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Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures: When Mean People Cry Over Completely Unimportant Things

Okay, look. Most of these are good-hearted, totally positive, totally upbeat, non-snarky things. I don't want you to take spite as a simple pleasure, not really.

But when there are absolutely no stakes of any real importance — like on Survivor — watching a mean person get all upset and flustered, as one did last night, can be a tiny bit fun. And satisfying. Just for a minute! Strictly because you hope it helps him be a little less mean in the future! And then we all go back to being adults.