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8 excellent distractions to stop you complaining about the Rose of Tralee

Cheer up.

THE ROSE OF Tralee is on this evening.

It’s a juggernaut of hairspray, jigs and crying dads that you are powerless to stop.

If you’ve already had enough of the goings on in the Dome we’ve compiled a short but of effective list of ways of entertaining yourself.

1. Look at the Crap Taxidermy Twitter account

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

2. Read TIFU on Reddit

TIFU stands for ‘Today I F**ked Up’. It’s a subreddit where people share their tales of f**king up. Guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself, the Rose of Tralee and life in general. Read all the TIFUs here.


3. Read some decent poetry

Annoyed by the ‘poems’ written by some of the Roses on the Rose of Tralee? The ones that make ‘escort’ rhyme with ‘forecourt’ and ‘Daithí’ rhyme with ‘coffee’?

Well then head on over to the likes of the F**k Yeah Poetry or 1000 Poems to Save Your Life Tumblr accounts, or maybe the Philip Larkin quotes Twitter account.

4. Visit Marnie the Dog on Instagram

Marnie is the latest celebrity pet, taking over from the likes of Boo and Grumpy Cat. She’s a rescued 12-year-old shih-tzu who lives in New York and she hangs around with people like the gals from Broad City and Miley Cyrus.

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5. Listen to some highly enjoyable cover versions

Like these…

Ben Howard – Call Me Maybe

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The Futureheads – Hounds of Love

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Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me

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6. Seek out the Best of Tumblr on Imgur

If you’re unfamiliar with the the weird, wonderful and hilarious folk of the blogging site Tumblr, prepare yourself. Some Imgur users have taken it upon themselves to gather the best bits. You can find some here, here and here.

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7. Bring some laughs into your life

We recommend you watch these comedies (if you haven’t already):

Parks and Recreation

Stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and Guardians of the Galaxy main man Chris Pratt.

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Broad City

Excellent Comedy Central offering starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jackson (pictured about with Marnie the Dog).

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry Seinfeld is joined by comedian friends as they chat and drink coffee. Yes to all of those things!



It’s a sitcom starring Louie CK as himself. What more do you want?

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8. Enjoy this melodica version of the Jurassic Park theme tune

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And this recorder version of the Twentieth Century Fox theme:

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There now. Isn’t that better?

If you still feel a complaint coming on, just watch these GIFs a few times and it will soon pass.



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