Which Snapchat filters do you actually want to see?
While the doggy ears are amping up to become a modern classic in the science of carefully orchestrated selfies, Snapchat has taught us that the possibilities for morphing your face are truly endless. This app has more up its sleeve, so why is the cat filter not permanent like the dog filter? (It’s clearly a dig at cat people.) How long do we have to wait get one that translates your Snapchat rant into French? How long until we can become the Pokemon we’re trying to catch on Pokemon Go? Gotta be them all.
Speaking of Pokemon GO, is the game old news?
Some dude in Brooklyn is claiming to have already caught them all, and his name’s not Gary Oak. So is it time to shelve that for a while and focus on the future? You can argue that the most exciting things coming this fall are Pokemon Sun & Moon set in the Aloha state, hyped even further by Pokemon GO's punch right in the nostalgia. Have you seen those new starters? Popplio is an adorable seal. If you haven't been in the loop, it's 1) time to invite your one friend that definitely still plays all the new releases out for happy hour to get you caught up so you can 2) rekindle the age old debate. Water, grass, or fire? (Water is the most logical answer, don't kid yourselves).
Slovenia's “DRAGON EGGS” are hatching
Science is insane. Okay, so they're not like, FIRE-breathing dragons, but Olms are aquatic salamanders that were once thought to be baby dragons and immortal, but IRL live for oh, about 100 years. These wriggly guys lay eggs only maybe a couple of times a decade and now in Slovenia, those suckers are hatching in the wild! It's a curious critter, and way more interesting than political animals.
Which is the best throwback game in the mini NES Classic Edition?
With 30 pre-loaded games on this miniature version of the original console, it's not a question of if you'll be getting it, it's a question of ranking. Who can resist the pull of the opening notes of the Super Mario Bros. 2 load screen? Or is Zelda your bag? Maybe you're lamenting the exclusion of Duck Hunt (we kind of are. It was a package deal with Super Mario Bros!). Maybe you had a weird hope that Mother 3 would be on there because we all want that even though it wasn't for the original NES and Mother 3 still taunts us with only unofficial English fan translations. Bare all those intense NES feelings over drinks.
Should you talk about celebrity drama or not?
On the one hand, that’s what they want. But on the other hand, talking about whether you should or shouldn’t talk about it is a pretty good way to talk about it -- there’s a level of self awareness there that puts you in control of the situation. While the dragging of Taylor Swift on Snapchat by Kim Kardashian (and the subsequent very public dancing on the bedazzled grave of her good-girl victim facade) is a very juicy, very in-season piece of gossip-fruit to snack on, it’s also very low-hanging fruit. Should we as a society be talking about how inspired it was watching her shiny it-girl squad getting their perfectly sculpted behinds handed to them one by one when attempting to defend her, or how easy it is to bet that her relationship with the internet’s boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston, is totally a publicity stunt? It’s time to hash it out.