Lists, Topics

Things That Should Be In The Winter Olympics

Okay so the Olympics are in full swing now, but they don’t seem to be as exciting as in years past. I think the main reason for this is because the world is Putin up with Russia and there’s a little bit of tension around the safety of the location. But I think that the Olympics are also suffering from a lack of exciting games and sports. So I’ve compiled a list (YES ANOTHER LIST GET OVER IT) of activities that should’ve been included in the Winter Olympics.

#1 Ice Fishing
Imagine the thrill of getting to watch men and women sit on a chair and try to catch exotic fish for a medal! You could spend hours analyzing the type of bait they would use, the model of the fishing pole, even put in underwater cameras that show any aquatic activity! Or just imagine the conversations between the sportscasters, “Oh wait I think he has a bite…nope just twitching…wait is he asleep???” The winners would obviously be the one who actually
a. caught a fish
b. had a fish that weighed more than the other fish that were also caught by other competitors.
Or you could go simply off of quantity of fish caught.

#2 Ice Sculpting
WHY hasn’t this been included yet? As much as we love our beaches and sand castles, wouldn’t it be riveting TV to see men and women going crazy carving up huge blocks of ice? I tend to think of the show Cake Boss on the Food Network in this instance. People of all ages watch Cake Boss to see who is the best at making the most amazing and decorated cake out of literally nothing. Why can’t the Olympics do the same thing with ice? Just give the contestants a 500 pound block of the stuff and tell them to make the most creative thing they can in 2 hours. That would be incredible! Ice flying everywhere, blow-torches being used to melt it down faster, and the immense pressure to get it exactly right would be must-see TV. The winner would be the country with the most cohesive and creative sculpture of course, and the judges would need to be experts on art and the fineness of what constitutes a good sculpture.

#3 Snow Angel Contest
I see this as the equivalent to the Summer Olympics’ long jump event. If there is still an event where you get a medal based on how far you can jump after a running start, something that most if not all humans are able to do, than it shouldn’t be “medal worthy.” But it is, so let’s give snow angel enthusiasts a chance! It’s simple, whoever can make the most complete snow angels in two minutes wins. There will be judges to make sure the angels are actually “done right” and from there, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be decided.

#4 Snowball Making/ Snowman Making
First snowball making. If Buddy the elf were in fact a real person, he’d be the undisputed champion. Like snow angels, whoever can make the most well-crafted snowballs (in 5 minutes though) wins the competition. The key is speed and compactness for the snowballs. Think of the drama if one country used an illegal glove that makes snow easier to grip and form! There’s so many different techniques to use in snowball making too, so analysis of “formation and completion” of the snowball making process is endless. This could be entertainment at its best.
For snowman building, the same concept exists, you have 4 minutes to create a snowman in the most elaborate and creative way you can think. No accessories can be used, only the snow. Shapes of snowmen don’t have to be circles, you can be as creative as you want (examples include: squares, hexagons, rhombus[rhombi? rhombuses?], triangles, JUST BE CREATIVE).

#5 Downhill Sled Racing (singles and doubles)
This is my solution to bobsled and luge. Both are boring and dangerous so why not eliminate both and replace them with downhill sledding? This is WAY more fun to watch and it’s essentially a race with every other country that puts a team or individual forward. It’s no different from sledding down a hill with your friends, except the Olympic race hill will be larger and have more obstacles to dodge (you know, snowmen, trees, ramps to jump off of, snowball catapults). I’m thinking a downhill ski competition-length hill so there’s drama between who can get the gold medal. It’s every childhood dream put on a huge stage for the world to see.

Each and every one of these events are easy to implement and will be a welcomed addition to the Winter Olympics by anyone who cares to watch. Every activity is fun and exciting and will invite audiences from every age to tune in. What do you think? I do believe we should be Putin these ideas forward to the Olympic Committee. Let’s do it.

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Lists, Topics

The One About Lists

So I’ve noticed a shift in pop-culture recently. What is the shift you ask? Well, it seems to me that we as young consumers are receiving all of our information by way of lists. Lists are the forefront of facebook, twitter, and all social media with sites like Buzzfeed taking over what we read and talking about what goes in the world. So why are lists so powerful? Why do we pay attention to lists so much more than regular, informative essays? Here’s a list to explain:

The List to explain Lists: AKA Why are Lists so Popular?

1. Convenient format

2. Easy to move from main point to main point

3. You can sometimes say something ridiculous like #TWERKFORYOURTURKEY and get away with it

4. GIFS ON GIFS ON GIFS

5. They’re good for short attention spans

6. They can LITERALLY talk about any subject, and make the reader agree with it

EXAMPLE: Top 5 reasons why your pet rock is cooler than you

1. It doesn’t have to go to school, therefore, no homework

2. Doesn’t worry about money

3. Needs no food

4. It doesn’t need cleaning

5. Can sit and do nothing all the time

7. People connect to topics like 20 Reasons why we’re all stuck in the 90’s

8. Face it, you weren’t doing your homework anyway

9. The more things listed, the more intrigued you are about the end

10. I forgot where I was going with this post

And there you have it! That’s why lists are so important and are taking over the world! Check out this blog next week for the Top 10 secrets that only Dogs know!

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“Click”

Ok, so who all has a Snapchat©?

Okay, so fun poll aside, Snapchat© (for those of you who do not know) is an iPhone and Android app that is like text-messaging with pictures. The only difference is that you can set a time limit on how long the recipient can view the photo.***

***2016 UPDATE*** Okay wow, what a difference almost three years makes. Now Snapchat© allows users the ability to put filters on your face, whether still or animated. This update has caused several things to happen, good and bad.

Many of our generation’ college or high school users have the app “Snapchat©” and go around our respective campuses and homes snapping away, usually looking like fools in the process. As an observer of people who snap in public (I’m going to be using “snap” as a verb for taking selfies, just go with it), I’ve noticed that there are some unwritten rules to the Snapchat© game. This article will helpfully outline the do’s and don’ts of successful snapchatting, and what to do if you’re caught in a bad snap situation.

The Unwritten Rules of Snapchat©

Do: Make the craziest face you can. It’s important to scare the person that you’re snapping as quickly as possible.

Don’t: Duckfaces are illegal in Snapchat© unless, you are, of course, a duck.

Don’t: Snapchat©  someone if the two of you are in the same room. How lazy are you?!?!

Do: Snap your buddies. You and your friends should (hopefully) enjoy looking at each other for up to 10 seconds

Don’t: Snap your parents. No.

Do: Snap your food. Everyone NEEDS to know what you’re eating at that moment. Oh wait, sorry, I got that mixed up with Instagram©.

Don’t: Be afraid of that little ghost at the top of the loading screen. It’s not that scary.

Do: Live-snap events. Nothing impresses your friends more than live snapping something they aren’t doing. Especially concerts. In fact, make live snapping only exclusive to concerts. Nothing like missing out on great music while you’ve got your head in your phone!

Do: Snap random strangers. This will only make sure you end up on some bad part of the internet getting scrutinized for eternity. How else will you become famous?

Do: Draw creative things on your snap. The more creative, the better

Don’t: Under-utilize the animated snap features or face filters. Look, we all know face swap is straight from hell, but the puppy filter? Come on, how cute is that! Nothing says, “I’m a dog!” better than posting a saved snap of your face with a puppy’s nose and ears on Instagram© for everyone to see. It’s not like humans were meant to look like dogs or have weird contortions of the face (see: unicorn filter, face squeeze filter, any other live face filter for that matter).

Don’t: Snap with your phone’s sound on. Unless you are at home, keep the sound off. Nothing is more embarrassing than hearing the “CLICK” sound in the middle of class because you were bored of the lecture. Just keep it silent.

Do: Snap in public.* There are lots of fun places that you can be to snap your friend like the mall, park, grocery store, and with those places come props and objects you can use to enhance the humor of the snap.

*This is in place for certain people who give out The Look. Listen, some people don’t fully understand snapping, so for those of you that don’t get it, I understand the strange poses and faces people make at their phones all the time, but hey, I do that too. Just don’t glare at us like we’re some strange species obsessed with our cellphones because we aren’t ok….. Just, give us a break. And for the people who get The Look directed towards you, just keep doing your thing. More than likely, The Looker is just jealous he/she doesn’t have friends to snap.

Don’t: Put yourself in dangerous or life threatening situations to get a funny picture. Believe me, it will cross your mind. Don’t do it. That cliff is better without someone falling off.*

*Unless that dangerous place is a car. Everyone knows it’s ok to snap and drive… it’s not like texting or anything…

Do: Have occasional contests for the funniest snap. Or most creative. It’s a good change-up if the only thing you’re doing is texting with a picture of your sad and boring face.

Do: Take severe advantage of special occasions and holidays. Great snapping opportunities.

Do: Drag random people into your snap with you. It’s always gonna end well for you and be fun for the other person too!*

*Especially if that random person is someone famous. BONUS POINTS for Kanye West

Don’t: Utilize snap-video unless extremely necessary. Because extremely necessary is only when you’re twerking/dabbing/crumping/whatever the cook kids are doing duh. No one should miss that.

Well that’s all I can think of. Hope this small list of Snap etiquette helps you out in the real world. Just remember to be smart about it and have fun!

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Dating, Lists, Topics

Dating Made Easy (Part 2)

Welcome to the second part of the list of the Top 10 Dates as chosen by you! This list, if nothing else, can help any couple have fun in inexpensive and creative ways. Date ideas #6-10 can be found here: Dating Made Easy (Part 1)

5. *Tie* Exploring/ Road Trip & Camping

These could go hand in hand, but then one of the contributing voters got upset that I tried to combine them. First of all, Camping is a great date idea, yes, but honestly, if you two haven’t been dating for a while, camping might not be the best idea unless you’re going with a group, then it’s perfectly alright. Camping, like anything outside, can offer fishing, hiking, marshmallows and campfires, and so much more for you and your date to do. It’s also a great time to whip out the picnic blanket and stargaze, at night, or just take a long walk in the woods! Either way, it’s a win-win for you and your date. On the other hand, Road Trips/ Random Exploring is a great idea as well. Nothing says cute like a spontaneous road trip to nowhere in particular. With you and your date just sitting and driving, it’s very relaxing to just talk and take in the scenery of wherever you’re going. These two can go hand in hand as well, by driving to the middle of nowhere and then exploring your surroundings. Girls especially love looking for cute critters like bunnies and squirrels, so you’re bound to have fun. 

4. Going out to see a Movie in theaters/ a drive-in movie

This is quite possibly the second most classic date idea: a movie. Nothing says date material like going to see a film for two hours while buying popcorn and sodas (The classic “red” soda didn’t want to comply and be used in this article so I can’t use their name. Sorry) and the ticket which combined equals somewhere around $45. The good thing for the ladies is that they don’t have to pay! Unless, they force the issue though, which doesn’t happen all that often. But (as it should be) the guys will get the tap for a fun night of movie watching. Also prep yourself for really cliché “moves” that every girl will fall for. For example:

The yawn.

This move is classic. It is where the guy gets “bored” of the movie and yawns in order to give the implication that he’s tired (see image).

yikes.

yikes.

A few notes here. First off, don’t be as creepy looking as this guy. That smile he’s wearing could scare off a zombie. And second, no movie theatre is going to be that empty. Continuing. After yawning, the guy stretches (like above) so his arm lands around the girls shoulders allowing the girl to ease into the guy and snuggle up against him. Classic movie date. And if you, the guy, manage this move to perfection, you both will be doing this within the minute.

again, yikes

Again, yikes


Oops. Sorry about the inaccuracy of this picture… not the making out part, but the empty theater and  water-mark in the middle of the pic. Sorry bout that. Moving on, another aspect of this awesome date idea is the part called “Drive-in movies.” This is the cute part of this date idea, because all you need to do is drive up in your car and bring a blanket and all the snacks you need. Nothing says love like sitting a car watching a movie. Nothing.

3. A Night In

This should be #1 in my books, but again, my ranking system determined otherwise. This is my favorite because it’s the most simple and fun. Literally anything can be done. A Night In is best served with a homemade meal, some hot coco, and a cute movie to watch together.  As a guy, the perfect night in with a date would be to make dinner for the both of us, maybe play a board or card game until we get bored with it, and then cuddle up and watch a movie (again, this is what would do. What you do with your date is totally up to you! It’s supposed to be cute and creative so have fun with it).  Other activities could include nerf-gun wars, blanket forts, painting, pillow fights, cooking together, whatever you want! It’s just a lazy night in and it’s up to you, the couple, to do whatever you want with it!

2. Picnic

Another classic and favorite of mine. Picnics are the most simple way to have a good time with no money spent. A picnic can be had at a park, a backyard, anywhere with grass and a good view really (and I’m a hypocrite in this statement, because the last picnic I had was held on a concrete  stage under an awning because it was raining). All you need is a homemade (or store-bought) lunch and a blanket to sit on. Picnics are best held in spring or fall, ideally spring. In the fall, you can accessorize with leaves and make piles and jump in them after you eat, but in spring, you can lay on the blanket and watch the clouds, birds, flowers, and enjoy each others company as long as you want. The weather is beautiful, and you shouldn’t waste it on something silly like a movie (unless it’s storming). You and your date will find a picnic to be the best option for any sunny day when you want to do something together without much hassle.

1. Going out for Dinner

Our final date idea is, yes, the oldest, yet most popular idea in the book other than a movie. And that is Going out for dinner. This is classic because it’s always been around. When a guy meets a girl he likes, and they have progressed past the coffee stage, the gentleman will ask the lady to dinner. This could be a fancy dinner (always classy) or just a regular sit-down and casual dinner. The guy will always pay the first few times though, because it’s polite. This is always a good idea, because normally it’s low pressure, but if it’s your first date together, don’t worry, just be yourself when you talk! It’s the easiest way to make a good impression. And guys, please use manners. You don’t wanna come across as a dog when you eat. But seriously, enjoy the food and each others company, because dinner together is one of the most important dates in terms of bonding and getting to know the other person.

And that concludes the list of the Top 10 Dates! I have now solved every complaint out there regarding couples not being able to find anything to do together anymore. So, you’re welcome lazy people! Here is your successful love life, all written down in comprehensive english (for those of you reading this that don’t speak/read english, I’m sorry) to take advice from and benefit from it. Now get out there and date!

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Dating Made Easy (Part 1)

Hello America! Do you struggle with finding something fun to do with your significant other? Are your dates reduced to texting back and forth with each other out of boredom, or shameless flirting on Facebook and other social media? Well get out of that rut and listen up! I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Dates as chosen by you! That’s right, several of my friends (and myself of course) compiled a list of the best “dates” that they could think of, and using a very confusing math formula, I ranked the results in a format to help anyone that needs a good idea for a date. This list is so well thought up, that it will be released in two parts (which is a testament to my awesome friends who helped out with this list, for the awesome and well thought out suggestions). So without further adieu, here’s part one of the list (Honorable mentions: Paintball, laser tag, bowling, camping, biking, putt-putt, hot air balloon ride, fairs/festivals, sporting events, dancing, ice cream, going to the animal shelter).

10. Concerts/ Symphonies/ Musical Shows

Musical events are great for any couple unless you live under a rock and don’t have any musical interests (I’m looking at you Patrick).

Living under a rock

Living under a rock

Music is the window to the soul some wise person told me once, so take this advice: make sure you both have similar music interests before you go to a musical event. I can’t stress the importance of this. It’s ok to have different music tastes, but if you’re going to spend money and see a concert, make sure your partner has some interest too. You don’t wanna be the one dragging them to a 2-hour show that they spend the whole time covering their ears or falling asleep depending on the artist. If you both have some interest though, it should be a rockin’ (ha ha, music pun) time. The other exception to this is of course free shows, because if it sucks, or one of you hates it, then you can just leave, no harm done! It’s also a great photo-op for couples, and it’s always neat to say that you went to your favorite artists’ show live.

9. *Tie* Ice Skating & Stargazing

These are two great options, and frankly, I was disappointed these weren’t higher on the list. But anyway, let’s dive in. Ice skating is a classic date for any couple, because more than likely, you’re going to fall, and your significant other will gladly help you up and then try to scare you into falling again. It’s kind of silly when you think about it, but lots of couples find it as a cute way to hold hands (to keep from falling). Ice skating also provides the opportunity to go and get coffee/hot chocolate/tea (whatever hot beverage you people drink) when you’re done on the ice. Believe it or not, it is cold when you skate on ice, so getting a warm drink afterwards is another good transition to having a conversation with your date which can lead to a deeper connection. Stargazing on the other hand can happen in any weather. This obviously needs to happen at night unless you’re one of those nerd couples and think to yourselves, “Well the sun is a star too, so technically, we can look at the sun through our sunglasses in the daytime if we wanted too.” Well whatever you might be right, but it’s not as romantic. If you must resort to looking into the sky during the day, try clouds. I’ll get more into that subject in another date idea. But continuing, stargazing is very peaceful for those of you who just want a quiet night to yourselves in a field where you could talk about anything. This can be accomplished by finding an open field, parking lot, or wherever your heart desires, and all you really need is a few blankets and a car. Stargazing really opens up the chance for you and your date to get to know each other better by talking, or you can just enjoy each others company by sitting in silence and looking at how awesome the sky is (Helpful hint: If it’s cold on the night that you’re stargazing, bring an extra blanket that the two of you can share. Good opportunity to cuddle. Girls are really into that I guess).

8. Seasonal Dates

Okay so this is one of my personal favorites, but I’ll try not to be biased and keep it short. Seasonal dates are exactly how they sound: Seasonal. They happen during holidays and usually are the best kind of dates. During October, you can coordinate Halloween costumes, you could have a night in and watch scary movies together (Helpful hint: Another good opportunity to cuddle if you’re a guy and the girl is scared of the movie. Girls, if your date is scared of the movie, I question his masculinity and your dating choices), or you could just go to the park (this applies to any time in the fall) and jump in a pile of leaves. Other fall activities include: Pumpkin patches, apple cider, corn mazes, football games, thanksgiving meals, making cool turkey hand crafts, and much more. And who can forget CHRISTMAS (my personal all-time favorite) which is a GREAT season to go on cute dates. One can go ice skating, sing Christmas songs, you could have a Christmas sweater photo shoot, have a Christmas movie marathon, get warm drinks together, play in the snow (snowball fights are always fun), decorate your house, make Christmas cookies, go on a horse and sleigh ride, shop at the mall, see Santa Clause, too many things to mention (like building gingerbread houses, picking out a Christmas tree, decorating it, going sledding, drinking hot chocolate, sitting by a fireplace, etc.). Of course, there’s New Years eve too, which is a good opportunity to watch the new year celebrations on TV or have your own party at home.

7. *Tie* Getting Coffee & Going to the Zoo/ Aquarium

Now, these are both good suggestions for solid dates. I’ll begin with the Zoo and Aquarium. Girls LOVE the zoo, because to them, animals (most of them anyway) seem cute and not everyone gets to see a penguin or a seal everyday. Guys love the zoo too, but mainly for the more grizzly animals like bears (ha, another pun), bobcats, snakes, etc. It’s the same for the aquarium. Fish (and penguins again) are so whimsical to us humans, that you could go there everyday and find a fish that you didn’t see the day before. It’s an interesting place to go for both the guy and the girl, so it makes a very fun date, and is normally inexpensive. Now Getting Coffee is another story in itself. This is a good first date, one where it’s no pressure and very friendly. Yes, the guy should pay (unless it’s clear that it’s NOT a date), and it’s a great time to sit and get to know each other and talk about life. Getting coffee is great to do even with a friend, to just chat and catch up on each other or study homework. Like I mentioned before, it can be fun and very low pressure. A good relationship builder if you ask me.

6. *Tie* Getting Surprised & A Night Out on the Town

Getting surprised was a very popular choice from both guys and girls, but for different reasons. Guys love giving the surprise, and girls love receiving the surprise, so it evens out quite well. An example: if it were me surprising my girlfriend, I’d make her favorite foods for dinner, grab one of her favorite movies, and show up at her place to eat and watch the movie (Helpful Hint: hopefully you’d both be comfortable with each other that showing up unannounced would be cute and fun rather than creepy). It’s very thoughtful to do for her, and she appreciates it (or at least I’d hope so) because she didn’t see it coming. It’s a good thing to try on the weekends, a rainy day, or when one of you is sick in bed, you could surprise them with soup and a good movie. Now a night on the town is different entirely. This is a good, inexpensive date to explore the city or small town where you both live. Window shopping is always fun (for the girls) and it’s a good chance to walk and talk about things you wouldn’t get to talk about if you went to a movie. In a city (or small town) there’s all kinds of tours, buildings, sights, stores, and attractions that you can see and do, and in Nashville, there are several places to go to have a good time with your date. It’s another low pressure situation for the both of you to walk and talk and have a good time together.

Part 2 (#’s 1-5 will be released on Thursday)

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