BattleShips: A fandom shipping tournament

12:00 pm EDT, October 9, 2012

Do you ship two characters so hard and so much that you just hate the idea of some other character interfering with your OTP? Well, voice your opinion as we begin our tournament to see which relationship on which show has the biggest fan base on the internet! Confused? Read more!

First off, let’s give you a lesson on shipping.

For those of you who aren’t in the fandom know-how, the term “ship” is short for relationship. It’s become a verb, as well as a noun. “I ship Blaine & Kurt!”, says one Glee fan, while another may say “My favorite ship is Rachel & Finn.” Within all of the fandoms we cover there are countless ships that go as basic as Harry & Hermione, and go as outlandish as Draco & his apple.

We’ve grown accustomed to naming our ships with the combination of the characters’ names. A few classic examples would be Harmione, for Harry & Hermione, and Drapple for Draco and his apple. This is how we identify our ships, and how you’ll be able to find your favorite pieces of fan-fiction and art on sites like Tumblr or DeviantArt. We suggest looking through the pages of for some fun discoveries on popular ships.

Still confused about what OTP means? Some people have one ship in their fandoms that they stand by regardless of likelihood or ridicule, and that’s called your One True Pairing. Here at Hypable, it’s safe to say that our Harry Potter OTP will forever be Drapple, and that will likely never change. Ever.

Now let’s tell you about our tournament.

We were surprised when we held a poll for your favorite OUAT ship and received thousands of votes for one pairing alone. So we thought to ourselves, “This can’t be the only fandom with such intense love for their OTP.” And BattleShips was born!

We want to see which ship has the biggest presence on Hypable. Which couple is the fandom couple, the one with the loudest voice and the biggest fans? It’s up to you to voice your opinion and make sure your favorite ship wins!

How it’s going to work.

Over the course of the next month, we will hold various polls asking for each fandom’s top 5 or 10 ships. Once each fandom has selected their OTP, it will continue in a fandom vs fandom bracket style tournament. It’s up to you to make sure your fandom wins! This will continue until we have one reigning ship, which we will anoint as the BattleShips Victor.

This tournament only applies to shows we currently cover on Hypable, and only TV shows. Let us know if you’d want a movie ship tournament.

The Fandom Elimination Round

We cover so many fandoms here at Hypable, we need to start this tournament off right by picking the top 10 favorite fandoms, as voted by you! Below is a poll with all of the fandoms we cover, you can vote for your top 10.

Round Duration: 48 Hours from time of post.

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Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.

Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.