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The best/worst Twitter main characters of 2021

2023-03-24 15:59:18

The best/worst Twitter main characters of 2021

Every few weeks, Twitter is taken over by a Main Character — a person who, seemingly independent of planning, becomes all anyone on the app can talk about for approximately 12 to 24 hours. 

The best/worst Twitter main characters of 2021(图1)

Sometimes, the Main Character is an easy one to catch, like when Elon Musk says any of those things Elon Musk says(Opens in a new tab), or when Mark Zuckerberg barbecues(Opens in a new tab) or goes hydrofoiling(Opens in a new tab). And, of course, there are those characters on Twitter who are controversial by nature and, with their large followings, are seemingly automatic victims of the Main Character farm. Twitter even created a secretive "Project Guardian(Opens in a new tab)" to protect the thousands of users who are deemed high risk for harassment.

But typically, Main Characters are people who have such terrible takes that everyone else on Twitter feels overwhelmingly compelled to dunk on them. And the best ones are those who surprise us. Here are four of the most fascinating Main Characters of 2021, from politicians to parents. 

Bean dad

It was January 2021 when we were all introduced to our first Main Character of the year. John Roderick, a musician and podcaster, tweeted about how his 9-year-old daughter wanted some baked beans. Instead of just, you know, cooking the beans for her, he saw it as a "teaching moment" and proceeded to let his child try to figure out how to open the can on her own. Of course, she didn't know how to open it because she is 9 years old and had never been told how a can opener works. According to Roderick, it took her six hours to open the can.

The story infuriated Twitter and led to multiple trending phrases on the app, including "She’s 9," "Apocalypse Dad," and "SIX HOURS." A few days later, Roderick, who had been dubbed "bean dad" by the public, issued a lengthy apology on his website(Opens in a new tab). However, by then the discourse had already moved on.

Shrimp in Cinnamon Toast Crunch

In March, Jensen Karp — writer, comedian, art gallery owner, radio personality, and husband of Topanga from Boy Meets World — tweeted a photo of what appeared to be shrimp tails in his box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It was a fishy story for many reasons: a comedian named Jensen Karp, married to Danielle Fishel, found shrimp in his cereal?

This might seem harmless at first glance. A gross meal gone wrong, a funny tweet, end of story, right? Wrong. 

Cinnamon Toast Crunch responded by saying that object wasn't a shrimp but was a clump of cinnamon sugar. Karp said that couldn't be true because he also found string in the box, black marks on the cereal, a resealed bag, and other oddities. There was a new theory: Had rats nested in the box?

So General Mills, the company that manufactures Cinnamon Toast Crunch, tried to get the apparent shrimp tails and cereal tested(Opens in a new tab). We're still waiting to find out the results. 

Meanwhile, Karp was publicly accused(Opens in a new tab) of multiple acts of misconduct and has since gone radio silent.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, you're violating my HIPAA rights

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is also a far-right conspiracy theorist, trends on Twitter often for her wild and objectively awful takes. But this take created a movement that was more based in humor than devastating misinformation, so we'll take it. 

When the representative was asked if she had been vaccinated, she responded by saying the question was "a violation of my HIPAA rights. You see, with HIPAA rights we don't have to reveal our medical records, and that also includes our vaccine records."

This is not how HIPAA works, and it resulted in an onslaught of jokes.

Capitol rioter tasered his testicles to death?

This one goes out to Twitter user @ggooooddddoogg(Opens in a new tab), who tweeted out a joke that Kevin Greeson, one of the four people who died while storming the Capitol in 2021, tasered his testicles to death(Opens in a new tab). Multiple news outlets reported it as fact (it is not). His family confirmed he died of a heart attack, but didn't comment on the taser situation.

And for a brief moment, Greeson became a Main Character.

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    Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as "Mother Mushroom" (L) Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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    The network initially declined to comment on Variety's story. But a spokesperson gave a CNN reporter a statement(opens in a new tab) claiming that, "We can say unequivocally, that, prior to Monday night, current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct.”


    While sources accounted for consensual relationships between Lauer and some NBC staffers, they also questioned the enormous power discrepancy involved. Producers from the network echoed the worry that denying Lauer's alleged advances would pose a risk to their careers.

    "He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married," one producer told Variety. "So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain."

    As for the alleged Olympics incident cited by NBC, it appears to have been par for the course: Sources described how Lauer often initiated late-night hotel room visits with female employees during multiple Olympics.

    Lauer often presented himself as a bastion of progressive ideals on camera. Only three months ago, he interviewed his essential equivalent star at Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, grilling him over his own sexual misconduct in the workplace.

    Lauer has yet to comment or issue a statement.

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  • Vape lung crisis is a wake-up call for the weed industry

    Vape lung crisis is a wake-up call for the weed industry


    America's $11 billion legal weed industry has become pretty adept at blowing smoke. More than $880 million in venture capital was thrown at cannabis companies last year (Opens in a new tab)— twice the figure for the year before. Judging by the increasingly jargon-laced emails from pot companies in my inbox, touting their "cannabis lifestyle" products and services, most of that money has been shoveled into the marketing department.

    But now the fledgling industry is facing its first major marketing crisis: a crash of confidence in one of its flagship products, the vape pen. And instead of leaping to its own defense, the reaction from Big Weed has been that of the proverbial stoner paralyzed on the couch.

    The alarm was raised(Opens in a new tab) when the CDC, the FDA, state health officials and the New England Journal of Medicine all warned of a new threat from vaporizer cartridges. In a total of 33 states, since April, there have been nearly 450 cases of respiratory disease linked to vaping. Five people have died. Many of the victims were using black market THC cartridges, sold in non-legal states.

    Vitamin E acetate, which can be used to cut THC oil and make it look richer and thicker, was fingered as a likely culprit, although officials say there may be other factors. Vitamin E may be great for your skin, but not so great for your lungs.

    Given the popularity of vape pens — as I've written before, they're so widespread in California they should be on the state flag — this news created a massive amount of uncertainty. On the one hand, the reported cases were the result of illicit "street" vapes, with brand names such as Dank Vapes and Chronic Carts, not the high-end California/Colorado stuff flooding my inbox. The FDA's advice(Opens in a new tab) was to "think twice" before buying a THC cartridge "off the street, out of the back of a car, out of a trunk, in an alley."

    Pot companies that prize purity need to be shouting it from the rooftops

    So if you bought something legitimately in a recreational state's licensed dispensary, you should be fine, right? Not so fast. Marijuana news and reviews site Leafly(Opens in a new tab) talked to a handful of legal-state services which confirmed they had sold Vitamin E-based oils, legally, to various cartridge makers in the last year. Result: An enormous amount of uncertainty about whether that pen in your desk drawer is going to kill you.

    The companies who don't use Vitamin E in their vape pens would be well advised to "get ahead of the story," to use a well-worn phrase from crisis PR management. In group texts and Facebook posts over the weekend, I saw vape-loving friends swear off the devices until they had more information. When I opened my inbox on Monday, I was confident it would be filled with emails from vape pen companies eager to distance their pristine product from the Vitamin E health scare.

    Nada. Zilch. Crickets. All I could find online was one statement tweeted by Dosist, an expensive "precision dose" vape pen company, which assured users that Dosist does not use any cutting agents; oddly, the statement was not repeated on its own website under its press releases(Opens in a new tab).


    It was also written in the present tense, naturally leading me to wonder whether Dosist had used cutting agents in the past; the company has not yet responded to my query. To be clear, I believe this is more likely to be a case of sloppy PR than malign intent. [Update: the company confirmed the following day that they had never used Vitamin E acetate.] The point is, pot companies that prize purity need to be shouting it from the rooftops right about now.

    In a day of asking around, I found only two vape cartridge companies that confirmed they do not use and never have used Vitamin E, or other legal but medically dubious cutting agents such as polyethylene glycol (PEG) and propylene glycol (PG). Those companies are Bloom Farms and CannaCraft, which makes Absolute Xtracts and Care By Design cartridges. [Update: the makers of Cobra Extracts confirmed the same the following day.]

    "We feel it is our responsibility to share what we know about the additives and products suspected of endangering consumers and how to avoid them," CannaCraft wrote in a comprehensive statement(Opens in a new tab). Attaboy.

    A Bloom Farms statement provided late Monday night. Credit: bloom farms

    For many of the other startups in this brand new market, it's possible they don't even know what cutting agents were used in their products in the past and they are scrambling to get them tested. Trouble is, even the lab work required to sell marijuana in legal states does not yet involve a test for Vitamin E and its fellow cutting agents.

    "In most regulated states, the majority of licensed [vape] products are free of diluents," claims Brad Bogus, the aptly-named VP of Confident Cannabis, a testing and supply chain software company. That wasn't the case a few years back, he adds; PG and PEG were "used more frequently earlier on." Vitamin E acetate, meanwhile, is such a new player that Confident Cannabis and other companies in the quality control space haven't even been asked to test for it yet.

    "Just like prohibited pesticides, we need a prohibited diluents list as well as requirements to list ingredients," Bogus says. "We can only expect consumers to be able to know so much."


    In the absence of such regulation, it's up to the well-funded pot providers to push that information at consumers faster than you can say "Tylenol scare(Opens in a new tab)." Time to get off the couch, folks, before consumer fears strangle your promising and perfectly healthy product in its crib.

    In the interim, my advice for vape pen lovers who don't want to switch to edibles: try concentrates instead.

  • Trump loses it over hyphens and apostrophes while avoiding his real problems

    Trump loses it over hyphens and apostrophes while avoiding his real problems


    Readers, it is time to discuss the most compelling scandal gripping our nation this week: Donald Trump being bad at spelling and grammar.

    Trump attacked the media once again on Friday morning with a strange tweet, which focused particularly on what he felt was a bad chyron on CNN. That chyron quoted another one of his tweets (this one from Thursday), where the president referred to Rep. Adam Schiff as "Liddle' Adam Schiff." (In a later tweet, he called for Schiff's resignation(Opens in a new tab).)


    SEE ALSO: Trump campaign says it can track your phone

    The issue with the chyron, apparently, was that it omitted the apostrophe after "Liddle," which Trump incorrectly referred to as a "hyphen." He also spelled "describing" wrong, which every journalist on Twitter pointed out within roughly eight seconds. The dictionary also got in on the action.


    In addition to his grammar woes, Trump is currently facing an impeachment inquiry(Opens in a new tab) after it was revealed that an intelligence community whistleblower filed a complaint regarding the president's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zolensky. He's accused of using military aid money to coerce Zolensky into investigating the business ties of potential 2020 rival Joe Biden.

  • Merriam-Webster calls out Neil deGrasse Tyson for being a grumpy old man


    Merriam-Webster calls out Neil deGrasse Tyson for being a grumpy old man

    Neil deGrasse Tyson holds no thoughts back on Twitter, and Merriam-Webster has had enough.

    On Thursday, the astrophysicist decided to tweet a complaint about about the word "awesome," which he is clearly sick of and believes is overused by today's youth.

    Merriam-Webster, master of language and throwing shade, was promptly alerted of the tweet, and responded the only way fit.

    SEE ALSO: Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson's full interview with Stephen Hawking

    "In my day, the word 'Awesome' was reserved for things like curing Polio and walking on the Moon, not for food or TV shows," Tyson tweeted, and UGH, dude, could you be slightly less of a grumpy old man nerd, please?

    After seeing this genius man tweet such a dumb, insufferable, failed attempt at being cool, Merriam-Webster replied with a simple yet suitable burn.

    One word: Neil. (WITH a period, to really drive the point of "please stop" home.)

    Twitter users rallied behind Merriam-Webster with support, also taking shots at the astrophysicist's tweet.

    Dare we say, the responses were "awesome."

    It's not the first time Neil has complained about people's use of the A-word.

    But maybe he should check himself, because it appears he uses it too. 🙄


  • Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl, poles now being climbed

    Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl, poles now being climbed


    It's party time in Philly.

    The Philadelphia Eagles ended a 57-year gap between championships by beating the New England Patriots on Sunday, claiming their first ever Super Bowl title.

    SEE ALSO: Pink didn't just crush the Super Bowl. She also destroyed some dude who said she 'sucks' on Twitter.

    When the Eagles won the NFC championship two weeks ago, the city descended into relative chaos as fans ascended Crisco-greased poles designed to keep them from doing so.

    Ahead of the Super Bowl, police opted for hydraulic fluid (a.k.a. motor oil) as a deterrent.

    Yeah, well, it didn't work. Again.

    It's not just the poles that are the target: Philly might just burn itself down, it would seem.


    Then there's this guy falling back into a crowd of people, as you do.

    Look, nothing is safe.

  • QR code Super Bowl ad for Coinbase was a kind of brilliant copy of The Office

    QR code Super Bowl ad for Coinbase was a kind of brilliant copy of The Office

    The early winner for the most effective ad during this year's Super Bowl might just go to Coinbase, the cryptocurrency exchange platform. The company ran a remarkably simple ad: It was just a bouncing QR code, just like the classic DVD logo scene from The Office.


    The ad practically begged you to scan the QR code on your TV and see where it led. It was so basic, a little thing bouncing around, changing colors. The 60-second spot was just long enough for people at home to think something was broken.

    If you did scan the code, it took you to Coinbase's site, which was promoting a $15 Bitcoin giveaway for joining the cryptocurrency marketplace. Just The Office scene with the DVD menu, but it only hit the corner of the screen perfectly right at the end. Brilliant.

    There's hardly anything as, let's as crypto. But even those skeptical of crypto seemed to admit the commercial was clever. Even if you hated it, the ad did its job. It 100 percent got folks' attention.

    The ad from Coinbase actually might've been too effective. The Coinbase app crashed soon after(Opens in a new tab) the company's spot aired during the big game.

    And just a quick public service announcement. In general, please don't scan random QR codes if they weren't approved for broadcast during the biggest television event of the year. Getting you to scan a random QR code is actually a pretty common scam.

  • Back to the Future stars had an IRL reunion and the video is perfection


    Back to the Future stars had an IRL reunion and the video is perfection

    There aren't many films that still feel relevant 30+ years after their initial release, but Back to the Future most certainly falls into that category.

    SEE ALSO: A classic 'Back to the Future' scene becomes new with terrible sound editing

    The franchise is so popular that even a 9-second Twitter video of two of its cast members re-uniting can still go viral in 2018.

    Lea Thompson, who played Lorraine Baines in the sci-fi film, shared that clip on her Twitter and Instagram pages on Sunday evening.

    From the looks of her previous Instagram post, the video was a throwback to a reunion that took place at Fan Expo Canada last month.

    Wow. Such good times and amazing fans at #fanexpotoronto I got very emotional. It really is an honor to have been a part of so many people’s lives through the years. Thank you for being such an amazing part of mine. @tomwilsonusa @realmikejfox @mrchristopherlloyd(opens in a new tab)

    A post shared by Lea Thompson(opens in a new tab) (@lea_thompson) on

    We will never tire of seeing cult film-stars reuniting IRL.

  • Jack Dorsey faces backlash after tweet about Chick-fil-A during Pride Month


    Jack Dorsey faces backlash after tweet about Chick-fil-A during Pride Month

    Even when Twitter isn't in the spotlight for, say, Russian trolls or rampant abuse, they just can't stay out of a mess.

    SEE ALSO: Twitter's new troll filtering might actually prevent more abuse than any ban

    This time, it was the man in charge, CEO Jack Dorsey, who caused a kerfuffle by sharing a tweet about receiving a "Boost"(opens in a new tab) from fast food joint Chick-fil-A while using his Cash app(opens in a new tab) to purchase food at the restaurant.

    But here's the thing: Dorsey was giving a big shout-out to a fast food company that's now as well-known its anti-same-sex marriage stances as it is for its food. And it also happens to be, well, Pride Month.

    None of this escaped the notice of Twitter users who were quick to call out Dorsey.

    Eventually, Dorsey caught on after apparently seeing a tweet from journalist Soledad O'Brien.

    Dorsey didn't elaborate any further and the tweet is still up, so who knows what (if anything) Dorsey plans on doing as a follow-up. We've reached out to both Twitter and Chick-fil-A for further comment on the matter.

    In the meantime, here's hoping maybe Jack just opts for a PB&J next time and settles in with one of these great books to read during Pride Month.

  • Man marries secret childhood crush from the 1950s after reuniting on Facebook


    Man marries secret childhood crush from the 1950s after reuniting on Facebook

    A boy's secret childhood crush has just evolved into a great modern love story spanning 60 years - thanks to social media.

    SEE ALSO: 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' inspires Twitter to share adorable love letters and it's too pure

    When Eric Bogliani was in primary school, he had a big crush on his sister's best friend, Elaine. But apparently his mother told him to bottle up his feelings because of his young age, and the crush remained a secret, Eric told(opens in a new tab) the BBC.

    Eric and Elaine lost contact after school. But they just reunited after almost 60 years via Facebook.

    "If it hadn't been for Facebook, we would never have found each other," Eric Bogliani told the BBC.

    "These years we've had together and the years we will have together in the future we may have missed. And how could you miss this?" Elaine Bogliani said.

    They just got married in the same school they attended together as kids, which is now a community centre.

    This story of love long lost and found again was just what people on the internet needed to brighten their day.

    If you were looking for a sign from the universe to hit up your childhood crush, this is it.

  • 20 gifts for people whove been burned by 2018

    20 gifts for people whove been burned by 2018


    2018 is almost over and you know what that means? You survived.

    You overcame all the bullshit news and upsetting occurrences that have taken place this year, and for that you deserve some celebratory self-care.

    Finding the perfect present for someone who's been burned by 2018 might seem like just another challenge standing in the way of you and the new year, so we thought we'd lend a helping hand.

    SEE ALSO: 50 things to be thankful for in 2018

    From next-level sweatpants, sweet treats, motivational trinkets, an entire calendar filled with good news, here are 20 brilliantly restorative gifts to give this holiday season.

    1. Good News Calendar(opens in a new tab)

    Good News Calendar Credit: Sarah Baumann / signet sealed

    At times, 2018 has felt like one endless stream of very bad, no good, absolutely terrible new stories. So why not kick off 2019 by ensuring you'll read a whole bunch of good news? This delightfully positive Good News Calendar(opens in a new tab), designed by illustrator Sarah Baumann, will help.

    The Good News Calendar isn't your average calendar. It highlights basic U.S. holidays, sure, but also international holidays, historical events, birthdays of icons like Michelle Obama, and even fun goofy holidays like mac-n-cheese day.

    Each month also feature a timely illustrated story that's sure to lift your mood, so even if the world around us is burning we'll always have something good to celebrate. 🙃

    Price: $28.00 on in a new tab)

    2. Feejays(opens in a new tab)

    Feejays classic sweat pants Credit: feejays

    Are you a fan of comfortable pants? If so, you should probably invest in the sweatpants of all sweatpants: Feejays.

    What makes them so special? Well, for starters, they have FEET attached. They're cozy pants, socks, and slippers in one ... like Snuggies for your legs! Feejays also sell special hoodies with mittens attached(opens in a new tab) so you can keep your hands warm, too. Imagine, chilling on your couch on a cold day with only your neck and head exposed to the elements. A dream.

    Price: $40.00 on Amazon(opens in a new tab)

    3. 'This Is Fine.' coffee mug(opens in a new tab)

    "This Is Fine" mug Credit:

    The slogan that helped so many of us through the most chaotic moments of 2018 was, without a doubt, "This is fine." So in 2019, rather than repeating the words on a loop, why not get them on a mug(opens in a new tab) instead?

    Now, when anyone wants to know how you're doing they can simply glance at you sipping coffee from a mug emblazoned with KC Green's iconic dog comic(opens in a new tab) and realized you are quietly in distress and do not need any additional nonsense added to your plate. Thank u, next.

    Price: $17.00 on Topatoco(opens in a new tab)

    4. S’well water bottle(opens in a new tab)

    S'well water bottle Credit: s'well

    Hydration is a key component of self-care, and also something people neglect a lot! Two excellent reasons why you should treat yourself to a high-quality water bottle.

    S'well water bottles(opens in a new tab) are great because they're reusable and help cut down on harmful plastic consumption; insulated, to keep your drinks super hot or cold for 12 to 24 hours; and products of a woman-owned company that partners with charities like UNICEF and (RED). You can even also personalize your own bottle.

    Price: $21.00+ on in a new tab)

    5. "Good Things Happen" keychain(opens in a new tab)

    "Good Things Happen" Keychain Credit:

    Sometimes life sucks and you just need a friendly in-the-moment reminder that not everything will be absolute fiery trash forever.

    Adam J. Kurtz, an artist who specializes in making people smile through the confusing, emotional parts of life, has the perfect keychain to help. When you're feeling down, just glance at the "Good Things Happen" keychain(opens in a new tab) to restore some faith and help yourself.

    Price: $12.50 on in a new tab)

    6. Jade facial roller(opens in a new tab)

    Jade facial roller Credit: amazon

    Your face makes a lot of expressions for you so the least you can do is give it a nice massage every once in a while. Jade facial rollers are a cheap, refreshing way to pamper your face — not to mention they're said to help reduce swelling and more effectively work products into your skin.

    Price: $17.00 on Amazon(opens in a new tab)

    7. Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels(opens in a new tab)

    Skyn Iceland Eye gels Credit:


    Your eyes are probably strained from constantly reading and staring at screens, so they deserve some extra love, too. And Skyn Iceland's Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels(opens in a new tab) — masks dedicated to rejuvenating the delicate skin underneath your eyes — are the perfect solution.

    The gels are said to cool, firm, and brighten your tired eye area, and you only need to leave them on for 10 minutes. The Office star Jenna Fischer swears by them and often starts her day off by applying them fresh from the fridge.

    Price: $15.00 on in a new tab)

    8. Klorane dry shampoo (opens in a new tab)

    Dry shampoo Credit:

    Sometimes you're too exhausted to even wash your hair, and you know what? That's fine! In fact, it's one of the reasons dry shampoo was invented.

    For people who have to spend hours drying and styling their hair after a shower for it to look presentable, washing can be a pain. So next time you wish you could hold out another day or two before disrupting your schedule and submerging your hair, do it! Reach for some Klorane(opens in a new tab) instead and keep living your damn life.

    Price: $20.00 on in a new tab)

    9. UnREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups(opens in a new tab)

    Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Credit: unreal

    Chocolate comes in handy when you've been burned by an entire calendar year, so we suggest stocking up on Unreal Peanut Butter cups(opens in a new tab).

    The rich dark chocolate and creamy peanut butter will make you feel like you're indulging to the highest extent. But the candy is made with organic ingredients; is certified vegan;non-GMO Project Verified; and gluten, soy, and dairy-free. You get maximum flavor with minimum guilt.

    Price: $5.00+ on in a new tab)

    10. Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask(opens in a new tab)

    Moisturizing Moon Mask Credit: GLossier

    All of the makeup, skincare, body washes, and self care sets in the world can be a bit overwhelming to navigate if you're unsure exactly what it is you're looking for. But if you're in need of a nice, simple, refreshing face mask, Glossier's got you covered.

    Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask(opens in a new tab) will help hydrate your skin with a brilliant blend of ingredients like licorice root, lemon extract, honey, and aloe.

    Price: $22.00 on in a new tab)

    11. Weighted blanket(opens in a new tab)

    Brookstone weighted blanket Credit: brookstone/amazon

    Weighted blankets are said to help comfort people with anxiety(opens in a new tab) and, in certain cases, even aid in sleep. Great! But the only problem is a lot of high-quality weighted blankets can be pretty pricy.

    If you're looking to invest in a cozy heavy blanket that's gotten high reviews but won't put a massive dent in your finances, Amazon recommends this 12 pound one from Brookstone(opens in a new tab).

    Price: $110.00 on Amazon(opens in a new tab)

    12. Boulangerie candle(opens in a new tab)

    Espresso Candle Credit: anthropologie

    Anthropologie is, at times, extremely overpriced and it remains unclear how mere mortals can afford to shop there on a daily basis. But I must admit that sometimes, when I get stressed and am in close proximity to an Anthropologie store, I walk in and smell the candles.

    Many scents are lovely and soothing, but Boulangerie's Espresso scent is my personal fave. And you know what? I think I've finally convinced myself to splurge on one, because in terms of Anthropology, these babies are actually cheap.

    Price: $18.00 at Anthropologie(opens in a new tab)

    13. A lip mask(opens in a new tab)

    Aqua jelly lip mask Credit:

    Lips need some attention too, and we're not talking about the occasional swipe of a chapstick. Go out of your way to care for your lips by buying a restorative lip mask. They have exfoliating sugar scrubs, sleep masks, and more.

    Lip care doesn't have to be expensive, either. This Aqua Jelly Lip Mask(opens in a new tab) is cheap, but ingredients like shea butter, coconut, honey will leave your mouth feeling hydrated and smooth. We do think you're ready for this jelly.

    Price: $4.00 on in a new tab)

    14. Motivational quote pencils(opens in a new tab)

    "Work Hard" motivational quote pencils Credit: paperberrypress

    So much of our lives are spent typing on keyboards that we've almost forgotten the magic that can occur when pencil meets paper.

    Why not take some time every day to unwind by putting down your phone, closing your laptop, and writing by hand? With a PENCIL, not a pen. Motivational pencils are a great writing tool to help keep you inspired and focused. They come in a variety of colors and feature a bunch of encouraging phrases.


    Price: $2.00+ on Etsy(opens in a new tab)

    15. A subscription for something you love(opens in a new tab)

    Political Nonfiction book box Credit:

    Subscriptions are great because they're the gifts that keep on giving. Whether it's television, wine, cheese, or books, there's bound to be a subscription out there to suit your interests.

    The Strand Bookstore(opens in a new tab) in Manhattan, for example, offers a variety of book box subscriptions for different genres that will bring goodies and compelling books you might not have otherwise picked up right to your door.

    Price: $38.00 - $200.00 on in a new tab)

    16. Chrissy Teigen's cookbook(opens in a new tab)

    Cravings Cook Book Credit: amazon

    Can you say comfort food? Though I'd hate to admit it, we can't live solely off peanut butter cups. But that's OK because there's a bunch of other delicious foods in the world like cheesy jalapeño bacon cornbread, fried chicken wings, and vegetable tortilla stew — all of which the delightfully entertaining Chrissy Teigen will teach you how to whip up for yourself in her newest cookbook, Cravings(opens in a new tab).

    Price: $18.00 on Amazon(opens in a new tab)

    17. Baby Foot peel(opens in a new tab)

    Baby Foot peel Credit: amazon

    Masks aren't just for faces, you know. Feet need exfoliation, too. And for all your foot softening needs, Baby Foot's got you covered.

    Baby Foot's exfoliation foot peel(opens in a new tab) will take you on a magical, strange, and mildly disgusting (but very effective) journey. Simply put the treatment-filled booties on to apply the exfoliant, wash it away, and over the next week your dead skin will start to peel away. Gross, and also great.

    Price: $20.00 on Amazon(opens in a new tab)

    18. Smartwool socks(opens in a new tab)

    Credit: smartwool

    While we're on the topic of foot care, why not treat your feet to a cozy new pair of wool socks? Smartwool has a huge selection of socks, both performance and casual, that will keep your feet warm, dry, and comfortable.

    The company makes sustainable products using Merino wool — a moisture repelling, thermoregulating fabric that especially comes in handy for fans of the outdoors. Winter is coming, and you probably need new socks.

    Price: $12.00+ on in a new tab)

    19. A real alarm Clock

    A *real* alarm clock. Credit: target

    Deep down, you know it's time for you to switch over to an actual alarm clock and stop relying on your phone to wake you up.

    The act of staring at your phone screen before bed(opens in a new tab) has been deemed bad. It can effect ability to fall asleep and, in turn, be harmful to your overall health. Put down the phone and invest in an alarm clock. In case you're still reluctant we've suggested a super inexpensive option from Target you can buy to test the waters.

    Price: $8.00 at Target(opens in a new tab)

    20. Pick Me Up book


    Who among us doesn't need a little pick me up every now and then? Adam J. Kurtz, the aforementioned artist who designed the "Good Things Happen" keychain, knows you do. So he also created this fun portable pep talk.

    The Pick Me Up book is full of activities, quotes, and pieces of advice to help get you through difficult times. And once you've filled out the book you can look back through the pages to give yourself hope.

    Price: $10.00 at in a new tab)

    Here's to livin' a calmer 2019!

  • Bitter ex gets the best revenge on her cheating boyfriend

    Bitter ex gets the best revenge on her cheating boyfriend


    There are endless ways to end a relationship, but perhaps the most brutal of them all is by ghosting your partner, even if they totally deserve it.

    Ghosting, or completely cutting off all contact with someone without explanation, has become a pretty popular way of dealing with a short fling or someone you maybe went out with a few dates. It's also pretty cruel. While ghosting someone you hardly know is somewhat commonplace, Redditor throwawayaccountrar shared a story on r/confession of how they ghosted their boyfriend of five years, and it's just glorious.

    SEE ALSO: Instagram just added a powerful new way to stalk people on the app

    In the post, the Redditor explains that they surprised their then boyfriend one morning with some breakfast and a video game they had wanted, when they discovered their significant cuddling with an ex. The Redditor decided to leave their key to the boyfriend's apartment, the game, and breakfast, and then they vanished into thin air.

    Reddit(opens in a new tab)

    "I went to my car, deactivated my Facebook, and blocked him on all other forms of social media. I then called my phone provider to change my number before driving off," they wrote. So all forms of communication are gone.

    But it gets worse.

    The revengeful ex texted close friends and family members their boyfriend knew, and had them block him too.


    Considering the boyfriend could still contact their ex at their home or work, the Redditor explains that they were able to bail on their current home lease early, and coincidentally, started a new job in a different city that week.

    "Completely shutting myself off from him will hurt worse than anything."

    "I completely removed myself from him and didn’t offer a shred of explanation or opportunity for dialogue," the Redditor wrote. "I disappeared from his life after his betrayal and I think it’ll not only help me to focus on myself without his presence, but I think completely shutting myself off from him will hurt worse than anything when he thinks on how good he had it with me these last five years."

    While seeing the guy's face as he realizes exactly what happened when he awoke to find his partner's keys on the counter, playing the long game and completely ghosting him just keeps paying off.

    Either that or they're just lying for fake internet points.