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If left unchecked, cruise ships can become perfect breeding grounds for germs and viruses—thousands of people are packed together in warm, humid conditions, often eating and drinking from communal serving trays and swimming in the same pools. Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, one of the largest cruises in the world, is experiencing this first hand as a norovirus outbreak forces the excursion to end early.


The cruise, which departed from Port Canaveral on Sunday, January 6, was carrying 6,780 passengers. By Thursday the tenth, 277 passengers and crew members had been diagnosed with the virus. In response to the outbreak, Royal Caribbean decided to bring the ship back into port on Saturday, January 12, a day ahead of schedule.

Rob Zeiger, chief communications manager for Royal Caribbean, issued a statement saying:

"We think the right thing to do is to get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health. Returning on Saturday also gives us more time to completely clean and sanitize the ship before her next sailing."

On Tuesday, January 8, passengers were barred from disembarking in Jamaica due to the outbreak, causing many complaints on social media:


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The CDC describes norovirus as "a contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. People contract norovirus when they come into contact with contaminated food, surfaces, or other people who have it."


Royal Caribbean is giving a full refund to all passengers aboard to the cruise, but that hasn't stopped some of them from taking to social media to show what's happening onboard:



Twitter users were certainly glad they weren't aboard the sick cruise!








Now begins the cleaning process to ensure the Oasis will be germ-free in time for its next trip! Outbreaks of this size are relatively rare and most passengers can cruise comforted by that knowledge.

Times change, and if you don't change with them you're likely to get left behind. That simple piece of wisdom applies to pretty much everything - up to and including the job market. It seems like a lot of older didn't get that memo, though.

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Reddit user u/GeekyKirby wanted to get something for their boyfriend for his birthday, but he said not to get him anything because it is so close to Christmas, so they decided it was time to get creative.


When asked what they bought him, u/GeekyKirby replied:

I pre-ordered him a game [Kingdom Hearts III], and bought him a shirt and a book he wanted :) ...I also filled up his living room floor with balloons...

It seems minor mischief is a common theme in their relationship:

Thank you. :) At this point, I can't really surprise my boyfriend anymore. And I try lol. Like the time I secretly put googly eyes on everything in his fridge...

Users were impressed by u/GeekyKirby's piping skills. Also, the hate for fondant is real!

Nicely done and without fondant! r/FondantHate - Patiod
Today was a bad day on reddit if you genuinely want fondant to not be a thing. Just kidding. But fuck fondant, for real. - mimomusic
We over at r/fondanthate love your buttercream meme! - cherrylpk
This is one of the best things I've ever seen on Reddit! - backfromthedead
You're a very thoughtful and creative girlfriend! <3 - mediaclone
I'd have a hard time eating this, very cute. - FrontierFrance210
A meme!?!?!? On a cake!?!??!?!?!?!Now i've seen everything! - Indetermination

A few were also a bit envious.

This cake looks AWESOME, great job!
Side note: Here's hoping that 2019 will bless me with some manflesh to do nice things like this for too 🤞🏽- black_heart85
Hehe this gave me a good chuckle this morning. Now wish I had a boyfriend so I could do this to them. - MidnightMadness21

Making something for someone is a great way to show them you love them.

The best birthday present I ever got was from a girl who baked me a cake secretly. So thanks for doing that for him, I know I'd feel great about it. - Levitr0n

Others have found inventive ways to use the meme as well:

Stickers:


Sculpture:

Latte Art:

Refrigerator...art...trolling?


Even An Essay:

The fact that Surprised Pikachu is still around in 2019 really speaks to its universal appeal and ease of use. People will surely keep coming up with inventive ways to use the meme.

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If there's one thing Christian Bale is known for, aside from a very gravely Batman voice, it's the physical transformations he undergoes for his roles. The actor is known to yo-yo his weight from role to role, in order to better portray his characters.

Now, however, the actor is considering calling it quits on the dangerous transformations. In an interview with The Sunday Times, the actor described his process with playing Dick Cheney in the new film Vice.

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