Why you can’t find a bottle of glue around Austin this weekend

If you’re hoping to make slime — the “it” craft project of the moment — you might have to get creative about where you get your glue.

Glitter slime is one of the many different kinds of slime for which you can find tutorials online. It’s become a phenomenon among kids and teens right now.

Slime is the latest craft project to go viral, thanks in no small part to YouTube and Instagram, where DIY lovers flock to share their latest and greatest creations.

My kids and I first made galaxy slime last fall, and the recipe for mixing glue and Borax to make a stretchy, mesmerizing goo has grown so much in popularity that we’ve had a hard time finding glue at local stores.

This was the scene yesterday at Walmart:

I posted about it online, and lots of parents responded with slime stories of their own, including tips about where you can still find glue (Michael’s and Five Below) and reports of having to throw out large quantities from a classroom.

“It’s the new bottle flip trend,” one teacher said.

Although I have been known to ban bottle flipping in certain situations, I like the slime project.

We’ve had fun making it, giving it as gifts and turning it into a lesson about Non-Neutonian fluids, but not everyone loves it. Slime is starting to get banned at schools (and households) for possible burns, stains and plain ol’ parent/teacher annoyance. I also heard on Facebook about some students turning their hobby into a business by selling slime in school.

Have you made slime with your kids? Have you heard about edible slime? Any slime disaster stories to share? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

‘Get Out’ fans are re-creating one of the film’s weirdest scenes with the #GetOutChallenge

 

“Get Out” has proven to be a massive success at the box office since its release two weeks ago, thanks in no small part to its smart blend of genuinely horrifying scares, laugh-out-loud humor and prescient racial commentary.

Daniel Kaluuya stars as Chris in “Get Out.” (Justin Lubin, Universal Pictures)

But now fans of the Jordan Peele-helmed film are re-enacting one of its more disorienting scenes, and some of them are hurting themselves in the process.

The #GetOutChallenge involves a cameraperson in the know filming a friend running full-speed directly at the camera, only to quickly turn away at the last second. The challenge is a riff on the spooky scene where the film’s protagonist Chris goes out for a smoke at night, and Walter the groundskeeper charges at him full-steam ahead. (Why he’s running is an even crazier twist that’s best kept secret if you haven’t seen the film).

The meme has become quite popular on Twitter and Snapchat.

There are plenty of good examples:

Steph Curry even posted his own version on Instagram.

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Trying to escape the sunken place #getout

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Some people got hurt, though.

https://twitter.com/joyyymiller/status/839294890034896897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/CHRISMULLY05/status/839307278289362944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

As of this writing, there’s even five whole Twitter accounts devoted to the best videos of the challenge.

Cabinet positions Kanye West is best suited to hold

If this morning you woke up to the news that Kanye West visited Trump Tower to meet with the president-elect and then tried to wake up again: This isn’t a God dream. This is 2016.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Because the nature of Trump’s meeting with West wasn’t immediately disclosed, and because most public figures who have made recent trips to the Tower have done so to discuss possible cabinet appointments, West’s appearance stirred speculation that America might not have to wait till 2020 to peek a Kanye West-Wing.

In a world where West wasn’t planning his inauguration performance (as rumored), or just catching up with a longtime “friend,” as Trump asserts, here are some cabinet positions we think ‘Ye might be best suited to hold:

  • Secretary of Energy: Sure, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the man expected to get the post. But no one man should have all that power, and if one must, why not someone who is “doing it better than anybody you ever seen do it”?
  • Trade Representative: West, who “shops so much he can speak Italian,” is not unfamiliar with foreign goods. He also sells his very beige, very lukewarmly-received clothing line Yeezy in countries around the world. And being Trade Representative is probably about shopping, right? (No.)
  • Secretary of Education: West didn’t so much as graduate from college as he “decided he was finished.” A successful rap career later, he’s living proof that sometimes the concept of school only “seems so securrr.” Exactly what one looks for in a Secretary of Education.
  • Secretary of Defense: For obvious reasons.

No longer the “abomination of Obama’s nation,” it remains to be seen what role a newly-blonde Kanye, fresh out of the hospital, will play in Trump’s presidency. Stay tuned.

Here’s what the election would look like if it was all about maps

What’s the political meme of the week? I refuse to talk about Ken Bone and his sweater, because it’s shady to exploit ordinary people for irony’s sake. So instead, let’s turn to second most prominent election meme that doesn’t inspire absolute dread about the future of American society: maps!

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, election Carnac and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver tweeted out two maps of the U.S. One, predominantly blue to represent states theoretically won by Hillary Clinton, showed what it would look like if only women voted, according to Silver’s poll scrying.

The other, painted mostly red, represented the exact opposite: a Donald Trump victory if only men voted.

Then, a couple things happened. According to Buzzfeed, Trump son Eric (so, a campaign surrogate) included a GIF of the red map in a fundraising email to represent the Republican ticket’s supposed momentum, without including Silver’s original, Y-chromosome-centric context. In response, the internet did that thing they do, with the irony. They tweeted more maps. Different maps. Better maps.

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A map of every goat in the U.S., captioned “Crazy – this is what the electoral map would look like if only goats voted.” Another, with the outline of the country wearing cartoon jeans in a couple of possible configurations, asked “What would the electoral map look like if it wore pants?” And so on:

Yes, there are also sweater-clad Ken Bone versions of the meme, too.

But nothing gold can stay. Some Trump supporters on Twitter responded to Silver’s maps not with harmless jests but by starting the hashtag #RepealThe19th — y’know, the 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote — as a campaign to ensure the candidate’s victory on Nov. 8.

I said this meme didn’t inspire absolute dread. Just paralyzing, near-absolute dread.