My Top Answers to the Seven Most Awkward Thanksgiving Family Questions

By: Sonya Acharya

The holiday season is a great time to reconnect with your blood relations, which can mean lots of awkward questions, since everyone wants to know what you as a ‘damn millennial’ have been killing since they last saw you. But don’t worry! We here at the Pittiful News have got some spicy answers you can borrow to fill those awkward silences in the living room and around the dining table.

Q: “What is one of the top things on your bucket list?”
A: What if I’m indecisive and can’t decide what I want on my bucket list? What if I’m immortal and don’t have a bucket list? Why are we talking about death anyway, Linda? But since you asked, the top three things are, in order: to meet every character in Disney World while I’m dressed as that character, to appear on The Great British Bake Off, and to overthrow an oppressive social institution.

Q: Have you ever blacked out?
A: Have you?
(Let them answer, and then reply “OMG same! Twinsies!”)

Q: “What do you carry in your wallet?
A: OK first of all, bold of you to assume I even have a wallet. I do, but still. My driver’s license, $4.58 in cash, an expired fake ID, my library card from 2005, a Polaroid of my stalker, and a Trader Joe’s receipt for 2 containers of roasted red pepper hummus and a bag of Scandinavian Swimmers.

Q: “What’s your blood type?”
A: Why, Dave? So you can steal the blood, my blood, from my own veins? This is an invasion of privacy. I’m not answering that. Next.

Q: “You are forced to kill the person you’re deeply in love with. How did you get here and what are you going to do?”
A: I had a small encounter I had with a rubber duck, an 87-year old woman with a stiletto knife, and a handful of packing peanuts. What do I do? I kill them, obviously. You said ‘forced’ in the question, it’s not like I have a choice. Poison in the coffee I buy them on our next date should do it. I can find someone else to fall deeply in love with. Plenty of fish in the sea, amirite?

Q: “So you’re a millennial? What industries have you killed recently?”
A: Buttercream frosting, divorce lawyers, Crocs, diamonds… so many of them. I killed my succulents and also the stupid questions industry.

Q: “You up? 😉”
A: …
(This question is usually asked by that one cousin who’s a total fuckboy but also extremely hot? Second cousin, so it’s not, like, CRAZY, but probably illegal? idk. Regardless, meet it with stony silence; now’s a good time to go get some more food, or better, something to drink.)


Things I Would Like to Be

By: Jess Simpson

  • British
  • A Witch
  • Someone people look up to, a celebrity
  • Your Favorite Celebrity, Emma Watson
  • The poster of Emma Watson hanging on your bedroom wall, so I could watch you while you sleep.
  • Other things in your room, unrelated to Emma Watson, like your pillowcase, so you could pull me close at night and maybe drool on me (but only a little).
  • Or your socks that you keep folded neatly in your drawer and wear every day, so we could walk through life together.
  • And if we walked into your kitchen, I would like to be your coffee pot so I could give you something every morning, and help lift you up with—milk, sugar, and maybe some cream—that are just three more things I’d like to be for you.  
  • And after you drink your coffee, you’d inevitably go to the bathroom and there I would like to be your toothbrush so I could kiss you in this semi-invasive-odd way and trace the taste-buds on your tongue and the plaque building at your teeth that your dentist warned you about last week, and I only know about because I was there, watching, to make sure you were okay.
  • And I think it would be wonderful to be all of these things or none of these things so I could be your wife or girlfriend or someone you want to see (we don’t have to commit right away).  Just as long as it’s only you and me and our pillows and our socks and our coffeepot and our toothbrush.  And you forget about Emma Watson.

Life Hacks You Will Love

By: Shannon Kelly

• Buy multiple hampers: This way, no matter how much dirty laundry you have, it will always fit in one of your laundry baskets.
• Buy stamps: Once a year, buy a whole book of stamps that you’ll eventually misplace.
• Eat all of your groceries in one day:Now you don’t have to worry about them going bad!
• Avoid buying clothes: Just put stickers on your old ones and people will think you’re rich.
• Use a binder as a clipboard: Don’t be afraid to change things up every once in a while!
• Eat everything: Orange peels, banana peels, avocado skin,
don’t leave anything to waste.
• Tell everyone your dad is the Dean: You can get away with any-
thing your heart desires.
• Shower 7 times each Monday: Save time by getting in all of your showers in at the beginning of the week.
• Max out your credit cards: So you don’t have to worry about spending too much in one place.
• Use thumbtacks correctly: Stab yourself in the thumb with a
thumbtack because that’s what they’re made for.
• Have a child: You can claim them as a dependent on your tax forms.
• Steal

Quiz: Are These Noises Made by Power Tools or Food Processors?

By: Remi (Guest Writer)

    1. Power Tool
    2. Food Processor
    1. Power Tool
    2. Food Processor
    1. Power Tool
    2. Food Processor
  4. *Sound of fruit being smashed*
    1. Power Tool
    2. Food Processor
    1. Power Tool
    2. Food Processor


Answer Key:


  1. Power tool – How could you get that wrong you buffoon?
  2. Power tool – Seriously, only an absolute barbarian could mess this up.
  3. Food processor – Please stop just please make it stop
  4. Food processor – You troglodyte.
  5. Power tool – Idiot!


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Bury Yourself with a Good Book

By: Tyler Sikov

Have you recently died (entirely or even just inside)? Then go bury yourself with a good book!

  1. Hamlet: everyone in that book is dead also.
  2. The bible: maybe you can get resurrected like that one guy.
  3. Oedipus: get to live your dream of killing your dad.
  4. Alice in Wonderland: never tried LSD, well here’s your chance!
  5. The Encyclopedia: I mean you do have a lot of time on your hands.
  6. Into the Wild: I just love fiction, don’t you?
  7. Amnesia books: What was I saying again?
  8. Moby Dick: have a whale of a good time.
  9. Oedipus: get to live your dream of killing your dad.
  10. Alice in Wonderland: never had nightmares about playing cards? Well here’s your chance.
  11. The Encyclopedia: a collection of very short stories.
  12. Animal Farm: just a good book about a farm that is definitely not about communism.
  13. I think that is all the books.

Student Discovers the Life of “Keggy”

By: Joe Weidman

“I was in Mellinger’s, my home. I was hibernating, dead, cold, and empty. But then Chad came. My Master filled me and Chad took me to his house and I was alive again! Chad is love, Chad is life.” exclaimed Keggy in the basement of an Atwood house at Chad’s party.

The Pittiful News recently discovered, at one of the many parties its writers attend, a sentient keg. We named him Keggy, and considering this to be a wonderful scientific discovery for the bro-world, we have decided to unveil him to the world.

“I remember lots of things” Keggy mused when asked how his life works.

“I become full and ready to live life and have fun. I get ready for gargoyles and kegstands and crazy dancing and all my red solo cup friends. But slowly, I fade and die. Really the more fun I have and the more red cup friends I see, the faster I fade.”

Keggy was discovered when one of our writers stopped sweatily dancing in a gross south O basement and became randomly sober for about five seconds and realized (7 shots and 5 beers deep, not that he was counting, but Keggy was) that the keg’s nozzle connected to the tap he was pumping was talking. Conversation ensued and Keggy outlined his unique existence on this earth in South O. Keggy seems to continually die and become reborn as the same thing, a keg, with slightly differing blood (depending on the beer) each time. He described his anatomy as such:


He has a somewhat sad existence, but we were surprised that his anus was what we pour beer out of, so at least he isn’t constipated. After thinking a second, our writer realized along with this that we drink his blood, making us effectively “Beer Vampires,” the name of Keggy’s band he plays in with the sentient dishwasher and sink at Hemingway’s.

“I have seen men drink half of me, I have seen barf and sweat and some rather risqué business… I have been stuck to the floor, I have been sat on by both bony and thiccc booties. The longest kegstand I have felt was 32 seconds. I have been kicked 1,183 times, and made love to 34 bags of franzia left on top of me. I have seen it all, but nothing is better than being filled up with nice beer.”

Our writer-scientist-discoverer was drinking lionshead from Keggy, but he was near death, and sadly Keggy had to take his leave as our writer poured his last from Keggy. But Keggy assured him this as the last of his foamy blood sputtered out:

“I will be back. Maybe not next week, but maybe the week after. I been thinking of taking a vacation and being filled with blue moon at Gdoor or some nice pumpkin ale at Hemingway’s. I’m tired of being trashy. I wanna class it up for once.”