought Patty (first left) was the bride-to-be, until Mr Ratburn and Patrick appeared

Animation plays a big part in both children's and adults' lives these days - just look at the popularity of online games, TV series such as Paddington, and recent box office hits such as Detective Pikachu.

So when long-running US cartoon series Arthur introduced its first gay wedding, it gained huge traction on social media.

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Taiwanese men in skirts challenge gender stereotypes

  • 13 May 2019
Male student and teacher wearing blue skirts Image copyright Board of students
Image caption Students and teachers alike wore school uniform skirts

Men of all ages have been gathering on the streets of Taiwan wearing skirts, as part of events organised to challenge gender stereotypes and raise awareness of Taiwan's long-awaited marriage bill.

Discussions will take place in parliament on Friday, and legislation for same-sex marriage will be either passed or rejected on 24 May. If it does go through, it will make Taiwan the first place in Asia to allow such unions.

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Five new things about online campaigning

  • 13 May 2019
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Image caption Pro-Jeremy Corbyn Facebook posts got huge traffic in 2017. How might things be different in the upcoming European elections?

What has changed online since the UK's last nationwide election?

Labour did surprisingly well in the 2017 general election, and social media probably played a role - or at least indicated something amiss in pre-election polls.

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Delta Airlines staff told 'don't unionise, buy video games'

  • 10 May 2019
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Delta Airlines is facing significant criticism after posters discouraging its staff from joining a union were widely shared online.

"Union dues cost around $700 [£540] a year," one of the posters states.

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Mum tributes as Australian MP pans ‘new low’ press report

  • 8 May 2019
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Image caption Labor leader Bill Shorten was close to tears responding to a "lazy editorial" about his mother

Labor leader Bill Shorten's emotional tribute to his mother has seen Australians flood social media with stories of their own mums' sacrifices.

Mr Shorten told a TV audience on Monday how his late mother, Ann, had sacrificed studying law when she left school to look after her siblings.

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