With rent prices going up about as quickly as unemployment rates, it has become a lot more difficult for young people to leave the nest and start building their independent lives and careers. That means that a lot of them choose to stay at home for as long as possible.
And, yes — the longer they stay with their parents, the more of a leach they become. But, at least this freeloader found a nice way to frame her current situation. We hope she’s not being a complete mooch and at least helping out a bit around the house…
Packed public transportation is hardly exclusive to London — we’ve got overcrowded buses and subway trains in just about every major city in the world. And they usually come with a whole bunch of grumpy people just trying to get somewhere on time without being trampled.
But, only in the English capital are people courteous enough to help out a person in need in such an intimate manner. Talk about getting up close and personal! Although, there’s probably nothing worse than being unable to skip a song you hate…
Oh, tourists… We love them because they bring a ton of money into our countries. But, we also kind of hate them for clogging the streets, making prices skyrocket, and asking really, really stupid questions that we have absolutely no energy to answer.
Especially, when the question is as inept as this one. A simple Google search or a cheap tourist guidebook would have cleared this silly confusion up in a second. And just a heads up for this tourist — Cambridge is about as far from London as Oxford is.
Ringing it Up
Understanding the intricacies of the adult world takes about a lifetime to fully figure out. So, it’s better to start that education early — especially when it comes to matters of the heart. And marriage is a particularly complicated topic.
This kid’s question definitely shows that they’re wise beyond their years. And we’re glad their mom gave them an honest, if a slightly cheeky, answer. But, really, we think every divorced person deserves a ring as compensation…
Bugger Off, Mate
Accents are an integral part of any language and culture, and we can tell a lot from the way someone talks, from their social status to their geographical birthplace. We especially love a good British accent (honestly, that’s probably half of Harry Style’s appeal).
But, an English accent has just one serious flaw — it always comes across as sarcastic! This means that, unless you know the person seriously well, you’ll never be able to tell if they’re sincere or not. So many mixed messages!
Oh, for Crying Out Loud!
Even in the greatest city on Earth (London, duh!), not every day is as wonderful as seeing a play on the West End. Some days just absolutely suck, no matter where you live. And all you can do is ride the Tube home and cry.
Weeping on public transportation is the perfect companion to London’s rainy days. But even in rare sunshine, sometimes, you just have to let all that city angst out before coming home. So, next time you’re having a terrible day, try it out. It’s good for you!
Gone to Waste
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of going on a date with someone new for the very first time. Agonizing over your outfit, applying the most expensive makeup you own, and feeling those little butterflies in your stomach are just part of the package.
But, all that effort can feel like a waste when the date ends up going terribly. Sadly, a lot of the time, you really do have to beautify yourself for a frog in the hopes that they might turn into royalty. Better luck next time.
Walk it Off
As the great bard (Shakespeare) wrote — all the world’s a stage. But, maybe not every location is quite as designed to be your own personal runway… even if you regularly practice your model walk and have perfected it.
And a train station platform is just about the worst place to practice your beauty strides, especially so close to the edge. But really, how else are you supposed to amuse yourself when you’re waiting for your train?
It’s a terrible feeling to realize that you might be late for a flight. Unlike the train or the bus, you really can’t just catch the next flight with ease. For many, it’s kind of a one-and-done deal…
But, that still doesn’t give anyone the right to think that their time crunch is more important than anyone else’s, especially when you’re all in the same boat. After that rude display, we kind of hope that man missed his plane.
|Working Hard or Hardly Working?
Many companies have had to adjust to a new working environment in recent years, with one of the toughest decisions being permitting employees to work from home. And most people have enjoyed the newfound freedom it has given them in regard to their personal lives.
But, with some people taking advantage of the situation like this, it’s kind of no wonder that companies have been insisting that workers come back to the office. Honestly, these lazy bums are ruining work-from-home for everyone else, and that’s just selfish!
The ultimate show of friendship is helping a mate move houses, especially when you know that professionals actually get paid to do all that heavy lifting while you’re bribed with pizza and a drink at most.
But, it looks like this person has figured out the perfect way to both be a considerate friend and save themselves — and their backs — some serious manual labor. We’ll have to remember this one the next time someone asks for our help with a move.
We all dream of being secretly introduced to a member of the royal family and having them fall madly in love with us, right? At least that’s one way to easily find fame and fortune without actually working too hard for it.
But, this girl is definitely living above her means in her current situation. We recommend putting her head down and working toward the fancy life she wants. Or, just become an Instagram influencer — they seem to be doing pretty well, right?
Priority seating, though it might annoy some people, is there for a very good reason — protecting those most vulnerable in our society is probably one of the best aspects of humanity. So, we always try to respect that and make sure to leave that seat open for those that need it.
Clearly, this guy wasn’t as willing to give up his seat. But, this sassy woman definitely put him in his place and gave back as good as she got. Her future kid is probably going to be the comeback champion.
We’d all love to look like those social media influencers with their perfect outfits and fancy homes. But remember, kids — the internet really isn’t real. In reality, just about everything we see online on Facebook and Instagram has been carefully curated to show only the best of everything.
However, it looks like this person somehow managed to make the impossible happen. They must have gone to a whole lot of trouble to make themselves present a picture-perfect look. And after all that effort, they definitely deserve this compliment.
Life is all about the little things. Just think of the wonder of sweet, everyday moments — babies, puppies and kittens, even bite-sized chocolate bonbons! So, we really don’t see why bigger things get so much more attention.
Also, we’d take a regular-sized burger and drink over a massive and impossible-to-hold American Quarter Pounder any day. Plus, we much prefer little finger food and small cucumber sandwiches. It’s all about how you use that size to your advantage. Bon-appetit!
Goalposts and Broomsticks
The boy wizard and his favorite sport is probably the most famous fake game around the world, and we get why. Who wouldn’t want to play catch 50 feet above the ground, while riding a wobbly broom at breakneck speeds, right?
Look, we’re pretty ashamed to admit that we probably know the rules of quidditch better than we do cricket. But, we’re pretty sure that, at the very least, cricket isn’t stupid enough to have one move be worth 150 points, right?
I’m the King of Oxford Circus!
The Tube at rush hour is a… unique experience. Honestly, we would recommend just skipping it altogether if you possibly could, but it’s pretty much impossible to fully avoid. But, if you’ve been there, you know how horribly crowded it gets.
So, while it might feel like the ship is about to sink, that’s not actually the case. Usually, we do appreciate this man’s attempt at gallantry — but as the woman pointed out, it really isn’t that necessary. Good effort, though, old chap.
We know it isn’t cool to use this word anymore (at least, according to Gen Zers on TikTok), but we have to say, adulting is freaking hard! We’d do almost anything to go back to the good old days of our childhood when all we had to worry about was homework and when we were gonna meet up with our friends.
Hmmm… maybe it wasn’t all that great. But, going back to the fairly carefree days of university? Now, that’s something we’d definitely be interested in! Who wouldn’t want to avoid the years of taxes, mortgage, and endless work by a few more years?
If there’s one stereotype about British people that has stood the test of time, it’s that they’re persistently, infuriatingly polite to everyone! And while five minutes in London is enough time to prove that this isn’t really the case with every Briton, some definitely are like that.
This man is a perfect example of an English gentleman — he even said “goodness!” With how perfectly British this man is, he should definitely be running the country. All hail the super polite King of the Britons!
In a city with such great public transportation infrastructure like London, it’s hard to think that you should ever spend a fortune on taking a cab somewhere. Sure — the privacy and specificity of the drop-off location can be appealing, but it’s also super expensive.
But, clearly, this person forgot that there’s a super convenient train line straight to Heathrow Airport. And that’ll definitely cost you less than a cab or a two-hour flight.
They can try hiding behind a fancy acronym, but we’ve all had that one high school acquaintance who has tried to sell you something through their multilevel marketing “company.” And honestly, with how insistent they can get, they absolutely feel like a cult member.
Triangle cult is definitely a much cuter way to describe these businesses, which might actually create a new problem, where people want to join just because it sounds so adorable. Now, hexagon schemes — those sound properly frightening!
Fashion, like any art form, is pretty subjective — beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. Of course, it does have trends that dictate the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of the current look, but those change all the time.
Still, young people trying to look edgy and grungy is always going to be timeless. Though, honestly, we’ll never understand putting holes in a piece of clothing on purpose (and yes, we’re well aware that we sound like our parents right now).
Try Saying “Worcestershire” Three Times
Despite so many places in the United States being named after locations in “Merry Old England,” many Americans have trouble pronouncing certain British words. That can be pretty surprising to those who believe that they speak the same language.
But, the truth is, American English and British English are two completely different languages (and we don’t care that they used to be the same thing!). Just listen to an Englishman and an American say “water” or “aluminum” — you can’t miss it!
Far From Home
Moving countries is a difficult process. But beyond all the bureaucracy involved and all the details you have to hammer out, emotionally, it can be really hard to leave your home. Even when you’re super excited at the prospect of a new adventure!
But, moving cities?! That’s definitely a lot easier! And Manchester is only a four-hour drive from London. Sure, there are some European capitals that are closer than that, but that still doesn’t make Manchester a different country (even though it might feel like it sometimes).
We Don’t Need No Education
Schools are meant to teach us all sorts of important things — like basic science, math (or maths, as the Brits call it), and what in the world do the blue curtains in that book signify?!
But, they might be missing a few valuable classes, like how to actually function as an adult. At least, this kid seems to have at least learned some valuable lessons, like how they don’t actually know anything really necessary.
Words of Wisdom
Do you know that feeling when you hear someone express something in such a perfect way that it turns your world completely upside down? Well, this overheard conversation definitely sounds to us like a wise fashion guru just whispered their great wisdom to us.
While some people definitely make shopping look like a competitive Olympic sport, for most of us, it’s still absolutely easier than actually doing real exercises. We’re not ashamed to admit we’re lazy — we’d take style over fitness every day of the week!
A Whole New World
Moving homes is no easy task, especially when you’re going somewhere with a completely different culture that you’re not used to. Making that change can absolutely be both exhilarating and frightening as you adjust to this new world.
But, although East London might feel like the other side of the world to some, it really isn’t. We have absolutely no sympathy for this new mover, but we do hope it opens their eyes a bit to how little they actually know about the world beyond the city.
Riding a train used to be such a luxury in which passengers were able to head to the dining car for a light aperitif, and had slick and rushed porters at their beck and call to take care of their every whim.
Obviously, though, that glamorous dream has remained far off in the past. Taking the train now mostly consists of pushing your way through the endless crowds of people, hoping you’d be able to catch your train and not get trampled in the process.
It’s Calais — Innit Bruv
For those of you who have never been to London, if you ever want to just pop over to France, you absolutely can! Just take the ferry across the English Channel to the French city of Calais and you’re all set for a Parisian day trip!
But, all those French words can be pretty difficult to pronounce for a born and bred Cockney Londoner, like this “Bruv” definitely is. One thing we can say for sure is that this dude is never gonna be able to pretend to be French. Innit?
Mirrors are so manipulative! Like did you know that many stores have special mirrors that have a certain angle to them to make you look more flattering so that you’d buy their clothes? And how many times did you think you looked perfect in the mirror?
But, once you actually left the house, you found out you resemble a hag more than a style queen? This commuter definitely knows what we’re talking about! Look Quasimodo in the Disney movie is cute and all, but we’d still rather look like Beyoncé.
Some Assembly Required
Did you know that there’s actually a phenomenon called the IKEA effect? It’s a psychological term that means that apparently, people value things that they had a hand in creating/building (or assembling, like an IKEA piece) a lot more than stuff that they just buy.
Though, that still doesn’t really explain how or why so many people agreed to come to this woman’s “IKEA party!” We guess they just all really love assembling the real-world version of a jigsaw puzzle…
A teen’s day isn’t complete without at least a few selfies and a couple of scenic shots — especially when you’re walking around a city as beautiful as London. Those teens just have to share every moment of their life with all their followers and fans.
This dad is pretty spot on with his sarcastic comeback. Or, maybe we’ve just become jaded adults like he is. Though we do have to wonder, when you look into the “void” for so long, does it start looking back?
Man’s Best Wingman
People can get pretty obsessive about their favorite little fluffy pets. But though cats might be the undeniable royalty of the internet, in the Instagram corner of the World Wide Web, it kind of seems like dogs reign supreme.
This person is absolutely a fool for not supporting the idea of adding another doggy Instagram account! With the world being as complicated as it is right now, we could all use some more puppies on our social media feeds, don’t you think?
While we don’t completely understand what a Patronus in the Harry Potter universe is exactly, we think it might be something somewhere between a spirit animal and a guardian angel. Did we get that about right?
In any case, we think Pheobe Waller-Bridge will make an excellent magical companion as we try to navigate attempting to be a semi-functional adult. Because, honestly, we bet that would make the whole thing so much easier — or at least, funnier.
Out of Commission
Have you ever tried to take the Tube after a night of serious partying? Because if you haven’t, let us tell you — it’s not pleasant! All that rocking back and forth on the tracks, and the abrupt stop and start at every station isn’t exactly friendly to a rolling stomach….
We definitely think this lady made the right call — while she might be carrying a precious little forming bundle, nobody really wants to know what’s in the tummy of the party-pooped commuter. Just trust us on that one.
Ah, the good old days — the racism, the misogyny, the illiteracy… Okay, so quite a few things that were pretty terrible in the past. But, at least according to this overheard conversation, some things might have been better.
While it was certainly a money saver for dating women when the automatic assumption was that the men paid, we’d still rather kind of have the freedom to vote and actually earn our own money. Like in the good new days!
The popular phrase claims that you need “pics or it didn’t happen,” right? And when it comes to weddings in the age of social media, nothing’s better than uploading all those perfectly curated photos to Instagram with that personalized hashtag so all your friends can easily enjoy them with you.
So, this scorned ex-friend of the wedding party basically figured out the perfect plan to get back at their impolite nemeses — just flood their feed with frogs! Why frogs? Who cares! We just wish we could have seen the ensuing chaos!
Dating is hard — you have to go through nearly endless rounds of trial and error both in real life and online through apps, only to get your hopes up and have your heart broken over and over. So, it can get pretty difficult to keep up your confidence.
That’s why it’s always better to have a hype friend that will remind you of how awesome, cool, and desirable you really are. And this friend has clearly done an excellent job of that! Although, we still do think that some Adele songs can definitely boost your confidence.
We’d all like a bit more money in our bank account for all those extra little self-pampering expenses — like getting a snack you like, or ya know, that super pricy designer luxury handbag… Okay, that might not be the best idea.
And it’s an especially stupid spending decision when you don’t even have money charged on your Oyster Card (London’s version of a transportation pass, like the MetroCard). Though this must have been super embarrassing, we can’t help but laugh at it.
London is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world filled with tons of interesting museums, beautiful galleries, vibrant markets, and countless theaters. So, why do so many visitors insist on visiting a chocolate tourist-trap shop?!
If our date thought it was a romantic idea to go to M&M World, we would drop them in a heartbeat and go enjoy all the other attractions, and we absolutely think this person should do the same!
Don’t get us wrong — we love window-shopping IRL, but nothing beats the absolute convenience of ordering things online and getting them delivered straight to your doorstep. And thankfully, more and more places have added delivery to their services in recent years!
But, we absolutely agree with this guy — once you’re out of the house, you better take advantage of it and get as much done as possible, because that’s not gonna happen again any time soon!
Honor Among Thieves
Any city-dweller knows that one of the risks of living in a highly urban area is the danger that at any point, your belongings could be sneakily stolen. But, there’s no harm in being reminded of that fact every now and again.
In any case, honesty is the best policy, right? Or maybe, this clearly professional pickpocket was offended and felt he simply had to defend the honor of his occupation. Either way, he’s definitely not the sharpest thief at the station…
There’s nothing quite like going on public transportation at peak rush hour and instantly becoming intimately familiar with your fellow commuters as you’re all squished together to form a mass of moving people. Okay, it’s pretty horrible!
And this American is absolutely right. While we’re glad that chickens don’t have to go through that terrible experience, it’s also a bit disheartening to know that a clucking chicken might have more rights than we do!
Change of Scenery
Obviously, we love London. From awesome and worldly takeaway to endless interesting locations, it’s got just about anything you could ever want from a city. But, even we need a bit of a break from it every once in a while!
It’s a good thing Paris is just a few hours away. Who wouldn’t want to exchange scones for a crisp baguette, or fish and chips for escargot for a little while?! While we wouldn’t want to give up The Beatles forever, we’d be happy to enjoy Edith Piaff for a few days every now and again.
Doing the Math
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers is probably the most famous Scottish song of all time, and for good reason! It’s incredibly catchy and feel-good, while also being pretty dang romantic to boot. We love singing along with it!
But, from this Londoner’s question, it seems they have no trouble resisting the urge to belt it out — otherwise, they would have definitely known how many miles were walked. After all, the singer only repeats that line about 500 times in the song.