If TikTok hasn’t taken over your life in some way, then who are you and what are you doing with all that free time? Before you say “being productive”, here’s the thing: on the best corners of this clock app are some of the solutions to conundrums of any kind, and okay, some of best time-wasters too.
Let's dive into November, where there was a lot of chatter about having the tastiest (American) Thanksgiving, scoring the perfect pose and creating a whole new classification system for good and bad days.
If you’re late to TikTok and all the ways it will make you buy, cook, watch, try and say certain things, consider this your primer. If you’re already there, here’s what you might have missed, or definitely took part in, this month.
Did you know that a card-grabber is very much a thing? Well, not only does it exist, but it’s a lifesaver for anyone who likes to sport nails that are over an inch long. You know the ones. We don’t want them chipping, cracking or breaking off. Fortunately, TikTok account and small business @lovelelashes introduced this very product this month, and it went viral on the app, currently sitting at 14-million views. There are plenty more versions to find on Etsy, too, and they’re pretty darn cheap. Plus, kind of hilarious and useful even if you have shorter nails and just want to avoid passing around germs.
Us Canadians got in first and celebrated Thanksgiving in October but who can resist cookbook author, TV host and model Padma Lakshmi educating the world on how to cook the perfect turkey (soaked in buttermilk!) and tie it up right? Her tips previously shared on The Tonight Show in 2014 went viral mid-month, and the Top Chef host joined the app shortly after thanks to popular demand. Better yet is her own TikTok video in which Padma details how to tie the bird set to Marving Gaye's “Let’s Get It On,” and warns us “don’t be afraid of the juice.” Yes, ma'am.
It seems North West (daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) and Penelope Disick (daughter of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick) have taken over TikTok. The adorable besties have been posting under their own new accounts, with Disick on @pandkourt (which has 1.9-million followers), and North on @kimandnorth (which has 1.7-million followers). The pair have done everything from dance videos (with their moms, who have never looked quite so uncool trying to keep up with their daughters) and lip syncs, to hauls and make-up try-ons. The new generation of Kardashian has arrived and it’s cute as hell.
There’s been no music quite like Silk Sonic’s this year, and the R&B supergroup, made up of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, had one song, “Smoking’ Out the Window”, that has become a certified hit thanks to TikTok, which has a habit of making unexpected songs explode. This one's particular lyrics ("not to be dramatic but I want to die") were exactly the right level of dramatic for the app that LOVES to be dramatic (and also loves to showcase how anyone can go from so not hot to so hot).
"Was today a bones day or a no-bones day?" In other words, was it a good day or bad day? Was it an energetic one or a flop one?
It all started mid-November, when TikTok user Jonathan Graziano (who now has over 4.6 million followers) started posting videos of his daily attempts to get his geriatric pug Noodle to go for a walk. If he stands when lifted up, it’s a bones day, if he flops back down immediately, it’s a no-bones day. Get it? Consider it a modern-day Groundhog Day. The videos have become powerful enough that they have hordes of watchers determining whether their own day will be a successful one, and consequentially, if they should get up off the couch (or not) based on how Noodle reacts when lifted from his dog bed.
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