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“The Worst Gifts of Inheritance, Ranked | Mashable



Imagine waking up with a scorpion as a sweet present the next morning. Or maybe you bring a birthday with a handwritten card from your dad asking you to fuck off Sounds hardcore right? Well, that’s how it’s done succession. Are you Kendall, girlRomuplus, or to think that Shiv is the mother standing next to the Roy brothers – especially after Catastrophic episode 8 season 4 often reflects darkly on the moral compass.

But as the hugely popular HBO series draws to a painful conclusion, there is one horrific reality left unaddressed: no one, and I stress, nobody on succession knows how to make good gifts. Even though Shiv (Sarah Snook), Kendall (Jeremy Strong) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) as well as their allies and (fr)enemies have a heinous amount of money, they are terrible at spending it on anything really thoughtful for everyone. others – and they never, never do something, especially after Connor (Alan Ruck) heavily poked fun at Logan’s (Brian Cox) birthday sourdough in the first episode of the first season.


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In a world where you basically get whatever you want, Roy and those around them never learn the gentle, thoughtful, and slightly manipulative art of gift giving. Gifts are a sure way to earn points, bring a friend closer, or even serve as bait. In the rich world of the show, one percent constantly forgets the power of truly thoughtful gestures. succession it’s a lesson in reverse as the show shows us just how humiliated and alone terrible gifts can make someone feel.

In honor of that sentiment, here’s a ranking of the worst gifts ever exchanged on the show.

8. Letters from Connor and Willa to Napoleon-Josephine

Er… congratulations?
Credit: David Russell/HBO.

Who would have thought that Logan Roy’s gesture would be the most thoughtful in any combination, and right before his death? In the third episode of the fourth season, Connor and Willa (Justine Lupe) are about to get married, for better or worse. Before the ceremony and Logan’s final moments, the couple receives a wedding present from their dear dad. No, this is not a heartfelt, generational heirloom—remember, this is the Roy, a family that outwardly stigmatizes sentimentality as weakness.

In his typical understated “money talks” fashion, Logan gives his firstborn a set of love letters that Napoleon Bonaparte wrote to his wife Josephine. This is a clear allusion to Connor’s immortal obsession with the French emperor; the hopeless presidential candidate even tries to get his hands on Napoleon’s severed penis in season 2, episode 1 when it goes up for auction (and yes, it is real collectible item(will open in a new tab)). Of course, in some worlds, this would make the groom happy, but the truth is that Connor really wanted his father to show up at his wedding, not attend the business deal. Despite its potential to become a hit, this love story, unfortunately, has not been successful so far.

7. Tom’s sycophant Patek Philippe watch

The very expensive pleasure of kissing ass.
Credit: Peter Kramer/HBO.

V succession At the series premiere, Tom, in a fit of wishful thinking, tries to grease the ice king of his then-girlfriend Shiv, Logan’s father, with a very expensive Patek Philippe watch. “They are incredibly accurate. Every time you look at them, they tell you how rich you are,” says Tom to Logan. While the social climber breaks the bank for this gesture of sycophancy, his heart is in the right place. However, the present shows a serious misunderstanding of this particular gift recipient. Unless it’s made perfectly clear, billionaire Logan Roy can’t be bought.

Ridiculing Tom’s little gift-giving speech, Logan says, “It’s very funny. you rehearsed it(will open in a new tab)? Without even a nod of approval, the Bull Patriarch gives away the mighty, expensive watch to the family who unveiled Roy’s makeshift softball stadium. This trade should make up for Roman’s messy millionth home run with the family’s young son. “It is impossible to review this communication without a shudder. Good luck next time, Tom.”

6. Kendall’s iconic rap “L to the OG”

If ever there was a golden gift for the public, this is it. To commemorate Big Daddy Logan’s 50th Anniversary Running a Waystar Royco, Kendall Awards the Black Tie Event with an Iconic Performance”L to exhaust gas(will open in a new tab)“, bonkers, original rap, written succession Composer Nicholas Britell. Kendall’s interpretation of the “tribute” to her father includes the perfect lyric, such as “Bro don’t twist, I’ve been through hell. But since I became a dad, I’m alive and well.” Watching Kendall take off his tuxedo to reveal a custom-made Logan-inspired tank top, while encouraging Waystar board members, major stockholders, and the biggest players in America’s fictional “kiss the ring” politics, creates a hilarious TV moment.

No wonder Logan is not amused, especially when Kendall throws a baseball cap over his father’s head. In our opinion, little Ken gets 10 out of 10 for this over the top gesture from Season 2, although Logan absolutely hates This.

5. Big beautiful Trojan horse Stewie

A woman in a suit stands, looking confused, at the entrance to an apartment, next to a large wooden horse, in a TV show.

For Kendall, from his best friend.
Credit: David Russell/HBO.

In the second episode of Season 3, after Kendall’s explosive press conference, all hell breaks loose – Kendall is isolated from his family for the first time. After a public rebellion against his father in a dramatic King Lear Fashion, a devastated heir hides out in his ex-wife Rava’s (Natalie Gold) apartment when a sinister gift arrives in the mail: a Trojan horse from his investor and college buddy Stewie (Arian Moayed).

Born in Greek mythology, the wooden horse became a symbol of rebellion and covert overthrow of power – a victorious ploy in the Trojan War allowed the Greek army to covertly gain access to the city through a gifted large wooden horse. Stressed in his “shelter”, Kendall struggles to find people he can trust, and Stewie’s conflicted present only confuses him. Messing with an already broken girl is a sin like no other.

4. Poison Scorpion Shiva from Tom

A man and a woman in suits stood facing each other and looked angry at a TV show party.

Yes, it didn’t land.
Credit: David Russell/HBO.

No relationship is sacred succession and the volatile marriage of Tom and Shiv is proof of that. In Season 4, Episode 7, the world’s most vindictive duo will-they-don’t-they finally get together, alas, just for a moment. To mark the next morning, Tom (or “Father Sexmus” as he defiantly calls himself), Shiv brings a carefully curated breakfast tray, fresh questionnaires, and a gift fancifully wrapped in brown paper and a rich cream bow. Could it be decorations? Maybe an engagement ring?

To everyone’s desperation, the box contains an acrylic resin paperweight depicting a buried scorpion. When Shiv is understandably confused, Tom insists that the pre-party prezzi is a stupid little joke, that the scorpion represents his wife and their toxic relationship:I love you(will open in a new tab) but you will kill me and I will kill you.” The catastrophic bite of Tom’s despicable gift is a clever omen as this love date is on the brink of collapse and burning.

3. Worst birthday card from Logan.

A man reads a greeting card and a letter in a room with a projection image on the walls in a TV show.

“Cash out and back off.”
Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO.

As Elena Cavender of Mashable writes: “Crying on your birthday is a common image of a disgruntled woman.” But, of course, no one had it as bad as baby Kendall on his extravagant 40th birthday. Throughout season 3, Ken and Logan’s relationship struggles to the point of fading, and his bond with the siblings is awkward at best. Kendall’s birthday party in Episode 7 is a prime example of this.

Logan sends his favorite errand boy Romulus to the party with a cruel birthday card in hand; the words “Happy Birthday” are crossed out and “Cash in and fuck off” is scrawled in their place. The postcard includes a condition sheet from Logan offering Kendall over $2 million to sell his stake in the company. Few gifts can be worse than your father wanting you to leave his company and family while your smug little brother breaks the news at your birthday party.

2 The Missing Gift Of The Kendall Kids (Probably Luckily)

A woman and a man are going through a fashion party in a TV show.

Too many birthdays.
Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO.

The saga of sadness from Kendall’s fire magpie continues, and the episode is rightfully titled “Too Many Birthdays.” Just when we think things couldn’t get any worse for Roy’s most vulnerable brother, Kendall decides to make himself feel better by unwrapping a gift his oft-ignored kids apparently handcrafted for him. Unable to find it right away, he goes on a rampage, knocking over a bunch of very expensive gifts in the hope of finding a spotted wrapper for one of his children.

When his friend Naomi Pierce (Annabelle Dexter-Jones) interrupts the unraveling to give Ken the Rolex she bought him, the love-hungry birthday boy snaps at her, heartbroken that the lavish gift wasn’t even signed. How dare she? Basically, don’t buy a Roys watch – it won’t sell well. We’ll never know if Kendall finds a gift from her kids, but Reddit convinced(will open in a new tab) it never existed, or that it may have contained the body of their dead pet rabbit. bloody Maybe it’s good that they didn’t find it…

1. Endless Creepy Bloody Matsson Bricks

A man in a hoodie stands with his hands behind his back on top of a Norwegian mountain in a TV show.

Stop. sending. People. Is yours. Blood.
Credit: Graham Hunter/HBO.

In the fifth episode of the fourth season, watching Shiv flirt with GoJo CEO Lukas Matsson (Alexander Skarsgård) and tease the idea of ​​breaking blood ties with his brothers was intense enough, but Ssuccess the writers cast an even more evil curve. “I dated this girl, and after we broke up, because of some of the things we said when everything was fine and stressful, like some kind of nasty, uh, friendly joke that I shouldn’t do I sent her some of my blood(will open in a new tab)”, Matsson admits to the aggressive Shiv. “A half-liter brick of frozen blood. As a joke, obviously,” he added.

To make matters worse, the former lover in question was Ebba (Ailey Harbaugh), the head of public relations for GoJo, and Mattson’s particularly nasty form of stalking was definitely not taken as a “joke”. However, the titular techie kept sending her bricks “again and again.” Without a doubt, this makes the cake the worst “gift” ever. succession (More).

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The hometown of the Ukrainian group “Eurovision” was attacked during the performance



Russian rockets hit the hometown of Ukrainian electro-pop duo Tvorchi during their Eurovision performance, officials in Kyiv said late on Saturday.

After the couple took to the stage in the city of Liverpool in northern England, Ternopil, a small city in western Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, the head of the administration of President Volodymyr Zelensky, said in a Telegram message what happened.

“It happened just at the moment when the Ukrainian group “Tvorchi” from Ternopil performed in the Eurovision final,” he said, adding that two people were injured.

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said two people were injured in a “rocket attack” in a separate post on its Telegram channel. According to preliminary data, the couple received “shrapnel wounds and burns.”

According to the report, “fragments of a cruise missile hit the warehouses, causing a fire.”

In a later statement, the Ukrainian Air Force on Sunday said three cruise missiles and 25 drones were destroyed during the attack.

NBC News is unable to independently verify these claims.

Following his speech at an event in Liverpool, which took over the holding of the event after the organizers decided that Kyiv was not safe enough, Creativity spoke about the attack in a post on his Instagram channel.

“Ternopil is the name of our hometown, which was bombed by Russia while we sang on the Eurovision stage about our steel hearts, indomitability and will,” they wrote, adding that the post is dedicated to “all the cities of Ukraine that are bombed every day” . day.

The sights and sounds of Ukraine were featured throughout the show, starting with the opening film, which saw the 2022 Eurovision winners the Kalush Orchestra sing and dance in the Kiev metro, and the tune was picked up by musicians from the UK, including Katherine, Princess of Wales, who was featured playing the piano.

As a result, Creativity took sixth place in the competition, which was won by the Swedish singer Loreen, who performed her song “Tatu”. She became the first singer to win the competition twice.

The Russian Ministry of Defense later confirmed that it had attacked Ternopil in a statement released on its Telegram channel on Sunday, saying it “delivered a strike with air- and sea-based long-range precision weapons.” He added that he was targeting storage sites for “ammunition, weapons and military equipment obtained from Western countries.”

The attack came after Zelenskiy traveled to Rome, where he met with Pope Francis and Prime Minister Georgia Meloni.

He then traveled to Berlin on Sunday for a meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

There, he thanked Germany for its announcement on Saturday that it would provide Ukraine with nearly $3 billion worth of military aid, including tanks, anti-aircraft systems and ammunition.

“You can rely on Germany,” he wrote on Twitter. “Together we bring the world closer!”

Inside Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces had made “massive attempts” to breach defenses in the key eastern town of Bakhmut over the past 24 hours as pressure continued to mount on their forces.

It said that Ukraine attacked the north and south of the city, but did not break through the Russian defenses. “All attacks by units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been repelled,” the message says.

NBC News was unable to verify this claim.

This raised new doubts about the Kremlin’s hopes for a symbolic victory in the city and heightened the fears of Russian observers about the position of the military on the front line.

For months, Russia has been anticipating a Ukrainian spring counter-offensive that is expected to target occupied lands across the country. Moscow’s own winter offensive ended in public infighting as it suffered heavy casualties on the battlefield, with more than 100,000 Kremlin forces killed or wounded since December alone, according to US estimates.

Associated Press contributed.

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Zelensky meets with leaders in Berlin over Germany’s military aid package



BERLIN (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was greeted with military honors by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Sunday on his first visit to Germany since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Zelensky visits allies seeking additional arms shipments to help his country fend off a Russian invasion and funds to rebuild what has been ravaged by more than a year of devastating conflict.

A Luftwaffe plane brought Zelensky to the German capital from Rome, where he met with Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

On the eve of his arrival, which is taking place amid strict security measures, the German government announced new military aid package for Ukraine worth more than 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion), including tanks, anti-aircraft systems and ammunition.

“Already in Berlin. weapon. Powerful package. air defense. reconstruction. EUROPEAN UNION. NATO. Safety,” Zelenskiy tweeted on Sunday, clearly referring to the key priorities of his trip.

anus initially hesitant to provide Ukraine with lethal weaponsGermany has become one of the largest weapons suppliers to Ukraine, including Battle tanks Leopard 1 and 2and the sophisticated IRIS-T SLM air defense system Modern Western equipment is considered critical if Ukraine is to succeed in its planned counter-offensive against Russian forces.

Zelensky met for the first time with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s head of state. which was neglected by Kyiv last yearapparently because of his former close ties with Russia, which caused a chill in diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Germany.

Since then, both Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Ukraine, assuring Zelensky of his support for his country’s fight against the Russian invasion. Announcing the new arms package, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that Berlin would help Ukraine “for as long as it takes.”

After meeting with Scholz and other senior officials at the office, the two leaders are expected to fly to the western city of Aachen, where Zelenskiy will receive the Charlemagne International Prize. awarded by him and the people of Ukraine.

The organizers say the award recognizes that their resistance to the Russian invasion is a defense of “not only the sovereignty of their country and the lives of its citizens, but also Europe and European values.”

While German leaders have expressed strong support for Ukraine, German voters are divided over whether the country should provide the additional weapons, in particular the advanced fighter jets, that Kiev is asking for from its allies.

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‘Single’ woman goes on dates every week for a year



Moving from Adelaide, Australia to Melbourne, Jessie Wright imagined exploring her new hometown, meeting new people. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

When Melbourne finally emerged from one of the longest lockdowns in the world, she found only unfamiliar surroundings. She broke up with her boyfriend, with whom she had lived for five years, and was isolated in a city that she had little to explore.

“After two years of isolation and separation, I realized that I don’t have a support network here or even a routine to return to,” she said. Newsweek. “I knew I needed to do something about it, but it’s hard to go out and make new friends when you’re not feeling better.

Jesse Wright before dinner number 3. Now Wright looks forward to the weekly dinners and the potential they can bring.

“This year I decided to take action and make it a reality. I listened [former monk-turned-life coach] Jay Shetty’s podcast on New Year’s resolutions and keeping them. He explained how important it is to have a plan of action.”

Wright found the idea of ​​New Year’s resolutions a useful tool to get things done. But the goal she set for herself for 2023 was much bigger than anything she had done before.

“My goal was to make new friends in the city, and having dinner with someone new every Thursday was my plan of action to make that happen,” she explained. “I would be very lucky if I had new friends with whom I could go for coffee or dinner. So Thursday is lunch day now.

“I always like to have a focus or goal for the new year, but I’ve never taken on any decision in this way before and shared it publicly.”

Wright going on 52 dates
On the left is Wright before Dinner Number 4, and on the right is Hannah Collingwood, who joined Wright at Dinner Number 3.

Wright shared a video on her TikTok account (@jssirite) on February 18 in which she laid out her plan to have 52 friendly dates during 2023. She explained “struggle for new friends” in a video that has over 214,000 views. Wright then continued to post about her desire to make more friends.

The video continued to circulate video published March 19 even surpassing 2.1 million views. The growing attention helped boost interest in Wright’s weekly dinner dates and prompted many people to send her messages saying they would be happy to spend the evening in her company.

“I have already received thousands of great offers, this is insane. So, I go through my Instagram and TikTok posts and reply.

“I am currently booking a month ahead as I find it odd to text someone asking them to plan months ahead. real friendship.

“So I sit down for a month and address four new dinner guests at the same time.”

“Making friends was essential for my mental health”

Some of the dinner dates were with people Wright followed on social media for a while but never met in person, while others were complete strangers she hooked up with after she went viral.

Blind dates can often go awry and lead to unforgettable experiences for all the wrong reasons, but Wright said Newsweek that she has enjoyed every friendship date she has been on so far. She kept in touch with many of them and subsequently also went out to have lunch, drink coffee or walk with the women.

Wright plans to make 52 new friends
Jessie (right) with Larissa Williams at Dinner One. The duo met at the first of Wright’s 52 dinners.

While the idea of ​​going on a date with 52 new people over the course of a year is a fun concept, there’s a deeper meaning behind why Wright wanted to do it for herself.

“I used to go through very hard times,” she said. “I knew making friends and building a support network here was important to my mental health. Admitting that you are single or would like to make new friends is very difficult.

“Sometimes the only comfort you have in this loneliness is the fact that no one knows about it. Sharing your experience the way I do may seem counterintuitive, but it’s the only way to break the cycle.

“If you have a support network around you, you are very lucky. It’s so important to your mental health and enjoyment of life.”

How loneliness affects mental health

In the post-pandemic era, when lockdowns and security restrictions have been lifted, nearly half of Americans still socialize less than they did in pre-pandemic times.

According to a survey of 2,000 eligible U.S. voters conducted for Newsweek in January by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, 42 percent said they were “less outgoing” than they were in 2019, and 37 percent said their friends were less outgoing now.

A project at Harvard University called Making caring a habit conducted in October 2020 found that 36 percent of Americans felt severe loneliness as a result of the pandemic. While loneliness affects people of all ages, the project found that 61 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 25 felt incredibly lonely at some point during quarantine.

Loneliness can be debilitating and create serious problems for a person’s mental health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that social isolation and increased loneliness are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, addiction, suicide and dementia.

National Council Certified Counselor and Therapist Juliet Lam Kunley regularly offers counseling and advice on mental health and wellness issues.

She said Newsweek: “As humans, we are connected to others, so isolation and loneliness really affect us cognitively, emotionally and physically. When we are alone, we may experience decreased energy and concentration, mental fog, loss of confidence, helplessness, and irritability. .

“Vulnerability is a risk that is absolutely necessary in order to make a connection. It’s crucial to express yourself, so start with things that seem available to you, but also be willing to consider things that are outside of your comfort zone.”

Kunley suggested going to a coffee shop, a workout, or a dog park, ideally to see the same people repeatedly, which can slowly build bonds. She also suggested using online groups and websites to find like-minded people with similar interests and hobbies.

Wright plans 52 dates with friends
On the left is Jessie Wright, pictured before her date at Dinner 7, and on the right, Ray Jones from Dinner 4.

When asked what she thought of Wright’s way of making 52 new friends this year, Kunley said, “I haven’t heard of anyone creating a deliberate plan like this, but I love it.

“I like structure and built-in responsibility. I so admire this person’s commitment to her values ​​as she wants a connection so she goes after her.”

“They are the main event of my week”

Wright now looks forward to dinner dates every Thursday night, which she might never have done had it not been for the breakup and moving to a new city.

“I didn’t have the support network here that I expected to have, so I had to build one from scratch,” Wright said. “This is what I look forward to every week and I have had the best time to connect with all my dates.

“They are the highlight of my week. I love planning where we’re going, what to wear, and then meeting someone new every week.

“Everyone who does this is so selfless and they are such good people. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have met so many incredible women that I sincerely wish I could befriend through this.”

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