The Strangest Things You'll Hear All Week
WATCH OF THE WEEK
Hillary Clinton’s quest to be more relatable got a lucky and much needed – if tad bit outdated – boost this week due to one of the Internet’s favorite things, a flash mob. Dubbed The Pantsuit Power Dance, the 200-person flash mob was organized by partners Mia Lidofsky, a director and Celia Rowlson-Hall, a choreographer. The couple showcased the reasons behind their support for the democratic nominee through carefully executed choreography, featuring circling thumbs and index fingers to represent ovaries and women’s reproductive rights, arms held parallel to represent gender equality, and raised fists to represent the Black Lives Matter movement, all set to Justin Timberlake’s catchy hit, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Whether you’re “with her” or not, we still think it’s worth a watch.
Everyone knows that the Gilmore Girls love their coffee, and in anticipation of the series’ 16th anniversary return on Netflix November 25th, the streaming service is celebrating by giving fans a peek into Lorelai and Rory’s world by transforming 250 diners across America into Luke’s, a favorite haunt of the mother-daughter duo. With at least one shop in each state, die hard fans are flocking in droves. If you need us today, we’ll be at one of the many Luke’s in LA counting down the days until the premiere (50 and change) and watching the @GilmoreGirls Instagram story, which features all of our favorite characters wishing the series a happy birthday.
By now, you’ve already binged watched Stranger Things, but the obsession is far from over. From the creation of a Barb Doll from Instagram artist @adollworldafterall to the cast handing out brown-bagged peanut butter and jellies at the Emmy’s, the cult show is hard to escape, and we’re not complaining. The latest (and strangest) craze is a UK nightclub tour this month, dubbed Strangest Things. The pop-up DJ sets include songs from 80’s bands featured in the show including The Clash, The Smiths, and Talking Heads, with additional playlists such as Steve Harrington’s Pool Party. As they jam out, club goers can also grab a “We Love Eggos” sticker or pay their respects to Barb at a Barb Shrine—because wherever she is, she would have wanted you to have a good time.
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We’ve been obsessively following Julie Houts for a while now on her Instagram @jooleeloren. Now the J-Crew designer/freelance illustrator is making her buzzworthy work available for purchase, and you better believe we’re buying. Houts’ illustrations of beautifully drawn social commentaries about life as a millennial in New York are smart, relatable, and perfectly suited for her diverse following on Instagram. The artist gained even more popularity over fashion week, with her work appearing in Vogue and her illustrated guide to fashion week being featured on STYLEBOP.com and searchable via #fashionmonthillustrated. Better get yours before they’re gone!
The city of Oslo is innovating its approach to city planning by turning to a group whose opinions are not often consulted in urban planning conversations: children. The Norwegian capital’s new app for kids, Traffic Agent, turns kids into secret agents for the city by allowing them to give feedback on their commutes as they walk to school, sending real-time reports about their route and the difficulties they face, such as heavy traffic or streets that are difficult to cross. Already, the app has led to change: once it found that kids prefer to walk across a stretch of private property because they felt safer, the city then worked with the property owner and agreed on putting in a new path. We love the efforts to give Gen V a voice and can’t wait to see what’s next.
This week, start-up Remedy is launching with the hopes of making the medical billing process a little easier for all of us overpaying for healthcare due to billing errors, a costly oversight resulting in $120 billion wasted dollars each year. Remedy allows users to connect their insurance and medical billing history from the year, everything from a routine check-up to an extensive surgery. The company then searches billing statements, identifies exactly where users are being overcharged, and then follows up on the patient’s behalf. What’s more, Remedy only takes 20% of any errors they find and caps their earnings at $99, making overpaid healthcare bills an easy problem to remedy (sorry, we had to).