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Life as a Father of an Autistic Child, the Guys Hopelessly Addicted to Soda and the Tale of a Charlie XCX-Signed Douche

I didn’t think it was possible to be cripplingly addicted to soda, but then I was told a story by a friend (who shall remain nameless) about how he used to bring a pair of two-liter bottles of Coca-Cola to class with him in high school — one for his morning classes, and one for after lunch, natch — and now, I don’t question anything.

Sugar is a helluva drug.

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What They Wore

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Don’t Cuck Me, Bro

Two months after he found out his wife was cheating on him in 2017, Kevin Howard didn’t file for a divorce — he sued his wife’s boyfriend for turning him into a cuckold. Two years later, Howard prevailed in court, and the wife’s boyfriend owes him $750,000. If that sounds crazy, what’s crazier is that Howard built his case on a law from the 19th century. And you know what’s even crazier? North Carolina, Howard’s home state, has awarded a number of judgements in recent years in excess of six and seven figures for turning their citizens into cucks.

Addicted to Soda

No one would confuse soda with opiates when it comes to addiction. But perhaps they should, considering that even after pre-diabetes, a mouth full of cavities, a swelling gut and a decline in health, some people still can’t stop chugging the sweet stuff. Here’s a number of soda addicts reflecting on why it’s so hard for them to quit.

Put Down the Scissors

Don’t cut up that expired credit card just yet — there are dudes out there that’ll pay top dollar for your “worthless” plastic.

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Super Busy, or Super Disorganized?

If you’re not sleeping, you’re probably out there grinding, right? Working so hard, day in and day out, that you couldn’t possibly work any harder? Yeah, well, you’re likely working that hard because you have to make up for the fact that you’re such a disorganized mess.

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And Now, A Tale About Charlie XCX Signing a Douche