20 Life Lessons We Learned From Friends


September 22, 1994, was a historic day for us, even though we were too young to know it at the time. On that day, the show that has defined how we look at friendship, relationships, and coffee shops premiered: “Friends.” Although we are not spending our twenties in a giant, rent-controlled apartment in New York City, “Friends” provides some of the greatest lessons for life during this complicated period. So, in honor of the twentieth anniversary of “Friends,” here are our 20 favorite things we learned from Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Joey, and Phoebe.

  1. The most effective way to move furniture is to PIVOT.
  2. Condoms only work 97 percent of the time. And yes, they put that on the box.
  3. If you get stung by a jellyfish, pee on it.
  4. It doesn’t matter what you say or where you say it–just tell someone you love him or her.
  5. Leaving teeth whitening gel on for too long can have scary effects.
  6. If someone introduces him- or herself as Regina Phalange or Ken Adams, that person is giving you a fake name.
  7. Best friends are good for a lot of things, including when you want to take the best nap ever.
  8. When you don’t have any good advice to give, perhaps you can interest someone in a sarcastic comment instead.
  9. “It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know what? You can actually see old lobster couples walkin’ around their tank, you know, holding claws.”
  10. Everyone has a lobster. Sometimes it’s someone who’s been right in front of you all along, and sometimes it’s some random guy your friend grabbed when he forgot to set you up on a date.
  11. If someone tells you about the time he or she went backpacking in Europe, that person wants to sleep with you.
  12. You are never, ever on a break.
  13. Beef is not an ingredient in a trifle.
  14. It’s never too late to tell someone you love him or her. That person can always get off the plane.
  15. Seven, seven, seven, seven, seven, seven, seven, seven, seven, SEVEN…seven.
  16. “It’s NOT that common, it DOESN’T happen to every guy, and it IS a big deal!
  17. It’s not smelly cat’s fault.
  18. If you want someone to tell you he or she loves you, you may have to put a turkey on your head with sunglasses and a hat.
  19. Leather pants on a first date? Fail. Leather pants, lotion, and powder? Epic fail.
  20. When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, your friends are the ones who will be there for you.

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, and documenting her love of all things cheese related. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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