Bride Goes on Crazy Rant After Asking Guests to Dress "According to Weight"

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Weddings are a really, really big deal for some people, just ask Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who went all out for theirs.

People, like this bride, sometimes go a bit overboard and start coming up with some rules that are, well, unconventional to say the least.

An unnamed woman crafted some very specific clothing rules for her destination wedding in Hawaii. Clothing rules that her guests found so absurd, that someone decided to snap a photo of it and share all of them with reddit.

I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that the she posted the rules a full 18 months before the wedding, that the clothing choices sound absolutely abysmal, that she wanted her guests to drop at least $1,000 on their outfit, or that she indicated that a guest’s weight decided what color scheme they were allowed to wear. 

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If all of that was too difficult you to read, then allow me to give you the shortened version. For this woman’s destination wedding in Hawaii she’s asking that all of her guests dress a specific way in order to ensure that the synchronized dancing looks on fleek.

She wants women between 100-160 pounds to wear green velvet sweaters and orange suede pants, and red Louboutin heels (I know, right?) along with a Burberry scarf. I’m no fashion expert, but that sounds like a downright disgusting outfit to wear. Even her guests thought so too.

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Men under 200 pounds were expected to walk around looking like the Grimace, (I wouldn’t even know where to find a purple fuzzy jacket), wear a soda hat (does she mean one of these?) white sneakers, and “plain” glow sticks. I didn’t know glow sticks came in plain and special varieties.

Oh and if you are a women who weighs more than 160 pounds, well then she wants you to dress in all black sweaters, from your heels to your sweater and pants. Dudes over 200 pounds? Camouflage and black sneakers. I’m just going to say it: this wedding dress code sounds like it was created by a complete psychopath.

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What’s worse is that if you were planning on bringing children to the wedding, you are expected to dress them from head to toe in red. Not reddish, not a shade of red, but “true” red, whatever that means, or so help her God. All because she wants to use them to form the shape of a heart.

Let us, for a minute, toss the terrible color schemes and clothing choices out of the window: the wedding is taking place in Hawaii. On a beach. And she’s asking all of her guests to dress in sweatpants and asking women to wear heels on the sand. Just picture that and try telling me with a straight face it isn’t just about the worst idea you’ve ever heard in your entire life.

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It didn’t take long for her batpoop-insane demands to surface online, with a myriad of people commenting on just how wacky one would have to be to not only devise such a demanding list of clothing stipulations, but to actually expect people would adhere to it willingly.

Once word got out that her ridiculous demands went viral, the bride-to-be utilized used it as a moment of self-reflection and really thought about why people took such offense to her demands. She then responded in a totally calm and reasonable matter, opening her eyes to the error of her ways and realizing that she was being utterly self-absorbed, deluded, and borderline crazy.

LOL just kidding she doubled down on the wackiness.

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Turns out that she decided to retaliate against her friends group by purchasing a $99 polygraph test machine off Amazon. If you weren’t the type of person to ask their guests to dress like an Oompa Loompa in $700 heels, then you’d know that there’s no way you’d be able to buy a lie detector for the same amount of money as a Boost Mobile Android phone that has an affinity for shooting its battery across the room every time you drop it on the floor.

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But since she is, not only did she think the machine was a smart purchase, but that she’d throw a party to find the “rat” that posted her weird wedding dress code requests online and people would actually show up.

She thought she’d entice guests with appetizers and drinks and if they didn’t show up, she’d just assume you somehow were a part of this grand scheme to humiliate her online. Let’s forget the fact that even the most advanced polygraph tests don’t work. They’re primarily used for theatrical purposes to get people to admit to things they’d otherwise deny. But even if they did, and the one she brought from Amazon was 100 percent fool-proof, why would she be embarrassed by her demands if she thinks they’re totally reasonable? She has to know how absolutely, gobsmackingly mad she is.

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She also had some choice words for all of her critics online. While her profanity-laced rant is filled with a lot of gems that could only be uttered from an individual who has lived in a carefully constructed fantasy for themselves — an unhealthy one I might add, one claim stands out above the rest.

And it’s that her ceremony complete with red-bottoms, soda hats, and crazy purple fuzzy sweaters on a beach in Hawaii are all apart of some type of religious or cultural ceremony. Any critique of this ceremony would be considered highly insensitive and yes, that includes the soda hats and camouflage clothing meant to “hide” them from the devil.

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One of the guests responded to the original post on Facebook, basically letting this spiritual healer know that they’re out of their mind and that they had already declined to join the invitation the second she sent out the insane dress code.

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If you want a few laughs, then check out the comments section on Reddit. It’s comforting to know that such insanity is hardly viewed as acceptable. And while being judgmental of complete strangers online is oftentimes mean, I think it’s safe to say that this bridezilla provided all of the information necessary for everyone to pass judgment.

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[h/t Handpicked Highlights]

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/07/wbZTGL1/bride-dress-according-weight

Patrick Star and Other Pop Culture Touchstones That Rock the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year

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2018 has been about four decades long but it’s finally coming to a close. Also coming to a close is the year of Ultraviolet — so make way for the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral!

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge,” explain the masterminds behind the choice. The color gurus also hope this positive, warm shade named after a vital sea organism will help feed “our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.”

It’s definitely a cheery, upbeat shade, and it also reminds us of a different sea creature. One with a certain square friend who lives in a pineapple under the sea.

Here are some of our fave pop culture touchstones and icons that are already rocking this happy hue.

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Patrick Star

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Charmeleon

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Fancy Post Malone

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Solange at the 2014 Met Gala

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Emma Stone in ‘La La Land’

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iPhone XR

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Audrey’s Lipstick in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/06/P1RMQeJ/pantone-living-coral-patrick-star

Dad Makes His Daughter Walk 5 Miles to School In 36-Degree Weather for Bullying

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Matt Cox of Swanton, Ohio is currently the talk of the parenting town all over Facebook. He administered a no-nonsense punishment to his daughter, Kirsten, when she was caught bullying a classmate while riding on the school bus.

The 10-year-old elementary student was forced off the bus twice in the past for her behavior. When she was, Matt had to pick her up and drive her to school. As a parent myself, I have to tell you having to leave work in the middle of the morning to pick up my kid for being a jerk is something that would absolutely infuriate me.

I would want to give my kid a punishment they wouldn’t soon forget.

What Matt Cox did may seem extreme to some, but I personally understand exactly where he was coming from. If his daughter got used to him bailing her out with a ride to school all the time, there’d be no reason for her to change her behavior. As Matt saw it, it would require drastic measures to nip this kind of behavior in the bud.

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So he implemented a punishment that let her know there would be dire consequences for her actions, and that if she was kicked off the bus again, she’d be on her own.

At least that’s what I think forcing your daughter to walk five miles in 36-degree weather would accomplish.

That’s right, Matt, who clearly isn’t about bullying or his children terrorizing their fellow classmates, wanted to send a strong message to his daughter with the punishment.

He shared video footage of Kirsten walking on the side of the road as he followed behind her.

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During her five-mile trek, Matt whipped out his camera and recorded his daughter walking. He could be heard speaking in the background of the Facebook video he uploaded.

In it, he stressed that bullying would not be tolerated in his household, and that the punishment was meant to teach several lessons.

First, that the bus ride to school is a privilege and that his daughter should treat it as such. That means she shouldn’t be rude to her fellow passengers.

Second, there are consequences to being a big jerkface, and it isn’t inconveniencing others because you choose to behave disrespectfully.

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Cox could be heard in the video saying: “Let me make this extremely clear, bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household. A lot of children today feel that the things their parents do for them is a right and not a privilege, such as parents taking their children to school in the morning.”

He went on to say, “Or even bus rides to school in the morning. All of that is a privilege and should be treated as such. So today my beautiful daughter is going to walk five miles to school in 36-degree weather.”

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Reactions to Matt’s brand of discipline were a mixed bag online. After seeing the footage of his daughter walking along a country road, with him following in his car close behind here, some people applauded his parenting.

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Of course, there were several people, also, who believed that Matt went a bit too far in disciplining his daughter. Going so far as to call the act cruel and more an act of “public shaming” than actually teaching the young girl a lesson.

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To clarify, the five miles Kirsten walked to school was over the course of three days and not done all in one go.

And even though Matt received his fair share of criticism, he stands by his punishment.

In an interview with local news station WTVG, Matt doubled down on his parental decisions, stating that now, more than ever, parents need to hold their children accountable for their actions.

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He even posted an updated video and caption, which in part appears to be a response to those who criticized his punishment as too harsh: “Parents need to hold their kids accountable. That was me showing how I hold my kid accountable.”

He went on to tell the station, “I’m not going to be another parent that’s just going to brush things under the rug and say kids will be kids.”

As a parent myself, I agree with a lot of what Matt is saying here.

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I remember being younger and only truly responding to clear boundaries set by my parents and teachers. Once I knew those boundaries, I learned to respect them and control my behavior.

To date, Matt’s video has received over 16 million views, over 350k shares, 170k reactions, and some 67,000 comments. It certainly has a lot of people talking, but more importantly, it seems like the punishment had the desired effect on Kirsten.

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The 10-year-old says that she has learned her lesson, especially because she, herself, has been a victim of bullying by other “kids bigger than [her]”.

Her father finally updated the now-viral post’s caption to include, “Life lessons!!!!”

Matt hopes the video will help send a message to other parents to hold their children accountable and help end bullying once and for all. I have to say, if I was a 10-year-old and my father forced me to walk in the cold for miles after I bullied someone, I don’t think I’d ever bully again.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/06/WZiPy-K/dad-bullying-daughter-walk

This Restaurant Just Keeps Trolling Peta Online with Constant Savagery

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If you’re a fan of online Twitter drama (who isn’t?) then you’ve probably come across this amazing beef between Jimmy’s Famous Seafood and PETA.

The animal rights organization has been thrashed online by the seafood restaurant in a series of hilarious tweets.

And now, Jimmy’s is back on the case after PETA posted this tweet urging people not to engage in “speciesism.”

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The animal justice group got on the nerves of tons of Twitter users after tweeting out this handy-dandy graphic urging people to alter some common and long-standing idioms with more “animal friendly” versions.

The idea is that this kind of conscious change will change our collective cultural mindset to take a more animal-friendly stance and ultimately phase out eating animals and using animal products entirely. So, if you say “bring home the bagels” instead of “bring home the bacon” you’ll want to stop eating fatty, skillet-fried strips of pork fat.

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They upped the ante by comparing the same “bacon” phrase with using racist or homophobic slurs. By that logic, people who say they “freaking killed it” at work are at a higher risk of becoming murderers or promoting murder in society. If we get rid of this phrase, perhaps murder will become eradicated in the near future? One can only dream.

While I can’t speak for everyone, that idea sounds utterly ridiculous to me, and there were tons of other people on Twitter who agree. They were more than happy to serve PETA some high-quality roasts.

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Because of the pedantry on display in PETA’s tweets, people were quick to give them a taste of their own medicine. If the animal rights organization wanted to go all “Um AHCTCHUALLY” online, then they were getting it served right back to them.

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Even though there were tons of people who were more than happy to pile on PETA, Jimmy’s Seafood Restaurant’s response was probably the best.

People kept tagging the restaurant online, begging them to respond to the much-maligned tweet. The restaurant finally did, letting their fans know a roast was heading PETA’s way.

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When crafting an expert mock-tweet, it’s almost always better to clap back at someone using their same wave-length or terminology if you will. Which is exactly what Jimmy’s did when they created some alternative phrases of their own.

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In a final, beautiful touch, they even decided to link to a tragic instance of PETA putting down a beloved family’s pet by accident, a casualty of their extremely aggressive animal euthanasia policies.

As glorious as their reply was, it isn’t even the best they’ve come up since their rivalry first began with PETA. On several occasions, the animal rights group would post an ad online, only to be shredded by Jimmy’s for it.

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Because of their strong Twitter game, Jimmy’s has also become a huge target for vegan users who don’t like the fact that they’re constantly praising the consumption of animals. Specifically, when they tag PETA in photos of cooked turkeys.

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Fans of Jimmy’s are also going out of their way to troll PETA. Like this dude who suggested the original anti-Jimmy’s billboard was an actual advertisement for the local restaurant.

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The restaurant also chimed in on other “outrage culture” pieces as well. Like the eye-rolling HuffPost piece about how “problematic” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is and why people shouldn’t watch it.

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I appreciate the fact that they’re willing to diversify their roast portfolio and that it’s not just isolated to PETA — though I do love the way they slaughter their tweets. Keep the social media game strong, Jimmy’s.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/humor/2018/12/05/RZFkdWq/peta-speciesism-tweet-responses

People Are Showing off Their Baby Helmets in Response to This Chrissy Teigen Photo

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Chrissy Teigen’s latest tweet has got a lot of people talking about baby helmets after recently sharing a photo of her son wearing one to protect his plagiocephaly, otherwise known as flat head syndrome. 

I remember the first time I saw a baby wearing a helmet like this while shopping with my girlfriend at the time.

“I guess she’s just a really overprotective mom,” I whispered.

 Now if eye-rolls could make a sound, my GF’s would’ve been a scream.

“It’s to fix their flat heads, Taf.”

Since then, I’ve seen tons of baby helmets with children and their parents rocking them proudly. Now that I’m a parent myself, I’ve even noted cool designs for the corrective devices, should my children ever need to wear one. This awesome Mega Man one is a pretty good example of the vibe I was feeling.

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Neither of my children had to wear a helmet, but if they did, it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. It’s no different than giving your child braces to correct misaligned teeth.

However, as any parent will understand: moms and dads get a bit kooky when it comes to their kids. And by kooky I mean they start to feel like they’re doing a “bad job” if their child isn’t some kind of inhuman, infallible, super baby.

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There’s a certain stigma, whether imagined or real, that is associated with a child that requires any type of corrective procedure or equipment to aid their development, and baby helmets sometimes get wrapped up in that stigma.

Chrissy addressed this when she shared a selfie with her beautiful baby boy, Miles. Before she sent the picture out into the Twitter-verse, she urged others not to “feel bad for him.”

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She also suspected once her child donned the helmet, he was “probably gonna be even cuter with it somehow.” Honestly, after seeing the pictures she posted, I can’t say that she’s lying. This little guy is absolutely adorable with his mini-headgear.

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Other moms began chiming in with photos of their own babies, further dispelling any stigmas associated with correcting flat head syndrome and filling our feeds with some really cute pics.

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Newborns are especially susceptible to plagiocephaly due to the pliable nature of their skulls when they’re born. While the concept of a soft skull might seem scary, it’s pretty essential to that whole childbirth thing.

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Imagine trying to push out a hard, round head during labor? Giving birth isn’t fun to begin with, and it’d be even less fun with a fully developed skull, I’ll tell you that much. After watching my wife deliver two kids, I’m getting woozy just thinking about it, and she’s the one who did all the hard work.

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The most common form of flat head syndrome is positional plagiocephaly. It occurs after birth, because babies spend so much time in one position after they’re born. Most commonly, they’re laying on their backs and catching the much-needed Zs required to pump their bodies full of growth hormone so they can be big and strong.

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Sleeping on their backs can result in a somewhat flattened area on the the back of their heads. When doctors in the 1990s advised parents to have babies sleep on their backs to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the number of positional plagiocephaly cases grew.

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Not all babies’ heads are misshapen this way, however, and craniosynostosis is a more serious form of plagiocephaly. It’s when the joints of their skulls fuse too early, which doesn’t give their brains enough room to grow. In order to remedy this, the poor little babes need to undergo surgery.

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Since a baby’s head hardens over time, it’s best to start correctional methods to reshape your child’s head as early as possible. 

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Once they’re old enough, parents can try changing sleeping positions and moving their child around to avoid putting too much pressure on one side of their head. Additionally, changing your baby’s head position when they eat and ensuring they don’t spend too much time in baby carriers and car seats will help reduce positional plagiocephaly.

It also doesn’t hurt to give your child tummy time once your doctor clears them for it. Not only will this help reduce recurring pressure on the same side of their head, they’ll also strengthen their neck, back, and core muscles. You can learn more about flat head syndrome here.

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Again, if your kid needs a helmet to correct their head development, you shouldn’t feel bad about that. You’re doing a darn good job and deserve a pat on the back. And maybe some cute selfies.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/04/mb7FMds/why-do-babies-wear-helmets

Mom-In-Law Starts Internet Debate After Charging Christmas Lunch Guests $21 a Plate

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The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with friends, family, and other loved ones you don’t really have a label for because it’s 2018 and all. And depending on how generous of an individual you are, all of that holiday cheer could cause a pretty big dent in your wallet.

Personally it’s not something I stress over — I just try to pick up extra gigs wherever I can or have a few nights without sleep so I can drive Lyft (thank God for modern technology) to try and soften the blow of dropping tons of greenbacks on the people I care about in my life.

But for others, it’s not so simple, especially if you’re the one who’s expected to handle all of the festivities/food for everyone during the holidays.

The expense of being a host is a real thing and making home-cooked meals often costs more than ordering out.

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Judging from this woman’s post, it sounds like her mother-in-law has had enough of digging into her own pocket to prepare Christmas lunch for everyone and not getting a single dollar back for her efforts.

In a question posed to Mumsnet by user Staceyjas, she revealed that her husband’s mother just asked all of the guests who plan on attending her Christmas lunch to bring $21 per head in order to pay for the meal.

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She genuinely wanted to know if anyone else had experienced anything like this before, because, as her comment indicates, her husband wasn’t too happy about it. He felt conflicted about handing cash and said he’d rather bring food, and that it was the first time such a stipulation was ever brought up for Christmas lunch.

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What makes it even worse for the guy is that he just can’t excuse himself from the awkward situation as he’s been having lunch there his entire life. Then there’s the fact that his mom isn’t exactly “financially destitute.”

Here’s what she wrote in full:

“[Am I being unreasonable] to think you should ask family to pay for their Xmas lunch? My partner has just told me that his mother who he’s having Christmas lunch with said she wants £17 per head from him! I’m going to my family’s for lunch so invited him also but he has had it there all his life with his grandparents and siblings too. she said she doesn’t want to do it all from scratch and wants to get it all pre-done so it’s more money, which I understand but he’s gutted and feels like he wants to come to my family now. I can see it from both sides and it’s hard work and can be expensive but not like she is financially destitute.”

StaceyJas then finally asked if anyone else has experienced something like this in the past:

“This has never happened before and he has offered to bring the dessert etc but he said handing over cash just feels wrong. As he says it’s about family not money but I wanted to see what other people’s opinions are? Or if you do this.”

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Her question garnered a lot of responses, and it seems like people were conflicted over the issue. More than a few saw the mother-in-law’s side of the story, stating that the Christmas dinners she’s hosted for people in the past have cost her upwards of $500.

“It’s really expensive to cater for Christmas dinner for a lot of people,” says  formerbabe, recalling a dinner she hosted. “It cost me over £400. If we do Christmas with my family, we will share cost of food or all bring different components of the dinner…Don’t think of it as her charging you but instead think of it as you all contributing to the cost of the food.”

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Others agreed with Staceyjas’ husband, and said that it probably would’ve been a better idea for people to instead contribute food and specific dishes instead of just gathering money for the “cost of the food.” But she did see where the mother-in-law was coming from.

“Personally I wouldn’t, says another poster, “but if someone asked me for cash I’d pay — it’s really expensive hosting, particularly at an expensive time of the year. When we have had Christmas meals as a big group of friends, we split the cost.”  

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Then there were people, like user raisedbyguineapigs, who thought $21 a head price sounded a bit extreme for what was basically a “posh roast dinner.” She advised Stacey to convince her hubby to just go to her family’s dinner instead.

Then there were people who were absolutely aghast at the idea of asking guests for money to host a Christmas lunch, like PersonalNonGarter:

“OMG! No! $*#!, that is horrible.
We host Christmas: buy the turkey and pudding, everyone else brings a dish eg sausages in blankets etc. That shares the cost and the work.
Cannot think of anything less hospitable than setting the menu and demanding your ‘guests’ pay for it.”

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Whatnametouse agreed that it’d be a travesty to ask as well and offered some pretty sage advice if the host felt that the financial burden was too high.

“Take turns each year or ask people to bring a dish if you are short on cash.”

One prevailing opinion was that individuals who were hosting large-scale dinners for big families would have every right to ask people to help chip in. One person even mentioned that they had 29 people coming over for dinner, so they wrote out the cost and asked everyone to chip in a few dollars to help offset what it cost them to make the meal.

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However, new information from StaceyJas in the comment thread revealed that her mum-in-law was only cooking for four people and a toddler. She couldn’t understand what made it different from any other Sunday lunch?

“My point is she don’t charge him for a normal Sunday roast and it’s just added bits so why can’t he bring them?”

What do you think? Would you charge someone cash for hosting a Christmas lunch that you’re picking out the menu for? Or should mother just bite the bullet and foot the bill herself?

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/30/e-DB_iZ/charging-for-christmas-dinner

5 Times People Were Offended By Things That Weren't Offensive at All

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“If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” Although this bit of advice doesn’t really apply to comedy or good-natured ribbing between friends, it’s pretty much sage knowledge that could be applied in almost every situation.

But there are some people who take that advice a bit too literally, and always seem to police everything they come across.

Whether it’s news stories, movies, TV shows, plays, tweets, bar conversations, cartoons, whatever, there are throngs of people who are looking to be offended by something.

Now I’m not saying that there aren’t things to be offended by — I’ve seen the way people’s faces and demeanors change right after I tell them my first name, which I don’t blame them for — I sound like every East Coast Jersey gym bro they grew up with. [ed. note: I can confirm this is 100% true]

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I’m personally not offended by them being surprised I’m Muslim, especially if they didn’t grow up knowing a Mustafa or Ahmed or Zainab or Ayesha. I don’t even get offended by naive questions about my upbringing and my culture. What I do get offended by are people who assume I somehow have to apologize for ISIS and address all acts of terrorism around the globe.

But I’m not going to sit back and try to construe every major cultural phenomenon or movie that comes out or the fact that someone says, “Merry Christmas” to me as an attack on my upbringing and a lack of consideration of my family’s faith. That would make me an insufferable nerd.

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Like whoever’s trying to saying that the classic story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is problematic because it makes light of a “marginalized” reindeer who is being bullied for being different.

Seriously.

A recent HuffPost article argues the story about the young reindeer with a glowing nose is problematic because he’s bullied and ostracized by his peers, only to find salvation and acceptance when his birth “defect” benefits the group.

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There are some people who agreed that, yes, the story actually is “problematic” and that it could send the wrong message to young children who may believe their “deformities” are only acceptable if they can be exploited by someone else.

There are several counterpoints to this argument, too. The most common can probably be best expressed in this quote from actor and comedian Steve Sweeney: “You don’t even have to say anything. It’s just so absurd.”

In short: are you friggin’ kidding me?!

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But fine, let’s play this overly analytical, let’s-waste-our-time-on-this-nonsense game: one must consider the world that Rudolph lives in. He’s a flying reindeer who was born to fly and expressed his desire, in the story, to be like the other reindeer.

But he was bullied for being different. People get bullied in life all of the time, especially by other kids, and especially if they’ve got a nose that glows bright red.

The story isn’t one of exploitation, but rather a lesson that what’s different about you can be your best asset. Or, we could bypass all of this Rudolph talk and remember, for a second, that this is a fictional character.

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Rudolph isn’t the only unlikely figure of social outrage who’s popped up recently in the crosshairs of professional crybabies. Believe it or not, Celine Dion is being hailed a denizen of the dark lord Lucifer’s domain for the most innocuous reason.

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When you think of Celine Dion, you probably just think of one of the greatest ballads of all time, and if you’re me, you think of her cameo on The Nanny. You probably don’t imagine she’s someone who could be the object of vitriol and hate just because she launched a gender-neutral clothing line.

An American priest has declared Celine’s CELINUNUNU unisex kidswear line, which consists of sweatshirts, leggings, and t-shirts, is “definitely satanic.”

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To say that the devil talk is a stretch would be an understatement. The offended parties even went so far as to analyze the designs as “proof” of the Canadian singer’s special relationship with Beelzebub himself. One offended individual wrote, “one pair of sweatpants has a number 3 on one knee and a 6 on the other. Three 6’s?”

Yes, I’m sure  that’s what Celine was going for when she created her gender-neutral clothing line. It probably has nothing to do with her stated mission to help “younger people to grow on values of equality with the freedom to strengthen their own power of personality based on mutual respect.”

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Pivoting back to total fiction land, there was a recent kerfuffle online about orcs, a made-up group of characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe.

There seems to be a large number of people concerned with whether or not the English fantasy writer is racist against them.

No, they aren’t saying the Orcs are supposed to be representative of actual Earth races, or that Tolkien has a specific dislike for a certain race or ethnic group for whom he surly, evil Orcs are just a stand-in.

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There are people who are actually legitimately upset that Tolkien doesn’t treat the Orcs with the same respect or consideration that he shows to the protagonists of his story.

You know, the minions of Sauron who murder the innocent and want to turn Middle Earth into a realm of darkness. 

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There are definitely people who pushed hard back against this idea that anti-Orc attitudes are perpetuating racism, and others who used it as the perfect opportunity to come up with some most excellent jokes highlighting the absurdity of such a claim.

Others used a bit of history to drive the point home, highlighting letters to editors that Tolkien sent, which could have jeopardized his writing career at that point. In them, he strongly denouncing racism and was offended when asked about the origin of his name and ethnic background.

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It’s hard to also forget the time that Ellen DeGeneres, AKA, everyone’s friend, was accused of being racist for tweeting this photoshopped picture of her riding Usain Bolt during the the Rio Olympics.

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While some who were quick to call for “firing” whoever photoshopped this tweet, others stated what was obvious: Ellen isn’t racist and is nothing but a big sweetheart towards pretty much everybody she meets.

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Then there are people who believe that because they disagree with something or someone disagrees with them, that they’re being persecuted.

Or that if a children’s movie wasn’t scripted the way they liked or focused on the characters’ they wanted, it’s automatically “problematic.”

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What do you think? Are these people just electing to find offense in things that aren’t even offensive all for the sake of virtue signalling? Or do they make some legitimate points?

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/30/1ah4kAS/outrage-culture-stop

The Hilarious Stories Behind 12 Iconic Meme Pictures

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Ever share a meme and then wonder who the person making the ridiculous face in the picture is? Do they enjoy being a meme or are they annoyed by it? And on that note, how did their picture become an internet phenomenon to begin with? It turns out every meme has a story. From the hilarious to the almost-tragic (Doge died?!), here’s a look back at how your fave memes were born.

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“Ermahgerd Gersberms” Girl

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Disaster Girl

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Doge

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Overly Attached Girlfriend

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Distracted Boyfriend

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Black guy on phone

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Gavin

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Bad Luck Brian

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White Guy Blinking

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Guy Tapping His Head

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Scumbag Steve

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Side-eyeing Chloe

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/30/hOg0L2E/story-behind-memes

Jackie Chan's Estranged Daughter Just Got Married — And No, He Wasn't Invited

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Jackie Chan’s youngest daughter, Etta Ng recently announced her wedding to Canadian influencer Andi Autumn on Instagram. After dating for two years and making headlines this past April for a YouTube clip in which they said they were left homeless due to “homophobic parents,” the couple tied the knot in Toronto before shipping off to Etta’s home city of Hong Kong.

Since their wedding, it seems things are looking up for Etta, 19 who posted that “there’s nothing greater than true love found” on Instagram. “Everyone deserves love and not until I felt love can I be sure that understanding, connecting, attention and love in the face of hate can heal the most depraved of hearts. Love always wins. Always,” she continued.

So, who is Etta Ng, this daughter of Jackie Chan’s we’ve never heard of?

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Self-proclaimed “androgynous neo-samurai” Etta has never had a relationship with her movie star father, Jackie Chan, 64. A lovechild of his and beauty queen Elaine Ng Yi Lei’s (occasionally credited as Elaine Wu), Etta has said the martial artist “is not my dad. I have no feelings for him. He is my biological father but he is not in my life” in an interview with Express back in 2015.

Newsweek reports that the movie star — who has a $350 million net worth, making him second only to Robert Downey Jr. in the ranks of highest paid male actors — has never given “a single cent” to his daughter, whom he conceived while married to his current wife, Joan Lin.

Etta’s relationship with her model mom is fraught as well, with the former claiming “abuse and cruelty,” per Newsweek. At the time of the YouTube video that propelled Etta into the public eye, Elaine told Asian media outlet Coconut that her daughter and Andishould go find work. They shouldn’t film a clip telling others they are broke and who Etta’s father is. People all over the world work hard and don’t rely on someone else’s fame to get money.” Ouch.

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When asked whether she maintains contact with her daughter, she told Coconut, “I don’t want to talk about it,” and Jackie Chan expressed a similar sentiment when he curtly stated “Sometimes it is better to not talk about certain things. Let nature take its course” to Express. Jeez!

It’s safe to say Etta’s parents weren’t invited to her wedding. And suddenly all the “We have been in the persuit [sic] of happiness the day we were born. Abused as children who never felt love, we have so much to give” captions Etta’s been posting alongside her pics with Andi make a lot more sense.

Dying for more cute couple pics? Here’s how to follow Etta Ng on Instagram.

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Kids these days! Between Instas, finstas, and other offshoot accounts, it’s hard to keep track of who is who on the platform anymore. 

Etta Ng has several Instagrams, but it appears that @ettazen is now her personal account (@stolenmilktea, where she amassed over 30k followers seems inactive) and @uchux2 is an account the couple keeps together, which Etta shares with 31-year-old wife @andiautumn.official.

Does Jackie Chan have other children?

If you’ve ever looked him up on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that the Rush Hour star’s official account only follows one person — actor-singer and low-key identical son, Jaycee. Born in America to Jackie’s wife Joan Lin, Jaycee has since returned to Asia and has made a name for himself through movies and records both in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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From the looks of Jaycee’s social media accounts, it seems safe to say he wasn’t present for his half-sister’s nuptials either, but we wonder if the siblings will ever run into each other in Etta’s new city of Hong Kong, which she describes as a “beautiful city full of life and passion.”

We wish a long and happy marriage to the newlyweds, Etta and Andi!

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/29/bMkTWhy/jackie-chan-daughter-wedding

4 Christmas Traditions That Should Honestly Be Canceled

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December is a special month in the year, pretty much exclusively because the first thing that comes to mind when you think of it is the holidays, and consequently, vacation. But along with the holidays come the strange cultural traditions we never question because we’ve been practicing them all our lives.

Like, how old were you when you learned about the German-American Christmas pickle? Or the Catalan yuletide tradition of Caga Tío, a log that poops treats for kids? 

Here are 4 traditions from around the world that will certainly leave you scratching your head.

1. The Christmas Pickle — U.S.

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For some Americans of German descent, particularly in the Midwest, the strange custom of hiding a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree has become a yearly tradition. Surprisingly, most actual Germans have never heard of this Weinachtsgurke “thing,” but it’s essentially a game whereby the first kid to find the pickle gets an extra present on Christmas morning.

Apparently, this game is much more challenging than it sounds because the pickle tends to blend in perfectly with the green of the tree. “One year I hid it so well that we didn’t find it until the following year when we were putting up the tree,” shares one woman on Twitter. 

Others say that in their families, it’s “an honor” to get to hide the pickle. Sorry, come again?

2. Skating to Mass — Venezuela

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Midnight mass is a tradition I personally think we’d all be better off skipping. Who wants to stay up late just to sit in silence and pray with their families when they could be eating a second serving of dessert while having a Christmas movie marathon?

But in Venezuela, people tend to go extra hard and proceed to Christmas mass on roller skates. The capital city of Caracas even blocks off several streets “to allow this unconventional commute to take place,” according to MSN.

To make matters even stranger, the night before Christmas, kids tie “one end of string to their big toe and hang the other out of the window” so that roller skaters can offer a “friendly tug” on their toes when they pass in the morning.

I wouldn’t mind seeing it on TV, but lying in bed getting my toes pulled is going to be a hard pass for me.

3. Caga Tío — Spain

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It’s a pleasure to explain the Catalan poop log to you because it’s one of those customs that’s so absurd, it blows the mind to realize it’s somehow withstood the test of time. Around parts of Spain, especially in Catalonia and Andorra, families buy a hollowed-out log with a face and legs around the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th), which they then fill with candy and treats every day until Christmas.

Once Christmas Eve or Christmas Day comes around, the whole family throws the log into a fire, while the kids of the family hit the log with sticks until it poops out their treats. 

Don’t worry, it gets weirder. The whole time the kids are beating the log, they sing songs to “encourage” it. Like, “Poo log, poo nougat, hazelnuts and cottage cheese, if you don’t poo well, I’ll hit you with a stick, poo log,” per Culture Trip.

Talk about being mean to trees 🙁

4. Santa Con — U.S.

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If I ever ran for political office, my platform would be to 1) abolish Daylight Saving Time 2) implement a four-day workweek and 3) get rid of the insanity that is Santa Con. 

Every year, major American cities host a (editor’s note: repulsive) bar crawl where participants dress up as Santa Claus, act like messes, and ruin public transportation for everybody else. 

Apparently, this tradition started as activist performance art seeking to make fun of the rampant consumerism associated with the Christmas holiday. But like most good things, when put in the hands of the American public, it devolved into the very thing it was aiming to mock: literally, excessive consumption.

Time to end this gross pub crawl once and for all. And while we’re at it, America, find a way to teach your kids to behave that doesn’t involve buying these kind-of-terrifying elves on shelves

Merry Christmas to everyone who’s not crazy enough to propagate these weird traditions!

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/29/7uP1y0S/what-does-the-pickle-on-the-christmas-tree-mean