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Green Room - Week 20 - Weekend Edition

What has surprised me over the last couple of months is how popular dabbin' seems to be with suburban white middle school kids. Almost every photo we take these days has a dab and non-dab version to it. ;)

I mention this because I was aware of the dab and a little bit of where it came from, so I wasn't *that* surprised to see it start happening in my every day life. Well, I was... but it does make sense. If the elbow goes up to show your confidence, who needs to be making a show of confidence more than middle school students?

There was one cultural phenomenon though that completely blindsided me yesterday, to the point that I had to look it up to see if it was a really a thing or just one person. It's nothing that has appeared in my own life, other than in a discussion of "stuff that happens".

Funeral selfies.

I looked it up. It's a thing. It's actually (apparently) fairly common among a section of the population. I'd never heard of it. Which made me wonder if funeral dabbin was a thing. I didn't find any links any "think pieces" on it, but I'm sure it is... if it's not, it will be soon.

And since I mentioned it online - that also means there is now funeral dabbin' porn available, possibly Hitler-related funeral dabbin porn.

You're welcome internet.

You're welcome.


Also of note - this poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/926149.html Read, comment and vote for your favorites! It won't eliminate anyone, but it will give a couple people a leg up in these final weeks, that could help determine who is going to win this thing!


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May. 1st, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)

What the heck is a dab/no dab anyway??!

I"ll be over here in my rocking  chair.

May. 1st, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
Right beside you.
May. 1st, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
From the Urban dictionary: "dabbin'
Can also be a move, where you put your arms slantingly in the air, both pointing to the same side with one arm being under your chin with your head turning down slantingly to the opposite site of where you arms are pointing"
May. 2nd, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
May. 1st, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what you're talking about.

I just want to say, if anyone is skipping the reading this weekend because the vote doesn't count, don't miss lrig_rorrim's Story Machine in the second poll.
May. 1st, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
The vote definitely counts, just not toward elimination.

People sitting this one out because they don't get to crush someone's dreams will be missing out on the opportunity to make life a lot easier for someone they like! :)
May. 2nd, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
+1 for lrig_rorrim really enjoyed reading that one. I wish there were booths like that everywhere.

Edited at 2016-05-02 11:06 am (UTC)
May. 2nd, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC)
I read a story a while ago about little story dispensing machines in France, so there's at least something like it somewhere in the world! I would love to make a mix 'n match story vending machine like The Story Machine someday, though. Somehow. Heh.

Thanks for the shoutout! <3
May. 2nd, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks!

I have no idea why, but livejournal has recently just decided that telling me when I'm mentioned somewhere is not going to happen. It's simply not worth LJ's time, or something. Anyway, I missed this until just now.
May. 1st, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
Our son does the dabbin' thing all the time. And he's sixteen. It is 'of the dumb,' in my book-- like a lot of Internet memes (yes, now physical actions can be a "meme").

Funeral selfies? Ugh. "Here I am, havin' a good time at Aunt Betty's funeral! CU L8R!"


Edited at 2016-05-01 05:51 pm (UTC)
May. 1st, 2016 11:16 pm (UTC)
How many pictures have been retaken as a result of dabbin'? ;)
May. 1st, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
So funeral selfies are a real thing. I had a feeling Weird Al wasn't making that up. (See: lyrics to "Tacky.")
May. 2nd, 2016 12:38 am (UTC)
I had to look it up - you seemed awfully casual about the middle school kids smoking weed... what a weird dance move. It's just... like if you're sticking your head in your elbow to sneeze, but it's a dance?

May. 2nd, 2016 07:38 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm a little baffled by most funeral selfies, but I also learned recently that there are cultures where its expected that there will be photos of families with the corpse. That said, I'm not sure "teen" counts as "culture," but what do I know?
May. 3rd, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
People used to take photos of dead bodies propped up in their coffins or on the table at in-home services. We're just coming back around to where we were.
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