15 Extreme Things to Give Up This Lent

Lent is here and you know what that means: the classic forfeit of chocolate, the avoidance of french fries and the (unpromising) theory of exercising more often.

Chalk it up to one word? Boring!

Instead of the old, dull suggestions of the past, why not try some innovative ideas that call for real sacrifice? Here are some of our proposals:

1. Give up peeling bananas.

Sound hard to you? Exactly. How are you going to open it? A friend? A knife? Are you going to avoid bananas the entire Lenten season? Let us know.

2. Give up smiling awkwardly at people you sort-of know when you walk past them.

I know it’s hard, but that’s the point of Lent. Keep a straight face, avoid eye contact or run away! Whatever is easiest, really.

3. Give up opening your mouth when you laugh.

      Chuckle softly, or not at all!

4. Give up wearing socks.

Whether you opt for sandals or challenge yourself with sneakers, this will definitely keep you on your toes. (Get it?!)

5. Give up eye contact altogether. 

      Shyly bat your lashes toward the ground to let people know you’re avoiding eye contact. They should catch on pretty quickly!

6. Give up all candy flavors except for grape. 

    Relish in the incredibly medicine-like taste of grape, a feeling you won’t know you can stand until you are forced to.

7. Give up sleep between the hours of 3:15a.m. and 4:45a.m.

    Set an alarm and keep your body constantly alert to change!

8. Give up contacts, glasses or any other aids to your vision. 

    Whether you’re mildly impaired or actually blind, this is a challenge to not only you but the people around you!

9. Give up the use of your hands. 

      Pick up items with the strength of your toes if you have dropped something. Otherwise, kindly ask an acquaintance to do literally everything for you!

10. Give up Piano Bar. 

      Hmm…too soon?

11. Give up stopping for pedestrians.

      Got a car? Make a point! Though dangerous, this Lenten promise will really challenge you!

12. Give up the letter “E.”

    Paprs, -mails, and prtty much any tchnological communication may b slightly mor difficult, but if you put your mind to it, you can do anything!

13. Give up the temperatures between 70 and 78 degrees. 

    Often the comfortable temperatures for a generally cold person, give up familiarity and either shiver or sweat yourself to sleep!

14. Give up opening doors.

    Trying to get out of your classroom? Let someone else help you out. Trying to get into a car? Just let that Uber driver know you need his assistance. How about a way out of your dorm room? Kick it down like Jack Bauer or loudly cry until a concerned neighbor comes to your aid.

15. Give up turning left. 

Live on the wild side and avoiding turning left at all costs. It’ll hurt your brain and annoy your friends, but it’s sure to keep you occupied during Lent!

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BuzzFeed Quizzes: The Obsession Is Real

So Many QuizzesImagine you are sitting in your last class of the day. Staring at your laptop screen, you’ve already memorized the new season’s collection of whichever website you are currently browsing. Additionally, despite constantly refreshing Facebook every five minutes, you still haven’t seen anything new come up. Things are looking bleak. Suddenly, something pops up: a link posted on someone’s wall. It’s a BuzzFeed quiz! A quiz that could not be more pertinent to the exciting roller coaster that is your life. A quiz that will only further unlock the complex inner workings of your mind, body and soul: The “What Sandwich Are You?” Quiz. Answer: Soggy Veggie Wrap.

To be honest, I would have preferred getting a grilled cheese over a soggy veggie wrap. Why couldn’t it have been just a plain veggie wrap? Regardless, I know once I start with one of these BuzzFeed quizzes, I cannot stop. My first click on another quiz soon turns into wondering, “Where did the last few hours go?” Perhaps this is more of a personal addiction, but I like to believe I’m not alone in this.

Now, I don’t want to imply that most of the learning I’ve done recently has been through BuzzFeed, but I’m not going to deny it either. All I will say is I now know that the country I should live in is Spain, the arbitrary thing I would be is the New York Times leisure section and I most identify with Leslie Knope out of all of the “Parks and Recreation” characters. I mean, Hoyas, at the end of the day, if you don’t know which classic diva you are, I’d argue maybe you do not know enough. Madonna, by the way, for those still interested in my results.

Without a doubt, BuzzFeed quizzes should have some sort of “warning: highly addictive” sign attached to them. 4E is not advocating another distraction from the piles and piles of work you guys have during midterm season – you already have 4E for that. But who wouldn’t want to know that her future career could be vice president in the midst of studying for a “Comparative Political Systems” midterm?

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So, we at 4E have compiled our own selection of BuzzFeed quizzes, because if you can’t learn everything for your midterm, you might as well learn what your true hidden talent is:

Photos: tumblr.com, metro.us

4E’s 12 Over 12: The Game-changers of Tomorrow

12 Over 12This week, The Hoya reported that five members of the Georgetown University and Georgetown Law community were featured in this year’s Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list. The list recognizes talented future leaders in 15 different fields, and notably, all those selected still haven’t hit the big 3-0.

But frankly, Forbes has nothing on these Hoyas.

Meet 4E’s “12 Over 12,” a group of über-talented, especially innovative game-changers – all over 12 years old. Let’s meet the future, shall we?

4E’s 12 Over 12

Fashion’s Future Anna Wintour

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Ellen Rote (COL ’17)

“My favorite pants are comfy and they have a hole in them.”

 

The Next Picasso

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Nikki Waddley (COL ’17)

“I prefer crayons over markers.”

 

Famous Food Critic

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Meg Wallace (COL ’17)

“Today at Leo’s I ate canned peaches with a fly in them. And I drank Raspberry Diet Sprite. I’m big into artificially flavored sodas.”

 

Future Talent Spotter/Music Manager

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James Constant (COL ’16)

“I like The Mountain Goats.”

 

Future Fortune 500 CEO

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Tyler Byrd (COL ’17)

“I had a silver piggy bank once.”

 

Algorithm Developer

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Maddie Hopp (NHS ’16)

“Two plus two equals four.”

 

The Next Steve Jobs

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Carleigh Douglas (MSB ’16)

“I’m the most technologically inept person. I mean, I like Twitter.”

 

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist

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Teddy Schaffer (COL ’16)

“I’m going to the gym today.”

 

Future President of the United States

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“I don’t belong to a political party.”

 

Next Great American Novelist

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Kathleen Soriano-Taylor (COL ’14)

“The last text message I wrote said, ‘Cool, see ya’.”

 

Animal Rights Activist

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Maggie Blackwood (MSB ’16)

“I have a dog, a wheaten terrier. I take her on walks.”

 

The Next Oprah Winfrey

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Jared Kimler (COL ’16)

“Yeah, I’ve watched Oprah before.”

 

Photos: Emma Holland and Karl Pielmeier for The Hoya; photos courtesy of Tyler Byrd, Meg Wallace and Nikki Waddley