Two Wrongs Might Be a Wash 

Friday, August 30th, 2019

By and large, vandalism is wrong. However, the pervasive intrusion of advertising into every nook and cranny of modern life is also wrong. As such, one can’t help but sympathize with the recent actions of one New Yorker.

A simple proposal: Raise taxes on companies, so cities can both afford more services and show less advertising.

Previously in Invasive Advertising: One Snap, One Ad

A Cool New Way to Die While Camping 

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

A floating tent seems like a bad idea on every single level, and yet Smithfly apparently can’t keep up with demand.

Offended by Micturation 

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

For 15 years, New Hampshire resident Wendy Auger has had a cheeky license plate.

Now, New Hampshire is coming for it.

Previously in rejected vanity plates: I Really Want to Know Why “TUNAFSH” Got Rejected


Update (August 30th, 2019): Just one day after this story appeared on One Foot Tsunami, it has a happy ending. New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu must not have a lot going on, because he stepped in to overrule his DMV, and Wendy Auger will be able to keep her plate.

Our Long-Flying Space Plane 

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has a space plane, and it’s been flying around the Earth for almost two years.

My Little Gangsta Rapper 

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Hasbro is a massive toy company, which owns properties including Nerf, Power Rangers, Transformers, and My Little Pony. Now, they also own Death Row Records, home to Tupac and Snoop Dogg, among many others.

XFL Logos, Reviewed 

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

For reasons unknown, the alternative football league known as the XFL is coming back for round two next February. The original league was some sort of bizarre mash-up of “professional” wrestling and the NFL, and it famously folded after a single season in 2001. Now, many more millions of dollars are being spent to try this whole thing again.

Details about the eight teams were unveiled earlier this week, and SBNation got an expert designer and an idiot writer to review the team logos.

Tampa Bay Vipers logo
This is not a good logo.

I look forward to seeing XFL merchandise from these failed teams in the nearest Dollar Tree sometime in 2021. I won’t be buying, of course. But it’ll be nice to see them there.

Previously in failed professional football leagues: Another Body in the Graveyard of Failed Football Leagues

Steam as a Utility 

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Last weekend, Massachusetts had a tax-free weekend, where no sales tax is charged on purchases. This is a (nearly) annual effort by the state to stimulate the economy, by making it less expensive for customers to buy various goods. Though many take this opportunity to get new furniture and other goods, I didn’t buy anything of note.

However, as a result, I got to enjoy the dumbest thing I’ve seen in quite some time.

The Majestic Mattress Migration 

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Have you witnessed the annual migration of the air mattresses? If not, you’ve really been missing out on the majesty.


Look at them go!

Take 15 seconds and watch the tremendous video captured by Robb Manes.1 It honestly doesn’t even look real.


Footnotes:

  1. The video is archived here. ↩︎

Therapy Dogs at Work 

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Speaking of animals at work, why not enjoy a delightful collection of therapy dogs helping people.


Oh hi!

Who’s Winning the Seagull War? 

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Recently, officials in Ocean City, New Jersey decided enough was enough when it came to seagulls stealing food from beachgoers. To combat the problem, they hired birds of prey to scare off the seagulls. NJ.com set out to see how effective these raptors were.

But instead of ducking and covering like most do, I spent the muggy afternoon trying to see if the city’s $2,100-a-day program to scare away the seagulls by flying falcons, hawks and owls overhead was actually working.

The city hired East Coast Falcons to use a fleet of birds to keep away the aggressive gulls and plan to use them through the end of the season. I was there earlier this month with photographer Tim Hawk (no relation) to see the debut.

That “(no relation)” kills me.

Previously in animals scaring off other animals: Bird Bouncer