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Looks like Paul Ryans riding the meme train out of Congress

2023-05-09 03:23:51

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Looks like Paul Ryans riding the meme train out of Congress

There's no way Paul Ryan thought he'd be able to announce his retirement from Congress without getting brutally and ruthlessly memed, right?

Paul's a meme-able guy to begin with, and after the American people dragged his dabbing and emoji usage it only made sense that people were quick to create memes in response to Ryan's announcement that he would not be seeking re-election(opens in a new tab).

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On Wednesday morning after learning the news, Twitter filled with Ryan memes. Many decided to go with the popular "If you can't handle me at my worst(opens in a new tab)" split screen meme format, because, well, the internet will never forget about those old photos of Ryan "working out."

Others got even more creative.

Sadly Donald Trump opted out of meme-ing his pal and instead called him "a truly good man." K!

Ryan will reportedly serve out his full term and retire in January, so there's still valuable meme time left.

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    OK what about a favorite episode?

    Favorite episode would be "Make Rebecca Great Again." I think that's a lot of peoples' favorite, but I have to join the bandwagon. One thing in particular I really like is like the portrayal of female friendship in that episode. I did Girl Scouts growing up and they always say, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other is gold." And I know it's cheesy but it was like such a great portrayal of that. Like Sassy was not threatened by Keeley, and Keeley wasn't threatened by Sassy, and they were all able to get along. It wasn't like a competition over Rebecca.

    That's a great point. I also love the way that episode tackles anxiety in the scenes where Ted's having a panic attack.

    Speaking of that powerful scene, who appears by Ted's side during that panic attack? Rebecca. I read a few of your recent posts before our call and I was especially excited to talk to you because I saw we're both members of a very small group of Ted Lasso fans who ship Rebecca and Ted. Since I'm sure many fans reading this Q&A are screaming "NO!" right now, could you make a quick case for them as a couple?

    Yes! So I know a lot of people just want them to be friends, but just because something happens a lot in shows or movies doesn't necessarily means it's bad, as long as it's written and set up well. I think Ted and Rebecca are each other's guardian angels. They come through for each other in their moments of need since the beginning. Rebecca is there when he has his panic attack. He brings her biscuits, right, and is always supporting her.

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    I love in the Season 2 Christmas episode how Ted's in a really bad state — he's away from his son — and Rebecca comes to the window and is sort of like his guardian angel in that moment. And then he helps her at the church when she's struggling to give the eulogy. So I think they're kind of what the other needs. They also have so many parallels in their stories — their relationships with their fathers and their own personal romantic relationships. So yeah, I think they're soulmates.

    I mean, I'm convinced! They have such amazing chemistry, and I love the fact that if they ever do get together it won't have been rushed. They'll have gone through a necessary amount of soul searching before they give it a try, because they mean so much to each other and they want to make sure they're both ready before they cross that line.

    Exactly. It was so poignant this season how writers kind of kept them apart a lot. They both had to work on themselves. Like Rebecca needed to figure out like what she was looking for in a relationship and Ted of course needed to work through his personal issues. He's always trying to help others, but he had to help himself first. And before you get in a relationship with someone you want to be in a good place yourself. So I liked that this season they were both working on themselves.

    Yes. Well, Jason Sudeikis and the writers of Ted Lasso, if you're reading this, please consider Ted and Rebecca for us. Thank you!

    Season 2 is over, but the subreddit is still such a popular place for fans to connect and unpack the show. I know we ended with Roy and Keeley drama, Ted and Nate drama, and my personal idol Trent Crimm leaving his job. What are your hopes for Season 3?

    I love Trent! I am so excited to see what they have in store for him. I know they said he's coming back, so I'm excited to see what his role is going to be. And then the Nate thing will be so interesting, because they could really go in either direction. They can redeem him or not, so I am excited to see what they end up doing.

    Finally, for fans who haven't joined in on the fun yet, what's your favorite thing about the Ted Lasso subreddit? Why will people enjoy it?

    I would say the community. It's just such a lovely, welcoming community and there's so much amazing analysis. Like I'm not even kidding you, there's a post comparing the entire show to The Wizard of Oz. It's mind-blowing and brilliant. I would say come for the lovely community, stay for the amazing analysis.

    I love that the subreddit offers fans a space to like get deep and obsess over a common interest. Now I don't feel ridiculous for thinking about this show every waking moment of every day, right? It's nice knowing that 70,000 other people are thinking about it, too.

    Yes, exactly. There's a bunch of us who want to think about this lovely, funny, heartwarming show and talk about it as much as we can.

    Alright, Tessa. This has been so lovely. Any final thoughts?

    Like I said, it's a team effort. I'm one of 11...and I just realized there's a line in Season 1 where Ted tells Jamie he's one of 11! Woah.

    Full circle, baby!

    So I'm one of 11 and the subreddit wouldn't be where it is without every single person.

    Ted Lasso is now streaming on Apple TV+(Opens in a new tab).

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  • What is compassion fatigue? Caregivers explain.

    What is compassion fatigue? Caregivers explain.

    Sandy Bruno, youth and family coordinator at Comfort Zone Camp(Opens in a new tab), a national nonprofit bereavement camp for grieving families, experienced compassion fatigue in the aftermath of her husband's death. She had devoted her full emotional capacity to her children, while synchronously trying to control whatever she could in her life.

    "When your partner in life dies unexpectedly, at the prime of their life, controlling things becomes more of a priority," she tells Mashable. "In theory, that works. In real life, all it did was make me exhausted and wiped out emotionally."

    For those whose roles, whether professional or personal, are inextricably linked with empathy, compassion fatigue is a real and persisting possibility.

    What is compassion fatigue?

    Compassion fatigue(Opens in a new tab) is an occurrence that gained exposure during the pandemic, a time when all sorts of caregivers — from nurses and healthcare workers to parents — faced heightened responsibility, reduced boundaries, exhaustion, and recurring trauma. Renowned trauma expert Charles Figley described compassion fatigue(Opens in a new tab) as "the deep physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion that can result from working day to day in an intense caregiving environment" — or more simply, "the cost of caring."(Opens in a new tab)

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    The term compassion fatigue covers the psychological and physical impact of helping others, as licensed psychologist and mental health counselor Phylice Kessler(Opens in a new tab) explains the various symptoms.

    "The main symptoms of compassion fatigue are feeling helpless and powerless in the face of patient suffering, reduced feelings of empathy and sensitivity, and feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by work demands," says Kessler. People with compassion fatigue are also likely to experience "irritability, feelings of detachment, [and] decreased pleasure in work," psychiatrist Dr. Julian Lagoy(Opens in a new tab) tells Mashable. Other effects include numbness, hopelessness, insomnia, anger, and a sense of isolation.

    What's the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout?

    These symptoms notably mirror those associated with burnout, an "occupational phenomenon"(Opens in a new tab) which is often closely linked to compassion fatigue(Opens in a new tab). Burnout, another commonplace term in the larger conversation about mental health, refers to the intense emotional turmoil associated with one's occupation, leading to chronic stress and dissatisfaction in the workplace. According to the World Health Organization(Opens in a new tab), burnout's three key symptoms are "feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and reduced professional efficacy."

    Dr. Lauren Cook(Opens in a new tab), licensed psychologist, outlines the similar effects of burnout and compassion fatigue, saying, "We can start to lack empathy for others, feel impatient when people reach out, and we'll want to block off everything on our calendar." Still, they're different. Compassion fatigue is a more specific experience, and is often secondary, especially linked to secondary traumatic stress(Opens in a new tab) or vicarious trauma(Opens in a new tab), which result from empathetic engagement with the circumstances of others.

    How does compassion fatigue affect people in their work?

    The nature of compassion fatigue means that many working in traditional caregiving roles(Opens in a new tab) are likely to experience its symptoms. This includes first responders, medical professionals, social workers, journalists(Opens in a new tab), and lawyers specializing in family law or criminal law(Opens in a new tab).

    Kelli Collins(Opens in a new tab), a licensed marriage and family therapist, describes compassion fatigue as "a shutdown."

    "Think about muscle fatigue — if you work out too hard, your muscles might simply give out," she tells Mashable. "In the same way, compassion fatigue means your ability to offer compassion to others is dramatically impacted."

    "Think about muscle fatigue — if you work out too hard, your muscles might simply give out. In the same way, compassion fatigue means your ability to offer compassion to others is dramatically impacted."
    - Kelli Collins

    Collins herself experienced compassion fatigue as a young therapist working in a community mental health setting, where she "had the strong desire to help" but quickly realized some things were out of her "sphere of influence". She felt herself becoming irritable with loved ones, sleeping very little, and fantasizing about pivoting careers. It was an overwhelming time, during which she felt she was failing her clients.

    "I thought that by giving endless compassion to my clients, I was 'leaving it all on the field'. In fact, bearing the responsibility for my clients' pain without consideration for my own needs and limits meant that I wasn’t a particularly effective therapist," she says.

    Bruno, too, says she didn't take the time to attend to her own emotional needs while undergoing grief. Now, through her work at the Comfort Zone Camp, where she "listens to people's stories of loss, trauma, and grief" every day, she has learned to take the time for herself, while fostering connections with children and families.

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    Lynne Hughes, who founded Comfort Zone in 1999 and is now serves as CEO(Opens in a new tab), lost both her parents as a child, experiencing first-hand the lack of resources and support for grieving children. Hughes expresses similar sentiments about the challenge of compassion fatigue, stressing the importance of looking inward.

    "Suffering from compassion fatigue does not mean you’re bad at helping or caring, it only means the scale between caring for others and caring for yourself is no longer balanced," she says. "When you're in a role where you're nurturing and caring for others – it's imperative to extend that nurture and care to yourself so that your 'well' does not run dry."

    "Suffering from compassion fatigue does not mean you’re bad at helping or caring, it only means the scale between caring for others and caring for yourself is no longer balanced."
    - Lynne Hughes

    But both Hughes and Collins emphasize that it's not only traditional caregivers who experience compassion fatigue. "It is applicable to anyone in a caring role," says Hughes, while Collins believes it is a uniquely human condition, occupational or not.

    "When you see someone on the street who lacks basic resources, when you get an alert that your local animal shelter has become overcrowded, when you read a news article about war and suffering in another country, you feel the pain of others, and whether you mean to or not, whether you can help or not, you have the strong desire to act."

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    Our capacity for empathy means the probability of experiencing some sort of compassion fatigue — even from absorbing the daily news cycle(Opens in a new tab) — is high for many. A constant barrage of ominous headlines and doomscrolling has contributed to this effect. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty at the state of the world, such as attacks on reproductive rights, racial justice, and the effects of climate change are real concerns for anyone consuming media or simply existing today, highlighting the importance of recognizing compassion fatigue for what it is — and knowing how to find support. And while some may choose to channel their concern into empowerment and activism, it's crucial support your own wellbeing throughout the process to avoid exacerbating compassion fatigue.

    What kind of support is there for people with compassion fatigue?

    The commonality of potentially developing compassion fatigue means many people, from all walks of life, require foundational tools and support to manage it. Resources like Figley's study on compassion fatigue(Opens in a new tab) may provide necessary insight, while organizations like the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project(Opens in a new tab), Caregiver Action Network(Opens in a new tab), and The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers(Opens in a new tab) host information(Opens in a new tab), firsthand accounts,(Opens in a new tab) and programs for individuals in specific roles(Opens in a new tab). There also are online support groups and forums, like The Caregiver Space(Opens in a new tab) and The Psychological PPE Community(Opens in a new tab) on Facebook, which facilitates open conversations on "the impact of empathic strain, burnout, and secondary trauma."

    Battling compassion fatigue requires replenishing your own supply of compassion, as Collins says, as it's a "valuable resource," one that requires "accepting and honoring limits." The therapist recommends asking for help to personalise your experience and support strategy: turning to support groups and resources online, or requesting the support of a mental health professional.

    Meanwhile, the act of setting personal and professional boundaries was overwhelmingly suggested by the caregivers and therapists we talked to, including Kessler, who deems this practice vital to preventing or recovering from compassion fatigue. "Take some time for yourself where you can find some quiet. Even if it's cutting back on sound of all kinds, allow yourself space to simply be," agrees Cook. Hughes suggests practicing routes of self-care: journaling, meditating, or adopting a non-related work hobby.

    "It’s the same way the flight attendant tells us to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before assisting others during takeoff," Hughes says. "Put the oxygen mask on yourself first."

  • Remember FOMO? Yeah, neither do we.

    Remember FOMO? Yeah, neither do we.

    I can hardly remember what it feels like to devote even an ounce of concern to social engagements.


    I haven't been in the physical presence of a friend in 30 days, and I don't leave the house for anything other than a walk around the block or an essential trip to the store.

    Just a month ago FOMO, or "fear of missing out," consumed me on a regular basis. I live in a different state as most of my friends and co-workers, which means I'm constantly skipping events, parties, happy hours, and quality hang out time to commute home or catch up on sleep during the weekends.

    FOMO has been a constant in my life for the past several years, but now that more people are social distancing in attempt to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, I can hardly remember what it feels like to miss out on socializing.

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    Over the past month a "fear of missing out" has been replaced with a fear of going out, thanks to widespread fear of the novel coronavirus, which results in the respiratory disease known as COVID-19(Opens in a new tab). States like New York, California, Connecticut, and more are on lockdown(Opens in a new tab), while people around the country are being encouraged to stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others.

    Not having to worry about the fun activities that everyone else is doing is a refreshing change of pace. But the real reason the lack of FOMO is so exciting is because it proves that people are doing their parts and making an honest effort to "flatten the curve(Opens in a new tab)."

    President Donald Trump recently extended guidelines(Opens in a new tab) that discourage nonessential travel, physically going to work, gathering in groups of more than 10 people, and more, to April 30. So that means people won't be hanging out at bars and restaurants, going to movie theaters, or having large parties for at least another month. Instead of going out, people have been embracing Netflix marathons, reading, cooking, and other solitary activities. And as many pointed out, including Superstore star Ben Feldman, there's a certain thrill in knowing that we're all missing out on public socialization together.

    Nowadays, if I see people going out to have fun and clearly violating social distancing guidelines, I'm not jealous of their experiences in any way. I'm disappointed in them for not staying inside and doing their part to help end the pandemic.

    That's not to say that FOMO doesn't exist in the time of coronavirus, it simply manifests itself in smaller, far more inconsequential ways.

    In these trying times, FOMO might creep up if you see that friends had Zoom party and didn't invite you. Perhaps you haven't been tagged in one of those Instagram Story challenges that task you with doing push-ups or drawing a carrot. Or maybe you're feeling left out of popular social media conversations because you don't have Animal Crossing: New Horizons or a Netflix subscription to watch Tiger King.

    These are all valid FOMO triggers, but when you think about the larger picture they're easy to get over. The reality is, it's hard to be upset over not being invited to a Zoom call when there have been more than 30,000 coronavirus-related deaths(Opens in a new tab) around the world.

    Social distancing can be lonely at times, so here are some tips to help you get through this challenging time. And just because there are fewer social engagements to miss out on, doesn't mean you can't still have fun. A bunch of celebrities and musicians have been livestreaming entertainment(Opens in a new tab), and there are even ways to watch movies and television shows with long-distance friends and family.

    If you catch yourself missing the days of hanging out with friends IRL and socializing in public, that's totally normal, but just remember everyone is missing out on a social life so try to enjoy this rare opportunity for collective downtime as much as you can.

    We may all be physically separated, but we're all living the same strange and scary reality.

  • Instagram has Valentines Day treats for all the lovers

    Instagram has Valentines Day treats for all the lovers

    This Valentine's Day, Instagram has a surprise for all the lovers in the chat.

    On Feb. 14 (and only on Feb. 14), the Meta-owned app is showing off some lovey-dovey Easter eggs.


    Instagram Story Quick Reactions — the emojis that pop up when you view someone's Instagram story to allow you to respond to their stories with a chosen emoji, quickly — is getting a Valentine's Day glow up.

    Quick Reactions has six love-themed emojis: two hearts (💕), heart on fire (❤️‍🔥), smiling face with hearts (🥰), heart eyes (😍), heart hands (🫶), and broken heart (💔). This is a far more loving choice than the typical choice of tears of joy (😂), surprised (😮), heart eyes (😍), crying face (😢), clapping hands (👏), fire (🔥), party popper (🎉), and 100 (💯).

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    When someone reacts to your story with one of those Valentine’s quick reactions, you'll get a cute little animation in the DM chat thread you share with that user. And, after posting a Story, you'll see a special animation for every emoji reaction your followers send when you check out who's viewed your story.

    Plus, Instagram is making it easier for users to share their profile via text, Airdrop, link, or QR code — so if you see someone hot at a bar and want to share socials, it's all the easier.

    As is typical for holidays, Instagram will have Valentine’s Day stickers for Stories and Reels, and there are sure to be plenty of Valentine’s Day Add Yours Stories so you can show love for your pets, friends, and lovers.

  • Woman accidentally informs the U.S. that shes a terrorist via online travel form

    Woman accidentally informs the U.S. that shes a terrorist via online travel form


    While planning a visit to the United States, a British woman unwittingly answered "Yes" to an online travel application query asking if she had ever engaged in terrorist activity.

    Accordingly, Mandie Stevenson's U.S. travel application was promptly denied, reports the BBC(opens in a new tab).

    "At first I thought it was a bad dream and then I realised what I had done," Stevenson said on the BBC radio show "Mornings with Stephen Jardine."

    A screenshot of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ESTA homepage. Credit: screenshot/department of homeland security


    Stevenson had been applying for a travel application using the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Electronic System for Travel Authorization(opens in a new tab) site, or ESTA, when she erred. Specifically, Stevenson was applying for a "visa waiver program," wherein citizens of some countries can enter the U.S. without going through a more tedious visa process.

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    To rectify the digital mishap, Stevenson had to visit the U.S. embassy in London. There, after a series of interviews, U.S. authorities granted her a travel visa to visit the States, but she had to significantly alter her travel arrangements and fly at a later date. The embassy appointment cost 320 pounds ($416).

    And so goes this latest instance of beware of what and where you click -- especially on government websites.

  • 5 things you cant do on Bumble

    5 things you cant do on Bumble

    We can't have everything we wish for in life. And that same rule applies to dating apps, unfortunately.


    On Bumble, there's plenty of nifty features to take advantage of. For starters, the app isn't just for finding love (and lust), it also has two non-dating modes that let you expand your professional network and make new friends.

    Bumble now offers trauma support to survivors of sexual abuse if they met their abuser through the app. It also banned fatphobic messages, body shaming, and comments that are ableist, racist, colourist, transphobic, or homophobic.

    SEE ALSO: 5 things you can't do on Tinder

    The pandemic also meant adapting to ~ unprecedented times ~ and pivoting to video dates (Bumble has had a video call feature since 2017). Bumble will also alert you when someone tries to send you an explicit photo, and it has a digital snooze button that lets you take a mental health break and alerts your matches that you're taking a digital detox (so they don't think you're ghosting them).

    So, yes, there's a lot you can do on Bumble. Here are three things you can't do.

    1. Find someone specific on Bumble

    To clarify, you can definitely use Bumble to find someone in the sense of meeting people who might turn into partners. But, can you use Bumble like a telephone directory, like LinkedIn, or Google? No, my friend, you cannot. Because...privacy and safety!

    2. See who likes you without paying for Premium

    Obviously it'd be great to know who fancies us. This would be useful in real life too, not just dating apps. But hey, maybe this advice is useful: if they like you, you'll know, and if they don't, you'll be confused. If you want to know who likes you on Bumble, you'll need to upgrade to Premium.

    3. Change your location without paying

    Want to swipe in another city? You'll need to use Travel Mode using Bumble Premium(Opens in a new tab). Your Bumble location is tethered to your phone's GPS, so depending where you are in the world, your swipes will be determined by your precise location.

    4. Create a Bumble account without a phone number or Facebook

    Sadly you'll need one or the other of these two things, either a phone number or Facebook(Opens in a new tab).

    5. See if someone is active on Bumble

    Users' activity status is hidden on Bumble. But if you're swiping on the app, you'll only be served profiles of users who've been active in the past 30 days.

    Go forth and swipe!

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  • Two cats fighting escalated into a full-on Photoshop battle

    Two cats fighting escalated into a full-on Photoshop battle


    Cats in funny pose + internet = inevitable Photoshop battle.

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    A photo of two cats having a tussle has captured Reddit's imagination(opens in a new tab). The original image is pretty simple.

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    So of course we had some kitty-Vaders.


    Credit: orapher/imgur/instagram/Lucasfilm ltd

    Mortal Kombat got a look in as well.

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    Heavy metal band Pantera also got a look-in.

    Credit: sidneyl/imgur/instagram

    Some attempts took a few liberties with the narrative of the swipe.

    Credit: dangol10/imgur/instagram

    While some only made minor tweaks.

    Credit: mandal0re/imgur/instagram

    And there was even a more pacifist interpretation of the scene.

    Title: "Give it to me straight Doc, how many lives do I have left?" Credit: shashakeitup/imgur/instagram

    Give yourselves a pat on the back, diligent Photoshoppers of Reddit.

  • To see into someones soul, binge on their Twitter likes

    To see into someones soul, binge on their Twitter likes


    In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal. And yes, we know this particular post is slightly tangential, but it's still an important public service.

    By now, employers know the drill: Research applicants' tweets and Facebook posts before you hire them, lest you risk another Kevin Hart debacle. (If your candidate talks about clobbering gay toddlers over the head with dolls, they're probably not your man.)

    But looking at tweets and retweets isn't enough. To understand how a potential employee thinks, you need to look at the place they hide their deepest, most perverse worldviews: their Twitter likes.

    Binging on someone's Twitter likes is both quality HR and good personal practice. Always conduct a full fave investigation before you welcome anyone new into your life.

    The reasoning is straightforward. Most folks know by now that their posts are public and therefore subject to public scrutiny. That doesn't stop them from posting their terrible opinions ("I love my curvy wife") or selfies that straddle the line between "sexy" and "violating the site terms." In my experience, people are far more modest in their tweets and retweets than they are in their likes, where they show their true, often grotesque, colors.

    For years, I've binged on the Twitter likes of new hires and people I've matched with on Tinder. You can't just research their recent history. You have to go all the way back to the beginning of Twitter time — a place most people never reach — to find the good, evil shit. It takes tenacity. It also pays off.

    Here's what are the red flags I look for in every person's soul/Twitter-like history:

    • Evidence that the person is a member of an alt-right group

    • Liking even one Ben Shapiro tweet

    • Liking even one Ben Sasse tweet

    • Liking any tweet that incorporates the principle of "both sides"

    • Liking too many angry tweets directed at vegans and/or PETA. They're concerned about the animals and climate change and most could give AF about what you do.

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      For that matter, liking too much of brand Twitter

    • A disproportionate number of J.K. Rowling likes. A few are acceptable, too many are cloying.

    • Evidence that the person is nominally a Democrat but is also concerned about "civility." I'm personally on the lookout for David Frum and Bari Weiss likes, especially ones that resulted from the Eve Peyser-Bari Weiss Peace Treaty of 2018.

    • Evidence that the person is a zodiac-shamer and won't date or socialize with folks because of their sign

    • Bill Kristol likes, which signify that the person is either a neocon or watches too much MSNBC

    • Jake Tapper likes, whether they're based on the questionable theory that he's a good reporter or the "work" he's done needlessly disparaging leaders of the Women's March on Twitter

    • Any likes that suggest the person has gone too deep into the Russia investigation. Be wary of Seth Abramson Twitter likes, or likes that suggest "Bernie was in on it too."

    • Multiple likes of tweets angrily aimed at Susan Sarandon (one 2016-based tweet is acceptable)

    • Anti-trans Twitter likes. On more than one occasion I've found people who publicly support the LGBTQ community to have liked tweets in the genre of "I don't want to have sex with trans people" (so don't) or "Trans women aren't women" or "There's only two kinds of pronouns" (there aren't).

    • Likes of tweets correcting someone else's grammar and/or spelling. Stop grammar shaming, folks! This platform doesn't have an edit button.

    • Krassenstein brothers likes

    • Likes of Trump tweets, even ironic likes

    • Self-likes. This is often (always?) a sign of a narcissistic personality.


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    There are so many more tweet breeds to loathe. And if you're the type of person who prefers to frame the glass as half-full, there are more optimistic tweet faves to celebrate as well:

    • Dolly Parton tweet likes

    • Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez tweet likes

    • I think that's it, really

    All of this is just sample soul-searching criteria. Before you judge someone's full personality, you should develop your own critical Twitter fave benchmarks (and maybe meet them in person, snooze). Perhaps you don't like people who post too much latte art or maybe you're the type of person who wants nothing but locals content.

    Either way, the best way to get to know someone's soul is to find the places where they think they're alone and can be themselves. Wherever people go, they should know they're being watched by the bored, binging judgmental nerds of Twitter.

  • The new specialty Reeses cups are perfect for the nuanced Reeses palate

    The new specialty Reeses cups are perfect for the nuanced Reeses palate


    The only good news is candy news, so it's wonderful that two new Reese's cups will hit shelves soon.

    Chocolate Lovers and Peanut Butter Lovers cups, which will be available beginning mid-April of this year, cater to those who crave slightly more chocolate or slightly more peanut butter from their Reese's experience. They're not shaped differently than a standard cup -- we have seasonal Reese's for that -- but they are fun little variations on an already good candy.

    Let's break them down:

    Chocolate Lovers

    Chocolate Lovers. Credit: Reese's

    I have never sought out a Reese's cup for the chocolate. It's the peanut butter that sets the candy apart. So I was not particularly excited for the " thicker chocolate shell," which I felt would further ruin the chocolate-peanut butter ratio, nor the "richer, darker milk chocolate."

    Luckily, I did not notice a big difference between the Chocolate Lovers and a standard Reese's cup. If you're really looking for it, you can see that the ridges on the Chocolate Lovers are slightly thicker, but I can't imagine that anyone unaware they were eating a speciality cup would be able to tell.


    At the end of my final bite, I did notice a bit more chocolate taste lingering than usual -- but if I hadn't noticed a large label reading "CHOCOLATE LOVERS," I'm not sure that I would have.

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    Fans of seasonal Reese's like the Egg, the Pumpkin, and the Christmas Tree will perhaps prefer Peanut Butter Lovers to Chocolate Lovers -- there's simply not enough peanut butter in the latter to satisfy them. But if all you've ever wanted from a Reese's was for it to be slightly less like itself, this is the option for you.

    Peanut Butter Lovers

    Peanut Butter Lovers. Credit: Reese's

    Now for the real Reese's-heads: the Peanut Butter Lovers. This candy features an all-peanut butter top and extra peanut butter inside, which means that taking a bite of one is basically inviting a peanut butter bomb into your mouth. (For me, this is good.)

    The ratio of PB-to-chocolate on this one is a bit more similar to that of seasonal Reese's -- it really feels like the chocolate is a vehicle for the peanut butter here. Yes, the base is still made of chocolate, but it takes a backseat to the interior PB goop and firm PB-flavored top shell. This is how it should be in a perfect Reese's world: Fewer chocolate ridges means fewer obstacles to the peanut butter prize.


    The Peanut Butter Lovers cup deviates far more from the standard cup than the Chocolate Lovers cup does, but it still tastes firmly like a Reese's. That's the thing with these speciality cups -- if you like standard Reese's, you are going to like both of them. If you have a strong preference between the two? You probably have an extremely nuanced Reese's palate already.

    Not that that's a bad thing.