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This Week in Jobs: 19 tech opportunities to combat summer boredom

And why a meme means no suits at the movies.

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At the intersection of summer break and meme culture comes the rise of the #gentleminions.

Born out of teenage boredom (it’s summer break, of course) and the virality of TikTok, teens have taken to dressing in suits en masse to attend screenings of “Minions: The Rise of Gru.”

The trend has taken off to the point where theaters ask attendees to refrain from wearing suits to avoid the rowdy crowds and confrontations that come from some gentleminion-mobbed screenings.

Are we recommending you dust off a suit and check out the latest animated flick? Not really. But, there’s something to be said for innovation and creativity that can stem from a little boredom.

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The End

Try being bored this week, see where that takes you. We’ll be back again next week.

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