Ten of the UK’s favourite tweets of 2018
Featuring Harry Maguire, Ariana Grande and more.
Twitter has released a collection of 10 of the most-liked tweets in the UK in 2018 so far.
The collection illustrates some of the best, funniest or most heartfelt things which have struck a chord with UK users of the social media site since January.
1. ‘Slab-head’ inspires a meme
“Can you ask the neighbours to put the bins out on Monday? We’re not going home just yet” 🏴 pic.twitter.com/s1g3P3jj34— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 8, 2018
Harry Maguire, along with his affectionate nickname, became not just a cult hero but also a meme as England’s football team charged to the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer.
The picture of him with his partner, Fern Hawkins, after England beat Sweden was shared widely and his team-mates, such as right back Kyle Walker, found a use for it too.
Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018
2. One man takes kids’ coaching to the next level
This remarkable moment in a youth team football match in Wales saw an adult on the sidelines take the term “pushy parent” somewhat literally.
To his dismay, the nudge in the right direction wasn’t quite enough to prevent a goal for their opponents.
I can’t stop watching this. Dad of the year 😂👏🏻⚽️pic.twitter.com/iLvhDoiFyb— Tom Munns (@TomMunns1) November 8, 2018
3. The one where Ross had to clear his name
After Blackpool Police shared a photo of a suspected thief, everyone said the same thing about him.
Naturally, the Ross from Friends lookalike made waves on social media and actor David Schwimmer gamely played along.
4. Ariana Grande’s message to Manchester
thinking of you all today and every day 🐝 I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 22, 2018
A year on from the tragic terror attack at Manchester Arena on May 22 2017, in which 22 people and the suicide bomber were killed, Ariana Grande shared words of support for the city, whose symbol is a bumble bee.
Grande was performing at the arena the night of the attack and performed at an emotional tribute concert for the victims shortly after.
5. Danny Dyer reacts to #LoveIsland
Dani Dyer was one of the undoubted stars of Love Island 2018, winning the ITV2 show with partner Jack Fincham. But her success seemingly didn’t make things any easier for her dad, EastEnders actor Danny.
6. The penguin erector for hire
Boy in the pub was telling me his job is a penguin erector so every time a plane flys over Edinburgh zoo the penguins can’t take their eyes off it and end up falling over n he just goes round picking them back up, 38 penguins 2000 flights a day— SKH (@shalaylaa) August 19, 2018
This job description got huge traction in the UK, with people left in wonderment at the thought of picking up little penguins all day as a job.
Unfortunately, the claim has been disproved, with Edinburgh Zoo itself saying “there is no such position”. Nonetheless, it’s still a wonderful thought.
7. Liam Gallagher gives the fans what they want
If there’s one thing Oasis fans want it’s for Liam and Noel Gallagher to patch things up and get back on the road.
Naturally then, this tweet went down a storm, even if it did illustrate the pair aren’t at their chummiest.
Earth to noel listen up rkid I hear your doing gigs where people can't drink alcohol now that's the BeZarist thing you've done yet I forgive you now let's get the BIG O back together and stop fucking about the drinks are on me LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) July 19, 2018
8. The Chuckle Brothers
The UK was hit hard by the loss of Barry Chuckle, real name Barry Elliott, this year, but no-one more so than his younger brother and other half of hit kids’ TV show Chucklevision, Paul. This heartfelt post got a huge number of engagements.
9. Crouch gets a royal wave
Congratulations! It was a pleasure sharing your big day with you 👋🏻 x https://t.co/9SmuYgKhIP— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) April 24, 2018
There were many brilliant Peter Crouch tweets this year, but this one was probably the pick of the bunch.
10. A slippery squirrel
my mom put oil on her bird feeder to keep squirrels from stealing the bird food and pic.twitter.com/TkrmOR4KlH— christina rotondo (@christinaroto) May 4, 2018
Finally, some tweets transcend borders and time and, with more than a million likes this one of a squirrel sliding down a pole simply ticks all the right boxes.