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There are tech tricks that can make your life easier, such as setting up a shortcut for your text messages so every time you type a short word or code, the longer version of what you actually wanted to say autopopulates for you.
Well, some sneaky kids have also been using these shortcuts to play tricks on their less tech-savvy parents, and while it's nothing new, one such case is getting attention this week.
Posted on the social news site Reddit a few days ago, was the text thread of a teen asking his parents if he could "throw a party tmrw night."
As one would expect, the mother gave a resounding "HELL YES." Wait, what?
Her thoughts exactly. She tried again.
"I typed HELL YES."
Frustrated, the boy's father chimed in.
"Brendan, she's trying to say WHERE THE BITCHES AT," he wrote.
Hmmm. Something's not right.
Brendan had apparently set up a shortcut on his parents phones. Every time his mother typed "no" to him, it actually said "YES." His father's "no" was turned into "WHERE THE BITCHES AT."
Brendan has been hailed as a "genius" who "lived the dream out for all of us," on teen sites like Seventeen magazine.
Brendan, who on Imgur posted his Twitter handle, appears to be a teen from Michigan entering his senior year of high school.
lol, I changed "no" on my mom and dads phones pic.twitter.com/OQC5Xvg6qA— Brendan Gatward (@BrendanG_123) August 30, 2015
Wondering how these shortcuts are created in the first place? On iPhone's, at least, you can set them up by going to Settings and from there General and then Keyboards.
At the bottom is Shortcuts. Here you can click "Add New Shortcut" and away you go. Wired wrote in 2013 that these shortcuts can allow people to "tap less, say more." They also, as we've seen here, let kids pull pranks on their parents.
(H/T: Huffington Post)
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