la plague

Once they were on the pier they saw the sea spread out before them, a gently heaving expanse of deep-piled velvet, supple and sleek as a creature of the wild. They sat down on a boulder facing the open. Slowly the waters rose and sank, and with their tranquil breathing sudden oily glints formed and flickered over the surface in a haze of broken lights. Before them the darkness stretched out into infinity. Rieux could feel under his hand the gnarled, weather-worn visage of the rocks, and a strange happiness possessed him. Turning to Tarrou, he caught a glimpse on his friend’s face of the same happiness, a happiness that forgot nothing, not even murder.
—  Albert Camus, The Plague (tr. Stuart Gilbert, 1948)
Sometimes at midnight, in the great silence of the sleep-bound town, the doctor turned on his radio before going to bed for the few hours’ sleep he allowed himself. And from the ends of the earth, across the thousands of miles of land and sea, kindly, well-meaning speakers tried to voice their fellow-feeling, and indeed did so, but at the same time proved the utter incapacity of every man truly to share in suffering that he cannot see.
—  Albert Camus, The Plague (Vintage, 1991), p. 138
Spanish Vocabulary - Muertos, monstruos, y lo espantoso

In honor of the season, I’ll be supplying some spooky Spanish vocabulary for everyone.

  • la oscuridad = darkness
  • las tinieblas = darkness / evil / “the depths” [more literary or euphemistic of what “darkness” can represent]
  • la sombra = shade, shadow
  • la pesadilla = nightmare
  • la calabaza = pumpkin, gourd
  • el diablo = devil
  • el demonio = demon, devil
  • el monstruo = monster
  • la criatura = creature
  • la bestia = beast
  • la bruja / el brujo = witch / wizard (male witch) [most commonly la bruja]
  • el mago / la maga = mage, magician, witch/wizard
  • la brujería = witchcraft
  • la caldera = cauldron
  • el hechicero / la hechicera = sorcerer, sorceress
  • el hechizo = (magical) spell
  • el maleficio = curse / hex
  • el encanto = charm
  • la poción = potion
  • la escoba = broom
  • el aquelarre = coven of witches
  • embrujado/a = haunted / bewitched
  • la magia = magic
  • mágico/a = magic(al)
  • la quimera = illusion, fantasy, mirage [or a “chimera” in the Greek monster sense]
  • el hombre lobo = werewolf [lit. “man-wolf”, sometimes seen as mujer lobo or mujer loba for a female werewolf, though hombre lobo is the default]
  • el esqueleto = skeleton
  • el cadáver = cadaver, dead body
  • cadavérico/a = ghastly, deathly pale, gaunt, looking like death
  • el cuerpo = body / corpse
  • corporal = corporeal / of or relating to the body
  • el hueso = bone
  • el ataúd = coffin / casket
  • el féretro = coffin / casket
  • la cadena = chain
  • la lápida = tombstone
  • el camposanto = graveyard
  • el cementerio = cemetery
  • el vampiro = vampire
  • el / la cazavampiros = vampire hunter / vampire slayer
  • el cazador, la cazadora = hunter (or huntress)
  • el murciélago = bat [sometimes spelled murciégalo]
  • el / la chupasangre = blood-sucker [lit. “sucks blood”]
  • la araña = spider
  • la telaraña = spiderweb, cobweb
  • el espantapájaros = scarecrow
  • el payaso = clown
  • la sirena = mermaid / Siren [as in the Greek monster; also a “siren” in the sense of an alarm or a sound that indicates danger]
  • la Parca / la Muerte = Grim Reaper / Death
  • la hoz = sickle
  • la guadaña = scythe
  • el jinete sin cabeza = Headless Horseman
  • el sabueso = hound, large dog, hunting dog
  • el dragón = dragon
  • el hada, la hada, las hadas = fairy, fairies
  • el hado = fate
  • la ninfa = nymph
  • el dios, la diosa = god, goddess
  • (el) Dios = God
  • el rey = king
  • la reina = queen
  • el príncipe = prince
  • la princesa = princess
  • la muerte = death
  • la vida = life
  • los vivos = the living
  • los muertos = the dead
  • el / la zombi, los zombis = zombie, zombies [las zombis would be “exclusively female zombies”]
  • el / la mortal = mortal, human being
  • mortal = deadly
  • fatal = fatal, deadly / terrible, awful, very sick
  • enfermo/a = sick, ill
  • llorón, llorona = weepy / crybaby / whiner
  • la Llorona = the Wailing Woman [similar to a Latin American version of a “banshee”]
  • el fantasma = ghost
  • fantasmal = ghostly, creepy, eerie
  • el espíritu = spirit
  • el poltergeist / el espíritu burlón = poltergeist [German loanword] / mischievous spirit
  • el / la médium = psychic medium
  • el / la vidente = seer
  • el / la clarividente = clairvoyant
  • el / la espiritista = ghost whisperer / medium
  • el duende = mischievous spirit / gnome / elf
  • el azote = scourge [either in the sense of azotar “to whip”, or “a cause of suffering”]
  • la plaga = plague
  • la peste = pestilence / disease
  • el sufrimiento = suffering
  • el pavor = dread / intense fear
  • la sorpresa = surprise
  • sorprendido/a = surprised
  • sorprendente = surprising
  • el espanto = terror
  • espantoso/a = frightening, terrifying
  • el asombro = astonishment, surprise
  • asombroso/a = astonishing, amazing, causing surprise
  • alucinado/a = staggering, slack-jawed / dazed, delusional / hallucinating
  • alucinante = amazing, awesome / hallucinatory, causes hallucinations
  • el susto = a fright, a jump (from fright) 
  • el mal = evil
  • los malos = “the bad guys”
  • mal, malo/a (adj) = bad, evil
  • mal (adv) = badly
  • la malicia = malice
  • malicioso/a = malicious
  • malvado/a = wicked, evil, twisted
  • malévolo/a = malevolent, wishing ill, with bad intentions
  • el bien = good (as in a concept of morality) / good(s), item
  • los buenos = “the good guys”
  • buen, bueno/a (adj) = good, kind
  • bien (adv) = well
  • benévolo/a = benevolent, wishing well, with good intentions
  • retorcido/a = twisted, warped
  • loco/a = crazy
  • enloquecido/a = crazed, mad, driven mad
  • desquiciado/a = unhinged, deranged
  • peludo/a = hairy
  • velludo/a = fuzzy
  • salvaje = savage / wild
  • la garra = claw
  • el colmillo = fang
  • feroz = ferocious
  • atroz = atrocious, monstrous, despicable
  • espeluznante = blood-curdling, hair-raising, spine-tingling
  • horripilante = hair-raising, causing the hair to stand on end
  • el asesino, la asesina = murderer, murderess, killer
  • el asesinato = the act of murder
  • el homicido = homicide
  • homicida = homicidal
  • el / la psicópata = psycho(path)
  • el / la compinche = accomplice
  • el / la lacayo = lackey, servant [I’ve never seen lacaya so I assume it’s always lacayo]
  • el perro faldero = lap dog
  • el / la testigo = a witness [the word “testiga” is technically incorrect; it’s always testigo regardless of gender]
  • el masacre = massacre
  • la matanza = slaughter, bloodshed, massacre
  • el derramamiento = bloodshed [literary; it literally means “the spilling of”]
  • la herida = a wound / an injury
  • la carne = meat / flesh
  • la carnicería = carnage / butchery
  • la sangre = blood
  • sangriento/a = bloody, violent
  • sanguinario/a = bloodthirsty
  • repugnante = gross, disgusting, repugnant
  • asqueroso/a = gross, disgusting, nauseating
  • los escalofríos = chills / goosebumps
  • escalofriante = chilling / causing goosebumps
  • fuerte = strong / loud
  • débil = weak
  • pálido/a = pale, pallid
  • oscuro/a = dark
  • claro/a = clear, bright
  • grotesco/a = grotesque
  • raro/a = strange, odd, weird
  • abrumador(a) = daunting, frightening, overwhelming, oppressive
  • extraño/a = strange
  • el extraño, la extraña = stranger
  • desconocido/a = unknown
  • el desconocido, la desconocida = unknown person, stranger
  • temeroso/a = fearful, timid / frightening, scary
  • medroso/a = fearful, timid / frightening, scary
  • miedoso/a = someone easily frightened, cowardly
  • cobarde = coward
  • la cobardía = cowardice
  • podrido/a = rotten, putrid, decomposed
  • agudo/a = sharp
  • desafilado/a = dull, blunt
  • puntiagudo/a = pointy, sharp, pointed
  • perdido/a = lost
  • la selva = forest
  • el bosque = woods / forest
  • la raíz = root
  • la montaña = mountain
  • el pantano = swamp
  • pantonoso/a = swampy / murky / unclear / a place with squishy ground
  • la ciénaga = bog / marsh / swamp
  • el lodo = mud
  • lodoso/a = muddy
  • el barro = mud
  • la arcilla = clay
  • la nube = cloud
  • la niebla = fog
  • la neblina = fog, haze, mist
  • neblinoso/a = foggy, hazy
  • el grito = a scream
  • el aullido = a howl / a scream
  • el chillido = a scream / a shriek
  • el llanto = wailing / sobbing / crying
  • el gemido = a moan / a wail
  • triste = sad
  • enojado/a = angry
  • alterado/a = upset
  • furioso/a = furious
  • arrepentido/a = remorseful / sorry
  • feliz = happy
  • contento/a = happy
  • el pandemonio = pandemonium
  • el pánico = panic
  • caótico/a = chaotic
  • el caos = chaos
  • el Inframundo = the Underworld

Verbos

  • asustar = to startle / to scare / to frighten [having to do with the idea of “jumping” from fright]
  • tener miedo (a algo/alguien) = to be afraid of (someone / something)
  • tener miedo a + infinitivo = to be afraid to (do something)
  • dar miedo = to scare
  • dar(le) asco = to disgust (someone) [lit. “to give someone disgust”]
  • amenazar = to threaten / to menace
  • aterrorizar = to terrify
  • horrorizar = to horrify
  • espantar = to frighten
  • horripilar(se) = to make the hair stand on end
  • burlarse de (algo / alguien) = to make fun of (someone/something)
  • mofarse de (algo / alguien) = to mock (someone / something)
  • reírse de (algo / alguien) = to laugh at (someone / something)
  • seguir = to follow
  • perseguir = to pursue, to chase
  • cazar = to hunt
  • acosar = to stalk, to harass, to pursue relentlessly
  • crear = to create
  • inventar = to invent
  • hacer = to do / to make
  • deshacer = to get rid of, to unmake, to undo
  • deshacer(se) = to melt away, to dissipate, to become ruined
  • quebrar = to break
  • romper = to break
  • enterrar = to bury
  • desenterrar = to dig up / to exhume
  • tener hambre = to be hungry
  • tener sed = to be thirsty
  • tener sueño = to be tired
  • dormir = to sleep
  • soñar = to dream
  • soñar con (algo / alguien) = to dream of (something / someone)
  • devorar = to devour
  • destrozar = to rip apart, to tear up, to destroy 
  • destruir = to destroy
  • matar = to kill
  • aniquilar = to annihilate, to wipe out, to destroy
  • cosechar = to harvest
  • segar = to reap
  • perderse = to get lost / to be lost
  • lastimar = to hurt
  • herir = to injure
  • gritar = to scream
  • dar gritos / dar voces = to scream / to cry out
  • llorar = to cry
  • gemir = to moan / to wail
  • chillar = to shriek / to screech
  • aullir = to howl
  • compadecer = to pity
  • arrepentirse = to regret / to feel remorse
  • lamentar = to lament / to feel bad / to cry
  • cundir el pánico = for panic to spread
  • estar vivo/a = to be alive
  • estar muerto/a = to be dead
  • estar de luto = to be in mourning

Halloween

  • los dulces = sweets / candy [a general and broad term, los dulces can refer to anything sweet, including pastries or cookies or cakes]
  • los caramelos = sweets / candy [more specialized but a catch-all for candy since caramelo refers to “caramelized sugar”]
  • la golosina = candy
  • las chuches, la chuchería = candies
  • el azúcar = sugar
  • el maní / el cacahuete = peanut
  • el chocolate = chocolate
  • la chocolatina = chocolate bar / candy with chocolate
  • el envoltorio / la envoltura = wrapper / wrapping
  • el papel(ito) del dulce / el papel(ito) del caramelo = candy wrapper
  • la paja = straw
  • el heno = hay
  • el maíz = corn
  • el laberinto = maze / labyrinth
  • la casa embrujada = haunted house
  • el fuego fatuo = will-o-wisp / [lights that can be seen but quickly disappear as if they were ghosts or spirits]
  • la broma = prank / practical joke
  • la travesura = mischief
  • travieso/a = mischievous
  • la calabaza de Halloween = (carved) pumpkin for Halloween
  • la lámpara de calabaza = “pumpkin lamp” / jack-o’-lantern [a carved pumpkin with a light inside it]
  • el disfraz = costume / disguise
  • disfrazado/a = disguised / in costume
  • disfrazarse de (algo / alguien) = to dress up like (something / someone)
  • truco o trato = trick-or-treat [there are SO many regionalisms for this… literally this is “trick or treat”, but certain countries say different things]
  • dulce = sweet
  • salado/a = salty
  • agrio/a = sour
  • amargo/a = bitter
  • picante = spicy
  • agridulce = bittersweet / sweet-and-sour

El Día de los Muertos

  • El Día de los Muertos / El Día de los Difuntos = “Day of the Dead” (Nov. 2)
  • los dulces / los caramelos = candy
  • el altar = altar
  • la ofrenda = offering
  • la danza de los viejitos = “the dance of the old people”
  • la máscara = mask
  • el copal = incense [a special type of incense in Mexico and Latin America made from tree resin since before the Spaniards came]
  • la flor = flower
  • el cempasúchil / el sempasúchil / el zempasúchil = marigold / Mexican or Aztec margiold [coming from Nahuatl it means “twenty-flower”]
  • la flor de los muertos = marigold / “the flower of the dead”
  • el pan de los muertos = “bread of the dead”
  • el sarape / el zarape = a special Mexican blanket/shawl/poncho made with many different colors
  • la guitarra = guitar
  • el mole = mole; a South American mix of chocolate, peanuts, and chile peppers
  • el ataúd / el féretro = coffin / casket / grave
  • la tumba = grave / tomb
  • el panteón = a family crypt / mausoleum / vault [or “pantheon” in the sense of “a group of gods”]
  • el mausoleo = mausoleum 
  • la sepultura = grave / final resting place / tomb / 
  • el entierro = burial
  • fallecer = to die / to perish / to pass away
  • fallecido/a = dead, deceased
  • el fallecido, la fallecido = the departed (person)
  • el difunto, la difunta = a deceased person / “the late ___”
  • la última morada = “the final dwelling” / the afterlife
  • el más allá = the afterlife [lit. “the more over there”]
  • la calavera = skull
  • la calavera de dulce / la calavera de azúcar = sugar skull
  • la (Calavera) Catrina = a famous figure of a woman skeleton in European dress, culturally very famous because of the Spanish influence onto the native cultures of Latin America, but also represents death not caring about who it takes or when
  • el alfeñique = the art of creating figures or things with sugar / sugar figure
  • el maquillaje = makeup / cosmetics
  • la mariposa = butterfly [butterflies are symbols of death / resurrection, and in some places, the soul]
  • el murciélago / el murciégalo = bat [bats in Maya / Aztec mythology are linked to death]
  • la cruz = cross
  • el retrato = portrait
  • el cirio / la vela = candle [el cirio is a special type of candle used for more religious purposes]
  • la alabanza = praise / a Catholic hymn
  • el cielo = Heaven [or “sky”]
  • el paraíso = paradise / heaven
  • las almas / ánimas del Purgatorio = souls of Purgatory
  • los angelitos = the souls of those who died as babies [lit. “little angels”]
  • El Día de Muertos Chiquitos = “the Day of the Dead Little Ones” (Nov. 1)
  • La Noche de Duelo = “the Night of Mourning/Pain” (Nov. 1)
  • (El Día de) Todos (los) Santos = All Saints’ Day [has many names: Día de los Inocentes “day of the innocents”, La Conmemoración de los Fieles Difuntos “the commemoration of the loyal deceased”, and of course… El Día de los Muertos “Day of the Dead”]
  • Xolotl = a god associated with death who helped souls on their way to their final resting place in various myths
  • Xibalbá = “the hidden place” or “the place of fright”; the Maya Underworld 
  • Tlalocán = “the place of Tlaloc”, where Tlaloc is a rain/thunder deity. In some areas, Tlalocán is considered the final resting place for souls who have died due to natural disasters
  • Mictlán = the Underworld (in general); a part of the Underworld ruled by Mictlantecuhtli and his wife Mictecacihuatl, who are the King and Queen of the Underworld

There are so many regionalisms involved in the lists of Halloween and Day of the Dead, that I’m 100% sure I’ve missed important things or given one particular region’s words and not another’s, so please keep that in mind.

Why?

1. Why did James Corden make sure to talk about Louis being single and taking advantage of it then the very next day we learned Briana’s name?</p>

2. Why did Tammi follow baby and wedding accounts on Twitter before she should have reasonably know Briana was expecting?

3. Why did we find out so early?</p>

4. Why was Briana’s social media wiped?

5. Why were there articles with every single member of her family?</p>

6. Why did her ex-stepfather send her mom that weird message asking if B was pregnant? Why did he misspell her name? Why did he use her first and last name as if her own mom wouldn’t know who he was talking about?</p>

7. Why did blogs get anons warning us weeks in advance?</p>

8. Why did blogs get the pic of Eli and B that someone seemed to want leaked pretty badly? Why did they want us to know he had seen her if he was there to get the news of his impending fatherhood?

9. Why was Simon the first person to talk about it?</p>

10. Why did Liam talk about it before Louis? Why was he more concerned with a ship that didn’t involve him than the other huge 1D ship he’s a part of?

11. Why was the topic blacklisted for most of promo?</p>

12. Why did Harry talk about babies multiple times in that one interview yet the interviewer never mentioned the elephant in the room?

13. Why did Louis stay in Canada when the rest of the band went to LA?</p>

14. Why did he avoid LA like the plague right until the very end?</p>

15. Why did the media bring Harry into it? Pregnant Harry manip?</p>

16. Why “It’s not real. It’s not real. It’s not real.”?

17. Why Tamara at Glastonbury?

18. Why did he show up to dinner with her family on the 4th still wearing the Glastonbury bracelet? Was that a fuck you?

19. Why was Tammi papped solo? More than once?

20. Why did the family try to get people to post pics of pregnant women they were trying to pass off as B but who obviously weren’t?

21. Why did they do the same with pics of the baby?

22. Why did Fizzy call them out on it? Why did Ashley lie about them being Facebook friends? Why did that confrontation get dialed back?

23. Why was B papped at the passport office?

24. Why did she go to London when she could have gone to any show in the US?

25. Why did she go to six shows and stand where fans had access to her?

26. Why didn’t she have security?

27. Why did she roam around the stadium and the Starbucks in the stadium with no one to protect her from the fans who wanted to “harass” her other than Fizzy?

28. Why were seats labeled so that fans would know they were for Louis’ entourage? Why didn’t it happen before then or after that?

29. Why does the girl who got the first pic of B at those shows have a Simon follow on Twitter?

30. Why did her family say she would be there two weeks when she was not?

31. Why the van full of brunettes while B was in London? Is that why she left early?

32. Why were the Bears set up to portray a Larry wedding while she was there?

33. Why did the family register all of those url’s? BrianaTomlinson?

34. Why so long to announce the name?

35. Why the SydneyReign url? Did Louis fuck that up when he announced the name as Freddie?

36. Why were they trying to auction a url?

37. Why didn’t she have a baby shower?

38. Why did the birth announcement come via UA? And a comment by granny on an Instagram post of a pic of trash?

39. Why was our favorite UA owner conveniently in LA for the birth?

40. Why did Harry go back to LA THE NIGHT of the birth?

41. Why did he tweet those lyrics?

42. Why did Louis tweet lyrics to a song about daddy kink?

43. Why were there no visible signs of an IV?

44. Why was she so perfectly made up and posed in that hospital pic?

45. Why was Louis papped at Sunglass Hut the next day wearing what appeared to be a hand written hospital bracelet?

46. Why was he papped arriving to Tammi’s condo with a car full of baby supplies that could have been delivered and should have already been set up?

47. What happened to the pap pics of her wearing a mini dress just a couple days after giving birth? Why weren’t they used? Why did it seem like they were replaced by another set of pap pics?

48. Pleather legging and heels just a few days post birth?

49. Why the name Freddie after the Bears focused so much on Freddie Mercury? Who was in Queen? Queen as in one who reigns?

50. Why rent a house in LA that is owned by Paul McKenna? The person who some believe to be Simon Cowell’s lover?

51. Why rent a house one hour away from your newborn?

52. Why did Louis say he was looking forward to no responsibilities during the break?

53. Why was he papped carrying a book named The Psychopath Test at the beginning of it all?

54. Why have his bandmates not acknowledged this life changing event on any form of social media?

55. Why the appearance of Olivia in October?

56. Why was Olivia’s social media wiped?

57. Why does she even need a nanny? She’s unemployed? Why does the baby stay in Olivia’s room? Why does Olivia interact with the baby more than Briana? Why for someone who is supposed to be her bff does she seem to know so little?

58. Why does it seem so difficult for Briana to provide basic facts about her child and her birth experience?

59. Why was the original announcement and birth so closely linked to Drag Me Down and History video?

60. Why did Jay follow Tammi on Facebook, share a post about being fame hungry and then unfriend her?

61. Why did Jay and Briana follow, unfollow and then follow each other again on Instagram?

62. Why did Briana only unprivate her Instagram when she posted something she knew the fandom would explode over?

63. Why no paternity test?

I intentionally didn’t include things that people seems to have different opinions on. Like her change in physical appearance and the possible different Freddie’s. I wanted to highlight all of he weirdness and the wtf moments surrounding this entire situation that exist without those. As you can see there’s quite a few and I’m sure I missed some.

I’ve never been very good at biting my tongue...

Making my own post, as I have the good grace to at least stay in my lane. And I solemnly swear not to use the phrases ‘it’s not that deep’, or ‘who cares’ once in this post. Here goes…

…..

1. Why did James Corden make sure to talk about Louis being single and taking advantage of it then the very next day we learned Briana’s name?because his break up with eleanor was a hot topic so of course they were gonna talk about it??? it’s literally not that deep???

  • James is Louis’ friend, do you really think on national TV that he’d be as crass as to talk about Louis ‘taking advantage’ of being single if it wasn’t to drive home a point?

……

2. Why did Tammi follow baby and wedding accounts on Twitter before she should have reasonably know Briana was expecting? you do know that not everything revolves around this supposed “stunt” right???? that briana and her family had lives before this as well…… maybe tammi had a friend or family member that was getting married or maybe she’s just into baby and wedding stuff??? i know lots of women that follow those kinds of things

  • This could reasonably be the case. (See, i’m not just dismissing points I don’t want to agree with - shocking I know)

……

3. Why did we find out so early? probably because someone was gonna leak the info so they just told the world themselves  through the people exclusive instead.

  • Again, this is possible. But a random person leaking a story would not have been able to get traction in a credible outlet. And if a less reputable outlet had run the story, Louis’ reps would have just shut it down with a statement. It would not have been damaging enough for them to make the decision to run it themselves.

……

4. Why was Briana’s social media wiped? that’s pretty typical for a non famous person getting involved with someone famous

  • She had her account wiped prior to when she was supposed to have first met Louis. And in any case, if this was legitimate, wouldn’t a much more straightforward option have been to make her social media private.

……

5. Why were there articles with every single member of her family? easy money for her family??? it’s probably why she only actually talks to her mom, grandma, and little brother now…..

  • If this was all legitimate, anyone even remotely close to Briana would have had to sign NDAs to stop this from happening. And if by some chance they didn’t, if this was legitimate, outlets that have always been aligned to 1d (eg The Sun) would not have run unsanctioned stories like this, it’s not in their interests to undermine their relationships with the boys team.

……..

6. Why did her ex-stepfather send her mom that weird message asking if B was pregnant? Why did he misspell her name? Why did he use her first and last name as if her own mom wouldn’t know who he was talking about? i don’t know?? did you ever think maybe it was fake?? that they media was making it up for a headline???

  • See above. If this was legitimate, we would have never seen it. 

……..

7. Why did blogs get anons warning us weeks in advance? this is a bunch of bullshit…… yall were just as shocked as the rest of us lmao….. don’t pretend that you had anons “warning” you…..

  • This is not BS, I was here at the time and clearly recall anons talking about pregnancy, engagement (wedding cake shopping anyone?) etc.

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8. Why did blogs get the pic of Eli and B that someone seemed to want leaked pretty badly? Why did they want us to know he had seen her if he was there to get the news of his impending fatherhood? i don’t know the story behind the pictures of briana and the chimp but literally who gives a fuck.

  • See above. A story seems that more organic if it appears to stem naturally.

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9. Why was Simon the first person to talk about it? why not??? other than the other 1d boys simon is literally louis’ biggest contact in the biz……

  • The fact that in his interview, Simon said he ‘told Louis to man up’, should be enough to tell us who’s interest that interview was serving. 

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10. Why did Liam talk about it before Louis? Why was he more concerned with a ship that didn’t involve him than the other huge 1D ship he’s a part of? when did liam talk about it first lmao…… liam doesn’t give two shits about any shipping….. he is a multimillionaire…. he literally doesn’t care about any of this.

  • Liam talked about it on a pre-recorded UK radio interview prior to the GMA interview. 

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11. Why was the topic blacklisted for most of promo? maybe louis didn’t want to talk about it which is pretty understandable considering the circumstances??

  • Again, I can see that this could be a possibility, IF YOU WEREN’T TALKING ABOUT A CELEBRITY WITH A REPUTATION TO PROTECT. Even if Louis individually felt uncomfortable talking about it, any PR person worth his salt would have ok’d simple congratulatory questions, whilst rightfully blacklisting anything overly intrusive.

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12. Why did Harry talk about babies multiple times in that one interview yet the interviewer never mentioned the elephant in the room? literally you answered that question yourself with #11 lmao

  • Agreed, but the fact is that bringing up the topic of babies at all draws attention to the one baby he’s not talking about. 

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13. Why did Louis stay in Canada when the rest of the band went to LA? I’m pretty sure he was visiting his friend luke that was staying there.

  • The fact is that public expectation is that if you are able to spend time with your future child, you would take, rather than actively avoid that opportunity. PR teams help to enhance their clients reputations, and they would know how this would look.

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14. Why did he avoid LA like the plague right until the very end? because he was literally touring the fucking world with his band and then doing album promo and then spending christmas with his family??????

  • I do not know Louis’ schedule off the top of my head during this time. Although again, if there had been a will to be there, he would have found a way. 

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15. Why did the media bring Harry into it? Pregnant Harry manip? because yall motherfuckers made it into a hot topic….. larry gets them clicks…… that is literally your fault

  • That manip was syndicated and never traced back to the fandom. And are we seriously meant to believe, that across the board, the media would jeopardise professional relationships, to run an image that goes against the ‘truth’ according to the boys/their team, to satisfy a sub-group of people on the internet.

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16. Why “It’s not real. It’s not real. It’s not real.”? BECAUSE HE THREW A DOLL OF THE STAGE AND WANTED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE KNEW IT WASN’T A REAL BABY BECAUSE FROM FAR AWAY IT MIGHT HAVE LOOKED LIKE THAT AND THE LAST THING HE NEEDS IS A FUCKED UP HEADLINE SAYING “LOUIS TOMLINSON THROWS LIVE BABY OFF 1D STAGE”

  • I almost don’t know what to say about this one. But please, take a step back and realise how monumentally outlandish the scenario you are portraying is. It literally relies on a parent throwing their child on stage. IPhones - yes. Babies - no. 

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17. Why Tamara at Glastonbury? he wasn’t dating briana and he wasn’t dating danielle yet sooooo why not???

  • This is true. I have my own views. But on the surface yes, this could be the case. 

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18. Why did he show up to dinner with her family on the 4th still wearing the Glastonbury bracelet? Was that a fuck you? no i’m sure it wasn’t a “fuck you” louis is not fucking 12……

  • This is such a small detail, I have no opinion on it either way. 

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19. Why was Tammi papped solo? More than once? who knows who cares

  • I need to establish here that paps do not just hang around on street corners waiting for celebrities to pap. oh, and, Briana’s mum is not a celebrity, no pap would have even recognised her. I don’t know the ‘why’, but this was not organic. 

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20. Why did the family try to get people to post pics of pregnant women they were trying to pass off as B but who obviously weren’t? that literally never happened but ok werk

  • This one is subjective, so I am not prepared to comment on this. Some things looked suspicious, but as far as I can remember, there is no solid proof. 

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21. Why did they do the same with pics of the baby? again it didn’t happen stop lying to yourselves

  • TMZ posted a photo of a baby claiming it was Freddie in the days after the birth. They deleted it, and it was tracked back, via twitter screencaps to ashley.

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22. Why did Fizzy call them out on it? Why did Ashley lie about them being Facebook friends? Why did that confrontation get dialed back? literally who gives two fucks about cousin ashley??? it’s pretty damn clear that she’s not on briana’s side anyway and they don’t even talk anymore apparently

  • This happened, and it was a car crash. Briana may not follow Ashley on social media now, but she did when this happened. 

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23. Why was B papped at the passport office? why not….. she was a hot topic so of course she was gonna get papped a few times.

  • PAPS DO NOT HANG OUT AT PASSPORT OFFICES IN THE ARSE CRACK OF NOWHERE HOPING TO SEE A CELEBRITY. ‘Hot topic’ or not, this was engineered. 

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24. Why did she go to London when she could have gone to any show in the US? to meet louis’ family??? duh???

  • She had already met Louis’ mum at this point. And from what we know of them, if others wanted to meet her, I am sure they would have been considerate enough to visit her, rather than make her fly, heavily-pregnant, 1000s of miles.

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25. Why did she go to six shows and stand where fans had access to her?she literally stood where any other family or friends of the boys would stand like she was literally with fizzy and jay???

  • I was at 4 of the o2 shows she attended. Yes, a couple of times she was in the friends and family area. Once though she was in the centre of the venue near the sound stage.

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26. Why didn’t she have security? there were like what two or three pics of her even at the shows??? doesn’t sound like any fans there cared too much so i’m thinking they didn’t require much security…… i’m sure there was someone there though

  • There were plenty of photos, especially at the first show she attended. Security isn’t just about leaping in if something should happen, it’s also having a VISIBLE presence to deter anything from happening. If security was there, it was nigh-on invisible.

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27. Why did she roam around the stadium and the Starbucks in the stadium with no one to protect her from the fans who wanted to “harass” her other than Fizzy? i don’t recall hearing any stories of anyone actually harassing her in person to her face……. nah the larrie cowards leave that shit online

  • There are things called ‘risk assessments’, they are based on level of risk, and the probability of it happening. Even if the probability was deemed low, the ramifications of it, if something did happened, would be enough to mean, that if this situation was legitimate, she wouldn’t have been allowed to wander around unaccompanied. 

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28. Why were seats labeled so that fans would know they were for Louis’ entourage? Why didn’t it happen before then or after that? did that even happen lmao??? who cares???

  • It did happen.

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29. Why does the girl who got the first pic of B at those shows have a Simon follow on Twitter? he follows almost 3k people….. maybe she tweeted him something nice once lmao

  • This is possible. But something of a big coincidence that in a crowd of 20,000+ people, the one person within that crowd, that happens to take the 1st photo, also happens to be one of only 3k people SC follows. 

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30. Why did her family say she would be there two weeks when she was not? have yall never had plans change or……..

  • Could be.

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31. Why the van full of brunettes while B was in London? Is that why she left early? wow maybe you answered your own question…… like no shit that’s a possibility???

  • Again, this is possible. Although if you think Louis is insensitive enough to parade around with a group of girls, get papped doing it, and therefore rubbing it in B’s face, then I am not sure why you are a fan.

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32. Why were the Bears set up to portray a Larry wedding while she was there? because whoever was running the bears was a fucking troll

  • Seeing as we have Louis’ reflection in the glasses of one of the photos, you’d be saying that Louis is trolling the fandom. Again, if you think Louis would troll 1000s of LGBT fans, who take comfort in the bears (Larry aside), i am not sure why you would be a fan of someone behaving so cruelly.

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33. Why did the family register all of those url’s? BrianaTomlinson? to stop ugly ass people like the larries from using the domain names for their ugly ass larry agendas????

  • This is possible. Although I disagree.

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34. Why so long to announce the name? maybe it took them a few days to agree on a name??? that’s a thing that happens a lot actually???

  • Again, this is possible, although the debacle with Sydney/Conchobar, is unprecedented and still a meme outside the fandom. 

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35. Why the SydneyReign url? Did Louis fuck that up when he announced the name as Freddie? i’m guessing that they shared fake random variations of different names with friends and family to see if any of them would leak.

  • There is no way of us knowing the rationale behind this either way. 

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36. Why were they trying to auction a url? that never happened???

  • TMZ ran a story on the urls and it took you to a domain name auction site. 

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37. Why didn’t she have a baby shower? what lmao??? how the fuck do you know that she didn’t??? like you do realize that she has a life outside of what gets posted online right????

  • I have no opinion on this, you might be right, but you could be a little less horrendous about it. 

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38. Why did the birth announcement come via UA? And a comment by granny on an Instagram post of a pic of trash? because our fandom is extremely intrusive and her grandma isn’t media trained

  • This could be true in terms of the UA - but ask yourself where they could possibly be getting that information from?

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39. Why was our favorite UA owner conveniently in LA for the birth?because update accounts are known to engage in stalker-ish behaviour and we all knew that briana was due soon soooo

  • Another coincidence, this is becoming a theme. 

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40. Why did Harry go back to LA THE NIGHT of the birth? coincidence wow

  • Colour me surprised, another coincidence. Add to this that Harry has been in LA ever since, only (supposedly) returning to the UK in the last few days. As well as flying to the UK at the same time as Louis and then not attending the brits.

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41. Why did he tweet those lyrics? why not???

  • Because you bandmates just had a baby son. And the lyrics are about burying your dead son.

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42. Why did Louis tweet lyrics to a song about daddy kink? THAT DADDY COOL SONG IS NOT ABOUT A MOTHERFUCKING DADDY KINK

  • Someone forgot to give BoneyM the memo - ‘She’s crazy about her daddy, Oh she believes in him, She loves her daddy, She’s crazy like a fool, What about it Daddy Cool.’

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43. Why were there no visible signs of an IV? there was literally only one picture of her in the hospital and you can’t even see most of her one arm….. also maybe they took that particular picture when she was getting ready to be discharged and they already took it out.

  • Possible.

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44. Why was she so perfectly made up and posed in that hospital pic? who the fuck wants to look all sweaty and tired and all that when they know that photo is gonna be spread all over the internet and media????

  • Possible. Although in all likelihood, they called the paps themselves. 

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45. Why was Louis papped at Sunglass Hut the next day wearing what appeared to be a hand written hospital bracelet? hand written hospital bracelets are literally a thing and we have all debunked that but none of yall will actually listen as per usual.

  • I can’t remember if this was ever debunked. It’s a very minor thing IMO either way.

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46. Why was he papped arriving to Tammi’s condo with a car full of baby supplies that could have been delivered and should have already been set up? why not???? maybe he wanted to personally deliver them???

  • The key here is that he was papped doing it. Whatever his motivation, PAPS ARE NOT HANGING ABOUT THE ARSE CRACK OF NOWHERE WAITING FOR CELEBS TO MIRACULOUSLY APPEAR.

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47. What happened to the pap pics of her wearing a mini dress just a couple days after giving birth? Why weren’t they used? Why did it seem like they were replaced by another set of pap pics? what does this even mean??? those photos didn’t just evaporate??? they still exist??? yall of course are analyzing this WAY TOO MUCH

  • No strong feelings on this. 

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48. Pleather legging and heels just a few days post birth? please google “chrissy teigen on date night with husband john legend a week after giving birth” :)

  • I am not a mum, so can’t comment on the comfort of this. 

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49. Why the name Freddie after the Bears focused so much on Freddie Mercury? Who was in Queen? Queen as in one who reigns? IT’S NOT THAT DEEP OH MY GOD LMAO

  • We have already established that Louis is behind the bears and trolling us right?? So to take it to it;s natural conclusion, Louis named his son as the ultimate ‘f you’ to the Larries? What a lovely person to be a fan of. 

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50. Why rent a house in LA that is owned by Paul McKenna? The person who some believe to be Simon Cowell’s lover? “the person who some believe….” no you mean larries….. and louis is close with simon cowell and apparently paul gave him a discount soooo

  • This is a widespread, long-running rumour, not something Larries have come up with. It’s all over online forums.

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51. Why rent a house one hour away from your newborn? probably for the discount lmao…… there is also a thing called cars….. they get you places

  • Seriously, the discount? 

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52. Why did Louis say he was looking forward to no responsibilities during the break? maybe he was in denial about the whole thing??? that’d be pretty typical for a young single man that also happens to rich and famous.

  • Even if he was in denial, there is no way that his team would let him say this and come across as an uncaring idiot.

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53. Why was he papped carrying a book named The Psychopath Test at the beginning of it all? maybe he was reading it because he wanted to read it….. lmao like what is this even supposed to mean???

  • Possibly, although I think you are underestimating him.

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54. Why have his bandmates not acknowledged this life changing event on any form of social media? text messages are way more sentimental

  • Agreed that texts / phone calls are more personal. But this is a band that grew up on social media and fan interaction, the absence is glaring. 

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55. Why the appearance of Olivia in October? uhhhhh her and briana are literally friends???

  • I couldn’t care even a tiny bit about Olivia. 

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56. Why was Olivia’s social media wiped? again the same reason as briana’s….. when you get into the public eye because you’re involved with a famous person then their PR team likely isn’t going to want anyone to find anything incriminating on their social media so it’s better just to delete it all before the fandom finds anything that could be damaging

  • See above.

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57. Why does she even need a nanny? She’s unemployed? Why does the baby stay in Olivia’s room? Why does Olivia interact with the baby more than Briana? Why for someone who is supposed to be her bff does she seem to know so little? being a single mom is hard??? just because she’s not currently working doesn’t mean that she doesn’t need extra help??? like she doesn’t have louis there as her support system??? like honestly what the fuck is wrong with you people???

  • I am not in the business of judging single parents either way. 

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58. Why does it seem so difficult for Briana to provide basic facts about her child and her birth experience? she doesn’t owe anyone this information.

  • Agreed. But by the same token, you can’t then very easily post the kind of messages she did over the weekend. 

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59. Why was the original announcement and birth so closely linked to Drag Me Down and History video? coincidence…… like that’s just how the conception and birth lined up

  • ANOTHER COINCIDENCE. THIS IS JUST GETTING AWKWARD NOW.

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60. Why did Jay follow Tammi on Facebook, share a post about being fame hungry and then unfriend her? who knows and who cares??? it’s not your drama???

  • It’s not our drama. However, they know that fans follow them and everyone related to them on SM and what people would read in to it.

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61. Why did Jay and Briana follow, unfollow and then follow each other again on Instagram? again it’s not your drama???

  • See above.

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62. Why did Briana only unprivate her Instagram when she posted something she knew the fandom would explode over? to share with fans like myself that actually want to see cute pictures of freddie…… i’m grateful that she is still willing to share some pictures and videos with us despite the ignorance she gets in return.

  • I suppose that’s one way of looking at it.

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63. Why no paternity test? no legal team of a person with the kind of money louis has would just let their client start paying child support without doing a paternity test first…… you are not entitled to those results….. the proof is literally in louis claiming parenthood and raising his son

  • I am glad we’re agreed on the first part of your statement. And I would agree to your second comment if it weren’t for TMZ and other outlets running time and time again, the fact that he has not had a pat test. If we are to believe that the media are making things up, this makes Louis look entirely gullible (look at the comments on the articles) his team would step in to refute the initial claims. And the media would be risking alienating themselves from future dealings with the band.

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PHEW, THAT WAS A LOT.