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 » Los Angeles opens a selfie museum which costs $25 to enter. Comes with a "sucker" t-shirt [Facepalm]

Tuesday 26 December 23:58:38 UTC 2017

Facepalm [link] [23 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Meet the 6-year-old with 670,000 Instagram followers [Strange]

Tuesday 26 December 23:44:21 UTC 2017

Strange [link] [34 comments] [Link]

The Oatmeal – Comics, Quizzes, & Stories » I used to have a hard time thinking that babies were cute

Tuesday 26 December 23:30:48 UTC 2017

I used to have a hard time thinking that babies were cuteView [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Click link. Mods please make link submission thingee easier to use while drivi [Fail]

Tuesday 26 December 23:10:04 UTC 2017

Fail [link] [48 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Japanese banana has edible skin; bunches of people split as to whether that's appealing [Strange]

Tuesday 26 December 22:50:04 UTC 2017

Strange [link] [59 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Not news: Marijuana ties up the police and clogs the courts. Fark: because of legalization [Unlikely]

Tuesday 26 December 22:20:06 UTC 2017

Unlikely [link] [85 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Fark NotNewsletter: The final week of depravity [FarkBlog]

Tuesday 26 December 22:06:04 UTC 2017

FarkBlog [link] [45 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Traces of Noah's Ark found in Turkey. Please pass the gravy [Misc]

Tuesday 26 December 21:20:04 UTC 2017

Misc [link] [198 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Photoshop this tomb [Photoshop]

Tuesday 26 December 21:00:01 UTC 2017

Photoshop [link] [22 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Next year your local Salvation Army bell ringer might take plastic instead of your cash [Interesting]

Tuesday 26 December 20:50:03 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [49 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Top 10 holiday gifts getting returned this week. Come for the $365 yoga chair, stay for the Funko Pop of yet another Hollywood actor accused of sexual assault [Fail]

Tuesday 26 December 20:20:05 UTC 2017

Fail [link] [43 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » "In order to purchase Carmichael a bullet-proof vest, the department took donations from Bob's Market and Greenhouses Inc., Tudor's Biscuit World, and Smoke Time Sam's" — Hard times in Rural America [Interesting]

Tuesday 26 December 19:50:04 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [172 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Enter: the lobster ramen burrito [Spiffy]

Tuesday 26 December 19:20:05 UTC 2017

Spiffy [link] [67 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Talk about a White Christmas. 34 inches of snow fell in Erie, Pennsylvania on Christmas, 19 inches before dawn on Tuesday to bring the total to 53 inches [Asinine]

Tuesday 26 December 18:50:04 UTC 2017

Asinine [link] [98 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Wild, wild horses are dragging away the west [Ironic]

Tuesday 26 December 18:20:05 UTC 2017

Ironic [link] [108 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Good luck [Obvious]

Tuesday 26 December 14:50:04 UTC 2017

Obvious [link] [84 comments] [Link]

<title>Weird Universe » Dr. Blatz’s Trick Chair of Terror

Tuesday 26 December 14:49:55 UTC 2017

This article comes from my weird science site, which I haven't updated in years. My project for the new year is to import all the content from there into WU, so I can shut that site down and stop paying the hosting fees.


While he was a grad student at the University of Chicago in the early 1920s, William Blatz … [Link]

<title>Weird Universe » Fall

Tuesday 26 December 14:49:54 UTC 2017

Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) created a series of short films of himself falling down in various situations, such as from a roof and out of a tree.

Ader is one of the few people who ever literally died for their art. In 1975, he attempted to make a solo Atlantic crossing in the smallest boat ever. It … [Link]

<title>Weird Universe » Follies of the Madmen #343

Tuesday 26 December 14:49:53 UTC 2017

Why is hubby vacuuming during relaxed beer-and-pretzels hour? OCD? Submissive ritual with dominant mistress? Your guess is as good as the copywriter's!

Original ad here. [Link]

Fark.com RSS » PSA: If you're trying to warn a Twitter friend that you have photos of her boyfriend cheating, you'd better be damn sure he doesn't have an identical twin [Fail]

Tuesday 26 December 14:20:05 UTC 2017

Fail [link] [81 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Photoshop this starting line [Photoshop]

Tuesday 26 December 14:00:01 UTC 2017

Photoshop [link] [20 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » You know you're in Florida when you witness a man punching an ATM for giving him too much cash [Florida]

Tuesday 26 December 13:50:04 UTC 2017

Florida [link] [39 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Jesus Christ, it's a lion. Get in the *CLANG* never mind [Amusing]

Tuesday 26 December 13:20:05 UTC 2017

Amusing [link] [69 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Happy Boxing Day, everyone. Wait, what's Boxing Day? [Interesting]

Tuesday 26 December 13:17:13 UTC 2017

Interesting [link] [64 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Driver who ran over seven people will face no charges. One guess why. Okay, two guesses. Three, max three, and…okay, four…uh, just click [Obvious]

Tuesday 26 December 13:15:07 UTC 2017

Obvious [link] [42 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Oh, Flying Spaghetti Monster, grant us the strength to pry the cork from the wine bottle to toast your glorious noodleness [Amusing]

Tuesday 26 December 8:18:09 UTC 2017

Amusing [link] [58 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Friends of 60 years find out they're actually brothers, suddenly get on each others nerves [Sappy]

Tuesday 26 December 8:09:06 UTC 2017

Sappy [link] [16 comments] [Link]

GraphJam » Please Tell Me You Play the Flute

Tuesday 26 December 8:08:10 UTC 2017

american pie band camp How People View Me instrument Pie Chart - 5064162560 Graph by: XcrazytrainletlooseX Tagged: american pie , band camp , How People View Me , instrument , Pie Chart Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » How much i get out of a salt shaker

Tuesday 26 December 8:08:07 UTC 2017

line graphs over seasoned pepper salt seasoning shakers too much - 3698358528 How much i get out of a salt shaker Graph by: jonnyd95 Tagged: line graphs , over seasoned , pepper , salt , seasoning , shakers , too much Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Paul Stanley Is a Simple Man

Tuesday 26 December 8:08:06 UTC 2017

KISS paul stanley Party - 7231275264 Graph by: (via Graphs Win) Tagged: KISS , paul stanley , Party Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » What my Bachelor's Degree does:

Tuesday 26 December 8:08:01 UTC 2017

bachelors degree helps job looks nice Pie Chart wall - 3150635520 Graph by: weebs86 Tagged: bachelors degree , helps , job , looks , nice , Pie Chart , wall Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Who Needs Studying?

Tuesday 26 December 8:08:00 UTC 2017

Bar Graph degree paradox textbooks truancy story - 5622273280 Graph by: Unknown Tagged: Bar Graph , degree , paradox , textbooks , truancy story Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Until Then, I Had No Idea What the Past Perfect Tense Was

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:56 UTC 2017

grammar graphs french funny Pie Chart - 7523014656 Graph by: TeslaCOILSandKITTEHZareEPIC Tagged: grammar , graphs , french , funny , Pie Chart Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:54 UTC 2017

Pie Chart pluto solar system uranus - 4608501248 Pluto will always be a planet to me. Graph by: matt7777444 Tagged: Pie Chart , pluto , solar system , uranus Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Because You Just Don't Want To

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:53 UTC 2017

homework doctor who family - 5215219968 Graph by: Unknown Tagged: homework , doctor who , family Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Car Horn Duration vs. What the Driver is Thinking

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:49 UTC 2017

cars drive drunk horns - 2355941120 Graph by: kazluaz Tagged: cars , drive , drunk , horns Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Why Look It Up When You Can Ask Random Trolls!

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:46 UTC 2017

google Pie Chart trolls yahoo answer - 6574969856 Graph by: MissingNO123 Tagged: google , Pie Chart , trolls , yahoo answer Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » No, I Really Woke Up In Vegas With No Idea How I Got There

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:45 UTC 2017

believable BS excuses Pie Chart teachers - 4682906624 Graph by: SpazMoor Tagged: believable , BS , excuses , Pie Chart , teachers Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » The Greatest Phrase You Shouldn't Use

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:42 UTC 2017

bribery phrase Pie Chart saying - 6069074176 Graph by: S.P.A-Bits (via www.bite.ca) Tagged: bribery , phrase , Pie Chart , saying Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » First He Ruins Music, and Now Canada!?

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:41 UTC 2017

Canada justin beiber Music Pie Chart - 5538332672 Graph by: Unknown Tagged: Canada , justin beiber , Music , Pie Chart Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » How Good You Think You Are At Singing VS Actual Ability

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:33 UTC 2017

ability American Idol awesome captain chant choir concert good Line Graph listening recording self shower singing solo song tribal - 2560155904 Graph by: NinjaParakeet Tagged: ability , American Idol , awesome , captain , chant , choir , concert , good , Line Graph , listening , recording , self , shower , singing , solo , song , tribal Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Horror of Name Vs. It's Actual Scariness

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:32 UTC 2017

horror scary scatter bacteria - 7703851264 Graph by: (via xkcd) Tagged: horror , scary , scatter , bacteria Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » The Art of Data Visualization

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:31 UTC 2017

Submitted by: Unknown Tagged: design , data , Video Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » One Time I Tried, I Got Hit by a Slinky Going Down at Double Speed

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:30 UTC 2017

childish escalator Line Graph running slinky - 6130327040 Graph by: qwerty42 (via xkcd) Tagged: childish , escalator , Line Graph , running , slinky Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Damn My Shower

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:29 UTC 2017

hot cold shower temperature - 4509777152 Graph by: Unknown Tagged: hot , cold , shower , temperature Share on Facebook [Link]

GraphJam » Gotta Start My Day With Sugar

Tuesday 26 December 8:07:26 UTC 2017

cereal frosting mini-wheats noms Pie Chart - 5207954944 Graph by: yourmalefactor Tagged: cereal , frosting , mini-wheats , noms , Pie Chart Share on Facebook [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Guess whose ancient Merry Christmas tweet totally destroyed Donald Trump's 2017 Christmas tweet by a million miles. Yep, you're probably right [Obvious]

Tuesday 26 December 7:07:04 UTC 2017

Obvious [link] [158 comments] [Link]

Futility Closet » First Steps

Tuesday 26 December 6:54:03 UTC 2017

The earliest known film comedy, Louis Lumière’s 1895 L’Arroseur arrosé (“The Waterer Watered”) is also one of the first film narratives of any kind — before this, movies tended simply to demonstrate the medium, depicting a sneeze, for example, or the arrival of a train. This was also the first film with a dedicated poster (below) — making this simple … [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Nose to nose and head to head, two athletes fall in love, but love kicks them in the ass [Sappy]

Tuesday 26 December 6:39:11 UTC 2017

Sappy [link] [29 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Man stabbed with ice pick dies of his injuries [Scary]

Tuesday 26 December 5:22:07 UTC 2017

Scary [link] [79 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » When I send a Christmas card to Congress it's gonna be huuuge. Not enough gold though maybe next year [Murica]

Tuesday 26 December 4:04:02 UTC 2017

Murica [link] [14 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Trump business partners plan for luxury hotel on the International Space Station [Unlikely]

Tuesday 26 December 2:30:22 UTC 2017

Unlikely [link] [71 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » Photoshop this smooth release [Photoshop]

Tuesday 26 December 1:00:01 UTC 2017

Photoshop [link] [13 comments] [Link]

Fark.com RSS » At 8PM EST it's Paul's Memory Bank's Christmas Show. One hour of traditional to contemporary then Christmas comedy, in the second hour two episodes of the "I Love Lucy" radio precursor "My Favorite Husband" [Live]

Tuesday 26 December 0:59:29 UTC 2017

Live [link] [13 comments] [Link]

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