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Wednesday, February 14. 2018
Hello everybody. Roger de Hauteville here, King of Sicily. Bird Dog has asked me to sit in for him while he's away at a retreat. It's not exactly summer camp. He's in a 12-step program for toxic masculinity. He's been leaving puddles of masculinity on the floor here and there, and his minders have decided it's got to stop. So you're stuck with me again. I was available because I'm on a forced hiatus from my job, too. Damn HR harpy got me in hot water with the shareholders. She secretly recorded a marketing meeting I called. Total entrapment, in my estimation. I'll let you be the judge:
See? This is why American industry is falling behind the rest of the world. No respect for old fashioned quality control.
On to today's links!
I guarantee the wedding T-shirts all come in XXXL
For the sane reader who's avoided Snapchat's charms, a "Streak" is an endless stream of pointless, ephemeral messages sent between two instant message accounts. They give you a little gold star if you keep it going for 3+ days. Pavlov was born too soon, I guess.
Remember, if you want to test this theory, don't test it on animals if the HR lady is looking.
I didn't think this was possible. Apparently, you can rent a car with cash, too. The smart traveler always relies on carjacking only as a last resort.
They wouldn't have debated an invitation to golf with Donald Trump.
Now all you have to do to nullify your marriage is let your Snapchat Streak lapse.
Mr. President, we must not allow a radioactive harbor gap!
Do they have styrofoam classical columns for rent, too? Those things work great. You can pay for them with untraceable foreign credit card payments, too.
Further down the page there's a similar headline: New Macrobiotic family discovered in Whole Foods.
It's probably part of an ancient tradition that continues to this day. You make a pilgrimage to the shrine that holds the triptych with the sacred runes of plenty scrawled all over it. There are fantastic, indecipherable signs everywhere. You beg the totem for succor, and then while you're fumbling for a sacrificial offering, a disembodied, sonorous, god-like voice booms: Do you want fries with that?
That's nothing. Over 70 percent of Gen X-ers said they'd be willing to have their heads pounded onto a stake in a Swedish lakebottom for six months of free Netflix.
Have a great Wednesday, everybody!
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Your last line is priceless. Bird Dog can relax, you seem to have things under control.
Where can I apply to pound wooden stacks in millennial skulls? I'll bring my own hammer.
Has anybody noticed how seriously damaged our military has become as a result of our failed education system? Here is another example
Project Plowshare in Colorado. The Feds set off a small nuclear device in a gas well to try to free up the gas from a tight formation--the original fracking program I guess. The gas was tested and it was too radioactive to produce so the entire site was quarantined and no drilling or production has ever been allowed within about a 1 mile radius. Makes for interesting reading.
That's because we Gen Xers can remember the olden days of having only broadcast channels and not finding what you want at the video rental store.
Reminds me of the insurance company commercial in which the teenager can't change a flat but the mother is relieved because the company can be called to send someone to change it. Disgusting.
This commercial drives me crazy, I shout at the television every time it comes on. The stupidity is endless.
"US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples.The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA."
Ain't modern science wonderful! When I was a kid, some 70 years ago, I was told more than a few times that children had to eat their pound of dirt.
I am continually blown away by the million dollar "studies" that affirm stuff that if you didn't know by the time you were out of knee pants you were considered a bit slow.
You can't fool me, Bird Dog's been kidnapped by the Russians and is being brainwashed to interfere with the mid-term elections.
"A glimpse into North Korea’s embryonic snowriding culture"
My wife and I were just talking about this last night while watching the Olympics. N. Korea is so backward, and so xenophobic about not using any foreign loan words, that they probably call a snowboard something like "large piece of wood with rider that slides on top of the snow." (Yes, in South Korea it's "스노우 보드," "suh-no-u bo-duh.")
Anwyay, Mt. Baekdu is a big thing in Korean mythology, it's where the first Korean king in ancient times supposedly emerged from a heavenly origin. Now the Kim dynasty has usurped the mythology for itself, claiming it was the birthplace of the first Dear Leader, Kim Il-sung.
I understand the latest craze in selfies is taking a picture of oneself kinda disappearing into a hedge or sitting on a chair against a hedge as in the portrait of Obama.