Champions League Groups Announced, New Monopoly Token Debuts

It's not always enough to know what's "trending." It kind of helps to know why. Welcome to The Social Climber, where we provide a quick primer on the people, places and things that are being feverishly searched and shared online -- and try to make sense of it all.

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Champions League Groups Announced (It's a Soccer Thing)
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PHOTO: UEFA Champions League
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Calling all football fans! And by football, the ever-worldly Social Climber obviously means soccer, as you Americans would say.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced the group draws for the Champions League, which is a really prestigious soccer league in Europe.

The 2013-2014 group stage was drawn today at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo.

Just point us in the direction of David Beckham, please, and thanks.

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New Monopoly Token Hits Boards
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PHOTO: The newest Monopoly token, a cat,
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For all those cat lovers who simply couldn't bring themselves to partake in Monopoly without a feline representative on the board, today is your day. The new Monopoly token is officially making its debut and guess what? It's a cat.

The cat token was the winner of a worldwide vote for a new token in the classic Hasbro board game. The cat beat out a guitar, robot, helicopter and diamond ring for the coveted spot. (Imagine that version of "The Hunger Games"...)

The real loser in all of this? The iron, which has been "retired," but Social Climber bets the poor thing is feeling a lot more like fired.

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Body Found in Missing LSU Student's Wrecked Truck
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PHOTO: Missing LSU student Christopher Broussard was found dead in overturned truck on the highway, Aug. 28, 2013.
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Authorities removed a body from missing LSU student Chris Broussard's wrecked pick-up truck south of East Baton Rouge on Wednesday night, according to ABC News' Baton Rouge affiliate WBRZ-TV.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the body.

Broussard was reported missing on Tuesday after he didn't come home from a bar with friends. His mother said she received a text from him around 1 a.m. on Tuesday that suggested he was on his way home, but he didn't come home and missed work on Tuesday, WBRZ-TV reported.

"The truck is damaged pretty bad," St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau told the station. "It appears he hit the guardrail and went airborne, then into the bayou," he said.

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Harry Connick Jr. Reportedly in Talks to Join 'American Idol'
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Social Climber believes that the world needs more crooners in the position of judging others so we are happy to hear that New Orleans charmer Harry Connick Jr. is reportedly in talks to join "American Idol," according to Deadline.

The ever-changing judges' panel on the hit singing show has been through many ups and downs in recent years with big names including Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler rotating through the judges' seats.

Remember the good ole' days of Simon, Paula and Randy? Sigh. Godspeed, Harry.

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Nintendo Wii U Price Cut Might Be Exciting to Gamers
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The closest Social Climber gets to video games is Candy Crush (NO cheating, people! Come on!), so this news doesn't mean much to us, but apparently people are interested in the Wii U price cut.

Nintendo is reducing the price of the Wii U deluxe set from $349.99 to $299.99, effective September 20, according to the AP.

What is the Wii U, you ask? According to the virtual tour Social Climber just took on Nintendo.com (seriously), it appears to be a gaming console that comes with a GamePad, a hand-held device that is both a controller and a second screen.

It apparently makes it possible to play the game on the TV and on the GamePad either at the same time or just on the GamePad. We're sure it does other stuff too, but that seems to be the gist of it.

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Baby Boy is Trending, There are Lots of Baby Boys
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PHOTO: Overjoyed and filled with gratitude at the arrival of our son Noah Bublè.
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You people of the Internet are making "baby boy" trend really high and what's funny is that you could be referring to a number of baby boys.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Cutter Dykstra welcomed a baby boy on Wednesday. Michael Bublé's wife, actress Luisana Lopilato gave birth to the couple's first child on Tuesday, a baby boy named Noah. And Jessica Simpson is debuting her 2-month-old baby boy Ace Knute Johnson on a new cover of Us Weekly on newsstands Friday.

So, Internet, which baby boy are you referring to? Social Climber is just going to assume it's our favorite baby boy ... Prince George.

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