America’s Best Hate-Reads, 2013

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The year is almost over. Thank God. If you’re anything like us, you spent a good portion of the last year tearing your hair out over something you read on the internet. (Did you know millennials have a sense of entitlement? It’s true!)

Here are 46 stories we couldn’t stop complaining about in 2013:

Modern Times

“Eric devoured the sandwich as if it were a five-star meal, diving in with large, eager bites. ‘Babes, this is delicious!’ he exclaimed.”

New York and Not-New-York

“The brunch is all the same.”

Washington Post Columnist Richard Cohen

“Miley Cyrus twerked. I had to look up the word since my indefatigable spell checker had no idea what I meant.”

Money

“The preferred terms, he said, are ‘hackers,’ ‘makers’ or ‘coders.'”

Politics

“Now, let me be clear. I love the gays. I have gay friends, gay mentors, gay acquaintances and associates.”

“Women, How Do They Work?”

“When you puzzle over why the elegant Huma Abedin is propping up the eel-like Anthony Weiner, you must remember one thing: Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia…”

Love Actually

“Love Actually says, yes, you’re crazy, but other people are crazy, too, and you should find out if maybe they’re crazy about you.”

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