Humor, Life

What TikTok Taught Me in 2021

Over the last year, I’ve learned so many intriguing things on TikTok. I even told a friend about it one day and decided to make a note of all the things I’ve learned in my phone so I wouldn’t forget.

Breakfast was once reserved for only the elderly and the sick.

You can shop at Costco without a membership.

Not all chandeliers are called chandeliers. A small chandelier is called a girandole.

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Mount Rushmore is built on sacred land.

Woofem’s are the s’mores of next summer.

Hawaii is sick of tourists.

You can thank Lindsay Lohan for Oreos dipped in peanut butter. Kind of.

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This fruit looks like the COVID virus.

A ball or toy smaller than your dog’s mouth should be avoided because it can cause choking. I know it seems like common sense, but I heard a story on TikTok about dog owner who lost her dog after he choked on a ball while playing fetch. Here is information on what to do if your pet is choking.

You can order a Korean iced coffee from McDonald’s OR simply order a standard iced coffee (just cream and sugar, no syrups), which tastes the same.

Stop making cairns out of rocks when out walking.

Don’t use Qtips in your ears. Since I stopped doing this last year, I haven’t experienced a vertigo attack.

You have the ability to split open an apple with your bare hands.

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If you add a small amount of baking soda, mineral water, and salt to vodka or tequila, it will not taste like alcohol; It will taste like water. You can see the video here.

You’re using too much laundry detergent. I’ve been using the same bottle of laundry detergent for over six months now as a result of this.

The pomodoro technique will help you organize your time if you’re having trouble finding time to get things done.

When writing a book (or anything else for that matter), don’t write and edit, write and edit. Concentrate on the writing first, then edit, then polish. Side note to my writer friends-How do you write?

You should really close your toilet seat before flushing.

Lizzie Borden was never found guilty of killing her father and stepmother. However, the crime show 48 Hours staged a mock trial of the Lizzie Borden case. The transcript is available here.

This upbeat song:

…has a dark back story.

All I know is I never learned this much when I was on Facebook…

Did you learn anything new?

31 thoughts on “What TikTok Taught Me in 2021”

  1. I have managed to avoid TikTok except when other people point out something interesting โ€” which seems, to me, to be the best of both worlds!

    My husband and I ALWAYS close toilet lids before flushing, but visitors to our home never do and it drives me crazy! But you canโ€™t really ask a friend/family member who rarely visits to close the lid, right? I am willing to be a stickler about hand-washing but not about this.

    The writing advice is solid but something I CANNOT do. I constantly edit. Maybe not the most efficient way to write, but I am incapable of moving forward without editing as I go.

    Now I am off to learn about cairns and why they are a no-no! This list was fun to explore!

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    1. Why are self-closing toilet lids not more popular? Did I just invent something?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I, too, am unable to write like this. In fact, after I wrote that advice, which wasn’t mine, I started editing a paragraph MID-SENTENCE.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. We read a book in college– one of those random kid facts books and ever since I always made sure every toilet was closed before flushing! I mean I somewhat did before that but I became quite compulsive about it after that. I have literally never used (or viewed anything on) Tiktok.

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    1. I enjoy hearing about where people learn facts like this. In college, I took a microbiology class where we swabbed the toilet seats and the lab desks for cultures. Do you want to guess which had the most bacteria? (the desks)


  3. As for writing, I usually write and edit, edit and write. I’d start each day editing what I wrote the day before. NaNoWriMo I wrote the entire 50,000 words without reading or editing and of it. I’m kind of afraid to take a look! But my goal is to edit it beginning sometime in January.

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  4. Interesting. I am not on tik tok. I had never heard of that tomato method. I might give it a try, but I do notice when I need a break. Then, I just take one – or maybe check my email before I come back. As far as how I write, well I write and then I give it a rest and come back to it later – like maybe a whole chapter. Then I edit. Is editing every really done? I wrote a ton of my memoir stuff so very long ago, that I now turn up my nose and cringe when I read it. I am glad that I wrote it back then, because there are already parts that I’ve forgotten. At this point, I feel like it is a race against time.

    Other things I learned here was the detergent thing. I have heard in the past that it isn’t necessary to use as much as the bottle tells you to use, but my clothes don’t feel stiff when I take them out of the dryer. So, maybe I’m not using too much?

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    1. When are you going to be done with your memoir? Or do you not have a set deadline?

      I guess the new washing machines don’t require as much, and in fact, using extra detergent is actually harming the machines. Hey, if it saves money on laundry detergent, I’m all for it!


      1. That is a great question. I do not have a deadline. I have an idea of where I will end it, but not set in stone. Life after high school is a different book – hello, trilogy? Most of the high school stuff is written, but written so long ago that it needs my new touches to bring it up to par. Maybe I can have it basically done by summer, or after summer.

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  5. The toilet flushing thing is something we do around here – but then one of the boys’ friends will visit and not only will they leave the toilet lid up, they will LEAVE THE SEAT UP AND IT MAKES ME CRAZY.

    I had no idea you could shop at Costco without a membership! I had no idea about a lot of those things but I am stuck on the Costco thing.

    I usually write, and then I go back and edit and add to it.

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  6. Write edit polish. Or as my blogโ€ฆwrite close eyes push publish. Love all the other things, some which I knew and others that I didnโ€™t. Not breaking an apple open though

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  7. I’m not much of a fan of TikTok but you shared some interesting things! I knew about the Q-tips in the ear…I need to get out of that bad habit and just towel dry my ears after showering. I always close the toilet lid before flushing!

    It is so hard to write first, then edit later, especially when you’re a perfectionist! I do a little of both.

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  8. I’ve only ever watched dancing or dogs on Tik Tok. Sometimes dancing dogs.
    I’m gonna have to try the Pomodoro method because my brain is all over the darn place lately.
    I still can’t give up Q-tips. I JUST CAN NOT.
    The Way song is really interesting. And sad of course; I had no idea.

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    1. I don’t think I’ve seen my share of dancing dogs. Apparently, I’m not on the dancing dogs side of TikTok. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      I enjoy a good Qtip in my ear every now and again. But I was doing it on a daily basis, and that was my issue. I saw a graphic created by a ENT that demonstrated why using them is so harmful, and that is why I will never use them on a daily basis again.

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  9. Fell down a couple of procrastination holes here…thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ The story about “The Way” is my favorite. Had no idea, and always kinda wondered what the song was about. I learn cool things from the blogs I read. Who needs TikTok? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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