12 Fun Novelty Twitter Accounts You Should Follow

Bored with your Twitter feed? Freshen it up with some follows. We have a few suggestions...

1. NYT MINUS CONTEXT

As its name suggests, NYT Minus Context takes lines from New York Times articles and presents them sans context. The results are weird, wonderful, and very often funny.

2. SIR MICHAEL

Michael writes absurd advertisements, posts them in public places, and takes pictures for his Sir Michael Twitter feed. Michael’s entire feed is funny, but if you want to see all his posters, check them out here.

3. COLORSCHEMER

The feed colorschemer is a bot that automatically generates random combinations of colors, then posts a photo of them. As you might imagine, the results are a mixed bag: Some are great; others, not so much. (The description admits that the bot isn’t very good at it “because I'm a robot with no sense of style.”) 

4. EVERY COLOR

If colorschemer is too complicated—or too hard on the eyes—Every Color is a bot that Tweets a new color every hour, with its hex code. That’s all. The account has more than 63,000 followers.

5. 50 NERDS OF GREY

50 Nerds of Grey crosses 50 Shades of Grey with stereotypical nerdery. The result is a ever-renewing supply of jokes and puns that are only dirty in your mind.

6. DAD JOKE HAN SOLO

When Han Solo became a dad, he began to spout dad jokes, the same way all men do when they find their young child will laugh at anything. The problem is that they never stop, even when you're grown and no longer find them as funny as you once did. Dad Joke Han Solo delivers Star Wars puns both clever and lame.

7. EMO KYLO REN

Kylo Ren may be the new bad guy in the Star Wars saga, but he’s also immature and wears his feelings on his sleeve. The Twitter feed Emo Kylo Ren makes that very evident. He's a sensitive soul who writes poetry and only trashes his surroundings occasionally. There’s a running joke about how no one can spell his chosen name correctly.

8. TOUGH LOVE LEIA

Leia has her own account in this universe. Tough Love Leia is the voice of reason, but she sees the absurdity among the other characters. Through her account, we learn that Ben (a.k.a. Kylo Ren) is an avid Harry Potter fan, a fact that embarrasses him. Moms are like that.

9. VERY LONELY LUKE

Luke is still part of the family, but is separated from the others. They only keep in touch via his Twitter account, Very Lonely Luke. It would be depressing if it weren't so funny.

The above four Twitter accounts communicate with each other often.

10. MANWHOHASITALL

A Twitter feed by manwhohasitall poses the question, “Can men ever really ‘have it all’?” Ha! It’s a Twitter account that takes things that women hear all the time—sexist remarks, pandering magazine headlines, and nasty internet comments—and turns them around to be about men. It appears to be partly machine-generated, with “man” and “Dad” replacing “woman” and “Mom,” for example, with some human input to make it even more absurd. Read it for advice to men on getting all that stuff done, and looking good doing it. Then treat yourself to some “me time,” if you have any left.

11. YOU ARE DOG NOW

Have you ever wanted to be a dog? What dog would you be? You might find out by submitting a picture to the Twitter account You Are Dog Now. The person or persons behind it will go to great lengths to find a dog image that matches your appearance, expression, position, location, accessories, and whatever else it takes to make you a dog.

12. TWITAA_BOT

TwitAA_bot is a Japanese feed you don’t have to read to enjoy (although you can toggle a translation). Each post has ASCII art of cats or bears or other images; the dancing cats in the tweet above are labeled Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

See also: 8 Decidedly Different Twitter Feeds and 12 Strange and Different Twitter Feeds

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Attention Business Travelers: These Are the Countries With the Fastest Internet
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Whether you travel for business or pleasure, high-speed internet seems like a necessity when you’re trying to connect with colleagues or loved ones back home. Of course, the quality of that connection largely depends on what part of the world you’re in—and if you want the best internet on earth, you’ll have to head to Asia.

Singapore might be smaller than New York City, but it has the fastest internet of any country, Travel + Leisure reports. The city-state received the highest rating from the World Broadband Speed League, an annual ranking conducted by UK analyst Cable. For the report, Cable tracked broadband speeds in 200 countries over several 12-month periods to get an average.

Three Scandinavian countries—Sweden, Denmark, and Norway—followed closely behind Singapore. And while the U.S. has the fastest broadband in North America, it comes in 20th place for internet speed globally, falling behind Asian territories like Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, as well as European countries like Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Spain. On the bright side, though, the U.S. is up one place from last year’s ranking.

In the case of Singapore, the country’s small size works to its advantage. As a financial hub in Asia, it depends heavily on its digital infrastructure, and as a result, “there is economic necessity, coupled with the relative ease of delivering high-speed connections across a small area,” Cable notes in its report. Within Singapore, 82 percent of residents have internet access.

Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, on the other hand, have all focused on FTTP (Fiber to the Premises) connections, and this has boosted internet speeds.

Overall, global broadband speeds are rising, and they improved by 23 percent from 2017 to 2018. However, much of this progress is seen in countries that are already developed, while underdeveloped countries still lag far behind.

“Europe, the United States, and thriving economic centers in the Asia-Pacific region (Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) are leading the world when it comes to the provision of fast, reliable broadband, which suggests a relationship between available bandwidth and economic health,” Dan Howdle, Cable’s consumer telecoms analyst, said in a statement. “Those countries leading the world should be congratulated, but we should also be conscious of those that are being left further and further behind."

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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Don’t Fall For This Trick Used by Hotel Booking Sites
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Hotel booking sites can be useful tools when comparing prices, locations, and amenities, but some services use deceptive tactics to get you to click “book.”

A new report spotted by Travel + Leisure determined that those “one room left” alerts you sometimes see while perusing hotels can’t always be trusted. Led by the UK-based Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the eight-month investigation concluded that many sites use “pressure selling” to create a false sense of urgency in hopes that customers will book a room more quickly than usual. Similar notices about how many people are looking at a particular room or how long a deal will last are some of the other tactics travel booking websites employed.

The CMA also found that some discount claims had either expired or weren’t relevant to the customer’s search criteria, and hidden fees—like the much-maligned "resort fees"—are sometimes tacked on at the end of the booking process. (To be fair, many hotels are also guilty of this practice.)

The report didn’t drop any company names, but the consumer agency said it warned the sites that legal action would be taken if their concerns weren't addressed. The companies could be breaking consumer protection law, the CMA notes.

“Booking sites can make it so much easier to choose your holiday, but only if people are able to trust them,” Andrea Coscelli, the CMA's chief executive, said in a statement. “Holidaymakers must feel sure they’re getting the deal they expected … It’s also important that no one feels pressured by misleading statements into making a booking.”

Still, booking sites remain a convenient option, so if you decide to use one, just take your time and be cognizant that some of the claims you're seeing may not be entirely truthful.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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