I guess this is how we find out:
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) July 18, 2014
Imagine whatever metamorphoses you’d like. I’m trying not to.
I guess this is how we find out:
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) July 18, 2014
Imagine whatever metamorphoses you’d like. I’m trying not to.
I found this ad on the Fark Politics tab, which I suppose makes sense, inasmuch as pretty much all public policy these days calls for spending money, and many of the recipients — not to mention many of the dispensers of said cash — are decidedly challenged by actual English:
Then again, I have to wonder what I’d been reading to be sent this particular ad in the first place.
So far as I can tell, this is serious:
— Joe Wertz (@joewertz) July 17, 2014
People are going to shart when they see that.
Conventional wisdom holds that you don’t turn away an online ad, because you might not get another. I wouldn’t have turned down this one, but …
— William Joyce (@dontcallmebill) June 30, 2014
And it’s not like nobody at the World has heard of Dong’s, which has been in business since 1946.
Meanwhile, just south of the Kansas border:
Please ring for assistance. The poor, unloved manager is out back eating them.
(Via John Fullbright.)
Every now and then I have to haul out the postal database — comes on a DVD nowadays — and I notice the standardizations: “Cove,” if a street descriptor, is cut back to “CV” (though “Glen Cove Drive” would be GLEN COVE DR), and things like FORT and SAINT are always spelled out.
John Pierce St. John was governor of Kansas from 1879 to 1883 — most noted for his prohibitionist stand against liquor and for welcoming and encouraging Exodusters, former slaves from the Deep South who were settling on the Kansas prairie.
As Stafford County’s boundaries were being organized in 1879, there was a county seat war between Stafford and Zion Valley. Residents in Zion Valley suggested to the new governor that if the county seat could be in their community, they’d be willing to change the name to St. John. So today St. John is Stafford County’s seat.
The name of the town is on everything as St. John — the local post office, the water tower, the newspaper and signs leading into the community.
Except for that post office computer thing.
There’s now a petition asking that the Postal Service fix its damn database already.
(Found on Matt Drachenberg’s Facebook page.)
In fairness, it should be pointed out that he’s not nailed to the perch:
Cue the Everly Brothers.
Under the circumstances, “windy” probably goes without saying:
Mama said there’d be days like this.
(Via Bad Newspaper. The paper in question is the News-Democrat & Leader of Russellville, Kentucky.)
So apparently there are Grammar Nazis, after all:
It really isn't that difficult to use correct spelling and grammar. Be professional and disciplined in everything that you do for the cause.
— American Nazi Party (@ANP14) May 31, 2014
Is trademark registration the next step?
Apparently it took place some time after 1900:
At one point I was discussing the uniforms of the Civil War when immediately two or three hands shot into the air. I was not giving a lecture and throughout the discussion we were doing give and take, to make sure the kids understood what I was presenting. I acknowledged one boy who stated in complete seriousness and with an earnestness and thirst for knowledge “I thought there was no color until the twentieth century. Weren’t the uniforms grey and black?” I looked at him in dumbfounded amazement and noticed several other kids nodding in agreement.
You gotta admit, though: Betsy Ross did one hell of a job on that greyscale flag.
At least, I’m pretty sure it does:
You may not have known this, but:
We exist as atomic ionization.
You and I are dreamweavers of the quantum matrix.
The galaxy is radiating ultra-sentient particles. Grace is the driver of faith. Nothing is impossible.
We must learn how to lead advanced lives in the face of dogma. It is time to take wonder to the next level. This quest never ends.
Humankind has nothing to lose. We are in the midst of a karmic condensing of wellbeing that will align us with the quantum matrix itself. Our conversations with other storytellers have led to a refining of ultra-internal consciousness.
The future will be a self-aware redefining of consciousness.
Rebirth is the healing of presence, and of us. Intuition requires exploration. By unfolding, we dream.
As you dream, you will enter into infinite understanding that transcends understanding. You will soon be reborn by a power deep within yourself — a power that is unrestricted, non-local. Through numerology, our hopes are baptized in growth.
Was this a random survey taken at the checkout counter of Buzzwords R Us? Well, not exactly. Seb Pearce explains:
“This all sounds like random sequences of buzzwords. I bet I could write code to generate it.” It seemed like not only a fun side project, but a great way to prove how easy it is to make hogwash that looks compelling. It might help show that it’s the language games and emotions that lure people into this stuff. I started scribbling down any words I could think of that evoked a feeling of bullshit: quantum, growth, matrix, path, potential, flowering…
And thus the New Age Bullshit Generator was born.
One click of the Generator, in fact, produced that entire first blockquote.
(Spotted in Charles Pergiel’s FB timeline.)
Lynn tuned into one of those ubiquitous Nature Shows — this one about Alaskan wildlife — and was perplexed by a statement of presumed certified meteorology:
At one point, talking about the approach of winter, the narrator said, in the usual This Is Seriously Dramatic voice, “The temperature can drop as much as 15 degrees in just a few weeks.” And yes, I’m sure we heard him right. He enunciated very well. He said 15, not 50. We were too stunned to laugh. Fifteen degrees in a few weeks? We do more than that in just one day. In fact, I’ve seen the temp drop 15 degrees in less than an hour. Perhaps he meant the high temperature or the low, or the average. If so he should have said that but still, even if that’s what he meant we can still top it here in Oklahoma. Take yesterday and today, for example. Yesterday’s high was somewhere around 70°F. This morning at 6:30 it was only 40°F. Today’s high is supposed to be 80°. I have no doubt it will get there. How about that Mr. Serious Drama Narrator?
Maybe he was on loan from Canada and was quoting Celsius, in which case we’re talking 27 degrees as we know them.
Then again, caribou probably don’t look at thermometers, so maybe the guy is referring to the overall average, and 15 degrees is a pretty fair drop. Over September, October and November in Oklahoma City, the average drops 34 degrees: about 11 each month, before things start to settle down (and “down” is the key word) in December and January.
And of course, there’s that infamous daily record, set 11 November 1911, with a high of 83 and a low of 17. (It dropped to 14 before sunrise on the 12th.) A sixty-nine-degree drop in 24 hours should impress even Serious Drama Narrators.
Personally, I wouldn’t have thought that these would have been much of a draw, but what do I know?
This store also carries crickets, rats, and bearded dragons.
(Via Bad Newspaper.)
I don’t think I’d trust this, even if “Jesus H. Christ” is written on the flyleaf in red:
— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) April 19, 2014
I heard St. Thomas the Apostle was putting one of these up on eBay.
A California-bound Southwest Airlines flight was diverted to Omaha, Neb. on Sunday after witnesses said a passenger tried to open a door.
The captain of the Chicago-to-Sacramento flight landed on Eppley Airfield to “have an unruly passenger removed” before continuing on to Sacramento, the airlines said in a statement.
The flight with 5 crew members and 134 passengers arrived safely at its destination about two hours behind schedule.
And where is this mysterious place called “Omaha”? Don’t ask CBS News:
(Via this Blake Waggoner tweet. Waggoner hails from, yes, Nebraska.)
From the sports section of the Oklahoman this morning:
Perk, of course, is a center; I don’t think he’s played power forward, let alone small forward, for even a minute since he decamped here from Boston.
Utility construction has made life difficult for a pub in Truro, despite its reputation as one of the best eateries in all of Cornwall. Their first order of business was to put up a sign to let their customers know that the Wig & Pen was still open, construction or no construction:
Word spacing, one assumes, was not quite so high on their list of priorities.
The sign is now gone, perhaps because it was mentioned by Ricky Gervais, making some of these same points.
These days, pundits speak of the “optics” of a concept. This one, I dare say, is blind as a vampire bat:
An animal-welfare organization is trying to capitalize on the notoriety of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home by suggesting it might turn the house into a vegan restaurant.
Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, sent a letter dated Friday to the realty agent who has listed the Bath Township house for sale. In the letter, she asked about the listing and proposed making the house a vegan restaurant “to respond to the past with something positive.”
Local officials were not encouraging, pointing out that the property is zoned single-family residential.
(Via this John Podhoretz tweet.)
Why then here does any one step forth? Because they can:
Emoji Dick is a crowd sourced and crowd funded translation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji.
Each of the book’s approximately 10,000 sentences has been translated three times by a Amazon Mechanical Turk worker. These results have been voted upon by another set of workers, and the most popular version of each sentence has been selected for inclusion in this book.
In total, over eight hundred people spent approximately 3,795,980 seconds working to create this book. Each worker was paid five cents per translation and two cents per vote per translation.
Talk not to them of blasphemy, man.
(Via Julie R. Neidlinger, who posits this publication as the definition of “mixed feelings.”)
It’s a Northern exclusive:
There are, of course, alternative products. Consider, for instance, the recommendations of François Rabelais’ infamous (and hefty) Gargantua:
Once I did wipe me with a gentlewoman’s velvet mask, and found it to be good; for the softness of the silk was very voluptuous and pleasant to my fundament. Another time with one of their hoods, and in like manner that was comfortable; at another time with a lady’s neckerchief, and after that some ear-pieces made of crimson satin; but there was such a number of golden spangles in them that they fetched away all the skin off my tail with a vengeance. This hurt I cured by wiping myself with a page’s cap, garnished with a feather after the Swiss fashion. Afterwards, in dunging behind a bush, I found a March-cat, and with it daubed my breech, but her claws were so sharp that they grievously exulcerated my perineum. Of this I recovered the next morning thereafter, by wiping myself with my mother’s gloves, of a most excellent perfume of Arabia. [He continues in this vein for several pages.] But to conclude, I say and maintain that of all arse-wisps, bum-fodders, tail-napkins, bung-hole-cleansers and wipe-breeches, there is none in this world comparable to the neck of a goose, that is well downed, if you hold her head betwixt your legs: and believe me therein upon mine honour; for you will thereby feel in your nockhole a most wonderful pleasure, both in regard of the softness of the said down, and of the temperate heat of the goose; which is easily communicated to the bumgut and the rest of the intestines, insofar as to come even to the regions of the heart and brains. And think not that the felicity of the heroes and demigods, in the Elysian fields, consisteth either in their Ambrosia or Nectar, but in this, that they wipe their tails with the necks of geese.
(Original ad pronounced a “good buy” at Bad Newspaper. No geese were harmed in the preparation of this article, unless François wasn’t kidding.)
This perhaps may be unnecessarily alarmist:
After all, the plane will still have sufficient momentum to carry it all the way to the eventual crash site.
(Via American Digest.)
A tax-preparation package has a fan:
[O]nce again this year I used the online version of TurboTax and if I was female, unmarried, forty years younger, and a science fiction character, I’d have TurboTax’s children. I heart TurboTax.
I have no idea which science-fiction character, of course. (Maybe Tam’s “Podkayne of Des Moines”?)
This ointment, however, contains a very distinct fly:
But their service is obviously designed for people of all, um, levels of sentience.
Fast-food joints are not out of ideas yet, but some of their ideas are not so hot:
Even before the first pie is delivered, a jalapeño-heavy pizza with a Mexican slang name has produced chuckles among Spanish speakers in U.S. border states and an advertising ban by broadcasters who say the moniker could get them fined.
The new dish called “La Chingona,” which can be translated most politely as “badass” but also interpreted as a more offensive profanity, has upset some franchise owners of the Pizza Patrón chain who refuse to put it on their menus.
Were I prone to digestive ailments, even “badass” is probably farther than I’d want to go.
National and local Spanish-language radio stations have refused to air the commercials, citing concerns about bad taste and potential fines by the Federal Communications Commission.
Univision Radio, the largest U.S. Hispanic radio network, said it will not run the ads because the name of the pizza is considered a profanity and violates FCC regulations.
Then again, this little teapot-scale tempest probably makes up for a whole lot of busted ad buys.
She’s apparently busy at the moment:
Your daily reminder on why commas matter… pic.twitter.com/eYOwsueCBS
— Mandy Jenkins (@mjenkins) March 21, 2014
I’m assuming this is some sort of smartphone.
You gotta give these guys credit for a little bit of enthusiasm:
Not sure exciting is the word I would have used. pic.twitter.com/xyRkmXICQi
— T. L. Likes (@TheLisaLikes) March 12, 2014
Excitement is where you find it, after all.
Apparently we are even less tech-savvy than we think:
If you’re talking tech with Americans, you may want to avoid using any jargon.
A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease.
Now we know why keyboard condoms are selling so well.
Perhaps more heartening:
77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means. SEO stands for “Search-Engine Optimization.”
When it gets to 100, we will have reached nirvana.
There’s more here than meets the eye, but not much more:
A British woman attempted to sue her former lawyers for professional negligence, claiming that, alongside a number of other allegations, they failed to advise that finalising divorce proceedings would inevitably cause her marriage to end.
The curious case — made against two solicitor firms — had already been rejected by the court, but was revealed in the transcript of a later appeal by the claimant against the dismissal of other aspects of her case.
Jane Mulcahy had argued that the lawyers should have made it clear that a divorce would cause her marriage to be terminated — something which she apparently wanted to avoid.
The solicitors, I suspect, thought this was perfectly obvious. But this was her issue:
The allegation was revealed in a subsequent appeal court judgment last month, in which Lord Justice Briggs said: “The most striking of Mrs Mulcahy’s many allegations of negligence against her solicitors was that, having regard to her Roman Catholic faith, Mrs Boots had failed to give her the advice which was requisite in view of her firmly held belief in the sanctity of marriage … either in terms of the alternative of judicial separation, or about the impossibility of pursuing divorce proceedings to a clean break settlement, without thereby inevitably bringing about the final termination of her marriage, which she wished to avoid.”
Mrs Mulcahy evidently remains divorced.
(Via this Doug Mataconis tweet.)
Either that, or he meant to snub lesbians:
Patrick, a Houston-area Republican who represents Texas Senate District 7 and who would like to be the next Lieutenant Governor, hurriedly pulled this tweet back and replaced it with one more to his liking.
— Nancy Friedman (@Fritinancy) February 26, 2014
Thank you all for your letters of condolence, but no, I was not just ousted as President of Ukraine. Some other guy.
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) February 22, 2014
Actually, it was this guy.