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A weather report by ABC News 13’s Justin Hinton became unintentionally humorous after he accidentally activated Facebook’s filters feature before a Facebook Live segment. The mishap gave Hinton googly eyes, a wizard hat and beard, a gold medal and more.

News 13 published a story about the blooper, along with a Facebook post:

Hinton posted the misshap to his Facebook page as well, along with the backstory:

Hinton also imparted this advice: “If you can’t laugh at yourself, what’s the point of laughter?”

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 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the UC Davis Medical Center in California has the United States’ first COVID-19 patient with an unknown origin—the patient wasn’t exposed to a known source and didn’t travel to an area with an outbreak.

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