Camping in public places to demand important things like economic justice and equality is now mostly illegal in many places. But if there's, like, a REALLY good sale going on somewhere, then happy shopping!
I'm a big fan of the the arts, community, activist hippies, and policy wonks. Also, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Josiah Bartlet, and Katniss Everdeen. I bet if they could, they'd all make stuff for Upworthy too. For now, you'll have to settle for me on the Twitters.
When I found out I was pregnant in October 2018, I had planned to keep the news a secret from family for a little while — but my phone seemed to have other ideas.
Within just a few hours of finding out the news, I was being bombarded with ads for baby gear, baby clothes and diapers on Facebook, Instagram and pretty much any other site I visited — be it my phone or on my computer.
Good thing my family wasn't looking over my shoulder while I was on my phone or my secret would have been ruined.
I'm certainly not alone in feeling like online ads can read your mind.
When I started asking around, it seemed like everyone had their own similar story: Brian Kelleher told me that when he and his wife met, they started getting ads for wedding rings and bridal shops within just a few weeks. Tech blogger Snezhina Piskov told me that she started getting ads for pocket projectors after discussing them in Messenger with her colleagues. Meanwhile Lauren Foley, a writer, told me she started getting ads for Happy Socks after seeing one of their shops when she got off the bus one day.