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Dumb Text

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

In recent weeks, while wandering the outside world, I’ve noticed several inane bits of text. Here is a short list:

  • A hat with the text “I LOVE YOU SAY IT BACK”

    This appears to be from a…clothing line (?) called “Lonely Ghost”. I don’t really know what to make of any of this, but if you’d like your own goofy hat, you can get it for just four interest-free payments of $7.50. Or you could, if it weren’t sold out.

  • This exact bumper sticker, which states “My cat is a Democrat”

    It would be easy to read this as an insult to Democrats. However, as I saw it on a Prius in deep blue Massachusetts, I assume the cat’s owner is a Democrat as well. As such, it’s just a rather senseless sticker.

    More importantly, it’s also wrong. All cats are anarchists who just want to watch the world burn.

  • A shirt which read “I have two titles: Aunt and Dogmom and I rock them both”

    It was not this particular shirt, but the message was the same. I can’t understand someone who identifies themselves by these two roles, and yet apparently at least two different people in the world have decided to sell shirts with this message.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief collection of stupidity.

Train Wrecking

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

In California, a train engineer has admitted to deliberately running a train off the tracks near the USNS Mercy hospital ship, in an apparent attempt to…well, it’s not entirely clear. Almost certainly, it involves some sort of conspiracy theory though.

In his first interview with Los Angeles port police, Moreno acknowledged that he “did it,” saying he was suspicious of the Mercy and believed it had an alternative purpose related to COVID-19 or a government takeover, the affidavit states.

The Mercy was brought in to help treat non-COVID-19 patients, as a way of reducing the strain on the local health care system. Unfortunately, conspiracy theorizing has found tremendous new life in Donald Trump’s America, and it’s bad for us all.

On a related note, who knew “train wrecking” was a federal crime?

Two Reasons OFT Isn’t Being Updated Today

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Two Reasons OFT Isn’t Being Updated Today

Update (February 22nd, 2018): Here’s a not very comedic accounting of the matter at hand.

Conversation Cough Drops

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

This Valentine’s Day, please allow me to share a list of ten inspirational phrases said to me by the wrappers of Halls sugar free cough drops as I struggled with a cough.

Halls cough drop wrapper

  • Don’t waste a precious minute.

  • You’ve survived tougher.

  • Fire up those engines!

  • Flex you “can do” muscle.

  • Dust off and get up.

  • Inspire envy.


  • March forward!

  • You got it in you.

  • Don’t try harder. Do harder!

Halls actually paid someone to come up with this idea, as well as to write and/or crib these little phrases. What a world we live in.

You Really Do

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Recently, while sating my desire to eat food out of a cylinder, I stumbled upon something rather disturbing. It seems Pringles has a new social media campaign. On the top of each tube is this message:


Once I saw this, I was forced to wonder if I’ve been using Pringles wrong my entire life. I contemplated how else one might make use of Pringles, and came up with a brief list. I recognize that even mocking this ad campaign is enhancing the mindshare of Pringles, and thereby playing right into the hands of the Kellogg Company, but so it goes.

An Incomplete List of Things You Do With Pringles Besides Eating ’Em

  • You use ’em to duck yourself.

    Yours truly, ducking himself

  • You use ’em in the bedroom. I don’t know how, and I don’t wanna know how, but rule #34 ensures that someone has found a no–doubt–deeply–unsettling way. Frankly, that’s immediately what I assumed this meant, and I was fairly grossed out.

  • You share one with that dog who’s sitting patiently at your feet.

  • You teach a geometry lesson with ’em. (OK, that’s actually pretty good.)

  • You eat ’em, then you digest ’em, then, well, you deposit ’em into the sewage system.

Ultimately, however, the results of a Twitter search for the hashtag “#YouDontJustEatEm” prove that people mainly do two things with Pringles. First, they eat ’em. And second, they tweet to ask just what the hell else folks are doing with ’em.

An Incomplete List of Lengths of Time for Which One Can, and/or Ways One Might, Chill

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

An Incomplete List of Lengths of Time for Which One Can, and/or Ways One Might, Chill

  • …for a sec(ond).

  • …for a minute.

  • Netflix and…

  • …for awhile.

  • …’til the next episode.

That’s all for now. Until the next post, you should chill for one of the above lengths of time, and/or in one of the above ways. Or perhaps you’ll chill in some other as-yet-unlisted fashion!

Perverse Incentives

Monday, September 7th, 2015

In China and Taiwan, drivers who’ve hit someone with their car may attempt to kill the person. Why?

[I]f you cripple a man, you pay for the injured person’s care for a lifetime. But if you kill the person, you “only have to pay once, like a burial fee.”

Because the legal system has often failed to prosecute these murders, a perverse incentive has been created. Once a driver hits an individual, the financially prudent move is for him to kill the injured party, rather than allowing them to live with a severe injury.

An Incomplete List of Major League Baseball Players Who May Be “Greek Fellas”, According to My Father

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

An Incomplete List of Major League Baseball Players Who May Be “Greek Fellas”, According to My Father

When it was suggested to him that Didi Gregorius might be a Greek fella, my father sagely replied “I don’t think so…”.

Didi Gregorius
Didi Gregorius? Not a Greek.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Previously in lists of baseball players: A Comprehensive List of Outfielders Who’ve Played Baseball for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Share a Last Name With a Type of Fish

An Incomplete List of Things People Clap for, in Increasing Order of Stupidity

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

An Incomplete List of Things People Clap for, in Increasing Order of Stupidity

  • Rock Concerts
    Admittedly, the band is right there and they can hear your applause, so this one isn’t horrendously dumb. However, everyone knows they’re going to do an encore and it doesn’t actually have anything to do with how much you cheer. You’re not fooling anyone, popular music band!

  • Airplane Landings
    Listen, I too am ecstatic that we didn’t plummet out of the sky during our flight.1 But this is the way things are supposed to work. It’s the way things do work, tens of thousands of times each day. You don’t applaud when your cab driver gets you to your meeting, nor when the elevator reaches your floor.

  • Movies
    Unless you’re at a film festival, no one involved in the making of the film is present. So, to whom exactly are you showing your appreciation? The surly teenager working the projector could not care less.

  • Sunsets
    I just can’t even I mean what the UGH!


  1. Or simply disappear altogether, for that matter. ↩︎

A Complete List of Warning Messages Cycling Through the Dashboard of the Last Cab I Took

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013




The fact that someone coded the car’s dash system to be able to cycle through so many messages is kinda concerning. More troubling, perhaps, than the apparent lack of brakes the aforementioned cab possessed.