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.”

<title>Weird Universe

Skiing Mt. Everest

Posted 13 hours ago

May 6, 1970: Japanese extreme skier Yuichiro Miura became the first person to ski on Mt. Everest. And amazingly, he didn't die. The stunt was filmed and was the subject of a 1975 documentary, The Man Who Skied Down Everest. Check out the clip below.

Miura later became the oldest person to reach the summit of Everest, climbing it at … [Link]

Messy Girls Gift Book

Posted 15 hours ago

With Xmas just around the bend, the search for presents intensifies. Who wouldn't like a book of photos of women covered in foodstuffs?

More pix here at eBay for as long as the auction is up.


Coming soon, from Pixar…

Posted 20 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 20 months ago

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

Man running from the cops stops to pet cats and gets arrested. To be fair this would probably snare at least 70% of farkers too [Florida]

Posted 11 minutes ago

Florida [link] [2 comments] [Link]

Amid all the sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, it's nice that we have Pixar as an example of…really? Crap [Sick]

Posted 41 minutes ago

Sick [link] [38 comments] [Link]


Don't You Mean Measurable Helicopter Blades?

Posted 17 hours ago

school rulers helicopter Pie Chart - 7887389952 Graph by: WHATSERFACE Tagged: school , rulers , helicopter , Pie Chart Share on Facebook [Link]

Here's One for the Pie Chart Hall of Fame

Posted 17 hours ago

worst Pie Chart 2013 newspaper - 7044260608 Graph by: (via Apple.copydesk) Tagged: worst , Pie Chart , 2013 , newspaper Share on Facebook [Link]

The Oatmeal – Comics, Quizzes, & Stories

Reaching people on the internet

Posted 4 weeks ago

Reaching people on the internetView [Link]

My new book came out today!

Posted 8 weeks ago

My new book came out today!If my dogs were a pair of middle-aged men is now available for purchase.View [Link]

Futility Closet

Good Boy

Posted 6 hours ago

Elisabeth Mann Borgese taught her dog to type. In her book The Language Barrier she explains that her English setter, Arli, developed a vocabulary of 60 words and 17 letters, though “He isn’t an especially bright dog.” “[Arli] could write under dictation short words, three-letter words, four-letter words, two-letter words: ‘good dog; go; bad.’ And he would type it out. … [Link]

Blades of Glory

Posted 20 hours ago

I don’t know why this never caught on — in 1959 Klara Karwowska invented little windshield wipers for eyeglasses: The present invention is directed to a wiper means for maintaining the lenses clean or clear of steam, rain, snow, or other foreign matter, and the wiper mechanism of the present invention includes a source of electrical energy such as the … [Link]

9 Shocking Moments From Hurricane Irma

Posted 10 weeks 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 10 weeks 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 4 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 4 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 7 months ago

From the Smart Shopping Team… [Link]

World Capitals

Posted 7 months ago


The Onion

Mom Has Stacked Dinner Party Roster

Posted 19 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 19 months ago



JustRidingMyBike says FML

Posted 11 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 11 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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