I hated watching Friends growing up namely because it seemed like a bunch of privileged nonsense to me and my family at the time.
I had zero interest in the relationships between a bunch of characters who, on the surface, didn't do anything cool. All they did was hang out in a lame coffee shop and have zero clue how to commit in a relationship.
Plus, why would I want to watch that garbage when I could see quality entertainment like this on a regular basis?
There's no bazooka in Friends, is there??
So when the show came to Netflix and my wife put it on TV for months, I, by proxy, learned the entire plot of the show, and I have to say, I was floored by just how awful some of the characters were.
Which is why I'm so happy someone started a Twitter thread that shares some of the craziest things I noticed after watching Friends so late in life.
I am about to start Friends on Netflix for the first time ever, feel like I'm the only person in the world that hasn't watched it— Hannah (@HannahJMaguire) January 4, 2018
The styles definitely seemed a bit...much.
The shoes are definitely terrible, but yes, the styles they were rocking made them seem way too put together for a bunch of losers trying to figure their lives out in NYC.
But back to the important observations, of which there are many. Turns out Blake, Big Ron, and I were haunted by the same thing.
Watching FRIENDS on Netflix and I have questions: 1) was there no room in the wardrobe budget to purchase bras? 2) how cold were those sets?— Blake Northcott™ ⭐️ (@BlakeNorthcott) October 31, 2017
Watching Friends on Netflix and it’s basically just nipples— Big Ron Bentham OBE (@UncleRBenson) January 9, 2018
My thoughts exactly.
Watching Friends for the first time ever. Like Chandler and Rachel, Hate Ross, Joey creeps me out, Phoebe's fun in a scary way. And why does everyone mock Monica for trying to keep a clean, organized home?— Ellen Natalie (@EllenNatalie87) January 7, 2018
Ross is just the worst.
Watching through Friends for the first time. Ross is a monster. What is Rachel seeing in him— Bee Wakefield (@Bee_Wakefield) January 5, 2018
I'm watching Friends all the way through for the first time and Ross is an absolute ass. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE HIM?— Becky 🐾 (@Blupye) January 4, 2018
Seriously, people just hate him.
Watching Friends for the first time n all I can say is that Ross is an absolute turnip— ❣ Annie ❣ (@justmagica_l) January 6, 2018
They even hated the forced relationship between him and Rachel.
I'm watching friends for the first time and for fucks sake can we just end the Ross/Rachel thing either way? Even when he's getting married to someone else we gotta do it?— Etruscan she-wolf (@chingchongcw) January 3, 2018
As far as the "break" debate goes, this guy is convinced that there is no debate.
watching Friends for the first time and Ross and Rachel were def on a break. I don’t know why people argue it was obviously a break— Clay Ingold (@ClayIngold) October 30, 2017
But the dramatic surprises of the show still hold up, decades later.
Others were surprised at how they main characters were a bunch of lightweights.
There’s an episode of Friends where a group of 26 year olds are shocked that they drank 5 bottles of wine between 7 people over an entire evening and honestly that’s way more unrealistic than the massive apartment thing.— Rebecca Manning Reid (@RebeccaCNReid) January 9, 2018
Others couldn't believe how heartless everyone was towards Phoebe.
Another observation from watching Friends through for the first time. Why do none of the friends try to help Phoebe through her grief and with her childhood traumas? It's like they don't care. Poor Phoebe.— Bee Wakefield (@Bee_Wakefield) January 6, 2018
While people picked up that there are certain jokes that could be told back in the '90s that definitely wouldn't fly on TV today.
Frankly, I'm just surprised that more people don't talk about Brad Pitt and Sean Penn's cameos in the show.
When I had my first drink, I didn't have much of a frame of reference, but I knew that a drink order says a lot about a person. So I chose wisely and just imitated whoever I thought was cool when I was growing up. And there's no one cooler than Clint Eastwood in any Western, ever.
So I ordered myself a whiskey. Neat. I didn't enjoy it. I didn't like the flavor. But I stuck with that drink every time I went out with my friends. I tried different types of whiskey and settled on Jameson. Why? Image. It was all image.
Although I don't really drink that much anymore, when I do, I let my best friend either make my drink or at least decide what I should be sippin' on (he's an amazing bartender), because I clearly have no idea what I'm doing. And he's probably doing me a solid by making me look like I'm somewhat cultured in front of other bartenders. Because, as I've learned in this AskReddit post, there are stereotypes associated with particular drinks and they can get pretty judgmental.
There are plenty of ways to troll a sleeping friend while on a road trip. My personal favorite is parking the car in front of a light pole or a wall, flashing your lights, and having everyone in the car at the same time scream their heads off as if you're all about to die.
That's one way to wake them up.
But Eria found a different approach to trolling her boyfriend, Scott, that had a much longer effect: she enlisted the help of the I'm Telling God Facebook group in roasting him mercilessly for his soporific ways. As a result, the 'Sleepy Scott' meme was born.
If you were like pretty much everyone in the world, you were probably let down by the fact that Croatia didn't have their storybook ending in taking home first place in the 2018 World Cup. Sure, France had an amazing team and all that, and the contest's youngest MVP player, Mbappé, even donated all of his winnings from the tournament to charity—so I guess it's hard to be too upset with the competition's end result.
And even though everyone played their hearts out (except Egypt, I mean, they went again Saudi Arabia and the results were just embarrassing), there was a clear winner this World Cup and it actually wasn't even any of the teams. S
ure there's a first, second, and third place result, but all of those accomplishments pale in comparison to the wonderful memes that sprung up as a result of this glorious tournament.
More than a few were thanks to Brazil's Neymar.
I grew up in a marginally superstitious family who brought some beliefs and hocus-pocus superstitions from the old country. I couldn't make too much noise late at night for fear of attracting a "jinn." I couldn't point at cemeteries or stare into a mirror for too long or my face would become deformed, and heaven help me if I was ever mean to or disobeyed my parents or grandparents, because then I'd be looking at a cursed life that would ruin me until the day that I died.
But the idea of "back luck" or stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, or stealing a black cat's macchiato isn't something that my family really bought into. Sure, we believed in supernatural stuff and the idea that karma gets back around to mess with you or your kids, but "bad luck"?
No honey, it isn't luck that's ruining your life, it's an unseen species of metaphysical monsters that exist in a different plane we know little about—but they are mentioned in the Quran, so be careful!
There are phenomena so unfortunate that simply looking at images of them will cause the same bad luck to befall you. So on this Friday the 13th, gaze upon these pictures with extreme caution.