The Best of the Web

On this rain-soaked Saturday we advise you to stay in and catch up on the news stories you were too tired or busy to read during the week. Best of the web includes stories from The Guardian on the experiences of online daters and Tim Burton’s love for England. Also featured is Lucas Kavner’s theories on Hilary Clinton’s debate performance, and BBC Future discuss how our personalities are shaped during our infant years.

THE GUARDIAN: Love me Tinder — tales from the frontline of modern dating

It seems the only way to meet someone these days is online or through dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Happn. However, while blind dates are almost bygone they were never about logistics — online dating certainly is! Phoebe Luckhurst curates the experiences of three young online daters to hear their experiences of cyber love. Every kind of person is on Tinder from the ill-dressed to the man who lost an arm fighting a shark. Whether you’re an advocate for online dating or not there’s no denying that it sounds a bit more romantic to say you met your future husband or wife offline!

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THE GUARDIAN: Tim Burton: ‘When I first cam to England I thought, Wow! I’m home!’


Beetlejuice director Tim Burton opens us about his new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. During the course of the interview Burton talks about his love for England, and the ‘texture, weather, seasons and age’ offering him some relief from him one-season homeland of California. Many of Burton’s films feature sinister and dark settings and characters and his newest movie is no different, with a lot of the film shot in Wales and parts in Blackpool.

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THE NEW YORKER: Five extremely logical theories about Hilary Clinton’s debate performance

We’re sure many of you caught up on the presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, even if you didn’t stay up into the early hours to watch it live! A word of warning: don’t take this article seriously! Lucas Kavner summaries some pretty out-there theories on Hilary Clinton’s performance during the presidential debate. Was she wearing a suit made up of Sudafed pills to stop her coughing? Did the debate even take place? Don’t waste anytime wondering.

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BBC FUTURE: Clues to your personality appeared before you could talk

Researchers have found that our personality is usually predetermined or, at least, moulded by what we were like as infants. Numerous studies have taken place analysing the behaviour of infants and comparing their temperament to the personalities they develop as adults. For example, a paper published in 2003 by the Institute of Psychiatry in London looked at the behaviour of over a thousand three-year-olds during 1975-76. The children were classified as ‘well-adjusted’, ‘under-controlled’, ‘confident’, ‘inhibited’, or ‘reserved’. Those children who were inhibited as toddlers usually became the least extraverted adults. Researchers say: “temperamental characteristics that appear in the first years of life form a basis for later personality.”

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