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5 Gnawing Questions About That Cat Running Into A Glass Door On A French TV Show

Like the rest of the Internet, we too at Zoo’d have become momentarily obsessed with that video of the cat running into a French bakery’s glass door. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is just below. If you’re like us, you’ll probably watch it again… and then three more times after that. Meowch!!

But while you sink into that viral auto-replay gaze, some questions may start to gnaw at you amidst the pleasant French female voiceover, punctuated by a certain small-town feline thud...

First, you must know that the footage aired on M6, one of France’s major TV networks, on theshow La Meilleure boulangerie,which travels the country looking for the best bakery. And the clip in question from the quaint southwestern town of Figeac has everything that would make it sound like a run-of-the-mill transition from one television segment to another. The voiceover says: “What kind of surprise awaits our jury in the second boulangerie?” A pause of faux suspense, which this time actually delivers: Quelle surprise, indeed!

So here are the questions that began to occur to us...

1. Why was the glass door open? French bakeries obsessively keep their doors closed, and obviously this neighborhood cat never saw it coming.

2. Why is this sweet French kitty running in the first place? Sure, cats sometimes just run. But often they are running away from something or someone? A German shepherd from across the border? A grumpy TV crew member trying to clear the streets for the closing shot?

3. (This question is the one that spawns infinite others..) Why is the moment not edited out? Indeed, knowing the accompanying script, and hearing the crash with such painful clarity, seems to make it clear that it was indeed edited in.

4. Is this all a set up? Someone at M6 is either a social media genius or a cruel sadist…though one hardly excludes the other.

5. Please...some news on the cat's condition!?

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

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Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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