What is and isn’t cool changes frequently . . . and that transition usually happens once people’s parents find out what’s cool and try to get in on it.
There’s a discussion on Reddit right now where people are talking about things that USED to be cool but just aren’t anymore. Here are eight of the best answers . . .
- Pushing people into swimming pools. Now that we all have electronics in our pockets, the prank becomes an expensive disaster.
- Shirts and posters that use the “Keep Calm” phrase, like “Keep Calm and Eat Nachos” or “Keep Calm and Do the Harlem Shake” or whatever.
- Using text language, like the letter “u” instead of the word “you.” No one texts like that anymore.
- Wearing those silicone wristbands for different causes.
- Wearing a backpack with just one strap. Using both straps is okay again.
- Smoking cigarettes.
No matter how much “greener” we get, driving around in an environmentally-friendly clown car just isn’t the path to getting laid.
J.D. Power just released the results of an annual study where people rated car brands by their appeal. In other words, how COOL they are. And the Smart Car came in dead last.
The winner for the coolest car is the Porsche, for the 12th year in a row. It’s also the most expensive brand in the study, since they didn’t include things like Lamborghinis or Bentleys.
The 10 coolest brands are: Porsche . . . BMW . . . Jaguar . . . Mercedes . . . Land Rover . . . Lexus . . . Lincoln . . . Audi . . . Volvo . . . and Cadillac.
And the 10 most uncool brands are: Smart . . . Fiat . . . Jeep . . . Mitsubishi . . . Chrysler . . . Scion . . . Mazda . . . Nissan . . . Dodge . . . and Subaru.
Children Trick-or-treating — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
If you’re letting your kids go trick-or-treating with friends this year, here are three free smartphone apps to help keep them safe. They’ll have to have a phone with them, but a lot of kids have their own phone anyway now.
And even if you’re going trick-or-treating with them, you might want them in case you get separated . . .
- Family Locator. It uses the GPS on their phone to show exactly where they are in real time. You just log in on your phone, and it pulls up a map. Or if they need you, they can press an S.O.S. button that sends you their location.
- Red Panic Button. It’s basically like the S.O.S. button, but simpler so it’s good for little kids. All they have to do is push a big red button, and it automatically sends you a text with a link to a map that shows where they are. And you can put multiple people on the contact list, so more than one person gets it.
- Life360. Again, you can see where they are on a map in real time, and they can message you if there’s a problem. But the cool part is you can also set boundary limits. So you get an alert if they go too far away, or cross a street they’re not supposed to.
Here’s a cool website that’s only like 85% depressing. You enter your salary, and it shows you how many hours you have to work to afford five things: A burger, shoes, a TV, a new car, and a home.
It also compares your salary in real time to people in other jobs . . . from construction workers and teachers, to CEOs, surgeons, and OPRAH.
You can check it out by Googling “salaries in real time.” It was created by a website called Retale.com . . . spelled R-E-T-A-L-E. Because misspellings are super cool.
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