Can the TikTok Trend Get Rid of a Bird in Minnesota for Good?

How I learn about it, I don’t know. But I kind of like it, a lot! Who here has already gone down the TikTok rabbit hole? You start watching a video and before you know it, you’ve wasted three hours of your life and all you’ve done is watch “another video”.

I’m not going to lie, most of the TikToks or Instagram Reels I watch these days are about puppies. They catch me everyone. single. time. What I usually don’t look at, though, are the challenges and trends. I probably don’t really want to do them or I don’t agree with them.

However, there is a trend that I’m just now learning that Gen Z and Millennials (who apparently I’m right on the edge of and tell me I am) are doing that may honestly put an end to a “bird” problem we have here in Minnesota once and for all. If you are wondering what kind of bird I am talking about and why I want to see the end of this bird! Promise, it’s not what you think.

The bird I’m talking about a one-finger salute, showing someone the middle finger, flipping someone off, giving them “the bird.” Think you understand. This gesture is something that has been around much longer than I’ve been alive, and it’s something we all learn at one point or another, whether we like it or not.

It’s also a gesture you’ve more than likely done or seen a few times while driving, especially here in Minnesota. One finger salutes are all too common with the passive aggressive drivers we have in this state. Therefore, after reading about this trend on TikTok, I knew it was time to try something similar.

What many younger drivers are doing now is tipping thumbs down. At first I laughed when I read about it, then I thought, this is genius! To me, that’s the best driving gesture you can make to a guy who doesn’t say “I’m angry, no, he says I’m disappointed“. It’s like your mom telling you, at a young age, how disappointed she is in you after you do something really stupid and you feel TERRIBLE!

After coming to this conclusion, I looked up some of the TikToks of others talking about it, and lo and behold, the first one I came across was my exact opinion:

@shybeeeeeei i’m not mad. just disappointed.♬ Best Song On Earth – I don’t know what to put here

I’m not saying this will solve the driving problems, but something tells me that starting to thumb down against the “bird” might feel a little more satisfying. Anyone else feel this way? Join our app and give me a thumbs up or thumbs down if you like!

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