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BREAK THE INTERNET
The feminine urge to go offline
Lately, people on social apps have been expressing their “urges” to perform certain actions or say certain phrases. “The feminine urge to start sentences with ‘i think’ when in actuality, i know for a fact,” wrote @bubae_n on Twitter. “The feminine urge to take a 3 hour nap every single day,” wrote @ianisuglyyy. Although the original meme talks about “feminine” urges, people have expanded the meme to cover masculine, non-binary, and bisexual urges, among others. And some people have dropped the descriptor entirely to just make the meme about urges that could apply to anyone.
If you’re reading this, you made it through Thanksgiving—whether you chose to celebrate it or not. And you might be having all kinds of urges (nap, eat leftovers, watch a dumb movie, repeat). Maybe you have the urge to post nostalgic photos on Instagram that show off your “childhood energy.” Maybe you just want to log off. All of these are valid. It’s almost the end of 2021; a perfect time as any to fulfill all of your deepest urges.
—Tiffany Kelly, culture editor
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Adele reunites with the English teacher who inspired her
Most of us have at least one person whose presence in our lives influenced what came after, but we don’t often have a chance to thank them. But for Adele, that moment finally arrived after her recent concert gave her a tearful reunion with the person who inspired her.
Before the release of 30, one of the most anticipated albums of the year, CBS aired Adele One Night Only, a special that included a concert with numerous famous faces in the audience. At one point during the concert, Adele is asked by actor Emma Thompson which person influenced her when she was younger. Adele had an answer: Miss McDonald, an English teacher who Adele only knew for a year.
“She got me really into literature,” Adele said. Immediately following her response, Thompson revealed that Miss McDonald was the audience. Adele seemed genuinely shocked to see her teacher and burst into tears.
—Michelle Jaworski, staff writer
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TikTok is turning walls into murder boards thanks to ‘Cain’s Jawbone’
The murder mystery Cain’s Jawbone was released in 1934 by writer Edward Powys Mathers, who went by the pen name Torquemada, a persona created when he compiled crosswords for The Observer. The premise: You must identify six killers and their victims, but also put the 100 pages of the novel in the right chronological order. The book was reprinted in 2019 by U.K. publisher Unbound, which now offers a prize to those who solve it that can be used on other books by the publisher.
Now the book and the competition have gone viral thanks to TikTok, where user Sarah Scannell posted about picking up Cain’s Jawbone at a San Francisco bookstore and thus fulfilling her “lifelong dream” of turning her bedroom wall into a “murder board.” The video has more than 4.8 million views.
Last week it was reportedly sold out through Amazon, though Scannell reported that it was eventually back in stock—at double the price. Unbound commented on the TikTok virality, and stated that they’re “reprinting as quickly as we can.”
—Audra Schroeder, senior writer
MEME OF THE WEEK
The “two guys on a bus” meme is dominating Twitter.
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*First Published: Nov 26, 2021, 1:30 pm CST
Tiffany Kelly is the culture editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.