Summer is officially in full swing, and with that comes all the perks including warm weather, trips to the beach, and cookouts. In my family, corn on the cob is a staple at all of our summer cookouts. While nothing beats a hot piece of corn slathered in butter, I think we all can agree that eating corn on the cob is not the easiest thing to do. It seems that a solution to this may have been found, and the internet is going crazy over it.
You can read more on the full technique here on BuzzFeed. This hack was tweeted from Japan, and has quickly gone viral with over 40,000 retweets thus far. The basic idea is that you need to create a little space in your corn cob by removing a few pieces and then you will be able to simply place your thumb on a row of corn, push it towards the empty space, and voila! The corn comes out in one piece.
To me, this seems like it would be messier than the traditional way of eating corn on the cob because it requires you to eat the small pieces of corn with your fingers. This could be an issue if you love butter on your corn like I do. It also seems like more work, and less fun. I can see it being very time consuming to peel off individual rows of corn. Summer is all about being carefree, and nothing says carefree like tearing into fresh corn on the cob with your teeth.
Some of the best Internet trends are those that can make us laugh. The Internet is a place that can create a lot of emotions within us, so humor is probably one that we should shoot for. Some of the current trends that are quite funny are as follows.
Try Not To Laugh Challenge
Wait, how can trying not to laugh be funny? It is if you are watching an extremely hilarious short video and trying to contain the laugh that is trying to burst right out of you. You can take part in this hilarious challenge by just typing the words “laughing challenge” into your YouTube search bar. You will be presented with hundreds if not thousands of videos that give you the opportunity to take part in this challenge. See how many you can get through!
You probably have already heard of this one. The mannequin challenge is so popular that even some big name celebrities have taken part in this one. It is basically a challenge whereby people stand around like mannequins and another person goes around filming the scene while putting music behind the scene. It is funny just to try to stand as still as possible like that, but it is even better when you get a whole group of people to join in and stand around with you as someone films it.
Are you bad at reading lips? So far most people. The funny part of this challenge is that very fact. You take one person who puts headphones on with music blaring loudly and watches the lips of another as they say a phrase of their choose. The person with the headphones on then tries to translate what the person speaking as said. It is quite funny to see what they believe is being said.
Prank videos can be a lot of fun, and that is exactly how they started out when they first appeared on YouTube. Someone would set up a funny prank and video tape it with the person being taped not realizing that they were about to be the subject of a prank. If the prank is executed well, then we can all watch it and have a laugh. However, pranks on the Internet lately have gotten more and more desperate.
Mashable.com has published a great article that details how prank videos have gone from fun and innocent to downright terrible. They show some early prank videos that are very innocent and funny such as a person getting wet from being sprayed with a rigged up water faucet. However, the pranks started to get more and more dark as people were willing to do anything to get the clicks they wanted.
A member of the cast of Big Brother UK Sam Pepper was one of the bigger names to get in trouble for using YouTube as a means of doing something wrong. He made “prank” videos in which he allegedly sexually harassed someone. When this video came out it received immediate backlash. YouTube star Laci Green even went so far as to write an open letter to Sam Pepper calling him out for what he had done.
The criticism of the actions of Mr. Pepper grew and eventually he removed all of his Internet existence for a short time. He later returned to the Internet with more horrible material and was once again denounced. It was just the latest sign that some people will do whatever it takes to become “Internet famous”. There is a lot of money for those who really can generate a following, but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.
Parenting is hard. There is no way around it. Pre-children people may imagine themselves doing crafts, singing songs, and exploring the library with their still unborn children. Then they have a child and reality hits. Children take parents to the edge of their sanity and then push a little harder. Humor seems to be a common thread amongst parents dealing with the daily challenges of helping small human beings turn into responsible adults.
Social media has allowed parents to share their tears, frustrations, and laughter. An ongoing list of funny parent tweets shows just how ridiculous and universal the struggle for sanity is. Take for example a tweet from @sarcasticmommy4, “If my kids could just do what I say & stop complaining about every single thing, I could be the parent I always wanted to be.” Food, clothing, television shows, the air they breathe—kids will complain about anything.
If they’re not complaining, they’re fighting with a sibling. As @R_A_Dadass tweets, “I wish I loved anything as much as my kids love to fight over whose turn it is to push the elevator button.” Children will fight to tears over who gets the last cookie let alone an elevator button. Playing referee is par for the parenting course. There’s no way around it.
As parents muddle through, they reach important milestones, “I’ve reached the stage of parenthood where jeans are my fancy pants.” (@ramblinma) and have epiphanies, “Cargo pants are basically just dad leg purses.” (@Dadpression). It’s an exhausting journey, but through it all, parents discover that, while parenting is hard, it is worth it. The moments of joy appear while quietly reading a book together or lying on the grass looking for shapes in the clouds. They can be few and far between, but they are there. In the meantime, laughter can carry parents through to the next ‘aha’ moment of happiness.
If you ever think that you are having a bad day just know that at least you did not wreck $6,000 worth of televisions. That is what happened to one man in England recently, and the video is making the rounds.
The Huffington Post reported on the story and even showed the video to go along with it. The customer was leaning down to take a look at the television screen when he ended up knocking it over and into another television screen. That was crazy because the two sets together have a value of about $6,000.
The customer has not yet been identified, but people are already laughing so much at the video. The video is pretty funny because we can all relate to what this experience might be like. We can all understand what it might feel like to be in a situation like that, and we might even feel like it is something that we could see ourselves involved in.
The person who got himself stuck in a bad situation like this made it even worse by reacting in such a way to the first television falling over. He sort of snapped back and ended up bumping another television set over as a result. That was certainly not what he thought he was going to get into when he went in the store.
Perhaps at the end of the day the store will just take the free marketing that they are getting from the video as payment enough for the televisions that were ruined. Maybe the customer will also come forward and identify himself as well.
If you’ve been sleeping under a rock or lost in the forest for an extended period of time, you may not have heard about the newest viral sensation to hit the internet. Or maybe you seem to recall mentions of that naked Japanese guy and a table cloth around the office, but you just haven’t gotten around to checking it out. Well, whatever the reason, it’s time to bring you up to date because this guy is simply too great not to see for yourself.
Kazuhisa Uekusa is a comedian from Japan’s Saitama Prefecture. At 29 years old, this innovative fellow has found himself to be the latest global sensation due to his rather unique talent. We’ve all seen versions of the table cloth trick in which someone yanks a cloth off a table so swiftly that it doesn’t disturb the place settings of fine china, glassware and silver. Well, Uekusa takes this classic bit to a new level by using his naked body as the surface upon which strategically placed cups and saucers are set.
His videos began circulating on Twitter just recently after he posted one he had leftover from a series of television show performances. Hating to see the clip go to waste, he stuck it up online and was then surprised to see how popular his parlor trick was becoming. His latest version involves the cloth being wrapped up in an electric table fan so that when it unravels, it is pulled from beneath the cups without causing them to crash to the floor.
Pretty amazing, huh? While it may be a bit risque and more than a little bizarre, this viral sensation is also simply too amazing not to see.
The hit HBO series, Game of Thrones, premiered its seventh season on July 16, 2017. After much anticipation of what would happen, social media came alive with live, play-by-play accounts of what was occurring, especially when popular English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran appeared on the screen! Fans of the artist did a double-take to make sure that their eyes were not deceiving them. Although it was brief, Sheeran did not disappoint with his melodic voice, causing fans to appreciate his cameo appearance that much more. It was certainly an unexpected, pleasant surprise, but not for everyone. Many faithful ‘Thrones’ watchers took to Twitter expressing their disapproval of the casting choice and were so persistent that Sheeran temporarily deactivated his account or at least it seemed that way. The singer did not outright admit this, but the timing seemed to be too much of a coincidence.
What originally began as a kind gesture for ‘Thrones’ actress, Maisie Williams, who is a huge Sheeran fan, soon backfired as it overshadowed the first episode. The audience was more distracted by seeing the singer-songwriter than they were with watching the series premiere unfold. While the series took a bit of a hit on Sunday, it should not be too hard for it to recover since it is a tremendous fan favorite.
There may be more surprises in store on Game of Thrones, but it isn’t clear whether Sheeran will be one of them. At the same time, anything is possible. Based on the fallout last Sunday, it is probably unlikely.
Eating at a local restaurant while on vacation is often seen as a way to get a feel for the surroundings. The idea is that eating at chain restaurants that you can find back home is pointless and gives you a homogenized idea of what the food culture is truly like in that specific area.
In the case of a Reddit post that went up on July 16, that philosophy was put to the test when people were asked why they ate at an Olive Garden restaurant that’s located in Times Square. The ubiquitous nature of the restaurant guarantees that virtually anyone living in the United States can likely find one where they live.
The irony of the situation is that the Times Square restaurant is never short of customers. Given its location, the likelihood of paying more money that they ordinarily would seems obvious, yet the massive size of the restaurant and the crowds that continually populate them still has people waiting to be seated.
The viral nature of the post has led to more than 11,000 comments in just two days, with those posters offering a variety of reasons for making such a choice. Some were simply hungry, some liked the fact that the restaurant offers free refills. One indicated that it was one of the few options available in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Meanwhile, the economics of Olive Garden’s pricing led one school trip chaperone to note that their tight budget didn’t allow for any other considerations.
Yet some offered humorous takes on their decision, with one mention of the restaurant’s breadsticks turning into a side discussion. Another noted that a friend of his chooses Olive Garden when he’s in the pro
When Americans think of British culture, words like ‘sophisticated’ and ‘refined’ usually come to mind. It turns out that folks in the United Kingdom have certain really weird habits that make us say WTF.
What could our neighbors across the pond possible do that would make us think their heads aren’t quite screwed on straight? For starters, they keep their washing machine in the kitchen. Instead of eating beans out of a bowl or off a plate like a normal human being, Brits put it on toast. Yes, toast, bread from the toaster. If you order pudding over there you’ll probably be disappointed if you expect to get a bowl of smooth chocolate or tapioca, since they’ll serve you a piece of tasty cake with a weird texture instead. And guess what they serve for dessert at family dinners? Spotted dick. Not kidding, but at least it’s not as obscene as it sounds.
They sell wine in plastic cups in convenience stores, and their orange juice comes either with or without ‘juicy bits’ in it. Brits don’t get the concept of tipping, apparently, since bartenders over there get worried as to why Americans try to give them extra money. They say ‘fortnight’ instead of two weeks.
Some Brits wear bum bags, but that’s just what they call fanny packs. They keep a big plastic container they refer to as a wash-up bowl in the kitchen sink to wash dishes in instead of sudsing up the sink, for absolutely no logical reason I can think of. Rather than having knobs for hot and cold water, the Brits decided to install two separate faucets in each sink, which I’m guessing makes plumbers over there pretty happy. And they lose their minds when they find out Americans don’t use egg cups, because we eat our eggs off a plate like normal people.
The French Tribune published an article on May 3, 2017, about the lack of communication between financial advisors and clients about social security benefits. According to David Giertz, failing to talk to customers about social security leaves out critical information about the retirement. Clients must then make decisions based on incomplete data.
Mr. Giertz backs up his assertion with experience and statistics. He is a former president of a large insurance provider, Nationwide Financials, and references a research survey of people who had retired or were going to within the next decade.
Most respondents stated their financial advisors never talked with them about social security. The survey also indicated that advisors could lose their clients when they don’t talk about SSI. Survey respondents will make a change to an advisor who will discuss the subject.
David blames the unwillingness to address social security as part of the total retirement program on the complexity of the entitlement program. The program includes just under 3000 rules. Most advisors are intimidated by learning those rules, and the easiest solution is avoidance.
The advice offered to advisors by the former president of Nationwide Financials; embrace the complexity and learn the rules. David believes that clients and consultants will each benefit by talking about social security in the retirement discussion.
David Giertz has over thirty years of experience in financial services. His education includes BS from Millikin University, an MBA from the University of Miami, and is a certified FINRA broker.
He began his career at Citigroup advising clients about finances and successfully worked his way up in the organization eventually becoming the Executive VP of Sales. From there he joined Nationwide as President of Sales and Distribution.