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

Conehead Sumo Wrestlers

Posted 19 hours ago

1994: The Japan Sumo Association finally got around to banning the practice, apparently quite common among young sumo wrestlers, of implanting lumps of silicone beneath their scalp in order to meet the minimum height requirement of 5 feet 8 inches. The Association probably wouldn't have done anything if they hadn't become embarrassed by media reports of conehead wrestlers.

Before the … [Link]

Blind Man’s Penis

Posted 19 hours ago

The full story here.


Coming soon, from Pixar…

Posted 15 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 16 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

False online reviews are a problem everywhere. But Detroit takes the threats to the next level [Scary]

Posted 41 minutes ago

Scary [link] [7 comments] [Link]

The latest cause of depression? Parents who worry about their child's bedtime habits [PSA]

Posted 58 minutes ago

PSA [link] [6 comments] [Link]

The Oatmeal – Comics, Quizzes, & Stories

You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you

Posted 8 weeks ago

You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell youThis is a comic about the backfire effect.View [Link]

I need 50,000 comments on a government website.

Posted 4 months ago

I need 50,000 comments on a government website.View [Link]


Mythbusters Method

Posted 4 days ago

blown up experiment mythbusters TV Graph by: Unknown Tagged: blown up , experiment , mythbusters , TV Share on Facebook [Link]

Posted 19 days ago

Graph by: kimirose157 Share on Facebook [Link]

Futility Closet

Spirits of the Departed

Posted 9 hours ago

A wine merchant has three sons. When he dies, he leaves them seven barrels that are full of wine, seven that are half-full, and seven that are empty. His will requires that each son receive the same number of full, half-full, and empty barrels. Can this be done? SelectClick for Answer Yes. Combine four of the half-full barrels to make … [Link]

A Twist in History

Posted 11 hours ago

Image: Wikimedia Commons Swiss artist Max Bill conceived the Möbius strip independently of August Möbius, who discovered it in 1858. Bill called his figure Eindeloze Kronkel (“Endless Ribbon”), after the symbol of infinity, ∞, and began to exhibit it in various sculptures in the 1930s. He recalled in a 1972 interview: I was fascinated by a new discovery of mine, a loop … [Link]

10 Oddly Specific Conventions

Posted 2 hours ago

Check out some strange, highly particular conventions for lovers of mermaids, Father Ted, The Blob, and Minecraft. [Link]

Unsafe Sex: 7 People Who Died While Doing It In A Car

Posted 26 hours ago

Check out seven tragic stories which will make you think twice before giving in to your baser instincts. [Link]

Overheard In The Office

The Civil War Re-enactors Ruined That for Everybody

Posted 40 hours ago

Employee: Do you think I can leave my machete on display? I moved my plants and posters.
Supervisor: Machete, cool. Bayonet, not cool. I already asked HR. Wausau, Wisconsin Overheard by: I Think I’ll Request A Different Cubicle [Link]

Have You Tried Yoga?

Posted 7 days ago

Secretary, exasperated: Dennis's thing is just not fitting in my slot properly! Melville, New York [Link]

Mental Floss

Check Out Friday's Awesome Amazon Deals

Posted 9 weeks ago

From the Smart Shopping Team… [Link]

World Capitals

Posted 9 weeks ago



Posted 5 months ago

My life goal is to launch a barge into the air and have it land on one of Elon Musk's rockets. [Link]

Voice Commands

Posted 5 months ago

Dvorak words may sound hard to pronounce, but studies show they actually put less stress on the vocal chords. [Link]

The Onion

Mom Has Stacked Dinner Party Roster

Posted 14 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 14 months ago



JustRidingMyBike says FML

Posted 6 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 6 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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