Sure, That’s a Thing That Should Exist 

Friday, September 13th, 2019

KFC is really, really, leaning into their own weirdness, and I just can’t stop writing about it. Today, we have news of KFC’s new cooking-and-dating game, “I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator”.

It’s well known that I’m a corgi fan, so if nothing else, I’m definitely liking this Professor Dog they’ve got going on.

The Death of Democracy in North Carolina 

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

I’ve written before about the disgusting tactics and lack of shame seen among North Carolina Republicans. I’ve covered the fact that it’s gotten so bad, they’re alienating their own members. I really would’ve thought I couldn’t be surprised by anything they did.

And yet, here we are. We’re in a place where North Carolina Republicans decided that September 11th didn’t have enough tragedy associated with it, so they spent it trying to kill democracy. To that end, the North Carolina House of Representatives held a surprise vote to override a veto by the state’s Democratic governor.

After GOP legislators told their Democratic counterparts that there would be no votes that day, and while many Democrats attended a 9/11 commemorative event, they decided to have a vote anyway. Republican Jason Saine even had the unmitigated gall to frame this as a patriotic act, and feign his own outrage:

GOP Rep. Jason Saine, who called the motion for the vote, declared that he was “appalled that anyone in our country would stop going about their normal business on this day. When we stop being a beacon of freedom, hope and democracy, then the terrorists win.”

Our nation doesn’t need to stop all business every September 11th, but it’s right for our lawmakers to take time to remember. It’s also right to stand by one’s word. Instead, Republicans used 9/11 to undermine democracy in the Tar Heel State. That’s literally what “the terrorists” wanted to accomplish in 2001.

Sure, Sure, a House Hug

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

For reasons beyond my understanding, I receive catalogs in the mail. Though I actively work to get off mailing lists, this seems to only slow the stream, never stop it. Recently, I received a catalog from “Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams”. After a quick Google search, I determined that that’s both a furniture company and the names of the two men who co-founded the company.

According to the company’s website, Mitchell and Bob have a shared vision, “to make the world a more comfortable place: for all”. The cover of the catalog I received seems to indicate they may also have a shared mouth:

This is, supposedly, a quote, and it’s attributed to both men. It’s got quotation marks and everything. Are we supposed to believe they said this in unison? Did they have a script in front of them, and maybe do a little count-down so they’d be in sync? The whole thing seems ridiculous.

In completely related news, Catalog Choice is a quick and handy way to reduce the amount of junk catalogs you receive, and save a few trees as well.

No Job Is Safe 

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Robots really are coming for all the jobs.

Lego for the Blind 

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Matthew Shifrin is blind, but he’s been a devoted Lego fan for almost two decades. Now, thanks to the incredible work of Shifrin and his late caregiver Lilya Finkel, Lego is making their toys more accessible for all visually impaired people.

President Trumpsimus 

Friday, September 6th, 2019

One of the least important bits of recent ridiculousness from the Trump administration has been Trump’s insistence that he didn’t make any mistake when he said Alabama would be hit by Hurricane Dorian. He did, and no amount of changing-an-F-to-an-A-with-a-Sharpie will change that.

There are far more consequential occurrences which deserve our attention, from inadvertently releasing previously classified information via a tweet, to sparring with the Federal Reserve, to ratcheting up a foolish trade war with China. These stories, and many others, are more important than “SharpieGate”. Still, this mess has at least given us all a chance to be amused by a dictionary engaging in some top-notch trolling.

Clever Girl 

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

When her sister told her she could wear anything to her wedding, maid of honor Christina A. Meador really went for it.

[Photo credit: Christina A. Meador]

From Bad to Worse 

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the Prime Minister of Greece, but you won’t hear his first name pronounced in Iran.

Ice Cream Books 

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Book cover designer Ben Denzer wanted to critique the trend of “Bookstagrammers”, Instagram users who carefully arrange a photograph of a particular book. So, he added melting ice cream to the equation, to really up the ridiculousness.

Peeps and icecream on the cover of Make Way for Ducklings
Denzer’s Easter post from 2017 [Link]

Ultimately, however, what started as satire has become a popular account in its own right. Denzer has utilized all manner of desserts and all manner of cleverness to take almost 300 photographs, and they’re really quite something. What a strange thing to be skilled at. What a strange thing to be popular.

Thank God for the Fire Brigade 

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

In the words of John Callahan, what kind of a god would allow a thing like this to happen?