Dear Strangers of the world. Tomorrow (May 18th) is my birthday. I can't believe I'm turning 65 again. I know you all want to send me cheesecake in the mail for my birthday, but when you did that for Christmas it never made it to Palau because the post office people couldn't help themselves and they ate it all. And who can blame them? So I'm going to have to ask you to refrain. Instead of that, the best birthday gift you could all give me is love.

Haha. Just kidding. Love is a stupid birthday gift.

The best gift you could give me is to please share your favorite Stranger post (or your least favorite--I don't really care) on Facebook, what the kids are calling the Twitter, Googlepigswatten, Pintube, or whatever is popular these days. Nothing would make me happier. Other than you all showing up in Palau to celebrate. But that would only make me happy for a few minutes and then it would get really stressful since I would feel the need to make sure everyone was happy since you would be my guests and you would probably overstay by two weeks and I wouldn't dare to tell you that you needed to leave.

I have a very extreme and stupid plan for my birthday morning, which I will share in probably embarrassing detail next week after I have recovered from it. Stay tuned.

For now, enjoy this week's pictures and distractions:

Daniel snorkeling. All of the following pictures are from the same snorkeling trip at a place called Big Drop Off.

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

Snuggie Texts copycat! Nice work on this one Kara!

Amazing photographs of the segregated world. Thanks, Allison.

Sweatshirts. I would wear the last one but Oprah never wears the one with my face that I sent her. Thanks, Maggie.

Incredible (and LONG) article about a Russian family who was cut off from outside contact for decades and had never even heard of World War II.

Cat font! Write your name in cats! Thanks, Julie. And many others.

Woman escorted off of a plane for refusing to stop singing "I Will Always Love You." But, I mean, who HASN'T done that? Thanks, Carissa.

~It Just Gets Stranger