10 stupid things that all best friends fight about

"DressGate", the air conditioning temperature, and more silly things tearing our friendships apart 

10 stupid things that all best friends fight about
10 stupid things that all best friends fight about
26 Mar 2015

10 stupid things that all best friends fight about

Over the past 12 hours, this dress has torn friendships, the internet, heck, even the world asunder. Is it white and gold? Or is it black and blue? While it’s been confirmed that the dress is black and blue, you’d be hard-pressed to convince those on Team #WhiteAndGold that they’re not crazy. (And good luck getting all the “black and blue” people to stop accusing us of being colourblind.)

While we might not ever see eye-to-eye on “DressGate”, one thing’s for sure: we’ll never stop fighting about stupid topics with our best friends. Namely…

1. WHICH BOYBAND HAS THE HOTTEST GUYS
1. WHICH BOYBAND HAS THE HOTTEST GUYS
26 Mar 2015

1. WHICH BOYBAND HAS THE HOTTEST GUYS

NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys? Super Junior or Big Bang? One Direction or 5 Seconds of Summer? It’s not about different tastes. As long as there are two boy bands, one will always CLEARLY be superior to the other, and no amount of flops, scandals, or dubious singles will convince us that our faves are the only ones who matter.

2. WHICH HAWKER CENTRE HAS THE BEST CHICKEN RICE
2. WHICH HAWKER CENTRE HAS THE BEST CHICKEN RICE
26 Mar 2015

2. WHICH HAWKER CENTRE HAS THE BEST CHICKEN RICE

Hainanese chicken rice might be one of the simplest foods in Singapore, but that won’t stop us from pitting Tian Tian, Wee Nam Kee, and Boon Tong Kee against each other. Gordon Ramsay might favour Tian Tian, but that’s only because he clearly hasn’t tried anything else, right?

And then you have that friend who refuses to eat any chicken rice from outside, as nothing beats the one his great-grandma cooks every Sunday.

3. WHOSE LIFE IS WORSE
3. WHOSE LIFE IS WORSE
26 Mar 2015

3. WHOSE LIFE IS WORSE

We’ve all had these conversations before:

“I’m soooo fat.”
“No you’re not! I’m totally fatter than you.”
“No! You’re a size 8. I’m totally a size 10.”
“YOU’RE a size 10?! No lah. You must be mistaken. If you are a size 10 then I am a size 14.”
“No I’m really a size 10. I just know how to hide my fats.”
“YOU DON’T HAVE FATS.”

“Work is sooo bad.”
“At least you were able to go home last night at 6. I didn’t go home until 11.”
“Well that’s because I had to work three Saturdays in a row.”
“But you get paid overtime right?”
“I’d rather make less and have more spare time like you.”
“Tell me that the next time you need to put down another payment for insurance.”
“At least you can claim dental bills at the office. I cannot claim at all.” 

4. WHO SHOULD BE THE CAR DEEJAY
4. WHO SHOULD BE THE CAR DEEJAY
26 Mar 2015

4. WHO SHOULD BE THE CAR DEEJAY

Ah, car rides. A time when we judge our friends for playing 1989 three times in a row (and when they judge us back for not singing along to ‘Shake It Off’). Luckily, car rides don’t last for too long in a city as small as Singapore, but good luck trying to smuggle a few death metal tunes into your Taylor Swift-loving driver’s playlist the next time you take a road trip to J.B.

5. THE AIR CONDITIONING TEMPERATURE
5. THE AIR CONDITIONING TEMPERATURE
26 Mar 2015

5. THE AIR CONDITIONING TEMPERATURE

This fight is especially common amongst best friends who also happen to be husband and wife. One will burrow under the down comforter, while the other will ask how it is possible to need a blanket when the air conditioning is set to 26 degrees.

6. WHETHER IT'S FASTER TO CAB TO ORCHARD OR TO TAKE A TRAIN
6. WHETHER IT'S FASTER TO CAB TO ORCHARD OR TO TAKE A TRAIN
26 Mar 2015

6. WHETHER IT'S FASTER TO CAB TO ORCHARD OR TO TAKE A TRAIN

It’s a Friday night, you’re at work in some remote part of the Northeast, and your colleague-turned-BFF asks if you’d like to go for Happy Hour near Orchard.

“Sure!” you reply. “If we leave now we should be able to beat the cab queue.”
“CAB?” your friend replies, incensed. “We’re taking the train.”

You refuse. Not only would you have to walk more than 10 minutes to the train, but you’d have to ride it for another half-hour just to get into town. A cab would be much faster. Plus, you’d have seats!

You friend begs to differ. Ever heard of uh, rush hour? Or peak hour fees? By the time you get the Orchard, you’d have no money left for beers. And thanks to the inevitable traffic jams, it’d take just as long to get there as it would on a train.

Eventually, your boss gets so annoyed at your bickering that he offers to drop both you off at the train station just so you would shut up. (But not before grumbling that you should get a driver’s license already.)

7. IPHONE VERSUS SAMSUNG
7. IPHONE VERSUS SAMSUNG
26 Mar 2015

7. IPHONE VERSUS SAMSUNG

Nothing spoils a selfie faster than your friend insisting that you take one on her iPhone. Its camera simply cannot be beat. “Oh yeah?” you ask, whipping out an article comparing the specs of your phone and hers. “That’s not what GIZMODO says.” (Naturally, you only stop fighting to gang up on a friend who forgoes both brands for a Xiaomi.)

8. WHETHER CARRIE SHOULD HAVE PICKED AIDAN OR MR. BIG
8. WHETHER CARRIE SHOULD HAVE PICKED AIDAN OR MR. BIG
26 Mar 2015

8. WHETHER CARRIE SHOULD HAVE PICKED AIDAN OR MR. BIG

Sex and the City might be long over, but that doesn’t stop us from fighting about whether Carrie was an idiot let go of a Aidan for that no-good Mr. Big. Before long, the argument culminates in a tense discussion about whether it’s better to enter a passionate, yet stormy relationship, or whether it’s better to settle down with someone who’s loving but completely vanilla.

9. WHETHER FIFTY SHADES OF GREY IS BETTER AS A MOVIE OR AS A BOOK
9. WHETHER FIFTY SHADES OF GREY IS BETTER AS A MOVIE OR AS A BOOK
26 Mar 2015

9. WHETHER FIFTY SHADES OF GREY IS BETTER AS A MOVIE OR AS A BOOK

On the upside, you’ve now received assurance that you’re so close, you can admit to having watched AND read Fifty Shades of Grey without being judged for your curiosity. On the other hand, you will never see your friend the same way again after she admits to you that it’s the only book she’s read since The Babysitters Club in 1998. 

10. WHO IS THE BETTER FRIEND
10. WHO IS THE BETTER FRIEND
26 Mar 2015

10. WHO IS THE BETTER FRIEND

At some point, everyone starts to feel like they’re putting more into the friendship than the other person. That they’ve been loyal, while the other person is a flake. Unselfish, while the other person is self-centered. Compassionate, while the other person is cold. And then one day, you’ll fight over something stupid – say, chicken rice – only for the other person to complain that you never compromise. YOU’RE the bad friend! Yeah, you’ll duke it out. And yeah, it’s going to hurt. But once you apologise and get past it, you’ll realise that everyone views life through a different lens. Friendship is a choice, an act of faith. Like the blue dress, it can look very different to two sets of people – and perhaps friendship means acknowledging what the other person sees without accusing them of blindness.

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