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    Reddit has an amazing thread happening today that's titled "Can you tell us a scary story in five words or less?" In terms of upsetting readers in just a few words, I didn't think anything could top the infamous line that's attributed to Ernest Hemingway, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," but Reddit users have been doing a bang-up job of making the most of their assigned brevity.

    I've pulled some of the best stories that have been posted so far, and added some creepy images just to heighten the yeesh factor. Turn on all the lights, lock the doors, and enjoy.

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    A 4-year-old boy and his mom got a big surprise after mom posted a comment about his private school on her Facebook page: the preschooler was asked to learn his ABC's elsewhere.

    Ashley Habat, from Florida, says she was upset because she didn't feel the administrators at Sonshine Christian Academy gave parents enough notice about picture day. When she expressed this sentiment to an administrator after checking her son Will in late on picture day, she was told a note was placed in her son's folder the week before.

    But that excuse didn't satisfy Habat. She did what a lot of us do when we want to vent: she posted a comment about the source of her frustrations on Facebook. And that one move was enough to get her son expelled from the institution.

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    Teens kids, adults -- and, cough, cough even President Obama -- take selfies everywhere -- from funerals to math class. But some colleges are getting tougher on the practice of posing for your own pics and then posting them to accounts like Instagram by actually banning selfies from graduation. It's an amazing interesting idea, but one you have to question, given everyone's obsession with photos of themselves. Are you asking for too much when you ask young people to keep their phones home on one of the most important days of their lives?

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    Violence among teens is a very real issue. There are children -- possibly right now -- partaking in organized fights right in their front yards, parents presumably not at home, and it's all being filmed by their friends. One of these fights is getting a lot of attention because there were rumors that one of the girls died after getting hitting in the head with a shovel.

    Miranda Fugate Lockwood, 16, also known as "Shovel Fight Girl," was brawling with Emily Powers in Powers' yard. Some younger kids' toys can be seen near the porch, indicating there may be even younger kids exposed to this kind of violence. There seems to be at least four friends filming the whole thing. After punching Emily multiple times in the face, Miranda appeared to be the "winner" in this fight -- another girl attempted to end it. Emily then told Miranda to get out of her yard, and when she didn't leave, Emily acted as if she was going to get a BB gun. She ended up throwing a shovel at Miranda's head.

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    Newsflash! Some people just need to lighten up, seriously. 

    Francis Schmidt is a teacher of art and animation at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. He did something so not outrageous and so not threatening that the aftermath seems not just unjust, but silly. Mr. Schmidt posted a photo of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a Game of Thrones T-shirt and he was suspended from his job. What? Huh? And no, this is not some kind of joke. This really happened.

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    A new video going viral is the subject of much debate and shock. In the clip, a teen in headphones attempts to take a selfie from what he seems to think is a "safe distance" from the train tracks. As the locomotive whizzes by, he's seemingly struck in the head by the train conductor, who stuck his leg out and delivered a swift kick to the teen's head and neck. Whoa.

    Yep, you pretty much just have to see it to believe it ...

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    I've been writing online for a long time, and I thought I'd address a few questions I've had over the years about how the sausage gets made. Excuse me if this is a little insidery, but I wanted to talk a little about how and why we're now inundated with "You Won't Believe How This Smiling Baby Will Change Your Life!" and "35 Funniest Sidewalk Signs of All Time" posts on Facebook and Twitter.

    There are a few types of web content, the most prevalent of them being "online journalism." I wrote a book about it, and it's what I've been doing for most of my professional career. And I'm part of the problem. Let me explain.

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    On April Fool's Day, I read a post that had me shaking in my Ugg boots. It basically described changes to Facebook that would allow users to see who had viewed their profiles.

    Thankfully, it was just a prank post, so amateur cyberstalking may continue undeterred. Because really, do you want your ex or your crush or your high school nemesis knowing that you occasionally check out their pages out of sheer, morbid curiosity?

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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have officially crossed the line in the "what constitutes oversharing in the social media world" debate. Have you heard about the latest trend taking Instagram by storm? The #AfterSex selfie.

    As if the selfie culture weren't pervasive enough, now we're getting inundated with pictures of couples in post-coital bliss, and just to make sure that we're aware of what activity the naked people in bed were just engaged in, they're tagged with #AfterSex.

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    Facebook's ever-changing privacy policies have long been a gripe for users, but it looks like the social media behemoth is finally doing something to make people aware that they don't, in fact, need to share every detail of their lives with the entire Internet.

    Starting this week, some Facebook users who tried to share posts publicly got a little pop-up with a cute little dinosaur that asked if you really meant to share that with everyone, or would you rather choose the "right audience"?

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