Wordle fans everywhere have discovered the perfect FOUR-vowel opening word to use

This is the way.

Friends and fellow Wordle fanatics, this is my mea culpa.

A few days ago, I wrote about the first-word strategy for Wordle, the once-a-day word guessing game that combines the game Mastermind with crossword puzzle solving that has swept the internet (and has irked some people with all those green and yellow box-filled tweets).

WARNING: Before we go on, if you want to keep blissfully playing the game your way, stop reading. Otherwise? Read on!

I thought I had found the perfect word to kick off the guessing — WEIRD, or any other two-vowel word. Since then, I have heard from many fans who have even better words to start with.

And … there’s one that blew my mind.

Here’s the first-word strategy that will help you win Wordle every single time

The answer to all your WORDLE worries.

Like many of you, I’m COMPLETELY obsessed with Wordle, the one-a-day word guessing game that’s a combination of Mastermind and a crossword puzzle that’s sweeping the internet.

And I think I’ve discovered the correct opening strategy, so much so that I had to share it with the world.

WARNING: If you want to keep blissfully playing the game your way, stop reading and go see if there’s a new Wordle. Otherwise? Read on!

The concept of the game is to start off with a guess of a five-letter word and see what letters are either correct and in the wrong spot or are correct and in the RIGHT spot. You want to open with a word that will help you not waste one of your six guesses, right?

So here’s what I’ve been doing since I started playing: I open with one word and one word only: WEIRD.

Why WEIRD? Because it has two vowels and what I think of as a commonly used consonant in “D.” That way, either I eliminate one or two vowels or — like in certain puzzles, I get two vowels right off the bat.

There are only five vowels (sorry, “Y,” for this purpose, you’re not as useful). One turn tells you SO much.

It doesn’t have to be WEIRD, either. I shared this idea with my For The Win colleagues and Blake Schuster informed me he leads with HEALS, which I think might be even better with an “S” revealing if you’ve got a plural.

The point is: Always start with a two-vowel word. Boom. You’ll never lose a Wordle game again.

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The 10 best memes of 2021, from Bernie Sanders in gloves to Aaron Rodgers’ face

The best memes of the year.

The year 2021 is coming to a close, but it’s time for one last look back at the year in memes, the ones that made us laugh when we needed them the most.

We had Last Dance, Tiger King and “how it started, how it’s going” memes to help us get through 2020, and this year, there were some fun sports memes (yes, the Aaron Rodgers face made the cut!) that we’ll run through to go along with the ones we’ve seen this year from the pop culture world.

So in no particular order, here are the best memes we saw in 2021.

Johnson & Johnson reportedly plans to split into two companies, so everyone made the same joke

So many of the same joke.

Well here’s some interesting business news: Johnson & Johnson announced it’s going to split into two companies.

The plan, per CNBC, is “to split its consumer products business from its pharmaceutical and medical device operations, creating two publicly traded companies. … The separation will sheer off its household products unit, maker of Band-Aid bandages, Aveeno and Neutrogena skin care products, and Listerine, from its riskier, but faster-growing division that makes and sells prescription drugs and medical devices, including its Covid-19 vaccine.”

While this is important news, the focus here is that everyone made the same or similar joke about it on Twitter. A sampling:

Facebook is rebranding as Meta and everyone made the same, obvious sports joke

Meta … World Peace?

Facebook is Facebook no more.

Meta is the new name, as announced by chief exec Mark Zukerberg on Thursday, a rebrand that comes at time with the company is under fire after, as USA TODAY reported, “Facebook is embroiled in crisis over a cache of documents leaked by former product manager Frances Haugen and provided to Congress.”

But that led to so many Twitter jokes on Thursday, and the one that I saw SO much of had to do with a certain ex-NBA star formerly known as Ron Artest.

That’s right: Here’s a roundup of Meta — er Metta World Peace jokes:

The emotional Steve from ‘Blue’s Clues’ video has now inevitably become a meme

You knew this was going to happen.

Steve Burns had us all feeling a lot of feelings this week when the former Blue’s Clues host came back in a Twitter video and talked about leaving the show to go to college.

He talked a lot about how things are hard these days and how we all helped him get through some of those things and it’s very difficult to write about that video without tearing up (I’ll throw it in below so you can watch it again).

But because Twitter is Twitter, people have started using Steve as a meme, and it’s quite delightful. There were a bunch of examples from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday:

Bonus: Here’s one after The Matrix Resurrections trailer dropped:

And here’s the original video:

BRB getting a tissue.

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Corgi racing — yes, corgi racing — was shown on ESPN to the delight of animal lovers everywhere

A bunch of very good dogs!

It’s the dog days of summer at ESPN. Yes, for real.

On Saturday, in the midst of a very chill afternoon with little sports content, ESPN surprised viewers with an unexpected treat. After airing MLS soccer in the afternoon, ESPN switched tracks completely and started airing corgi racing on their main channel.

The corgi race in question was the 2021 Corgi Races held at Emerald Downs in Auburn. Sadly, the race already happened back in July — and it’s not immediately clear if ESPN telegraphed this to their audience — but the event was a wonderful surprise even though it wasn’t live TV.

Here’s how the first race went down, with some top-notch commentary.

And here’s how the final race ended, with Angus taking home the top prize after holding off a late burst of speed from Chance.

Talk about a thrilling finish! Animal lovers everywhere were thrilled, perplexed, and amused at the proceedings on ESPN.

Fans absolutely loved the footage of Adam Sandler playing pickup basketball in New York

Running point in a polo.

With eased restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic and great weather in Long Island, New York, over the weekend, it was a perfect time to hit up a park and play some basketball.

Adam Sandler had the same idea.

Video hit Twitter over the weekend of the actor and comedian playing pickup hoops at a Long Island park. Sandler showed up to the park wearing a polo and shorts straight out of T.J. Ford’s 2003 rookie photoshoot because of course he did.

It was already relatively common knowledge that Sander is a decent basketball player — a pass-first point guard in every sense — but someone needs to get him better teammates.

They’re just wasting dimes from Sandler — what a missed opportunity.

Anyway, fans did enjoy seeing the video of Sandler playing pickup.



A Starbucks barista shared the wildest order from ‘Edward’ and everyone’s sharing other ridiculous coffee orders

Some wild orders ahead.

Alright, so we’ll start this off as we do with any viral social media post: we don’t know if it’s truly real.

But we do know that there are people who have very, very, VERY specific orders at Starbucks. And on Monday, we learned from a barista whose Twitter name is @ProjectJosiee about “Edward,” (that name was trending most of Monday) a customer whose order is super-duper long and complicated, basically a barista’s nightmare.

But it led to many responses from fellow baristas about similarly long and complex orders, which we’ll share below the tweet that got a ton of responses:


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A TV station’s weird tweet about Idaho anchor Mark Johnson became an instant Twitter meme

Mark Johnson? Mark Johnson.

If you’re wondering why “Mark Johnson” was trending on Twitter Wednesday morning, we have an answer for you.

Mark Johnson is an anchor for KTVB in Boise, Idaho. But when KVTB’s Twitter sent out a tweet that simply said “Mark Johnson” and linked to Johnson’s bio, users on Twitter turned it into a whole thing.

By the way, you should read Johnson’s bio, which includes gems like, “National Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award winner Mark Johnson returned to Idaho’s NewsChannel 7 in April of 1996… and who could blame him?!” It also turns out he’s a Green Bay Packers fan!

Here’s the tweet and Johnson’s reaction (he blames his daughters?):

And here are the memes:

We leave the last word to Mark Johnson:

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