History in Memes

History in Memes

Ask not what you can do for your country, but rather how you can make its history into a meme.

As most millennial (and probably their parents as well) know, Twitter is a pretty big thing. Tweeting and liking your favorite celebs' posts is fun and all, but there's truly nothing quite like finding a comedic page that matches your sense of humor in every way. With this, I present to you eleven of my favorite posts from "History in Memes," my newest Twitter addiction:

1. Henry VIII

2. Henry VIII

3. Henry VIII

4. Christopher Columbus

5. Thomas Jefferson

6. The French Revolution

7. Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton

8. The Louisiana Purchase

9. World War I

10. Both World Wars

11. The Cold War

At the end of the day,you many get all of the references, or the humor at least, but it's nice to know that your education over that random czar that lived 500 years ago can at least amount to some pretty great humor.

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I'm A Skeptic Who Believes That Everything Happens For A Reason

A person like me isn't supposed to believe in fate, but I do with my entire heart.

I am quite the skeptic when it comes to things that cannot be scientifically proven. I'm not the most religious person out there, I don't believe in astrology (although, the character traits for Pisces are pretty spot-on for me), I don't think that fortune tellers and psychics are legitimately gifted nor do I believe in the supernatural. So, you would think that a person like me wouldn't believe in the concept of fate. However, there is one thing that I believe with my entire heart. I believe that everything that happens to us — no matter if it's positive or negative, life-changing or life-threatening, mirthful or miserable — happens for a reason.

It may just be the eternal optimist in me, but I think that there is always a bright side to a situation. When I was in first grade, I begged my teacher to let me sit next to a girl who had no idea who I was. I had seen her around before and thought that she would be a cool person to get to know. And now, 12 years later, that girl has been and is still my best friend. A few summers ago, I had to give up an engineering summer program that I had gotten into because I had a journalism workshop the same week, but was offered to attend during a different week. I met some amazing people that I wouldn't have met if I skipped my journalism workshop, and I still consider it to be one of the best weeks of my life. A few months ago, my friend group's plans to watch the eclipse together crumbled because we didn't have anyone to drive us. So I asked a friend of mine who I wasn't extremely close to if I could join him, and I ended up forming very close friendships with everyone in his group that have ultimately defined my senior year.

These are only a few instances of how small moments turned into experiences that have changed my life for the better. There might not be some sort of "plan" that each of us is destined to follow, but I truly believe that there is a reason why we run into obstacles or achieve our goals. It's hard to remember this when we are faced with these sorts of instances, but when we look back on events, we realize that it really was meant to happen this way.

I'm excited to see what's in store.

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Tips for Easy Car Registration

A trip to the DMV. Not something that you typically look forward to, even though you only have to go once a year. Even then, the long and slow-moving lines, plus the fact that you’re only there to spend your hard-earned money, can make for a pretty miserable experience. Luckily, there are ways to speed up and simplify your experience the next time you need to renew your vehicle registration.

Know When to Go

As absurd as it may seem given the common sense involved, many people actually add to their misery at the DMV by going at the wrong times. For example, though going to a mechanic first thing in the morning might put you first in line, going to the DMV first thing in the morning will only ensure you have to wait a long time. For everyone who’s retired or has the day off, going first thing seems like the right thing to do, but since everyone else has the same idea, it ends up being a bad idea.

Additionally, trying to go to the DMV after kids start getting out of school will result in a long wait time as well, since parents will stop by the DMV after picking their kids up from school. Also, going at the beginning or end of the month will result in longer wait times, as you have to wait with either the eager beavers or the procrastinators. Finally, going on a Monday or Friday is a bad idea, for the same reasons as going at the beginning or end of the month.

So, if you can, try to go to the DMV around the middle of the month, in the middle of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday), in the middle of the day (around 10-2). It may seem strange, but when you get in and out in just a few minutes, you’ll be the one laughing.

Embrace Technology

For all the different aspects of our lives that technology has improved and made more simple, government functions seem to still be lagging behind. Fortunately, at least in the case of the DMV, that is changing. You can use services like eTags to pay your registration fees online. Additionally, some companies are working to centralize the process for DMVs all across the country, ensuring your next registration renewal is just a few clicks away. Now, you can make sure this bill gets paid as quickly and easily as all the rest.

Take Your Time

Whatever method you use to speed up your registration renewal, two things are important to have in abundance: preparation and patience. For preparation, make absolutely sure you have all the documents you’ll need to renew your registration in advance, so you won’t have to make a second trip to the DMV or go back to the website later. Then, even if you are totally prepared, still remain patient, as many of the processes are slow, even when completed online. Remind yourself that this only has to be done once a year, and it will be completed, even if it’s not quite as fast as you’d like it to be.

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