Black Mirror Tweets Worth Reflecting On

It’s January, we’re all broke, and it’s too cold to go outside, so you know you’ve been Netflix binging. When Black Mirror Season 4 was released on the last Friday of 2017, many of the hard-working contributors at twitter.com eagerly logged into their Netflix accounts and dove into the latest collection of “entertainment.” For many of us, Black Mirror hits uncomfortably close to home. Fortunately, Twitter has a sense of humor, so let’s take a break from examining the potential horrors of technology, and laugh through the discomfort with Twitter’s best Black Mirror tweets.

1 You Do Be On That Phone Though

Deep down we know Black Mirror is about us, like specifically YOU, reading this right now, and also me, much to my chagrin. I’m taking it personally and I am deeply unsettled.

2 Technology Is Bad

WE GET IT, OKAY? WE SHOULD BE TERRIFIED.

3 The Lou, Nigel!

It’s easy to laugh about something scary if you think about it in an exaggerated accent.

4 Buffering

I watched 2 hours of Black Mirror buffering and was the most intellectual person at the water cooler in the office the next day.

5 Black Mirror Existing is a Black Mirror Episode

Ha ha I love reading this joke on my Apple device that I also use as a remote to watch Black Mirror on my Apple TV that is connected to The Cloud that I don’t really understand but which holds all of my passwords to manage every aspect of my life ha ha this is fine.

6 Phones are Black Mirrors!!!

Be honest, you remember where you were the first time you realized Black Mirror is a reference to your phone screen.

7 Pretty Accurate

A twist! The tables have turned in a way that fits thematically with the series!!!

8 Download A Car

But if you had the choice to download a car or a milkshake what would you do?

9 Admit It, You've Already Considered This

A picture says a thousand words that, to be honest, are pretty awkward to think up and type out.

10 Death By Battery Loss

Every time my phone dies I mourn it like a death in the family.

11 Actually, My Refrigerator Is My Mom

Okay, but I do sometimes call my refrigerator Mom because she takes care of me and whenever something goes wrong I just want her.

12 Horses Are Technology

For real, we can all calm down because there were legit people who were like “we shouldn’t print books this will change the world IN AN UNKNOWABLE BUT DEFINITELY BAD SCARY WAY.” Books and horses turned out good, I’m sure sex robots will be fine.

13 Mirr, Mirror, Mirrest

You can’t argue with sound logic.

14 The Science Checks Out

On the next Black Mirror: I try to figure out what color mirrors are and my head actually explodes.

15 Battery Mum

DO NOT GET HIGH AND WATCH BLACK MIRROR, IT’S TOO MUCH

16 Insufferable

Applying critical thinking skills to technology as it relates to society and interpersonal relationships is the new growing a beard and cuffing your jeans so your ankles show. Sitting a trend out is always an option.

Father and Son Escape Burning Truck in the Nick of Time

(News Channel Nebraska)

19-year old Minnesota man Kobe Sammons drove 500 miles to visit his family in Nebraska. When he arrived he told to his father, Jeremy, that his ride just wasn’t running right. So his dad hopped in the truck and the two went for a drive in hopes of discovering what the problem was.

A short while later they pulled over when Jeremy noticed smoke had entered the cabin of the truck. The smoke quickly turned to heat and it became apparent the engine compartment was on fire.

That’s when both men attempted to open their doors but they would not unlock.

The father wondered if this would be their final moments together.

“I told him he would have to break the glass or kick the door open. I couldn’t help him.” the elder Sammons told News Channel Nebraska.

But eventually Kobe was able to kick the door open.

“It was in those moments. Just when it had to open, the door opened.” Kobe’s dad said.

By the time firefighters arrived the truck was completely engulfed in flames. Authorities on the scene considered that the fire may have caused the doors’ unlocking mechanism to malfunction.

The truck can easily be replaced, the important thing is that this father and son duo escaped unharmed.

75-Year-Old Volunteer Literally Takes Catnaps at Animal Shelter

(Facebook/Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.)

If you’re a cat lover you’ll probably agree that 75-year-old Wisconsinite Terry Lauerman is living the dream. He spends most days volunteering at his local animal shelter snoozing with cats.

Lauerman begins his day at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary where he brushes any cat that needs it, then ends up catching a few z’s with his feline friends. The cats and staff at the shelter love the service Lauerman provides and so do thousands of others because of a viral Facebook post about him.

Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, told The Huffington Post that Lauerman never signed up to be a volunteer but just showed up one day, armed with a cat brush and dream to help some kitties.

“He just walked in and started brushing,” Feldhausen said. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”

(Facebook/Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.)

Safe Haven is a cage-free, no-kill shelter aimed at rehabilitating cats with special needs who would likely be euthanized elsewhere. Feldhausen says Lauerman usually comes in for about three hours every day—he’ll start by brushing a cat but usually ends up dozing off.

“He sleeps for about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats,”

The cats aren’t the only ones benefitting from his visits, though. “He said, [the brushing is] as great of an experience for him, as it is for them,” said Feldhausen.

(Facebook/Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary Inc.)

The post about Lauerman has received tons of positive attention and according to Feldhausen, they’ve received about $20,000 in donations since the post went viral.

While Lauerman is happy to have brought so much attention to Safe Haven, he wants people to know that there are plenty of other volunteers that put in hours of hard work to make sure the cats are loved and cared for.

Unlike them, however, Lauerman can do it in his sleep.

Father Figures: So Be It

“My money is tight living here in Silicon Valley.

My daughters are both really smart and take advanced classes, which takes a shit load of money for tests, materials and such. I too play the ‘money is tight’ card around holidays and birthdays, but I work my ass off and find side jobs. As many as I can to make sure they have the best day possible on those special occasions.

If that means not buying myself anything for the rest of my life, so be it.

They always come first, and I believe they will appreciate the struggles later on in life, and they’ll be better off for it.”

– Mauro Hernandez

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Dad’s Panoramic Photo of Daughter Goes Horribly Wrong and Viral

(Twitter/sc_x_cs)

With new phones constantly boasting advancements in camera technology, it’s no wonder some people have trouble keeping up—dads in particular.

Just ask 21-year-old Twitter user Simran. She recently came to terms with the fact that her father is a bit more technologically-challenged than she realized.

Here’s how Simran appears when she’s directing the photo shoot:

While on vacation her dad attempted to snap a unique picture of her. He insisted on trying out his iPhone X’s panoramic photo mode. As you probably expect, the photo didn’t turn out quite as planned.

“My dad told me to stand by the apples because he said he discovered a new way to take pano pics vertically,” Simran told Mashable. “I agreed to it and this was the result.”

“When he saw them he said ‘they look great’ and then I saw them and completely lost it. I mean, are you kidding me? I look like an Alien,” she said.

A number of people chimed in and made fun comparisons to some pretty unflattering images.

Clearly, Simran has been a good sport and we commend her dad for a bold attempt at harnessing advanced photo technology. But perhaps he should stick with the old fashioned point-and-shoot method from now on?