DWTS star fined for passing gas & 9 other crazy pop culture stories this week

Apr 1, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Have no fear, your weekly pop culture roundup is here! It's about that time that we bring you all the interesting little nuggets that were trending around the web this week. From sad news to WTF dating rumors, there was a whole lot going on.

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Let's jump right in, shall we?

1. The world loses two American icons

Garry Shandling and Patty Duke
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Sadly, the back-to-back deaths of legendary entertainers Garry Shandling and Patty Duke put a damper on this week.

Shandling, best known for The Larry Sanders Show, died March 24, after suffering a heart attack. His friend Judd Apatow posted several photos on social media to commemorate his life.

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Duke, who played dual roles in the 1960s classic The Patty Duke Show, died on March 29, from a ruptured intestine. Her son Sean Astin posted a touching Facebook message about his mother's legacy on the morning of her death.

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2. Birdie Sanders takes flight

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During a Portland, Oregon, rally for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, a tiny, little bird flew up on to his lectern during his speech. The crowd went wild and #BirdieSanders was born.

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The bird stared straight at Sanders for several moments before flying away — and Sanders seized the opportunity strengthen his speech. "I think there may be some symbolism here," he said. "I know it doesn't look like it, but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace. No more wars!"

3. Ariana Grande's releases video for "Dangerous Woman (Visual 1)"

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Grande's new video raised eyebrows for its racy visuals, but she also received props for embracing her sexuality. Despite the criticism, the video quickly went viral: It got 2.4 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours.

You can download the song and preorder the rest of Grande's album, Dangerous Woman, on iTunes here.

4. Sneak peek at Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition released

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Harry Potter fans could barely contain their excitement when J.K. Rowling debuted Jim Kay's awesome new illustrations from the upcoming edition on her website. The teasers included the cover shown above and this gorgeous rendering of The Phoenix.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition doesn't come out until Oct. 4, 2016, but you can preorder it on Amazon here.

5. NFL star fined for flatulence

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller's season of Dancing With the Stars is going to be super expensive if he can't stop farting, judging by a recent viral clip of him and DTWS partner, Witney Carson.

Turns out, Miller is so gassy that Carson has started to fine him $100 every time he lets one rip during rehearsals. Maybe it's time for Miller to invest in some Beano?

6. The New York Times launches a podcast team

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Podcasts are the wave of the future, and The New York Times is totally on board. It has created a new audio team that is set to launch a whole gaggle of news and opinion podcasts through 2017.

In its first effort, the Times has partnered with WBUR in Boston to create Modern Love, which, according to its description on iTunes, "features the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves."

Modern Love is available for download on iTunes, and you can also take a listen over on Stitcher.

7. Public upset by new museum honoring Bill Cosby

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The Internet exploded with anger after The Smithsonian announced it would be honoring Bill Cosby in its new National Museum of African American History and Culture, but would be leaving out mention of the numerous sexual assault allegations against him.

The Smithsonian finally gave into the pressure and said on Friday that it has decided to make mention of the accusations against Cosby after all, according to NPR.

8. Sesame Street characters rap to "Regulators"

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YouTube user isthishowyougoviral answered his own question after making a video of all our Sesame Street favorites rapping Warren G and Nate Dogg's 1994 hit "Regulate" that quickly skyrocketed to more than 1 million views.

The words match up to the puppets mouth perfectly — you have to check it out for the amazing juxtaposition of Oscar the Grouch playing dice in the alley and Bert rapping in a bubble bath, if nothing else. It truly is a sight to behold.

10. Jennifer Lopez rules Carpool Karaoke

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James Corden has had some amazing rounds of Carpool Karaoke during the past year — hello, Adele and One Direction! — but JLo just proved she is pretty much the queen of, well, everything. Between the singing, car seat dancing, harmonizing, booty talk and hilarious prank texting of Leonardo DiCaprio, everything about this video is amazing.
And the clip seriously blew up — by Friday afternoon, it had an astounding 16.1 million views. It's safe to say Corden and Lopez are a good team.

10. Jessica Lowndes and Jon Lovitz celebrate April Fools' Day early

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90210 star Jessica Lowndes and the much-older comedian Jon Lovitz baffled the world early in the week when they posted several videos and pics on social media announcing their relationship. But soon after, the jig was up and it all turned out to be a huge publicity stunt for Lowndes' new video for her song "Deja Vu."
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What was your favorite moment in pop culture this week?

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