49 Iconic Couches From Your Favorite Sitcoms, in One Chart

Home Advisor (click to enlarge)
Home Advisor (click to enlarge)

Plop an orange couch on a lawn with a water fountain in the background and you get an instantly recognizable scene from ‘90s television. (Well, to Friends fans, at least.)

If that example didn’t quite resonate, you may recall all the gag scenes that took place on The Simpsons couch, or the juicy conversations that unfolded while the Golden Girls relaxed on their coral, floral-printed throne. You may even be able to conjure up an image of the blue-and-white checkered couch from Full House.

Even if you haven’t consciously pondered the decor while watching your favorite sitcoms from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s, you'll still probably recognize a couch or two from HomeAdvisor’s “Visual Compendium of Sitcom Sofas.” This chart features dozens of sofas from popular TV shows, from the sleek and sophisticated to the gaudy and garish. All of them, however, are iconic.

A sofa from Friends
Home Advisor

The Golden Girls couch
Home Advisor

The sofa also represents more than just a piece of furniture, according to HomeAdvisor. “The sofa, as television producers have long known, is the perfect sitcom prop,” the digital marketplace writes on its website. “It can form the center of a studio stage, symbolize family values, or create a mirror image of the viewer at home. In some sitcoms, the sofa is so important that it is a star in its own right.”

Sofas—and set design in general—can also quietly convey details about a character’s personality and personal tastes. The producers of Frasier understood this, and even went so far as to cover a replica of Coco Chanel's sofa with 24 yards of Italian suede—a job that cost $15,000.

If you take your sofas as seriously as Dr. Frasier Crane does, check out the full infographic below and visit HomeAdvisor’s site to learn more about their inspiration for the project.

The sofa chart
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Missing the Days of Clippy? There’s an App That Will Bring Him Back

The Science Elf, YouTube
The Science Elf, YouTube

Some Microsoft Office users might still brace for the appearance of a certain nosy, wide-eyed paper clip whenever they type Dear at the top of a fresh Word document. After all, Clippy was the anthropomorphic pet we never asked for, yet tolerated through several formative years of computer technology.

Though Clippy—short for Clippit—may have been on the receiving end of an industry-wide eye roll in the late 1990s, it’s hard to ignore how much he seems like an early, distant ancestor to applications like Alexa and Siri, upon whom society has developed a pretty significant reliance. Whether you think about the injustice against Clippy every day or you’re just a normal person who likes any excuse to indulge in ‘90s nostalgia, we have news for you: You can rescue him from the void and host him on your very own Mac desktop.

According to Lifehacker, the app was created by a developer named Devran “Cosmo” Uenal, who debuted the program on Github earlier this month. This rather chilled-out Clippy won’t burst into your Word document and offer unsolicited advice on how to write letters, but he’ll still entertain you with animated performances if you right-click on him and choose “Animate!”

As you can see in Uenal’s Twitter video, he might don a pair of oversized headphones and mime a music jam sessions, or he might transform into a googly-eyed, heavy-eyebrowed checkmark.

To download the paperclip pal for yourself, scroll down to the “First start” section on the Github page and click “Download Clippy for macOS,” which should trigger an automatic download. Click on that installation file, and then follow the rest of the directions in the “First start” section to open Clippy on your desktop. From there, the fun is endless.

And, if you’re hungry for more history about the world’s most hated virtual assistant, you can read more about his tragic life here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Celebrate the Holidays With a Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar From Target

Target
Target

Harry Potter Advent calendars are becoming a new Christmas tradition among wizards and witches at heart. For the 2019 holiday season, LEGO is launching an Advent calendar set of Harry Potter minifigures, and Funko is releasing its own calendar themed around the Yule Ball. Now, Bustle reports that Target is getting in on the action with four new Advent calendars packed with Harry Potter-themed socks.

No matter what type of Harry Potter fan you are, there's a batch of socks for you in Target's line-up. If you're someone who gets assigned a different house every time you take a sorting hat quiz, go with the first Advent calendar. It includes socks in men sizes 6 through 12 emblazoned with the crests and colors of all four Hogwarts houses.

The other three packs feature women's socks with a somewhat random assortment of designs. You'll find footwear branded with iconic Harry Potter imagery, like Hedwig the owl, the golden Snitch, and the Hogwarts Express. Other socks bear quotes from the books and films, like "Mischief Managed" from the Marauder's Map and Hagrid's famous one-liner, "You're a wizard, Harry."

Every Harry Potter Advent calendar from Target comes with 15 pairs of socks, working out to just $1 a pair. If you'd like to start planning the holiday season early this year, you can order them today from Target.com. And to make the holidays even more magical, don't miss out on this Hogwarts castle tree topper that plays "Hedwig's Theme."

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

Harry Potter sock advent calendar.
Target

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

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