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WHEN the news is full of plane crashes, revenge executions and rising cancer statistics, everyday life has little choice but to put its head down and get on with it.

Well, it would do, if it wasn’t for the likes of Twitter.

There are many reasons I like this ‘social networking service’.

It allows me to ‘follow’ Stephen Fry and not risk legal proceedings and I suppose most importantly, it is a great source of news.

But, on the flip side, it’s also the perfect platform for the world to voice their ‘brain farts’ – as a friend of mine once eloquently and perfectly put it.

You’ll probably have seen the headlines caused by footballers, politicians and celebs ‘tweeting’ something they shouldn’t have.

There’s just something about the bird in a blue box which causes people not to engage their brains before striking the keyboard.

Thankfully Twitter has a wicked sense of humour and manages to turn the banal and bizarre into something bordering on brilliant.

#FirstWorldProblems is a great example of this and a great escape for when the world’s real problems seem to much to get your head around.

The ‘#’ works to group and call out the moaners whose tweets include ‘why do I always have good hair on the day I am getting it cut?’

It’s a little nudge that often highlights the mind-blowing blend of exaggeration and the odd – ‘peeling pomegranates has to be one of the most painstaking tasks in the world’.

It’s not, is it? Really?

Granted some will make you feel worse, like ‘my wallet won’t close because there’s too much money in it’.

I mean, how horrible that must be?

Then some are relatable – ‘I poured my cereal before checking if we had milk. We didn’t’.

But the fact someone has taken the time to post online makes it ridiculous.

And makes you feel better in a backwards way.