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Single Dads Living on Minimum Wage, Meeting Your Doppelgänger and Bill O’Reilly, Clown

I know it’s absolutely insane that I have to mention this, but flight attendants say it still happens so here I go: It is 100 percent NOT okay to store your small shit in the overhead bin when flying. There are rules! That means no jackets (unless you lay it flat on top of your carry-on, natch), no purses, no duty-free bags, and God help me, no backpacks. If I see one more JanSport sitting in the precious little space above my seat the airline has deemed fit to give me, I’m going to open an emergency door at altitude.

Don’t test me.

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