Twitter is not just for political flame wars and sports trash talk, believe it or not. There are a great deal many other interesting Twitter accounts which entertain and educate on a daily basis. Today we are going to look at some of them.
Obviously “funny” and “interesting” are objective. What I find funny and interesting may not be your cup of tea. So if you know of anything better to follow on Twitter, please do let us know in the comments.
Funny, Useful & Interesting Twitter Accounts You Should Follow
We’ll start off with funny accounts, because who doesn’t need a laugh these days, with the state of the world?
This is Pugsley. He lost control of his rubber duck. Happens to the best of us. 13/10 my thoughts are with him pic.twitter.com/hmC80YVDcf
— WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) September 5, 2018
This is actually a very cool startup business success story. Matthew Nelson started up the Twitter account, Dog Rates, where dog pictures and videos are rated by him. The whole thing skyrockets and he realizes he has a big thing on his hands. So he drops out of college, monetizes the business, and now he gets 6,000 submissions EVERY DAY.
If you love dogs, you will love Dog Rates. I have submitted my dog several times but no bites yet (no pun intended).
You’re welcome! I went through puberty at 26 yrs old. Good things happen to those who wait. https://t.co/ikPiFXPGjv
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) June 18, 2018
In my opinion, Ryan Reynolds is one of the funniest actors ever. His Deadpool character is enough to reduce me to tears of uncontrollable laughter. So when Reynolds gets onto Twitter, you can be sure of a good laugh or ten.
If you abbreviate the character name to “Dr. Who,” nerds will get upset. But are nerds ever NOT upset?
— Fake AP Stylebook (@FakeAPStylebook) February 10, 2011
This one will appeal to all the writers out there, as well as English teachers, grammar nerds, and book lovers. AP Style is a style of writing demanded by some employers and editors, but FakeAPStylebook cranks the humour up to 15 by coming up with all kinds of hilarious grammar rules.
I have the book as well and I laughed like crazy for days afterwards. We writers are a weird bunch I guess. This Twitter account is not updated often but when they do add something, it is worth it. But don’t read it if you are easily offended.
Interesting and Educational Twitter Accounts
Let’s now take a look at some interesting and educational Twitter accounts.
Devoted fans pay thousands for bricks of this fermented tea. https://t.co/VOad3m5pXy
— Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) October 10, 2018
If you like to read about weird and interesting places in the world, as well as quirky trivia, then Atlas Obscura is for you. You are guaranteed to find something here to pique your interest. It does a nice feature on abandoned ghostly properties.
— Longreads (@Longreads) October 10, 2018
I particularly like Long Reads and recommend it to as many people as possible. These days, thanks to the Internet, people skim articles rather than reading them properly. Long Reads tries to bring back the love of long story telling by linking to online articles that take more than 5 minutes to read.
There it goes! 13 photos assembled in sequence show the @Space_Station pass in front of our view of the Sun while orbiting Earth at a speed of roughly 5 miles per second on Sun, Oct 7.
— NASA (@NASA) October 10, 2018
If there is one government agency that has wholeheartedly embraced the Internet, it is NASA. What they have put online is just breathtaking, and their website is a treasure trove for anyone with even a remote interest in space. Their high-definition photos taken by satellites and spacecraft make wonderful photos and desktop wallpaper.
Guided by ex-FARC rebels, scientists discovered a wealth of rare species in the remote rainforest of Colombia https://t.co/jYAxY5dzQu
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) October 9, 2018
National Geographic has been around for the past 130 years, so most likely you know someone with a subscription to the magazine. Like all other media publications however, National Geographic has made full use of the Internet to widen its coverage of the natural world, especially with the use of videos and other interactive content.
China Uighurs: Xinjiang ‘legalises’ Muslim internment camps https://t.co/Za8jqWM9mW
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 10, 2018
Finally, I can’t finish the article without providing a shoutout to my native country’s national broadcaster. The BBC has been around since 1922 and was a beacon of hope to everyone in Nazi-occupied Europe during the war, who wanted “real news”.
So if you are tired of the CNN/Fox News combo, and are looking for a foreign broadcaster with a reputation for impartiality, try the BBC. It drove Joseph Goebbels wild with rage. That should count for something.
As I said at the beginning, funny and interesting mean different things to different people. So if you know of anything that you think is funnier and more interesting, let us know about them in the comments below.