by Brandy D. Anderson
In these Facebook pages you’ll find the secret to growing wings, securing that dream job, and you’ll finally be able to defeat the evil Emperor Zurg!!! There’s a company page, a non-profit organization, and a beloved movie franchise in this list. It may seem like a random compilation at first glance, but when you think about it, you’ll see it provides the three pages you need to get energized, gain financial success, and then to unwind and relax a little, all of which are crucial to leading a happy life…or something. But, yeah, check out this list of the three top pages you should be subscribed to on Facebook in order to better your life!
About: “Red Bull Energy Drink is a functional beverage providing various benefits. Its effects are recognized throughout the world by top athletes, busy professionals, college students and travelers.”
If high octane energy is your thing, then you’re probably very familiar with this product. Red Bull energy drinks have been going strong since 1987 and really picked up in the late 90s and early 2000s with their “Red Bull gives you wings” commercial advertisements. I remember in the early 2000s, you couldn’t go to a bar in England without being offered TVRs (Tequila, Vodka, Red Bull). Red Bull’s Facebook page is full of the intense energy you would expect, and it also has a lot of fun sporting and adventure videos.
One of the latest posts features a video of extreme cycling with bikers taking on giant slopes, mountains, and ramps, with the caption: “These athletes cannot be contained”. Another shows two sleek skateboarders manoeuvring through twists and turns along a mountain, “Look Ma, no hands”. The skateboarders were in Slovenia, but if you want to see some Italian sports, and you’re “Up for some sunset diving” you can watch a few guys cliff dive from a resort at the Casa Favale!
“How would you consume 15,000 calories?” asks another video which shows you a group of cyclists who do just that by eating 50 cheesebugers, 150 bananas, 11 watermelons, 160 pancakes, 180 spoons of Nutella, 60 slices of pizza, 68 bowls of spaghetti, 4,600 pieces of gum, 500 fortune cookies, 375 asparagus spears, 5,000 grapes, 157 spoons of peanut butter, 88 tacos, 200 eggs, 600 carrots, 82 pieces of sushi, 2,142 almonds, 66 doughnuts, 217 cookies, 7 whole chickens, 2,500 sticks of celery, 104 scoops of ice cream, 133 cans of Red Bull, 652 marshmallows, and 1,500 packets of ketchup! The video goes on to tell us “They ride up to 1,400 km per stage. These cyclists each eat 15,000 calories a day.” There are a ton of other videos too, including a hardcore clip of female volleyball players in Vienna, Austria: “No soft serves here.”
About: “Our mission is to help students from low-income backgrounds transform what they believe is possible for themselves and develop the skills they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities. “
Summer Search is a really cool organization that helps people to achieve their dreams and get on track toward obtaining their careers. They say their “mission is to transform what young people believe is possible for themselves by supporting them to earn a bachelor’s degree and to become socially responsible leaders”. They have mentoring programs in place to help young people get started, and they also have internships as well. They have wonderful testimonials too, like this one from Sean O’Quin: “This is a Nobel Prize winning organization. Their impact on future generations is second to none”.
You’ll find a lot of inspiring posts on this page, in forms of quotes, memes, and stories. There are also many posts that share personal stories of the organization. One recent post starts out by saying, “Summer Search Bay Area alumna Cicely Li shares our alumni community’s hopes for our next CEO. We’re proud to have such a dedicated network of alumni who are so deeply invested in Summer Search’s continued success. #OnceASummerSearcher #AlwaysASummerSearcher”. The post includes a link to an article called “Alumni Aspirations for Summer Search’s New Leader” and it’s a guest post written by Li, “after participating in a conference call discussion regarding the hiring of Summer Search’s next CEO”.
“Summer Search Bay Area alumna and recent Gettysburg College grad Cheery Huang is travelling the world and learning about her heritage. #TravelTuesday” is another recent post and it includes a link to an article on Gettysburg.Edu. There’s a cool quote from Nelson Mandela: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”. You can “Check out Summer Search Boston in the Boston Globe! ‘Summer Search taught me there are different ways to overcome problems,” said Elsy Sanchez. ‘I am more confident getting out of my comfort zone and taking on new challenges. I now advocate for myself”. #Leaders”. Throughout the page you’ll find tons of testimonials from across the United States.
About: “Welcome to the official Disney page for Pixar’s Toy Story. Become a fan and check back often for images, quotes, and other updates from Buzz, Woody, Mr. Potato Head, and the rest of the Toy Story 3 gang. This page is a place for Disney•Pixar fans. However, there are certain rules. Please be aware that Disney•Pixar does not accept or consider unsolicited idea submissions, and reserves the right to remove any posting or other material found to be off topic, inappropriate, or objectionable.”
And now for something lighter…Toy Story! Really, you can’t go wrong with this Disney Pixar classic. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who didn’t love this movie, regardless of demographic. I’m not saying Toy Story haters don’t exist – I’m just saying I hope I never encounter them because…yeah, there’s gotta be some darkness in your heart to hate Toy Story. Just sayin… Okay, back on track! This Facebook page is fun and full of the cool and neat factoids and activities you would expect of such a page!
There’s a really cool video featuring “Easter eggs” found throughout the series. In case you don’t know, an Easter egg in a show or movie means a hidden reference to something which viewers with a keen eye can spot within a scene, usually in the background. The Toy Story clip bears the captain: “Paging Star Command. Detecting high levels of Easter eggs here” – I won’t spoil the fun by telling what they are. Another video tells you to “Never miss a chance to dance” and then you get to watch Buzz Lightyear and Woody strut some smooth moves across the dance floor.
I love the post that begins with “There seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywherb” and it accompanies a video bearing the words, “Autocorrect: 99% of the time” and Buzz looks on, helplessly, as the little alphamachine scrolls the words “Lou’s Thigh Burn”. On National Colouring Book Day you’re invited to “Make art from the heart” with a clip of drawings being fawned over by Woody. Do you like quizzes? Then you’ll love to “Ride like the wind and uncover your Disney Pixar destiny” by taking the “Quiz: Can we guess your favourite Pixar character? Find out if we’re up to the challenge” followed by a link to Ohmy.Disney.com. Really, you’ll have hours and hours – days or weeks even – of Toy Story entertainment as you scroll through the posts here, and they update and add to the page constantly!