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An Albuquerque, N.M., woman put her puppy in a Ziploc bag and held it up for the camera, in an attempt to show Facebook friends how small the dog is.

We know, we can't believe it either ... that someone would really do that, that she'd be stupid enough to post it online, or that this person has any friends.

Mary Snell, 44, and her son, Britton James Engel, 21, were both arrested in Bernalillo County last week once a tipster alerted police to the photo, CNN reports.

Engel allegedly took the photo of Snell holding up the the eight-week-old Chihuahua, named Baby, in the bag, which was just big enough to envelop it.

She later told reporters that she realized this stunt was wrong, but, well, she "couldn't get the little guy to hold still any other way," according to KRQE-TV.

Deputies said that the position of the poor puppy - face and nose pressed up against the sides of the bag - could have easily deprived it of oxygen.

Both Engel and Snell were charged with felony animal cruelty. Baby is doing fine and, thank goodness, now lives with another family member.

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by Free Britney at

When many couples get engaged these days, their first thought is not telling their close friends and family, but "OMG, I can't wait to post on Facebook!"

Even if this isn't you, chances are you've experienced it from someone you know. And chances are equally high that you've been irked by it somehow.

While brides (and husbands) to be can be cut a little slack - if you want to get married and someone asks, it's exciting - the Facebook posts about it?

Those need to be reevaluated. Hardcore.

Ashley Hesseltine, via The Huffington Post, breaks down the offending announcements into five common, hilarious and sort of infuriating categories:

  1. The BFF. Example: "I can't wait to marry my best friend!" Is he really, though? Is your partner not more than that, and also less in a different sense? Is that a diss to your current BFF(s)? Or is this just the cliche to end all cliches?
  2. The Single Lady. Example: "He liked it so he put a ring on it!" The all-too common practice of quoting Beyonce's 2008 hit is beyond played out and beyond cheesy. Next.
  3. The Name Changer. Example: "Can't wait to be Mrs. (Your First Name) (His Last Name)!" So much faux excitement over a loss of identity and trip to the DMV.
  4. The Obvious. Example: "He proposed, and I said YES!" Ya think? We'd love to see the time someone gets proposed to, rejects the dude and posts that on their wall.
  5. The Nauseating Nostalgia. Example: "Three years ago, a cute boy glanced at me from across the bar and I knew then it was love at first sight ... Today, he asked me to be his wife." If that doesn't make you throw up in your mouth a little, we don't know what will.

Have you made a Facebook engagement announcement? Did it fall into one or more of these areas? And should the words "fairy tale" be banned online in general?

Comment below, and vote for the most annoying status update!

 

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No one wants to be the last kid in the class on Facebook. How embarrassing, right?

An estimated 7 million children are on Facebook these days, with over 5 million of those children being under the age of 13. To sign up, they use a fake birthday, create a profile, and they're off and running in the world's largest cyber-playground.

Parents who know about their kids' online activity need to know how to keep their children safe as they navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of social media. Faye Rogaski de Muyshondt has a solution: socialsklz:-)

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by Free Britney at

A new Facebook app called What Would I Say answers exactly that question, generating Facebook updates automatically so you don't have to!

It works by accessing every post a user has come up with, mixing them up and regurgitating bits of them in an order that (kind of) makes sense.

Added bonus? It sounds just like you, or how you come across to other Facebook users, according to the developers that built What Would I Say.

Facebook Phoograph

“Technically speaking,” its creators say, “it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history.”

There you go.

As for security risks, they also reassured users that info is not stores, and all computations are done client side, so only your browser ever sees your history.

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Laraine Cook, a Idaho high school girls' basketball, was fired from her job over a Facebook photo in which her fiance, Tom Harrison, holds her breast.

The photo was deemed "immoral" by school administrators.

Laraine Cook Facebook Photo

"I don't feel that it's an immoral photo, and that's what the termination is based on," Cook told Local 8 News in an interview regarding the controversy.

The photo shows Cook and Harrison in bathing suits at a lake.

Harrison, who is a football coach at Pocatello High School, the same institution, was "reprimanded" for his involvement in the photo, but not fired.

Cook said the reason her fiance wasn't fired is because she was the one who put the photo to Facebook. In any case, she plans to fight the decision.

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Funeral selfies, a phenomenon real enough that there's a Tumblr blog devoted to it, show that our society may have hit a new, self-absorbed low.

A collection of strangely un-sad Instagrams, Tweets, and Facebook posts have been gathered on a Tumblr blog (naturally) called "Selfies at Funerals."

'Cause after all, no moment in life, or death, is too serious or trivial to pass without posting a rapid, vapid response - or cute pic! - on social media.

"Love my hair today. Hate why I'm dressed up #funeral," reads the caption of a self-portrait snapped by a young woman dressed in black at a funeral.

"Killin the selfie game at pop's funeral," tweeted a joyful young man mocking a piece of statuary at the service (we wish we were making that up).

Another photo on the blog of a blonde girl pouting in a pink bedroom with a "Keep Calm and Rock On" sign is titled, simply, "depressing funeral selfie."

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Facebook bullying is common practice these days, but usually it's by teens ... not mothers, targeting other parents' little toddlers and babies, as is the case here.

Yes, a Facebook group of grown women is taking part in what some are calling "toddler bashing," posting pics of kids and making fun of them online.

The offending Facebook group takes photos from others' accounts without the owners' knowledge. It was meant to be private, but the word got out.

Photos were sent to a local Fox station of the page, where people - including some moms, no less - post and ridicule pictures of other people's kids.

Under one photo of a baby, a woman posted, "It's hideous."

Another woman added, "You can absolutely not fix ugly."

Another Facebook commenter wrote, "An ugly baby thread. I have died and gone to heaven. Why can't you guys live near me so we can do this over cocktails?"

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Nothing is certain except death and taxes. And Facebook. When will the dead on Facebook outnumber the living? 

No, we don't mean dead people Facebooking from the afterlife. Unless you're Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries and Jeremy's updating your status.

Can Facebook continue to attract younger users and keep the network alive, or will it eventually reach a point where the site's members die off so that more users are dead than the number actively posting?

The anonymous blogger behind the What If? blog asked that very question and set out to find an answer.

Facebook Phoograph

The blogger, through the use of numbers and algorithms and dates and doing math, determined that there are two possible answers to this very morbid question.

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You may have noticed some of your Facebook friends turning their profile pictures into giraffes in the last 48 hours. It's not just because they're cute.

A riddle is going viral across the social media website, and if you get answer it incorrectly, you "have" to turn your profile picture into that of a giraffe.

Why a giraffe? Who the heck knows, but you could do worse ...

The mind-bending Facebook giraffe riddle question is:

"It's 3 a.m., the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors! It's your parents and they are here for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese."

"What is the first thing you open?"

Want to know the answer? Follow the jump ...

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Is this real life? Are we all on Family Guy? Are cartoon avatars the new Instagram?

Maybe. 

The single-panel comic strips dominating your Facebook timeline (and the rest of everywhere else on the internet, too) are called Bitstrips, and they're easier than ever to create now that there's an app for that.

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Bitstrips, which launched early this year, released the 1.1.7 version of its mobile app this week, and rallied to the top spot among free apps in both the App Store and Google Play with over 10 million users as of Thursday. 

The app, which boasts more than 1,000 customizable templates with new ones added every day, allows users to fully comic-ize their lives for sharing, well, everything.

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