Tuesday Questions: Cranky Meme Edition

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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    I recall a few weeks ago someone posted a comment with a link to a Firefox extension that told the truth about click bait. This this: http://downworthy.snipe.net/Report

  2. Avatar Damon
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    Social media: Glad a quit. Never looked back.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    I find myself pushed to have an opinion on interactions between private citizens in other states above and beyond “what a jerkface”.Report

  4. Avatar Richard Hershberger
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    While I don’t disagree, the meme does have the benefit of clearly signaling that the poster has nothing to say. It is convenient not to have to actually look at the post to determine this.

    This is somewhat like the principle of Salon articles, that any whose title has the first person pronoun, in any inflection, is well worth skipping.Report

  5. Avatar Chris
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    The word “meme.”Report

  6. Avatar LeeEsq
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    The idea of life hacks because life isn’t a video game where you can enter cheat codes and the tendency to turn everything into a list like “Five things you must know before you start to cohabitate with your significant other.”Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to LeeEsq
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      The worst part is that the so-called hacks are usually of the quality of “if you have a problem with cats destroying your toilet paper, try mounting it so that the paper is rolled under rather than over!”Report

      • Avatar morat20 in reply to Jaybird
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        I actually saw a good one once. (Although it really falls under ‘Tiny useful bits of information that many people don’t know).

        Which is, when you see the gas icon on your car dash? There’s a little arrow next to it that identifies what side of the car the gas tank is on. It’s part of the icon, and I never really noticed the arrow would point different directions in different cars (left or right). It was just the gas tank icon.Report

        • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to morat20
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          That is actually useful.Report

          • Avatar Patrick in reply to LeeEsq
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            This is actually a lesson in how an attempt to be useful wasn’t, because NOBODY KNEW THIS prior to the lifehack meme that pointed it out…

            … because the icon didn’t serve its actual purpose of transmitting information!Report

            • Avatar Chris in reply to Patrick
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              You know who knew this? Car rental agents. Well, at least at Enterprise. I know this because before the meme (ugh), they told me. It changed my (car renting) life.

              It’s a good thing for people who rent cars to know, because you’re probably driving a model you’ve never driven before, and no one ever remembers to look for the tank until the moment they’re pulling into the gas station.Report

            • Avatar gingergene in reply to Patrick
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              Huh, I always knew it. I was both surprised and horrified to find out that this was a life hack for most people.

              What I can’t remember is whether I figured this out on my own (I am the sort of person who reads car owner manuals), or if someone, probably dear-old-dad, told me about it. I suspect the latter, since I can’t remember life before I knew this.

              I did grow up in car country (Michigan)- maybe this is more commonly known there?Report

        • Avatar Will Truman in reply to morat20
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          I once spent 20 minutes on a rental car trying to figure out where the switch was to open the gas latch.

          I discovered that you open it by grabbing its edge and pulling it open.Report

      • Avatar ACIS in reply to Jaybird
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        That or using an old CD spindle as a bagel tote. Great, now what do I do with all the other 50 or so CD spindles I’ve owned over the years now that I have my bagel tote? And why can’t I stick my bagel in a little sandwich bag and carry it like I’ve always done?Report

    • Avatar Will H. in reply to LeeEsq
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      the tendency to turn everything into a list like “Five things you must know before you start to cohabitate with your significant other.”

      Dude.
      There were seven things.

      *SEVEN* of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Now your cohabitation will be totally destroyed . . .Report

  7. Avatar LeeEsq
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    If Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton are immortal and both receive the Presidential nomination from their respective parties, can we call the 2016 Presidential Election the Clash of the Titans?Report

  8. Avatar Kolohe
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    What someone mentioned on these pages the other day about “X Myths about Y”, or alternatively “Everything You Know About Z is Wrong” – quite often, the myths are something nobody really believes anyway, and sometimes have never even risen to the level conventional wisdom.Report

  9. Avatar DensityDuck
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    Very annoying: “(something) as fuck.”Report

  10. Avatar Rufus F.
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    “Seven Things That Only People Who Really Hate Buzzfeed Will Understand”Report

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