Samsung, drown your miseries. It's National Drink Beer Day

Social Cues: Plus on social media, a rare lunar event you can't take a picture of.

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If a rare lunar event happens but you can't even see it, does it really happen?

The Black Moon, which last occurred in 2014, will take place this Friday. But as the name suggests, it will be hiding in plain sight. You may wish to start a deep philosophical debate about that -- or perhaps about Samsung's fiery woes -- over a drink Wednesday. Cheers to #NationalDrinkBeerDay, now trending on Twitter.

Social Cues is your go-to guide on the topics Facebook and Twitter users will be chatting about throughout the day. Here is what's trending on social media:


Bottom's up on National Drink Beer Day.

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#NationalDrinkBeerDay: In case the US needed a reason to drink beer, this unofficial holiday comes as Oktoberfest season heads toward its conclusion on October 3. Social media is showing its sudsy appreciation. Whether you're drinking urine turned into beer or playing beer pong with a robot, we'll raise a glass to you. Oddly enough, National Beer Day is its own separate event on April 7, in case you need another excuse to drink.

Black Moon: If you don't see this rare lunar event on Friday, don't worry, it's not because you drank too much. The Black Moon will happen on the last day of September, a rare occurrence where there are two new moons (the dark phase) in a single month, kind of like the Blue Moon. The last time the Black Moon happened was in March 2014, and it won't happen again until 2019.

Facebook users were chatting about how lackluster the rare moon phase must be if you can't even see it.

#AlfredOlango: For the third week in a row, a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man has social media in an uproar, this time in the San Diego area. Twitter users called for justice after 30-year-old Alfred Olango was shot and killed by police on Tuesday for acting "erratically," the Daily Beast reported. Officers with the El Cajon Police Department turned their guns on Olango after first using a Taser on him for allegedly refusing to take his hand out his pocket, according to CBS8. Twitter was outraged by the incident, arguing that officers had killed a mentally challenged man having a seizure.

Malaysia Airlines: MH17 trended across social media after Dutch investigators revealed that the flight was hit over Ukraine by a Buk missile fired from Russia. The attack killed 298 people on-board the Malaysian flight in July 2014, about two-thirds of them Dutch nationals. The disclosure has Twitter users clamoring about what should happen now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Even after recalling millions of its flagship phones and replacing them, Samsung is apparently still experiencing some problems with the explosive Note 7. The phone trended on Facebook after news broke out that some replacement units may be catching fire.