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9 Times Lin-Manuel Miranda Was The Internet’s Boyfriend

The internet really, truly and completely adores Lin-Manuel Miranda. And with good reason! Not only does he write, compose and star in hit musicals (“In The Heights,” or this little show you might’ve heard of called “Hamilton“), he’s also brought home awards and has eloquently and passionately spoken out about Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Also, he can rock a ponytail like few others.

Here are more reasons why he’s the whole internet’s collective boyfriend:

1. He’s the overachieving dream man your mom would love.

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When does he even sleep???

2. He has great taste in music.

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We’re sure Jay understands.

3. He’s teamed up with fellow Boricua J.Lo for a phenomenal cause.

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The two are collaborating on a song that will benefit The Hispanic Federation’s #SomosOrlando project, created in recognition of the Pulse shooting’s majority Latino victims.

4. He can freestyle like no one’s business:

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Also, extra points for that bright blue suit. Dayum.

5. Dude is a multiple award winner.

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Damn, leave some for everybody else, dude. Some of us just got a Good Citizen certificate in first grade y, ya, se acabó.

6. …Including a lil’ thing known as the MacArthur “Genius Grant.”

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You can listen to him talk about it and his creative process, above.

7. …And his acceptance speeches will move you to tears every time.

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“Love is love is love is love…”

8. Did we mention the ponytail?

It’s just so majestic. (Pretend there’s a gif here of him shaking his ponytail in slow-motion.)

9. He is endearingly very great/bad at Periscope.

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“Is this in selfie mode?” Who knows, Lin-Manuel. Who ever knows?

8. He knows how to make people pay attention to important issues close to his heart.

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Look, we know as well as anyone that it’s really hard to get people to engage with serious news stories. People might ask why a serious story — like, say, about Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis — isn’t given more attention, while rarely ever reading or sharing these stories themselves. That’s why Lin-Manuel was so smart to educate people about Puerto Rico in shareable song form on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” That’s how you reach people, and he knows that very well.

9. He’s a nerd, kinda like you and me.

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I mean. Dude literally wrote a musical about Alexander Hamilton. That’s high-level nerdery. And, being that the internet is nothing if not a gathering place for nerds to come together and nerd out collectively, we absolutely love it.


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Did we miss anything? Are you writing “Ms./Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda” on the margins of your (virtual) notebook at this very moment? Don’t lie.

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Every Lazy Person’s Dreams Have Come True With This Tortilla Toaster

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Every Lazy Person’s Dreams Have Come True With This Tortilla Toaster

Remember the FlatEv, the machine that promised fresh tortillas at the push of a button?

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Well, it’s got competition. Sort of.

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This is the Tortilla Toaster.

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The FlatEv is a Keurig-like machine that heats up an individual pod of masa to create a freshly made tortilla. The Tortilla Toaster, designed to be a time saver, doesn’t produce tortillas. It allows you heat up six tortillas at a time — and it promises to do it faster than your comal (or microwave) at home.

Here’s how it works: You insert up to six tortillas into the toaster…

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Set the desired toasting temp…

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And in about a minute, the tortillas are ready.

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Yes, the Tortilla Toaster is designed to replace your mom’s comal.

In an interview with L.A. Taco, creator Elliot Benitez talked about the toaster’s ability to heat up tortillas on both sides: “This feature eliminates the need to flip a tortilla ever again, what!! The rotating-oven (what we call it at HQ) applies heat to both sides of each tortilla and really does give it a nice hot and crispy texture.”

You: “Ma, what if I told you that you can throw away your comal?”

Mom:

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Well, Elliot Benitez, creator of the Tortilla Toaster, says his invention was actually inspired by his mom.

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The Nuni website explains what sparked the idea: “Our founder was catching up with his mother over a home-cooked meal when he noticed a trend. His mother was repeatedly leaving the dining table and missing conversation in order to keep up with their demand for hot tortillas during mealtime.”

Benitez calculated that his mother spent two months just flipping tortillas.

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“I calculated that over the 20-year period during which I lived at home, she had lost approximately 60 days to this labor intensive task. This revelation convinced me there had to be a better way to prepare hot tortillas at home,” writes Benitez on the Tortilla Toaster’s Indiegogo fundraising site.

Benitez may have a tough time convincing moms to ditch their comales, but he hopes his invention can save someone out there a few minutes out of their day.

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Benitez is currently raising funds for the Tortilla Toaster on Indiegogo and hopes to raise enough money to mass produce his invention.