A Guide to Children’s Culture for Adults Out of Touch With Reality: What Is Misiveria?

This week’s offbeat guide is a medley of trendlets, memes and terrible ideas. Young people teach each other dubious facts about geography, “cleanse” their intestines with sea laxatives, and buy 46-person lifeboats from strangers via Facebook. We leave the world in good hands.

Is Miziveria a real state?

This week, kids on the Internet have been fascinated by Misiveria. In case you forgot your geography lessons, Misiveria is located next to the Missouri, along the Mississippi River. It was the 38th state admitted to the union and its main exports are coal and corn. Misiveria has something for everyone, whether you prefer the urban lifestyle of Gunter City, home of the Gunter City Bisons basketball team, or the slow pace of small towns like Skittle.

Fun fact about Misiveria : Misiveria has more lawyers per capita than any other state.

Because this is the internet, there are some weird conspiracy theorists out there claiming that Miziveria is not a real state . But if Misiveria isn’t real, how can it have a subreddit for its residents ? How can he have a national website , a flag and a national anthem ? Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Misiveria, and he is real. One of the most decisive battles of the Civil War, the Battle of the Gorge , took place on Mysiberian soil, and of course you’re not saying there was no Civil War, right? For more interesting information on Misiveria, visit TikTok @jiddlez – he seems to be a constant expert on the internet as of now.

BeReal is getting so popular that everyone hates it

Social media platform BeReal is having a moment. He became so popular that now everyone hates him. The platform prank — sharing candid, naked, spontaneous photos taken at random times — isn’t everyone’s favorite way to connect with their online buddies. “I don’t want to be real” memes are getting more and more popular as users report things they would rather do than be real, like work from home or #DrinkWine&Listen until Midnight.

There’s definitely something recursive and annoying about people being performatively sincere online, especially since people seem to be hard at work creating epic BeReal posts that are as fake as the most fake snapshot ever. We all know that if everyone’s BeReal were actually real, it would be filled with images of you looking at BeReal images.

Salt water flushing is TikTok’s latest bad idea

It may be inevitable on a platform with a billion users, but TikTok never runs out of bad ideas. The unwanted activity this week is called a salt water flush. It works like this: you mix a couple of tablespoons of non-ionized salt (usually Himalayan pink salt if you like) with a liter or so of warm water. Then you drink and wait, and quickly discover why they say never drink sea water.

Over 14 million people have checked out the hashtag , whose proponents promise that drinking salt water every morning will make you lose a ton of weight, cleanse your colon, and rid your gut of “bad bacteria” or whatever.

As you probably guessed, it’s all nonsense. Drinking a strong laxative to induce diarrhea will certainly cleanse your colon, but it also quickly dehydrates you and can cause nausea, weakness, and vomiting. There is simply no reason to regularly flush the colon or anything. Plus, all those TikTokers will be doing something similar when they’re old enough for a colonoscopy.

Smile.jpg is trending but don’t look at it

We’re fast approaching Halloween, but this doesn’t feel like it. I don’t know about you, but I’m noticing a distinct lack of Halloween-related cultural activity in the air. Maybe we collectively decided that the grinding horror of everyday life was enough without thinking about draculas and Freddy Kruegers every five seconds. But there is also Smile Dog.

A scary story was born on Reddit’s “Creepy Pasta” forum , when user balazse54 told a “true” story about a haunted image called “smile.jpg” or “smile.dog”. The image shows “a dog-like creature… lit by a camera flash” that “sits in a dark room, with the only visible detail in the background being a human hand reaching out from the darkness on the left side of the frame.” Frame.”

According to the story, once you see smile.dog, you will never stop seeing him, whether you are awake or asleep.

The story was published six years ago, but it has an eerie power that makes it captivate people. Videos with the smile.dog hashtag have gained over 180 million views on TikTok, with users adding to stories or posting creepy videos of their encounters with the dire beast . Oh, and some people use the tag to post photos of real smiling dogs .

Viral Video of the Week: I bought a 64 person ENCLOSED LIFEBOAT on the Facebook marketplace!!

There’s a cool sub-genre of YouTube videos where people buy ridiculous things to display, such as abandoned houses , personal submarines , military tanks , and $5 million worth of Pokémon cards . In this week’s viral video, YouTuber AYO Fishing buys a 64-person lifeboat from Facebook Marketplace .

The lifeboat started out as a lifeboat on an offshore oil rig and is bigger than my house. That’s cool enough, but the reason I love this video is because of the relationship that develops between buyer and seller. I’m a city dweller to the core, but it’s nice to live off people who lead a very different lifestyle, a life where fishing is really important, everything moves slowly and in the end you can buy a huge lifeboat from an 80 year old cowboy who until still flies his own plane and conjures at traffic lights while driving. I can’t wait for future videos where we can actually see the lifeboat in the water!

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