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Not to freak you out, but ... we're all about to be in a long-term relationship, whether we like it or not.

We'll be forced to meet their parents. Their photos will dominate our Facebook newsfeeds for months, and they'll probably break our hearts at some point after we've given them nothing but support.

I'm talking about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, of course.


But with so many candidates, how can you be sure you've found your special one? The one who likes the things you like and believes in the things you believe in? The one that's worth waiting hours outside a public library or school cafeteria to vote for? If you're going to be stuck with this person for the next four to eight years, surely that's not a decision to be taken lightly, right?

The good news is, thanks to dating app Tinder, all it takes is a few swipes to make the choice that's right for you.

Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images.

Tinder, the dating app that brought "swiping" to approve potential mates into the mainstream has partnered with nonpartisan group Rock the Vote to launch "Swipe the Vote" (get it?) on March 23, 2016. The aim is to get millennials to the voting booth this November by matching them with candidates based on the issues. It's a pretty worthwhile cause, too, considering young people have a tendency to not show up on Election Day.

If you're a Tinder user swiping through profiles, you'll eventually stumble across a screen that looks something like this:

If you tap to find your presidential match, you'll be asked to swipe right if you agree or left if you disagree in response to questions about 10 hot-button issues.

If you want to learn more about the topic, you can tap the screen. Tinder will provide some more context, like what you see below regarding marriage equality:

Tinder will then match you with one of the Democratic or Republican candidates based on your swipes.

Your screen will look something like these two — the user on the left was an 80% match with Bae Bernie Sanders, while the user on the right was a 100% match with Mr. Right (Wing) Donald Trump:

Photo courtesy of Tinder, used with permission.

"Swipe the Vote" also shows you how you compare with the other baes/candidates and lets you learn more about where they stand on the various issues. And from there, you can easily get down on one knee — er, register to vote — through Rock the Vote. Easy!

Before you dive into the app headfirst, though, you really should get a rough understanding of what these folks could be like as a partner.

I mean, we're not talking one-night-stands, people, so you better choose wisely...

Let's look at John Kasich.

He's a nice Midwestern fella who'd probably get along great with Ma and Pa. But be warned: If you're a woman, he might feel entitled to tell you what to do with your body.

GIF via Fox News.

Then there's Hillary Clinton.

If you're looking for a woman who will explore the world with you (instead of, say, staying home and baking cookies), Hillary's your gal. Although, to be fair, there might be some trust issues.

GIF via ABC News.

Ah, Bernie Sanders.

He's the hip guy at the party who's been cool forever, but (for some reason) everyone's just now noticing. Don't be surprised if he promises you the world and can't follow through, though.


GIF via Bloomberg Politics.

Ted Cruz certainly isn't for everyone.

But if you're an old school-type when it comes to going steady, Ted might be your guy. If you two settle down and buy a house, he might give your new neighbors some trouble though, FYI.


GIF via Babalu Blog.

Donald Trump would be ... an acquired taste.

If you're someone who appreciates a good-sized bank account, Donald's the man. He doesn't, however, have the bestreputation among the ladies (hm, maybe because of this, this, and this).


GIF via CNN.

So ... are you ready to take the plunge?

Yeah? Hooray! Get to Tindering! Or, if you're not the dating app kind, find out how to register to vote here.

Not ready yet? That's OK! This is a big commitment. Learn more about the candidates here.

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

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She bought the perfect wedding dress that went viral on TikTok. It was only $3.75

Lynch is part of a growing line of newlyweds going against the regular wedding tradition of spending loads of money.

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Upon first glance, one might think that Jillian Lynch wore a traditional (read: expensive) dress to her wedding. After all, it did look glamorous on her. But this 32-year-old bride has a secret superpower: thrifting.

Lynch posted her bargain hunt on TikTok, sharing that she had been perusing thrift shops in Ohio for four days in a row, with the actual ceremony being only a month away. Lynch then displays an elegant ivory-colored Camila Coelho dress. Fitting perfectly, still brand new and with the tags on it, no less.

You can find that exact same dress on Revolve for $220. Lynch bought it for only $3.75.
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Co-sleeping isn't for everyone.

The marital bed is a symbol of the intimacy shared between people who’ve decided to be together 'til death they do part. When couples sleep together it’s an expression of their closeness and how they care for one another when they are most vulnerable.

However, for some couples, the marital bed can be a warzone. Throughout the night couples can endure snoring, sleep apnea, the ongoing battle for sheets or circadian rhythms that never seem to sync. If one person likes to fall asleep with the TV on while the other reads a book, it can be impossible to come to an agreement on a good-night routine.

Last week on TODAY, host Carson Daly reminded viewers that he and his wife Siri, a TODAY Food contributor, had a sleep divorce while she was pregnant with their fourth child.

“I was served my sleep-divorce papers a few years ago,” he explained on TODAY. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to us. We both, admittedly, slept better apart.”

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