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FMyLife lets you sound off on everyday problems

Bad day. Credit: wanderingone via Flickr.

Today, I discovered I got zero work done. FML

The website is a moderated bulletin board that lets people sound off on the sorry states of their lives (ML stands for "my life" and F stands for exactly the profane word you think it is, so don't click over if you're easily offended). It's sort of like Twitter, but only the most unfortunate and embarrassing ones are promoted to the home page.

The format is pretty simple. Messages start with "Today" and end with "FML." Users can then vote up a blurb by clicking "I agree" or bury it by checking "you deserved that one."

The website has existed in numerous forms and under many names for months. It gained some traction under a different moniker (also with a curse word in the title ) and then as WhataFail, but it began to sizzle last month when it took on the new name and domain. Within the last week, traffic to the website has exploded, according to Web measurement site Alexa.

If you're having a bad day, FML is a pretty effective medicine. Nothing can be worse than the things that happen to some of these people. A few examples:

"Today, my boyfriend and I were cuddling in bed. After looking at me for a while he said, 'you look better when I'm not wearing my contacts'. FML"

"Today, I went to my car to discover a note on the windshield from the city telling me that they had hit my car. On top of that note was a parking ticket, also from the city. FML"

"Today, I was watching 24 and realized that Jack Bauer had gotten more action in 5 hours than I had in 5 months. FML"

"Today, I texted my boyfriend saying hi. His response, 'I got your best friend pregnant'. FML"

-- Mark Milian

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