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Snapchat Is Selling A Dancing Hot Dog Costume On Amazon And People Love It

Snapchat’s dancing hot dog augmented filter has become widely popular. In the few months it’s been available, the hot dog has been viewed over 1.5 billion times, according to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel. To capitalize on that superstar status, Snapchat has decided to go one step further and developed a dancing hot dog costume, just in time for Halloween.

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Photo: Screenshot of Amazon

Currently, the costume is being sold on Amazon, where it’ll set you back $80. The outfit is just two pieces: the upper “hot dog tunic” with attached sleeves and hands, and pants that include attached shoe covers. The hands have slits that free up your own digits to operate your phone, thus giving you the ability to record (or Snap) yourself jamming to some tunes. Come to think of it, a clip of yourself in the dancing hot dog costume grooving next to the hot dog filter might be the most meta Snap ever…

At any rate, folks who’ve seen the costume on Amazon already have been loving it so far and have been leaving hilarious rave reviews of the product on Amazon’s website. Below is a collection of some of the best of those:

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It’s currently unclear as to whether the costume will be part of Snapchat’s permanent apparel lineup or if it’s just a limited-time release for the holiday. In any case, we can’t wait to see how many folks dress up as their favorite dancing dog for Halloween.

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Show Your NFL Team Pride With Bud Light’s Team-Themed Packaging

Ever been tailgating, wearing your lucky jersey and facepaint is perfectly done, but you’re still not feeling the team spirit? Well, you can once again drink your team pride thanks to the NFL and the fine folks at Bud Light.

Just in time for the return of the season, Bud Light announced it will continue its tradition of NFL team-themed packaging.  This season, the team beers will be available in both cans and aluminum bottles, and will not only feature your team’s logo but also its catch phrase or rallying cry (think: “Fly Eagles Fly” or “Keep Pounding”).

Each can will also feature Snapchat “Snapcodes” that will unlock a chance to win Super Bowl LII tickets, an interactive Bud Bowl-style game, and team-specific Snapchat filters.

What die-hard football fan wouldn’t want a sixer representing their fave team? Yes, even you, Browns fans.

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“Hotdog Hell” Chrome Extension Replaces Facebook Images With Dancing Hot Dog Filter

By now you’ve probably seen Snapchat’s Dancing Hot Dog augmented reality filter. The animated, breakdancing hot dog that you can place on objects in your environment is quickly becoming this summer’s hottest meme.

While the concept of augmented reality is pretty incredible, some might consider the dancing hot dog as Snapchat’s latest attempt to stay relevant.

Luckily enough, the Snapchat’s dancing hot dog became so popular  — or loathed, depending on who you’re asking — that someone created a downloadable Google Chrome extension that replaces every image on Facebook with an image of the now famous dancing hot dog.

So, if you’re sick of your friend’s traffic selfie posts on Facebook, this “productivity extension,” will give you a break. I downloaded it, and it provided some much needed entertainment.

The extension, aptly named Hotdog Hell, was released on July 10, and now has more than 296 weekly users.

The extension’s developer, an 18-year old mathematics and computer science major, named Kevin Chen, said he created the extension after he fell in love with the vitality behind the bizarre filter.

“I saw the hotdog on Snapchat; a couple of my friends were sending it, and then people started putting it in random memes. It was just so utterly bizarre, and I loved it,” Chen said.

The two-week old extension is now Chen’s first project developed for public consumption on the Google Chrome web store. Still, the attention the “app” is generating was unexpected, according to Chen.

“Definitely exploded a lot more than I thought it would,” he said. ” I was pretty shocked on that first day, and I’m really happy that such an absurd meme gained so much traction.”

What’s interesting is that Hotdog Hell is categorized as a “productivity extension,” which undermines the silliness behind it, but also capitalizes on the meme’s absurdity and humor.

Chen said there was a conscious effort to make the joke of it being a “productivity extension” because it does make Facebook, “significantly harder to use.” Maybe that’s a good thing for some people.

While it seems the Dancing Hot Dog has become the Internet’s hottest meme character, there’s no telling exactly how Snapchat — the originator of the hot dog character — will react.

Although, Chen doesn’t seem worried, pointing to how viral the meme has become.

“So far, I haven’t been contacted by anyone from Snapchat about it, and I think at this point,” Chen continues, “the hot dog has a life of its own.”

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McDonald’s Is Using Snapchat To Hire 250,000 Employees This Summer

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Looking for some work for the summer? All you need is your smartphone and Snapchat to get the hiring process started at McDonald’s.

The fast food chain announced an advertising campaign to help hire 250,000 new employees for jobs around the United States in its restaurants, CNBC reports. Starting today, you’ll be able to find ads while browsing Snapchat that showcase testimonials from McDonald’s employees. Swiping up on those will take you to the McDonald’s career page and allow you to fill out a job application for your local franchise.

Using Snapchat as a way to fill job vacancies isn’t new for McDonald’s, as they utilized the app in Australia earlier this year to hire new staff. However, instead of the ads being used in the United States, McDonald’s Australia utilized an unlockable Snapchat filter that you could use to submit a “Snaplication” in ten seconds or less.

McDonald’s apparently isn’t stopping at Snapchat to draw in new hires, as they also told CNBC that ads will also be launching on Hulu and Spotify to reach job seekers.

Snapchat, Hulu, and Spotify are all great places to reach potential staffers between the ages of 16 to 24, which comprise over half of McDonald’s workforce. Thus, using these applications and more to broadcast job opportunities should help the chain acquire the numbers they are looking to add.

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Bro Uses Hysterical Snapchat Prank To Get His Friends To Join Him For Drinks

Now this is a genius way to take advantage of social media for a super clever prank on your buds.

Metro News reports that after he and one of his friends hit their bros up to go grab some beers and received no response, Brentwood resident Jack Potter decided to mess with them via a little bit of Snapchat trickery that he later posted to Twitter in a now-viral tweet.

After purchasing a pint from the bar he and his companion were at, Potter used a Snapchat feature to make it look like he had five beers on deck and sent a Snap out to the his group with the following message:

“Got five pints in boys, first 5 down get a free one on me.”

Potter told Metro News that his friends thought the beers were legit and raced on over, only to find themselves on the receiving end of a hysterical prank. At least one of his pals took it a little seriously and was reportedly mad that there were no free brews available, but in the end, the whole squad was boomin’ and having a good time over a couple of rounds of beer.

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McDonald’s Australia Is Letting You Snapchat Them Your Job Application

It seems the days of walking into a place of business and asking the manager for a job application are almost gone. While most people just go online and look for applications, McDonald’s Australia (or Macca’s, as the Aussies call it)  will be taking that process to the next level by letting you Snap and inform them if you’re interested in working with them, starting today.

They’re calling them “Snaplications,” and they’re providing a Snapchat filter that makes it look like you’re in uniform as you make your case for a job in 10 seconds or less.

As soon as McDonald’s reviews your Snaplication and thinks you have potential, they’ll redirect you to their careers site where you can download an actual application form.

It sounds like a lot of work when you can just go straight to their site for the application, but at least this way, there’s someone at McDonald’s seeing your exuberant, smiling face.

It’s kind of a fun idea, especially since 65 percent of McDonald’s Australia employees are under the age of 18, so this can be a tool to lure in the youth with technology they can relate to.

While McDonald’s won’t look at the Snaps and hire people on the spot, it’s an interesting first step that’s sure to get a lot of applicants vying for a job with the Golden Arches.

h/t news.com

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Celebrity Grub

Kanye West Has Henny And Grey Goose Lemonade Slushie Machines Backstage

Kanye West once said that Hennessy would be the death of him, and it just might be, if he chugs too many of these frozen drinks on tour.

Wednesday night, Kanye performed in Toronto, and of course, his wife Kim Kardashian-West Snapchatted behind the scenes goodies, as she usually does. Among the things she posted to her Snapchat story, were Kanye’s Hennessy & Coke and Grey Goose Lemonade slushie machines.

Kim captioned the photo, “Pablo rider is LIT” and showed off the 7-Eleven type of machines.

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It’s not just for show, either. In later Snaps, you can see Kanye holding a cup of the frozen Coke & Henny, while Kim’s shrilled voice gives random commentary in the background.

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Kanye has always considered himself a revolutionary and a trend-setter. Maybe convenience stores will see this, take note, and make it a thing, so we can all enjoy the boozy Slurpees.

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Gucci Mane Offered Money On Snapchat For A ‘Ghetto Burger’

Rapper Gucci Mane used to be a plump young man to say the least, but after going to prison, he lost 50 pounds and came out looking like the million bucks he raps about.

In order to keep his new, lean physique, AKA Guwop has been pretty good at keeping a healthy diet, even if it’s under the watchful eye of his girlfriend. Even worse, he’s on house arrest, so he’s at the mercy of his girl’s fruit salads and healthy dishes.

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Over the weekend, Gucci said on his Snapchat account that he just wanted a solid cheat meal in the form of a hamburger, but his girlfriend wasn’t having it. Gucci then resorted to begging. He offered people a couple hundred dollars in exchange for a Ghetto Burger from  Anne’s Snack Bar in Atlanta.

Home of the ghetto burger👌🏼🍔

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Thankfully, the Trap God’s homie and producer Mike Will Made It, saw the Snap video and came through with the burger.

Check out Gucci’s struggle and glory, all in under two minutes: