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Cat comes to the rescue and unlocks door for its owner stuck outside

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Breaking news: A cat made itself useful. No, really! 

When student Gabby Tropea found herself  accidentally locked out of her house, she decided to try the back sliding door. Unfortunately, that turned out to be locked, too. This is where Boco, her cat comes in.

The rear door was locked with a wooden bar, which needed to be removed. Tropea managed to trick Boko into clawing at the bar by tapping on the glass, and eventually, Boko managed to unlock the sliding door.

Luckily, Tropea captured the majestic unlocking. It’s not everyday that we get to see cats being cute and helpful. Read more…

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The curse of the Twitter reply guy

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This piece is part of an ongoing series exploring what it means to be a woman on the internet. 


On Twitter, a place where a lot of bad things happen, there’s a mostly harmless but decidedly annoying phenomenon. A lot of people, mostly women, have noticed that one or two men always, no matter what, reply to their tweets. 

These men are colloquially known as “reply guys.” While no reply guy is the same — each reply guy is annoying in his own way — there are a few common qualities to watch out for. In general, reply guys tend to have few followers. Their responses are overly familiar, as if they know the person they’re targeting, though they usually don’t. They also tend to reply to only women; the most prolific reply guys fill the role for dozens of women trying to tweet in peace.  Read more…

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Crush Twitter proves that sometimes subtweets can be good

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An Ode to… is a weekly column where we share the stuff we’re really into in hopes that you’ll be really into it, too.


Twitter is the very definition of “too many cooks in the kitchen,” but breaking the platform down into sections and focusing on your own specific interests makes it significantly more bearable.

People who are passionate about government issues, for example, can follow Politics Twitter. Those looking to promote their businesses in a cheesy fashion can engage with Brand Twitter. And rom-com obsessed hopeless romantics like myself, who aren’t afraid to share their hearts on their timelines, have Crush Twitter.  Read more…

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