Humour

Archived Posts from this Category

Opens up a whole realm of naming possibilities

Posted by on 08 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Humour, Toronto

The Star:

North York councillors peeved at being overruled by the Ontario Municipal Board – on a condo complex they didn’t want – exacted poetic justice yesterday by giving the project an address the developer won’t soon forget: OMB Folly.

Councillor David Shiner said the move may usher in a welcome precedent: “When we start having the OMB not only go against our council but our planning staff, we may be able to come up with some very creative names to help name these new developments that show up without city council or city staff support.”

Juvenile but amusing.

And now, a word from our spammers

Posted by on 24 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: Current Events, Humour, Stuff

SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP

DEAR AMERICAN:

I NEED TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT AN URGENT SECRET BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH A TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF GREAT MAGNITUDE.

I AM MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY OF THE REPUBLIC OF AMERICA. MY COUNTRY HAS HAD CRISIS THAT HAS CAUSED THE NEED FOR LARGE TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF 800 BILLION DOLLARS US. IF YOU WOULD ASSIST ME IN THIS TRANSFER, IT WOULD BE MOST PROFITABLE TO YOU.

I AM WORKING WITH MR. PHIL GRAM, LOBBYIST FOR UBS, WHO WILL BE MY REPLACEMENT AS MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY IN JANUARY. AS A SENATOR, YOU MAY KNOW HIM AS THE LEADER OF THE AMERICAN BANKING DEREGULATION MOVEMENT IN THE 1990S. THIS TRANSACTIN IS 100% SAFE.

THIS IS A MATTER OF GREAT URGENCY. WE NEED A BLANK CHECK. WE NEED THE FUNDS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE CANNOT DIRECTLY TRANSFER THESE FUNDS IN THE NAMES OF OUR CLOSE FRIENDS BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY UNDER SURVEILLANCE. MY FAMILY LAWYER ADVISED ME THAT I SHOULD LOOK FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON WHO WILL ACT AS A NEXT OF KIN SO THE FUNDS CAN BE TRANSFERRED.

PLEASE REPLY WITH ALL OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, IRA AND COLLEGE FUND ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND THOSE OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO WALLSTREETBAILOUT@TREASURY.GOV SO THAT WE MAY TRANSFER YOUR COMMISSION FOR THIS TRANSACTION. AFTER I RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION, I WILL RESPOND WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL BE USED TO PROTECT THE FUNDS.

YOURS FAITHFULLY MINISTER OF TREASURY PAULSON

(H/t The Big Picture)

A is for Aisle

Posted by on 23 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: Humour, Music and Arts, Small people

A good new kids’ album for those interested who haven’t run across it – Snacktime by Barenaked Ladies.  Tested on a recent long car trip with success.  Worth getting just for the alphabet song, which starts with “A is for Aisle” and goes downhill from there.  The kids may not get it but they’ll want to know why you’re laughing.

http://www.bnlmusic.com/snacktime/

From the office of the Fearless Leader

Posted by on 21 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: Current Events, Humour

Full credit where credit is due — hackers and spammers sometimes do good work. An e-mail sent to a PMO media distribution list, purporting to come from we’re-better-off-with Harper:

from Stephen Harper to ALLNEWS_E@lserv.pmo-cpm.gc.ca
date Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 3:34 PM
subject Why you shouldn’t fear me

Hi The Average Canadian,

Stephen Harper wanted to tell you…

My name is Stephen Harper. I am an ALBERTAN, here me roar! My goal is to make Canada America’s 51st state and destroy health care that all Canadians cherish by infusing my propaganda with hard core ad hominem attacks. Please vote for me, because if you do, I promise you’ll be able to vote for McCain 2012!

We are a tar sands level party, not a grass roots party. We consider anything with the word \”Green\” offensive, except for the almighty American dollar, which we hope to be able to implement in the coming months! We shall first have to make sure that American and Canadian jelly beans have the same standards, and then we shall proceed.

I hope everyone has a great weekend,

Take care,

Stephen \”I can lead you to Hell but not back\” Harper

If you agree click here.

The message linked to the moronic willyoubetricked.ca site. The answer to that question, by the way, is apparently yes.

(H/t to Inside the Queensway)

In case you were in doubt

Posted by on 10 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: Current Events, Humour, Tech

You can check here:

http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/

Get Smart

Posted by on 15 Aug 2008 | Tagged as: Current Events, Humour

In Milwaukee, a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, or something:

2002

2008

Full metamorphosis here. H/t to Calculated Risk.

30-something: the cruellest age

Posted by on 07 Jul 2008 | Tagged as: Humour

Q. What’s the worst age to be?

A. Mine, which in one week sees me both condescended to by a friend’s boyfriend’s late-40s/early-50s friends:

“Nancy Pelosi — oh, she’s the…” “I know who Nancy Pelosi is, thanks.”

Senior advisor? What do [could] you [possibly] give advice on?”

“Back when I went to McGill — a long time ago, you weren’t even born.” “Actually, I was in grade 6.”

…and complimented by a shoe store sales clerk on my choice of shoes:

“They’re very comfortable. My mother has exactly the same pair and she loves them.”

“Are you telling me I’m buying shoes your mother would wear?” Young clerk giggles, looks my not-so-trendy, not-so-tiny person up and down:

“My mother’s really young.”

A Paler Shade

Posted by on 28 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: Humour, Toronto

Christian Lander, Torontonian co-creator of the eerily accurate site Stuff White People Like (check out the full list, including David Sedaris and standing still at concerts, here), reveals the source of his inspiration to the Globe and Mail:

I grew up in Riverdale in Toronto, and Riverdale pretty much captures the entire concept of what white people like.

It was Glaukos who spoke first, dude…

Posted by on 09 Mar 2008 | Tagged as: Books, Humour, Media

Here’s an entertaining and very weird website, with a whole new take on the Iliad. I ran across it in a review, in New York Magazine, of a book called Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks From the Wild Web, by one Sarah Boxer (review also linked below).

http://nymag.com/arts/books/reviews/44480/

http://underodysseus.blogspot.com/2006_04_09_archive.html

Chanukah Sameach!

Posted by on 07 Dec 2007 | Tagged as: Humour

 … from the folks at New York’s Balducci’s.

« Previous PageNext Page »