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.”

Fark.com RSS » There are many ways the veterans of the Civil War could be laid to their eternal rest: burial, cremation, burial at sea, or the less common 'stuck on a shelf and forgotten for a hundred years' option [Strange]

Friday 29 September 23:58:38 UTC 2017

Strange [link] [22 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says OJ Simpson is not welcome in Florida [Florida]

Friday 29 September 23:57:52 UTC 2017

Florida [link] [66 comments] [Link]

Futility Closet » Math Notes

Friday 29 September 23:49:51 UTC 2017

\displaystyle \frac{1}{6} + \frac{1}{10} + \frac{1}{14} + \frac{1}{15} + \frac{1}{21} + \frac{1}{22} + \frac{1}{26} + \frac{1}{33} + \frac{1}{34} + \frac{1}{35} + \frac{1}{38} + \frac{1}{39} + \frac{1}{46} + \frac{1}{51} + \frac{1}{55} + \frac{1}{57} + \frac{1}{58} + \frac{1}{62} + \frac{1}{65} + \frac{1}{69} + \frac{1}{77} + \frac{1}{82} + \frac{1}{85} + \frac{1}{86} + \frac{1}{87} + \frac{1}{91} + \frac{1}{93} + \frac{1}{95} + \frac{1}{115} + \frac{1}{119} + \frac{1}{123} + \frac{1}{133} + \frac{1}{155} + \frac{1}{187} + \frac{1}{203} + \frac{1}{209} + \frac{1}{215} + \frac{1}{221} + \frac{1}{247} + \frac{1}{265} + \frac{1}{287} + \frac{1}{299} + \frac{1}{319} + \frac{1}{323} + \frac{1}{391} + \frac{1}{689} + \frac{1}{731} + \frac{1}{901} = 1 Amazingly, each of these denominators is the product of two distinct primes (discovered by A.W. Johnson in 1978). Can a sum of such fractions produce any natural number? That’s conjectured — but so far unproven. (Thanks, Sid.) [Link]

Fark.com RSS » This bears repeating, polar bears really REALLY like a beached whale carcass party [Interesting]

Friday 29 September 23:24:21 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [58 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Florida Man opens fire after mistaking blown transformers for gunshots. Megatron denies involvement [Florida]

Friday 29 September 22:50:04 UTC 2017

Florida [link] [68 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Norway responds to NATO's pleas for help in Afghanistan. Fark: by sending ten soldiers [Interesting]

Friday 29 September 22:20:05 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [77 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. And on this farm he had some methane-producing animals contributing a lot more to global warming than we initially estimated, E-I-E-I-OMG [Scary]

Friday 29 September 21:20:05 UTC 2017

Scary [link] [133 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » That's one way of getting out of repaying a half a million dollars of chartered flights [NewsFlash]

Friday 29 September 20:57:02 UTC 2017

NewsFlash [link] [351 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Donut company will deliver their gourmet wares to people via scary clowns. So if you know anyone in Iowa City who hates clowns but loves donuts, this is your chance [Creepy]

Friday 29 September 20:50:05 UTC 2017

Creepy [link] [26 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Please note: if you drink too much at Oktoberfest, the police will confiscate your baby [Strange]

Friday 29 September 20:20:05 UTC 2017

Strange [link] [49 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Photoshop this slackliner [Photoshop]

Friday 29 September 20:00:01 UTC 2017

Photoshop [link] [19 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Causation, correlation? School Board President in an area known for suicides makes social media post insensitive to people committing suicide. Maybe she should go into marketing [Dumbass]

Friday 29 September 19:50:04 UTC 2017

Dumbass [link] [74 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Survey finds the average person at work is productive only about 3 hours a day – which actually sounds a little high [Obvious]

Friday 29 September 19:20:05 UTC 2017

Obvious [link] [96 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » If you're thinking of importing a child sex doll from Hong Kong, a) you should get out more and b) you could end up in jail [Interesting]

Friday 29 September 19:08:05 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [130 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Crossbow kills 5, Mitch and Chris seen buying a lot of popcorn [Interesting]

Friday 29 September 18:44:05 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [71 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » U.S. pulling embassy staff out of Cuba after attacks from noise marines loyal to Slaanesh [News]

Friday 29 September 18:20:05 UTC 2017

News [link] [148 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Well-known Farker gives NPR interview on volunteer radio operators heading to Puerto Rico (LGT The Takeway main page, only link to the audio story) [Hero]

Friday 29 September 18:14:05 UTC 2017

Hero [link] [144 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Psychopaths prefer rap music and specifically singled out two songs – "No Diggity" by Blackstreet and "Lose Yourself" by Eminem [Interesting]

Friday 29 September 17:50:05 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [144 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Are you a single parent who wants to go to Europe but can't afford to take the kids? Good news, now there's a way [Stupid]

Friday 29 September 17:50:04 UTC 2017

Stupid [link] [97 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Chinese 'business cults' prey on desperate job-seekers, promising wealth but brainwashing their victims. And you can get in on the ground floor right now for the low, low price of five dollars a month [Scary]

Friday 29 September 17:50:04 UTC 2017

Scary [link] [28 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Apparently, we have a "creepy Hulk-like pig breeding" gap with the Cambodians [Creepy]

Friday 29 September 17:38:32 UTC 2017

Creepy [link] [43 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Drive-by shooting at drive-thru leaves hyphens scattered everywhere [Scary]

Friday 29 September 17:11:53 UTC 2017

Scary [link] [20 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Eleventy-one plus bourbon [Hero]

Friday 29 September 16:50:04 UTC 2017

Hero [link] [31 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Now we know what the secret smile was about: a rockin bod. NSFW if your workplace has a thing against fine art boobs [Boobies]

Friday 29 September 16:35:53 UTC 2017

Boobies [link] [60 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Stevens Institute of Technology to name campus building after wealthy, homophobic, creationist, with anger management issues. Also offer following courses next semester: Earth – It's flat, always was. 101 [Murica]

Friday 29 September 16:11:53 UTC 2017

Murica [link] [40 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » You might think paying $50 for a plain cotton t-shirt is a little excessive, but what if the vendor decided to include a "free gift" of a couple of grams of weed with the purchase? Welcome to DC where weed is legal to give away, but not to se

Friday 29 September 15:50:04 UTC 2017

Strange [link] [160 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Toronto police seek suspect who, if he looks anything like this composite sketch, won't be hard to find. At all [Facepalm]

Friday 29 September 15:20:05 UTC 2017

Facepalm [link] [66 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » US bank execs committing fraud get golden parachutes. In Vietnam they get a firing squad [Spiffy]

Friday 29 September 14:50:04 UTC 2017

Spiffy [link] [129 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » White supremacist gets four years for hoarding homemade guns and threatening to shoot up mall if he didn't get laid soon. Did I mention he also pled guilty to child porn? Sounds like a real catch [Dumbass]

Friday 29 September 14:20:05 UTC 2017

Dumbass [link] [106 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Stop me if you've heard this one before: a kid walks into a GameStop wearing a Kaepernick jersey and two Washington Redskins players buy him an XBox [Sappy]

Friday 29 September 13:50:04 UTC 2017

Sappy [link] [184 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Bad: Sleeping with a student. Worse: Sleeping with more than one. Fark: Turning your classroom into a sex den [Dumbass]

Friday 29 September 13:20:05 UTC 2017

Dumbass [link] [148 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Photoshop this head [Photoshop]

Friday 29 September 13:00:01 UTC 2017

Photoshop [link] [22 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Woman can't believe her eyes as she spots penis shaped sweet potato at the supermarket. Perfect for gash potatoes if you ask me [Amusing]

Friday 29 September 12:50:05 UTC 2017

Amusing [link] [59 comments] [Link]

<title>Weird Universe » Joe Bailon, RIP

Friday 29 September 12:47:20 UTC 2017

The inventor of "candy apple red." [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Today is national coffee day. So after dragging your dead ass out of bed and on the way to work, here's where to go to get a free cuppa joe [Spiffy]

Friday 29 September 12:32:44 UTC 2017

Spiffy [link] [48 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » So far this year: Fire, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes. What's next? Fish falling from the sky? Really? I was being sarcastic [Amusing]

Friday 29 September 11:52:44 UTC 2017

Amusing [link] [29 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Another white supremacist who punched people at Charlottesville learns about camera phones, arrest warrants, extradition [Spiffy]

Friday 29 September 11:50:04 UTC 2017

Spiffy [link] [94 comments] [Link]

<title>Weird Universe » Naked Chicken Research

Friday 29 September 11:45:55 UTC 2017

1976: Drs. William Johnson and Robert Truax of Louisiana State University raised and studied featherless chickens.

Aside from the physical problems, the chickens have social problems and psychological hangups, Johnson said.

"I guess 'embarrassed' is as good a word for it as any. You put one of them in with a flock of normal birds, and it huddles off in … [Link]

Fark.com RSS » What's that, Virginia? You have no problem with racists flying the Confederate flag from an 80-foot pole over the busiest highway in the state? Cool, cool, then we should be totes good with this woman doing the same thing with a BLM flag. Right?

Friday 29 September 10:59:44 UTC 2017

Hero [link] [242 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » It's time for the $100,000 pickup truck, y'all [Murica]

Friday 29 September 9:57:12 UTC 2017

Murica [link] [187 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Attention people of Florida: Yes, we know cleaning up after Hurricane Irma is tiresome, but that doesn't mean you can just go around setting hurricane debris on fire in the middle of the road [Florida]

Friday 29 September 9:27:12 UTC 2017

Florida [link] [28 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » We need to find ANOTHER person with a brain cloud to do something heroic? Joe vs. Volcano trifecta now in play [Scary]

Friday 29 September 8:55:52 UTC 2017

Scary [link] [19 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Well, duh. Bad location [Obvious]

Friday 29 September 7:46:12 UTC 2017

Obvious [link] [10 comments] [Link]

GraphJam » Yacht Rich is the New Black

Friday 29 September 7:32:24 UTC 2017

infographic yacht rich - 7667349760 Graph by: (via The Doghouse Diaries) Tagged: infographic , yacht , rich Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » What the Hell Is Safe Mode Anyway?

Friday 29 September 7:32:23 UTC 2017

windows safe mode normal - 4513873152 Graph by: brett6781 Tagged: windows , safe mode , normal Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Progression of U.S. Army Fatigues

Friday 29 September 7:32:22 UTC 2017

US Army military progression - 6972465408 Graph by: (via I Love Charts) Tagged: US Army , military , progression Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Do You Even Remember the Hand Signals?

Friday 29 September 7:32:21 UTC 2017

blinkers driving FAIL Pie Chart - 5278400000 Graph by: Godzillan Tagged: blinkers , driving , FAIL , Pie Chart Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » The Big Three

Friday 29 September 7:32:17 UTC 2017

artists best of week drunk poor venn diagram - 6098261248 Graph by: buckles_b (via Bite) Tagged: artists , best of week , drunk , poor , venn diagram Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Uses of tin foil at university:

Friday 29 September 7:32:16 UTC 2017

food pirates Romans school swords tin foil Tomb Raider university - 1671512320 LoL by: isabelle.bensberg Tagged: food , pirates , Romans , school , swords , tin foil , Tomb Raider , university Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » I Gotta Have More Cowbell!

Friday 29 September 7:32:14 UTC 2017

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GraphJam » Define Your Terms

Friday 29 September 7:32:13 UTC 2017

religion evolution creationism science - 7044954368 Know the source of this graph? Please comment and tell us where. Graph by: rtothe2 Tagged: religion , evolution , creationism , science Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing

Friday 29 September 7:32:12 UTC 2017

school social media citation - 7831563264 Submitted by: (via Sage Connection) Tagged: school , social media , citation Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Me Gusta Mucho

Friday 29 September 7:32:11 UTC 2017

foreign language me gusta Pie Chart spanish - 5850838784 Graph by: pelo860 Tagged: foreign language , me gusta , Pie Chart , spanish Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » So, Not That Many, Really

Friday 29 September 7:32:08 UTC 2017

crime nutella 1 - 7296342016 Graph by: Unknown Tagged: crime , nutella , 1 Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » That's What's In a Cappuccino?!

Friday 29 September 7:32:07 UTC 2017

chocolate coffee foam milk types venn diagram water - 5117561344 Graph by: (via 22 Words) Tagged: chocolate , coffee , foam , milk , types , venn diagram , water Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » I Can Play Them All Too!

Friday 29 September 7:32:05 UTC 2017

classic rock Guitar Hero Pie Chart rockband video games - 5027495936 Graph by: raccoonan Tagged: classic rock , Guitar Hero , Pie Chart , rockband , video games Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Do as I Do, Not as I Say

Friday 29 September 7:32:04 UTC 2017

do as i say driving mom Pie Chart swearing - 5850101504 Graph by: Unknown Tagged: do as i say , driving , mom , Pie Chart , swearing Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Like a Flash

Friday 29 September 7:31:57 UTC 2017

Pie Chart super speed superheroes the flash - 5270272000 Graph by: (via www.threadless.com) Tagged: Pie Chart , super speed , superheroes , the flash Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Should Just Say, "All the Time"

Friday 29 September 7:31:56 UTC 2017

morning night cereal - 5108285440 Graph by: Unknown Tagged: morning , night , cereal Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Sometimes I Fake a British Accent

Friday 29 September 7:31:55 UTC 2017

best of week Harry Potter Hogwarts Pie Chart professor university - 5272671232 Graph by: charm0nst3r Tagged: best of week , Harry Potter , Hogwarts , Pie Chart , professor , university Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Freedom Isn't Free

Friday 29 September 7:31:53 UTC 2017

america bleach free freedom gallons gas infographic liquids nail polish prices - 4590494208 Graph by: (via Abmuku) Tagged: america , bleach , free , freedom , gallons , gas , infographic , liquids , nail polish , prices Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Yay US!

Friday 29 September 7:31:51 UTC 2017

bad news FAIL infographic us - 4648875776 Graph by: (via loled.net) Tagged: bad news , FAIL , infographic , us Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » BWOOP!

Friday 29 September 7:31:50 UTC 2017

burning college fire alarm Pie Chart - 5985696512 This happens at least once per week in my dorm. Graph by: SJ_M__ Tagged: burning , college , fire alarm , Pie Chart Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Replotted: Forever Ignored

Friday 29 September 7:31:49 UTC 2017

forever alone hitting on Pie Chart replotted - 5844988672 Graph by: DJMilkCrate Tagged: forever alone , hitting on , Pie Chart , replotted Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Kissing Is Kinda Gross If You Think About it Too Much

Friday 29 September 7:31:48 UTC 2017

Submitted by: Unknown Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » The Lengths of the Law

Friday 29 September 7:31:47 UTC 2017

globe infographic Japan laws porn thats what she said united states - 4264758272 Graph by: bronswirlz13 Tagged: globe , infographic , Japan , laws , porn , thats what she said , united states Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Types of customers I encounter this holiday season.

Friday 29 September 7:31:44 UTC 2017

customer holiday job life season work - 1485163264 LoL by: ACook531 Tagged: customer , holiday , job , life , season , work Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Where'd My Weekend Go?

Friday 29 September 7:31:42 UTC 2017

bleh calendar week - 4896087296 Graph by: Unknown Tagged: bleh , calendar , week Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Inside the Mind of a Cat

Friday 29 September 7:31:41 UTC 2017

Cats mind murder pets Pie Chart - 6458168064 Graph by: edlalundgren Tagged: Cats , mind , murder , pets , Pie Chart Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Doorbells Are Always Scary

Friday 29 September 7:31:40 UTC 2017

Bar Graph day fun Home Alone night sounds - 4810811904 Graph by: Tarkania Tagged: Bar Graph , day , fun , Home Alone , night , sounds Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » America's Funniest Home Videos

Friday 29 September 7:31:39 UTC 2017

Babies baby Funny Videos TV - 1701781248 LoL by: Unknown Tagged: Babies , baby , Funny Videos , TV Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Probability of operating an alarm clock Rubix cube, doable with hours of concentration Qauntum physicists have yet to unravel the mysteries

Friday 29 September 7:31:37 UTC 2017

Cheezburger Image 3670012160 Probability of operating an alarm clock Graph by: kmhlucky13 Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » There is No Try

Friday 29 September 7:31:35 UTC 2017

star wars the force x wing yoda graphs funny - 7439617280 Graph by: mmegaman89 Tagged: star wars , the force , x wing , yoda , graphs , funny Share on Facebook [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Royal Caribbean cruise line gets the hero tag? [Hero]

Friday 29 September 6:13:23 UTC 2017

Hero [link] [78 comments] [Link]

Futility Closet » “Electric Bathing”

Friday 29 September 6:04:30 UTC 2017

In 1878 Coney Island mounted electric lights on poles so that visitors could play in the surf at night. “One could take many a long journey and never meet elsewhere with so strange, so truly weird a sight as this,” reported Scribner’s Monthly. “The concentrated illumination falls on the formidable breakers plunging in against the foot of the bridge, and … [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Russia has a secret Anthrax island. UK scoffs, says their Iron Maiden Isle is better [Interesting]

Friday 29 September 5:48:18 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [53 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » OCD sounds a lot like Einstein's definition of insanity [Interesting]

Friday 29 September 4:49:08 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [66 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » "Where do you want this pallet of water?" "I dunno, just throw it in the back of the plane" [Florida]

Friday 29 September 3:56:40 UTC 2017

Florida [link] [62 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » By acquiring TaskRabbit, IKEA is now finally in the business of assembling furniture [Spiffy]

Friday 29 September 3:20:04 UTC 2017

Spiffy [link] [40 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Hey Elon Musk, guess who is the new face of Cover Girl? YOUR MOM [Interesting]

Friday 29 September 2:50:04 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [32 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Murder suspect: I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for that meddling Google Street View [Cool]

Friday 29 September 1:50:04 UTC 2017

Cool [link] [29 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Street legal upside-down Camaro flummoxes uptight home owners' association [Amusing]

Friday 29 September 1:20:04 UTC 2017

Amusing [link] [82 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Look, I don't care how you snuck into the concert, everyone has to pay for a ticket. That includes you, mister newborn baby [Strange]

Friday 29 September 0:50:04 UTC 2017

Strange [link] [22 comments] [Link]

Futility Closet » The Scenic Route

Friday 29 September 0:20:14 UTC 2017

University of Toronto mathematician Ed Barbeau tells of a Montana student who was asked to find the cost of fencing the perimeter of a rectangular field 132 feet long and 99 feet wide, given that there are 16.5 feet in a rod and that one rod of fencing costs $12.75. The student first worked out five products: 165 × 4 … [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Support your local police by making their jobs easier. Especially by texting them that you're a drug dealer [Florida]

Friday 29 September 0:20:04 UTC 2017

Florida [link] [11 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Photoshop theme: Nope nope nope [Photoshop]

Friday 29 September 0:00:01 UTC 2017

Photoshop [link] [36 comments] [Link]

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