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Quordle today: Here are the answers and hints for November 19

2023-03-19 06:17:07 author:dointy.com
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Quordle today: Here are the answers and hints for November 19

Quordle should be a source of relaxation, and never a source of stress.

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If Quordle is a little too challenging today, you've come to the right place for hints. There aren't just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need.

What is Quordle?

Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.

Is Quordle harder than Wordle?

Yes, though not diabolically so.

Where did Quordle come from?

Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30(Opens in a new tab). Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian(Opens in a new tab) six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue(Opens in a new tab) from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. 

How is Quordle pronounced?

“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.”

Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?

Yes and no.

Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you.

After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle.

What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?

Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. 

Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset.

Is there a way to get the answer faster?

In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses:

Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand(Opens in a new tab) suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.”

Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses.

If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints:

Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?

One word has a letter occurring twice.

Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?

No.

What do today’s Quordle words start with?

C, S, B, and S.

What are the answers for today’s Quordle?

Are you sure you want to know?

There’s still time to turn back.

OK, you asked for it. The answers are:

  1. CADDY

  2. SHOAL

  3. BUDGE

  4. STRIP

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    Chew stated discussions concerning the use of slurs in Scrabble had been ongoing within the NASPA "for many years." The game had also previously been criticised(Opens in a new tab) for allowing bigoted language(Opens in a new tab).

    However, this latest development only came about after a player in the NASPA's Facebook group(Opens in a new tab) asked what the association was doing regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. This prompted another player to suggest removing the N-word in solidarity, sparking "a spirited discussion."(Opens in a new tab)

    "I couldn’t have found a bigger wedge issue if I tried," Chew told the New York Times(Opens in a new tab).

    Some of that debate was recapped in Chew's letter, in which he listed reasons given for and against removing slurs. One of the arguments against it was that doing so would be "like tearing down statues of Confederate figures." This was also an argument for it.

    Though Chew formulated the original list of potentially banned words, it was subsequently revised following invited input from the public. The list(Opens in a new tab) currently under consideration includes offensive words regarding ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, and disability, as well as anatomical and scatological insults.

    SEE ALSO: #BlackLivesMatter saw tremendous growth on social media. Now what?

    Scrabble manufacturer Hasbro is not involved in maintaining the NASPA's word list, however the company does license the name "Scrabble" to the association. Speaking to the New York Times(Opens in a new tab), Hasbro spokesperson Julie Duffy stated the company will be changing the official Scrabble rules "to make clear that slurs are not permissible in any form of the game." The NASPA's decision will likely impact online versions of Scrabble as well, as the association licenses its word list to software developers.

    Mashable has reached out to both Hasbro and Chew for comment.

    It's good that spelling out slurs will probably be banned in Scrabble tournaments soon. However, it's also disappointing that there had to be global outcry before people stopped using racist, discriminatory language to literally score points.

    UPDATE: July 9, 2020, 1:09 a.m. AEST Chew told Mashable the 236 slurs under consideration are derived from 73 root words, and that deliberation and voting could potentially conclude by tomorrow night.

    "It's been a long process to remove offensive slurs, and the result is overdue," said Chew. "We made two big mistakes along the way: we accepted the argument in 1994 that there was no qualitative difference between a mildly offensive word like FART and the N word; and we thought that inclusivity meant giving voice to racists when making difficult choices.

    "I am glad that we are finally in a position to be able to solve these problems, and am ready to move on to making a more meaningful contribution to issues of equity and inclusivity."

    Also responding to an inquiry from Mashable, Hasbro spokesperson Julie Duffy did not provide a timeline for when the game would be updated to specifically exclude slurs. However, she did note that the company removed offensive words from Scrabble's official word list in 1994.

    "More recently, we’ve been in discussion with the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) who have agreed to remove all slurs from their word list for Scrabble tournament play, which is managed solely by NASPA and available only to members."

  • Heres why Gabbie Hanna is all over TikTok

    Heres why Gabbie Hanna is all over TikTok

    Gabbie Hanna, who first gained internet fame through Vine, is now the butt of jokes all over TikTok.

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    The 29-year-old Vine star turned YouTuber turned musician left social media this month after weeks of accusing YouTube of suppressing her content. Although her views and subscriber count has been dropping, per SocialBlade(Opens in a new tab), Hanna's YouTube channel is still publicly accessible.

    Hanna is no stranger to controversy — she was widely criticized(Opens in a new tab) for associating with former Vine star Curtis Lepore, who plead guilty to sexually assaulting his then-girlfriend Jessi Vasquez. Vasquez, known online as Jessi Smiles, accused Hanna of being friends with Lepore's friends, who protected him when Vasquez accused him of sexual assault. She detailed the fallout between herself and Hanna in a 27-minute-long video in November 2019 titled "Gabbie Hanna needs to be stopped." YouTuber Trisha Paytas(Opens in a new tab) was also involved in the feud after Hanna allegedly told Paytas' then-boyfriend that Paytas had a sexually transmitted infection.

    It didn't help that days before, Hanna tweeted that she wanted to be involved in a scandal because "views are down." But as Business Insider reports(Opens in a new tab), the resulting drama ultimately cost her 70,000 subscribers.

    Given her online presence, it's no surprise that Hanna has previously been the subject of a meme. In 2018, a clip of her Genius interview about her song "Monster" went viral. To Hanna's credit, she leaned into the joke and posted a video(Opens in a new tab) reacting to the memes making fun of her.

    Her poetry book Adultolescence was also criticized(Opens in a new tab) by both social media users and poets alike for its immature approach to discussing mental health.

    Hanna's departure(Opens in a new tab) from the Vlog Squad, a group of popular Vine stars who began posting YouTube videos together, also fueled the rumors(Opens in a new tab) about drama between herself and other YouTubers. Other members included David Dobrik, Liza Koshy, and Trisha Paytas.

    As the controversy surrounding Hanna continued, her view count and subscribers fell. In a series of tweets in June, Hanna claimed that YouTube shadow banned(Opens in a new tab) her, or prevented other users from seeing her content. She posted a screenshot(Opens in a new tab) of a YouTube search of her name in incognito mode, and pointed out that commentary channels criticizing her came up first over her own channel. Hanna furthermore claimed that her fans were automatically unsubscribed from her channel and that they weren't able to subscribe again. Although Hanna said she was discussing the issue with YouTube, the company has not publicly commented.

    Hanna addressed her concerns in a YouTube livestream on Jun. 16. In the hour-long video, she compared YouTube to a manipulative, gaslighting partner and accused drama channel TeaSpill of defamation. While social media users have asked for proof that YouTube shadow banned her, Hanna has not provided evidence other than screenshots from searching in incognito mode.

    "Say you've always suspected your boyfriend cheats on you, and you've never had proof," Hanna explained. "And then you finally find out... And it's this huge rush of release of, 'Oh, I'm not crazy.'"

    On her podcast(Opens in a new tab) Box of Thoughts, she defended herself against her critics, which she decried as "bullies" and "narcissistic abusers."

    "I'm not gonna show you the facts and the evidence because I'm 29-fucking-years-old," Hanna ranted on her podcast. "And I'm not gonna sit down and make a video with screenshots exposing my bullies. Those are bullies. These are high school fucking bullies and they wanna come at me saying, 'You're 29-years-old [with] how you're acting?' Fuck you. You're in your 30s."

    She then quoted the lyrics from her song(Opens in a new tab) "Glass House," singing, "So point the finger, pull the trigger, throw them off your trail, you'll get yours eventually."

    The two sounds went viral on TikTok, feeding the memes and criticism surrounding her.

    In one video(Opens in a new tab), TikTok user countingschleeps mimicked Hanna's livestream rant, matching her cadence and rhythm. In another, a TikTok user laughed at excerpts of Hanna's poetry while her rant played in the background. Remixes(Opens in a new tab) of the rant with Meg Thee Stallion's "Savage" and controversial YouTuber Shane Dawson's livestream rant(Opens in a new tab) also went viral.

    Gabbie Hanna is the butt of TikTok jokes. Credit: tiktok / mikaylalohman

    A clip from Hanna's 2018 spoken word poetry video(Opens in a new tab) "ROAST YOURSELF EVEN HARDER CHALLENGE" also went viral. In one, a TikTok user compared it to "whenever that one classmate gets too into the popcorn reading." In another, a TikTok user covered the song in Lin-Manuel Miranda's voice, adding it to the end of a Hamilton track.

    Gabbie Hanna is the butt of TikTok jokes. Credit: tiktok / austiincho
    Gabbie Hanna's poetry was widely mocked on TikTok. Credit: tiktok / umokayig

    As of Thursday, the tag #gabbiehanna has over 133 million views on TikTok. Hanna deleted her Instagram and Twitter accounts, and made her TikTok private.

    YouTube has unintentionally shadow banned creators before. In March, popular vlogger Meghan Rienks revealed that her main channel had been hacked. When she successfully changed the password, the channel became inaccessible to viewers. Subscribers couldn't view Rienks' content at all. Her secondary channel was also taken over by a rogue beauty brand, Dexerto reports(Opens in a new tab), which began reposting content ripped from various makeup Instagram accounts. While Rienks did gain control of her channels again, she couldn't recover her backlog of videos.

    But Hanna's case seems to be different, as viewers can still see her channel and all of her public videos.

    While some of the criticism is justified, especially from former members of her inner circle, much of the pile-on is especially cruel. Hanna's viewership has been declining for years, and although she's found some success(Opens in a new tab) in her musical career, being embroiled in conflict has taken a toll on her reputation.

    It's unclear whether Hanna will continue to post on YouTube. But it's clear that her content isn't resonating like it used to for the younger generation just now discovering her on TikTok.

    Mashable has reached out to Hanna for comment, and we'll update this post if we hear back..

  • Disney Worlds reopening trailer gets an appropriately snarky response

    Disney Worlds reopening trailer gets an appropriately snarky response

    If you're going to re-open one of the world's most popular theme parks during a pandemic, and in a U.S. state that is currently considered a hot spot, you're going to get dragged for it.

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    That's the response greeting Disney on Saturday as company leadership moved forward with a plan to fling open the doors to the some Florida parks, come hell or COVID-19. All the protective measures in the world can't keep park guests safe from an illness that has led to bans on large gatherings of people worldwide.

    Predictably, Disney's mask-laden trailer(Opens in a new tab) released to hype the reopening of Orlando's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom was met with scorn and snark on Twitter.

    Reports from the ground post-opening aren't terribly encouraging either. It doesn't mean that people aren't having fun, but it does speak to the challenge of maintaining social distancing in an entertainment venue that is literally built to cram as many people as possible together.

    Thankfully, the crowds do seem fairly small, beyond bottlenecks like the one described above.

    Look. I get it. Lockdown months have been hard. And Disney World employs thousands of people, many of whom haven't been able to report for work since the parks all shut down in March. Those people need their incomes back.

    That's balanced against concerns over how Disney corporate is handling the re-opening. Just in the past two weeks, the company not only stuck by its plan to re-open, it did so in the midst of a report(Opens in a new tab) revealing that returning workers aren't being tested for COVID-19.

    Many people seem to feel that any protective measures at all still don't go far enough. Enforcing a mask requirement helps plenty (please wear a mask when you leave the house!), but things like that and social distancing are only deterrents. They don't fix the problem.

    You want to show your support for Disney? Then respect the challenges park employees face as they return to their jobs and stay at home. Watch Hamilton on Disney+. And plan to vote in November, because the USA's bumbling response to this pandemic isn't going to change unless there's a power shift in Washington, D.C.

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  • How selling nudes on OnlyFans helped my body image issues

    How selling nudes on OnlyFans helped my body image issues

    I am not what you think of when you think 'OnlyFans model.' My body is thicc, with large thighs, strong arms, and a doughy midsection. My hair is far from full and much of my wardrobe is Old Navy chic. I have a dick — and it’s not huge. No one sees me on the street and fantasizes about me when they get home. Or so I thought.

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    One of my first followers on OnlyFans(Opens in a new tab) — who I had affectionately labeled Foot Bitch — told me that we’d gone to college together. "I thought you were incredibly sexy and jerked off to your Facebook pictures so many times!" he shared in our first exchange. This was news to me; I spent my college years surprised at any sexual interest. My body image had been warped by countless bullies calling me a "fat fuck" every day for a decade. 'Foot Bitch’ proceeded to tip me for feet pictures and apologized for not having more money to send. "I’m drowning in NYU debt," he wrote. I hoped I was worth it. Many creators on ‘that platform’ are having a body image reawakening in the face of intergenerational fatphobia, filtered social media models, and gendered expectations.

    SEE ALSO: What to do when body image is affecting your sex life

    "It’s funny. You start an OnlyFans page and everyone who’s wanted to have sex with you follows," says writer Ryn Pfeuffer(Opens in a new tab), 49. "Someone I went on a date with in the mid-’90s crawled out of the woodwork. I wish I had known [he liked me then]!"

    The rise of OnlyFans (and other independent, adult-friendly monetization platforms like Fansly, FanCentro, and LoyalFans) has seen an insurgence of everyday people trying their hand at home-made porn. In 2019, there were reportedly 120,000 creator accounts(Opens in a new tab) on the site. In 2022, that number is well over 1.5 million(Opens in a new tab) with more than 150 million registered users. OnlyFans is now fully part of the zeitgeist with many (Opens in a new tab)celebrities willing to show a nipple or some bushy root to their horniest fans. (Except Bella Thorne.)

    I launched an OnlyFans in August 2020 after cultivating a very horny audience with The Manwhore Podcast(Opens in a new tab) (for example: we watch retro porn together in my Discord server(Opens in a new tab) each month). Like plenty of newbies, I wanted an ego boost. Other creators wanted to anonymously explore their sexuality. Many found themselves unemployed as the world ground to a halt during pandemic lockdowns and they turned to being hot as a way to pay the bills.

    "It’s nice to have those moments where I’m like, 'Whoa. I’m kind of hot!'"

    Haley, 26, launched her page @GetHumiliated(Opens in a new tab) in January 2021 to make ends meet while waiting to start a new job. In college, she used to "scam dudes on Twitter" for beer money by offering nude photos, accepting their payments, then ghosting them. But now, she was ready to actually follow through.

    Haley found a niche as an internet Goddess specializing in Small Penis Humiliation (a fetish where a man requests degrading comments about the size of his wang). The savvy humiliatrix rakes in a comfortable $4,000 to $7,000 a month being praised by betas. Mrs. Humiliation, as she calls herself, has since quit her day job because she "was literally losing money by not being available for interactive stuff."

    But money was not the only benefit. "My mom was always trying to lose weight," Haley says. She feels it was ingrained in her at a young age to always be smaller. "I’ve always had a little bit of extra belly fat." Like me, that soft squishy midsection was her least favorite part of her body. But on OnlyFans, Haley is flooded with men worshiping her stomach.

    Another woman, a German creator who posts under @aafricanqueeeen(Opens in a new tab), said she was also insecure about her belly for years. Through posting on OnlyFans, she found out "a lot of people love fupas!" (FUPA is an acronym for Fat Upper Pubic Area.) Each photoshoot presented an opportunity to discover new parts about her body that can be sexy — even if they don’t fit into conventional beauty standards. For example, the 24-year-old — who loves memes and dick ratings — never liked shaving but did it because of men’s expectations. After seeing the positive reactions to some unshaven content, she put the razor down altogether. "Sexuality was always linked to a boy, not for myself. [Now I realize that] my body — how it is — is beautiful. I don’t have to change it."

    SEE ALSO: Body neutrality is one way to reject diet culture. Here's what that means.

    The body positivity movement often pushes people to ‘feel beautiful’ and to not rely on external validation. But when representation of your body type is lacking in pop culture and desire for someone like you is either fetishized or admitted in hushed tones, it can feel delusional to look in the mirror and see sexy. All the representation and affirmations feel empty if people are clapping for your bravery instead of openly drooling in your comments like they do for Megan Fox or Michael B. Jordan.

    In college, one of my sisters told me, "If you just got a six pack, so many of my friends would want to date you." Woof. No wonder roughly 10 million men and boys(Opens in a new tab) in this country are affected by disordered eating. As a man whose definition of ‘abs’ will always be more relevant to ‘anti-lock braking system,’ I deduced I was going to have to get rich or get funny. When I was younger, I never saw women unabashedly desire chubby male actors on social media without also mentioning how hilarious he was in that one movie.

    Flash forward to this week, one of my regulars — a 30-something married woman in the Midwest — tips me, saying how much she loves my arms, my chest hair, my thighs, my butt. And yes, my boyfriend-sized six inches too.

    Body image isn’t only about weight, muscles, and the shape of your tits. For many trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming folks, there’s just something ‘not right’ about what they see in the mirror. "It didn’t feel good having that reminder that that’s what people saw when they looked at me," shares Eliza Casey(Opens in a new tab), who started shooting adult content with her wife in 2016 "long before OnlyFans" blew up.

    After transitioning, Casey, 30, drove out to the desert to shoot for a friend’s magazine. "[My friend] saw me more through the lens of the camera in that photoshoot than I see myself in the mirror some days." When she saw the photos, she was blown away by her own beauty — a shot of her long legs followed by her exposed body stepping out of the car in the Nevada sunlight. "It’s nice to have those moments where I’m like, 'Whoa. I’m kind of hot!'"

    "Those dollars mean just one thing: You are fucking hot. Now go pay your rent with your hotness."

    There’s less ambiguity in porn metrics than Instagram engagement. You don’t need to debate why people liked your thirst trap on OnlyFans. It’s not because you’re funny or brave or kind or people feel bad for you. Tips spent and view counts give a creator an idea of the number of orgasms they’ve caused. Those dollars mean just one thing: You are fucking hot. Now go pay your rent with your hotness.

    For trans creators whose sexualities unfortunately attract both shame and violence, selling nudes can be affirming. "It’s definitely helpful to show people like me being desired and taking ownership of their pleasure," Casey admits. Meanwhile, older creators like Pfeuffer—who rakes in $1,000 a week on OnlyFans—hope to challenge the notion that there’s a "societal expiration on your body."

    My first month on OnlyFans, I made $1,020 — that’s $30 shy of rent! The next month, I made even more. As an unknown comedian(Opens in a new tab) with a mildly successful dating podcast, I’ve made tens of thousands of dollars posting thirst traps and selling videos of my body in a variety of sexual scenarios. It was clear to me right away that I can hate my body if I want to — but I have to respect it. Because this body was paying some bills. Making between $500 and $2,000 per month forced me to accept: I’ve got a hot body.

    "OnlyFans has helped me realize that people love different things," Haley reflects. "Something about myself that I hate, somebody else could think is the most beautiful thing in the world."

  • The best books of 2021 so far, according to Amazon

    The best books of 2021 so far, according to Amazon

    'Tis the season to sit back, relax, and crack open a good book.

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    Summer is right around the corner, which means it's time to get your summer reading lists in order once again. Not sure where to start? Have no fear. The editors at The Amazon Book Review(Opens in a new tab) are here to share some fantastic recommendations.

    On Wednesday, Amazon published its annual Best Books of the Year (so far) list, a carefully curated collection of impressive, engaging reads that published from January to June.

    The full list includes standout works of fiction, moving memoirs, and more. Beginning with Maggie Shipstead's (Opens in a new tab)Great Circle(Opens in a new tab), which Amazon Books editors chose as the top title of 2021, here are 10 of 2021's best books so far.

    "Great Circle" by Maggie Shipstead Credit: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

    Great Circle: A novel(Opens in a new tab)

    Maggie Shipstead

    "At a young age, Marian Graves becomes obsessed with flying, and she'll do whatever it takes to get into the sky and circumnavigate the globe. Fast forward 100 years, and Hadley Baxter is remaking herself in Hollywood as the role of Marian Graves in a Hollywood bio-epic. From Montana to Los Angeles, London to New Zealand, Great Circle follows these two women who yearn for adventure and freedom, and like flying, it's the thrill of the century." — Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

    "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro Credit: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

    Klara and the Sun(Opens in a new tab)

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    "When he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, the committee noted how Ishiguro 'uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.' In this beautiful novel, Ishiguro presents an 'Artificial Friend,' a robot girl with artificial intelligence designed as a playmate for real children. It is a simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-mending story about the abyss we may never cross." — Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

    "The Code Breaker" by Walter Isaacson Credit: Simon & Schuster

    The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race(Opens in a new tab)

    Walter Isaacson

    "Isaacson is famous for writing Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci, so a title like The Code Breaker might imply a book about a lesser character. But the 2020 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who co-developed the gene editing technology CRISPR, is a giant in her own right. CRISPR could open some of the greatest opportunities, and most troubling quandaries, of this century — and this book delivers." — Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

    "We Begin at the End" by Chris Whitaker Credit: Henry Holt and Co.

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    Chris Whitaker

    "We Begin at the End is a story of regret and revenge, wrapped around a mystery, buried inside a tale of star-crossed love. Thirteen-year-old 'outlaw' Duchess Radley — fierce but vulnerable — attempts to protect her troubled mother but instead sets off a fateful chain of events in this gorgeous, harrowing novel." — Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review

    "What's Mine and Yours" by Naaima Coster Credit: Grand Central Publishing

    What's Mine and Yours(Opens in a new tab)

    Naima Coster

    "For fans of Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, and Jacqueline Woodson, What's Mine and Yours beautifully unravels the hurt, happiness, and hope that one generation bestows upon the next. An unforgettable portrait of how parents and kids —white and Black — handle love and loss, racism and loyalties." — Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

    "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah Credit: St. Martin's Press

    The Four Winds(Opens in a new tab)

    Kristin Hannah

    "Set during the Great Depression and featuring an unlikely heroine who will lodge herself into your heart, The Four Winds is a reminder, when we so urgently need it, of the resiliency not only of the human spirit, but of this country as well. Kristin Hannah's latest reads like a classic." — Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review

    "Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir" by Brian Broome Credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir(Opens in a new tab)

    Brian Broome

    "Hard-hitting, unflinching, and written with the unfettered gusto of a fist in motion, Punch Me Up to the Gods is a searing memoir of racism, homophobia, and addiction from a writer of enormous talent. With humor, grace, and honesty, Broome investigates his own identity and his experience as a gay Black man in America." — Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

    "Gold DIggers: A  Novel" by Sanjena Sathian Credit: Penguin PressG

    Gold Diggers: A Novel(Opens in a new tab)

    Sanjena Sathian

    "This debut novel is part examination of the immigrant experience, part exploration of the dark underbelly of suburbia, all with a dash of magical realism thrown in. Two second-generation Indian Americans discover the secret to success is drinking a lemonade made from literal gold, and their lives are forever fused together and altered. If this funny, realistic, and heart-breaking story is any indication, Sathian is an author to watch." – Sarah Gelman, Amazon Book Review

    "The Plot" by Jean Hanff Korelitz Credit: Celadon Books

    The Plot(Opens in a new tab)

    Jean Hanff Korelitz

    "The Plot is a riveting story within a story that is a Rubik’s Cube of twists. Jake Finch Bonner, a once-promising young author, is floundering in obscurity when a one-of-a-kind plot falls into his lap. The resulting book rockets Jake to stardom — only, the plot wasn’t his. Korelitz's thriller keeps readers guessing right up to its shocking end." — Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review

    "Chatter" by Ethan Kross Credit: Crown

    Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It(Opens in a new tab)

    Ethan Kross

    "It turns out that some of the most important conversations we have are with ourselves. Ethan Kross examines the voice that speaks inside our head, explains why it's there, and reveals how we can learn to rely on it rather than being broken by it. Chatter is a masterful, revealing take on human nature." — Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

    For more reading suggestions check out Amazon's full "Top 20 Books of 2021 So Far List(Opens in a new tab)" and read additional Amazon book reviews(Opens in a new tab). And don't forget you can seek out and support local bookshops(Opens in a new tab) and consider buying from one of many Black-owned bookstores(Opens in a new tab).

  • Trump interviewers viral reactions are now 2020s most useful meme format

    Trump interviewers viral reactions are now 2020s most useful meme format

    On Monday night, an exhausted and baffled nation got yet another reminder that it is being governed by a narcissistic toddler-fascist, but at least it also got a new meme format to express how constantly exhausting and baffling that is.

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    HBO aired a long sit-down interview between President Trump and Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, in which Trump doubled down on several of his latest gaffes, insulted the memory and legacy of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis at length, including saying he himself had done more for Black Americans than Lewis or in fact "any president since Lincoln." Most memorably, he threw a small tantrum ("You can't do that!") when Swan pressed him to discuss the reality of his coronavirus response beyond one specific graph his staff had printed out for him, handing the journalist the paper when he found himself unable to parse the statistics he clearly doesn't actually understand.

    Throughout the interview, but especially during that exchange, Swan gave him multiple iterations of a look which, as a fellow Australian, I can authoritatively translate as: "Mate, what the fuck are you on about?"

    The quick-draw screencappers of Twitter immediately observed that Swan's expressions were not just the only correct response to the interview itself, but also ripe to become a full-blown meme on their own.

    There are two main strands to the meme: a simple two-part reaction shot of Swan's WTF face, and a four-image format that reveals what was really on that piece of paper Trump is handing him, plus a three-image iteration that focuses on the paper reveal.

    (What was actually on it IRL? A very simple four-bar graph of coronavirus deaths per confirmed case, blown up almost to the edges of the A4-sized sheet, presumably so that Trump didn't get confused by whole sentences or mistake the colourful bars for unwrapped Jolly Ranchers and try to eat them.)

    The two-image format is a 2020 instant classic, with Swan's own wife, herself a journalist for Politico, going in for the roast early on.

    THE CHAIR PILE IS ITS OWN THING, JONATHAN. GOD.

    But Swan's perfectly nonplussed expression works for all moods, both the 2020-specific and eternal kind.

    Oh hey, Sean Spicer, you got jokes now? Cool.

    To quote a ticker joke from Desus & Mero last week, 8.0 is a perfectly respectable Pitchfork score.

    The Trump version is a little less all-purpose, but a gift to everyone with a deeply cursed phone camera roll.

    Donny Fiveaces. Is that anything?

    If you need more evidence, others have also pointed out that reacting to a piece of paper is a proven meme format.

    Of course, everything comes full circle On Line eventually.

    If you just can't get enough of the 2020 update to Blinking White Guy, one kind user put together a handy reference for all Swan's deeply relatable expressions. Tag your 2020 mood (I'm a 12 with 7 rising).

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  • Why I ditched app folders and embraced phone chaos

    Why I ditched app folders and embraced phone chaos

    I don't know the exact second I stopped caring about app folders, but I think it was during the pandemic. I just couldn't bring myself to spend half an iota of energy on organizing my apps.

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    First, a confession: I'm not an organized person. It's always been hard for me to keep everything in its place. I have gotten marginally better at it for the sake of co-existing with my partner, but it's not something that comes natural.

    So, I never really got much enjoyment out of app folders, or any sort of organization, on my phone's home screen. I once saw a person who color coded their apps by page and it threw me for a loop — that might as well have been climbing Everest in my mind.

    We here at Mashable have even suggested ways to organize apps in the past, using everything from verb-based folders, to alphabetical order, to folders labeled with emoji.

    Apple debuted folders(Opens in a new tab) for the iPhone in 2010 and I've used them roughly ever since because iPhones are the sole smartphone I've owned. At first, folders felt super useful. There were only so many apps on my phone and it kept things look tidy. They allowed me to see my phone background clearly. But with time, every damn thing had an app. My laundry is now run by an app — I literally can't wash my clothes without it. Using folders to neatly organize my countless apps — many of which, granted, I hardly use — felt impossible. It felt more like a task than a useful tool, and finding the apps became more difficult, not easier.

    So, eventually, some combination of the pandemic and my natural state led me to the ethos of fuck it. No folders, no semblance of order, no here's where my food apps are, here's transportation, here's messaging. No wondering if Snapchat is social media or messaging. No worries over keeping my phone neatly organized. No gods, no masters.

    Here, look upon my works and despair. (And, by the way, this is just three pages of many on my phone, all cluttered with apps.)

    My many apps, entirely unorganized. Credit: Screenshot: iphone / Tim Marcin / mashable

    And you know what? This home screen chaos has made my life better. Peacock under my laundry app? Sure. TikTok and Zillow? Why not. Cheesesteak restaurant with package tracking? Makes sense.

    As an unorganized person, it just works better for me. Instead of rambling through different folders trying to find the app I need, my brain goes into autopilot and swipes to the page and, bam, opens the app.

    Yes, it's a mess, but it's my mess.

    You know that kid in school who had the binder stuffed with haggard-looking papers? Crumpled assignments sandwiched between rulers, open pens, and sheets from semesters ago. But then, somehow, they always turned up exactly the piece of paper they needed? That was me.

    My phone's screen is just the latest version of that. Yes, it's a mess, but it's my mess. And running off muscle memory and a wide-open display works better for me than everything has a place and every place has its thing.

    I mean, if worst comes to worst, I just swipe down and search for what I need, which I suppose I could've done with my apps in folders — but then I would've had to have wasted time putting my apps in folders. Everything is chaos on my phone, and to me, that's beautiful. I have given up control and, in that act, found my own little form of organization.

  • Singles dont want their vaccine status to be a dating barrier

    Singles dont want their vaccine status to be a dating barrier

    Now that all adults in the U.S. are eligible for the COVID vaccine, proclaiming your vax status on dating apps has become almost as commonplace as men posing with a large fish or Pams yearning for their Jims.

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    But how important is being vaccinated to daters, really?

    As part of Mashable's post-pandemic dating and sex survey, people told us whether they had plans to get vaccinated and answered follow-up questions about on how their dating behavior would be impacted. Here's what they had to say.

    Will daters get vaccinated?

    For starters, let's look at how many respondents are getting vaccinated. The survey was conducted in late April 2021, and at that point 37 percent of respondents were already vaccinated. Twenty-seven percent said they planned on getting the vaccine, while 19 percent said they wouldn't. Finally, 18 percent said they weren't sure.

    Next, we looked at how important it was to daters that a potential partner had received the COVID vaccine. Overall, the most common answer (around 26 percent) was that it was "very important" for a potential partner to be vaccinated.

    A closer look at the stats, however, reveals a more complex story. For the most part, whether someone deemed it important for a date to be vaccinated correlated with whether they themselves were or planned to be. For example, people that were already vaccinated overwhelmingly (64 percent) said it was somewhat or very important for a potential partner to be as well. This aligns with Match's recent Summer of Love survey(Opens in a new tab), in which more than half of respondents (56 percent) were somewhat or very concerned about their date's vaccination status.

    Meanwhile, 57 percent of the folks in our survey that don't plan on getting the vaccine said it's not at all important if a potential match does.

    To Aura Priscel, a clinical psychologist, mental health therapist, and contributing writer at Psychology Degree Guide(Opens in a new tab), this shows that people are looking for others to agree with them — which is no surprise, especially considering that daters value a partner with similar political beliefs (not to mention that vaccines themselves have been increasingly politicized(Opens in a new tab)).

    "Dating is a process of finding someone you can agree with," said Priscel, "and with vaccination status also often acting as a political marker, it may be a way for people to find others they will have more in common with."

    There's an interesting ripple in this, however; smaller numbers of respondents didn't align with this thinking. Five percent of those who don't plan on getting the vaccine, for example, said it was "very important" for a potential partner to do so.

    "With vaccination status also often acting as a political marker, it may be a way for people to find others they will have more in common with."

    One possible explanation for this could be that these respondents are immunocompromised, thus unable to get vaccinated but still at a high COVID risk. Another explanation, according to Priscel, could be that these people want a way of being protected but don't want to be exposed to possible vaccine side effects.

    "It also may be a way to motivate themselves after seeing that their partner has been vaccinated and has not had a negative reaction," Priscel added.

    Dr. Kathleen Jordan, SVP of women's healthcare provider Tia(Opens in a new tab), worries this small group's vaccine hesitancy could've stemmed from misinformation. An example she stated was a false post that circulated (and has since been taken down due to illegitimacy) which stated COVID antibodies would attack placentas and lead to miscarriage. This is wildly untrue, but some people unfortunately believe everything that comes up on their Facebook page — which could lead them to want their partner vaccinated but not themselves.

    While a date's vaccine status mattered to the majority of vaccinated and soon-to-be vaccinated respondents (59 percent and 64 percent said it is either somewhat or very important, respectively), that means that the rest of those respondents are more flexible. Some people don't want their own status or their partner's status to be a barrier to dating, said Priscel.

    These people are willing to compromise on status "in order to have more options, or they may feel that being vaccinated themselves is a sufficient precaution," Priscel continued.

    This stands in contrast with a recent May 2021 dating survey from Tia. The vast majority, 82 percent of over 500 Tia members, said they wouldn't date someone who isn't vaccinated.

    Why so high? Jordan said that many members are young and thus at less risk for severe COVID if they went unvaccinated, so it's not wholly about the actual risk. In addition to residual COVID worries, some also discussed what the decision to forgo the vaccine said about the person themself.

    Jordan listed questions those considering dating an unvaccinated person may ask: "Do they not trust science enough? Do they think that they are invincible? Does it mean that they have disregard for the societal benefit/risk to others? Does it say something about their political beliefs?"

    From the response, however, most Tia members won't answer these questions as they won't date someone unvaccinated. Mashable's respondents appear to be more yielding in this area, but to others it's still important. As Jordan said, "Vaccination status is a serious new 'checkbox' when dating."

    Will people date in-person? Virtually? Both?

    In addition to plans about vaccination, Mashable also asked about plans concerning method of dating itself:

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    The most respondents plan on dating in-person (around 35 percent), while a mix of in-person and virtual dates was the next most common answer at about 31 percent. A smaller number (around 17 percent) of respondents plan on either keeping it virtual only or swearing off dating/apps entirely.

    Breaking this down by respondents' vaccine status, the numbers aren't surprising. The most popular response for those not getting vaccinated is that they will date in-person only (40 percent), while 34 percent will have both in-person and virtual dates.

    Here, again, we see that people don't want their vaccine status to hold them back from dating. Priscel said of these respondents, "These are clearly people who feel the virus poses very little threat to them regardless of vaccination status and aren't planning to change their dating habits because of it."

    Of those who are already vaccinated, however, 34 percent will only date in-person; 30 percent of those who plan on getting vaccinated but weren't yet said they'll only date in-person. These people seem to be more cautious than those who took Match's Summer of Love survey, where 46 percent said once they're vaccinated, they'll be ready to date in-person again.

    SEE ALSO: Snapchat lenses come to Bumble to give your virtual dates some romantic atmosphere

    Mashable's post-pandemic sex and dating survey reiterates what we already know: Some people are still cautious about COVID even after vaccination, while others aren't even as they're unprotected.

    As the world opens up again and meeting people in-person becomes a possibility along with online dating, we'll see how well (or horribly) these groups mesh. Given that Mashable's respondents are flexible even in their caution, however, this could be a hot vaxxed (or unvaxxed?) summer to remember.

  • Today in the internet is good, sometimes, this young talent will get to go to Berklee

    Today in the internet is good, sometimes, this young talent will get to go to Berklee

    Let's just get the obvious thing out of the way: It's wrong at a fundamental level that anyone should feel the need to crowdsource the money they need to attend a top-tier college. The post-high school education industry is often fueled more by privilege than it is by talent or intelligence.

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    That doesn't mean we shouldn't cheer, though, when someone like 18-year-old Howard Godfrey, soon to be a high school graduate, gets to go to his college of choice thanks to the generosity of strangers on the internet.

    Godfrey took to TikTok on Thursday to share his story: He's a "singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist" who has written four musicals (co-writing two of them). He's also hoping to attend incredibly prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, which should open some future career doors for him in addition to providing a first-class education in his chosen field.

    He posted the TikTok to spread the word about a GoFundMe he launched(Opens in a new tab) to help fund his education, since it's "super expensive," to use the young musician's words. (And no joke, it really is. Just look at these tuition costs(Opens in a new tab).)

    @howardgodfrey(Opens in a new tab)

    Just liking/sharing/commenting on this video would help :)) ❤️ ##berkleecollegeofmusic(Opens in a new tab) ##college(Opens in a new tab) ##gofundme(Opens in a new tab) ##musicaltheatre(Opens in a new tab) ##composer(Opens in a new tab) ##blackcomposer(Opens in a new tab)

    ♬ Use Your Head - Reprise - Howard Godfrey(Opens in a new tab)

    He's clearly not comfortable here, and who can blame him? Most people blanch at the thought of asking for money, and here Godfrey is aiming that request at total strangers. His TikTok post feels genuine and thoughtful for sure, but he also struggles to find the words for an appropriate sign-off at the end. Wouldn't you?

    Godfrey elaborates on his story in the GoFundMe description, noting that he's one of four siblings in a single parent household, and he's poised to become a first-generation college student within his family. So although his mother works full-time to support her four kids, it's not enough to pay for a school like Berklee even after financial aid and scholarships are factored in.

    As of Sunday morning, the GoFundMe total sits at $62,527 — well above the $50,000 goal. The comments feed is filled with scores of supportive messages. "Every young adult should have the chance to fulfill their dream through a great education!" one commenter writes.

    A grateful and clearly emotional Godfrey returned to TikTok on Friday brimming with excitement as he thanked his GoFundMe benefactors.

    @howardgodfrey(Opens in a new tab)

    Reply to @antaoife I still cannot believe this! I’m nearly speechless, but thank you all so much!! I love you all infinitely!! ❤️🥲 #berklee(Opens in a new tab)

    ♬ original sound - Howard Godfrey(Opens in a new tab)

    "A little over a week ago I started a GoFundMe and shared it to Instagram, and in the first few days it raised like $20,000, which is absolutely crazy. Yesterday I decided to post to TikTok just to see what would happen, and in the past 24 hours you all have shown me so much love and so much support, it managed to raise an additional $33,000. And because of that I am literally able to go to school."

    We all love to see it here at Mashable. Especially with Godfrey's two TikToks both underpinned by his own music. He worries in the first video that laying out all those things he can do — singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist — comes off as "pretentious," but that's not how it lands here. It just sounds like you're good at what you do and ready to take your schooling to a new place.

    Congrats to you, Howard. Go follow that dream and make beautiful music.

  • Timothée Chalamet went viral on TikTok again

    Timothée Chalamet went viral on TikTok again

    It's been a week full of TikTok trend revivals and evolutions, but first we need to talk about that Timothée Chalamet video.

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    The Timothée Chalamet video in question

    Dune has finally hit theaters, and with the sci-fi film's release came an onslaught of Timothée Chalamet content. Now, Chalamet is typically all over my FYP, but between various press junkets and the star-studded London premiere, this was an unprecedented week for TimmyTok.

    No video was as popular as the one TikTok user Emma Ruffo posted(Opens in a new tab) on Oct. 19. You’ve probably seen it. As of publish time, it has garnered over 11 million likes and over 40 million views. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and watch it.

    The video shows Chalamet waiting to be interviewed on the red carpet at Dune's London premiere. He looks up, directly into the camera, in all his sharp-jawed, tousled-haired glory not once, but twice. It’s quite possibly the hottest video ever recorded.

    Screaming, crying, throwing up. Credit: tiktok / eruffo
    The smirk! Credit: tiktok / e.ruffo

    The clip is elevated by the audio choice: a mash-up of Adele's "Rumour Has It" and Nelly Furtado's "Maneater." The "Maneater" needle drop is timed perfectly with Chalamet making sultry eye contact with the camera. Comments like “not me blushing over the phone” have over 165,000 likes.

    I got Ruffo, the 20-year-old student who captured the sizzling video, on the phone to see what it was like to be on the receiving end of that smirk. "Honestly, I didn't realize that he looked into my camera until later when I rewatched my videos. I saw that moment and was like, 'What the hell is happening!' It was a bit shocking for me,” said Ruffo.

    “There were so many people and everyone was screaming and it was pouring rain. I was drenched and so focused on trying to film a video of him that I wasn’t that focused on the moment,” Ruffo continued.

    Ruffo has been a fan of Chalamet since 2017's Lady Bird and found the song used for the video by looking through the Timothée Chalamet hashtag on TikTok, which has more than 6 billion views. "It was the one I liked the most, and it happened to match the moment when he looks up perfectly," said Ruffo.

    Two videos I was hoping to never see again

    Weirdly, two types of videos reappeared on my For You Page this week: the lip-synching moms and the Dutch politicians.

    The matriarchs first went viral Oct. 10, 2020, with a video of them in a bar singing along to “Potential Breakup Song” by Aly & AJ. The clip has received over 12.5 million likes and 96 million views, and it gave thousands of TikTok users the opportunity to duet the moms and add their own colorful commentary about the five women. Users tried to guess everything about them, from what kind of gay son they would have(Opens in a new tab) to what masks they would wear(Opens in a new tab).

    They have since done a daughter reveal(Opens in a new tab) and a husband reveal(Opens in a new tab). On the one year anniversary of the original video, the moms recreated it(Opens in a new tab) at what appears to be a frat house. The recreation currently has 11.4 million likes and nearly 60 million views. Like the original, it has spurred countless duets from other users, and the content is getting a little repetitive. The original videos were funny amid our collective struggle era in 2020, but now they just don't hold up.

    But the moms aren't the only unlikely TikTok stars who resurfaced this week. An edit shipping two Dutch politicians(Opens in a new tab) is back on our FYPs. Yes, shipping politicians. Shipping, for the uninitiated, is when you want two people to be in a romantic relationship. Usually, people ship celebrities or fictional characters... not politicians.

    So, where did the shipping start? Six months ago edits of two members of the Dutch House of Representatives, Rob Jetten and Jesse Klaver, went viral on TikTok. Users began to ship the two politicians under the couple name "Reese." The account @ressepesants(Opens in a new tab) reposted an edit of Reese with the text “6 months ago this happened…” The video has since been heavily dueted on the app. One duet by @mapa.bird(Opens in a new tab) has accumulated over 1 million likes and almost 5 million views. In their video, @mapa.bird(Opens in a new tab) says, “Two Dutch politicians are in love, you can’t convince me otherwise.”

    SEE ALSO: Mega commenters are the best part of TikTok

    And their appeal has now transcended TikTok; on Archive of Our Own, a popular fan fiction site, there are currently 22 original fan works(Opens in a new tab) under the "Rob Jetten/Jesse Klaver" tag.

    The whole thing is so absurd, and perhaps a necessary reminder that we should treat politicians as elected officials and not celebrities.

    Life is still a video game

    Not exactly a revival, but this new trend further explores the idea that life is a video game.

    The first iteration of this trend debuted weeks ago. It was paired with the audio “I love this game,” pulled from an early 2000s Bratz ad. Essentially, people act out moments of their lives as if they are playing a video game. For example, one video posted by @autumn.brea53(Opens in a new tab) uses the text “me clocking in to play smoothie shop simulator for 6 hours” and shows clips of her working in a smoothie shop.

    On one level, it is somewhat uncomfortable to see people pretending their lives are a video game, but on another, it reminds me that so many of the internet games I played as a child were centered around capitalism. It freaks me out that I would sit around making pretend pizzas for pretend customers for hours on end. I am unnerved.

    The new trend, however, is set to a sound called “Mud Flow ‘the Sense of me’ (Soundtrack Life is Strange).” The sound has nearly 70,000 videos. Users make videos of themselves walking around like video game characters and add commentary over the sound. Take this video posted by @hleichsenring (Opens in a new tab)that proclaims, "When 'College: the Video Game' won't let you change tasks." The video shows the user trying to stop working on a problem set but being stopped by the video game. They make additional commentary like "I think you should at least try the problem first" and "I don't think that will help you study," the same way a video game advises you while playing.

    So instead of imagining life as a video game, we are now acting like video game characters living in a simulation. Cool.

    The commentary says "I think you should at least try the problem first." Credit: tiktok / hleichsenring
    Chegg is a website where you can find the solutions to math problems. Credit: Tiktok / hleichsenring

    I’m also following along on @lamebaby47’s journey of doing healthy habits ironically(Opens in a new tab). So I need you to know that I'm writing this week's roundup ironically.

  • The 8 best and funniest tweets of Valentines week

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    The 8 best and funniest tweets of Valentines week

    Love is in the air and tweets are on the timeline.

    Valentine's Day was this past Tuesday and, of course, lots of people posted about it. People in love, people out of love, people who love love, people who don't believe in love, they all posted. We went ahead and collected eight tweets about Valentine's Day and the week surrounding it for your enjoyment. Enjoy!

    1. Don't be too cute because that can be a danger to everyone, including yourselves.

    2. This is entirely on-brand for Sen. Bernie Sanders. It's perfect.

    3. Happy Valentine's Day to this swan and this swan only.

    4. OK, at LEAST marry me if you won't be my valentine. Like don't be rude.

    5. This isn't the worst idea I've ever heard. You'd probably be right a bunch of the time.

    6. This kid is really smart. Maybe he needs to work a little on thinking about other peoples' feelings. But this kid is really, really smart.

    7. The poor suffering of parents on Valentine's Day is unmatched. Just hours and hours of work for...nothing. Nothing at all.

    8. An, finally, obligatory dril tweet about the holiday.

  • A conversation with @klit.klittredge, American Girl doll meme maker and shitposter

    A conversation with @klit.klittredge, American Girl doll meme maker and shitposter

    If you've spent any time on the internet recently, chances are you've seen an American Girl doll on your feed. With their dead eyes and characteristic front teeth, these dolls have consumed public consciousness for decades, and now they're experiencing a cultural revival thanks to meme accounts like @klit.klittredge(Opens in a new tab).

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    In just over a year, @klit.klittredge — a play on Kit Kittredge, the Great Depression era doll — has become one of the most prolific American Girl doll meme accounts. Her Instagram boasts over 50,000 followers, and over on Twitter(Opens in a new tab), she has an audience of more than 34,000. A delightful mix of shitposting and leftist memes, @klit.klittredge knows that nothing brings the internet together like nostalgia. And her memes often draw on the shared experience of growing up with American Girl dolls. As any woman of a certain age will tell you, they were more than just dolls. They were an entire moment. Each historical doll had an accompanying chapter-book series that explored their historical period and documented their adolescence.

    In an interview with Mashable, the 24-year-old woman behind the memes, Lydia B., opened up about her own childhood nostalgia, why American Girl dolls lend themselves to political discourse, and what legacy they hold in the culture now.

    Mashable: What inspired you to start the account?

    I have been posting silly memes on the internet for as long as I can remember. Sometimes I'll do them under my own name, but in the past I've run little accounts here and there, so it wasn't that weird for me to start up a random meme account. As far as American Girl dolls, I thought of the name Klit Kittredge. I don't even know how I came up with it. But the name came first. Kit was my favorite American Girl doll. And I was like, "Wow, Klit Klittredge, like Kittredge. That's so funny. That has to be a meme account." This was back in the summer of 2021. There were a few instances of different American Girl doll memes or tweets going sort of viral, and I thought I could do that. My first TikTok got like 30,000 likes, and I ran with it.

    Did your previous meme accounts have specific themes, too?

    I'm from Kentucky, and I ran a Twitter account where I would tweet things about what Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was wearing. This was like in 2014/2015, so right before he joined the presidential campaign trail. I don't know how much you know about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, but he does not have a great sense of fashion. So I liked to point that out, like there's an image of him wearing a business shirt and a suit jacket, and a pair of plaid Bermuda shorts. [The account] was called Rand Paul Fashion, and I did that for a while [until] I eventually lost the password and got locked out of the account. I actually would love to pick Rand Paul Fashion back up.

    I also ran a Tumblr in college where I would write blog-style posts about how big I thought each president's penis was. That was a thing that I was really invested in for a little bit.

    I love that concept. How long did it take Klit Klittredge to find an audience? Did you start on Instagram or Twitter?

    I started it on Instagram, and it got really popular pretty quickly within a very specific online community, which I now talk about a lot. It's AGIG or the American Girl Instagram community. When I started the account I didn't know a lot about American Girl doll fandom as it stands today. I was just making content on what I thought about American Girl dolls when I was a kid. A lot of my early posts are like "what your favorite American Girl doll said about you."

    American Girl Instagram found it, and most of them loved it. There are people in that space that have thousands of followers who would share my posts in the first month of me posting. That got me through the beginning of running a meme account. I'd never breached that threshold where you have people consistently liking and commenting on your stuff before. When I gained 500 followers, 1,000 followers, and 3,000 followers, all those sorts of milestones, 100 percent the only people who were liking my content were people who own at least 20 American Girl dolls and are adult American Girl doll collectors, which was fun.

    Honestly, I've made a lot of friends who collect American Girl dolls. They help me with my content sometimes. If I'm gonna say something about American Girl doll culture through the years or a specific book or something else that I want to fact-check, there are women I who I talk to that help me do that.

    Other accounts started cropping up like the Julie Albright account(Opens in a new tab) and the Hellicity account(Opens in a new tab). There's a Lanie account(Opens in a new tab) that's pretty popular now, that sort of took my format. Some of them are from the American Girl doll collector community. They saw me do this and we're like, "Oh, I want to do it too." Or were like, "I liked these dolls as a kid. I want to start this too." Some of them have had super massive viral posts, especially the Felicity account. I've benefited from that, too. I've gotten a lot of followers as those other people have gotten bigger.

    What American Girl dolls did you have?

    I have one that looked like me. I had Kit, obviously. I had Julie. I got her the year she came out [in 2007], and that was my last American Girl doll. Who is the other one I had? Oh, Emily. I had Molly's best friend, Emily. Those are the only ones I had, but I read almost all the books at the library. I was in a book club at my school where we read all the Josefina books. I was very into American Girl dolls, and my friends had some of the other ones, too.

    Was Kit always your favorite?

    Yes, Kit was the first doll that I got, and I picked her out myself. Honestly, if I had to put my mind in the 5-year-old version of me, I think it's because my favorite color is purple. I don't know, but because I loved Kit when I was 5, I love her now.

    I never had Kit, but I always liked her story the best.

    She's very fun and a girl boss! I love that she had an opinion on the president. Her uncle is talking about how much he hates FDR and she's like, "Oh, I love FDR." I think that's so funny. I love that. Especially because at any point in my life, I had an opinion on whoever the president was.

    On the internet, things from girlhood become instant meme fodder. Why do you think that is?

    Nostalgia is always a huge driver of relatability and content. People love to look at something and be like, "Oh, that's just like me," and share it. You're immediately appealing to that sense of, we are in this together, we both recognize this thing from our childhood. That's always going to be an aspect of internet culture and viral posts. We're seeing nostalgia for the 2000s as folks that grew up then are getting to be the age where they're the main drivers of culture.

    As far as girlhood, it depends on what scene and space you're occupying on the internet. The Instagram meme space, in particular, has a lot of women, folks who identify as women, or are folks who were socialized women or grew up as women. That may be why that kind of content does so well on Instagram.

    Even if you didn't have American Girl dolls, The Care and Keeping of You, an American Girl book, played a role in so many people's development.

    There's always going to be an emotional attachment to the person or the book that guided you through puberty. My mom bought me that book and read it with me, but I know lots of folks who were like, "My mom bought me that book and then that was it. She never gave me The Talk or anything." So that book really did a lot for some girls.

    Plus, there's the page with the boobs, and everyone loves to talk about the page with the boobs, and how it either scarred them or sexually awakened them. I remember being 10 and being like, "This one's boobs look like mine." I'd never seen an image of boobs that looked like mine, so that was pretty transformative and memorable.

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    You make like a lot of political memes using American Girl dolls. Why do you think they're a good tool to talk about politics?

    The American Girl books have always explored identity and what it means to be an American. As a nation, there are different periods where we have had to grapple with American identity and what that means for us. That the past five years have been a time that Americans have been put through a lot of stress and had to redefine our thoughts about ourselves.

    American Girl dolls also live in periods of history that are memorable in our cultural American zeitgeist. The point of them is that you're looking at a girl that either went through the Great Depression or World War II or had to deal with the Revolutionary War and how that impacted their identity. So there's some alignment because it does feel like we're living through like a moment in history. It feels like in the 2100s people are gonna look back and be like "There was a lot going on in the 2020s."

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    Definitely. How do you use the American Girl dolls to advocate for your own politics?

    From my perspective, and this is funny too, I always saw the dolls as having a leftist slant, which was very frowned upon in the place that I grew up. It's funny that I have that association, especially now that I am a grown-up with my own political thoughts, that I would think this corporation that sells itself on creating a national identity, would have some kind of leftist slant. I think it's because they were talking about racial identity and what it means to have your dad lose his job and rely on social services, and these are things I wasn't exposed to a lot as a child in history classes or regular conversations. These things that I think about a lot now, I can trace my first thoughts about them to the American Girl brand.

    That being said, it is easy to put some sort of radical leftist take over a doll that's been around for 25 years, because it's just silly to think that a corporation would ever come out with that sort of message. It's a cheap laugh, but an effective delivery mechanism because of all that context.

    American Girl dolls are an interesting phenomenon, because they were pretty expensive, so you had to be of a certain class to own an American Girl doll. But because of the accompanying books that were in school libraries, they're also really universal.

    American Girl dolls were so expensive, especially back when they came out. When I was a kid, those dolls were $100, and in 2001 $100 was worth a lot more than $100 is now. I grew up in the church and there was a lot of community fundraising to buy girls American Girl dolls. There was a huge market of secondhand dolls that I got my hands on. If you would go to someone's house and they had like 15,000 American Girl dolls that was a sign of wealth and status.

    They're one of the few toys that was an obvious signifier of wealth at a young age. Do you think that American Girl dolls are something that's aged well? Does the meme work because people are still fond of them, or does the urge to laugh come from how out-of-touch they are?

    I describe myself as an anti-capitalist, so I think a lot about the ramifications of making an American Girl doll meme account and how it's benefiting a corporation. I've given this corporation so much easy brand visibility like, damn it! I'm not going to be rooting for any corporation and their profit driven model that at the end of the day is making expensive dolls that not everyone can access. But I don't have beef with the American Girl brand. I don't think they're doing the best that they can to talk about what it means to be an American girl, especially today. They definitely could be doing more, but I don't expect them to.

    One time I made a meme about how the federal minimum wage hasn't increased since 2009 and how crazy that is. I had planned to put how much the price an American Girl doll has increased in that post. But I found out that the price of American Girl dolls has really not kept up with inflation. They are much more accessible now than they were when we were children. They're only $120 and they stayed at $100 for a really long time. Part of that is that Pleasant Company was a smaller company that sold out to Big Toy. The manufacturing prices, all that stuff gets cheaper, so I'm sure there's exploitation in there somewhere, but I don't have tons of beef with the American Girl Corporation.

    I remember when you posted an Instagram story saying, "I'm not gonna make merch. I'm an anti capitalist." So if you're not like interested in monetizing the meme account, what is your goal?

    I've never had any goals for this account. Maybe when I had 5,000 [followers] I really wanted 10,000 followers because I thought that l0,000 followers made you a meme account. I don't think of myself as a particularly ambitious content creator. I have a day job that I generally like and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon. I live pretty comfortably. I don't feel a need to pursue the bag. I'm just gonna keep making content until it's not fun anymore. That's sort of my plan.

    I went through a phase when I had like just under 50,000 followers where I was like, 50,000 followers is too many. Once I have 50,000 followers I won't be funny anymore because there is such a culture in the faceless IG meme community that you can't have too many followers. Once you have too many followers you sell out to Big Meme and aren't funny anymore.

    The Faceless IG meme community scares me.

    They're horrifying! There's no accountability to us. We're all nameless, faceless blobs and we can travel around the internet as we so choose. That's been good for me. I am glad that I finally found my internet niche where I can feel seen and l'm successful in that other people like and relate to my content — but that I'm not personally in front of it. I like the separation. I also feel no need to dominate and reach 1 million followers and be the voice of the faceless meme accounts.

    Do you have a favorite meme that you've made?

    I'm pretty proud of the one I put out yesterday about the Courtney Molly Paradox, which actually has been sitting in my Canva drafts for almost a year.

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    I have a series called American Girl Issue Guides that I initially started to produce, so that they looked like they came from American Girl. This was at a time when I didn't have that many followers, so I was trying to be a troll and trick some people. And then at the end I would have a punch line. I thought that was a really fun format, but it's a high-effort post. I usually save my best ideas to throw in that format. So almost anything that's in that series I'm pretty proud of.

    The very first one I did, which was my first viral moment, I made a post about what each American Girl doll thinks about abortion. This was before the Supreme Court ruling. This was in September or October 2021, when abortion was in the news again. So I made the post "what each American girl thinks about abortion." The idea was that it would be a troll and people would think this actually came from American Girl. The punch line was Julie saying "yeetus that fetus." I thought it was funny because when I was a kid, my church boycotted American Girl because they said they were pro-choice. They weren't, by the way. They partnered with some after-school program for girls, a nonprofit that had some kind of pro-choice stance. In my mind growing up, an American Girl was pro-choice. When I was making the meme, I knew all of the girls had to be pro-choice, but then to have Julie, the little rad femme second wave feminist doll, say something insane was silly and good content. I'm particularly proud of of that one.

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    When did you start posting memes on Twitter, too?

    Actually, it was that post.

    That's what I thought!

    I have an online friend, Clare Egan, and she is a local Twitter celebrity. She's lovely. And very, very funny. She commented on that Instagram post, I had probably less than 1000 followers at this time, and was like, "This is so funny. You have to put this on Twitter." I made the Twitter account just to post that, so she could retweet it. That was the whole point of me going to Twitter. She retweeted it, and I got 60,000 likes — that was my most-liked thing I'd ever put on the internet. That was my first viral moment, and it was really just because my friend was like, "You're very funny."

    Do you prefer Instagram or Twitter?

    I'm less invested in Twitter than I am in Instagram. There's more of a community aspect to Instagram. There's more interaction, you get more DMs, and you get more comments. I like that, that's why I post. Twitter all feels very separate. When you blow up on Twitter it sucks because you can't control the narrative like on Instagram, where you can delete comments on your posts. That just is not fun. As a meme consumer, I've always been like, Twitter over Instagram, but as a meme maker, I definitely lean toward Instagram.

    This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

  • This app will take you inside a YouTubers camera roll

    This app will take you inside a YouTubers camera roll

    Roll(Opens in a new tab) wants to take you inside the camera rolls of influencers like David Dobrik, Tana Mongeau, and Sommer Ray. The latest way for creators to monetize content, the app offers exclusive access to snaps for $5 to $12 a month.

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    CEO Erik Zamudio says Roll, which launches today, was built to stand out against existing options for paywalled content (he won't name names, but Patreon and OnlyFans come to mind) that are outdated, not "brand safe," or too time-consuming to use. Roll's creator profiles look just like an iPhone camera roll, with no liking, commenting, or messaging. "We wanted this to be something where a creator could wake up, open up their phone, tap five pictures, click upload, and be done," says Zamudio. "It removes that expectation of super high quality content and lets creators be the most real version of themselves."

    Multi-hyphenate Tana Mongeau shows off her Roll profile. Credit: Roll App

    He hopes Roll will reduce the pressure for women creators, especially, who feel obligated to post "polished" photos on Instagram or NSFW content behind paywalls. A quick scroll through Roll shows that influencers like Sommer Ray, who boasts more than 26 million Instagram followers(Opens in a new tab), are still posting those polished, Instagram-worthy snaps on the app, but now they’re joined by crying selfies, memes, and iMessage screenshots.

    The Roll team has focused on recruiting YouTube creators and influencers for its launch but is eager to crack the college and pro athlete space, and expand their reach within entertainment. Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp, who is joining the app soon, says he’s excited about its potential. “Their platform got my attention because it’s actually bringing something new to the paywall space," he told Mashable. "Creators can finally be themselves and share a side of their lives that nobody really gets to see."

    Zamudio has eight years of experience in the app and brand activation industry and was a founding member of David’s Disposable, a photo app co-founded by Dobrik in 2019. He left the company in August 2020, before the app rebranded as Dispo in March 2021 and Dobrik stepped down amid allegations(Opens in a new tab) that he facilitated sexual assault to create content for his YouTube channel. Dobrik is one of Roll’s featured creators, but is not an investor in the app.

    When asked if he feels worried about how Dobrik’s history may affect Roll, Zamudio says, "It's tough to comment on that… The creator space is obviously always one of those things — it's shifting around and a lot of stuff is happening — and so it's just better to leave it at that."