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Selfie Toaster Dumber Than You Think! (18 Jul 2014 09:43pm)
As regular readers know, on the first of April each year, I write an article that is silly and (what I think is clearly) untrue. And I was really pleased with this year's entry, Miracle Reagan Toast Discovered. I'm still kind of amazed that no one seemed particularly taken with it. While it's true t...
Acuphilia: More Exciting Than You Know (30 Jun 2014 01:42pm)
This image is from the television movie Terry Pratchett's Going Postal, which really is a fine rending of Pratchett's work. In fact, I might even say better than his books, but I haven't read this particular book. Anyway, an element of the film is that people collect pins, much as actual people in ...
K-Tel Classics: Bush Years! (19 Jun 2014 07:09pm)
This week over at The Nation Reed Richardson wrote, The Beltway Media Gets the Iraq War Band Back Together. It's a good article and well worth reading. But I was struck with something specific he wrote. He noted that it was like deja vu from 2002. "The experience is almost reminiscent of those old, ...
All the Sorta Gay Sorta Celebs (20 May 2014 01:59pm)
You know me: I love link bait. So when I saw this headline, I had to click over to an article on Rant Lifestyle, 25 Celebs That Shocked Us When They Came Out as Gay. It's kind of a challenge, because really, how likely is it that anyone was shocked when whomever came out as gay. In fact, recently, I...
How to Make Monopoly Fun (10 May 2014 09:55am)
Jonathan Chait wants you to know, You Don't Hate Monopoly, You Just Suck at It. And he is right that Monopoly is a wrongly vilified game. In particular, the game does not take hours to play. A big part of what makes the game grind on are common extensions like doubling the starting cash and paying $...
Chazz Darling Vampire Cop (09 May 2014 02:38pm)
This is from yesterday's The Colbert Report. Jake Rush is a Tea Party candidate running for Florida's 3rd District House seat. He is an idiot, but not of the frothing at the mouth variety. He also does role playing as a vampire. That is, by far, the coolest thing about him. And that doesn't really ...
Two Happy Pet Rescues (03 May 2014 07:48pm)
I am not one to claim that catastrophe is "opportunity!" Bad things happen and they suck. But that shouldn't stop us from relishing inspiring stories that come out of catastrophe. And so it won't stop me from related two stories of wonderful pet rescues. Being kind to pets is probably the only thing...
Winning at Rock, Paper, Scissors (02 May 2014 08:45pm)
I like to think that I don't lose perspective on things. Despite my rants and ravings, I know what is important and what is not. And yesterday, a really important article flashed across my screen. It was by Joseph Stromberg over at Vox, How to Use Science to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors. You may be on...
Maximum Possible Win on Jeopardy! (23 Apr 2014 08:37pm)
"This is Jeopardy!" Or at least, this is the Jeopardy! board as it appears at the beginning of the game. And for a long time, I've wondered what the theoretical top score would be. The average winning score tends to be in the $20,000 range. But I figured the theoretical score would be substantially...
The Sergeant and the Kitten (19 Apr 2014 07:02pm)
I saw a really great collection of photos a couple of weeks ago, The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture the Human Experience. And since I don't have time right now to write a proper article, I wanted to offer up what I thought was the most impressive. It is from the Korean Wa...
101 Year Old Message in a Bottle (10 Apr 2014 09:26am)
Recently, a German fisherman,Konrad Fischer, discovered a message in a bottle off the coast of Kiel in the Baltic Sea. He took it to the Internationales Maritimes Museum in Hamburg and scientists there set about tracking down its owner. And shockingly, they succeeded. The message was on a post card...
Miracle Reagan Toast Discovered (01 Apr 2014 10:36am)
Conservatives throughout the country are converging on Shawnee, Oklahoma to see what many are calling final proof of the divinity of Ronald Reagan: his likeness appearing on a piece of toast. Joe le Plumberre, the second cousin by marriage of Senator Jim Inhofe, found the image on his toast on 27 M...
GOP Millennials Ad Parodies (22 Mar 2014 05:42pm)
Via the always and forever wonderful Digby, I found out that Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did parodies of those awful Republican "Millennials" commercials. All I've done is create a playlist so the original runs followed by the parody for the two. Enjoy: ...
Skippy and the Tick (14 Mar 2014 02:34pm)
Just to close out this section of the day, on last night's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart introduced a show that never made it to Nickelodeon, Skippy and the Tick. This came from a comment made by Bill O'Reilly who said of Jason Greenslate, "This guy is a parasite... He's a rat." To which Stewart resp...
Free the Gnomes! (06 Mar 2014 07:28pm)
I've been reading Terry Eagleton's newest book, the wonderfully funny and perceptive, Across the Pond. I'm sure I'll write about it later. But I wanted to discuss something I learned in it. "Some years ago, there flourished briefly in Britain a Gnomes Liberation Movement, whose project was to abduct...
Twit Say Twat Means Twaddle (26 Feb 2014 03:52pm)
This just in from The Virginian-Pilot, VA GOP Official Apologizes for Genital Slang "Error." If you are like me, you are mighty eager to know what that genital slang error was. But don't go looking to the "respectable" The Virginian-Pilot to tell you what it is. They apparently don't print such nast...
Julianna Forlano Does Comcast (17 Feb 2014 11:58am)
Absurdity Today is a periodic comedic take on the news produced and performed by Julianna Forlano. She has a wry wit with moments of extreme silliness. And she definitely looks at the world through liberal eyes. I've been following her videos since almost the beginning. I first wrote about her almo...
Bill O'Reilly's Microwave Now at $85,400 (13 Feb 2014 12:47pm)
Last night on Colbert Report, I learned that Bill O'Reilly is auctioning off his notes from the pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama. Colbert lampooned this by auctioning off the microwave that he stole from The Factor when he was a guest on it. O'Reilly started the bidding on his notes at ...
Stopping Kaleidoscopic Optical Illusions (06 Jan 2014 09:50am)
This is a common optical illusion that I have seen in any number of books. It was tweeted out this morning by Brain Games. Normally, I wouldn't present it to you because it really isn't that interesting. I mean, some optical illusions are more interesting to certain kinds of people than others. Per...
Bad Kerning (01 Jan 2014 04:34pm)
Typographic humor from Olly Moss: ...
A Brief History of Santa (25 Dec 2013 11:28am)
The great CGP Grey put the following video together two years ago this Christmas. It is "A Brief History of Santa." Now I can't vouch for the accuracy of the video, but in general, Grey has his facts together. So if it is wrong, I'm sure it's just stuff around the edges. The main thing in this that ...
Play-By-Play Chess Action! (21 Dec 2013 06:42pm)
I hope you can forgive me for talking a little bit about chess here. The following video is from the 1994 Blitz Chess World Championship semi-final between Ilya Smirin vs Viswanathan Anand. Smirin is an Israeli Grandmaster, although I don't think he had quite attained that title at the time of this ...
I Gotta Be Me! (13 Dec 2013 04:45pm)
This is a detail from a very famous The Far Side cartoon. This particular image is from a coffee mug that was made of the cartoon. Everyone seems to think it is funny. And I am very much in agreement. But it was only rather recently that I learned that my reading of the joke was completely different...
The Stupidest Fucking Sentence Ever (08 Dec 2013 10:43pm)
Perhaps the stupidest sentence in the English language is this: I didn't come here to lose! The last time I heard it was when I was over at a friend's house and we were watching one of those cooking shows. The sentence is stupid on so many levels. To begin with, are we to believe that some people d...
Kennedy Vs. Reagan (24 Nov 2013 09:38pm)
Alright folks, this is funny. It is the most recent "New Rules" segment on Real Time with Bill Maher. This one is called "Our Kennedy is Kennedy." It is a comparison of Kennedy and Reagan, because as Maher correctly notes, Reagan is the Republicans' Kennedy. But the presentation is done from a liber...
How to Catch a Cheetah (15 Nov 2013 07:21pm)
Cropped from a photo most likely by Aden Bishar. Not that I could do it, but it isn't that hard to chase down a gazelle. The issue is that these really fast animals cannot keep those speeds up for a long period of time. Humans are one of the relatively few animals that can run long distances in the ...
Robots Demanding That Promises Be Kept (12 Nov 2013 06:45pm)
According to the Daily Mail: Firemen were called to a house fire that broke out after a mechanical cleaning gadget somehow switched itself on and destroyed itself by moving onto a kitchen hotplate. Local media in Austria have referred to the incident as 'robot suicide' and even suggested it was fe...
Fun With Penises and Inspiration Posters (07 Nov 2013 09:58am)
For whatever reason, I am feeling very lazy today. So I was trolling around FARK looking for anything that would relieve my boredom. And I came upon an interesting headline for an NPR story, "Despite the Rise of Electronic Keyboards, the Penis Still Popular Among Aficionados." Now maybe you are quic...
"Michelle" and My Aching Toe (01 Nov 2013 11:01pm)
I was planning to write more tonight. Unfortunately, I had a small accident. I was going to take a badly needed bath. So while I was waiting for the tub to fill, I grabbed my guitar and tried to play Paul McCartney's beautiful and unique "Michelle." As usual with just about anything I do, I lost tra...
Tom Bodett Jokes (30 Oct 2013 11:04am)
Since 1986, humorist Tom Bodett has been the spokesman for Motel 6. You have undoubtedly heard the commercials with Bodett's unique midwestern drawl ending each one, "We'll leave the light on for you." He's a very funny guy as you will hear if you listen to NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! And it's...
In Which I Am Tested for Personality Disorders (10 Oct 2013 12:19pm)
Last night, I came upon the word "schizotypal." I have come upon the word in the past, but I didn't know exactly what it meant, so I entered it into Google and was offered up "schizotypal test." I love tests! So I made my way to Personality Disorder Test at 4degreez.com. Given my mood, I can think l...
Paul Krugman Has a Crush on Lydia DePillis (01 Oct 2013 07:29pm)
One thing that is nice about having a fairly small readership: I don't have to worry too much about what I say. So I can just say what I think. And what I think is that Paul Krugman has a crush on Lydia DePillis. Krugman, as you should all know, is the brilliant economist who is today better known f...
Fred the Chicken (24 Sep 2013 07:05pm)
I have a chicken. Her name is Fred—after Super Chicken's lion sidekick. But maybe it is more correct to say that Fred has me. It all started two weeks ago. I was working in my room with the window open, because it faces south and so is very hot even on relatively cool days. And I thought I he...
Jokes to Tell Grandma (15 Sep 2013 12:34pm)
This has been on my mind for some time. I come upon jokes now and then that are both amusing and sweet. And so I've been thinking that I should package them up as jokes you can tell at family gatherings. There is something else about the jokes. Most of the jokes I really like are very meta. For exam...
Whitman, Schopenhauer, and Old Man Pictures (11 Sep 2013 10:21pm)
Rachel Maddow did a short segment tonight on remembering 9/11. She quoted Walt Whitman. That's all fine. I like Whitman, but I do have this general idea that people who quote Whitman don't like poetry. But whatever. It was fine. What struck me was that almost all the pictures that they used for the ...
Working Kitten (10 Sep 2013 01:27pm)
Last night, The Daily Show discussed the New York mayoral election by looking at the Republican candidates. But the only issue involving the Republican mayor's race that anyone outside of New York has even heard of is the kittens. This happened two weeks ago when two kittens in the subway shut down ...
Commence Conformity Protocol (24 Aug 2013 10:24pm)
In many ways, after almost 50 years in this universe, I am still insecure. But I'm fine with who I am. I don't feel that I have to fake my opinions or tastes. That doesn't mean that I think they are objectively right. But I am confident in myself and I trust in my opinions. If you really think that ...
Karate Punches and Baby Pratfalls (22 Aug 2013 12:42pm)
Comedian Paul Day tweeted out this rather old video last night. It is very funny, but even more, it is just adorable. I especially love the timing of the falls. ...
If Movie Posters Were Honest (20 Aug 2013 12:57pm)
From Classic Taco, here is what I think is the best If Movie Posters Were Honest: ...
Music for Spies (11 Aug 2013 09:16pm)
Matt Yglesias wrote a great economic deconstruction of the film Goldfinger, Economics of Goldfinger: James Bond as the Enforcer for Harold Wilson's Doomed Austerity Policies. In it he argues that Goldfinger is basically a good guy, pushing against the bad gold policies of the western powers and Jame...
Gwyneth Paltrow's Unusual Malady (05 Aug 2013 08:32am)
It is widely accepted that Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the most slappable people in Hollywood. I, of course, am an iconoclast, but even my powers of contrariness are not great enough to like her. In fact, I dislike her so much that I even fast forward through "He Plays the Violin" in 1776 because I ha...
I happen to have Mr. Suebsaeng Right Here... (31 Jul 2013 07:08pm)
This comes from Digby who clearly reads a lot faster than I do. Let me provide a little background. In the film Annie Hall, Woody Allen is in line to see the movie (apparently for the umpteenth time) The Sorrow and the Pity. In back of him in the line is some other New York intellectual spouting off...
Like Really Terrible! (26 Jul 2013 07:51am)
Is it just me, or is this, like, a really terrible commercial? Like, sure! No problem! ...
NSA Data Recovery Program (20 Jul 2013 10:07pm)
I was emailed the following image, which I think is pretty clever. I have two reasons for thinking it is almost certainly created by a conservative. First, the line about it costing Republicans more. Only conservatives think that they alone are the targets of government intrusion. That was what the ...
Problem with Funny Business Names (13 Jul 2013 11:29am)
I hate "funny" business names. They are usually puns. For example, here in the Bay Area, we have Site for Sore Eyes Optical Store. Look: I get it. When I first saw there was an eye doctor named "site for sore eyes," I thought it was amusing. And there are other ones that I've thought were fairly cle...
Business Week's Penis Graph (11 Jul 2013 10:24pm)
Via Matt Yglesias, Business Week used an unfortunate graphic to argue that hedge funds were not the great investments that most people think they are. But that wasn't what I thought when I saw the image. I thought was Yglesias wrote, "BusinessWeek has a new cover story out by Sheelah Kolkhatar about...
Creepy Christian Mingle Girl Not So Creepy (03 Jul 2013 08:03pm)
You may remember that earlier this year, I made fun of the Chtristian Mingle ad on the left. I wrote of the model, "She looks like she is either the unfortunate victim of an evil plastic surgeon or the resident of a galaxy far far away." Even Andrea told me that I was being mean, but the photo is su...
Intellectual Jokes (30 Jun 2013 12:27pm)
A Reddit user recent asked a question, "What's the most intellectual joke you know?" The only joke that immediately came to mind was the classic, "How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Answer: "Fish!" There is also a line from Woody Allen during his stand-up days, "My ex-wife ...
Liberals Do NOT like Spurs (20 Jun 2013 08:05pm)
So I'm minding my own business, waiting for the final Spurs-Heat game, trying to get a little work done to make up for the fact that I got so little done earlier today. And then a tweet pops up from the brilliant but slappable Matt Yglesias. I'm always amazed by these young political nerds who claim...
Jack Lew's New Signature (19 Jun 2013 08:54am)
As I've reported before, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has an odd signature. Essentially, it is just a bunch of circles. When he was nominated Treasury Secretary, there was much discussion about how horrible his signature would look on our currency. Given that we have a pyramid topped with an eye on o...
In Which I Stare at a Woman's Breasts (11 Jun 2013 08:21pm)
So I decided to finally get off my duff and go check out the local Democratic Party that meets just around the corner from me. And they were a nice group—lively and friendly. Afterwards, I was talking to a guy and he explained how it all worked. I told him that I wasn't very interested in voti...
Killing Lincoln Again (30 May 2013 10:16pm)
I saw this sign a couple of months ago at our local movie theater. At the time, I didn't know what to think. Did the theater management think that it was was cute: putting Bullet in the Head right below Lincoln? Or were they just clueless? At this point, I lean toward "clueless." I'm curious if an...
God's Twitter Wisdom (23 May 2013 12:30pm)
Last week, God tweeted out the following: Any atheist who retweets this is going to hell for eternity.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 18, 2013 Thus far, it has almost 10,000 retweets. Clearly, this is an example of retweet trolling. God knows how arrogant most atheists are. I am not, however. My ...
Strangest Square Mile of Ocean (23 May 2013 10:18am)
This is a remarkable video. It is beautiful. And it is proof that God is not good! H/T: Brad Plumer ...
Neuroses of Winnie the Pooh (20 May 2013 10:54pm)
I saw a charming tweet today concerning A. A. Milne's excellent Winnie the Pooh books. I have a special fondness for those books. When I got my first group of networked computers, I named them after Pooh characters. Also, I think a whole theory of psychological types could be created based upon the ...
Shock and Awe at The Onion (14 May 2013 06:38pm)
I read two excellent articles on The Onion today. One shocked me and the awed me. Hence the title. The first was Adidas Unveils New Running Shoe For Fleeing From Mass Shootings. It is a pretty standard Onion story. At least, it is until the last sentence: NEW YORK—With the launch Tuesday of ...
The Gertrude Stein Scandal (13 May 2013 07:37pm)
I can't believe all this talk of Benghazi and the IRS targeting of conservative political groups. Has Washington lost sight of what a real scandal looks like? I am talking about plagiarism, of course. Yes, the president is cool. He sounds just like he's making up the words as he goes along. But no!...
Hell is Other Family Members (29 Apr 2013 09:34pm)
Stephen Fry tells the story of his close encounter with the Mormon Church. ...
Obama at Correspondents Dinner (28 Apr 2013 11:05pm)
If you haven't seen this, I thought it was funny as hell: But it has been a long day. ...
Lesbians, Short Hair, and the Frumpy Years (22 Apr 2013 02:15pm)
Last night, I watched this video 24 Hours of Madness. It is some kind of British celebrity game show. You know the kind where everyone goes on just to show that they are more clever and charming than the Yankees? And I got sucked in. It was loads of fun. But if you are going to watch it, fast forwar...
Witches and Hippies (21 Apr 2013 09:25pm)
This video parody of Dragnet is very funny with some clever computer effects. But what I think is most interesting about it is the original stuff that sadly very few people in a society can see at the time: how law enforcement is mostly just cultural bias, and in-group and out-group signifying. The ...
Missing Cat/Dog/People Signs (21 Apr 2013 04:25pm)
I rarely torture you all with my own poetry but this rhymes! And yes, I know what you'll say, "It's bad enough that this is all about death; do you really have to end it by saying that death is a good thing?" Well, yes, as a matter of fact I do. I'm no fan of death, but there are a great many things...
Ayman al-Zawahiri at TED (01 Apr 2013 12:39pm)
Last week, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri gave a thought provoking talk at TED (sorry, no video yet) about the changing face of global terrorism. In the talk titled "Terror At A Crossroads," al-Zawahiri discussed how terrorists can remain relevant in an increasingly globalized world. It isn't har...
Bed Bath & Beyond Lie (20 Mar 2013 09:28am)
Ever wonder about all those Bed Bath & Beyond walls of towels? Via Buzz Feed, it is all a lie: ...
Have You Seen This Nigerian Prince? (17 Mar 2013 11:02am)
The Toronto Star reported last week that a man pleaded guilty to defrauding $32 million from North American lawyers. What is great about this story is the scam. Also: it couldn't happen to a nice group of people. But most of all, the culprit is Emmanuel Ekhator—Wait for it!—a Nigerian! ...
California Condors Love Puppets (14 Mar 2013 12:07pm)
Puppets make everything better—even in science! At the San Diego Zoo's program to repopulate the California Condor, they are using a puppet to rear the young ones. Why? Because everyone loves puppets! Actually, no. They don't want the little condors imprinting humans as mothers. This will allo...
The Krugman Times (12 Mar 2013 04:20pm)
Vincent Woo, who claims to be "a t-shirt hawker at everlane.com[1]" has created quite a zany website, The Krugman Times. You can see a screen capture above. What the website does is grab the front page of the New York Times, replace all the images with pictures of Paul Krugman, the author with Paul...
Fucktard in Sign Language (06 Mar 2013 09:55am)
You all know how I love the word "fucktard." Yesterday, I came upon this video that shows how to sign it. And it's fun to do. Enjoy! ...
Daily Beast Likes My Video (02 Mar 2013 11:29am)
When I first created my Zero Dark Thirty trailer parody, I was very pleased. For the first time, something I did came out exactly the way I expected. But more than that, I thought this was the parody that the film was begging for. The trumpeting of their good reviews seemed to require replacing them...
Moraesesque (27 Feb 2013 02:19pm)
Ben Bernanke spoke before the Senate yesterday. And as much as anyone can tell, given that only people who work at the place can fully comprehend "Fed Speak," he seemed to be saying that we shouldn't worry about the deficit right now and that we could use some stimulus. And you know who that sounds ...
Cthulhu in New Jersey (18 Feb 2013 09:02pm)
And speaking of George Washington dying from blood letting: the sea lamprey. The photo on the left is apparently of a large sea lamprey from the waters of New Jersey. These things are parasites that latch onto fish and literally bleed them to death—just like the best physicians of the 18th cen...
I Feel So Safe! (12 Feb 2013 05:25pm)
I have had a very bad cough for almost three months now. I went to doctor and she told me if it didn't go away in another month, I should come back. I figure I have tuberculosis and there is just a conspiracy of silence because everyone thinks that I don't want to die. The fools! I laugh death. I gu...
Oh My Marriage! (31 Jan 2013 09:19am)
I know that not long ago, I checked Wikipedia to find out if Jim Nabors was openly gay. And as I recall, there was really nothing about it. Of course, I assumed he was. I don't know why. There are those stories about Rock Hudson. Everyone assumed. And maybe it is just that no one cared, Nabors being...
About Jonathan Bernstein (22 Jan 2013 06:34pm)
[Jonathan Bernstein writes for various parts of the Washington Post. But his name always links to Robert Samuelson's page, and regular readers will know that we don't much care for Mr. Samuelson. But we do care for Mr. Bernstein, so we've decided to make an "About Jonathan Bernstein" page for him. I...
The President of Vice (21 Jan 2013 11:37am)
One of my very favorite features of The Onion is its portrayal of Joe Biden as a kind of working class lady's man who has made it big but who still holds on to his working class roots. It's kind of a high class version of Ronnie Dobbs, the regular character on the Cops like show "Fuzz" on Mr. Show. ...
Pony Tail (17 Jan 2013 02:01pm)
This 7 second video shows how to create a pony tail with no fuss. It wouldn't surprise me if some American high tech or pharmaceutical company already has the patent. So watch the video now before our corporate overlords force it to be taken down. Come to think of it, I'm surprised no company has ...
U.S. High School Students Falling Behind China (14 Jan 2013 09:36pm)
You see, this is where America is really lagging: U.S. High School Students Falling Behind China, Many Animals In Basic Object Permanence...
Dog School (11 Jan 2013 12:43pm)
I don't see how this video has not gone viral. It is of a 6 month old lab mix teaching an 8 week old puppy how to walk down the stairs. At least, I think that's what's going on. It is very inspiring: H/T Sarah Kliff ...
Wildebeest Road Crossing in Sweden (05 Jan 2013 02:22pm)
There's a joke going around Sweden, "Why did the wildebeest cross the road? Because it tastes like chicken!" That joke kills me! But that is probably because I made it up. (I think I'm just high-larious.) You see, there is important wildebeest news coming out of Sweden. The management of the Parken ...
Douchebag Named Word of the Year! (01 Jan 2013 07:17pm)
Michael J.W. Stickings, the founder and head of The Reaction (where I write) is not what I normally think of as a funny guy. Just look at that picture. Doesn't he look like a guy who beat you up in high school? Yet he was pretty funny today. He put together a new yearsy kind of article where he (fol...
Shortest 2012 Year in Review (31 Dec 2012 08:53pm)
John Fugelsang and Frank Conniff present, Shortest 2012 Year in Review Show. It is very funny. My favorite line was from Conniff, "I spent all this past week buying and hoarding every Twinkie I could find, and it was weird: I just found out the company went out of business." I am struck by how sim...
12.5 Years (26 Dec 2012 07:40pm)
The following video has over 4 million views, so you may well have seen it. I'm only putting it up so that I don't lose it. Noah Kalina is a photographer (he seems to do collages). He took a picture of himself every day from the age of 19. He is now 32. You get to watch him grow (?) from a boy into ...
Give the Jew Girl Toys (25 Dec 2012 02:00am)
In my long standing commitment to ruining every holiday, here is Sarah Silverman performing Give The Jew Girl Toys: ...
Fascinating (16 Dec 2012 04:37pm)
Andrea sent me this photo because she knows what a burden I carry being such a fascinating person. The expectations are so great. People call me up and say, "You're such a fascinating person, entertain me!" I do my best. Strangely, people don't accept my arguments that the history of English Languag...
Avik Roy Heard My Plea! (12 Dec 2012 09:34pm)
I don't know if you have noticed, but I've been feeling really down the last few days. But I just noticed something that really improved my mood: Avik Roy tweeted my last rant about him: A lefty blogger: "I want to rip off your scrotum and suffocate you with it. Cock sucking plutocrat bastard!" fra...
The Tweets of Frank Conniff (09 Dec 2012 05:30pm)
I am a big MST3K fan, as you can see by the fact that I call Mystery Science Theater 3000 "MST3K." I never really understood the character TV's Frank, but I've long thought that the actor Frank Conniff is a brilliant man. If I hadn't already thought that, however, I certainly would have after subscr...
A Bigger Spoon (08 Dec 2012 12:44am)
Even by the standards of That Mitchell and Web Look, this is very strange. But funny: Of course, it is from their earlier series, The Mitchell and Webb Situation. ...
Mr. Burns Deals with Election Results (06 Dec 2012 12:32am)
I don't know how old this is, but I just saw it for the first time. So watch it. It's very funny. Notice that there are three binders on the floor labeled "women." There is a book titled, "Nate Silver Can't Add." Also, "Think of the economy as a cliff and the rich man is the driver. If you don't ...
Happy Lamb (26 Nov 2012 02:39pm)
I just had oral surgery, so even though I have much on my mind that I'd like to write about, I probably won't until tonight at least. In the mean time, here is a picture of a happy lamb courtesy of Cute Overload: ...
GOB Tampons (25 Nov 2012 09:11am)
Will sent me to this: ...
Bathroom Queue (23 Nov 2012 10:21am)
I was recently at the local CVS, and I saw the following sign on the bathroom door. It seemed very strange to me. Unless you read the fine print, this is very confusing. It certainly looks like CVS is offering to text you when the bathroom is available. What's next? Those little buzzer devices they ...
A Real Happy Thanksgiving (22 Nov 2012 08:52am)
Hindsight is 20-20. This is the way the original Thanksgiving should have been: ...
And a Little Child Will Lead (19 Nov 2012 07:08pm)
Isaiah 11:6 tells us: The wolf will live with the lamb, The leopard will lie down with the goat, The calf and the lion and the yearling together; And a little child will lead them. That time has come my friends. Jennifer O'Connell has posted an email sent from R— (Do you feel like you are in...
A Better World for Nothing (17 Nov 2012 07:19pm)
I got a free copy of Funny Times sent to me. It's not bad. It's clearly geared toward an older audience, but it definitely has its moments. Like this cartoon: ...
Ayn Bran (08 Nov 2012 12:29pm)
Best line: "Like my books, every box of Ayn Bran is unnecessarily long." This comes via Digby: ...
One Vote Doesn't Matter (05 Nov 2012 04:15pm)
It doesn't, if you think about it: ...
Will Ferrell Will Do Anything to Get You to Vote (04 Nov 2012 04:29pm)
How can you resist? ...
Romney! Obama! You're Making This 4-Year-Old Cry! (01 Nov 2012 10:12am)
This comes to me via Richard K. Barry over at The Reaction in an article titled, I So Totally Relate. So do I my friend; so do I. ...
Nightly Crush: Erin Kissane (30 Oct 2012 09:30pm)
You know I will always tell you the truth. And the truth right now is that I am following Erin Kissane on Twitter only because I think she is really cute. Part of it is the hair color. Of course. No question there. But I've seen pictures of her with different hair colors and she is equally adorable....
A Message from The Greatest Generation (29 Oct 2012 03:49pm)
From Voters Rising: ...
Zomney: He Needs Brains (28 Oct 2012 11:08pm)
Joss Whedon has released a ad in favor of Romney because, "He will put this country back on the path to the zombie apocalypse." Zomney 2012!...
Newsweek Subscription Deal (22 Oct 2012 02:14pm)
As you may have heard, Newsweek is going out of business at the end of the year. But Jeff Smith notes that the "Best Deal!" for a Newsweek subscription is still two years: ...
The Thomas Friedman Game (17 Oct 2012 08:04am)
Thomas Friedman has written another column calling for a Sensible Centrist who will tell America the truth. He notes that if we don't shape up, "We could go the way of Greece or Japan." This is an odd pairing. He means to say that our economy could go all haywire. The problem is that while the Greec...
Economist Joke (16 Oct 2012 08:09am)
Dean Baker provides us with an excellent joke to start the day. It made me laugh more than The Daily Show (which was quite funny last night) and The Colbert Report (which wasn't that good). I love economics humor. There ought to be more of this. Economist jokes are easy to create. Question: How ma...
Latinos Con Romney (14 Oct 2012 01:46pm)
I want to believe it is a new kind of cannibalistic taco: Photo from Liliana Segura tweet. ...
Get That Girl a Heart! (07 Oct 2012 10:00pm)
I guess her wish was what told the doctors she needed a new heart: ...
Weathergirl Goes Rogue (01 Oct 2012 02:26pm)
This is funny and informative. Go coal! ...
Wake the Fuck Up (28 Sep 2012 05:21pm)
I hear this is from the same people who brought you the great Sarah Silverman Let My People Vote 2012 video. This time we get Samuel L. Jackson, who happens to say "Mother fucker!" better than anyone on the planet. I don't have much to say other than that this is also a fucking great video: Also: ...
My Name is Alberto Asenjo... (27 Sep 2012 12:04am)
Everybody loves a Spanish badass! Alberto Casillas Asenjo is the owner of the Prado Cafe in Madrid. During the clash between protesters and police, he stood defiantly in his doorway. Click on over, the video is great. What most strikes me is that he is clearly afraid. And yet, he stays. That's true...
Noah Smith on Econo Trolls (25 Sep 2012 12:00pm)
Noah Smith is a very smart and often funny young economist. He runs the Noahpinion Blog, which has a different tag line just about every day. I keep up with his blog, but I don't spend that much time on it because it is largely over my head. However, he has a better understanding of libertarians and...
Get Nana A Gun (24 Sep 2012 07:42pm)
This is the most awesome fucking thing I've seen in weeks: Sarah Silverman's "Let My People Vote 2012 - Get Nana A Gun." ...
Clint Eastwood Talks to More Inanimate Objects (24 Sep 2012 01:20am)
I don't think people appreciate just how much of a Luddite I am. I am a pretty good programmer—c++, php, all that—but I have little idea what things like Twitter are all about. I do, however, know that tweets are occasionally hilarious. Here is a screen shot of one by Bill Maher yesterda...
Vote Republican (23 Sep 2012 11:26am)
You're getting sleepy... ...
Chia Romney! (22 Sep 2012 09:11pm)
Will was at K-Mart tonight and he sent me a couple of pictures of... Chia Obama and Chia Romney. This is part of the Chia Freedom of Choice™ series. You aren't limited to Obama and Romney. Oh no! There is a Chia Gingrich and a Chia Ron Paul too. Sadly, no Chia Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, or...
You've Been Outsourced! (21 Sep 2012 01:09pm)
The ad for the new season of The Simpsons is really great. A couple of things stand out. First, there is Homer's summation of democracy in America, "Oh man, not another election! Why do we have to choose our leaders? Isn't that what we have the Supreme Court for?" One of the best things about The ...
What You Think (20 Sep 2012 10:12pm)
I think this is good advice. But my thinking about consciousness and metaphysics—especially epistemology—makes me believe that better advice would be, "Don't Believe Anything You Think." ...
"I'm Disinclined to Acquiesce to your Request" (20 Sep 2012 01:22am)
That's what they told me when I specifically requested to be reminded when it was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It means "No." And so I missed it. Finally, the perfect holiday: no business closures and... Pirates! ...
Tanghi Argentini (17 Sep 2012 06:57pm)
A friend sent me a bunch of links to some excellent short films. One of them was very sweet and it got me thinking of a film I very much like, Tanghi Argentini, which is on the excellent A Collection of 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2007). Here it is for you to enjoy: I want to be that...
Kristen Schaal at WGA (16 Sep 2012 08:20pm)
There is surprisingly little Kristen Schaal on the internet other than her stuff on The Daily Show. The bit below is a very nice exception. She apparently hosted the WGA awards last year. I particularly liked this part: Winning a Whale's Tail is a huge honor. The winners tonight owe a tremendous de...
Beautiful, Intelligent, Learned IV (16 Sep 2012 07:22pm)
I find the whole Beautiful, Intelligent, Learned series a bit embarrassing. So a number of women just sit in the back of my mind waiting for me to get the nerve to write an article. It isn't that I'm embarrassed about them. It is that I think I will show myself to be the small minded pedant that I k...
Noogie for Ezra (31 Aug 2012 03:29pm)
I like Ezra Klein. Really. I've attacked him on a number of occasions, but overall, he's a smart and insightful guy. But he's also a numbers nerd who seems about as comfortable in his body as your average 13 year old rocket builder. So I thought it was very funny this morning when I read Klein wri...
You Sexually Harassing Me? (26 Aug 2012 09:49pm)
Voodoo Mama! ...
48/2 + 7 < 37 (23 Aug 2012 01:48am)
First things first: in preparing this picture, I had to crop out the copy of Victor Navasky's history of the Hollywood blacklist Naming Names from Ms. Goldberg's left. And this is important, because what I'm about to say is not just about the objectification of women. In fact, it isn't even mostly a...
Funny Tombstones (18 Aug 2012 03:06pm)
A friend sent me to a humorous tombstone. It is supposed to be Russell J. Larsen, although I've found a few different ones said to be his: Five Rules for Men to Follow for a Happy Life: It's important to have a woman who helps at home, cooks from time to time, cleans up, and has a job.It's importan...
New York 1938 (12 Aug 2012 11:08pm)
This is via someone named Spocko (If this proves how unhip I am: you're surprised?!) via the always wonderful digby. It is the funniest thing I've seen since last night when I was gorging on Firesign Theater. But still: this is very funny. This shows how Scientology and Objectivism were born. And th...
Waiting for the Firesign Theater or Someone Like Them (11 Aug 2012 10:22pm)
"You wanna hear me rap? I saw the best minds of my generation..." That is a line from the first Firesign Theater album I ever heard (The first they recorded!), Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him from 1968. I was looking for something to listen to while I made dinner tonight, and I came ...
Did He Build That? (08 Aug 2012 03:42pm)
You may have seen the original of this picture where small business owner Ray Gaster proclaims, "I built this business without gov't help. Obama can Kiss my ass." Of course, the fact that Gaster owns a lumber yard, means he's received lots over government help in the form of low cost lumber resource...
Komodo Dragon (06 Aug 2012 02:55am)
I got into bed this evening and put on Lizard Kings: On the Trail of the Monitor Lizard, a NATO program about this very intelligent genus of lizards that includes the Komodo dragon. This reminded me of an old Bob and Ray routine that is one of the funniest things ever. So I got out of bed and listen...
Internet Suffering (04 Aug 2012 12:25pm)
My friend Ananda sent me a collection of photos from India. Many of them involve grammar errors, but could easily be from the United States or Kingdom. One admonishes people in Ludhiana, "Please don't encourage baggers." Another is a clever drunk driving sign, "After whisky [sic] driving risky." I'l...
Shocking Display of Liberal Media Bias (Or Something) (21 Jul 2012 03:00pm)
This is wonderfully silly and delightfully funny. And at only 40 seconds, you should watch it: The interesting thing about this is that I feel for the conservative blogger. I'm pretty careful about looking things up, but I can totally see myself embarrassed in this way. And from a conservative poi...
Not Exactly Brain Surgery (18 Jul 2012 11:51pm)
This week I did a little job for a rocket scientist. It reminded me of this skit from The Mitchell & Webb Look about a meeting between two very intelligent (if obnoxious) men. Enjoy: Which reminds me of a joke: A guy walks into a bar and orders three martinis. The bartender says, "You know yo...
Ezra Klein Teaches Punditry in One Lesson (18 Jul 2012 07:30pm)
Ezra Klein has a very nerdy sense of humor, but sometimes that's just what's needed. In an article, Want to be a political pundit? Keep this in your pocket, he provides the following table for what to say about something the President says that you know nothing about: ...
Be Nice to America (15 Jul 2012 01:10pm)
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Crab v. Dachshund (02 Jul 2012 03:49pm)
Unlike most videos that feature dogs, I do not find this adorable. But it is very interesting: What we see here is gross difference in perspective. The Dachshund is playing—it might as well be chasing a ball. But for the crab, this is an existential conflict. Even if the dog means it no harm...
Absurdity Today (01 Jul 2012 11:17am)
Julianna Forlano, a stand-up comedian out of Brooklyn, has created a regular (every 2-4 weeks) YouTube show called Absurdity Today or "Ironic News Report." She's been doing it for a bit over a year with good results. Her shtick is low key sarcasm—a refreshing change of pace from the fiercely p...
Sex, Photos, and Blues (22 Jun 2012 01:09pm)
I hate Norton Security Suite. Don't buy it. Get Microsoft Security Essentials—it is far better and free. However, I think this Norton commercial, Grandma was a Hottie, is really good: But it's no reason to buy their terrible product....
What the Fins Think of Elephants (08 Jun 2012 11:00am)
I read this joke in Bad Samaritans. It is a good example of how you can find a joke funny because you learn something rather than because it reinforces your knowledge. Here is my telling: A German, Frenchman, American, and Fin are asked to write a book about elephants. The German, being very thorou...
Cat Video (05 Jun 2012 09:41pm)
I'm sorry, but I just really like this commercial: If you don't, you're a horrible person. ...
Thank You Mom (13 May 2012 11:21am)
Happy Mothers' Day! ...
Beautiful, Intelligent, Learned III (09 May 2012 01:11pm)
I thought it about time to go back to my sort of sexist hobby of ogling at female public intellectuals. In my defense, I have wanted to include men because (1) this isn't about sex and (2) Chris Hayes is cute as a button. (Sadly, I'm afraid that Hayes would not make the cut—he falls a little s...
Keep Calm and Carry On (04 May 2012 09:07pm)
I thought I was way behind in posting here, but I see I did something late last night or this morning (I am losing track of my life): a rant about Peter Beinart's book. Anyway, I found this movie from a list of favorite videos of C.G.P. Grey (see link on the right). I find this uplifting: keep calm ...
The Giant Tortoise Protector (02 May 2012 06:16pm)
I'm kind of busy with other stuff at the moment—mostly trying to figure out how to use a teleprompter without looking like I'm insane. But I came upon this great little video via WonkBlog. Check it out; it's only a couple of minutes long: I can't find the video anymore. YouTube sucks. It was ...
Mystery Video (01 May 2012 11:44am)
Will sent me this. He is very computer savvy, but for some reason, instead of sending me a link, he sent me embed code. I'm guessing that it is the Correspondents Dinner. And yes, I could have extracted the URL directly from it, but why would I do that when I can whine here? Update I'm so smart. ...
History Channel (23 Apr 2012 09:40pm)
At last, someone has said it: By the way, this guy has a lot of great videos. Go subscribe. ...
More Than Ever We Need Billy Bob Neck (23 Apr 2012 12:24pm)
After 190 videos spanning more than five years, Billy Bob Neck is no more. Earlier this month, Paul Day—the man behind this inspired creation—posted the following video: Many people, myself included, thought this was just a ruse. You see, Billy Bob Neck went away before: he was rapture...
Seagullible (01 Apr 2012 11:38am)
One day when I was at college, a classmate asked, "Did you know the word gullible is not in the Dictionary?" Like an idiot, I said, "Really?!" It took me a half hour to get the joke. I am a gullible person—or at least very trusting. So I hate April Fools Day. I'll believe anything. But I assum...
Deconstructing Shaggy (31 Mar 2012 10:48pm)
I am working on a number of articles: Michael Erard's wonderful Um... Lope de Vega's Fuent Ovejuna Synoptic Gospels and The Case Against Q But until I get to them, here is That Mitchell and Web Look deconstructing Scooby-Doo: Who is that nephew? Lucky you have me to keep you informed about the im...
What Will You Find? (26 Mar 2012 05:57pm)
This is via Suzy Khimm over at WonkBlog. I hate Mondays, not because they are the first day of the work week, but because the Sonoma County Library is closed on. Happy Monday. ...
Dylan Moran on Americans (22 Mar 2012 09:25pm)
I'm rather fond of the old British sitcom Black Books, even though it isn't that good. It is mostly a vehicle for Dylan Moran who is brilliant. Here he is talking about Americans: ...
DJ Flula Remixes Celebrities! (15 Mar 2012 01:44pm)
I am working diligently to create a series of videos. But with videos like the one below, it is hard not to get discouraged. The guy is a total freak—in a good way. ...
Jeopardy! (08 Mar 2012 09:54pm)
It is hard for me to watch Jeopardy![1] The problem is that I'm pretty good at it. The number of answers I can easily spit out would put me above the average player, and the number of answers that are on the tip of my tongue would likely put me among the best. Of course, Jeopardy! is not exactly a ...
The Disappointment of Christmas (01 Mar 2012 06:45pm)
Paula Poundstone is such a freak. Here she is on one of her many videos that she produces for her site: ...
Big Hollywood Dicks (01 Mar 2012 02:15pm)
Samuel L. Jackson has been on the cover of Ebony Magazine many times. But last week's cover really annoyed me. This isn't so much because of this particular cover. It is how often I see men (and women to a lesser extent) on the covers of magazines chomping on a big fat cigar. If it were only that ci...
Mitt Romney: No We Can't! (01 Mar 2012 10:43am)
This is taken from The Daily Show. Romney said, "[Obama] raised the national debt; I will cut, cap, and balance the budget. He passed Obamacare; I will repeal Obamacare. He lost our triple-A credit rating; I will restore our triple-A credit rating." Jon Stewart continued, "He killed Osama Bin Laden;...
Maria Bamford (29 Feb 2012 09:03pm)
I really like Maria Bamford. She's brilliant and not enough people know about her. That seems to be the case with the comedians I find most impressive. I like Louis C.K. but what's the big deal? Note: comments turned off as spam prevention measure. ...
Painful to Watch (19 Feb 2012 08:40pm)
Many years ago, when I was paying a fortune to put down my ideas on 16mm film (Forty bucks to develop and print 100 feet of film—less than 3 minutes!) I had the idea of doing a video of just a guy talking into the camera, saying interesting things. At least I thought they were interesting: com...
Will Ferrell's Old Milwaukee (07 Feb 2012 11:51pm)
I had heard that there was a Will Ferrell commercial for the greatest beer company ever: Pabst! Pabst Blue Ribbon! Okay: Pabst Brewing Company. And it does just so happen that Heineken sucks. Anyway, one of Pabst's worst beer offerings is Old Milwaukee. This video consists of a number of these Will ...
Hard Work, Low Pay (25 Jan 2012 12:32pm)
I present the following video (a catch from Ezra Klein's Wonkbook) as an illustration of what it is like to be a freelance writer: lots of work for little pay. This young man made a $100 bet with his father than he could do a backflip every day in 2011. Watch it. It is really interesting. Shockingly...
They Don't Make Pens Like They Used To (21 Dec 2011 12:30pm)
Via The Daily Telegraph, a pen held inside a woman's stomach for 25 years still writes. There are about five things from this story that are amazing. Just check out Rachel Maddow's three minute summary: ...
I Miss Daylight Savings (11 Nov 2011 02:12pm)
This is 5:00 pm, last night. I miss my evenings! ...
Beautiful, Intelligent, Learned II (01 Nov 2011 01:07pm)
Ladies and gentlemen: Melissa Harris-Perry. I know her from MSNBC news shows where she is often an analyst and sometimes a guest anchor. And as I've stated before, I wasn't that taken with her at first. But like many things (from movies to food to people), those I like best I often started out by no...
Beautiful, Intelligent, Learned (13 Oct 2011 08:41am)
I'm thinking of creating an archive of information about beautiful, intelligent, learned women. I don't think this is sexist, because it seems I am forever talking about beautiful men, although admittedly, with a sense of bitterness and despair. For example, Geoffrey Nunberg, who is better looking, ...
Little Blue Riding Hood (06 Oct 2011 12:05pm)
The Edmonton Public Library produced this delightful puppet show as a public service announcement. It is very effective and funny. ...
The Amazing Usain Bolts (17 Jun 2011 10:46pm)
I've been editing the first act of the Post-Post Modern Comedy Hour this evening. It involves an old man (someone like me) racing a college sprinter. I was going to use the 50-meter dash, but there doesn't seem to be much of that, so I changed it to the 100-meter dash. In my research, I came upon th...
Voyeurs & Exhibitionists (08 Jun 2011 09:14pm)
I read the most amazing thing in The Chronicle today, "Six percent of Americans over 18 have sent a nude or near-nude image of themselves to someone else and 15 percent have received one, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project." I'll have to think about this more, bu...
Billy Bob Neck in Heaven? (28 May 2011 07:31pm)
Here is Billy Bob Neck's most recent video. At 1:37, he disappears—obviously raptured (a man like Billy Bob). The remaining 13:35 is just his empty seat so don't wait for it.[1] My question is: does this mean that Paul Day has decided not to do Billy Bob Neck any more? After three years of ...
Dark and Silent (15 Sep 2010 07:01pm)
It is dark here. The moon but a sliver sharp enough to sew. I see it reflected clearly on the lake—its surface calmer than stretched linen. And silent. Even, it seems, the raccoons are gone. Field mice a distant memory. My only light—shining down on The Passionate Shepherd to His Love fr...
To Seth on his Eighteenth Birthday (14 Jan 2010 10:58am)
When I was eighteen years old, I wrote my first song: a "gift" for a friend who was graduating from high school. The chorus of the song was: “Good-bye graduate / It’s the start of the end.” At the time, I thought this was very funny. It had other gems like: “You’ll get a job and work for Dodge / The...

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