That’ll Solve The Problem 

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Unemployment claims have skyrocketed as the American economy has been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, New York’s unemployment office is hiring.

Their Services Are Probably Both More Expensive and Less Fun

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

According to their website, PEAK Event Services is “New England’s premier tent and event rental company”. I don’t think that’s a claim which can actually be verified, but I can attest to seeing the company’s vehicles all over Boston, and indeed, all over New England. Good for them!

Many months ago, however, the slogan on one of PEAK’s trucks caught my eye while I was on a run. Because I didn’t have my phone with me, I couldn’t take a picture. Since then, however, I’ve kept an eye out for them. Eventually, I caught another truck with the same slogan, while I was driving. Through some deft maneuvers on the road, I steered my car into place so my passenger could snap a photo of what had so amused me:

A truck with the slogan “You can't buy happiness, but you can rent it.” on it.
[Photo credit: M. Steciuk]

Was this truck full of party furniture, or prostitutes? They both seem equally likely!

Perhaps we need a rule. If your company’s slogan would work equally well for an escort service, it might be time to go back to the drawing board.

Caelie Wilkes’s Perfect Plant 

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

For two year, Caelie Wilkes took phenomenal care of a succulent, and it always looked great. There was just one hilarious problem.

The ABC’s of Logo Design Are Not “Average”, “Boring”, and “Confusing” 

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

The actual playing of sports has ceased, but the creation of lousy logos for professional franchises continues unabated. Over at SBNation, there’s a great tear-down of the craptastic new logo for the Los Angeles Rams.

Avoid Touching Your Face, but Sometimes a Facepalm Is Required 

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci seems to be one of the only adults in the room when it comes to the White House’s pandemic response, and I’m not sure how he can stand it. His chat with Science magazine was enlightening.

Butthole Cats 

Friday, March 20th, 2020

The phrase “butthole cut of Cats” is objectively funny. Even funnier is the idea that somewhere out there is a person who thought the movie “Cats” could be improved by the addition of CGI buttholes.

Useful Claw Machine Prizes 

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

The real problem with this is that once you’ve started playing, you really can’t stop until you’ve won, because you’re going to need to clean your hands after touching the gross joystick.

Like a Kid in a Candy Store 

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Like so many businesses and attractions, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is currently closed. That’s unfortunate, but it did mean that one of its resident penguins, Wellington, was able to take a tour of his own.

Chocolate Hummus Is an Abomination 

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Even as people needlessly panic buy groceries during the COVID-19 outbreak, there are a few items no one wants.

We Can Be Heroes 

Monday, March 16th, 2020

On Friday, I used Rogue Amoeba’s blog to write about flattening the curve of the COVID-19 epidemic. It’s important, and I think it’s worth a link here as well.

We urge you to practice social distancing yourself, and to pass along this concept to others.

Beyond that, we hope for the very best for all of you. We’re going to get through this together. For now, the best way to do that is by being apart as much as possible.

In the three days since, things have continued to worsen in the US, and in much of the world. Plenty of people have been practicing social distancing, but too many have not. Please educate yourself on the matter, and if at all possible, stay home. You can literally help save the world by simply sitting on your couch.