current location: Home > b7

The House used this janky-looking, 1970s-style machine to impeach Trump

2023-04-07 09:16:49

The House used this janky-looking, 1970s-style machine to impeach Trump

When members of the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump Wednesday, they did so in retro — yet high-tech — style. Well, sort of.

The House used this janky-looking, 1970s-style machine to impeach Trump(图1)

In August 2018, Congress got brand new electronic voting boxes(Opens in a new tab) installed throughout its chambers. These are machines that allow our representatives to insert their special congressional voter ID cards, and then vote Yea, Nay, or Present with the touch of a button, which electronically records their votes.

Congress first installed electronic voting boxes in 1973. In the mid 1980s, the boxes got a touch of color when designers changed the buttons from all white to green, red, yellow, and blue (green is yea, red is, obviously, nay). Chic!

Various tweaks occurred throughout the years. But 2018 saw a more woke, higher-tech iteration: The button panels got braille and an LCD panel was added to display the member of congress's name when they inserted their ID cards.

Amazingly, the boxes that literally determine the law of the land still look decidedly ... retro. According to FedScoop(Opens in a new tab), the electronic innards got a totally modern revamp. But the outside, with its wood panels and very analog buttons (mmm, want to presss), still look like they belong in your once-and-always-groovy grandmother's parlor. You can see a larger picture of the latest model here(Opens in a new tab).

If the Speaker of the House permits it, members of congress don't have to vote electronically(Opens in a new tab). In that case, they can head down to the well and hand color-coded cards to a clerk who will record votes manually. That also occurs if a member has forgotten their ID card (shame!) or wants to change their electronic vote.

As with the impeachment vote Wednesday, the colored-card system is what's going on when you watch all the milling about in Congress during a vote.

Beyond Congress, the way America votes has become a more recent topic of concern in the wake of Russia's 2016 election interference. A new report from NBC(Opens in a new tab) found that China manufactures many of the parts that comprise American voting machines. It considers the supply chains secure, but, as in the case of Huawei, the intelligence community considers Chinese manufacturing of technology a national security threat.

Mashable has reached out to the House Clerk, the office that runs voting logistics, to learn more about the manufacturers of these boxes. Whoever they are, they've really got their finger on the pulse of the latest fashion and design trends: The style inspiration(Opens in a new tab) for late 2010s cool girls everywhere was the 1970s, corduroy bellbottoms down.

Website of this article:

Go to Baidu to see more

Comments from netizens


contact us



Popular articles


  • The internet made sooooo many jokes about Trumps fake news trophy tweet

    The internet made sooooo many jokes about Trumps fake news trophy tweet


    Perhaps the biggest bummer about Twitter's new 280-character limit is that it allows the current president to compose tweets like this one:

    On Monday morning, President Donald Trump hit Twitter to suggest a "FAKE NEWS TROPHY" for whichever news network he deems produces "the most dishonest, corrupt" coverage of his presidency. As usual, Fox was excluded from Trump's media rage.

    In the same tweet, Trump referred to himself as the American people's favorite president with a parenthetical "(me)." According the most recent Gallup(opens in a new tab) poll, the self-described "favorite" president's approval rating currently sits at 37 percent.

    Naturally the internet jumped all over Trump's first tweet of the day. Some even have a solid suggestion for Trump's proposed "FAKE NEWS TROPHY":


  • Project Entrepreneur expands accelerator program to help more women entrepreneurs build scalable com

    Project Entrepreneur expands accelerator program to help more women entrepreneurs build scalable companies


    Since launching in 2015, Project Entrepreneur(opens in a new tab) — a media partner of Mashable — has trained more than 1,200 aspiring entrepreneurs representing 131 U.S. cities. Its annual venture competition has yielded an alumnae community of nearly 400 women entrepreneurs, with the 2016 finalists reporting $10+ million raised in seed and pre-seed funding.

    Now entering its third year, Project Entrepreneur (PE) — an initiative from the Rent the Runway Foundation and UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs(opens in a new tab) — is expanding the number of winning companies in the accelerator from three to five.

    “We are so excited to continue working with UBS in providing women with the tools they need to create high-growth companies, and see their visions through,” said Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway. “Past participants in our accelerator continue to inspire us with their incredible progress, including closing rounds of funding. We are eager to provide the next class of talented female founders with the tools and support they need to scale, and to see the disruption their companies bring to various different industries.”

    PE's annual venture competition is open to female founders who are in the prototype or beta stages, have their first paying customers, or are generating revenue. The top 200 applicants will be invited to attend the PE Intensive in New York City on April 13-14, 2018, a free two-day event comprised of in-depth workshops, expert speakers and a pitch competition. The five winning founders will each receive a $10,000 grant, a spot in the five-week accelerator program at Rent the Runway’s New York office and mentorship and engagement with UBS executives, entrepreneurs, and investors. Founders interested can apply online(opens in a new tab); but don’t wait, as the deadline is December 1st!

    Last year’s winning companies included: New York-based LOLI Beauty(opens in a new tab), the first BIY (Blend It Yourself) clean and green beauty brand; Scottsdale-based The Touchpoint Solution(opens in a new tab), a neuroscience wearable that alleviates stress by altering the body’s stress response in as little as 30 seconds; and San Francisco-based Lace & Liberty(opens in a new tab), merging direct-to-consumer convenience with luxury bespoke bridalwear. Two additional New York-based companies were hosted by The Knot/XO Group Co-Founder Carley Roney and designer Rebecca Minkoff: Repeat Roses(opens in a new tab), a sustainable floral waste removal business that gives back to people and planet, and Reboundwear(opens in a new tab), athleisure wear with a purpose, respectively.


    “The caliber of companies we're seeing through Project Entrepreneur further validates what we've always believed — that there is an incredible population of talented female founders in cities and towns across the country,” said Lori Feinsilver, UBS Head of Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas. “Being able to reach these women and provide them with access to resources and support that will help fuel their growth gives us confidence that we can indeed level the playing field.”

    Visit in a new tab) for details on Project Entrepreneur’s Venture Competition, and check out PE’s resources including #theTools podcast(opens in a new tab), blog posts(opens in a new tab) and educational modules(opens in a new tab).

    This article is part of a media partnership between Mashable & Project Entrepreneur. For more information, visit here(opens in a new tab).

  • Two people trying to run the same government agency makes for a really awkward first day

    Two people trying to run the same government agency makes for a really awkward first day


    Revolutionaries, take note -- if you're planning a government takeover, please use high quality breakfast pastries.

    That's a lesson that White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney(opens in a new tab) apparently hadn't learned when he stepped into the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau today. He was there to take on an additional job as the agency's director.

    The only problem? The agency's acting director, Leandra English, refused to cede it to him, in the workplace drama of the decade.

    As a Trump appointee, Mulvaney wasn't exactly welcomed at at the job, so he brought crappy Dunkin' Donuts as a way to "ease" himself into an agency he's expected to destroy.

    SEE ALSO: Sorry, Cards Against Humanity can't stop Trump's wall

    On Friday, Director Richard Cordray(opens in a new tab) stepped down, leaving English to serve as acting director. Last night, English filed a lawsuit claiming that she is the "rightful acting director" of the agency. English has asked the court to impose a temporary restraining order to prevent Trump from appointing anyone, arguing that she is entitled to her position under the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Law(opens in a new tab).

    None of that stopped Mulvaney. On Monday, the Budget Director stepped into the CFPB, ready to take on his new job.

    This is how English responded in an email sent to 1,600 staff.

    "I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving in mind, I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude to all of you for your service,” English said(opens in a new tab), signing the note with her title, "Acting Director."

    And that, my friends, is what we call a death drop.

    Via Giphy(opens in a new tab)

    Here's how Mulvaney responded:

    “Please disregard any instructions you receive from Ms. English in her presumed capacity as acting director.” Mulvaney said(opens in a new tab). “I apologize for this being the very first thing you hear from me. However, under the circumstances I suppose it is necessary. If you’re at 1700 G Street today, please stop by the fourth floor to say hello and grab a doughnut.”

    If Mulvaney, a budget hawk, thinks he can sway members of an agency whose jobs he's poised to eliminate with Dunkin' Donuts, he's out of his mind. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(opens in a new tab) was explicitly designed to protect consumers from banks and credit card companies. Mulvaney once famously called the agency "sad" and "sick." He is not, as members of the agency likely know, their friend.

    And dude, if you're going to try and win your staff over with breakfast pastries, at least go for something slightly more delicious than Dunkin'. Some suggestions:

    • Krispy Kreme

    • (图2)

      Entenmann's Coffee Cake

    • Savory bacon cheddar scones

    • Literally anything else

    The case is currently being decided. In the meantime, here's Twitter's majority opinion on the issue:

    Chef José Andrés, the man who single-handedly served 3 million meals to Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria, had the best response of them all.

    Case closed.

  • Woman posts video of crocodile attack, and it is heartstopping

    Woman posts video of crocodile attack, and it is heartstopping


    Welp, this is a close call.

    A tourist was bitten on the leg by a crocodile on at Cape Tribulation in Queensland, Australia on Monday night, while standing on a creek bank close to the waters edge.

    SEE ALSO: Maybe don't get a photo with your friends inside a crocodile trap

    A Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) spokesperson said in a statement the crocodile was estimated to be 2 to 2.5 metres (78 to 98 inches) long.

    A video posted on the Facebook page of Ally Bullifent shows the crocodile attack, which comes out of nowhere. It'll be sure to give you a shock.


    The EHP said it would carry out a site assessment of the area on Tuesday, and will possibly target the crocodile "for removal" as it has displayed dangerous behaviour in a designated area. This means it'll be moved to a crocodile farm or a zoo, according to the Cairns Post(opens in a new tab).

    For authorities, it also serves as a reminder about staying safe in areas where crocodiles might be around. Earlier this year, an 18-year-old boy was attacked by a crocodile while reportedly trying to impress a girl.

  • Town crier who announced Prince Harrys engagement to Meghan Markle is 100% fake

    Town crier who announced Prince Harrys engagement to Meghan Markle is 100% fake


    England, with its quirky traditions and old-fashioned customs, is a land of endless fascination for outsiders, nominally for people from the former colony of the U.S.

    SEE ALSO: The most adorable revelations from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first interview

    So it's understandable why a town crier -- with his elaborate, red and gold robed dress and tricorn hat -- attracted people's attention on social media when he was depicted in an ABC News video as he announces the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement outside of Buckingham Palace:

    "Oyez, oyez, oyz!" He yells in the video. "Buckingham Palace is proud to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. God save the Queen!" 

    It can't get any more British than this.

    Business Insider posted a similar video, calling him "the Royal Town Crier":

    However, it turns out the eccentric guy is not officially appointed by the Queen, nor is he a real town crier. His real name is Tony Appleton, from Romford, east London, and he's been making royal announcements for years, bell and scroll on hand.


    In 2013, he fooled prominent American broadcasters(opens in a new tab) including Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper when he announced the birth of Prince William and Kate's firstborn, Prince George, outside St. Mary's Hospital.

    "I'm a royalist. I love the royal family," he told (opens in a new tab)AP(opens in a new tab), while acknowledging he had no official royal role. "I came unannounced."

    Still, many Americans fell for it:

  • Cheeky theory is the best explanation yet for the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement

    Cheeky theory is the best explanation yet for the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement


    News of the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caught Americans' imagination just like any other story about the British royals -- births, anniversaries, celebrations, jubilees, and so on.

    SEE ALSO: 'Town crier' who announced Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle is 100% fake

    But what if behind the jolly facade of a couple in love wishing to declare their commitment before God and the nation there's an actual conspiracy to reclaim a former colony, lost in a never-forgotten, embittered war?

    That's the joke Greg Pollowitz, editor at, dug up to explain the royal announcement:

    Meghan Markle is American, so the future offspring will be Americans! Da-daam! Boom! Mic drop!

    via GIPHY(opens in a new tab)

    It was just a cheeky tweet, but it went absolutely viral and people just loved it:

    There was the obvious Brexit reference:


    As well as the Trump one:

    Some conjectured a crossover between two incredibly popular TV shows:

    But in general the tweets reacting to the joke were just hilarious:

    While someone took it a bit too seriously:

  • Dog, sick and tired of waiting in car, slams his paw on the horn

    Dog, sick and tired of waiting in car, slams his paw on the horn


    It will be a long time before America finally grants dogs the right to drive.

    Until then, dogs will have to do what they can to keep themselves entertained. Take this pup, who was recently left alone in a parking lot in " target="_blank">Nanaimo, British Columbia(opens in a new tab), and slammed its paw on the car horn out of exhaustion. And then it kept it there. For a long time.

    SEE ALSO: Calm your dogs down with this fabulous doggy leotard

    The video was captured by Joris Wiggers and posted on Facebook by Elizabeth Herman(opens in a new tab). It's not entirely clear that the dog knows how to get his paw off the horn, but no problem, doggo, that's what driver's permits are for.


    Can someone please call this dog an Uber?

  • Arbys bought Buffalo Wild Wings, so heres what a combined menu would look like

    Arbys bought Buffalo Wild Wings, so heres what a combined menu would look like


    On Tuesday it was announced that Arby's owner Roark Capital will acquire(opens in a new tab) Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.4 billion (or roughly(opens in a new tab) 162,271,805 orders of BWW House Samplers).

    Per Reuters(opens in a new tab), though the wings restaurant will become property of Arby's, it'll still operate on its own.

    SEE ALSO: This edible Alien Facehugger chicken will haunt your dreams

    We think this is a huge mistake.

    Consider the disturbing menu possibilities a marriage of Arby's meats and BWW wings might afford us.

    Our suggestions for this menu full of abominations below:

    • A half-pound Beef 'N Cheddar sandwich dipped in Bourbon Honey Mustard sauce, rolled in Desert Heat seasoning and deep fried

    • An entire smoked brisket coated in Blazin' hot sauce and served whole on a bed of deep-fried Cheddar Cheese Curds

    • Potato cakes drenched in Wild sauce

    • Beer-battered roast beef tacos

    • An Arby's House Sampler, featuring 12 classic Roast Beef sandwiches stacked in a pyramid

    • A Crispy Chicken Farmhouse Salad dressed with Hot BBQ sauce

    • (图2)

      Boneless Wings coated in Cheddar Cheese sauce

    • A Corned Beef 'N Cheese Slider cut up into pieces and sprinkled over Buffalo Mac & Cheese

    • A Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with a Pizza Slider speared on top

    • Every Arby's slider stacked in a tower and adhered to each another with smears of Parmesan Garlic sauce

    • The pastry shell of an Apple Turnover, filled with the B-Dubs Blender shake flavor of your choice

    • A large Ultimate Chocolate Shake blended with a slice of Chocolate Fudge Cake and drizzled over a plate of Dessert Nachos

    • Cheesecake Bites

  • Cops share photo of a driver that went a little too hard with their Christmas tree

    Cops share photo of a driver that went a little too hard with their Christmas tree


    Look, if you want to cut down a massive Christmas tree, and stick it up inside your two-story living room, go for it. But maybe don't endanger anyone's life in the process.

    Police in Massachusetts put up a post on their Facebook page on Friday, reminding people to please transport their Christmas trees safely. They really shouldn't have to do this, but here we are.

    SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged

    "One of our officer's stopped this vehicle on Route 20 today," the cops said on Facebook(opens in a new tab), posting a photo of what appears to be a Prius topped with a Christmas tree.

    The tree is so large, it completely obstructs the view of the side and rear windows. It's not clearly visible, but we're also guessing that it wasn't tied down very well.


    While the tree transport was outrageous to say the least, most people in the comments were upset that the police decided to call the tree a "holiday tree" instead of a Christmas tree.

  • The best Maxine Waters moments of 2017

    The best Maxine Waters moments of 2017


    2017 was the year Congresswoman Maxine Waters was elected president of All in With Chris Hayes.

    From the moment she declared that the director of the FBI had "no legitimacy" and then death dropped in front of a gaggle of shellshocked reporters, 79-year-old Auntie Maxine has had our blood loyalty. Every floor she walked on in 2017, whether it was in the Capitol or at the MTV Movie Awards, became her stage and ultimately, a property in her empire.

    More so than any other "deplorable" president with a Ziploc bag of fleas for a brain, Maxine Waters was the de facto leader of the free world/MSNBC in 2017.

    SEE ALSO: Interview: Maxine Waters thinks millennials can change politics for everyone (yes, everyone)

    Congresswoman Waters gave us so many viral gifts in 2017. Here are just a few of them.

    1. The time she accused James Comey of having no credibility and then just walked on out

    2. When she revealed that she was "never going to go" to Trump's Inauguration because, "I don't honor him, I don't respect him and I don't want to be involved with him."

    3. The time she was asked what she would do once she was done impeaching Trump, and she replied: "Impeach Pence."

    4. When she delivered MTV's first ever "Best Fight Against the System" award, did a plié, and got a standing ovation.

    5. When she tweeted that it was time for our "racist throwback" Attorney General to go back "to the plantation"

    6. Her "Bye, Felicia" moment

    7. When she busted out this stunner of jean jacket, rose pants ensemble at the Tax March

    Credit: tom williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

    8. When she started railing against Trump and told a room full of supporters, "We've got to stop his ass"

    9. The moment she just said it:


    10. And the tweet that did it too:

    11. That day Bill O'Reilly tried to humiliate Auntie Maxine and just ... lol, sorry bro. She can't be intimidated.

    12. When she "reclaimed her time" from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

    13. So the internet did too

    14. And the Women's March made "Reclaiming my time" the theme of a whole convention

    Credit: rachel woolf/The Washington Post/Getty Images

    15. When Congresswoman Maxine Waters finally passed on her torch to the generation that needs it the most.

Random articles


  • Jazz up your graduation cap with these 14 clever designs


    Jazz up your graduation cap with these 14 clever designs

    Commencement season is around the corner, which means students nationwide will receive their graduation caps soon. Unfortunately, graduation caps are probably the worst pieces of attire imposed upon students: They're itchy, they're ugly, and they're impossible to keep on your head.

    SEE ALSO: Congrats, grad: here's how to keep your graduation cap from falling off your head

    On the bright side, there are ways to jazz up the bland piece of fabric you're forced to wear. After all, if you have to wear it through the long ceremony, you might as well look good during it! Here are 14 cleverly designed caps to inspire you for your own graduation.

    1. It's important to thank the ones who got you through school

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)

    Don't forget to give credit where credit's due. As @ampupino pointed out on their cap, they wouldn't have gotten through four years of school if not for the support of their parents. And they probably wouldn't have passed those four years of classes if not for coffee.

    2. Go over the top with a custom LED screen

    Dan Barkus created a custom LED panel with a Bluetooth model that lit up his graduation cap with a variety of graphics, from his school's glowing logo to a flashing "hi mom." Did he dare throw this cap up in the air, though?

    3. Sometimes you need to be honest about your motivations

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)

    Let's be real: We all want our dogs to have good lives. Graduating senior @abbieleavell commissioned this cap from @jayroe_co, which has a gorgeous border of hand-painted flowers and the most honest message of them all.

    4. Even if your Hogwarts acceptance letter never came in the mail...

    Reddit(opens in a new tab)

    Redditor u/teambadguy painted this portrait of Hogwarts on their girlfriend's graduation cap. The illustration depicts the magical castle against a stunning night sky, along with the perfect Harry Potter quote about growing up.

    5. Plan world domination with Cards Against Humanity

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)

    The game Cards Against Humanity is known for pairing wild scenarios with risqué answers, but @rui_the_day took it a little further with this painted cap. Step one for world domination: graduate.

    6. Tuition costs an arm and a leg, right?

    Reddit(opens in a new tab)

    Redditor u/devgal is an amputee, and decided to have some fun with her graduation cap. Sure, she's short $45,000 of tuition, but she has a college degree!

    7. Are Hamilton references still in?

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)

    Hamilton has totally dominated pop culture over the last few years. If you're young, scrappy, and hungry like Alexander Hamilton once was, consider adding a touch of the Broadway musical on to your cap this year.

    8. Turn your overwhelming student debt into a pun

    Reddit(opens in a new tab)

    Forget Game of Thrones. The real saga will be paying off the loans that put you through school in the first place. Don't forget: interest is coming.

    9. Speaking of puns, here's a pretty clever one.

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)

    For her commencement ceremony, @briannedanielle_ crafted this glittery pun. With four years of college under her belt, she's officially hotter by one degree.

    10. This Rick and Morty cap includes season three's best character.

    Reddit(opens in a new tab)

    Lawyer Morty(opens in a new tab) doesn't do much law, but the Council of Ricks keep him around "because he's fun" (and everyone's favorite hype man). u/pmanalex decided to include the character on their cap to cheer them on during commencement.

    11. Make Drake proud.

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)

    Drake's If You're Reading This, It's Too Late debuted at number one. And you can debut as number one at commencement with this cap inspired by the mixtape's cover art.

    12. Inspired by RuPaul? You better WERK.

    Reddit(opens in a new tab)

    Redditor u/KiaraMel made this drag race graduation cap inspired by RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Bob the Drag Queen. Bob the Drag Queen's single, Purse First(opens in a new tab), is a confidence booster. Of course, the graduation version of the song is less about making a statement during first impressions and more about the flood of money owed for tuition.

    13. Represent Wakanda with a Black Panther cap

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)

    Instagram artist @mr._on painted this incredible Black Panther mask for a graduation cap commision. The wildly successful superhero movie topped $1.1 billion in box offices worldwide. Inspired? Accept your diploma with pride with a Black Panther–themed cap.

    14. Four years later and nothing stuck

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)

    What's more adorable that Dory from Finding Nemo? The lovable blue tang fish has a hard time remembering things she just learned — something that sleep-deprived students can definitely relate to.

    Whether it's a pop culture reference, a wise quote, or a sarcastic take on student loans, decorated graduation caps make sitting through a commencement just a little more bearable. What's on your graduation cap?

  • Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and other celebs get in on the FaceApp selfie action

    Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and other celebs get in on the FaceApp selfie action


    Catching a glimpse of a celebrity who's aged naturally is something of a rarity in this day and age.

    But, if you were ever curious to know what the Jonas Brothers or Drake might one day look like, then you should probably keep reading.

    Drake, Terry Crews, Sam Smith, and the Jonas Brothers have joined the chorus of normals sharing selfies made using FaceApp's new ageing filter.

    Get a load of the senior citizen Jonas Brothers.

    Drake also got in on the action. Aged like a fine wine, you might say.



    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    Lil Nas X gave us a taste of Big Nas X.

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    Sam Smith's FaceApp selfies really leave you quite lost for words.

    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    Terry Crews' FaceApp selfie is quite, uhhh, commanding.

    While the results are really quite something, it's worth having a read of Mashable's story on FaceApp's privacy policy which doesn't exactly make for reassuring reading.

    SEE ALSO: What you need to know about viral FaceApp's privacy policy

    Per Mashable's Karissa Bell, the policy states that it collects "location information and information about users' browsing history." Be aware.

  • Banksys self-shredding artwork gets a cheeky new name

    Banksys self-shredding artwork gets a cheeky new name


    Banksy's self-shredding Girl with Balloon has left quite the mark on the art world.

    Not only has the work become the subject of memes, but it's been described as the artist's greatest work(opens in a new tab), and its value has likely jumped sharply following the incident.

    SEE ALSO: Banksy's shredded art stunt is a beautiful meme now

    So it'd be mad if the buyer of the $1.4 million work didn't decide to keep it, which is exactly what she will be doing.

    "When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realise that I would end up with my own piece of art history," the buyer, identified as a female European collector and a long-standing client of Sotheby's, said in a statement.

    Shortly after being sold at auction for three times the expected price, a secret shredder in the frame of Girl with Balloon was activated, and the work was cut into pieces.

    Since the incident, the artwork has been given a cheeky new title: Love is in the Bin.

    Banksy revealed how he installed the shredder an Instagram post.


    View this post on Instagram
    (opens in a new tab)


    Despite speculation of Sotheby's collaborating with Banksy to destroy, or rather create another work, the artist's former gallerist Steve Lazarides dismissed those rumours.

    "I worked for him for 12 years, the idea of him colluding with an institution to pull off a stunt is the complete antithesis to his philosophy," he said in a statement.

  • How the queer community can embrace the asexual spectrum


    How the queer community can embrace the asexual spectrum

    Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people who make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off.

    Pride is a time for embracing one’s identity, for shouting it loudly from the rooftops because we should, all of us, be proud of who we are.

    But for a small part of the LGBTQIA+ community — the A specifically — it continues to present a quandary. The asexual community, named for its lack of interest in sex, struggles to navigate a movement defined by sexual attraction.

    “On the one hand we have this sex-positive culture which is wonderful and liberating, but there is a story that’s missing, and what’s missing is not everyone is sexual,” said Phillip L. Hammack, professor of psychology and director of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    “Variations in the levels of sexual attraction or the conditions under which people experience sexual desire is a normal form of human diversity, and it’s not one that’s been represented historically,” he said.

    SEE ALSO: 'Ace' is the first book of its kind. Here’s why anyone, asexual or not, should read it.

    Roughly 1 percent of the population identifies as asexual, but there’s a spectrum to lack of sexual interest just as there is for sexual interest. Some people identify as demisexual (interested in sex but only when there's a strong emotional connection) or as graysexual (moving fluidly between asexual and sexual depending on the circumstances). Sexual and romantic identities are also distinct; a person may identify as asexual, but not aromantic (uninterested in emotional relationships), and therefore pursue romantic relationships with little or no physical component.

    It’s useful to think of human sexuality as a bell curve, with the middle covering average human sex drive and the ends accounting for both high and low sexual tendencies, said Oberlin College assistant professor K.J. Cerankowski, editor of Asexuality, Feminist, and Queer Perspective and author of the paper “Spectacular Asexuals: Media Visibility and Cultural Fetish."

    Credit: Mashable / Bob Al-Greene

    “Some people want to have sex completely divested from any emotional attachment,” Cerankowski said, citing one-night stands and hookup culture. “And then you have people maybe on the other end of that spectrum who only have sex within committed relationships or committed monogamous relationships, and then you have anything in between.”

    Because of the neutral nature of asexuality, though, it can be challenging for some to place it within the same movement of sex positivity that includes classifications like homosexual or bisexual -- identities literally named for sexual attraction.

    “Historically, we thought about sexual diversity in terms of the gender to which you’re attracted to,” said Hammack. “It really kind of framed how both the culture and the science evolved, and the problem with that is that it didn’t capture the full range of people’s experience of intimacy.”

    One demi, Dustin Fowler, told Mashable that people have assumed that being on the asexual spectrum means he never wants physical contact, even with friends, or that he doesn’t want a relationship. “We're people just like members of any other community with individual wants and needs,” he said.

    SEE ALSO: Astrology tech can provide a safe space for the LGBTQ community, but there are limitations

    Regardless of where they stand on the asexual spectrum, individuals who see themselves in this community aren’t represented in a media and culture that’s striving to embrace and destigmatize sex. Sex positivity is a long overdue movement meant to celebrate sex: Everyone should be able to have it, whenever and with whomever they want. But for some people that means maybe never with maybe no one.

    “There's a lot of normalization in current popular media that celebrates sex and promiscuity while shaming people who aren't having sex or are virgins,” said Fowler.

    A side effect of showing and talking about sex whenever we can is that we alienate those who view sex differently.

    "To me, sex positivity means celebrating with someone when they want to have sex and celebrating when they know themselves well enough that they’re comfortable not.”

    “As a society, we hear sex positivity and immediately think sex is wonderful and everyone should be having it,” Jenae Williams, who identifies as demisexual, told Mashable. Williams described notions that anyone who doesn’t want to have sex is prude or detrimental to sex positivity. “You become anti-sex positive when that’s not the case. To me, sex positivity means celebrating with someone when they want to have sex and celebrating when they know themselves well enough that they’re comfortable not.”

    “To truly have a sex positive moment is to be able to address that whole range of human sexuality and sexual desire and experience,” Cerankowski added. “When you have a sex positivity that says yes, sex is great, no slut-shaming, but also if you don’t want to have sex that’s OK, too. We should be able to say that, and we should also talk about consent, and we should talk about how some people don’t want sex and some people do want sex.”

    For Cerankowski, this kind of sex positivity is more inclusive of asexuality. "There are a lot of asexual people who would identify as sex positive with that way of thinking of sex positivity.”

    People who are asexual encounter derision early on. In a 2015 Modern Love column for the New York Times(opens in a new tab), Kim Kaletsky described the confusion of high school sex education, which assumes its entire audience is clamoring to have sex and should therefore be responsible.

    “Along the way, we heard plenty of assurances that it’s perfectly OK to not have sex,” Kaletsky wrote. “But nowhere in that lesson did I hear the words, ‘It’s OK to not want sex.’”

    Media and culture tell us that sex is “normal.” It’s normal for hormonal teenagers to feel the impulse, for adults to act on it, and for all of us to pursue and explore. But in destigmatizing sex and reinforcing that it’s OK, the message can often be interpreted as sex being the only answer to a question some people aren’t even asking.

    The recent history of the asexual spectrum

    Asexuality as a sexual orientation didn’t really enter mainstream discourse until the early 2000s, in conjunction with two main things, said Hammack. First came the establishment of AVEN (the Asexual Visibility and Education Network) by David Jay in 2001. Inextricably linked to its rise was the internet. Asexual people around the country found each other via forums, message boards, and online connections that turned into real-life ones. But despite this rise, the asexual community was -- and still is -- often regarded with confusion.

    In the 2012 documentary A(Sexual)(opens in a new tab), Jay and a group from AVEN march for the first time in San Francisco Pride in 2009, where the camera catches visible skepticism from onlookers. One person says “that’s scary,” and another asks the AVEN group to stand 20 feet away from them.

    This bolsters Hammack’s assertion that it’s difficult for asexual people to find space in the queer community, which tends to be sex positive and sometimes hypersexual (again, that's OK).

    “There’s been a rejection of asexual people on the grounds of like ‘Hey, you’re talking about something different. Don’t try to latch onto us,’” he said. Yet as a sexual minority by definition, asexual people fit into the larger queer community.

    Jay’s flyers at San Francisco Pride that year offered information about asexuality – not propaganda for conversion. They were meant to promote acceptance. Just as heterosexual people can be allies for Pride and the queer community, people on the asexual spectrum can, and regularly do, support others’ enthusiasm for sex. That should go both ways.

    Asexuality in media

    Todd finds himself in an uncomfortable sexual situation in Season 4 of 'Bojack Horseman.' Credit: netflix

    Every single person interviewed for this piece cited Bojack Horseman as a positive representation of asexuality. For years, the show built up to this realization for Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul), whose lack of sexual interest stood in stark juxtaposition to Bojack’s existentially charged libido. In Season 4, he describes himself as asexual.

    As a surreal adult cartoon, Bojack has a niche audience. But Todd’s asexuality was a critical step in diverse sexual representation, one which Vox’s Sara Ghaleb(opens in a new tab) (who identifies as asexual and aromantic), described as “huge.”

    “[When] you never see anyone like yourself reflected in media, it can feel like you don’t exist,” Ghaleb wrote in 2018. Not only did Todd find peace in his own identity, but he found a community, and Bojack readily accepted him for who he is.

    When trying to think of other popular and sensitive examples of on-screen asexuality, however, everyone I spoke to came up short. AVEN has a master list(opens in a new tab) tracking asexuality in fiction, which you could read through in under five minutes (it's also dominated by literary examples).

    Early mentions of asexuality on television often occurred in talk shows. In the early 2000s, Jay appeared on major network talk shows, doing interviews that entailed smiling through serious aspersions about whether asexuality was real or valid. A House episode from 2012 depicted an asexual couple, but in the end revealed that one of them had a brain tumor dulling their sex drive and the other was in fact pretending to be asexual to stay in the relationship. Problematic doesn’t even begin to cover it.

    “I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a demisexual character on TV or in movies,” Williams said. “Every single character I’ve seen is either gay, straight, or bi, and ready to hop into bed at a moment’s notice. Which can explain why it took me so long to learn about demisexuality.”

    To that end, Williams said she often tells people she’s bisexual (she actually identifies as biromantic), because “it’s a lot easier for them to understand.” Adam Winney, who wrote an informational song(opens in a new tab) about asexuality in 2016, agreed, explaining that he’s far more vocal about being interested in other men than saying he’s demisexual.

    “Growing up, I truly believed the importance of the stakes involved in each American Pie movie I absorbed,” said Winney. “With a majority of the population being sexual, it makes sense to market towards them. However, there’s a responsibility we have on what stories we tell to each age group. I’m not saying we need a show about an asexual pilot with a gambling addiction called Ace of Hearts [Writer’s Note: Or maybe we do???], we just need more stories that aren’t telling kids they need to hook up now or be forever lame!”

    How to move forward

    Hammack explained that simply having words like asexual, graysexual, and demisexual is crucial for people to navigate the complex climate of modern relationships. We didn’t need the language when dating was courting and marriage was the only form of commitment. We didn’t need it when sex was taboo in media and culture and mostly discussed behind closed doors. But we do need it today.

    Hammack’s research shows(opens in a new tab) that Generation Z doesn't think of gender and sex like their predecessors, and that young people are the most receptive to new ideas about sexuality. That's a good thing for the entire LGBTQIA+ movement, because as young people grow up and influence society and culture, both will be implicitly more accepting of different identities – including shades of asexuality.

    Twenty years ago, it was about visibility; now it’s about understanding.

    As with all minority stories, the road to acceptable representation for the asexual spectrum is a journey. Education and conversation go a long way in decreasing stigma. Twenty years ago, it was about visibility; now it’s about understanding.

    “Just letting people know that it's an option is huge,” Fowler said. “Before I knew demisexuality was a thing, I felt like I was broken for a really long time. If media can make one person know that their way has a name and people in that community, I think that is life-changing.”

  • Comedian absolutely nails AOC impression

    Comedian absolutely nails AOC impression


    Many comedians(Opens in a new tab) will attempt to do an impression of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but few will ever succeed. Thankfully, we finally found someone who has mastered the art.

    Comedian Alyssa Limperis recently posted her impression of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to YouTube (Opens in a new tab)and Twitter(Opens in a new tab) on Thursday. Limperis imagines how Ocasio-Cortez might respond to Tan France, the stylist from Queer Eye, and his infamous French tuck (France's preferred method of tucking shirts).

    The cast of Queer Eye, sans Karamo Brown, recently visited Ocasio-Cortez and other Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.

    SEE ALSO: AOC invited Bobby from 'Queer Eye' to help decorate her office


    The impression is terrifyingly spot-on. Limperis captures Ocasio-Cortez's emphatic way of announcing her syllables and characteristic hand movements. She knows exactly where she places her gaze and just how often she twists her neck in a mini-fit of irritation.

    Kudos to Limperis for further addressing one of the show's greatest injustices -- the excessive amount of labor Bobby Berk performs compared to others on the show.

    People on Twitter felt similarly.

    We need to have more political impressions like Limperis'. Alec Baldwin has nothing on her.

  • Lil Nas X celebrates his first YouTube video with 1 million dislikes

    Lil Nas X celebrates his first YouTube video with 1 million dislikes

    Lil Nas X hit yet another monumental milestone, and though this one's not as, uh, positive as past milestones, he's still celebrating with a tweet.


    The 22-year-old rapper consistently slays the charts and captures hearts on Twitter, but now he's finally surpassed one million dislikes on a YouTube video for the first time. Congrats, king.

    On Saturday, a fan account tweeted a screenshot of Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" music video(Opens in a new tab) and announced that the video had surpassed one million dislikes.

    "It becomes his first video on Youtube to reach this milestone. Congrats @LilNasX," the user wrote.

    Staying true to his remarkably sassy, quick-witted Twitter persona, Lil Nas X quote tweeted the piece of news and wrote, "thank u to everyone who made this possible. i am nothing without you guys lack of support."


    Lil Nas X has recently been making headlines because of his latest music video, "Industry Baby," which comments on his success and sexuality while taking viewers through a narrative set in the fictional Montero State Prison. Lil Nas X partnered with The Bail Project(Opens in a new tab), a national nonprofit that seeks to end cash bail, ahead of the video's launch to raise funds to help financially assist those who are incarcerated.

    But "Industry Baby" is only the rapper's latest video to receive backlash.

    Prior to "Industry Baby," conservatives were outraged over the rapper's milestone-reaching "Montero (CMBYM)" music video, which features themes related to religion and sexuality. If you're unfamiliar with "Montero," it's the video that shows the rapper pole dancing his way to hell and giving the devil a lap dance. Here, see for yourself.

    A controversial "Satan Shoes" collaboration with art brand MSCHF also accompanied the music video release, though the shoes have since been recalled after a lawsuit from Nike, which reached a settlement in April.

    Lil Nas X stayed strong and committed to himself and the video's messaging during heavy "Montero (CMBYN)" backlash from religious conservatives, but the recent one million dislikes milestone shows that some people might not be ready to get over the video just yet.

    Oh well. "Montero (CMBYN)" haters may think that one million dislikes is a damning number, but it's nowhere near as impressive a count as the 8.2 million likes the music video has.

    Looks like Lil Nas X won another round.

  • There's never been a worse time to be a statue of an old racist dude.

    There's never been a worse time to be a statue of an old racist dude.


    The global protests against systemic racism and police brutality, in solidarity with the U.S. Black Lives Matter movement as well as individual nations' own institutional issues, have been spreading and strengthening since the death of George Floyd, who died after an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes on May 25. The protests have already had a tangible effect on policy decisions(Opens in a new tab) and public opinion(Opens in a new tab), but one of the most visible achievements of the protests has been the toppling, defacing, and even removal by authorities, of racist monuments and statues.

    From former Confederate president Jefferson Davis to Christopher Columbus and Winston Churchill, statues of historical figures have been coming down or getting makeovers — primarily statues of European colonizers, slave traders or owners, and other Great Men whose racist opinions or policies have been airbrushed out of the version of history we learned in school. Some were removed by protesters, others by city authorities(Opens in a new tab). Many others have been splashed with blood-red paint, creatively annotated, or decorated in other ways to indicate that enormous likenesses of known racists towering over people in public spaces are not seen as a neutral invitation to reflect quietly upon the nuances of a violent, racist history, but an institutional refusal to reckon with it.

    The push to remove Confederate and other racist monuments from public spaces continues, with the potential for them to be rehoused in museums where they can be displayed alongside other historical artifacts in context. Meanwhile, a 55-year-old woman in Atlanta has been charged with a felony, namely interference with government property(Opens in a new tab) for writing "TEAR DOWN" on a Confederate statue plinth with chalk, and Australian authorities are making noise about "tougher anti-vandalism laws"(Opens in a new tab) after two statues of British colonizer Captain James Cook were spray-painted by activists.

    If you're interested in the process of bringing down statues, here is a purely hypothetical guide to how it can be done safely. The safest way to get these pompous eyesores out of public spaces, though, is to pressure your local city council or mayor's office to remove them, and vote for representatives who have no interest in preserving public monuments to oppressors. As Taylor Swift said, villains don't deserve statues(Opens in a new tab).

    In the meantime, please enjoy these striking images of shrines to violence and genocide being treated with the respect they deserve.

    A woman looks at a statue depicting Christopher Columbus, which had its head removed at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on June 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. The statue's future is yet to be decided.Credit: Tim Bradbury / Getty Images
    A statue of Christopher Columbus lays next to a city owned flatbed truck after a crew removed the statue from its base at Farnham Park in Camden, New Jersey on June 13, 2020.Credit: Bastiaan Slabbers / NurPhoto via Getty Images
    The pedestal where a statue of Christopher Columbus stood is pictured on June 11, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Protesters also tore down a statue of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.Credit: Zach Gibson / Getty Images
    A vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus is seen at Bayfront Park on June 11, 2020, after a protest the previous day against George Floyd's death, police brutality, and racial inequality in Miami, Florida.Credit: Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    A Richmond police officer stands by the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis after it was pulled down from its pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia on June 10, 2020.Credit: John McDonnell / The Washington Post via Getty Images
    A vandalized Civil War statue looks over the fourth consecutive day of protests on May 31, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.Credit: Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images)
    Protesters gather around a vandalised statue of Former Governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de Leon in Downtown Miami on June 12, 2020.Credit: CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP via Getty Images
    A vandalized statue of Boer leader Paul Kruger on Church Square on June 10, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.Credit: Alet Pretorius / Gallo Images via Getty Images
    The statue of former British prime minister Winston Churchill is seen defaced in Parliament Square, London after a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy, on June 7, 2020.Credit: ISABEL INFANTES / AFP via Getty Images
    Graffiti covers a statue of Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville, on Melville Street in Edinburgh on June 12, 2020.Credit: ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP via Getty Images
    A statue of journalist Indro Montanelli after it was vandalised with red paint and graffiti in the gardens dedicated to him on June 14, 2020 in Milan, Italy. Montanelli claimed he bought a 12-year-old Eritrean girl as his wife while serving in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War in 1936.Credit: Jacopo Raule / Getty Images
    The statue of slave trader Edward Colston is retrieved from Bristol Harbour by a salvage team on June 11, 2020 in Bristol, England. The statue was pulled from its plinth in the city centre and thrown in the water by anti-racism campaigners during a Black Lives Matter protest.Credit: Andrew Lloyd / Getty Images)
    A bust of former Belgian king Leopold II daubed with red paint is removed by a city worker in Auderghem, near Brussels on June 12, 2020. Several statues of the late monarch, a symbol of Belgium's bloody history as colonial power in central Africa, have been defaced as the U.S. campaign for racial justice re-energizes the struggle in Europe.Credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP via Getty Images
    The iconic statue of the Duke of Wellington sports a traffic cone with a Black Lives Matter logo in Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, Scotland on June 12, 2020.Credit: ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP via Getty Images
    People visit the graffiti covered statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on June 13, 2020 at Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. Many have long called for taking down statues of Confederate Generals who fought a war to defend slavery, and later, were erected by southern states to help justify the disenfranchisement of Black citizens.Credit: Andrew Lichtenstein / Corbis via Getty Images

  • Airlines keep upping their social media game, but its far from the perfect system

    Airlines keep upping their social media game, but its far from the perfect system


    When travel expert Laura Begley Bloom forgot her laptop on a flight last month, she threw up a tweet in hopes of a small Christmas miracle.

    Her prayers were answered(opens in a new tab).

    Bloom, who is chief content officer at Family Traveller(opens in a new tab), saw firsthand the power of social media channels(opens in a new tab) and why travelers are turning to their phone apps like Twitter and Facebook to get in touch with airlines about their travel problems.

    Bloom is far from alone, though her success story isn't that common. Airlines (some more than others) continue to wrangle the onslaught of tweets, DMs, and Facebook Messages coming in from frustrated flyers, many who hope their pleas will get noticed.

    But even with air carriers going all in on customer service programs with 24/7 assistance, social media has its limits.

    SEE ALSO: 2017 was a safe year for airlines, terrible for passengers

    Conversocial, a social customer service software, looked at top air carriers and how their social customer service methods are working. The report mainly reviewed how often and how quickly (or slowly) airline social channels got in touch with passengers on Twitter.

    The industry average for social media responsiveness was just over 25 percent this year. Last year it was 21 percent -- a small bump, but not enough to make tweeting a travel panacea.

    "There's a lot of noise that doesn’t warrant a response," Conversocial CEO and founder Joshua March said in a call last week. So airlines responding to a quarter of inbound complaints isn't as paltry as it sounds.

    Even so, just a quick response for something beyond an airline's control -- like a massive snow storm -- increases customer satisfaction and breeds loyalty. But for higher satisfaction levels, a problem needs to be resolved, March said, and that isn't always possible.

    Airlines are quickly overwhelmed on social, where stakes are higher due to the public nature of the interactions.

    "They don’t want to look bad," travel expert Bloom said.

    Rather than try to make every last traveler happy, airlines have begun to draw lines. Bloom isn't seeing travel refunds or coupons handed out too freely. Mostly it's advice or just reassurance that someone, somewhere is listening to your horror story of a trip.

    Even if our travel woes aren't fully addressed, travelers at least have airlines' or airports' ears.

    "We have a lot more leverage now as consumers," Bloom said. "We have a voice that we didn't have in the past."

    Air travel might feel like it's improving with the bevy of social media channels at our fingertips, but we've reached something close to peak social media assistance.

    United is the worst at responding to customers on social media. Credit: Conversocial

    Not surprisingly United was one of the slower responders to social posts, taking 1 hour 34 minutes on average to respond to customers. The best top North American airline was JetBlue with a speedy 4 minute 50 second response time.

    When something like a busted entertainment system crosses JetBlue's social channels, the team responds -- and ASAP.

    United is lagging. Timing can be everything when trying to make a connection or literally fly across the country.

    "We do see a correlation between speed of resolution and customer satisfaction," March said.


    Airlines are trying to listen to our grumblings and helping as much as they can, but it's usually not enough.

    Delta -- who scored a 31.3 percent response rate and just over 30 minutes to respond on average -- has been pumping more staffing and resources into their social and digital channels.

    "There's been a tremendous increase of volume of messages year over year," Eric Carlsen, Delta general manager of digital customer engagement, said in a phone call.

    There's also more tools than every for customers to reach airlines.

    In the past few years, Carlsen said he's seen huge growth on Facebook Messenger. Facebook has been pushing Messenger as a business-to-consumer(opens in a new tab) platform, and chat app WhatsApp for businesses is expected to be a game-changer for digital customer service.

    Another new tool, Apple Business Chat(opens in a new tab), will seamlessly connect Siri to your complaints and make online customer service that much more accessible. Outside the U.S., Carlsen said WeChat is the go-to platform to connect with the airline.

    Conversocial recorded a 100 percent growth rate of Messenger use from March through August 2017 and a 50 percent increase in Twitter DMs. These numbers show how easy and convenient it is to log onto well-used apps and start talking to a company.

    March from Conversocial sees automated bots used in a very specific way as the next step in advancing online customer service beyond the mostly tapped-out capabilities of social media support.

    "A bot should be handling super simple stuff," he explained.

    But bots can't replicate the satisfaction a customer gets from knowing another person has heard their complaint. The bots can save time doing simple things, but then usually hand people off to customer service agent — with your flight info and details about your problem already laid out.

    Delta's Carlsen thinks social media is capable of helping travelers even more than it already does -- it might seem like these tools have hit max helpfulness, but it's only getting started, he believes.

    "There's tons of runway left for improvement here," he said.

    For Delta, Carlsen believes passengers are still testing out social platforms. As people start to see that an airline will get back to them quicker on Twitter than on a phone call: "I think we'll continue to see more of a channel shift."

    "Savvy travelers will figure out any line of communication they can," travel expert Bloom said. "It’s so frustrating to take the traditional route of calling the 800 numbers and be on hold for an hour."

    So even if every message doesn't get answered or a response isn't that helpful or timely, at least social media has given us some feeling of control. And something serendipitous like an airplane cleaner spotting your tweet about a lost laptop is more likely to happen.

    As to #travelgoals, the report found 43 percent of airlines want to make social media customer service a top priority for 2018. So keep tweeting -- it just might make your flight that much better. Delta encouraged tweeting, messaging, tagging or posting to the airline as much as possible -- the more volume coming in, the more resources the airline will eventually focus for social communication.

    But still, social media can only carry airlines so far.

  • Michelle Obama shared the perfect parenting metaphor for Trumps White House


    Michelle Obama shared the perfect parenting metaphor for Trumps White House

    No, Michelle Obama isn't(opens in a new tab) running for president — but she does have some thoughts about the guy who's taken up residency in her old home.

    While speaking at the Simmons Leadership Conference(opens in a new tab) in Boston on Thursday, the former first lady addressed the Trump presidency using parenting as the perfect metaphor to describe everything that has conspired since her husband left office.

    SEE ALSO: The artists behind the striking Obama portraits

    "I think what we see is what happens when we take things for granted," Obama said. "I always felt like for the eight years Barack was president, it was like having the ‘good parent’ at home. The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time."

    "And now we have the other parent. We thought it’d feel fun, maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late, and not follow the rules," she continued. "We're gonna at a point in time look at those two experiences and see how we feel."

    To get back to the 'good parent,' Michelle emphasized that it boils down to one thing: voting.

    "I think it's going to take young people, the next generation of leaders, to really determine what kind of world they want to be in — and voting has got to be a part of that equation," she explained.

    You can watch the full speech in the video above. Her parenting remarks begin at the 11:30 mark.

  • I tried Salt & Straws ice cream line inspired by this years viral moments

    I tried Salt & Straws ice cream line inspired by this years viral moments

    What do viral trends taste like? Salt & Straw has boldly asked this question with the release of their limited-edition pack of ice cream flavors called "2021 Gone Viral."


    The Portland-based handmade ice cream company released five flavors inspired by 2021 viral trends on Wednesday. Salt & Straw believes that ice cream can be a form of storytelling, and this exclusive pack puts that ethos to the test. Consisting of five unique flavors, "2021 Gone Viral" brings these inescapable moments to life through flavors like "Billionaire Boys Space Club," "#FreeBritney," "Calamari Contest," "Non-Fungible-Tropical Tuna Tamales," and "Nature's Cereal."

    Salt & Straw's 2021 Gone Viral limited edition pack in all its glory. Credit: Elena Cavender

    These flavors are as weird as 2021, and I sampled all of them.

    Billionaire Boys Space Club

    Soylent pudding w/ charcoal ice cream & white chocolate-covered astronaut ice cream chunks

    An intergalactic flavor. Credit: Elena Cavender

    This flavor was inspired by billionaires going to space. I thought the concept of billionaires going to space would taste really rich, feature expensive ingredients, and taste good because someone told you it would taste good, but Billionaire Boys Space Club ended up being the most interesting flavor of the pack.

    The ice cream manages to look like outer space. It's dark grey and the freeze-dried ice cream hunks and white Soylent pudding look like craters and stars in the dark sky. Don't let the Soylent fool you, this flavor is delicious. The ice cream is buttery with a strong sesame flavor that's balanced out by the freeze-dried ice cream hunks. It's a more mature rocky road.


    Pink bubble gum ice cream, tons of edible glitter, w/ Pepsi & Champagne gummy bears

    Credit: Elena Cavender
    Credit: Elena Cavender

    This flavor is a celebration of Britney Spears conservatorship ending, and according to Salt & Straw, that tastes like the best bubblegum ice cream you've ever had, and I can't help but agree.

    #FreeBritney is a proper celebratory flavor. It's Pepto Bismol pink and features a splattering of different shades of blue sprinkles. The ice cream is the delicate bubblegum flavor. It isn't too in your face or sickly sweet which is rarely accomplished. While the gummies added some texture, I didn't care for the flavor and would have preferred uninterrupted spoonfuls of pink goodness.

    Calamari Contest

    Dalgona honeycomb, teal and pink tracksuit ice cream, bone marrow fudge

    So vibrant it looks inedible. Credit: Elena Cavender

    Inspired by the internet craze surrounding Squid Game, this ice cream is a shocking teal and pink, so vibrant that it resembles Play-Doh. This flavor is weird, in the best way. I couldn't put my finger on the ice cream's exact flavor and the ingredient list wasn't much help. The undefined ice cream flavor allows the dalgona honeycomb to really shine. The Dalgona honeycomb is the best part and melts in your mouth and sticks to your teeth. The bone marrow fudge was super salty which complicated the flavor profile, but left a bad taste in my mouth.

    Non-Fungible-Tropical Tuna Tamales

    Roasted pineapple compote & prickly pear (aka "tuna") clear caramel, masa ice cream

    Just like NFTs this flavor is not for me! Credit: Elena Cavender

    This flavor is an ode to NFTs, so it should come as no surprise that I didn't like it. I expected an NFT-inspired flavor too either be doing too much or extremely underwhelming. Salt & Straw did the former. This flavor was so overpowering that I spit out my first bite. The roasted pineapple flavor was overwhelming and combined with the prickly pear it tasted soapy. The masa ice cream itself was understated and quite yummy, but I couldn't get behind the ice cream as a whole.

    Nature's Cereal

    Coconut water sorbet + pomegranate seeds + mixed berry jam

    It wouldn't be 2021 viral trends without a homage to TikTok. Credit: Elena Cavender

    Nature's Cereal was a viral TikTok recipe popularized by Lizzo that consisted of fresh fruit and coconut water. I was looking forward to this flavor the most. I never dipped my toe in the TikTok trend, but berries never disappoint. The sorbet was light, tangy, and tasted vaguely like a popsicle. The pomegranate seeds added some crunch, but were awkward to eat with the ice cream.

    All these flavors are available for a limited time at Salt & Straw.