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Internet Explorer Podcast: The Tale Of Brother Orange, And Why April Fool's Day Is The Worst

This week we interview Matt Stopera about his amazing tale of becoming an internet celebrity in China. Also, why April Fools' Day is the 100% worst.

Posted on April 8, 2015, at 3:55 a.m. ET

Hey there fellow Internet Explorers! This week we have a really exciting episode for you.

We talk with Matt Stopera, a fellow BuzzFeed editor who recently went to China to meet the man who had his stolen iPhone and became a huge celebrity in China. It's nuts.

Here is Matt meeting "Brother Orange" for the first time in the airport. As you can see, there's a million cameras.

Here is Matt meeting "Brother Orange" for the first time in the airport. As you can see, there's a million cameras.

Read his story, I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life . It's heartwarming, surreal, funny, and just plain great.

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They became friends. Here's a pic of them Facetiming since Matt returned to the USA (note: they don't speak any of the same language):

Except for the word "duang," which Matt learned from this excellent Jackie Chan hair product endorsement.

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Because April Fools' Day was last week, we also discuss why it's kind of the most annoying day on the internet (hint: ~brands being funny~)

The game changer: clip-On Man-Buns, coming soon.

Music and clips provided by the wonderful people of the internet:

- Theme music and interstitials from Tanlines

- The song Ryan thinks is Uncle Kracker is actually the Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton version of "Big Yellow Taxi." Definitely send him a playlist of Uncle Kracker songs so that he can educate himself.

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