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The Out-Of-Touch Adults’ Guide To Kid Culture: Week 4

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The Week in Video Games: Everyone’s Playing Among Us

If your kid started labeling everything they don’t like “sus,” they’re probably playing Among Us. Sus is the universal indicator for “suspect” in the multiplayer whodunnit game that has recently exploded in popularity.

The appeal of Among Us doesn’t come from cutting-edge graphics or high frame-rate violence. Instead, Among Us is all about deduction and social interaction. Four to ten players portray space travelers on a friendly mission, but one player is a murderous traitor, and it’s up to the rest of the group to figure out who’s the rat before they get knifed.

It’s a simple concept that you might remember playing around a table as “Werewolf” or “Mafia,” but being able to log on with friends or strangers (the game is playable cross-platform on mobile platforms and PC) is convenient and fun, and since the game is based on trickery and deduction, there’s no barrier for players who don’t have the fastest reflexes. It’s even priced right: Among Us is free for mobile and only five bucks on PC.

The Week in TV: Enola Holmes

Netflix original feature Enola Holmes was released this week, and if you have an intelligent and/or quirky kid in your life, they’ve probably already watched this movie at least eight times since it was released on Wednesday. It’s one of those films destined to be lots of young people’s favorite movie ever, trust me. Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven from Stranger Things) plays the role of Sherlock Holmes’ little sister Enola: an eccentric, resourceful teenager whose idyllic, rich-Victorian-girl life is shattered when her mother disappears. Luckily, mom leaves behind a set of cryptic clues, so Enola sets off to find her and overcome traditional gender roles along the way. Enola Holmes is entirely delightful. You’ll overdose on delight from the trailer alone.

The Week In Music: The Return Of Guitars

Don’t be surprised if your kid asks you for a guitar this Christmas. According to a recent article in The New York Times, the old-fashion tool of rockers and rebels is making an unexpected comeback, and it’s not being driven by Gen Xers trying to relive Nirvana’s glory-days or grey-haired blues lawyers buying $20,000 Gibsons to hang in the office. It’s all because of kids. Well, kids and COVID-19.

Industry insiders credit all the extra time they have at home for the uptick in axe sales among young people. “There was this point with my students where I could tell that numbing out on Netflix and Instagram and Facebook was just not working anymore,” guitar instructor Jensen Trani told The Times. “People could no longer go to their usual coping mechanisms. They were saying, ‘How do I want to spend my day?’”

Interestingly, guitar sales are particularly strong with girls and young women, who now make up 50 percent of new guitar sales, according to a study from guitar-maker Fender. Like all the good things in our culture, I believe this is because of the influence of Taylor Swift.

If your kid does take up the guitar, they have way more resources available than previous generations could even dream of, from totally free YouTube instructional series to “official” online instruction from Fender for a small monthly fee, to guitar teachers who will teach on Zoom or FaceTime—ask around at your local guitar retailer.

Viral Video of the Week: Uncle Roger vs Gordon Ramsay

Millions of young people watch, like, and subscribe to YouTuber Uncle Roger’s channel where he reacts to other people’s fried-rice recipes.

Okay, maybe that doesn’t sound entertaining, but trust me, you have to check out his channel if you want to see what your kids are laughing at. Start with this brutal fried-rice takedown of BBC presenter Hersha Patel’s rice-making skills.

My top viral video this week features Uncle Roger taking on the biggest whale in the cooking world: Celebrity mega-chef Gordon Ramsay. I was expecting a cross-cultural beat-down for the cranky British chef, but surprisingly, Ramsay’s recipe and technique for Indonesian style fried rice passes Uncle Roger’s exacting standards…Unlike, say, Jamie Oliver. Hai-ya.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

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You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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