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Anonymous said: Congrats on 500! LBD x NMTD crossover ... Lydia Bennet's response to the happenings at Hero's Birthday (or at least what the whole fandom is assuming went down there)

aeternamente:

Lydia started watching Bea and Hero because they reminded her of Jane and Lizzie. Maybe last year she would have said they reminded her of Jane and Lizzie without the pesky little sister, but she’s getting past that now.

She’s seen enough of Ben’s channel to get her really worried about Hero’s upcoming birthday party. It was shaping up to be Bing’s birthday all over again and Hero’s gleeful anticipation was making it all even worse—but what could she do here on the other side of the world with no real connection to these people?

She stayed up late into the night and early into the morning following Bea’s live tweets and Hero’s live instagrams…

…until they stopped.

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Five sentence fic No. 11 out of 100
500 sentences for 500 followers

Let’s be real, Lydia would probably challenge itsnotliketherearehillshere for presidency of the Hero Duke Defense Squad.  

"So, uh, just to decapitate, we have your permission?"

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Dogberry in “Investigating Leo” (via ramannoodles20)

Dogberry’s malapropisms are my favorite. Also, I just looked up “malapropism” to make sure I had the right word, and it turns out they’re also called “Dogberryisms.” Bless.

(p.s.: I think this would be a fantastic topic for an allthingslinguistic post… just saying…)

Malapropisms are actually also named after a character in a play, Mrs. Malaprop from the 1775 play The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.  I played Mrs. Malaprop in my high school drama class complete with massive side panniers and flirtatious fan tricks and it was A BLAST. 

da-finker:

genderific:

comingtoconclusions:

anthroguard:

jen-kollic:

thejollity:

jen-kollic:

hobopoppins:

manaphy:

wow I didn’t know fuckin chocolate eggs were gendered

OKAY LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE FUCKING PINK EGGS.
I work at a concession stand in an ice rink. We sell a bunch of chocolate bars and snacks and shit including Kinder Surprise eggs.
So one day this woman comes up to the counter with her two little kids, a girl who’s probably about 6 or 7 and a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. The mom asks what they want, the little girl points at the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if she wanted the white or the pink egg. She said pink. The little boy pointed to the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if he wanted the white or the pink egg. He said pink. HOLY SHIT IT WAS LIKE I OPENED THE GATES OF HELL. The mom absolutely FLIPPED and was like “YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PINK EGG IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS. YOU CAN GET THE WHITE ONE OR NOTHING AT ALL”. The little boy looked at his mom and said “But I want the same as ______ (whatever the sister’s name was)”. The mom completely ignored him and turned to me and gave me a death glare. “He can have the white egg.”
I had to give a little boy a white egg when he wanted the pink so that he could be the same as his big sister and he started crying. The mom just reiterated that the pink egg was for girls and told him that boys don’t cry.
And this is why we shouldn’t gender fucking chocolate eggs.

This is actually a relatively new thing, originally Kinder Eggs were all white like the ones on the left. I don’t know at what point they decided to make ‘girl’s’ Kinder Eggs, but I do not like it.

Holy shit do not even get me started on how moms constantly police their sons’ masculinity. I’ve seen mothers do it WAY more often than fathers.
I used to work at a bakery that specialized in creating custom cakes. We had this feature where we could print out any image off the computer and put it on a cake (with rice paper). One day this lady comes in and asks for an image we had of the baby Sesame Street characters. They’re all together with cake and confetti, and she asks, “Oh, well since it’s a boy, can you please change all of the little pink confettis into blue confetti? I mean, he’s a boy, you know.”
Confetti.
The fucking confetti.
It barely covered 5% of the image.
Another instance was when a lady asked me for an image of four superheroes to put on her son’s cake because her son was turning four. She admitted to not knowing any superheroes, so I offered the most obvious choice—The Fantastic Four. I pulled up a picture of them and she goes, “Oh no no, we can’t have that. Let’s do another one.” Confused, I pulled up a Justice League one with Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. Again, she said no. I asked her if she needed anything specific (she didn’t know superheroes, why was she so picky?), and she just said, “Oh, it’s just that he’s a boy, you know? We can’t have a girl superhero on his cake.”
I nearly lost my shit. I did temporarily lose my customer service face and ask why, women have been superheroes all the time, Wonder Woman is iconic, etc etc and she was like, “It’s just that my son has been playing with Barbie dolls lately and I really don’t want him to end up… well, you know.”
This shit has got to stop. When you teach boys that certain things are only for girls, you’re limiting them and you’re teaching them that girls or “girly things” are bad. If you want gender equality as an adult, you better make DAMN sure that you’re teaching the same thing to your kids.

So this woman did not want her son to turn out ‘you know’ and her plan for that was to get him a cake with spandex-clad manly men AND ONLY MEN on it? I don’t think she thought that one through too well…

That last point tho…it’s a good point

I work at a McDonald’s. Don’t get me started on the meltdowns I’ve seen over happy meal toys.

But I thought the pink Kinder eggs were special for Easter because pink is an Easter colour?  Do they sell them regularly now?  wtf?? 

The pink eggs have a chance of having a Barbie toy in them. There were blue ones sold for a while that had a chance of having a Hot Wheels toy in them. I’m not sure if the blue ones are still around. Anyway, so the point of the color was that it indicated the “special” eggs and which brand of “special” toy you might get, and yes, had unfortunate gendered implications. (source: worked in a grocery store for 3 years)

Ah, thanks!  It actually does make more sense as a branding strategy for Mattel than as “we just randomly decided to start gendering these chocolates / toys after however many decades of not gendering them because we’re ridiculous people”.  

da-finker:

genderific:

comingtoconclusions:

anthroguard:

jen-kollic:

thejollity:

jen-kollic:

hobopoppins:

manaphy:

wow I didn’t know fuckin chocolate eggs were gendered

OKAY LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE FUCKING PINK EGGS.

I work at a concession stand in an ice rink. We sell a bunch of chocolate bars and snacks and shit including Kinder Surprise eggs.

So one day this woman comes up to the counter with her two little kids, a girl who’s probably about 6 or 7 and a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. The mom asks what they want, the little girl points at the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if she wanted the white or the pink egg. She said pink. The little boy pointed to the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if he wanted the white or the pink egg. He said pink. HOLY SHIT IT WAS LIKE I OPENED THE GATES OF HELL. The mom absolutely FLIPPED and was like “YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PINK EGG IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS. YOU CAN GET THE WHITE ONE OR NOTHING AT ALL”. The little boy looked at his mom and said “But I want the same as ______ (whatever the sister’s name was)”. The mom completely ignored him and turned to me and gave me a death glare. “He can have the white egg.”

I had to give a little boy a white egg when he wanted the pink so that he could be the same as his big sister and he started crying. The mom just reiterated that the pink egg was for girls and told him that boys don’t cry.

And this is why we shouldn’t gender fucking chocolate eggs.

This is actually a relatively new thing, originally Kinder Eggs were all white like the ones on the left. I don’t know at what point they decided to make ‘girl’s’ Kinder Eggs, but I do not like it.

Holy shit do not even get me started on how moms constantly police their sons’ masculinity. I’ve seen mothers do it WAY more often than fathers.

I used to work at a bakery that specialized in creating custom cakes. We had this feature where we could print out any image off the computer and put it on a cake (with rice paper). One day this lady comes in and asks for an image we had of the baby Sesame Street characters. They’re all together with cake and confetti, and she asks, “Oh, well since it’s a boy, can you please change all of the little pink confettis into blue confetti? I mean, he’s a boy, you know.”

Confetti.

The fucking confetti.

It barely covered 5% of the image.

Another instance was when a lady asked me for an image of four superheroes to put on her son’s cake because her son was turning four. She admitted to not knowing any superheroes, so I offered the most obvious choice—The Fantastic Four. I pulled up a picture of them and she goes, “Oh no no, we can’t have that. Let’s do another one.” Confused, I pulled up a Justice League one with Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. Again, she said no. I asked her if she needed anything specific (she didn’t know superheroes, why was she so picky?), and she just said, “Oh, it’s just that he’s a boy, you know? We can’t have a girl superhero on his cake.”

I nearly lost my shit. I did temporarily lose my customer service face and ask why, women have been superheroes all the time, Wonder Woman is iconic, etc etc and she was like, “It’s just that my son has been playing with Barbie dolls lately and I really don’t want him to end up… well, you know.”

This shit has got to stop. When you teach boys that certain things are only for girls, you’re limiting them and you’re teaching them that girls or “girly things” are bad. If you want gender equality as an adult, you better make DAMN sure that you’re teaching the same thing to your kids.

So this woman did not want her son to turn out ‘you know’ and her plan for that was to get him a cake with spandex-clad manly men AND ONLY MEN on it? I don’t think she thought that one through too well…

That last point tho…it’s a good point

I work at a McDonald’s. Don’t get me started on the meltdowns I’ve seen over happy meal toys.

But I thought the pink Kinder eggs were special for Easter because pink is an Easter colour?  Do they sell them regularly now?  wtf?? 

The pink eggs have a chance of having a Barbie toy in them. There were blue ones sold for a while that had a chance of having a Hot Wheels toy in them. I’m not sure if the blue ones are still around. Anyway, so the point of the color was that it indicated the “special” eggs and which brand of “special” toy you might get, and yes, had unfortunate gendered implications. (source: worked in a grocery store for 3 years)

Ah, thanks!  It actually does make more sense as a branding strategy for Mattel than as “we just randomly decided to start gendering these chocolates / toys after however many decades of not gendering them because we’re ridiculous people”.  

comingtoconclusions:

anthroguard:

jen-kollic:

thejollity:

jen-kollic:

hobopoppins:

manaphy:

wow I didn’t know fuckin chocolate eggs were gendered

OKAY LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE FUCKING PINK EGGS.
I work at a concession stand in an ice rink. We sell a bunch of chocolate bars and snacks and shit including Kinder Surprise eggs.
So one day this woman comes up to the counter with her two little kids, a girl who’s probably about 6 or 7 and a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. The mom asks what they want, the little girl points at the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if she wanted the white or the pink egg. She said pink. The little boy pointed to the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if he wanted the white or the pink egg. He said pink. HOLY SHIT IT WAS LIKE I OPENED THE GATES OF HELL. The mom absolutely FLIPPED and was like “YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PINK EGG IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS. YOU CAN GET THE WHITE ONE OR NOTHING AT ALL”. The little boy looked at his mom and said “But I want the same as ______ (whatever the sister’s name was)”. The mom completely ignored him and turned to me and gave me a death glare. “He can have the white egg.”
I had to give a little boy a white egg when he wanted the pink so that he could be the same as his big sister and he started crying. The mom just reiterated that the pink egg was for girls and told him that boys don’t cry.
And this is why we shouldn’t gender fucking chocolate eggs.

This is actually a relatively new thing, originally Kinder Eggs were all white like the ones on the left. I don’t know at what point they decided to make ‘girl’s’ Kinder Eggs, but I do not like it.

Holy shit do not even get me started on how moms constantly police their sons’ masculinity. I’ve seen mothers do it WAY more often than fathers.
I used to work at a bakery that specialized in creating custom cakes. We had this feature where we could print out any image off the computer and put it on a cake (with rice paper). One day this lady comes in and asks for an image we had of the baby Sesame Street characters. They’re all together with cake and confetti, and she asks, “Oh, well since it’s a boy, can you please change all of the little pink confettis into blue confetti? I mean, he’s a boy, you know.”
Confetti.
The fucking confetti.
It barely covered 5% of the image.
Another instance was when a lady asked me for an image of four superheroes to put on her son’s cake because her son was turning four. She admitted to not knowing any superheroes, so I offered the most obvious choice—The Fantastic Four. I pulled up a picture of them and she goes, “Oh no no, we can’t have that. Let’s do another one.” Confused, I pulled up a Justice League one with Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. Again, she said no. I asked her if she needed anything specific (she didn’t know superheroes, why was she so picky?), and she just said, “Oh, it’s just that he’s a boy, you know? We can’t have a girl superhero on his cake.”
I nearly lost my shit. I did temporarily lose my customer service face and ask why, women have been superheroes all the time, Wonder Woman is iconic, etc etc and she was like, “It’s just that my son has been playing with Barbie dolls lately and I really don’t want him to end up… well, you know.”
This shit has got to stop. When you teach boys that certain things are only for girls, you’re limiting them and you’re teaching them that girls or “girly things” are bad. If you want gender equality as an adult, you better make DAMN sure that you’re teaching the same thing to your kids.

So this woman did not want her son to turn out ‘you know’ and her plan for that was to get him a cake with spandex-clad manly men AND ONLY MEN on it? I don’t think she thought that one through too well…

That last point tho…it’s a good point

I work at a McDonald’s. Don’t get me started on the meltdowns I’ve seen over happy meal toys.

But I thought the pink Kinder eggs were special for Easter because pink is an Easter colour?  Do they sell them regularly now?  wtf?? 

comingtoconclusions:

anthroguard:

jen-kollic:

thejollity:

jen-kollic:

hobopoppins:

manaphy:

wow I didn’t know fuckin chocolate eggs were gendered

OKAY LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE FUCKING PINK EGGS.

I work at a concession stand in an ice rink. We sell a bunch of chocolate bars and snacks and shit including Kinder Surprise eggs.

So one day this woman comes up to the counter with her two little kids, a girl who’s probably about 6 or 7 and a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. The mom asks what they want, the little girl points at the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if she wanted the white or the pink egg. She said pink. The little boy pointed to the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if he wanted the white or the pink egg. He said pink. HOLY SHIT IT WAS LIKE I OPENED THE GATES OF HELL. The mom absolutely FLIPPED and was like “YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PINK EGG IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS. YOU CAN GET THE WHITE ONE OR NOTHING AT ALL”. The little boy looked at his mom and said “But I want the same as ______ (whatever the sister’s name was)”. The mom completely ignored him and turned to me and gave me a death glare. “He can have the white egg.”

I had to give a little boy a white egg when he wanted the pink so that he could be the same as his big sister and he started crying. The mom just reiterated that the pink egg was for girls and told him that boys don’t cry.

And this is why we shouldn’t gender fucking chocolate eggs.

This is actually a relatively new thing, originally Kinder Eggs were all white like the ones on the left. I don’t know at what point they decided to make ‘girl’s’ Kinder Eggs, but I do not like it.

Holy shit do not even get me started on how moms constantly police their sons’ masculinity. I’ve seen mothers do it WAY more often than fathers.

I used to work at a bakery that specialized in creating custom cakes. We had this feature where we could print out any image off the computer and put it on a cake (with rice paper). One day this lady comes in and asks for an image we had of the baby Sesame Street characters. They’re all together with cake and confetti, and she asks, “Oh, well since it’s a boy, can you please change all of the little pink confettis into blue confetti? I mean, he’s a boy, you know.”

Confetti.

The fucking confetti.

It barely covered 5% of the image.

Another instance was when a lady asked me for an image of four superheroes to put on her son’s cake because her son was turning four. She admitted to not knowing any superheroes, so I offered the most obvious choice—The Fantastic Four. I pulled up a picture of them and she goes, “Oh no no, we can’t have that. Let’s do another one.” Confused, I pulled up a Justice League one with Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. Again, she said no. I asked her if she needed anything specific (she didn’t know superheroes, why was she so picky?), and she just said, “Oh, it’s just that he’s a boy, you know? We can’t have a girl superhero on his cake.”

I nearly lost my shit. I did temporarily lose my customer service face and ask why, women have been superheroes all the time, Wonder Woman is iconic, etc etc and she was like, “It’s just that my son has been playing with Barbie dolls lately and I really don’t want him to end up… well, you know.”

This shit has got to stop. When you teach boys that certain things are only for girls, you’re limiting them and you’re teaching them that girls or “girly things” are bad. If you want gender equality as an adult, you better make DAMN sure that you’re teaching the same thing to your kids.

So this woman did not want her son to turn out ‘you know’ and her plan for that was to get him a cake with spandex-clad manly men AND ONLY MEN on it? I don’t think she thought that one through too well…

That last point tho…it’s a good point

I work at a McDonald’s. Don’t get me started on the meltdowns I’ve seen over happy meal toys.

But I thought the pink Kinder eggs were special for Easter because pink is an Easter colour?  Do they sell them regularly now?  wtf?? 

lalondes:

American vs. Australian coverage of Ferguson.

Not going to talk too much about this bc I work in an environment where I am surrounded by national & international newspapers, regular news updates in my inbox, and giant TVs showing 24/7 news channels so I’m pretty exhausted of news by the end of the day.  
But yeah.  Generally the international perspective on this issue has been quite negative.  Some news sources are more giving police the benefit of the doubt, it’s true (though perhaps a cultural thing regarding local attitudes towards police?), and the headlines from countries that already don’t like the US government much are probably the most critical, but overall international coverage is like “WTF USA GET YOUR RACIST ASS IN GEAR AND STOP GIVING YOUR POLICE OFFICERS TANKS”
Also, journalists don’t like it when they hear you’ve been mistreating other journalists, and journalists have a lot of control over what the world thinks of your actions, so… yeah.  

lalondes:

American vs. Australian coverage of Ferguson.

Not going to talk too much about this bc I work in an environment where I am surrounded by national & international newspapers, regular news updates in my inbox, and giant TVs showing 24/7 news channels so I’m pretty exhausted of news by the end of the day.  

But yeah.  Generally the international perspective on this issue has been quite negative.  Some news sources are more giving police the benefit of the doubt, it’s true (though perhaps a cultural thing regarding local attitudes towards police?), and the headlines from countries that already don’t like the US government much are probably the most critical, but overall international coverage is like “WTF USA GET YOUR RACIST ASS IN GEAR AND STOP GIVING YOUR POLICE OFFICERS TANKS”

Also, journalists don’t like it when they hear you’ve been mistreating other journalists, and journalists have a lot of control over what the world thinks of your actions, so… yeah.  

genderific said: DISTRACTION: DId you know that Timbuktu is a real place? (now known as Tombouctou) Back circa the 1300s it had a reputation as the Athens of sub-Saharan Africa and stories of Timbuktu a far-off, potentially mythical centre of learning, trade, and culture reached Europeans via Moorish trade routes through Morocco. By the time the Moors were expelled from Spain, most Europeans believed Timbuktu was fictional.

stpauligirl:

rosieramblings:

I did NOT know this.  This is very interesting.  Thank you very much for sharing!!   I’ll have to read up on this more…

genderific, can you just post random facts all the time, for everyone?

Well now that I know how much you guys like them I will endeavour to do so!

Get ready for Generation Z

robinvenetia:

inkingideas:

Interesting article. And for once not the whole “WE’RE DOOMED. TECHNOLOGY IS HERE TO RUIN US” spiel. 

So you know, that’s nice.

””“my”“” generation apparently is like. driven. um.

lol Macleans.  

"Gen Z are going to actually be PRODUCTIVE and MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE unlike those lazy Gen Y assholes, like what the hell babies of the 1980s, why do you even exist you drains on society." 

12 of the cutest new arrivals at zoos around the world
flammentanz:

Christopher Plummer as Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” (1961)

flammentanz:

Christopher Plummer as Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” (1961)

iwannagiveyousomethingbetter:

If you don’t like musicals, you should remember that Cosette, Miranda Priestley, James Bond, Leonard’s mom, Dr. Erik Selvig, Howard Stark, Molly Weasley and Mr. Darcy sing Abba songs in Greece.

This movie deserves to be seen if only for Colin Firth’s hips in the closing credits.

iwannagiveyousomethingbetter:

If you don’t like musicals, you should remember that Cosette, Miranda Priestley, James Bond, Leonard’s mom, Dr. Erik Selvig, Howard Stark, Molly Weasley and Mr. Darcy sing Abba songs in Greece.

This movie deserves to be seen if only for Colin Firth’s hips in the closing credits.