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2023-04-19 02:22:32

This flaming cocktail belongs in Harry Potter

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Some mixologists double as magical wizards.

Bartender Joe Cobbe(opens in a new tab) recently lit up his feed and our lives with a fiery homemade cocktail named "Misty Eyes."

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If you dare to attempt this flaming cocktail at home, you'll need absinthe, lime juice, Tanqueray, coco powder, and gomme syrup on hand. Oh, and a torch.

Cobbe is a bartender at The Register Club, an upscale cocktail bar in Edinburgh, Scotland(opens in a new tab). Feast your eyes on this magical concoction and other similarly attractive creations from Cobbe's account.

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    The reason you keep Googling friends who are no longer in your life


    I lost all my friends nine years ago.

    It was my own fault. I hooked up with a friend's boyfriend and instantly regretted it. I betrayed a friend I really cared about and nothing I could say or do would erase what I'd done. When our entire friendship group eventually found out, one by one, friends began dropping like flies. Some sent messages to tell me they knew what I'd done, and others simply faded away. This moment is, to date, the most shameful of my life.

    Nearly a decade later, I still have an unconquerable urge to know how these former friends of mine are doing. So, I look them up on Google, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to try and gain a sense of how their lives are unfolding. The profound sadness I felt back then has dissipated, the tears have stopped, and new friends have come into my life (and stayed, thank goodness), but I can't shake this desire to just know how their lives are playing out.

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    I know it's probably a bit of a weird thing to do — maybe even slightly unhealthy — but this practice doesn't come from a place of malice -- just curiosity.

    I hesitated sharing this particular story from my past as it's a moment in time that I am not proud of. But I also wanted to answer a question that's been lurking in my own mind for some time now — why do I keep looking at the profiles of the friends I've lost? Am I trying to recreate the physical proximity I once felt with their digital presence? Is it a guilty conscience? Nostalgia? Something I should stop doing immediately? All of the above?

    Once I'd got over my am-I-a-freak-for-doing-this qualms, I put it to the people of Twitter to see if other people do this too. Turns out, a lot of people indulge in the occasional spot of internet-searching for former friends — and many have very interesting reasons for doing so.

    "I like knowing just how they're doing — are they alive? Are they healthy? Are they happy?"

    Journalist Eric Francisco says he Googles old friends that he's lost touch with and people he once thought he'd never fall out of touch with. "One close friend unfriended me mysteriously and to this day I don't know why," Francisco tells me. He thinks his occasional internet searches of former friends stems from sentimentality. "I'm a sentimental person," he says. "I like knowing just how they're doing -- are they alive? Are they healthy? Are they happy?"

    Francisco has also used the opportunity of his idle internet searching to get in touch with those friends. "I've actually messaged a few people on occasion, and you always make that lofty promise to catch up," he says. "I try to follow up but life always gets in the way. Still, it's enough for me to know that the people who mattered to me years ago are still doing okay."

    In this era of chasmic political divides, Francisco says he is trying to "look for the bits of positivity" wherever he can. "Knowing that former friends are also doing okay for themselves, that gives me comfort," he adds. "Life is short, man. We can't hold these grudges forever."



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    This behaviour isn't limited to search engines. Fashion blogger Urszula Makowska uses Instagram to check in on her former best friend who she's no longer in contact with. "I do this to see how they are doing," says Makowska. "I have a specific friend I do this to because I miss her, but we went our own separate ways and do not talk at all." She says she looks at her former friend's Insta when they randomly pop into her mind, and when she misses them. "I do it because I miss that person in my life and I hope to see they are doing well," she adds.

    Student engineer Will, who gave his first name only, says he looks up the people he's fallen out with around one or two times a month. "I do it to see what they are doing and to gauge how their life has changed without me being around," says Will. "It makes me feel jealous and sad sometimes, to be honest, when I see them being around other people and/or doing interesting things."

    As for the reasons we do this, we should look not just to human nature, but also the nature of the internet.

    "There is an inherent curiosity in human condition, and the digital economy teases this out"

    Dr Yasmin Ibrahim — reader in international business and communications at Queen Mary University of London — says "there is an inherent curiosity in human condition, and the digital economy teases this out."

    "The internet and social media constitute a new mode of ‘sociality’ where people offer details of their lives and status," says Ibrahim, adding that the internet now exists as a new medium of "sociality" which renders humans "trackable entities who can be followed and in some ways surveilled through their visual presence online." Ibrahim says the logic of social networking sites rests on "sharing our lives and its minutiae" with our circle — our friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. But sharing those details can "invite the gaze of others who are no longer in contact with you."

    Per Ibrahim, this "trackable economy aligned to searching, tagging and following" means we recreate our IRL relationships through "the internet architecture." The digital economy combines our curiosity about other people — including those we've known in the past — with the ability to search for them. "We are increasingly embedded in networks where past contacts and present lists of acquaintances can be consumed through this search economy where people exhibit themselves through social networks offering details and insights into their lives," she continues.

    So, do our feelings of remorse or nostalgia have anything to do with this kind of internet activity? Well, kind of.

    "The internet environment immerses us in different affective states where validation, endorsement, guilt, social shaming, humiliation, vitriol, and rituals of bullying can provide a motivation to gaze at others and follow them through their everyday life journeys," says Ibrahim. "When we remediate relationships through a screen culture and digital platforms, human beings can create new rituals online without relinquishing existing social norms or behaviours offline."

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    Our propensity to compare ourselves to others also plays into this activity. According to Ibrahim, the internet enables "a comparison economy," which allows people to see "how their peers are journeying through life" and the choices they've made "even when they fall out with people." So, even once you've cut ties with friends in real life, they may still be comparing themselves and their lives to yours based on what you're posting online.

    Sometimes, for whatever reason, people who mean a lot to us leave our lives. And sometimes that curiosity about how they're doing in life doesn't go away.

    Friendships have been fizzling out or ending abruptly for millennia. But in the internet era, there's the added complication of having digital ways to see what people are up to. The internet can create a false sense of proximity to people, and in my case, I've been using it to artificially feel close to the people I've lost in life.

    Maybe I'll never stop wondering how those lost friends of mine are doing. But I'm certainly going to keep my internet searches to a minimum.

  • What if we kissed memes have people fantasizing about making out in odd places

    What if we kissed memes have people fantasizing about making out in odd places


    Crush culture has taken the internet in some pretty bizarre directions, but this meme is maybe the strangest.

    Everyone at some point or another has engaged in light Twitter stalking or a liking spree on their favorite internet personality's Instagram. It's all a part of crush culture, a wholesome display of online affection. And now people are fantasizing about locking lips with their favorite people in a meme about smooching in increasingly specific and bizarre locations.

    "What would u do if we kissed on the Battle Bus?" the first iteration(Opens in a new tab) of the meme asked, imagining a perfect date night scenario in Fortnite Battle Royale. Mm, steamy.

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    If you think romance is dead in the digital age, think again. Nothing is off limits apparently, as you can awkwardly flirt in alternate dimensions, fictional locations, and, yes, even the high voltage box in your neighborhood.

    The images are reminiscent of old-school lolcat(Opens in a new tab) memes, typically including a combo of coy blushing emojis and embarrassed monkey emojis. They're a perfect mix of earnest pining and surreal shitposting that encapsulates exactly what flirting is like in the 21st century.

    Some versions of the meme have gone so far off course that they've entered into a more wholesome, nostalgic territory. Because who wouldn't want to take their sweet crush back to the past and share an innocent kiss in Club Penguin? 😳

    So the next time you're nervous and don't know what to text your crush, send them one of these memes to show exactly how you feel.


    If you get to digital second base, perhaps a nice thirst meme or two is in order.

  • Nyle DiMarco on embracing his identity as a Deaf, LGBTQ activist


    Nyle DiMarco on embracing his identity as a Deaf, LGBTQ activist

    Every day of Pride Month, Mashable will be sharing illuminating conversations with members of the LGBTQ community who are making history right now.

    Nyle DiMarco is one of the more delightful human beings you could follow on Twitter(opens in a new tab). On a typical day, the actor and activist dishes out a charming combination of humor, insight, and conviction on social media. It also doesn't hurt that he occasionally posts cheeky, flattering photos of himself from picturesque places (sample caption: "speedos with shoes(opens in a new tab)").

    DiMarco, who is Deaf and has identified as sexually fluid, rose to fame by winning America's Next Top Model in 2015. The following year, he claimed victory on Dancing With the Stars. The visibility has afforded DiMarco a platform he doesn't want to waste. His eponymous foundation(opens in a new tab) works to improve access to information about early language acquisition for deaf children.

    SEE ALSO: 7 microaggressions to avoid during Pride and beyond

    Last month, he endorsed the Equality Act in a video produced by the Human Rights Campaign(opens in a new tab). The legislation, which passed(opens in a new tab) in the House of Representatives, is a civil rights bill that would provide federal protection against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. While more than a dozen states have passed similar nondiscrimination legislation, many have not and no such law exists on a nationwide basis.

    Mashable interviewed DiMarco via email about the experience of holding two different identities that are common targets of discriminatory behavior, what he's learned by embracing those identities, and the advice he'd share with LGBTQ youth who also have a disability.

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    Mashable: In your video advocating for the Equality Act, you mention how we often "forget people with multiple identities." Can you describe your experience belonging to both the LGBTQ community and the Deaf community and feeling doubly vulnerable to discrimination?

    Nyle DiMarco: Oftentimes when I am invited to LGBTQ events, they are unable to provide interpreters. It is a conflicting feeling when I realize LGBTQ is my community where I can finally be myself, but yet still get discriminated against at events. How am I — or 466 million people(opens in a new tab) with hearing loss — going to be actively involved in my own community as well as ending the stigma if we do not have direct access to information in our own language? Hence my involvement in [the Equality] Act: I want to remind my own community to be the best of the best in being inclusive of others. That way we will move faster towards equality.

    Mashable: You've previously spoken about how embracing all of our identities is key to thriving and overcoming the limitations and prejudices that surround us. How have you learned to do this day in and day out, particularly when the stakes for people from marginalized backgrounds can be so high?

    ND: To be honest, I was hesitant to live with multiple identities, knowing that will put myself [at a] disadvantage. I was wrong. By being unapologetically myself, I’ve garnered a larger community and more support. I’ve also raised more awareness so the younger generations can live better. The keys are to find and/or build your own community and to utilize social media, saying whatever is on your mind.

    Mashable: Why is it important for you, especially at this point in time, to be an outspoken activist on behalf of the Deaf community as well as LGBTQ rights?

    ND: It is important because I want the younger generations to live in en equal, accepting world.

    Mashable: Have you learned anything surprising about yourself as a result of your activism?

    ND: I think the most surprising part is the amount of support I have received in both of my communities and the rest of the world. This tells me that I have been and am doing the right thing, and that the world is all ears.

    Mashable: What message would you share with LGBTQ youth who also have a disability about how to chart a path forward given the unique obstacles they may face?

    ND: My message to disabled LGBTQ folks is that even if you feel you are all alone with your intersectional identities, you can absolutely create that space and that specific community. Growing up I had a difficult time coming out due to the lack of representation within my Deaf community. Because of that, I thought I couldn’t be a part of the LGBTQ community. It was impossible. It [wasn't] until I was 26 when I realized that I could simply create that empty space and build a community for the future generations to possibly follow.

    Read more great Pride Month stories:

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  • An especially cold text reply about setting boundaries is a copypasta now

    An especially cold text reply about setting boundaries is a copypasta now

    As usual, Twitter is Big Mad about yet another divisive take. This time, it's about setting boundaries with friends.


    Writer Melissa Fabello posted a thread about establishing limits when it comes to discussing difficult issues. Instead of expecting a space to vent about personal drama, Fabello says, she appreciates when friends ask for it.

    "Asking for consent for emotional labor, even from people with whom you have a long-standing relationship that is welcoming to crisis-averting, should be common practice," she tweeted(Opens in a new tab) on Monday.

    She concluded the thread with an example template for asking friends for time and space.

    But Twitter users were miffed at just how clinical and bureaucratic the reply was. It was likened to negotiating with an employer or getting an automated customer service message.

    Soon enough, it became a copypasta.

    SEE ALSO: Baby Yoda has inspired some freaking adorable memes

    The bottom line: Sure, you could use this template, but you might come off as a bit of a dick. Telling your friends that you're simply going through it and will respond when you can can work too.

  • Hands have never been so interesting, thanks to the Subway Hands Instagram account


    Hands have never been so interesting, thanks to the Subway Hands Instagram account

    Sometimes the internet grants us all something so mind boggling that we need to stop, breathe, examine, and appreciate the limitless wonders of humanity.

    Or, more specifically, the wonders—and terrors—of human hands.

    SEE ALSO: This travel pillow looks like it's attacking you — but it really just wants to give you a hug

    Let me introduce you to the Instagram account where both joy and terror co-exist peacefully: subwayhands(opens in a new tab). It's a little corner of the internet that is exactly what it advertises itself to be. It's a grid full of the contorted, folded, gripping claws of human hands on the New York City Subway (though there are a few exceptions).

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    Some hands are wrinkly (imagine the stories those hands tell!) and some are decorated with extremely long fingernails or rings.

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    Some look angry or lonely, others look kind.

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    Some are holding other hands, subway poles, legs, bottles of water—or just themselves.

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    Seeing the appendages out of context is a little jarring. Hands are an unsettling piece of the body when cropped away from those darn arms.

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    But these hands... the way they are displayed on the @subwayhands account make them downright irresistible. You can't help but keep scrolling through. Each image feels so intimate and sinister simultaneously.

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    Somehow it's mesmerizing and horrifying all at the same time. But, it'll also make you a heck of a lot more self conscious next time you grab a subway pole.

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  • Mike Gravels campaign is proof that more politicians need meme tutors

    Mike Gravels campaign is proof that more politicians need meme tutors


    In the age of surrealist memes and viral content, why aren't more politicians seeking out shitposting tutors?

    Mike Gravel joined Twitter on Mar. 30, and has been spicing up the 2020 race ever since. The former Alaskan senator officially added his name to the ever-growing roster of Democratic presidential candidates in a video Monday, calling for a "Gravelanche" to push centrist politicians further left. He doesn't plan on actually winning; his goal is to simply make it to the debates so he can challenge contenders on their neoliberal policies in favor of more leftist ones.

    "My message, centered around an anti-imperialist foreign policy and fundamental political reform, is one that no other Democratic candidate is making the centerpiece of their campaign," Gravel said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone(Opens in a new tab). "After the first two debates, I will drop out and endorse the most progressive candidate."

    His Twitter is certainly spicy — he called(Opens in a new tab) the historic black hole photo the "First-ever photo of Dick Cheney's heart" — but his Instagram account is a whole new level of campaign fuckery.

    This heavily edited image of a laser-eyed Gravel striking down a fiery Beto O'Rourke, accompanied with the words "BEGONE CENTRIST," is not what you'd expect of an 88-year-old politician's Instagram account. It's absolutely glorious.

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    How is he doing it? Well, he has a team of teenagers running his entire campaign. His campaign manager, David Oks, is a 17-year-old high school senior. Other staffers include fellow high school senior Elijah Emery and chief of staff/Columbia University freshman Henry Williams.

    Oks told the Atlantic(Opens in a new tab) that he wanted someone in the race who would openly criticize other candidates' policies for "positions that are really bad." He convinced the aging senator to run by promising he wouldn't have to travel or do many press appearances.

    SEE ALSO: Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke’s teenage hacker life

    Gravel's candidacy has been in the spotlight ever since, and his campaign proof that social media literacy works. When asked how he felt about the "memeification of politics" in a Reddit AMA(Opens in a new tab) on Friday, Gravel admitted that he didn't fully understand it, but he noted that viral videos(Opens in a new tab) from his 2008 bid for presidency helped get the campaign off the ground.

    "I think our political attention spans have been decreasing for decades, way before the internet," Gravel wrote(Opens in a new tab) in the AMA. "If our ideas are shorter and more emotional, then we might just have to make the best of that. Our campaign has capitalized on this to a great effect — and I think it is possible to segway those short statements into more substantive ideas."

    We can have endless discussions about how the fast-paced news cycle affects democracy, but the takeaway here is that politicians need to adapt. Nobody knows how to navigate this digital hell like meme-savvy, extremely online young people — and if politicians want to successfully go viral, they need to learn from them.

    Gravel's Instagram posts all have a delightfully shitposting quality without being embarrassing, because the people who made them are naturally attuned to the weird humor(Opens in a new tab) millennials and Gen Z voters love.

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    When politicians dabble in emulating youth culture, the results can be hit or miss. Barack Obama successfully captured internet's heart at the end of his presidency with a viral BuzzFeed video(Opens in a new tab), where he posed with a selfie stick, dropped a "Can I live?" when confronted by a staffer, and even quoted the "Thanks, Obama" meme(Opens in a new tab). The video was so well received because it was produced by people who actually understood the pop culture references written into the sketch — if it was created by people who were more offline, the video would have fallen flat.

    The Reddit community r/FellowKids(Opens in a new tab) serves as a reminder to brands and public figures who try to embrace slang and trendy dance moves: Do it right, or get brutally roasted.

    Hillary Clinton's dabbing lesson with Ellen DeGeneres is a prime example of why politicians need meme tutors. The then-Democratic frontrunner was only seen as out of touch, and was regularly mocked(Opens in a new tab) throughout her run for pandering to the youth with incredibly corny slang. Cringeworthy dabbing on national television, forced references to lyrics from Beyoncé's "Formation," and the infamous call to "Pokémon Go to the polls" affected her likability as a candidate badly, and her image never quite recovered. Her entire career as a political powerhouse was undermined because she was reduced to a meme.

    At that point, her platform was overlooked because she was so widely disliked.

    Gravel may not actually want to be president, but his campaign proves that when it comes to emulating youth culture, the youth should be involved. There's a reason tattoo artists suggest getting a native speaker's translation before you're inked in another language. If public figures want to get in on the language of the internet, they need to learn from someone who can fluently speak it.

    There's obviously more to running a successful campaign than just being immersed in internet culture, but understanding it certainly helps — just look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O'Rourke's mastery of Instagram stories. Politicians don't necessarily need literal tutors, with structured lesson plans and flash cards about memes, but running those meme-laden jokes by someone familiar with internet culture can prevent another embarrassing gaff.

    As Gravel's campaign shows, candidates don't need to be young to be popular — they just need to know how to communicate with the youth.