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.”

The Oatmeal – Comics, Quizzes, & Stories

Multiplicative Idiocy

Posted 15 days ago

Multiplicative IdiocyAn immutable law of design.View [Link]

The Oracle

Posted 15 days ago

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Pittsburgh fraternities on double secret social probation following double secret incident [PSA]

Posted 11 minutes ago

PSA [link] [2 comments] [Link]

Double homicide suspect found dead in cell. Attempts at revival by shooting a fork of lighting into the bolts in his neck proved unsuccessful [Florida]

Posted 41 minutes ago

Florida [link] [13 comments] [Link]

Futility Closet


Posted 6 hours ago

In Dante’s Inferno, a sign above the gate to hell reads LASCIATE OGNI SPERANZA, VOI CH’ENTRATE. There are many ways to translate this (Robert Ripley claimed to find 100), but a common one is ABANDON YE ALL HOPE WHO ENTER HERE. By an unlikely coincidence, this yields ABANDON Y.A.H.W.E.H. (Discovered by Dave Morice.) [Link]

Borrowed Trouble

Posted 18 hours ago

“There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is in your expecting evil before it arrives!” — Seneca “How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened!” — Thomas Jefferson “Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.” — Balzac “Ills that never happened, have chiefly made thee … [Link]


Time spent on a DVD

Posted 13 hours ago

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Wow, Ezio Sure Knows His Stuff

Posted 13 hours ago

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Lawyer consumption rates of Tyrannosaurus rex

Posted 10 hours ago

A science question inspired by the scene in Jurassic Park in which the T rex ate the lawyer:

How many lawyers would it take to properly feed a captive T rex for an entire year?

The answer: if the T rex is warm-blooded it will need to eat 292 lawyers a year. If cold-blooded, only 73 lawyers.

From The Complete … [Link]

Follies of the Madmen #348

Posted 13 hours ago

Sadistic dentist, with an eye toward cultivating future patients, gives out candy.


9 Shocking Moments From Hurricane Irma

Posted 4 months ago

Check out some of the good, the bad, and the just plain weird from one of the biggest storms to hit the U.S. in recent memory. [Link]

9 Odd People With Really Long Hair

Posted 4 months ago

If you think Rapunzel is just a fairy tale, you need to meet these folks. [Link]

Overheard In The Office

Just a Little One

Posted 13 weeks ago

Cubicle #1: Oh no, today is Tuesday the 13th! Does that mean anything?
Cubicle #2: Umm… Today is the 12th. Tomorrow is the 13th. And humpday!
Cubicle #1: Oh no! Wednesday the 13th! Does that mean anything?
Cubicle #2: Well, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day. You got your wife something already, right?
Cubicle #1: Dang! I better think of something quick, right?
Cubicle #2: You … [Link]

Which You've Already Done by Wearing Such a Loud Tie.

Posted 13 weeks ago

Temp: It's so silent in here.
Boss: Don't ruin the magic. East Circle Drive
East Lansing, Michigan [Link]

Mental Floss

Check Out Friday's Awesome Amazon Deals

Posted 9 months ago

From the Smart Shopping Team… [Link]

World Capitals

Posted 9 months ago


The Onion

Mom Has Stacked Dinner Party Roster

Posted 21 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 21 months ago



JustRidingMyBike says FML

Posted 13 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 13 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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