Give This a Try at the Office 

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Meet Jingang, the horse who avoids being ridden by playing dead.

A Lonely Little Soul 

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

When a raptor couldn’t quite hold on to its attempted meal, the prey wound up dropped in a rural Australian backyard. There, an unnamed resident found what they believed was a stray dog, until a DNA test came back.

Wandi, the purebred alpine dingo

I would like to have a hawk drop something like this in my lap too.

Intuit Is Scum 

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

In addition to lobbying to keep taxes in America complicated, the tax prep industry is also working to make free filing difficult and unpopular.

Mundane Halloween 

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Japan’s “jimi Halloween” is a true delight. This collection of mundane costumes starts out on a very high note, with “guy who spotted a cockroach right before going to bed and grabbed whatever he could find”:

A man in pajamas holding some sort of Windex and what looks to be a WD-40 equivalent

The rest of the collection is wonderful as well, though, and I really like the aesthetic of the whole thing. Next year, rustle up a “Guy who forget to make a Halloween costume” costume.

Drumming Up Demand 

Friday, November 1st, 2019

When several suspicious packages were left outside the New Rochelle train station near New York City, a commuter called in a tip to the police. It turned out the packages were not explosives, or anything else harmful. Ridiculously, they were instead soon-to-be-installed “Help Point” devices which will allow travelers to, among other things, report suspicious packages.

This tweet contains a gallery of four images, which tell this story perfectly.

A police officer examining a tall cardboard package

That package, being opened

The police officer fully revealing the package to be a security Help Point

Said police officer, with an amused grin

The amusement captured in that fourth image is great. I only wish we could see the dog’s face, which no doubt has an exasperated look.

Chew Some Grass for the Gipper 

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Back in May, I wrote about the fire prevention goats of Ventura County. Now, it appears those same goats may have helped save the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library:

Library spokeswoman Melissa Giller said the Ventura County Fire Department brings hundreds of goats every May to eat the brush around the perimeter of the library to create a fire break.

“The firefighters on the property said that the fire break really helped them because as the fire was coming up that one hill, all the brush has been cleared, basically,” she said.

You go, goats!

Declassified Dogs 

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Around the world, there are very good dogs doing good dog things. This week, some of their good work is being declassified.

Don’t Make Us Say No 

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

You likely saw that Donald Trump attended game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, where he was loudly booed. A look at his loathsome face when this occurred shows that the booing may have even briefly given him a moment of realization that, yes, many, many people rightly despise him. I can’t say I have any hope that such a realization will stick, nor that it will result in any change in his awful behavior, but it’s not nothing.

Even better, however, was this tidbit from an article on the booing:

Trump did not sit with the Lerner family, the principal owners of the Nationals. A representative for the Lerner family put in a request to MLB to not be put in position to turn down a request from the White House to sit with Trump, according to WUSA.

Yes, it appears that the Lerner family had no desire to sit with Trump. They went so far as to ask Major League Baseball to help them avoid needing to turn down the president. That’s quite something.

It Takes Two to Tango, and Also to Operate a Skycam 

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The NFL remains both terrible and impossible to escape. Still, it’s nice when it exposes the world to something cool, like the incredible skill of the Skycam operators on a recent kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson.

Either Way, Uber Eats Is Going to Be Saving a Bundle 

Friday, October 25th, 2019

The race is on. Which will arrive first on the roadways of the world, self-driving cars, or rat-driven cars?