John Gordon Ross

A Man for All Reasons

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Whittle It a Little, It’ll Fit

Odds and sods I look at regularly, just because they amuse me. I hope they do the same for you. Incidentally, I found this page’s title on Greg Ross’s Futility Closet (it’s somewhere on this page) in a mini-article which also includes the delightful sentence in Icelandic: Barbara Ara bar Ara araba bara rabbabara. Ross points out that this, “besides being fun to say, is spelled with only three letters. It means “Barbara, daughter of Ari, brought only rhubarb to Ari the Arab.”

Futility Closet


Posted 18 hours ago

Image: Flickr Church signs, collected by Steve and Pam Paulson for Church Signs Across America, 2006: BE AS GOOD A PERSON AS YOUR PET BELIEVES YOU ARE

Welcome Wagon

Posted 30 hours ago

Image: Wikimedia Commons In 1941, the German infantry found that its 3.7 cm Pak 36 anti-tank gun was practically useless against Soviet T-34 tanks — the Pak could only announce its presence by bouncing rounds harmlessly off the tank’s rugged armor. Accordingly the Germans nicknamed it Heeresanklopfgerät — literally, “army door-knocking device.” [Link]

9 Horrible Dates Captured On Twitter

Posted 6 minutes ago

Courtship before the invention of social media wasn't necessarily better, but it sure was a heck of alot easier. [Link]

7 Weirdest Commutes

Posted 29 hours ago

No one likes to spend that much time traveling to and from their job each day, and as a result, these folks got a little creative. Take a look. [Link]

<title>Weird Universe

Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 6

Posted 119 minutes ago

The artist is Federico Beltran Masses.

"Hints of drugginess in the eyes, and suggestions of Sapphic eroticism laid on with a trowel, created a sultry visual cocktail that appealed equally to celebrities of the order of Rudolph Valentino, Joan Crawford and King George VI, all of whom had their portraits painted, and the general public."

Full essay here.


Manatee Alerting Device

Posted 23 hours ago

Edmund Gerstein claims to have invented a "Manatee Alerting Device" (aka MAD) that, when attached beneath a boat, will emit a beam of sound alerting manatees to get out of the way. But it's controversial. Other researchers insist the device will just add more noise to an already noisy underwater environment. It would be like "putting a siren on every … [Link]

Coming soon, from Pixar…

Posted 17 months ago

Harry says this little scene was the culmination of “a classic washing-up feud” at his office in London. (Kind of adorable, right? I would SO watch a movie about anthropomorphic milk bottles with British accents.) What are you doing here? related: Sorry, I can’t hear you over all the chattering appliances [Link]

Donna, bring a sweater

Posted 17 months ago

Our submitter spotted this namanasty-gram taped to the thermostat of her hot yoga studio in Boise, Idaho. related: Namaste, asshole [Link]

The Oatmeal – Comics, Quizzes, & Stories

Tiny arms

Posted 15 days ago

Tiny armsView [Link]

How all shirts fit me

Posted 3 weeks ago

How all shirts fit meView [Link] RSS

Wal Mart security guard to bicyclist she ran over "there's no security cameras back here" Albuquerque Police "Um yea, about that" [Facepalm]

Posted 98 minutes ago

Facepalm [link] [16 comments] [Link]

Contact lenses are great. As long as you habitually clean them so you avoid yeast, bacterial infections, or bugs that can eat your eyeballs [Scary]

Posted 3 hours ago

Scary [link] [19 comments] [Link]

Overheard In The Office

That's What You Said About Shopping Retail!

Posted 7 days ago

Vietnamese coworker using cardboard to fix cubicle, happily: It's like being in refugee camp all over again. Austin, Texas Republished by Blog Post Promoter [Link]

Goering Was Especially Tasty

Posted 7 days ago

Man: We’re gonna make some bratwurst.
Woman #1: What’s the difference between sausage and bratwurst?
Woman #2: Well, bratwurst is German.
Woman #1: So they’re just German pigs? Company picnic
Montclair, New Jersey Republished by Blog Post Promoter [Link]


Blue Is the Best

Posted 5 hours ago

blue Pokémon red unfortunate - 7317646848 Graph by: Memeboy2 Tagged: blue , Pokémon , red , unfortunate Share on Facebook [Link]

Cities Attacked in Movies

Posted 5 hours ago

attack citizens city d-c l-a los angeles miami movies new york Pie Chart washington - 2446845696 Graph by: Andizzle35 Tagged: attack , citizens , city , d-c , l-a , los angeles , miami , movies , new york , Pie Chart , washington Share on Facebook [Link]

Mental Floss

Check Out Friday's Awesome Amazon Deals

Posted 4 months ago

From the Smart Shopping Team… [Link]

World Capitals

Posted 4 months ago


The Onion

Mom Has Stacked Dinner Party Roster

Posted 16 months ago

GOLDEN, CO—Their eyes widening in amazement as the 43-year-old rattled off the names of heavy hitter after heavy hitter, impressed members of the Dreeshen household confirmed Friday that the roster for their mom’s upcoming dinner party was absolutely stacked. “Wow, she’s got Joyce from work, Cheri, Dana from yoga, Carol, Carol’s new husband—that’s all of the A-listers, together under one … [Link]

Explosions: The Loud Killer

Posted 16 months ago



JustRidingMyBike says FML

Posted 7 months ago

Today, I started my new job as a supervisor. I began by cleaning out my new office, including recycling large sheets of cardboard left over from the new calendars. When the 2nd shift came in, however, they got very upset and yelled at me. Apparently, I had thrown away my Muslim workers' prayer mats. FML [Link]

Zanquis says FML

Posted 7 months ago

Today, I got stuck with a water damaged kitchen. The manufactor says their warranty doesn't cover it as it's user error, my insurance says they don't cover it as it's a manufacturer error. FML [Link]


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