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.” RSS » Man breaks into home, then vacuums and folds laundry (possibly with a menacing scowl on his face) [Weird]

Friday 10 February 23:57:09 UTC 2012

Weird [link] [58 comments] [Link]

The Onion » Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Would Like Things To Go Right For Once

Friday 10 February 23:19:28 UTC 2012

UTICA, NY—A poll released Tuesday by Zogby International found that 72 percent of Americans would prefer it if things could go right, just this one time, without something inevitably coming along and screwing everything up. [Link] RSS » It's starting to look as if the roles are now reversed – that Obama is Lucy with the football, and the Republicans are Charlie Brown [Followup]

Friday 10 February 23:04:58 UTC 2012

Followup [link] [260 comments] [Link]

Futility Closet » “Good Heavens, Holmes!”

Friday 10 February 22:32:43 UTC 2012

Stage instruction from La Tragedia de Baskerville, a five-act drama mounted in Bilbao in 1915 by Gonzalo Jóver and Enrique Arroyo: El perro ha de ser de atrezzo, grande, negro, de cabeza achatada, en los ojos dos lámparas eléctricas rojas y otra en la boca, simulando la parte de la lengua. El perro irá montado sobre ballestas arquedas, con las … [Link]

The Onion » Eli Manning: 'My Mom And Dad Are Taking Me To Disney World!'

Friday 10 February 22:15:00 UTC 2012

Eli Manning: 'My Mom And Dad Are Taking Me To Disney World!' [Link]

Mental Floss » 11 Ill-Conceived TV Spinoffs That Almost Happened

Friday 10 February 22:11:28 UTC 2012

Photo credit: NBC Entertainment gossip rags are all abuzz discussing the pros and cons of a possible Dwight Schrute (of The Office fame) spinoff TV series. No doubt the producers and agents involved are too blinded by dollar signs to take the time to examine the fates of previous spinoff shows based on “can’t miss” popular characters. We hereby submit … [Link] RSS » You're a female air traveler and there's no female TSA agent to screen you? No problem, there's a bus terminal across town. Buh-bye now [Asinine]

Friday 10 February 22:10:40 UTC 2012

Asinine [link] [228 comments] [Link] RSS » Despite their efforts to convince you otherwise, many "foodies" can't, in a blind taste test, tell white wine from red, pate from dog food, or that the chips they're eating are soggy if you make crunching sounds in their ears [Obvious

Friday 10 February 22:04:38 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [285 comments] [Link] RSS » Photoshop this urban underground dweller [Photoshop]

Friday 10 February 21:30:01 UTC 2012

Photoshop [link] [38 comments] [Link]

Mental Floss » 11 Brilliant Lifehacks

Friday 10 February 21:11:57 UTC 2012

A lifehack is a secret way to make your life easier, or better, without great expense. Most of the following ideas and photos were gathered by Ian over at Here are 11 rather effortless lifehacks that will improve your life without cutting holes in your pockets, though I’m sure that, in itself, is some kind of lifehack we just … [Link] RSS » You may want to rethink marrying any guy who offers you a Pizza Hut wedding proposal [Strange]

Friday 10 February 20:59:33 UTC 2012

Strange [link] [18 comments] [Link] RSS » Kim Jong Un Dead. I repeat – Un Dead [Unlikely]

Friday 10 February 20:50:26 UTC 2012

Unlikely [link] [264 comments] [Link]

The Onion » TV Listings: The Dr. Oz Show

Friday 10 February 20:40:00 UTC 2012

NBC 4 p.m. EST/3 a.m. CST Dr. Oz surprises everyone in the studio audience with free defibrillators. [Link]

Mental Floss » 11 Little-Known Facts About Frank Sinatra

Friday 10 February 20:29:56 UTC 2012

1. Traumatic Birth Born on December 12, 1915, in a Hoboken, New Jersey, apartment, Francis Albert Sinatra was blue and not breathing when he was yanked out of his mother with forceps. Thought to be dead, the infant was laid on the kitchen counter while the doctor attended to his mother. His grandma picked up the newborn, stuck him under … [Link]

The Onion » Nonindigenous Larry Crosses State Lines

Friday 10 February 20:00:00 UTC 2012

CINCINNATI—People in the greater Cincin­nati area reported multiple sightings of a non­indigenous Larry on Wednesday, leading officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to conclude the outsider may have crossed state lines and t… [Link] RSS » Nothing is more romantic on Valentine's Day than taking your lover on a tour of New York's sewers [Spiffy]

Friday 10 February 19:59:34 UTC 2012

Spiffy [link] [37 comments] [Link] RSS » Man arrested for writing 'bomb' on some toilet paper. "His family says the word 'bomb' is often used by Hadley in reference to a bodily function and not an explosive device" [Strange]

Friday 10 February 19:53:38 UTC 2012

Strange [link] [80 comments] [Link] RSS » Now that gay marriage is legal in California, the state's Health Department thought it was necessary to print a "how to have gay sex" manual [Amusing]

Friday 10 February 19:48:32 UTC 2012

Amusing [link] [207 comments] [Link]

Mental Floss » What’s the Strangest Place You’ve Been on a Date?

Friday 10 February 19:41:40 UTC 2012

bloghead_fridayhappyhour1.gif On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day date, New York’s Department of Environmental Protection has a suggestion. Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in … [Link]

The Onion » Self-Loathing Nation Sees Itself In Wes Welker, Hates What It Sees

Friday 10 February 19:15:00 UTC 2012

Self-Loathing Nation Sees Itself In Wes Welker, Hates What It Sees [Link]

FMyLife » Anonymous says FML

Friday 10 February 19:13:25 UTC 2012

Today, I noticed that I have gained enough weight to give me back boobs. FML [Link]

FMyLife » 1.30am says FML

Friday 10 February 19:13:23 UTC 2012

Today, my boyfriend dumped me by text at 1:30 am because he didn't want to give me "the dread of answering a phone call." When I asked him for an explanation, his reply was, "For what?" FML [Link] RSS » Scientists discover a drug designed to fight cancer reverses Alzheimer's in mice. Still no cure for cancer [Spiffy]

Friday 10 February 18:50:29 UTC 2012

Spiffy [link] [65 comments] [Link]

FMyLife » Stung says FML

Friday 10 February 18:43:28 UTC 2012

Today, I got into a fist-fight with a wasp, aka a Nazi helicopter. Despite swiping at it with ninja-like skills, I lost. FML [Link]

Mental Floss » 11 Bits of Wisdom From Alfred Hitchcock

Friday 10 February 18:41:23 UTC 2012

With a career catalog jam-packed with classics like Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, The 39 Steps and dozens of others, Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most celebrated and revered film directors of all time. One of the great delights of Hitchcock is that he himself could have been a film character; incredibly dry, deadpan, dark and larger than life … [Link] RSS » Cutting out the middle man … antiques dealer with late stage cancer hosting her own estate sale [Weird]

Friday 10 February 18:32:02 UTC 2012

Weird [link] [44 comments] [Link]

The Onion » VICTOR, CO—Amateur photographer Blake Cogburn, 33, hit the jackpot after happening upon an old boxcar.

Friday 10 February 18:15:00 UTC 2012

VICTOR, CO—Amateur photographer Blake Cogburn, 33, hit the jackpot after happening upon an old boxcar. [Link] RSS » Customer from grocery store finds hand grenade hidden among potatoes [Scary]

Friday 10 February 18:09:52 UTC 2012

Scary [link] [58 comments] [Link] RSS » Cop pulls gun on woman for taking too many items through the self-check out at WalMart, because 9 months pregnant or not, rules are rules [Hero]

Friday 10 February 18:04:04 UTC 2012

Hero [link] [614 comments] [Link]

Mental Floss » 11 Words With a ‘Q’ But No ‘U’ Acceptable in Words With Friends

Friday 10 February 17:57:43 UTC 2012

At this very moment, someone is Googling “Words With Friends words without vowels,” and there’s a good chance they’ll land on this story I posted last year. If your problem isn’t a lack of vowels but a nagging ‘Q’ (and no ‘U’ to go with it), perhaps one of these words will help. 1. Qwerty/s – the name for a keyboard … [Link] RSS » Fan of British sitcom "Red Dwarf" escapes Philadelphia Police custody. Last seen wearing handcuffs and green jumpsuit. Answers to "Smeghead" [Amusing]

Friday 10 February 17:55:54 UTC 2012

Amusing [link] [89 comments] [Link] RSS » Paul and Storm request your help to petition the NFL to have Weird Al Yankovic perform the SuperBowl Halftime show next year [Hero]

Friday 10 February 17:44:15 UTC 2012

Hero [link] [151 comments] [Link] RSS » During the Super Bowl did you notice the new retractable roof at Lucas Oil Stadium? How about the gigantic scoreboard? How about the sniper's nest above the end zone? Wait … what? [Scary]

Friday 10 February 17:42:57 UTC 2012

Scary [link] [198 comments] [Link] RSS » IRS updates their smartphone app. Will now check your tax return and immediately tell how much jail time you can realistically expect to serve [Spiffy]

Friday 10 February 17:25:40 UTC 2012

Spiffy [link] [37 comments] [Link] RSS » Savannah bans snakes from St. Patrick's Day event. Wait, this was a problem? What the hell, Georgia [Strange]

Friday 10 February 17:23:01 UTC 2012

Strange [link] [40 comments] [Link] RSS » Michelle Obama can hold the mystery meat when she prys it from my cold dead hands …Wait, that didn't come out right [Unlikely]

Friday 10 February 17:21:55 UTC 2012

Unlikely [link] [81 comments] [Link] RSS » Pot smoking drivers 'twice as likely to cause car crash'. Really really slow car crashes [Obvious]

Friday 10 February 17:20:02 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [125 comments] [Link]

The Onion » Statshot: Why Are We Deleting Our Facebook Accounts?

Friday 10 February 17:15:00 UTC 2012

Why Are We Deleting Our Facebook Accounts? [Link] RSS » Get ready, it's time for the Fark Weird News Quiz. #suckitBBC [Survey]

Friday 10 February 17:00:07 UTC 2012

Survey [link] [29 comments] [Link] RSS » Greek MPs resigning left, right and far-right over the latest demands from EZ finance ministers. Stay tuned as the drama unfolds toward its final act on Sunday [Followup]

Friday 10 February 16:59:57 UTC 2012

Followup [link] [99 comments] [Link] RSS » Don't you hate it when you visit your mother's grave and discover they're about to bury someone else on top of her? [Asinine]

Friday 10 February 16:53:11 UTC 2012

Asinine [link] [43 comments] [Link] RSS » Wᴀsʜɪɴɢᴛᴏ&#6~ Dc NEEDs tᴏ work oN ɪts ᴍɪXEᴅ-ᴄAsE sᴛʀEᴇᴛ sɪGɴs [Silly]

Friday 10 February 16:49:13 UTC 2012

Silly [link] [45 comments] [Link] RSS » Nearly 1 in 20 U.S. adults over 50 has fake knees; no stats available yet on the number of sharp knees [Misc]

Friday 10 February 16:47:17 UTC 2012

Misc [link] [46 comments] [Link] RSS » 1.7M coffee makers recalled after users were reportedly sprayed with hot water. On the bright side, victims felt more awake than they would have had they actually drank the coffee [Scary]

Friday 10 February 16:43:10 UTC 2012

Scary [link] [45 comments] [Link] RSS » Falkland Islands newspaper editor calls Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a biatch. With picture showing what the real issue might be [Amusing]

Friday 10 February 16:33:07 UTC 2012

Amusing [link] [78 comments] [Link] RSS » Remember the WMDs that were spirited out of Iraq and into Syria? [Scary]

Friday 10 February 16:32:16 UTC 2012

Scary [link] [97 comments] [Link]

Mental Floss » Lunchtime Quiz: What the F?

Friday 10 February 16:30:53 UTC 2012

pagehead_lunchtimequiz550.jpg Can you figure out what the “F” stands for in the following abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms? Take the Quiz: What the F? [Link] RSS » National Geographic misrepresented 'Doomsday Prepper' Megan Hurwitt. Producer even offered her $1,000 to shoot her cat on camera [Scary]

Friday 10 February 16:17:46 UTC 2012

Scary [link] [101 comments] [Link]

The Onion » American Voices: Congress Clears U.S. Airspace For More Drones

Friday 10 February 16:15:00 UTC 2012

With a vote of 75 to 20 in the Senate, Congress approved a bill that will allow more drones, military and private, in U.S. [Link]

Mental Floss » 11 Amazing Thank You Notes From Famous People

Friday 10 February 16:11:32 UTC 2012

Letters of Note is one of our favorite places to hang out. Since 2009 the site has curated hundreds of interesting letters, telegrams, memos and faxes, from famous people, regular people, and even fictional people. We took advantage of their hard work and rounded up these 11 thank you (and one thanks-for-nothing) letters from their archives. And there’s a Letters … [Link] RSS » Saudi Arabia would like you all to know that if Iran tests a nuke, they want one too…and they have more oil [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 16:07:06 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [72 comments] [Link] RSS » More than $500,000 rare jewels stolen in a jewelry store heist. It involved burrowing through a wall, disabling alarms, and breaking into a safe. Sort of like Ocean's Eleven but without Julia Roberts [Cool]

Friday 10 February 16:05:29 UTC 2012

Cool [link] [34 comments] [Link] RSS » What is your favorite euphemism for the deed? Subby likes 'bumping uglies' [Survey]

Friday 10 February 16:04:57 UTC 2012

Survey [link] [366 comments] [Link] RSS » Worker Pepper Sprayed In Buffalo Wild Wings Robbery. Victim quoted as saying "OW OW OW" [Ironic]

Friday 10 February 15:58:03 UTC 2012

Ironic [link] [12 comments] [Link] RSS » Vietnamese police trying to force farmer off his land find out the hard way that the war wasn't all that long ago, and guerilla warfare is apparently like riding a bicycle [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 15:56:06 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [36 comments] [Link] RSS » Olympics-bound female Afghani athlete doesn't play team sports, but you should see her box [Cool]

Friday 10 February 15:51:19 UTC 2012

Cool [link] [26 comments] [Link] RSS » The Adderal and Booze defense trial starts, small town reporter with butt in seat blog [Followup]

Friday 10 February 15:49:11 UTC 2012

Followup [link] [19 comments] [Link] RSS » From the "I can't believe it's not a porn film" files: Oregon restaurant celebrates Valentine's Day with salamigrams [Silly]

Friday 10 February 15:48:50 UTC 2012

Silly [link] [6 comments] [Link] RSS » Gorbachev targets Putin, having long ago demonstrated immunity to polonium by virtue of his Great Lakes shaped birthmark [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 15:48:19 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [12 comments] [Link] RSS » The real class war in this country isn't between rich and poor, it's between the educated and the mouth-breathers. Or, as they say in scientific circles, "same damn thing" [Obvious]

Friday 10 February 15:42:48 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [269 comments] [Link] RSS » According to the scienticians at Philly's leading newspaper, younger women who like guys with money and older men who like younger women can now meet on the internet [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 15:30:59 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [24 comments] [Link] RSS » Pulls up to the drive-through: Hey, could you tell that stiff in the box over there "good riddance" [Weird]

Friday 10 February 15:21:08 UTC 2012

Weird [link] [14 comments] [Link] RSS » Obama releases his campaign playlist on Spotify. Fox News disappointed with the damn American-ness of it all. Everyone else disappointed with the damn U2-ness of it all [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 15:19:46 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [151 comments] [Link]

The Onion » Peyton Manning Congratulates Brother Eli: 'This Has Been The Worst Year Of My Life'

Friday 10 February 15:15:00 UTC 2012

INDIANAPOLIS—Mere minutes after Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning hoisted the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, he was congratulated in the locker room by his older brother, injury-ridden four-time NFL MVP Peyton, whose sadness at missing an entire season se… [Link] RSS » Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-aking it in), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is being investigated for insider trading. If only there were some kind of governmental oversight for this kind of thing [Obvious]

Friday 10 February 15:14:15 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [42 comments] [Link] RSS » Man arrested for felony domestic violence for putting a 3-year-old child in a clothes dryer for punishment. (w/pic of cretin who looks like he went through the dryer himself) [Asinine]

Friday 10 February 15:14:04 UTC 2012

Asinine [link] [48 comments] [Link] RSS » Shyness and grieving will soon be classified as mental illnesses. In other news, pharmaceutical companies will soon have nice new drugs available to help cure you of your newly classified illnesses [Stupid]

Friday 10 February 15:10:51 UTC 2012

Stupid [link] [61 comments] [Link] RSS » World's largest collection of rare liquors on sale for $8 million. In completely unrelated news, TotalFark subscriptions to rise to $10/month for some damn reason [Cool]

Friday 10 February 15:09:49 UTC 2012

Cool [link] [7 comments] [Link] RSS » How to get laid at CPAC. No, really [Silly]

Friday 10 February 15:09:08 UTC 2012

Silly [link] [53 comments] [Link] RSS » 5-year-old's spelling lesson: A is for apple, G is for gun, R is for Rob [Strange]

Friday 10 February 15:09:04 UTC 2012

Strange [link] [17 comments] [Link] RSS » Wingnuts: we don't need a protocol droid. Romney: Sir, I've also been programmed for over thirty secondary functions. Wingnuts: What we really need is a droid that understands wharrgarbl. Romney: It's like a second language for me [Amusin

Friday 10 February 15:06:47 UTC 2012

Amusing [link] [89 comments] [Link] RSS » Dedication can often overcome incompetence, but if you've already been shot with your own gun, you probably shouldn't try a second burglary that night [Stupid]

Friday 10 February 15:06:46 UTC 2012

Stupid [link] [3 comments] [Link] RSS » What would you do with an empty hospital? BTW, the winning idea gets a million dollars [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 15:06:42 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [60 comments] [Link] RSS » There are delusional people and then there is this guy [Amusing]

Friday 10 February 15:03:56 UTC 2012

Amusing [link] [14 comments] [Link] RSS » Subby will literally make his O face if this headline goes green [Amusing]

Friday 10 February 15:03:42 UTC 2012

Amusing [link] [27 comments] [Link] RSS » Crew filming documentary named "Dumb, Drunk and Racist" find what they are looking for with not so hilarious results [Obvious]

Friday 10 February 15:00:51 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [29 comments] [Link] RSS » The good news is girls are no longer dumber than boys when it comes to math and science. The bad news: Both sexes are pretty dumb when it comes to math and science [Stupid]

Friday 10 February 14:55:44 UTC 2012

Stupid [link] [27 comments] [Link] RSS » The military has an ugly new mule-like robot that will be taught to respond to commands like "sit" and "come here" [Cool]

Friday 10 February 14:50:44 UTC 2012

Cool [link] [25 comments] [Link] RSS » Dear policy holder: Our computers have detected your car moving at an actuarially imprudent speed. Your credit card has been billed for the resulting insurance premium increase [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 14:48:58 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [82 comments] [Link]

Futility Closet » Black and White

Friday 10 February 14:48:06 UTC 2012

By Sam Loyd. White to mate in two moves. Click for solution … [Link] RSS » The science behind how it feels to get hit in the nuts [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 14:48:00 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [34 comments] [Link] RSS » The world lost a great comedian 12 years ago today, know what I mean Vern? Bonus: graduated from same high school Drew did [Sad]

Friday 10 February 14:46:58 UTC 2012

Sad [link] [58 comments] [Link] RSS » Conservatives: "The reason poor people are falling behind is because liberals have corrupted their values — not anything we've done." Krugman: "Now wait a damn minute here. . " [Obvious]

Friday 10 February 14:40:15 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [154 comments] [Link] RSS » Not news: Teenager trash-talks parents on Facebook. News: IT Dad finds said post while upgrading teenager's laptop. Fark: Lectures her and goes "Dirty Harry" on the offending computer [Hero]

Friday 10 February 14:39:23 UTC 2012

Hero [link] [147 comments] [Link]

The Onion »  Local Man Miscast In Role As Father

Friday 10 February 14:30:00 UTC 2012

Local Man Miscast In Role As Father [Link]

FMyLife » ilana says FML

Friday 10 February 14:21:37 UTC 2012

Today, I was working at my day-camp, and one of my little boys told me he had to show me something important. He proudly showed me that he'd crapped his pants. I had to wipe his ass clean. FML [Link] RSS » Thieves break into pharmacy and make off with as much as they can carry in… hair weave? [Weird]

Friday 10 February 14:14:18 UTC 2012

Weird [link] [21 comments] [Link] RSS » Problem: People are beginning to understand how much their private info is worth and thus, are refusing to give it up to Google. Solution: Google will now pay you to track you completely [Scary]

Friday 10 February 14:10:39 UTC 2012

Scary [link] [23 comments] [Link] RSS » Are your dreams trying to tell you something, aside from the fact that sleep is where you're a viking? [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 14:08:39 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [49 comments] [Link]

FMyLife » ohgodwhy says FML

Friday 10 February 14:07:22 UTC 2012

Today, my boyfriend came over to cheer me up after I'd had a sleepless night. He thought it would be a good time to propose. Unfortunately, it coincided with me yawning. FML [Link] RSS » Theme: TV shows in the Dark Ages [Photoshop]

Friday 10 February 14:00:01 UTC 2012

Photoshop [link] [42 comments] [Link]

FMyLife » Jarryd says FML

Friday 10 February 13:59:45 UTC 2012

Today, I was making out with a girl who I've had a crush on for a while now. It was all going fine until one of my teeth decided to dislodge itself. She promptly spat out the tooth and left. FML [Link]

FMyLife » Anonymous says FML

Friday 10 February 13:59:44 UTC 2012

Today, things were getting hot with my boyfriend and I started to breathe heavy and moan. He then says to me, "Babe, can you calm down, we're having sex not running a marathon." FML [Link] RSS » Kid Rock steps out from Waffle House melee to refute his Not-Made-In-Detroit clothing line charges; "Let me first start off by cordially inviting you to go f*ck yourself" [Followup]

Friday 10 February 13:50:56 UTC 2012

Followup [link] [79 comments] [Link]

<title>Weird Universe » Radioactive Mama

Friday 10 February 13:41:18 UTC 2012

From the musical genius who brought us the theme song for George of the Jungle and was the voice heard whenever Mr. Ed the Talking Horse sang.

More info here and here.

Comments [Link]

Mental Floss » The Weird Week in Review

Friday 10 February 13:16:29 UTC 2012

Police and Zookeepers Chase Papier Mâché Rhino The Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan, holds annual escaped animal drills for zookeepers and emergency responders. However, there is no way to hold these drills using rare and possibly dangerous zoo animals. This week, the drill was held to train workers in how to deal with a rhinoceros on the loose, using a … [Link] RSS » Caption this picture of Ahnold and Sly [Caption]

Friday 10 February 13:11:39 UTC 2012

Caption [link] [40 comments] [Link]

<title>Weird Universe » Maidenform Dream

Friday 10 February 12:43:19 UTC 2012

Never mind that she's playing pool in her bra, on a pool table that appears to be wet. What's going on with that hairdo?

(via Vintage Ads)

Comments [Link]

Mental Floss » Brain Game: Afford Early Rifle

Friday 10 February 12:30:13 UTC 2012

Here’s today’s Brain Game Free-for-All Friday challenge. Good luck! What do the following five letters of the alphabet (but none of the other 21) have in common? G, J, P, Q, Y Here is the ANSWER. [Link]

Mental Floss » 11 Memorable Novelty Songs

Friday 10 February 12:11:32 UTC 2012

From rockin’ ghouls to rollin’ truckers, here are 11 unforgettable novelty songs. 1. “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park” (1959) Written and Performed by Tom Lehrer Dr. Demento once called Lehrer “the greatest satirist of the 20th Century.” On this bouncy number, the math professor turned songwriter paints an idyllic portrait of spring, then goes pitch black on couplets like: “When … [Link]

Mental Floss » 5 Questions: Rings a Bell

Friday 10 February 12:00:24 UTC 2012

Don’t be surprised if today’s 5 Question quiz Rings a Bell [Link] RSS » Driver rescues students on her elementary school bus after it imitates a kid's science project and melts down [Hero]

Friday 10 February 11:20:00 UTC 2012

Hero [link] [39 comments] [Link]

FMyLife » Feelinfunny1 says FML

Friday 10 February 10:56:28 UTC 2012

Today, I gave an old owl lamp away because I had no need for it. The new owner informed me shortly after that it was worth $400. FML [Link] RSS » The most amazing portraits created with packing tape you will see all day [Cool]

Friday 10 February 10:41:00 UTC 2012

Cool [link] [22 comments] [Link]

FMyLife » truth says FML

Friday 10 February 10:36:13 UTC 2012

Today, my boss reported to the police that a suspicious car has been parked outside the store late at night. I walked outside and my car was gone. He had my car towed. FML [Link]

FMyLife » nosymptoms says FML

Friday 10 February 10:36:12 UTC 2012

Today, my boyfriend of three months told me he's going to get tested for STDs, because he's worried about a previous partner. I'm grateful for his thoughtfulness, but I'd be even more grateful if we hadn't already slept together several times. FML [Link]

Mental Floss » Morning Cup of Links: Bunny Baths

Friday 10 February 10:15:45 UTC 2012

Russian scientists have finally broken through to Lake Vostok, after twenty years of drilling through two miles of Antarctic ice. The freshwater lake underneath has not been exposed to the atmosphere for millions of years -and might even contain life.
‘Rasputin Was My Neighbor’ And Other True Tales Of Time Travel. See an eyewitness to the Lincoln assassination who … [Link] » 12 Hilariously Bad Wedding Proposals

Friday 10 February 10:05:07 UTC 2012

If you are planning to pop the question this Valentine's Day, here are a few examples on what NOT to do. [Link] RSS » According to the United States Census Bureau, when a child is being watched by his father, that's a special "child care arrangement." When the mother is in responsible, that's the way God intended [Obvious]

Friday 10 February 9:40:00 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [153 comments] [Link] RSS » You put a guy named Skeeter in charge of your charitable fund, of COURSE he's going to blow your money in Vegas [Obvious]

Friday 10 February 8:42:00 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [28 comments] [Link] RSS » Subby, for one, welcomes our new Pennsylvania Purple Squirrel overlords (with purple-pic) [Interesting]

Friday 10 February 7:13:00 UTC 2012

Interesting [link] [62 comments] [Link] RSS » The toughest place to be a train driver [Scary]

Friday 10 February 6:16:00 UTC 2012

Scary [link] [49 comments] [Link]

Futility Closet » Forefather

Friday 10 February 6:12:34 UTC 2012

John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, has two living grandchildren. Tyler (1790-1862) was 63 when he fathered his seventh son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, in 1853. And Lyon was in his 70s when he fathered two boys, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. in 1924 and Harrison Ruffin Tyler in 1928. (Harrison, now 84, owns Sherwood Forest, the Virginia plantation … [Link] RSS » "Can a man be 'slut-shamed?'" Well…yeah [Silly]

Friday 10 February 5:28:00 UTC 2012

Silly [link] [176 comments] [Link]

Mental Floss » 11 Items in Van Halen’s Contract Rider (Including No Brown M&Ms)

Friday 10 February 5:11:52 UTC 2012

Van Halen is back! Featuring David Lee Roth and three Van Halens, the band has reunited for a North American tour, and their new record was released just three days ago. So I thought I’d take a look back at the band’s infamous early-1980s tour rider*, the document that specified no brown M&Ms, among many other things. First a historical … [Link] RSS » Problem: You have a city full of people who have no ability whatsoever to parallel park. Solution: Stop testing parallel parking on the driving test. Ta-Da, problem solved [Stupid]

Friday 10 February 4:25:43 UTC 2012

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Mental Floss » The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 40

Friday 10 February 3:45:44 UTC 2012

Welcome to the 40th installment of the hit that’s sweeping the nation: Guess The Theme! As I fondly look back on all we’ve accomplished as a group, I can’t help but look to the future and hope we maintain the level of success that other trends have. You know, like Pogs, Hacky Sack, and Communism. Regardless, all the clips below … [Link] RSS » The Fall and Rise of the American Craft Brewery. Starts scary, but has a happy ending. And the hero of the movie is Jimmy Carter [Video]

Friday 10 February 2:00:25 UTC 2012

Video [link] [24 comments] [Link] RSS » 38KKK air bags keep woman safe in car crash [Scary]

Friday 10 February 1:47:01 UTC 2012

Scary [link] [207 comments] [Link] RSS » NJ DOT committee presents recommendations on ways to reduce train-related deaths. #1: Stop getting hit by trains [Obvious]

Friday 10 February 1:22:58 UTC 2012

Obvious [link] [37 comments] [Link] RSS » Another amenity your car is missing: A wood burning stove. Talk to this guy about getting that set up [Cool]

Friday 10 February 1:19:57 UTC 2012

Cool [link] [56 comments] [Link] RSS » If you think doing your taxes by yourself is confusing, try getting them done at a tax business where somebody put meth in the company coffee [Weird]

Friday 10 February 1:11:00 UTC 2012

Weird [link] [41 comments] [Link] RSS » Photoshop this night on the town [Photoshop]

Friday 10 February 1:00:01 UTC 2012

Photoshop [link] [36 comments] [Link] RSS » Rhinoceros accidentally killed by conservationists during anti-poaching demo [Fail]

Friday 10 February 0:37:00 UTC 2012

Fail [link] [102 comments] [Link]


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