Ever since the invention of social media, there have been plenty of people who've vocalized that the death of actual social interactions is imminent.
It might seem like hyperbole, but I can't tell how many times I've gone to a restaurant or a family event and seen kids on an iPad for hours, and throw absolute tantrums when you pull them away from their tablets. Heck when I'm by myself, if I were to count the number of times I reach for my cell phone in an hour, it's probably well over a hundred.
And although Facebook is in a world of trouble right now for culling user data, that doesn't mean that all social networks are designed to get you away from interacting with people in real life.
One such application, Nextdoor, is focused on getting neighbors to interact with each other more often.
Gone are the days when everyone in their neighborhood knew each other's names and personal business, and it looks like Nextdoor's intention is to bring that '50s, old-school vibe of being concerned about your local community and the people in it with their social network.
Site usage is growing steadily, which is great news for the company, and also great news for anyone who likes the read the petty, weird, and absolutely hilarious things that some users have to say about their neighbors. Because, after all, social networks are comprised of people and people have proven time and again that our capacity for the bizarre is near infinite. Something that the @bestofnextdoor Twitter account is exploiting to the fullest by simply putting up screenshots from actual user posts in the app.
That's right, this neighbor is complaining of their daughter's Tinder date stealing the family cat.
Then there are examples of people taking their neighborhood watch duties a little too seriously when they tried to catch an Amazon package thief.
The app even provides bouts of romantic drama with not-so-passive-aggressive messages for everyone in the community to see.
For this next post, I completely know where they're coming from. For some reason my next door neighbor has decided to get a rooster and some chickens. Every morning I'm woken up by the sound of a bird screeching. In other news, I find getting up for morning cardio much easier now.
Some neighbors really misuse the features. Like turning their desire to get an old chair out of their house into a neighborhood "emergency."
And some people who should really keep certain messages to themselves.
Some of the posts are more epic than others. Like this infamous "Seahawks Cannon" post that culminated in a library fist fight.
It just kept escalating and escalating.
They really wanted this guy to stop blowing his air horn whenever the Seahawks win.
7/ "I don't think that's the main sentiment around here Norman"— Best of Nextdoor (@bestofnextdoor) December 8, 2017
"Does anyone know who the idiot is who does the cannon on Seahawks days?"
8/ "I took off down the street in bare feet to confront this guy... Asked if he could please stop "blowing s&$+ up"— Best of Nextdoor (@bestofnextdoor) December 8, 2017
"Might be time for good old fashion neighborhood justice."
I think that's a good place to stop for tonight.
To be continued... #nextdoorbrawl 😋 pic.twitter.com/Jxn57wibR3
The guy just didn't want his dogs to be traumatized.
If there's anything that's more representative of the neighborhood mundane, it's this thread.
They started doing detective work to narrow down the perps.
Things looked like they'd take a constructive turn.
22/ "Let me assure everyone that the Triangle Pub does not own or operate a cannon or any other percussive device. Although, the owner does sometime have an explosive laugh."— Best of Nextdoor (@bestofnextdoor) December 8, 2017
P.S. My source tells me Dan got banned so his comments were deleted. You can use your imagination 🌀 pic.twitter.com/9afuWqndZV
Name calling ensues.
People just had enough at a certain point.
Then, the nastiness sunk in.
Then, the talk of "immigrants."
All of that build up that ultimately just ended up in a massive brawl in the library. Arrests were made.
31/ After the reconciliation meeting at the library turned into a brawl with multiple arrests and two visits from the cops...— Best of Nextdoor (@bestofnextdoor) December 8, 2017
"Well, that was a mess"
All this drama is probably the best advertising Nextdoor could've ever hoped for, to be honest.
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.