We’ve got to be honest, you guys; the Internet this week has been all about the aftermath of the Paris attacks, and for good reason. We know we spent the first couple of days after the attacks trying to read up on anything and everything related to the subject, devouring liveblogs of the latest news and trying to sift through gossip and misinformation on Twitter to find out what really happened, and we weren’t alone. But, given that this is a roundup of things that you might have missed online over the last seven days, it’s not really something that should be covered here. (Although we do have to share this, which went viral on Monday.) Instead, here’s what you might not have seen on the Internet this week. Read on.

When Unfriending Is Too Hard for Some Reason

What Happened: Facebook knows that it makes breakups harder, and it’s really trying to get better about that. Honest.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs, media think pieces

What Really Happened: Love in the modern era comes with its own trials and tribulations, but some social media wants to make things better. That’s why Facebook announced plans to make it easier to forget your ex after a break-up. Officially, the company says that it is just “testing [mobile] tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after a relationship has ended,” but we all know that it’s really there to help you pretend your ex never existed.

Unsurprisingly, such a move was catnip to the Internet at large, prompting many reports, too few of which acknowledged that Facebook is supposed to help with ex-stalking, not make it harder.

The people didn’t seem too convinced, however:

The Takeaway: Of course, this still seems less extreme than it could be, when you consider the historical precedent.

Politics to Reshape America

What Happened: Perhaps Ben Carson’s desire to rebuild America is intended more literally than anyone had previously believed.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs, media think pieces

What Really Happened: In the constant, dizzying political campaign to be the Republican nominee for president, certain details and nuances can slip through the cracks. Like, apparently, knowing where all the states in the US actually are. Yes, the Ben Carson campaign sent out an infographic that shifted around much of New England (including quietly doing away with Connecticut), a fact that didn’t go unnoticed online. As in, everyone noticed. No, really, everyone noticed.

The Takeaway: On the plus side, you’d like to think that if he became President of the United States, Carson would have people who could tell him where the states actually are. Of course, that assumes that Carson would listen to his advisors.

I Was Wondering If After All These Years, You’d Like To Buy Some Music

What Happened: It turns out that, if you want to hear Adele’s new album, you’ll have to buy it.

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs, media think pieces

What Really Happened: What was initially a rumor was swiftly confirmed: Adele’s new album 25 won’t be immediately available on streaming services. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise (21 wasn’t immediately available, either), but the speed with which the story swiftly spread across the Internet suggested that this was, in fact, the most shocking story of the week—so much so that Spotify even released a statement in response that essentially said, “please, Adele, come soon, we love you!” (You don’t get to be the fastest-selling album in history by letting people stream, however.)

But what did the fans think?

OK, that’s not exactly what we were expecting…

Hrm. Was no one in favor of the decision?

That’s more like it. And it’s not as if the album unavailability on streaming services will really be a problem…

The Takeaway: Of course, this wasn’t the best Adele news of the week. That would be this New York Times correction:

We Call It “Thursday”

What Happened: Thursday of last week was International Men’s Day, which led to some asking the obvious question: What does that even mean?

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs, media think pieces

What Really Happened: As much as it might sound like a joke, Thursday really was International Men’s Day, which is actually a real thing, focused—according to the official website, at least—on “men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.” When you put it like that, it sounds almost reasonable, and certainly there are positive things that came out of the online activity surrounding the event:

But, even as parts of the Internet tried to defend the concept of having a day that challenges traditional ideas of masculinity, the rest of it was too busy making fun of the very idea of something called “International Men’s Day,” for obvious reasons:

The Takeaway: File under “Good Idea In Theory, But Maybe Change the Name Sometime Soon,” perhaps.


While You Were Offline: Please Never Change, Ben Carson