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Trump Tweets ‘Happy President’s Day’ And Gets Dragged By Twitter Users

On Monday morning, Donald Trump tweeted “Happy President’s Day,” and ― surprise! ― a lot of Twitter users elected to turn his punctuation into fodder for jokes.

Please take note of the apostrophe before the “s” in Trump’s tweet below, which implies that the day belongs to just one president.

HAPPY PRESIDENT’S DAY!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2020

Many Twitter users assumed Trump was celebrating himself, given his brand of unbridledegotism.

The apostrophe misplacement really does say it all. https://t.co/dSN2YCqgO9

— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 17, 2020

Apostrophes matter pic.twitter.com/YdPldAnNpF

— Jackie Gontarek (@jackiegontarek) February 17, 2020

The White House has never set in stone the correct spelling for the holiday, so it’s possible Trump just made a typo — or was thinking of George Washington, whose birthday is observed on the third Monday of February — but some found it a little hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Apostrophes are stubborn.
President’s – singular possessive
Presidents’ – plural possessive.

There’s no benefit of the doubt of ignorance of rule of possessive nouns. After-all, he’s the man who wants to be King.

Perhaps he’s wishing George Washington a Happy Birthday Day. https://t.co/V8ZGqrLMWh

— Darlene McDonald (@VoteDarlene) February 17, 2020

Others took issue with Trump’s use of the word “happy.”

It’s a day for HAPPY presidents, not miserable, angry, deranged, crooked ones. https://t.co/OpPmLitIf9

— Greg Olear (@gregolear) February 17, 2020

Some people had quibbles about which presidents get celebrated on the day.

I think today is only for presidents who haven’t been impeached… https://t.co/sP8LaWwaft

— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) February 17, 2020

But one person hoped the president’s holiday tweet was a sign of good things to come:

You’re resigning?!!? Fantastic, a happy president’s day indeed!

— sdm1177 (@sdm1177) February 17, 2020

I Was At The Centre Of The Hong Kong Protests. This Is How It Changed My Life

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I had barely woken up on 30 August 2019, when I opened the door of my room to find five police officers standing there, instead of my parents. 

Why were they there? The Hong Kong Police Force were accusing me of protesting without their given permission, and inciting others to join at a time when mass pro-democracy protests were sweeping Hong Kong. The movement in 2019 started against a controversial extradition bill – now suspended – which would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. 

 

Until 1997, Hong Kong was ruled by Britain as a colony but then returned to China. Under the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement, we are meant to be independent from China in all internal affairs. Our preserved rights, which are not enjoyed in mainland China, include freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. These values make Hong Kong a special home for many people like me. 

It was exhilarating to help make such a change at a young age. But we were motivated by our futures, and not only by fears of China

Over the years, growing up in Hong Kong, I have felt that our unique values and freedoms have come under threat, by attempts to integrate Hongkongers into China. It is highly stressful living with the thought that we may, and most likely will, become fully part of China – which is why I joined the fight for our rights to be preserved in Hong Kong.

The first time I became aware of China’s interference in Hong Kong was at the age of 15, when I saw a Facebook post showing young people demanding change – during a time when the Hong Kong government was planning to introduce ‘moral and national education’ in 2012. To me this, sounded like Chinese brainwashing and a corruption of our education system. After all, if an authoritarian regime wants to control a place, the first thing they do is control the city’s education system. 

So I joined a student group, Scholarism, where I met Joshua Wong, another activist my age and a prominent pro-democracy voice. As a group, following demonstrations, we managed to overturn the government’s plans. It was exhilarating to help make such a change at a young age. But we were motivated by our futures, and not only by fears of China.  We want to live in Hong Kong for the next 30 years, 50 years, 70 years – but with at least the same rights as we have, if not more.

Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, right, and Agnes Chow speak to media outside a district court in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail Friday after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities denied permission for a major march in what appears to be a harder line on this summer's protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

So, in 2014, we realised that we Hongkongers had fell short of true democracy. This started off the Umbrella Movement, a 79-day occupation of several Hong Kong neighbourhoods, which my friends and I took part in eagerly. How were we to have a say in our future, without democracy? The government responded by gradually limiting our political rights more and more.

Along with Nathan Law, Joshua and I founded the political group Demosisto. Believing Hong Kong’s future should not be decided by the Beijing government, but by us, I tried to stand as a candidate in the Legislative Council elections in 2018, but I was banned from even standing. In the past pro-independence parties has been banned but now it appeared that our party had been too outspoken in even demanding democracy – another sign of the increasing limitations on our political rights. I was frustrated for our generation, because it meant that many like me were not allowed to have a voice in deciding our common future in Hong Kong. 

After many attempts at taking the official route to demanding universal suffrage, Hongkongers realised we weren’t being listened to by our own government and China. Some two million citizens from all walks of life took to the streets. Eventually, we forced the extradition bill to be suspended. 

Democracy, to me, is like air. We don’t really realise how important it is but, once there is no air, we struggle for it.

 

This was a massive success for the protest movement, of course – but we have a long way to go. We still have demands: that our protests not to be characterised as “riots” (which could see protestors jailed for up to ten years); amnesty for arrested protesters; an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality, and finally the implementation of complete universal suffrage. We are not only fighting against the Hong Kong government and police, we are also opposing to the authoritarian regime of the Chinese Communist Party controls the Hong Kong government. Democracy, to me, is like air. We don’t really realise how important it is but, once there is no air, we struggle for it.

Hong Kong experienced a lot in 2019, and now too in 2020. One way or another we’re going to face more suppression and more violence from the Chinese authorities and the Hong Kong government.  But we Hong Kongers won’t give up the fights for the values we cherish so much. Sometimes, like all of us, I feel very scared. But I certainly can’t give up. This is the only thing I know. 

Agnes Chow is a student and pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong. Follow her on Twitter at @chowtingagnes. Agnes features in Channel 4′s Dispatches: The Battle for Hong Kong.

How To Wash Your Hands Properly Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak

Hand-washing is one of the key ways to protect against coronavirus and other winter bugs – but chances are, you’re not doing it for long enough. 

Experts don’t fully know how the latest type of coronavirus spreads, but based on other coronaviruses, it’s believed to be via droplets in the air. If you touch a surface where these droplets have landed, you’ll get a virus on your hands – quite literally.

 

And hand-washing, or at the very least using hand sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available, is key to getting rid of these unfriendly germs.

Coronavirus aside, knowing how to wash your hands properly is important for everyday life. Public Health England (PHE) previously warned that faecal contamination, which can cause gastrointestinal infections, has been found on a wide variety of surfaces including bank notes, kitchen taps and mobile phones.

You should be washing your hands after going to the toilet or changing a nappy, before preparing and eating food, after handling raw meat, after touching animals, and after using public transport.

So, how do you wash your hands properly?

Because yes, there’s an art to it. 

The NHS says we should wash our hands with warm water and soap for as long as it takes to sing the song ‘Happy Birthday’, twice. That’s about 20 seconds, if you’d rather count.

First up, wet your hands with warm water, then apply enough soap to cover all of your hands (three pumps should do the trick).

Next, rub your hands together swiftly ensuring you clean the back of each hand with the palm of the other hand, and paying attention to getting soap between the fingers.

Rub your palms together and clean in between your fingers again. Make sure you clean each of your thumbs, too. Then rub the tips of your fingers on your palms, almost like you’re lightly scratching each palm with the other hand, and rinse. 

Dry your hands completely. If you used a paper towel to dry them, use the towel to turn off the tap (if it’s not an automatic one), and throw the towel in the bin.

Lastly, make sure you use hand cream at least once every day – possibly even more if you struggle with dry skin.

Meghan Markle’s September Issue Set 2 Crazy Records For British Vogue

Meghan Markle is setting style records. 

Last year, the Duchess of Sussex guest-edited British Vogue’s iconic September issue ― becoming the first guest editor in the magazine’s 103-year history. The issue’s theme was “Forces For Change” and featured 15 women on the cover, including Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more.  

British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful revealed last week that Meghan’s issue set two major records for the publication: It became the fastest selling issue in the history of the magazine and also the “biggest-selling issue of the past decade.”

“I’m thrilled to report that newsstand sales of @BritishVogue are up in the second half of 2019, but the real highlight for me is the performance of our September 2019 issue,” Enninful wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.

″#ForcesForChange, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal, was our fastest-selling issue in the history of #BritishVogue ( sold out in 10 days) and the biggest-selling issue of the past decade,” he added.

In honor of the issue’s success, Enninful posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Meghan at his home, talking about the poignant issue and the women featured in it. The video was also shared on the SussexRoyal Instagram account. 

In the video, the two talk about how their collaboration came to be and why it was important that anyone who read the magazine issue “should be able to see themself in it,” the duchess said. For that very reason, the cover included a blank space ―  meant to represent a mirror ― next to the 15 women featured on the front. 

During the 2½-minute clip, Meghan breaks out celebratory party hats for her and Enninful, whom she calls “E,” before they call some of the women featured on the cover. Many of them were surprised to hear the duchess on the phone and thanked her for her work.

“Meghan, I’m so proud of you for using your amazing platform and your strong voice, and I’m so honored to be a part of it with all those other amazing women,” Jane Fonda can be heard saying over the phone. “Thank you so much for including me.”

When the news of Meghan’s role as guest editor broke, the duchess said in a statement on her SussexRoyal Instagram page that it was “rewarding, educational and inspiring” to work on the issue.

“To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created,” Meghan said at the time. “A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover.”

People Are Having A Viral Debate About This Guy’s Behaviour On A First Date

“You must remember this: A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh…” But can we get an edit on that “Casablanca” soundtrack classic that makes it clear that two cake pops are meant to be shared, dammit?!

On Friday, romance novelist Alisha Rai tweeted about a very disappointing date she’d been on the day before. Cake pops figured prominently in her story.

“Yesterday I met a guy for coffee and he asked what I’d like to drink and went and fetched the order,” she wrote. “And he came back with two cake pops and I was like aw that’s cute! and then he ate them both. in front of me. ………….so like he’s clearly a monster right” 

yesterday I met a guy for coffee and he asked what I’d like to drink and went and fetched the order. And he came back with two cake pops and I was like aw that’s cute! and then he ate them both. in front of me.

………….so like he’s clearly a monster right

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 15, 2020

More than 350,000 people favorited Rai’s tweet, seemingly confirming the dude’s monster status. But a day after the date, Rai was still thinking of the guy:

it’s a whole day (almost twenty four hours) later and I am still marveling over this man who is on a date and buys two whole cake pops—which is equal to the number of people on this date—and doesnt offer a single cake pop. to said date.

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 15, 2020

i never want to feel that way again.

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 15, 2020

One fun, depressing little detail made the story even better/worse:

I should add they were Valentine’s cake pops with little hearts on them 🥺

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 15, 2020

Naturally, a Twitter debate ensued on this Important Issue Of The Day: Was this cake pop-hoarding man a veritable monster, as Rai suggested? Or should she have just gotten her own damn cake pop?

People in the “he’s a monster” camp were firm in their conviction: 

That’s the type of monster who wouldn’t share a floating door when the Titanic stinks. Cut him loose.

— Lillie (@lillie_80) February 15, 2020

Every day I wake up.
And I’m like, “surely men have run out of ways to be trash, right? There are no more ways.”

One scroll later, and I see shit like this.

— Benjamin Young Savage (ᐱᓐᒋᐱᓐ) (@benjancewicz) February 15, 2020

This guy gave you an instant snapshot of what marriage to him would be like.

— Karen Stivali (@karenstivali) February 15, 2020

Others read the anecdote and thought, “Really? What’s the problem here?” 

 

The whole debate seems very strange to me. Am I the only person who simply orders what she wants without expecting someone else to cater for me? I would never expect someone else’s dessert 😳

— cornelia grey (@corneliagrey) February 15, 2020

Yall sound entitled to something you could just as easily go up and pay for yourself

— Easy (@easyainteasy) February 15, 2020

Meanwhile, one guy was so stumped by the story, he concocted an alternative reading of it: 

I may be wrong, but given the valentines hearts, I’m going for ‘comedy genius’ over ‘monster’.

— Graham Thompson (@GT270913) February 16, 2020

Eventually, a still cake pop-less Rai responded to her critics. (Also jeez, am I the only one who really, really wants a cake pop now?) 

If you’re a part of Humorless Twitter and have decided to spend days berating me for being (clearly the world’s least ambitious) gold digger, you may not like my books. Or really anything, I imagine. I’m sorry. 😔

— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) February 16, 2020

Who knew cake pops could be so polarising? Given the strong opinions on both sides here, we figured we’d ask dating coaches and etiquette experts what they thought of this guy’s behavior. 

“Honestly, I thought it was rude,” said Marni Kinrys, a dating coach and host of the “Ask Women” podcast. “I’m all for female independence and girl power but this was a date, not a Me Too rally.”

Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert and author of “Modern Etiquette for a Better Life,” said double-fisting cake pops would be rude in pretty much any scenario, not just a first date. 

“Whether it was a date or just a friend and you have offered to buy them something to drink, you would also at least offer to share,” she said. “It’s common courtesy.”

Kim Seltzer, a dating coach in Los Angeles and the host of Charisma Quotient podcast, said she’d need to know more about the date before she could label cake pop guy a cake pop monster. 

“It’s not really about ‘sides’ but about knowing the bigger picture,” she said. “Did he get her the coffee he asked about? What was her response and what was communication like in that moment?”

The guy is clearly lacking in social grace, though, Seltzer said. 

“The proper etiquette here is to ask if your date would care for a bite to eat if you are eating as well,” she said. “The sad part for the guy is that he would have totally won her over had he surprised her with that cake pop!”

Indeed. This could have been Rai and her date…

His and hers... but not for the guy in this story. 

…but someone needed two whole cake pops.

 

 
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