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Posted on October 22, 2008 to Tweets


Ha! We had an office chair do the same thing! You'd be sitting there, and then realize that for the last few minutes the chair has been sinking slowly without you noticing. This is especially great because I work for a police department, so we thought for a while about using that chair as the "perp" chair to put people in while the detective interrogated them.

Posted by: Jamie on October 23, 2008 2:27 PM

I loved NPR's puff piece on coupon-clippers. It was a fatuous reaffirmation of the moronic belief that one's own time is completely valueless. They brushed past the storage issue with talk of 2-years' supply of ketchup, when in fact that woman must have entire rooms set aside for storage, and maybe has an intern to catalog the stuff so she doesn't buy 9 cubic yards of breakfast cereal before she's near the end of the last 9. Nevermind the gas she expends driving to 4 grocery chains to get all the good deals. I know someone who does this too, but she manages all the economic factors-- gas, time, savings, and storage. She's thrifty in general, but I think she likes it most because she can do it while she's watching her two under-5 kids.

PS- Radiohead sounds better as bluegrass: search for "Rodeohead" by Hard'n'Phirm.

Posted by: LAN3 on October 23, 2008 6:05 PM

Are you ever coming back to blogging?

Posted by: LizRM on October 23, 2008 9:46 PM

We were able to get our kids to eat a lot of stuff they normally wouldn't have been interested in (vegetables) just by wrapping it in a tortilla and calling it a burrito.

Posted by: Elaine on October 24, 2008 8:30 AM

The "plumbers" one is very academically satisfying, but the Werther's Originals one had my chuckling for days after. Hilarious.

Posted by: Rob Cockerham on October 24, 2008 10:50 AM

Laughing out loud at the McCain joke. Cruel but funny even from across the Atlantic.

Posted by: Steve on October 24, 2008 1:59 PM

PS- Radiohead sounds better as bluegrass: search for "Rodeohead" by Hard'n'Phirm.

oh yeaaahhhh...its a great mix.

Posted by: operagal on October 24, 2008 6:04 PM

(With heavy German accent): I'm here to fix the cable.

[70s porno bass line starts up.]


Is it me or is Joe the Plumber fraught with pornographic possibilities? At least from what I've seen on the Internets. The Internet seems to have a lot of porn.

Posted by: Nihilist on October 29, 2008 3:57 PM