11 Times Charlie Kelly Understood You Better Than Your Parents Ever Will

11 Times Charlie Kelly Understood You Better Than Your Parents Ever Will

The most relatable "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" character can make us all feel better about ourselves.

We're all a bit weird in our own ways–that's just common knowledge. I think that Charlie Kelly from the ever-so-hysterical show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" perfectly captures and personifies the weirdness that lurks within us all. Below is a list of ways that Charlie has been more relatable than any character on any show. Is that a good thing? Probably not.

1. When he ate a trash Hot Pocket

Sometimes, you just have to dig a Hot Pocket out of the trash and take a bite. I mean, that's college, right? As college students, we're sometimes in the position where we just need to metaphorically "dig through a trash can for food," desperately in search of something to give our lives value and meaning. Sometimes, however, it's not metaphorical.

2. When he was open about being damaged

Everyone's had a little trauma! Charlie Kelly embraces his psychological damage, and he's perfectly happy in doing so. Embrace your own damage, and love yourself for every single problem you may have, even when it seems harder than anything. We are all damaged. So, so damaged. So very damaged. Oh, God. You're not alone.

3. When he acknowledged how odd he is

We're all weird! Maybe not to the point of bashing rats and drinking paint, but we all have little quirks here and there. Accept your odd personality traits, because you can't change who you are. I mean, you can, but who has the time to try? Finals week is coming. I'll fix my personality when that's over. Until then, let's all continue eating the same baked potato soup every day, alone because no one understands your personality. Especially not your parents.

4. His ruthless and rage-fueled honesty

Sometimes you can't simply sugarcoat things. If your friend is being an idiot, smack them into tiny little pieces! If Skeevy Stevie is being inappropriate at work, smack him into tiny little pieces! People tend to respect honesty, even if it's fueled by the rage-fire that is always aflame within the deepest depths of your soul.

5. His avid love for cheese

Most people just love cheese, and so does Charlie! Sometimes you just have to eat so much cheese that you get sweaty, just like Charlie! Who cares if you love cheese so much that it makes up most of your diet? There is no shame in your actions anymore! The universe doesn't care about you! Your impulsive actions have no real consequences!

6. His incredible and nonsensical innovation

I mean, who hasn't used a stupid life hack? Charlie Kelly finds the most ridiculously stupid ways to easier perform simple tasks. Making things even the smallest bit easier for yourself is a great thing to do for yourself, so don't be afraid look up some life hacks and use that empty water bottle that's been in your bed for the past week as a trash can for gum wrappers and used tissues!

7. His love for carbs

Who hasn't taken bags of spaghetti into public places? I know I have! It's simply human nature to love carbs, so embrace your inner Charlie and carry a bag of your favorite carb wherever you go. Bring a plastic bag to a dining hall and fill it with enough pasta to fill the void within your soul! This is a good idea.

8. When he was alone in the dark

Have you ever sat alone in your room in complete and utter darkness? Well, count yourself lucky, because so has Charlie Kelly! We've all had those days, the ones where you keep the curtains drawn and the lights off, binge-watching the same episodes of the same show that you've watched six times through, eating the stale Takis that you don't even want anymore. Depression is a bitch. Charlie gets it.

9. His confidence in his abilities

Even though Charlie's not the most accomplished person out there, he still has confidence in himself and what he does know. Everyone's unique and has something different to offer the world, and what you take interest in may be of great use someday! It also may not! We're all going to die anyway, so who cares?

10. When he stress eats

Charlie fully indulges in his stress-eating without any shame, and if this doesn't make you feel better about the fact that you spent all of last night nervously eating two family-size bags of Doritos while crying about your failed relationships, then I don't know what will.

11. His self-image

If Charlie Kelly can think he's all that and a bag of chips, then so can you! Even if you think that you're not that great, someone out there is going to think you're the bee's knees. Someone out there will be the Frank to your Charlie, so accept and embrace the fact that you're awesome. Self-love for the win! The more you think this, the more real it feels!

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.

BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I buy? There are currently eight flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I get it? You can find BANG energy drinks at your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Amazon, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How do they compare BANG to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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14 Things That Get My Dopamine Flowing

Depression can suck, but it helps to think about the good things in life.

Life is rough when you have depression. Between school and work and general adulting, we can get so overwhelmed that nothing seems worth it. Add on the news constantly telling us about war and disasters and increasingly insane politics, it becomes too easy to forget the good in the world. One thing I like to do when I'm going through a depressive episode is think about all the little things in the world that make me happy. So, in no particular order, here are 14 things that really get my dopamine flowing.

1. Flowers.

I love flowers. They always remind me of how cool nature is. Did you know plants grow their leaves in a Fibonacci spiral to make sure all the leaves are getting sunlight? Dope, right? They're so pretty and have an important job to do in the world, so they make the world feel more ordered and purposeful rather instead of the chaotic mess it can seem to be.

2. Fuzzy blankets.

When I'm having a bad day, it's always nice to curl up in a fuzzy blanket and not deal with whatever is stressing me out or making me depressed. Plus they keep me warm.

3. Memes.

Memes are funny even when they're not. It's apart of their charm. They can always distract me from responsibilities and give a funny spin on the bad stuff in the world, while still being super relatable sometimes.

4. Perfect weather.

It is so rare when the weather is perfect, but those are the days I live for. When the sun is shining and there is a light breeze, I am outside and enjoying it as much as I can. It's probably just the vitamin D that makes me feel good, but I'll take it.

5. Harry Potter.

The earth is billions of years old and I am blessed with being alive at a time where "Harry Potter" exists. It's amazing. And I get to live near Universal Studios where they have "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!" Honestly, I am so lucky! "Harry Potter" gives me a chance to leave my world and go into another. I can take some time to watch one of the movies or read one of the books and immerse myself in someone else's problems rather than my own.

6. Technology.

Technology is so great. Like, I have a tiny computer in my pocket all the time! I even have a voice-activated assistant like the computer on "Star Trek." And it's not even the major tech that is so awesome. I have indoor plumbing and air conditioning, which hasn't been around for the vast majority of life on earth. So, when I get down I like to think about how, no matter how hard life gets, at least I'm not pooping outside.

7. Dogs.

Dogs are objectively the best thing to happen to mankind. They are so friendly and loyal and cute. Whenever I'm having a hard time, a dog can never fail to cheer me up. Honestly, they're so cute I can barely handle it.

8. Cats.

Cats are pretty great too. They're so soft and purr when you pet them. Even though they're more standoffish than dogs, it just means they really like you when they do cuddle up next to you. Also, they have scratchy tongues.

9. Baby animals in general.

Baby animals are just so cute! I don't know what it is, but I CANNOT get enough of some baby animals. Even babies of animals that are normally ugly are adorable. You really can't be sad looking at videos or baby animals just running around and being babies.

10. John Mulaney.

John Mulaney is so funny, and not overly sexual or gross. He is honestly one of my favorite comedians right now and I have seen all of his specials on Netflix. Also, he hasn't been accused of sexual assault as far as I know. One thing I love to do is watch a comedy special on Netflix and just laugh.

11. Chocolate.

Do I really need to explain this one?

12. Musicals.

I. Love. Musicals. They suspend all reality and take you into a world where breaking out into seemingly rehearsed song and dance is totally normal, which is a world I want to live in. Anything bad that happens in a musical is usually fixed within a colorful and upbeat musical number. It's also just entertaining. If you're anything like me, you'll be happy to know that "Legally Blond: The Musical" is on YouTube.

13. Netflix.

Netflix, along with other streaming services, is one of my favorite things. They've revolutionized how we watch T.V. and I am here for it. Plus, their originals are so good. No matter how I'm feeling, I can distract myself by binge watching "The Office" for the millionth time and just take a break form my own problems.

14. Arts and Crafts.

It always feels good to do something productive, but sometimes I just don't feel up to doing what actually needs to be done. Here is when I turn to arts and crafts. I like to do stuff like knit or paint or really anything that involved cutting and gluing. It makes me feel like I'm actually doing something and I get cute thing to wear, hang on my wall, or gift to someone.

Life can suck sometimes, but it's important to remember the little things that make it worthwhile. Next time you're feeling down, take Maria Von Trapp's advice and maybe make a list of a few of your favorite things and look out for them in your daily life.

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