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Siobhan Ball


Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org

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man holding edge of carpet on floor caption 'our airbnb for the week' (l) hand holding paper cube with Airbnb logo on it (c) carpet lifted to reveal secret room caption 'our airbnb for the week' (r)

‘Just leave it’s not worth it’: Guests discover creepy secret basement in Airbnb

'Barbarian type beat.'

On Dec 16, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

Walmart customer picking up Walmart phone (l) Walmart with sign and parking lot (c) Walmart customer pressing buttons on Walmart phone (r)

‘Walmart, hire me’: Customer answers store’s phone when no employees are around

'Bro doesn't even having training and still managed to help them out.'

On Dec 14, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

TikTok with caption 'DO NOT EXECUTE Mohammad Ghobadlou Mohsen Rezazadeh Saman Seydi Mohammad Boroghani Saeed Shirazi Abolfazl Mehri Hossein Abbas Daris Manouchehr Mehman Navaz Soheil Khoshdel #stopexecutionsiniran' 'sharing their names and using the hashtag is really crucial for their survival' (l) Iran Parliament (c) woman speaking with caption 'this is insane. do you know how many protesters this will affect at the moment?' (r)

Iranians on TikTok are naming arrested protesters to try and stave off executions

More than 15,000 arrested protesters could face the death penalty.

On Nov 11, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

Haunted dollhouse interior front entrance (l) Haunted dollhouse on table caption 'Here is what the dollhouse looks like *so far*. We're maybe 45% done.' (c) Haunted dollhouse interior living room (r)

Inside the haunted dollhouses of TikTok

One creator describes her hobby as a 'Covid project turned rabid.'

On Oct 31, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

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What is an almond mom? Inside the TikTok trend unpacking familial disordered eating

'You're not hungry, you're just bored.'

On Oct 19, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

worker asks if anyone else cries on mondays at their corporate job tiktok

‘Are we supposed to do this a few more decades?’: Worker cries on Monday mornings because she doesn’t see a way out of Corporate America

'And Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays.'

On Oct 17, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

Justine Snacks shares new viral trend called butter boards tiktok

‘Who is eating that much butter?’: Butter board videos, where creators spread butter and other foods on boards, spark debate

'Sign of the end times.'

On Oct 11, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

Linda Paulson outside hands pointing to herself (l) Linda Paulson outside dancing with caption 'Linda Paulson for Utah State' (c) Linda Paulson outside pointing finger towards camera (r)

‘So this isn’t an SNL skit’: People are mocking Linda Paulson’s cringy senate campaign rap video

Despite the confusion, this is not satire.

On Sep 20, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

people wait in line for glimpse of queen's casket

The queue to see the Queen’s body is its own meme

'Tell me this isn't the greatest bit of British performance art that has ever happened?'

On Sep 15, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

Emergency Fuel Pump Shut-Off button at gas station (l) woman holding gas pump spewing everywhere at gas station (c) man hand inside where pump sits at gas station (r)

‘They need to teach this in school’: Gas station attendant responds to viral unstoppable pump TikTok by showing viewers what to do if it happens to them

Look for the big red emergency shut-off button.

On Sep 14, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

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‘Thank you for noticing me’: YouTuber Chris Klemens raises awareness about the disregard for service workers

'Alright, now I'm going to thank every single custodian I see.'

On Sep 7, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

woman walking outside speaking caption 'Got accused of stealing from Ralph's in LA and La Brea & Fountain' 'WAIT FOR THE END' (l) woman in store speaking caption 'The woman who worked there 'NOT HER THE GUY WITH THE SANDWICH AND 2 SODA POPS' (c) woman speaking outside caption 'The security guard YANKED the bag OUT OF MY HANDS refused to look at the receipt I showed him 100 times' 'WAIT FOR THE END' (r)

‘Why do people even snitch about shoplifting like they make commission on it’: Woman wrongly accused of shoplifting sparks self-checkout and stealing discourse

'A good security worker checks the receipt and double checks the person they need to follow.'

On Aug 19, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

woman standing with her boyfriend arm on his shoulder (l) woman speaking (c) woman looking at boyfriend holding his arm (r)

People are calling out this ‘boyfriend haul’ TikTok trend for using racist terms

'This trend is giving me GET OUT vibes.'

On Aug 9, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

men sticking tongues out putting honey caption 'some guy doing the honey 'trend' (a closed practice) (l) honey dripping off of honey dipper (c) man in hospital caption 'the honey thing backfired huh' 'it backfired the next week, stop doing closed practices you have no knowledge of' (r)

What is the viral TikTok honey spell and why are people calling it dangerous?

As part of brujería, a closed practice, its believed that non-Hispanics who do the honey trend are likely to have it backfire on them.

On Aug 8, 2022 by Siobhan Ball

Man at desk typing on laptop and drinking coffee caption 'I'm really excited for the Millennial/Gen Z takeover of corporate America. Where corporate jargon is no longer a thing. Where glossaries of acronyms are a part of your onboarding & PTO isn't looked down upon by boomers. You aren't feeling okay today & need a mental health day? We gotchu. Out of PTO but need an extra day? Not an issue. Soon the boomers are outta here & it's our turn to set the standard.' (l) business meeting people talking laptops on table (c) at desk typing on laptop and drinking coffee caption 'I'm really excited for the Millennial/Gen Z takeover of corporate America. Where corporate jargon is no longer a thing. Where glossaries of acronyms are a part of your onboarding & PTO isn't looked down upon by boomers. You aren't feeling okay today & need a mental health day? We gotchu. Out of PTO but need an extra day? Not an issue. Soon the boomers are outta here & it's our turn to set the standard.'(r)

‘I can feel it coming! 4 day work weeks & fully remote options!’: TikToker posts about what will happen when Gen Z finally takes over the corporate workforce, sparking debate

'As someone with middle management experience, I can't wait for yall to find out why Boomers are the way they are.'

On Jul 19, 2022 by Siobhan Ball