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Zhang Juanjuan (3rd L) introduces her self-designed batik creative cultural products to customers at a batik DIY studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan (back) and her mother make batik products at home in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan introduces her self-designed batik creative cultural products via livestreaming at a batik DIY studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan dries batik products on the roof of her house in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan (L) instructs her sister to make a batik painting at a batik DIY studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan (R) talks with her mother on the techniques of making batik paintings at a batik studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan (2nd L) instructs her relatives and friends to make batik paintings at a batik DIY studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan’s mother instructs her to make a batik painting at a batik studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Photo by Chen Xi/Xinhua)

Zhang Juanjuan (L) introduces her self-designed batik creative cultural products to a customer at a batik DIY studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan’s mother instructs her to make a batik painting at a batik studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Photo by Chen Xi/Xinhua)

Zhang Juanjuan rolls up a batik painting at a batik studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

Zhang Juanjuan displays batik products at a batik studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Photo by Chen Xi/Xinhua)

Zhang Juanjuan makes a batik painting at a batik DIY studio in Anshun of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, Aug. 18, 2022. Zhang Juanjuan, a girl of Miao ethnic group, decided to return home to take over her parents business related to batik products making after graduation. Batik is an intangible cultural heritage in her hometown. She registered her parents’ batik workshop as a batik art company, and founded her own batik DIY studio. To expand her own business, Zhang Juanjuan and her colleagues have designed practical, environment-friendly, and fashionable batik products. Meanwhile, she has been teaching batik-making skills to other villagers, helping them increase their incomes through batik products. She hopes batik of the Miao ethnic group could be known by more people through internet and inherited by more young people. (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)

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MY SON IS on the cusp of 12. Armpit hair. Adam’s apple. Pimples. His voice is so low that on more than one occasion, my heart seized when I heard a man’s voice in the other room and thought someone had broken into the house.

“Puberty is gross,” he declared from the back seat of the car one day, a few hours before watching, unfazed, as a villain in a show spat acid and melted a guy’s face off.

Puberty might be gross and cringe, but I talk about it as much as he can tolerate. Yet conversations with mom can only go so far, and while I can (and will) hand him a book, I wondered what kind of tech resources are available for a single mom and a son who are each online a LOT.

A Dearth of (Organized) Info

In a world where it seems like anything can be found online, I learned that puberty resources for tweens and teens lag behind.

“There’s such a hole in the market because everything that’s online and searchable is written for parents or for lawyers,” says Cara Natterson, a pediatrician, consultant, and author of New York Times bestselling puberty and parenting books, including The Care and Keeping of You series and Guy Stuff.

Natterson sought to help fill the gap, and in 2020 she cofounded Oomla, a brand that sells clothing and features information for the tween and teen set, as well as The Puberty Podcast, available on the Oomla website and on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

The site also hosts The Puberty Portal, a series of short topical posts that are, Natterson says, the only such content written by and for tweens and teens. The prompt for those writers is, “What do I wish someone had told me five years ago?” The portal is on its second batch of contributors, and Natterson says the group is buzzing with ideas and incredulous that certain topics have not been covered yet.

“The reason they’re all so excited to write is that there’s nothing for them,” she explains. “To me, as a pediatrician and mom of teenagers, how shocking is it that a stage of life that 100 percent of people will go through is approached in this way?”

Natterson also runs a TikTok channel called “Spilling the Pubertea,” where she and cohost Vanessa Kroll Bennett attempt to use anatomically correct language while navigating TikTok’s censorship. Hence, the two professionals sometimes find themselves resorting to captions with “eggs” and “pen15” to avoid having their videos removed. Other topics include shaving, hormones, Gen-Z slang, and “Is it normal?” videos.

How We Search

Part of the apparent gap in info could result from the ways we search. A parent might Google the word “puberty” or “puberty resources for boys,” looking to build a library of at-the-ready information, but a teenager is less likely to do that. Instead, they’ll search for a specific issue—zits, facial hair, getting their period—and then bounce from link to link. They’ll hear a YouTuber talk about one issue and a TikTokker chat about another. Or they’ll come across comments and information while watching an unrelated video.

That’s exactly how Amanda Bortner, 20, learned. Although her mom was really open with her, Bortner still found herself turning to Google, YouTube videos, and her friends.

“I remember the first time I ever shaved my legs, I didn’t even tell my mom,” Bortner says. “I was like, ‘Mom, look what I did.’ She was like, ‘Oh, I hope you did it the right way.’”

Bortner, now an intern at Oomla, said she didn’t follow any specific channels. And she recognized that sometimes the information she found wasn’t legit—like the time she came across a couple of beauty YouTubers offering some sketchy advice.

“I remember I watched a video titled something like, ‘What to do to alleviate pain on your period,” Bortner says. “They said to take a laptop when it’s really hot and place it on the area … All of the comments were like, ‘Why are you telling people to do this??’”

Although Bortner was savvy enough to recognize bad advice when she saw it, others might not be. Puberty is starting earlier and lasting longer, beginning as early as eight or nine years old. So young kids are likely scanning the same topics that were once considered teen subjects.

Naturally, parents worry about what their kids will find.

“There’s a gigantic fear, not unwarranted, that kids will wind up on porn sites when they start doing searches for information,” Natterson says. “Many do, so it’s not an unreasonable concern. So how do you navigate that?”

Natterson explains that it begins with being the trusted adult who can help vet information—and again, keeping the conversation open.

Dr. Meredithe McNamara agrees. An assistant professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine who specializes in adolescent medicine, McNamara suggests adults watch content with teens.

“I would recommend that parents, guardians, and loved ones and providers ask this young person what they have found and what they have read,” McNamara says. “I do not believe in unfettered access to social media. I believe it has to be a continually open conversation. I think the approach to this is with the adult being kind of humble, and ‘What can I learn from my young person who’s going through this stage?’ is huge.”

McNamara said some of her patients pull up YouTubers who explain concepts really well, and others whose content is a little different or potentially inaccurate. Even when correcting misinformation, McNamara always makes sure to thank her patients for showing her the material and tells them she’s learned something that helps her understand them better.

“It really puts the young person in control of what’s most important to them, which is their body and their life,” she said.

Resources for Trans and Nonbinary Kids

McNamara was a coauthor, along with six other medical and legal experts, of a report in May that criticized the scientific claims used as justification to criminalize medical treatment for transgender youth in Texas and Alabama. She has also coauthored a number of op-eds on the matter.

Although the internet can be harsh, especially for marginalized groups, McNamara said she’s found positives for the gender-diverse community.

“There’s so much interesting data that shows that social media networks are very protective of and supportive for gender-diverse youth, that they find one another and that they develop really supportive and constructive friendships, that they reach out to each other when they might not be reared in supportive homes,” McNamara says.

McNamara said The Trevor Project has good, vetted resources for gender-diverse youth and youth who do not identify as straight. The site also hosts virtual drop-in counseling hours for free over Zoom. McNamara says PFLAG also has “exceptional resources for parents.”

Like any other teen, trans kids tend to find their own sources.

“These young people will pick the sources they feel safest engaging with,” McNamara said. “I think that may be a forum, a TikTokker. I think the things that are really concerning that need to be intervened with and screened for are when youth are not monitored and then preyed upon by adults on dating sites and that kind of thing.”

Keep the Door Open

Just before Bortner went to college, her mother brought a few books into her room.

“I know you don’t want them, and you don’t want to read them,” Bortner remembers her mother saying. “Just put them on the shelf and leave them there.”

Then a funny thing happened.

“I remember at one point I was like, ‘Ok, I’ll open it,’” Bortner says.

The no-pressure method had worked.

“It doesn’t really matter how your kids get the information,” Natterson says, “so long as you let them know that you’re always comfortable talking to them about any of it. That’s the win as the adult in this scenario. And if you don’t know the answer, look it up or find someone who can help you. At the end of the day, every kid is going to get some combination of good and bad info … You want to (become) the trusted adult they can run information by.”

McNamara said it’s also incumbent upon adults to learn what their kids are doing online.

“We have to care about what this generation is using to live their lives,” she says. “We have to look at it on their level. We have to ask what it does for them, and we have to ask to be invited to experience tech and social media.”

Natterson and McNamara both stress the importance of remaining nonjudgmental and not shaming their kids.

“This will be your win, because there will be a lot of days where you’re going to feel like you screwed up,” Natterson says. “So long as you’re in the conversation, you’re doing great.”

Additional Reading

Although the information can be scattershot, it’s out there.

Some sources include:

  • The website Amaze is a sex education site that also features puberty resources via a series of light-hearted cartoon videos designed to educate and entertain. They can be goofy but are informative. A related website, Amaze Jr, is geared toward parents of younger children. Both are on social media.
  • The Puberty Prof is a website by health educator Lori Reichel that includes articles, a podcast, and the TALK Puberty app to facilitate conversation, among other resources.
  • The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine has a serious and educational tone and provides a number of links with online resources for adolescents and young adults.
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes a section with puberty resources, though they are more medically oriented and somewhat dense.
  • The website Puberty: The Wonder Years, geared toward teachers and parents, includes an associated book and curriculum, plus links to resources.
  • The Netflix show Big Mouth, an irreverent and edgy look back at the cringiness of teen years, manages to pass along good information about puberty. It was created by Nick Kroll, the brother of Natterson’s cohost, and Kroll’s best friend, Andrew Goldberg. Big Mouth gets Natterson’s stamp of approval as a fun option for older teens.
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Financial problems are not the worst. Despite an active transfer campaign (Rafinha, Kessie, Lewandowski, Christensen, Kunde) and spending 153 millions, Barca is close to default. La Liga accommodated and allowed to register newcomers for the opening match. But the Catalans are obliged to reduce the payroll: they are looking for legal loopholes in order to rob Piqué, Busquets and De Jong a little, and they generally doubt the legality of some contracts and plan to contact the prosecutor’s office.

 

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What happened to accounting

 

In total, Barca owe the players 389 millions euros due to deferrals of salaries and bonuses, but they are ready to wait. The biggest debts are on Messi, Pique and Busquets. Yes, Leo has been in Paris for a long time, and he is owed 52 millions. It happened because when the pandemic was raging, the stars went down and agreed to a pay cut, but now they are again asked for it – and Busquets and Pique didn’t agree.

 

It will be very difficult for the players and club to reach an agreement. The club believes that a more realistic option for the registration of Kunde (who is still out of application) is the sale of players. Piqué and Busquets believe that they have already made a lot of efforts to help the team – that’s enough.

 

Newbies and old timers failed

 

In the very first round, Barca played 0:0 with Rayo Vallecano – interesting numbers and stories appeared. For example, Lewandowski scored in every debut match of the season since 2014, and this time he was the weakest link, unable to come up with anything at all against Rayo’s uncomplicated defense.

 

Xavi’s winning percentage at the helm is 52,6%. It would seem that this is an impressive figure, but it is lower than any coach in the last 20 seasons. Look, Valverde has 66,9%, Setien has 64%, Koeman has 58,2%. Yes, even Koeman has higher results.

 

De Jong, whom the fans do not like because he does not agree to lose money on the contract, is on the bench. The guy was simply not released on the field. It also looks strange that Xavi chose Ousmane Dembele, who refused to renew his contract last season, and not Frenkie, who wants to play for Barcelona. Without the Dutchman, there was no meaningful progress forward.

 

No chance of a championship

 

Barca are still clearly behind Real Madrid in terms of tactical diversity. At the same time, transfers to the attack (even if they are successful) are aimed at something else: Robert Lewandowski is the finisher, Rafinha is a player of counterattack. The team is not able to open the center of the field, there is no leverage. Playing flank is great, but if you can’t constantly attack in the center of the half-wing, hard nuts like Rayo will not crack, and you will have to look at boring zeros more and more often.

 

Xavi has a problem, because Lewandowski, Aubameyang, Dembele, Rafinha, Fati, Ferrand and Depay need to be placed on the attack. How to do it? No way. The naming is fantastic, but it reminds of PSG, where they couldn’t come up with positions for all the forwards.

 

They promised Bernardo Silva from City, but in the end the Portuguese chose Pep’s stability. The last bell is that not everything is calm in the Catalan club, because Bernardo beat his chest for two years, saying how he dreams of leaving for Barcelona.

 

The championship of Madrid will be a logical continuation of the past few years. Early completion of the transfer campaign, ready-made team with no signs of restructuring and the perfect coach for it all. And for Barca, all the stars should align, the quick adaptation of a bunch of newcomers, the absence of injuries and luck. Is it real? Obviously, almost none.

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If you were asked to name some comedians, you are going to recite the famous names. After all, these are the people that are on television, as well as have regular shows across London. But have you ever thought of supporting upcoming comedians in their quest for fame and glory?

 

Often, upcoming comedians struggle because they cannot get large enough crowds to give them a chance. However, there are a lot of advantages you can enjoy when you do support them. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why you should give an upcoming comedian a chance.

 

Fresh Jokes

 

One of the most important reasons why you should consider giving upcoming comedians support is that they can have a fresh on events and situations. In other words, you can enjoy fresh jokes and a new comedy style. This can make things more exciting and interesting when you are part of the audience.

 

So, go along and see comedians that you have never heard of before. You will not know what to expect and it can be something different to enjoy with friends and family. You may be surprised by how much you like the comedian and might be back for more shows in the future.

 

New Venues

 

It is common for some comedians to always play at the same venues. So, if you are someone that likes to discover new places and explore different comedy venues, this might not be what you want. After all, familiarity can get boring after a while. This is the great thing about finding new acts. This is also an opportunity to explore a new venue and see what it is like. It adds some excitement to your night.

 

Therefore, if you want an all-around new experience, consider going to see an upcoming act. This can be a fun night out that offers something different. You might discover that you love the venue and the crowd it attracts. For example, you can visit Comedy Carnival. This is a comedy club that has several fun spots in London that you can enjoy. You might find that you like it there and keep coming back with friends and family. It can be your new hangout spot in the city.

 

Cheaper Tickets

 

If you are seeing the show of an established comedian, it will be expected that you pay more for your ticket. This is just the way that it goes. Once someone’s name is out there, the price of tickets rises. However, that is the great thing about going to see someone new and upcoming in the industry. Their tickets are often cheaper.

 

So, if you are looking for a cheaper night out and some fun with family or friends, you can get tickets to someone you have not heard of before. Of course, this is an opportunity to see if you like them, as well as make sure you are not paying a fortune.

 

Bragging Rights

 

Many people on the comedy scene are relatively unheard of. But, one great joke and you can go viral. That is the power of social media and the internet these days. So, why not see a star before they become big? Of course, this is a way that you can enjoy bragging rights and you can tell all of your friends and family you saw that comedian before they found country-wide fame.

 

Let’s not forget that when someone becomes famous through their comedy, it can be difficult to get a ticket. So, at least you can say that you have seen that person before everyone else is scrambling to get a ticket to their show.

 

More Excitement

 

Doing the same thing over and over again can get boring. If you are someone that does not like familiarity and doing the same thing all the time, it can be good to go and support an upcoming comedian. Of course, this is something that is different and new experiences bring a bit more excitement to your life. You do not know what you are going to get and you can have some fun with it.

 

Thankfully, there are always new comedians hitting the scene. So, there is plenty of opportunity to support them and enjoy some excitement. Sure, there might be some shows that are better than others. But, that is the beautiful of going to a comedy club. You can get a bit of everything and decide what you like the most when it comes to shows.

 

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Curious about what SFS means? Typically, SFS is used on social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok as a self-promotion tool. In this article, we’ll go into more detail about SFS, including what it means and how to use it successfully. We’ll also note a couple of alternative meanings, just in case you run into another usage. Read on for our comprehensive guide!

What does SFS mean on Snapchat?

 

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On Snapchat, SFS means “snap for snap.”SFS is often used by social media influencers, although anyone on the platform can use it. Typically, a user will post a snap and caption it with #SFS. They’re asking their followers to repost their snap as a way to get more attention and increase their reach.

  • If you respond, they’ll promote your profile/content in return to help you get more likes/followers, too.
  • A user might tag you in a #SFS post to get your attention (especially if you’re a fellow influencer) so you’ll share their content.

What does SFS mean on Instagram?

 

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On Instagram, SFS means “shoutout for shoutout” or “spam for spam.”Even though the translation is slightly different (after all, only Snapchat has snaps), the basic meaning of SFS is exactly the same on IG—a user who captions a post with #SFS is asking their followers to reshare their content. If you help them out, they’ll cross-promote you in return.

  • SFS is almost always paired with a hashtag, especially on Insta.
  • A user may DM or tag you in an SFS post if they want to get your attention.
  • The meaning and intention behind SFS is the same on TikTok, WhatsApp, Twitter, and all other social media platforms.

How to Use SFS on Snapchat and Instagram

 

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Caption a post with #SFS to ask your followers to share your content.Posting content on social media with the caption #SFS is an easy way to ask all of your followers to promote you. Since the idea is cross-promotion, you’ll be expected to promote other users (especially other influencers) in return.

  • For example, to promote your street art photography, post an image and caption it with #SFS. It also helps to include additional hashtags like #photography, #photooftheday, #streetartimages, #artwork, #streetstyle, and so on.
  • If you want to get a specific user’s attention, tag them in your #SFS post.
  • Many people consider SFS posts to be annoying clickbait, so be choosy! Only use #SFS if your story or post is actually worth sharing.

Responding to SFS on Snapchat and Instagram

 

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Repost the user’s content if you want to promote them.If you want to help out another influencer or promote a friend, share their SFS-labeled content with your followers. They’ll share your profile and content with their followers in return. Hopefully, both of you will get tons of new likes and follows as a result!

  • You can also just ignore #SFS posts if you prefer. Even if you’re tagged in a post like this, you aren’t obligated to share the content. It’s totally up to you.

Other Possible Meanings of SFS

 

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So f*cking stressed.Keep in mind that if you see “SFS” paired with a hashtag, it always means “shoutout for shoutout,” “snap for snap,” or “spam for spam.” However, you might see this usage in a text message or DM from a friend who’s super anxious about something. For example:

  • “Got an algebra test tomorrow and SFS about it. Come over and help me study?”

 

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Seriously funny sh*t.You might see this alternative usage in a text message or DM from a friend. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to tell if someone is trying to say “so f*cking stressed” or “seriously funny sh*t” by paying attention to the context.

  • A friend might send a text like, “Wait until you hear what my brother did today, this is some SFS…”
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How Many Oz in a Gallon? – Easy Conversions + Free Printable Chart!

In the U.S. many liquids are sold in gallons and quarts. But exactly how many ounces are in a gallon? Learn how many oz are in a gallon here, plus grab a FREE printable kitchen conversion chart!

How Many Oz in a Gallon? - Easy Conversions + Free Printable Chart!

Wondering how many ounces in a gallon? You’re not alone! Figuring out the oz to gallon conversions has many people stumped and scratching their heads. The good news is that measurement systems can be remembered by breaking them down into a system that works. When figuring out our fl oz, liters, and how to convert gallons into a smaller liquid ounce, the following tips and breakdowns will help.

 

While it’s important to know conversions, it’s also equally as important to know HOW to figure those conversions by understanding the units of measurements as well.

Metric vs Imperial

Even today, countries are still divided between using different measurement equations and tools. The two most common that you’ll hear about are the Imperial system and the Metric system.

The United States customary system still uses the Imperial measurement system for measuring out feet, ounces, inches, etc. Other countries, like the UK, use the Metric system as their way to measure. (however, just because nothing in life is simple, there are some portions of the UK that use a UK Imperial system (a variation of the imperial system) of measurement for UK fluid and UK gallons, etc. of conversion as well)

Many consider the metric system an easier way to convert a unit of volume or a gallon of liquid but that’s just a matter of personal opinion. The US system has been using the Imperial measurement for a few hundred years now.

What is a Gallon?

A gallon is a volume measure of an amount of liquid. A US gallon is equal to four quarts. You’ll often hear people refer to needing a “gallon of water” or a half-gallon of milk from the store.

Keep in mind that there is such a thing as a “dry gallon” as well. Dry gallons are converted at a rate of 1 US liquid gallon = .86 dry gallons.

What is an Ounce?

An ounce is a very, very small portion. The exact measurement of an ounce is that 1 ounce = 1/16th of a pound of weight.

You’ll often hear ounces referred to when measuring out food items during baking, like butter or seasonings. Most US fluid ounces (also known as the imperial fluid ounce) are referred to in ounces as written on the cans or containers that it’s in. This helps you to know the volume of liquid that is held inside.

Ounces to Gallons

As most people who deal with equations or spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking, most measurements have to be converted at some point in time. Not all recipes or directions are written in a way that makes them universal. For this reason, it’s important to be able to convert gallons to other forms of measurement.

How Many Oz in a Gallon?

In one liquid gallon, there are 128 fluid ounces of liquid. In one Imperial gallon, there are 153.722 fluid ounces of liquid.

How Many Ounces is Half a Gallon?

In an Imperial 1/2 gallon, there are 76.86 fluid ounces.

If you’re referring to a LIQUID 1/2 gallon, there are actually 64 fluid ounces.

How Many 2 oz Make a Gallon?

To fill one gallon, you’ll need 128 fluid ounces. If you want to serve two gallons, that will take 256 fluid ounces.

How Many 8 oz Make a Gallon?

The easiest way to convert a small size to a big size is to think in groups. To create a gallon, you’ll need to have sixteen 8-ounces bottles combined. This number is arrived at easily since we know that there are 128 ounces in one gallon.

How Many 16 oz are in a Gallon?

The same thought process as above goes into this measurement equation. You’ll need to have eight 16-ounce bottles to fill a gallon, which is half the amount needed for the smaller 8-ounce bottles.

Since they’re twice the size, you need half as much.

How Many 24 oz are in a Gallon?

This won’t get you an exactly even number, but you’ll get close. You’ll need to have about 5.3 24-ounce bottles to equal a gallon.

How Many 32 oz Containers Make a Gallon?

The larger the container, the less you’re going to need! To make a gallon out of 32-ounce containers, you’ll just need four of them.

You can also think about this in terms of quarts since one quart equals 32 ounces and 4 quarts equals one gallon.

How Many 64 oz Make a Gallon?

We’re going up again in size. For a gallon, you’ll just need to have two 64-ounce containers.

Tips When Converting Measurements

There can be times when it might feel a tad bit overwhelming to convert certain measurements. It’s not uncommon to have moments when you may not know how to change measurements to pints or how to convert inches to ml, cm, or other lengths and portions. Whether it’s a measure of volume or unit of weight, it can be tricky!

Knowing how conversation rates work and having a calculator handy can help. There are also many online resources and guidelines that you can use to research and help convert for you.

The worst possible thing that you can do when it comes to trying to convert is to guess. Since measurements are used from everything ranging from cooking to home projects, having as exact measurement and conversion as possible is key.

If you talk to a professional baker or someone who spends their time building houses for a living, they’d agree! Guessing on units and ounces will only result in a lack of time and frustration and will more than likely, have you starting over from scratch time and time again.

Free Printable Kitchen Conversion Chart

This free conversion chart is excellent to have on hand! I highly recommend that you print it, laminate it, and have it stored in a place in your kitchen that it’s easily accessible and ready to use. Putting it on the inside of your spice cabinet and holding it there with a piece of tape would be perfect! Or laminating it and adding magnets, and putting it on your fridge is awesome, too. The more you convert, the more you’re going to get used to it. You may find that after a short time, you’re able to memorize many of them and be converting measurements and units like a pro!

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The Pakistan Navy on Wednesday saved nine crew members from an Indian ship after it drowned in the Arabian Sea near Gwadar, according to the Director General of Public Relations.

The ship named “Jamna Sagar” sank with 10 crew members on board on Tuesday (Aug 9), the navy spokesman said in a statement.

“The navy immediately responded to the distress call and the Pakistan Maritime Information Center requested a nearby merchant ship ‘MT KRUIBEKE’ to provide necessary assistance to the stranded crew of the drowning sailboat,” the spokesman said.

“The merchant ship eventually recovered nine crew members and continued the voyage to its next port of call Dubai and then disembarked the crew.”

Separately, the statement said a Pakistan Navy ship, along with two helicopters, arrived in the area and located the body of a crew member who had gone missing when the ship drowned.

His body was recovered and handed over to Pakistan Maritime Safety Agency (PMSA) authorities for further proceedings, he added.

Earlier this year, the Pakistan Navy intercepted and tracked an Indian submarine.
In a statement, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar said that the Indian Navy had deployed its submarine against Pakistan with “ulterior motives“.

“However, once again through continued vigilance and professionalism, the Pakistan Navy has thwarted the Indian submarine’s attempt to enter Pakistani waters,” he said.

The area of ​​Pakistan’s territorial waters is 12 nautical miles, while its seabed territory (EEZ) grew to 290,000 square kilometers in 2015.

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A PN ship, along with two helicopters, arrived in the area and located the body of a crew member, according to a statement.

The Pakistan Navy on Wednesday saved nine crew members from an Indian ship after it drowned in the Arabian Sea near Gwadar, according to a statement issued by the Director General of Public Relations (Navy) on Thursday.

The ship ‘Jamna Sagar’ sank with 10 crew members on board on Tuesday (Aug 9), the navy spokesman said in the statement.

“The navy immediately responded to the distress call and the Pakistan Maritime Information Center requested a nearby merchant ship ‘MT KRUIBEKE’ to provide necessary assistance to the stranded crew of the drowning sailing ship,” the spokesman added.

“The merchant ship eventually recovered nine crew members and continued the voyage to its next port of call Dubai and then disembarked the crew.”

The statement added that a Pakistan Navy ship, along with two helicopters, arrived in the area and located the body of a crew member who had gone missing when the ship drowned.

His body was recovered and handed over to Pakistan Maritime Safety Agency (PMSA) authorities for further proceedings, he added.

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When a bipartisan group of lawmakers visited the Ukraine border in March, an unexpected guest showed up on the trip: GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana.

Spartz, the first Ukrainian-born member of the US Congress and an outspoken advocate for her home country, had expressed interest in joining the congressional delegation but wasn’t invited to attend the trip, which consisted primarily of House Foreign Affairs Committee members, a panel where Spartz is not a member.
So, she used her own funds to fly to the border of Ukraine in Poland and linked up with lawmakers once there to join in on some of their meetings, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Her surprise appearance, the circumstances of which have not been previously reported, was initially viewed as a welcome addition — albeit an unusual one — as lawmakers sought to rally Western support for Ukraine amid Russia’s bloody assault on the country that began a week earlier.
But members who were part of the official trip told that Spartz was “argumentative,” “accusatory,” and “unhelpful” during key meetings with NATO members, generals and government officials, sparking concern that her presence was doing more harm than good.
“She crashed our CoDel. She was like a bull in a china shop,” said one GOP lawmaker, who like other members for this story was granted anonymity to speak more freely about a colleague and due to the sensitive nature of the subject. “I don’t know if it was pent-up frustration or she didn’t feel like she was getting enough proper information, but she was just accusatory and rude.”
Spartz, in an email, pushed back on the anonymous criticism of her decision to elbow her way into the congressional delegation and refuted the description of her behavior on the trip.
“This accusation is a cowardly misrepresentation of facts by some jealous members or staff since we had a very productive bipartisan CODEL in March,” Spartz said. “I did not come to Congress to get paid for my travel vacations or dinners, but rather get things done.
That bipartisan frustration over Spartz’s behavior was only the beginning. In the nearly six months since the war began, Spartz has publicly criticized the Ukraine government, peddled corruption allegations against the Ukrainian government and some of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s top aides, and spurred complaints from her colleagues that she is mirroring pro-Russia talking points.
“President Zelensky has to stop playing politics and theater, and start governing to better support his military and local governments,” Spartz said in a press release last month, in one example of her outspoken criticisms of Kyiv.
Spartz, a 43-year-old businesswoman, has repeatedly insisted, publicly and privately, that she wants Ukraine to win, and that she is only attacking Kyiv because she wants to help remove any potential obstacles to a Ukrainian victory over Russia. She says she has visited Ukraine six times since the invasion began and has also slammed Russia consistently, including as recently as Tuesday when she tweeted that Russia should be declared a terrorist state.
Still, Spartz’s bellicose rhetoric aimed at Zelensky and his advisers has frustrated lawmakers in both parties, White House officials and members of the Ukrainian parliament alike.
They worry she is undermining their efforts to stay united behind Ukraine at a pivotal moment and openly question where she is getting some of her information, according to interviews with over a dozen lawmakers, aides and administration sources.
Meanwhile, multiple briefings from the Biden administration and private pleas from senior Republicans have done little to rein in Spartz’s vocal criticism, sources said.
Once seen as a crucial messaging asset, Spartz has now become something of a liability for defense hawks who were already worried about fatigue in the United States over the ongoing war abroad. And her continued criticism of Ukraine also comes amid growing skepticism from the MAGA wing of the GOP about keeping weapons and aid flowing to the country.
“Because she’s the only Ukrainian-born member of Congress, she has outsize megaphone, outsize influence,” Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat and former CIA analyst. “I think there’s an open question of why she’s so openly saying something that’s so clearly aligned with Russian talking points.”
Rep. Victoria Spartz arrives to the U.S. Capitol for a House vote in March 2022.

Spartz contends she has long been concerned about corruption in Ukraine. But lawmakers fear her public criticism could undermine confidence in Zelensky, damage relations between the U.S. and Ukraine, and give on-the-fence lawmakers a reason to oppose the next aid package.
Some lawmakers — even those unhappy with her rhetoric — came to Spartz’s defense, arguing she is well-intentioned and just desperate to help her motherland as it’s being ripped apart by war. Spartz was a vocal champion of key legislation to speed up the administration’s ability to send weaponry and other critical resources to Ukraine, attending the bill signing ceremony with President Joe Biden. And lawmakers in both parties have shared in her calls for more rigorous oversight of the weapons heading into Ukraine.
“She was overcome with emotion. And I think what you’re seeing now is a manifestation of that,” said a second GOP lawmaker. “What I’m trying to tell her is, I’m well aware of the corruption problem. … But talking about corruption now, when they are under siege, is like wall-papering your bathroom when the house is burning down around you. It’s counterproductive.”
Spartz said in an email  that she is just seeking accountability and always gets her information “from the ground and real professionals, not from academics and political hacks who’ve never set foot in Ukraine.” And Spartz said it was the “foreign policy establishment” — not her — who was playing into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands.
“I also care deeply about people’s lives — the lives of ordinary Ukrainians and the brave Ukrainian military. I cannot let them down even if that means saying unpopular truths that offend the politicians or diverge from the popular narrative of the day,” Spartz said. “I will never give up or give in, and I will do everything I can to see a united Ukraine and a defeated Vladimir Putin.”
Rep. Victoria Spartz surveys damage to buildings in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 14, 2022. (Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times)

Members of both parties push to tone down posture

Even as lawmakers express understanding and sympathy for Spartz’s situation, the top three Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Intelligence Committee and the House Armed Services Committee have all urged Spartz to tone down her posture, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
“We’ve all talked to her,” said a third GOP lawmaker. “It’s pissing people off. Because it hurts the cause.”
Spartz herself has expressed interest in joining the House Foreign Affairs Committee next year, sources said. But given her recent behavior, some GOP members have warned Republican leaders against that, with one lawmaker saying they would be “very upset” if she received that assignment.
When asked about the pushback she’s gotten from top Republican colleagues surrounding her rhetoric and whether it’s playing into Russian disinformation campaigns, Spartz responded: “not true.”
“Republican leadership has been supportive and appreciate my demands for accountability and a real strategy for the war effort in Ukraine,” she said.
Spartz also admonished her colleagues for making anonymous claims about her interest in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “A lot of members of Congress behave immaturely and are deeply unserious dealing with very serious issues,” she said.
The Biden administration has also gotten involved. Spartz recently received a nearly two-hour briefing from officials from the National Security Council and State Department after requesting one from the White House about Ukraine, sources familiar with the meeting told, where the officials walked through her claims of improper behavior inside the Ukrainian government and either refuted the allegations or said there was not enough evidence to support them.
Spartz also requested a meeting with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley to discuss her concerns, the sources said. The meeting was first reported by Politico. When they met, she again raised concerns about corruption in Ukraine and alleged that US-provided weapons were not going to the right places.
Milley did not dismiss her concerns outright, the sources said — US officials believe corruption continues to be a problem in Ukraine. In a recent call with Ukrainian counterparts, Milley, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed “the importance of Ukraine continuing to implement its reform agenda” with regard to corruption, “despite the challenges caused by the war,” according to a readout provided by the White House.
Rep. Victoria Spartz speaks with an aide at the US Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

Broadly, however, Milley explained to Spartz that her concerns were overwrought, the sources explained.
Spartz told that her meeting with Milley “was not my first meeting with him,” and that “I give him credit for his willingness to listen.”
“I believe he understands the challenges of our effort in Ukraine, but the politicians and foreign policy establishment are making strategic decisions, not military leaders,” she said. “This should trouble all Americans as these are the know-nothing know-it-alls who oversaw the debacle in Afghanistan, and other foreign policy blunders, and have faced zero accountability.”
Several days after meeting with Milley, Spartz continued her public attacks on one of Zelensky’s top aides, accusing him of “creating a per se dictatorship under the disguise of the ongoing war.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told he has not privately spoken to Spartz about her criticism of the Ukraine government. But he did credit the Indiana lawmaker for being passionate about the issue and helping to draw attention to the war — especially in the early days of the conflict, when Spartz delivered an emotional public plea to the Biden administration for a concrete Ukraine strategy during a GOP press conference that garnered widespread media coverage.
“The thing you’ve got to understand: she’s got family there, she’s very passionate about it,” McCarthy said. “It’s very personal.”

Concerns about Spartz abroad

There is also concern about Spartz’s behavior abroad. Slotkin said Spartz came up in multiple meetings and dinners when she was recently in Kyiv and that last week she received a text message from a member of the Ukrainian parliament saying they don’t know if Spartz is being “played” but “she has ruined her reputation in Ukraine.”
“All the senior leaders were talking about it. They’re upset about it,” Slotkin said. “They don’t understand why she’s doing this.”
Ukrainian officials have become increasingly alarmed by Spartz’s rhetoric over the last several months, Ukrainian sources told CNN, particularly her persistent attacks on Zelensky’s powerful chief of staff Andriy Yermak. In tweets last month, she accused Yermak of “undemocratic governance” and said he had a “negative reputation” globally. And on July 8, Spartz sent a letter to Biden requesting a briefing specifically about Yermak “and his alleged dealings in connection with Russia.”
Spartz’s accusations are similar to those reported by Radio Free Europe before the war, which alleged Yermak had business ties to Russia. That allegation has been used by Zelensky’s critics to suggest Yermak might be too willing to bend to Kremlin demands, particularly following a controversial prisoner swap deal in 2021. There is no evidence that he is under the Kremlin’s sway, however, and he has denied the allegations.
Rep. Victoria Spartz speaks about the war in Ukraine during a Republican news conference ahead of the State of the Union, March. 1, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Ukrainian officials have questioned Spartz’s motivations. In text messages to a Zelensky aide on June 24, Spartz offered to “connect” the aide “with the right people” who she said could help Ukraine’s army win.
“Do you want me to send someone good to discuss training when you are back or maybe he could meet with Reznyk or someone else this coming week?” Spartz asked, referring to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. “Some of them can also bring some very advanced equipment for you to use … he will do it as a favor for you and for me so we will have to keep these meetings ‘off the record,'” Spartz wrote.
Asked about these texts, Spartz told they were taken out of context and that she has “simply been trying to help make connections for anyone willing to help Ukraine win the war especially to some veterans who can give free and unbiased advice as a favor to me since they are my friends.” She added that “the insinuation I have some financial interest is flatly untrue; I’m spending tens of thousands of my own money to help in Ukraine. Mr. Yermak’s financial interests are what merits investigation.”
Ukrainian officials have offered to set up a meeting between Yermak and Spartz to clear the air, but Spartz has declined to take it, sources said. Spartz acknowledged that she was offered a meeting with Yermak after she sent the letter to Biden, but then the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry criticized her attacks on Yermak as “cynical” and “baseless.”
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