WikiLeaks 'spirit cooking' tweet gets Twitter boiling

Social Cues: Also trending on social media on Friday are the "Hamilton" mixtape and Google's latest doodle.

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WikiLeaks and founder Julian Assange have been at the center of controversy dogging the Clinton campaign.

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Buckle up, gang. Social media will gross you out today.

The top trending topic on Twitter on Friday stems from a WikiLeaks tweet about Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman and bodily fluids. Are you still reading this?

Social Cues is our guide on what people are talking about on Facebook and Twitter. Here's what is trending on social media this Friday:

#SpiritCooking: Um... what? The top trend on Twitter on Friday morning relates to an alleged email released by WikiLeaks. The alleged email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta mentions a spirit cooking dinner. WikiLeaks tweeted that this involves "blood, sperm and breastmilk." Spirit cooking refers to performance artist Marina Abramovic's "cookbook" of recipes to cook up thoughts -- not meals. However, some on Twitter are taking it to the extreme and accusing the former secretary of state of devil worship. "This is not the first or last time that WikiLeaks has tweeted propaganda while doing Putin's bidding," a Clinton campaign representative wrote in an email. CNET cannot independently verify the information in the alleged email, and it is be entirely possible that someone altered the email before it was publicly released.

Hamilton Mixtape: If you need eye bleach after reading about spirit cooking, take a listen to preview tracks from the "Hamilton" mixtape. Fans of the hit Broadway musical were celebrating on Twitter after "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda announced he is releasing a mixtape based on the show's songs. Singer Kelly Clarkson's rendition of "It's Quiet Uptown" is already a stand-out hit.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: This trending topic is not about the US presidential election. Netflix dropped a new teaser for its exclusive series on Thursday night, with Neil Patrick Harris as the villainous Count Olaf. Facebook users are not thrilled with the casting, arguing that the actor isn't dark or brooding enough to play the creepy count.

Walter Cronkite: Friday's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of the "most trusted man in America." The legendary CBS journalist made his last broadcast on March 6, 1981, and he died in 2009 at age 92. (Note: CBS is the parent company of CNET.) Cronkite was trending on Twitter with many paying tribute to his contributions to journalism.

Super Moon: Want to know when you can see the closest full moon of the decade? The Super Moon will rise on November 14 and will be about 30,000 miles closer to our planet than its farthest point in orbit. We won't get another one like it until 2034. Facebook users are sharing the news with their friends to make sure everyone looks up 10 nights from now.

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