Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Do People Tweet ‘RIP’ After Someone Dies?”

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Dear McFartnuggets: 
Why is it such a popular trend these days to tweet out “Rest in peace” to celebrities who die? Even if dead people could read Twitter, they probably weren’t even following you to begin with so when they scroll through their timeline they’re only going to see tweets from people they were following and maybe the occasional retweet, but what are the odds you get retweeted into their TL? Let’s face it, the odds of a dead celebrity seeing your RIP tweet are basically zero so why do people do it? Plus why even tell someone rest in peace? Don’t you think they know to do that? What’s a dead person supposed to say to that? “Oh thanks! I was going to turn and toss in purgatory until you reminded me I could just rest peacefully! Thanks for that command! How about a please rest in peace?” -- Angelique from Baltimore, Maryland

Dear Angelique:
It’s just people’s way of coping with the loss of a celebrity they enjoyed. Who knows, maybe a member of that dead celebrity’s family will see the tweet and it will let them know their relative will be very missed. I mean they probably knew that already, but it couldn’t hurt to throw some extra support out there. And plus we all know when you die you get to read every tweet about your passing. It’s on your special Heaven phone. You get a special app that lets you read every tweet with your name in it and the people who get the most favs and retweets get better seating in paradise. So yes, people’s RIP tweets do make a difference.

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