11 silly things the internet has already debated in 2019


Silly, low-stakes fights are social media’s lifeblood — and, one could argue, the only way to get heated online without suffering an existential crisis. 

Because everyone is freaking out all the time, the internet has delivered some real doozies already this year. Did you ever think a human adult would cop to not washing their feet in the shower? In 2019, that happened. Did you ever anticipate that peeling chicken nuggets — yes, removing the breading from the chicken, then eating the two components separately — would become a subject of national conversation? It did. 

Here’s all the weird stuff we’ve been arguing about this year.

1. What’s the best way to draw an X?

There’s probably only one way to write the letter X, right? Wrong. There are eight, each more chaotic than the last. Of course, the one you choose speaks volumes about your personality. (If you are a three, I am afraid of you.)

2. Are “St. Louis-style” bagels a food crime?

On March 25, Alek Krautmann tweeted about his coworkers’ newfound love for “St. Louis-style” bagels, which are cut into thin slices like sandwich bread. This was deeply troubling to bagel purists, who can barely handle the idea of toasting a bagel, much less cutting one into little pieces like a common loaf of WonderBread. 

At least we got a good meme out of the whole thing.

3. Should you bite or lick your ice cream?

This debate was the runaway hit from a Twitter thread of “controversial questions.” Believe it or not, more than a few people admitted to biting the tops off their ice cream cones instead of licking them. These people, in our opinion, could get away with murder. They do not fear brain freeze and thus do not fear the law.

4. Which is the best toast?

Like the coffee graphic before it, the toast graphic got people talking about just how toasty one should toast their toast. Honestly, we can get behind most of these, but #1, #8, and #9 push the definition of “toast” in a way that we should not be messing with.

5. Does the person flying in the middle seat get both armrests?

Sports journalist Rich Eisen reinvigorated this well-worn debate with a Twitter poll in June. We took a stance then, and we’ll take the same one now: Since the window dweller gets the window and the aisle dweller gets easy bathroom access, the middle seat dweller should get one tiny perk, too. Give them the armrests! Also, flying sucks. 

6. What is the best way to put on a bra?

A 2015 BuzzFeed graphic enjoyed another moment in the sun when Twitter spent a full day discussing how to put on a bra. Turns out, there are two main camps in this debate — front-claspers and back-claspers — each neither side can fathom ever joining the other. Muscle memory is powerful.

7. Do you have to wash your legs in the shower?

It is wild that this was even an argument. The answer, of course, is yes. Please wash all your body parts in the shower.

8. Do you have to wash your feet in the shower?

This was an even darker question. For god’s sake, yes. 

9. How many towels should you own?

Ah, the great towel debate of February 2019. It all started when Twitter user @Advil posed a question to Twitter: How many towels should a normal couple own? Everyone had their own take, of course, but no take was spicier than reporter Yashar Ali’s: He suggested getting 10 bath sheets, 10 bath towels, 10 hand towels, and at least 20 washcloths. This advice overwhelmed a lot of people, but at least they learned about bath sheets, which are vastly superior to regular bath towels.

10. Is peeling chicken nuggets justifiable?

The sick art of nugget peeling went viral in late April, and it wasn’t long before the internet’s few proud nugget peelers came out of the woodwork. One of them was Mashable’s own Sage Anderson, who wrote, among other disturbing sentiments: “The smooth chicken patty is like a meat tortilla chip, perfect for dipping in sauce.” Save us from this hell.

11. If a baguette could move, how would it move?

This one’s just fun. Look at these yeasty little worms! There’s even a separate survey if you, for whatever reason, believe that a sentient baguette would remain rigid.

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