Rachel Withers, a journalist from the online magazine Slate, decided to try Alexa’s newest tool appealing to Millenials – the guide to adulting. What does this mean? Nowadays, young adults, including college graduates, feel as though they’re unprepared for the real world. Since Millenials love tech so much – just take a look at all the people glued to their cell phone screens the next time you’re out in public – Amazon, the makers of Alexa, figured that Millenials would want a device with special features meant for them.
“Welcome to the 411 for adulting,” the guide said after being turned on. “If you are just getting started on your own, you can pick up some helpful information here.” When a journalist asked for financial advice and how to invest in the stock market, the message got a little bit lost in translation. The guide replied: “Investing in good, quality food and regular exercise is the best way to ensure yourself against future health problems.”
When the journalist asked Alexa for a cleaning tip, the guide decided to throw back to some vintage elementary school nostalgia: “Vinegar and baking soda are not just effective for science fair volcanoes but are useful agents to clean pots, pans, and even the kitchen sink.”
There’s been much said about how Millenials are struggling to grow up at the same rates as their parents. Nowadays, it’s rare to meet a 30-year-old who’s married with children and owns their own house and car – and such a person was par for the course just a few decades ago. Clark University psychology professor Jeffrey Jensen Arnett researches this phenomenon, dubbed “emerging adulthood.”
His thoughts on Alexa? It’s simply “another source of information,” Professor Arnett said in an interview. “And information is good when you’re going into new challenges and new responsibilities that you may not fully feel you’re ready for.”
30 Photos Showing How Texas Dealt With the 2021 Winter Storm
The winter season in Texas is usually short, cold, dry, and windy — and snow is a rare occurrence. That’s why the North American winter storm that occurred between February 13th and 17th came as a surprise to all. The storm was so harsh that it caused at least $195 billion in damage in Texas, making the winter storm the single-costliest natural disaster in the history of Texas and the United States as a whole. Let’s see how Texas weathered the storm…
Rescuing Sea Turtles
Humans are not the only living things that can enjoy boat rides. There are certain marine species that also recently had a chance to experience them. Due to the low temperatures, Texas Game Wardens rescued about 141 sea turtles.
The waters were frigid and so, the good people of Cameron County made the right decision to save these cuties from freezing in the Brownsville Ship Channel as well as its surrounding bays.
Out and Back
This image looks like a scene right out of a Looney Tunes episode. Daffy decided to head out but got right back in after seeing how cold it was outside. Something similar seems to have occurred here.
This town experienced a storm. This meant that the pets weren’t allowed to set foot outside. This user’s parents let the dog out. However, from the looks of its footprints, the dog did not make it very far before taking a detour right back in.
Head to the Chopper!
According to the guy that posted this photo on Reddit, his friend had made a promise to himself that he would never fly in a chopper again after his military service. However, there are some circumstances in which we have no choice but to break our promises.
He had to break his, too. In order to get to the ER and care for his patients, he made the decision to take the chopper since it was impossible to get there by car. Now, that’s a good man.
Ice, Ice Baby
Isn’t this just the cutest photo you ever did see? We mean, look at how sweet that doggo’s face is! Still, we are sort of missing the point here. This picture wasn’t only taken so internet users could fall in love — it was also snapped to prove how harsh the winter season was in Texas.
The minute this pup stepped outside, her fur and fluff were covered in icy snowflakes! That must have been a mighty quick walk around the block!
It’s no secret that the winter storm of February 2021 took its toll on Texans. Not only did the storm cause one of the largest blackout events in modern US history, but it was also the deadliest winter storm in North America since ’93. Of course, though, it’s important to keep a positive attitude and look at the glass half-full.
Take this mama bear, for instance. She ended up using the snow as her canvas to create an incredible octopus masterpiece — and it surely does “bring some light into the dark times,” as her son perfectly stated.
Modern Problems, Modern Solutions
There are people who give excuses and then there are people like this, who will find an innovative solution for anything. This man was asked to clear the driveway of the snow that seems to be everywhere.
Instead of making up some silly excuses — like most people would — he attached a cardboard box to his mower and began plowing the snow. This kind of conviction in a person could lead to a number of innovative ideas. Don’t you agree?
Made for Winter
Oh, huskies. These doggos are totally at home in this type of weather. We wonder how bad it must be for this dog in the Texas heat, though. That’s why, unlike other dogs, this husky is enjoying his time in the snow.
The look on his face is evidence enough. If the dog could sing, he would probably even break into a song. We’ll settle for some howls instead.
Walking on Water
Normally, cats will lie in a corner, sleep, and do almost nothing all day. But, these two fellas seem to have made the most out of the blackouts in Texas. They’re taking advantage of the frozen pool in the OP’s backyard and gliding across it as if it’s an ice-skating rink.
It’s almost like watching a live cat video. And who doesn’t like watching one of those? It’s just pure fun! Let’s just hope that neither of these kitty cats fell into the pool!
A House Within a House
It’s just scary to imagine a situation like this happening anywhere in the world. Fortunately, this user had a brilliant idea to keep herself and her apartment as warm as possible — by camping out in her all-season tent.
Some people even moved to motels and hotels to beat the cold but this genius had a resourceful plan of her own. Believe it or not, this turned out to inspire many others.
Elsa in Texas?
Yes, it almost does seem like a Texan Elsa simply got rid of her gloves, set out into the cold winter air, and started singing “Let it Go.” And then, as a result, these frozen works of art formed everywhere.
That’s the only plausible explanation! If that’s the case, then obviously Frozen is based on a true story! Are we getting too ahead of ourselves now?
The first question that came to mind after looking at this photo — ‘Where did that water even come from?’ Did the OP throw water at their fan? Did a pipe burst somewhere?
We just have so many questions and not enough answers! Whatever the case may be, we’re getting chills just by looking at the icicles hanging from the fan blades.
Maybe Next Time
Considering the severity of the storm, a car wash was probably not a priority for any Texans during that time. As a matter of fact, it would have been a smart idea for car washes to close down until after the storm. Take a look at this car wash, for instance. If this were a
If it was Halloween, these icicles would have made perfect sense. Some may even be curious to know what it would be like to drive right through these icicles.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words — but this pic, well, it’s worth a lot more than just a mere thousand. You can actually imagine how cold it must have been in Texas just by looking at this one photo.
This person was probably trying to do the right thing by letting the water drip to keep the pipes from freezing over. Clearly, though, things didn’t go as planned.
If you look closely, you may just find some of the most beautiful things hidden in nature. These snowflakes are the perfect example. As kids, we’re told what snowflakes are supposed to look like.
However, despite knowing this, spotting the perfect snowflake is an exciting experience. It’s one of the most beautiful things you could lay your eyes on. And this user seems to agree with us.
There are some people who sit at home because it’s so cold outside and then there are those that’ll make the most of their situation. This person particularly knows how to have a good time, no matter what the climate is.
He can actually tell people that he went snowboarding in a place like Texas. A few years ago, who would have even believed that?
Growing up, most kids play with toy cars and race tracks. So, when you look at this picture of a freeway in Texas, it’s almost as if those plastic toy tracks have come to life.
You may want to ski on this slope but doing that with a car is probably not a good idea. Also, it seems like this slope is being guarded. Maybe we’re not the only ones who thought of car skiing.
After the winter storm, it seems like using a normal fridge is a thing of the past for Texans. This particular user decided to share their outdoor freezer after they saw one in Germany.
Apparently, it’s quite common to see this practice in the northern parts of the world. So, in case you ever lose power due to a snowstorm, try to keep this idea in mind.
With no power, it’s pretty difficult to heat anything up. Can you imagine eating cold food when it’s already so freezing outside? We sure cannot, and neither can this OP — who used a super clever way to heat up his own food.
He made do with what he had and decided to get resourceful. So, make sure that your BBQ is always working and kept clean. You never know when you may need it!
Have you ever seen 30 Days of Night? If you have, then you’ll notice that this visual looks eerily similar to a scene from that very scary movie. It looks beautiful, no doubt.
But, it doesn’t take away from the fact that it also looks slightly terrifying. Who would dare drive on these roads? That’s probably why there’s no one actually on the road.
Cold, Very Cold
The February 2021 North American winter storm was quite a wild ride for people across the country, especially for those in Texas. This picture of a frozen fountain just further proves that something beautiful can also be really scary. Take this story, for example.
This user was in the car with their mother from eight in the morning to six in the evening. Why? Just so that they could stay warm, get gas, and find food. That seems like a really difficult place to be in.
It’s obviously very dangerous to walk on the highway under normal circumstances. Any idiot who dares to do it should be penalized. However, it’s way worse during times like this.
Visibility is impaired and if you’re on the road, the driver may not be able to see you. However, if driving on the highway could be that dangerous, then these drivers should not be driving at all — unless there’s an emergency.
Cold Toilet Tales
People from the really cold regions will know what it feels like to sit down on a really cold toilet. If you’re sleepy, then sitting down on the toilet will surely jolt you awake.
Not if you’re this person, though. Sitting down on this toilet could wake you up, but you could also end up getting frozen down. Does anyone remember A Christmas Story in which Flick acts on a triple-dog-dare and sticks his tongue to the school flagpole on a cold winter’s day — only for his tongue to get “thtuck.”
Wanna Go for a Dive?
Texas is not a place that’s used to a super cold climate. Sure — the winters get chilly at times but not so much that the pools freeze over. The rest of the area is also completely powdered with snow.
It’s quite the visual but that’s all it is. We don’t recommend that anyone go for a dive or even step out of the house, for that matter.
It seems like the power grid was frozen too which is why there was no power for such long hours. It seemed longer for the people living in this state. This image alone is enough to show you the power of nature.
Some people believe that the state’s power grids were at risk for a long time but usually, there’s very little you can do against the force of nature.
With no power and no running water — and now this! This chicken egg is completely frozen, inside out. Suppliers had tried to keep the eggs to the best of their ability but this one egg seems to have gotten away.
It’s scary when the supply of food is affected. Hopefully, life in Texas has gotten back to normal since this winter storm.
This is truly incredible. How often do you get an opportunity to see snow and sand in the same place? Sure — there are other places in the world that experience this phenomenon but Texans are definitely amazed at this sight.
If you were to write an introduction of an imaginary magical town that looked absolutely stunning, this image would fit perfectly. It has all the elements of charm, beauty, and wonder.
Icicles of Destruction
This picture is of another car wash that decided to spray down water. Instead, it formed huge icicles and now it looks like a space no car can enter. The only way you could enter this car wash is if you had the Batmobile or one of the cars that the members of SWAT Kats owned.
However, it would be a good idea for you to not enter this car wash at all. It’s safer that way. Don’t you agree?
With no power in the state, this woman is preparing dinner with a headlamp. Resourceful! Next time someone says global warming is a hoax, then you might want to show them this image.
All the technology in the world is reduced to a headlamp in the kitchen when the power is out. There’s very little you can rely on. We need to think of better ways. Scientist! Are you listening?
Car Snowed in
Is your driveway full of snow? Use a shovel to clear the way. A pile of snow in the backyard? Use a shovel to clear it up. But, what do you do when your car is buried under snow?
Besides, how long do you have to wait until you’ll be able to drive your car again? The owner of this car is perplexed too. No one expects this in Texas.
Winters are the worst time of the year for animals. They’re easily affected if they’re not able to find shelter in time. Several animals have been known to perish in harsh winter weather.
However, this is not the case for Beva, the longhorn. It seems unfazed by the weather conditions. All it needs is a little love. If Beva was a reindeer, we’d call it Sven, like the adorable one in Frozen.