it’s not, like, rocket science

October 25th, 2007 · 124 comments

aarwenn from seattle found this note in her office’s cafeteria, which she says is a hot spot for bad writers with passive-aggressive issues. “of course,” she says, “here at Large Aerospace Company, a lot of us have ‘issues.’”

FILED UNDER: fun with euphemism · garbage · just wondering · office · Seattle · spelling and grammar police · unnecessary "quotation marks"


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  • #1   DrAstroZoom

    Those friendly, flying insects were fucking delicious!

    Although, actually … from the spelling, I’m thinking they found the Washington Nationals in their garbage, which would be a little weird.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:04 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Mitsu bang

    Those “NATS” were fucking delicious!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:04 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Mishee bang

    Wow! This one is pretty good… I hate it when Nathaniels gather around my trash can…

    Possibly not “over-spay” since the Nathaniels are apparently still breeding?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Mishee bang

    Wow, my first FIRST… The Trifecta is complete…

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Mishee bang

    Oh, guess not… Maybe next time…

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Candy

    I thought it was spelled “Gnats.” Am I wrong? Where is M-W when you need it.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Fraulein N bang

    Whoever wrote this needs some “over-spaying.”

    It almost looks like (s)he thinks NATS stand for something.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Paul

    Wow…I was aware that Network Address Translation could be found in recycling bins. Of course…if you meant GNATS I be happy to point you in the direction of and spray bottle near you.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:07 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Mitsu bang

    What the hell is “over-spay”? Is this a vet clinic or something?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Paul

    heh…that’s what I get for typing up a message while troubleshooting a user problem on the phone. Murdering a statement like that leaves me feeling weak and hollow.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Mishee bang

    My mother-in-law worked at Lockheed Martin for years, as the onsite Verizon voicemail administrator – she once told me she doesn’t understand how these people get the rockets in the air, because they can’t do something simple like check their voicemail…

    My dad is a laser/optical engineer… unfortunately most people like that are totally retarded when it comes to every day things – I suppose their brains are too busy pondering the big shit…

    But “Nats”? “Over-spay”? There is a spell checker, and word did catch Nats – it suggested Knits and Nits, but not gnats! Weird!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Mishee bang

    A “Large Aerospace Company” in Seattle…

    hmmmm… I wonder who it could be!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Mitsu bang

    True that. It’s funny how these aerospace people don’t use a spell checker. I suppose, in the heat of writing a PA note, they don’t think of these details!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:17 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   ShagnBag

    I’m thinking ‘over-spay’ is a calculated attempt to neuter these pesky NATS so they cannot breed or get any spray on their NAT hands or their NAT food, whatever that may be.

    Other than the obvious typos and bad grammar, my favorite part of this note is the generous use of the Royal ‘We’. Smells a lot like Lundberg… mmm, yeah.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Mitsu bang

    Since when are gnats considered friends?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Mishee bang

    I also like how they closed it by basically saying “Hey, if you can’t handle it, we can always call Maintenance – those are REAL men!” LOL!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Wade bang

    DrAstroZoom

    I went to a Nats game this summer. I think the disposall would be more appropriate than the recycle bin, lol

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Wade bang

    wouldn’t want the “over-spay” to get on the new cover sheets on the TPS reports, eh ShagnBag?

    rofl

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   betty'sworry

    I overheard a fellow teacher give the response ‘n-a-t-s’ to a student’s query about the correct spelling of said insects. She was the one who had introduced the word, too (into the topic). I ‘new’ she wasn’t ‘rite’ but didn’t want to embarrass her in front of the student. This is in the EFL/ESL game, and we blame the students constantly for their mistakes! To be fair, though, it isn’t a word that is that commonly used.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Adam Amato

    I lilke t live by WWIMD,
    Iron Maiden would come in clear up the gnat problem, wash back a few pints, and kick your fucking asses for not calling on them first.
    Problem Solved.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   A.A guy

    If we find out that there exists a wholesale slaughter of gnats in seattle ,you can expect a visit from the rainbow warrior ASAP.

    Green peace (insect division)

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   claw71

    “NATS”

    The caps and quotes make it clear that this is not a spelling but an acronym. Given that this is a “large aerospace company” based in Seattle it might be an inside joke referring to National Aerospace Technology Strategy. The “s” could also refer to “specialist” which might be a consultant/advisor assigned to oversee the transistion process.

    I was actually going to make a joke about this being a racial slur (North African Tech Support) but then I remembered reading an article about how people in the aerospace industry were frustrated with some new technology issues.

    This letter might not be a passive aggressive request for the janitor but rather a moderately clever jab at a stuffed shirt getting on everybody’s nerves.

    Seriously, if somebody was so stupid as to spell gnats n-a-t-s, would they really bother going with quotes and caps?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Mishee bang

    The “Rainbow Warrior”?? Are they sending a few queens from Castro District in San Francisco?

    Wholesale slaughter? Is it cheaper when you do it wholesale versus retail prices???

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Wade bang

    If they would’t put food in the recycle bin, the “NATS” would stay away. Maybe a picture of a baby seal over the container would help. May I suggest:

    http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2007/09/11/2-points-for-chutzpah-but-zero-for-originality/

    thank you.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Wade bang

    oh, and the red ink is a nice touch, lol.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   zoe

    In defense of the writer, I believe many spell-checkers ignore all-caps words. So NATS is partially excusable. Still moronic, but unavoidable.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Wade bang

    spel-chekr alwys wroks fro me. oll ;)

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   anglophile bang

    I believe they are not NATS, but more probably fruit flies. No need to spray, just clean out the recycle bins, remove any food, and those suckers will all be dead in 48 hours.

    How frequently the noble NAT is maligned when the evil fruit fly is to blame!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:16 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Wade bang

    spell-checker has won weekness – homonyms, lol.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:17 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   GhostWriter

    How much of a goofball Janitor do you have to be, to attempt to spray Raid into a recycle bin, but somehow get it all over the food counter as well? I am picturing Jerry Lewis (he’s an older movie comedian for you babies weaned on Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler ) spraying the container, but the aeresol can takes on a life of its own, pulling his hand and body around the kitchen, spraying the counters, the cabinets, the toaster, in the fridge, under his arms and down his pants.

    *Sigh* They just don’t make movies like that anymore…

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Centaurea

    1. I love how they specify “bug spray that could kill them.” Because it’s not sufficient to say “bug spray”–it has to be special bug spray with the extra power to kill the almighty gnat.

    2. What, exactly, is over-spay? Is that Bob Barker gone wild? “Please over-spay and neuter your gnats!”

    3. It’s such a classic P-A to not only tell someone to do it, but then tell them how, using “we” instead of “you.” As if speaking in third person somehow softens the blow of implying they can’t keep the spray to the bin.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   JPav

    Coming this fall, the masterminds who have brought us such shows as “COPS”, “SWAT” and “CHIPs” have joined forces to bring you “NATS”. Check your local listings.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Jen

    Knowing people (namely an uncle) who worked at another aerospace engineering company, I am amazed that the author of the note didn’t include diagrams with correct trajectory angles that should best be used while attacking the dreaded gnats in the bin with the aerosal cans. I am also amazed the language wasn’t more technical – must not have been an engineer (or my uncle) writing the note.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   lou fah

    im glad they didnt call them gnats, cause gnats give me wood.
    let he without sin cast the first stone.
    this is me waving my freak flag high.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   gdad

    The note writer is assuming that the cleaning staff can even read English. I also agree with #28

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Juliet bang

    A large aerospace company in Seattle? Maybe there are a few… my Mom works at one of them. She didn’t write the note because my Mom can spell ‘gnats’. I’ll ask her if she’s seen this note.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:05 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Melissa

    I am an engineer (although not an aerospace engineer, just a lowly environmental engineer) and I must sadly say that many engineers write like that and the author probably read that note over numerous times and found nothing wrong with it.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Wade bang

    http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/NATS

    National Activity to Test Software
    National Aerospace Technology Strategy
    National Air Traffic Services
    National Association of Teachers of Singing
    National Association of Textile Supervisors
    National Men’s Soccer Team (US)
    Natural Attenuation Test Site (Columbus AFB, MS, USA)
    Natural Sounds (audio on videotape)
    Naval Air Transport Service
    Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science
    New Aviation Tool Set
    Nissan Anti-Theft System
    NMCS AUTODIN Terminal Subsystem (US DoD)
    North Avenue Trade School

    My own personal choice:

    Not Able To Spell

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Mishee bang

    National Association of Teachers of Singing? OMG… wow – everyone has a place to “belong” nowadays! LOL

    But I do like Nissan Anti-Theft System…

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   shelly

    I’m confused… Why was the staff cleaning out the recycle bins if they have janitors that get paid to do it?

    I’m sure that “To: Janitors” pissed them off from the beginning. Thinking back to Half Baked… “It’s custodian, dick!”

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:24 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Wade bang

    It is hard to beat NMCS AUTODIN Terminal Subsystem. Only DoD can make an acronym out of acronyms, lol.

    (National Military Command System)( Automatic Digital Network) Terminal Subsystem

    :P

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   WanderingPenguin bang

    re: #28 – are you sure you don’t mean “froot flies”?

    Also, how in the hell does the letter writer know that “we” do not want people getting bug spray on their food and hands unknowingly? Did he/she take a vote? Personally, I would think it hysterically funny if this were to happen and half the staff had to call in sick for a week or more. Don’t speak for me, jerk! :)

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   GVI bang

    Why ask the janitors to not to “over spay” and then pull a “bless you heart” and say “we can call maintenance if you can’t do it.”

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:44 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   dawn bang

    It would be so funny if the janitors marked this note up with a red pen and left it with a can of Raid.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   Coke-aholic

    I thought that janitors were the same as Maintenance. Are janitors below Maintenance? As in, “If you don’t get this done and do it right, we are going to call Maintenance!” (Think: am I gonna have to call your mom or are you gonna get it done?)

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   sweavo

    passive agressive is sooooo in the eye of the beholder. Either I have asberger’s or it really is asking them whether they have any spray for the bugs.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   Team Cassandra bang

    Hey now, Mishee…let’s not trash those singing teachers! You never know who might be reading.

    Can someone please tell me the difference between the “janitors” and “maintenance”?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   Mishee bang

    Janitors clean up all the shit messes everyone makes…

    Maintenance does more like repairs and changing lightbulbs and stuff like that…

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   Mishee bang

    Maintenance is also sometimes known as “Facilities” – that’s what they call it at my work.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   Wade bang

    When I worked at a university, the two groups I made friends with first were housekeeping(janitors) and maintenance. They appreciated the effort and would keep me informed about all kinds of stuff going on around the campus.

    You never want to piss off someone with a long memory and keys to everything, lol!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   claw71

    You’ve got to be careful with insect repellent. Just ask Joba Chamberlain about how OFF worked on those midges during the ALDS.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   claw71

    Do janitors even read English anymore?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   Wade bang

    sweavo

    As in “Would you have any Grey Poupon?”

    Interesting notion. Use of the subjunctive is a tricky thing in English. (Any thoughts, Troy?)

    That next paragraph, though, seems to imply that the janitors, not the note writer(s), would be doing the cleaning (so we will need those also cleaned well).

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   GhostWriter

    I think the last part of the message got dropped off:

    Please let me know if you can do this, or if we are required to call maintenance …on your ass

    And if that doesn’t work, we’s gonna hafta get medieval on your ass.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   TeeHee

    Well I’d much rather eat a nat than a gnat.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #56   Lara

    Janitors=Subsitute for YOUR MOM (who doesn’t work here), cleaning up after you

    Maintenance=Substitute for YOUR DAD (who also doesn’t work here), doing yard work and fixing electric outlets

    I also love how the writer has to tell the poor guy/girl how to clean up after. He or she should know that this is likely to make said janitor refuse to clean off the counters, and in fact will probably make said janitor lay down an inch thick veneer of Raid.

    Letter writer is going to have to stay all night to wash down the counters before any food touches now.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 1:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   A.A guy

    I use raid when I run out of margarine,it’s both tasty and low on fat.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 1:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #58   Katzndogz bang

    Methinks the condescending note-writer is going to get his or her telephone and keyboard rubbed on a janitor’s crotch.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 1:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #59   Pug Mom bang

    To #11
    I hear your mother-in-law about people who are book smart but common sense stupid. A friend of mine has a master degree in mathematics and can write computer code like nobody’s business. One day, the bottom drawer of the three drawers in his desk got jammed and could not be opened. He never thought of taking out the middle drawer to gain access to to the bottom drawer. He just kept yanking on the bottom drawer until he almost pulled the whole thing over. I just walked in, pulled out the middle drawer, reached in through the hole, and removed the ruler from the bottom drawer that was preventing the bottom drawer from opening. You should have seen the look on his face!

    Yay me – first time posting here!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 1:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   Michelle

    It’s not Nat’s fault you don’t know how to cook a decent omelette. He could teach you a few things.

    http://www.dailyhero.com/2005/01/nat-bussigio.html

    Oct 25, 2007 at 1:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   lou fah

    katzndogz
    the janitor may rub his schlong/schlort all over my phone and keyboard, but he will be cleaning my piss off of everything else, including the ceiling. not to mention the occasional deuce ill be dropping here and there.
    as martha says, “good times, good times.”

    Oct 25, 2007 at 1:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   cre8tivewmn

    If the wise engineers would only tell their coworkers to rinse out their cans before recycling, there wouldn’t be an insect problem. (Maybe there is another note on the way?) I agree that fruit flies are more likely than gnats.

    Here in the south, the word gnats is used frequently because the insects are frequently around.

    I am kind of surprised that the note-writer (who cares about the earth and empties the recycling bin) advocates the use of bug spray.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 1:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #63   Team Cassandra bang

    Ahh…re: janitors vs. maintenance. Thanks.

    I was under the impression that janitors were now called maintenance personnel cuz it rubbed their egos the right way. and then they would refrain from rubbing their privates on our things. Honestly though, I think I’m referring to information retained in a school yard at around 10:15 on a Tuesday in 1985:)

    I think the note writer in NOT Passive Aggressive by nature. This note reads like someone who is used to talking out her issues – its so conversational – almost as if she *needs* the second person there to help her work out all the many details of this dangerous yet honourable mission.

    Ok – so she reads a little silly too. She seems sweet tho.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 3:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   Team Cassandra bang

    *is* (dag!)

    Oct 25, 2007 at 3:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   A.A guy

    Go to “pictures of walls” volume #1 about 6 frames in(On the blog roll)

    Oct 25, 2007 at 3:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   Team Cassandra bang

    Wow. I wonder how many gnats you have to squeeze to get all that.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 3:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #67   Mishee bang

    That’s pretty funny A.A. – how ironic, you stumbled across that today?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 3:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #68   Lara

    I think it’s passive-aggressive, because the note writer has to be all controlling, and remind the janitor to clean up any deadly poison he or she gets on food counters (thus assuming the janitor is an idiot who can’t read the back of a can of Raid), and all threatening (do you REALLY want me to call maintenance and start a turf war on your ass so your boss knows you’re not doing your job?), while disguising it as a friendly note.

    I think the more politically correct version of janitor would be “custodian”, Team Cassandra.

    Thanks Terry.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 4:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #69   todd

    #58: How about a few sticky keys? Maybe a light drizzle on the writer’s favorite picture frame, etc.

    Worse things have happened in lesser situations!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 4:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #70   A.A guy

    Mishee; I just happened across it about an hour ago,there’s some pretty funny stuff on that site

    Oct 25, 2007 at 4:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #71   Kite

    I work as a Housekeeper at a hospital. The hospital is VERY Union, and things are very stricked of what we can and can’t do.
    1. We didn’t collect recycle cans. Thats your departments job. so it would make sense that the writer would be picking it up the cans herself.
    2. There was a fine line of what a Janitor (housekeeper) and Maintenance could do. Spraying Bugs spray is deffently a Maintenance job.
    3. Janitor/Housekeeping we like to be called Environmental services. EVS for short.
    Thank you

    Oct 25, 2007 at 4:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #72   Wendy

    The best way to get rid of “nats” and OTHER PESTS is to pour gasoline on the recycle bin and light a match, which I’d be happy to do if I worked there, but not until I’d first placed the bin on the hood of the author’s car.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 5:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #73   EmeraldMPH

    Anyone who thinks they’re going to kill a professional baseball player with Raid has another thing coming. I wonder if the Nats know that just because they had a shit season doesn’t mean they have to go hang around cafeteria recycle bins as punishment.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 5:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #74   A.A guy

    Note to self;

    Don’t mess with Wendy.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 6:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #75   WanderingPenguin bang

    Do you suppose there’s any possibility that “Kite” was spelled correctly? Or perhaps her name is “Kate”? ‘Cause, you know….

    Oct 25, 2007 at 6:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #76   A.A guy

    Careful the M-O-S-S-A-D might be W-A-T-C-H-I-N-G

    Oct 25, 2007 at 6:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #77   anna-banana bang

    Naughty Acrobatic Transvestite Social

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #78   Team Cassandra bang

    Ok – I give up.

    What the heck’s a MOSSAD?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #79   anna-banana bang

    Nonessential Accountants Tardy Spree

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #80   Wade bang

    Mossad is the Israeli Secret Service.

    Not sure why they are worried about gNATS or Kites.

    Unless they mistake kite for a similar word that would upset them.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #81   anna-banana bang

    Nefarious Autistic Territorial Spiders

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #82   Zsa

    Oh

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #83   Zsa

    My

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #84   Zsa

    Garsh

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #85   Zsa

    I did it again!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #86   Zsa

    leave me a big can of raid to go with the spay-cheese

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #87   Wade bang

    ewwww, spay-cheese. i don’t even want to think about that!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #88   Team Cassandra bang

    Natural Airborne Toxin Suckers?

    Wow – I’m learning a lot today. I wonder what the Israeli Secret Service wants with those cute little Natsies…

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #89   anna-banana bang

    Narcissistic Austrian Tuba Sorority

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #90   Wade bang

    Nerds Against Toxic Surfaces

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #91   anna-banana bang

    Normally Anal Twat Scratchers

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #92   Team Cassandra bang

    ouchie!

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #93   Kite

    whats wrong with the name Kite?
    It’s a long story but people have called me that for years now. Trying not to sound dense but I don’t get it?

    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #94   Wade bang

    Kite

    I think (but I’m not sure – this is, after all, the internet) this may be it:

    According to Yiddish expert Leo Rosten, when Eastern Europeans arrived at Ellis Island, they were asked to sign their name with an “X”. But to them an “X” was the sign of the cross, which they associated with the persecution they were escaping. So instead of an “X”, they signed with an “O”, which in Yiddish is pronounced kikel. It happened enough times that it worked its way into the vernacular as k*ke, and eventually became a derogatory term for Jews.

    That is the only sense I can make of the Mossad comment, unless it was TC’s observation that NATS could morph into Nazis (thus bringing us again to Godwin’s Law).

    Either that, or the Israeli Secret Service really doesn’t like any sort of flying tethered man-made object, lol.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 8:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #95   Troy McClure bang

    #16: Yeah, the note writer definitely has a grasp of sycology, if not pselling.

    #26: Maybe that how NATS ended up in capitals: it was the only way to get it past the spell-checker.

    #34: If you are saying that gnats arouse you sexually, then okay, that’s one high freak flag! Good on ya mate.

    #38: Not Able To Spell. The iorny! He/she’s unwittingly demanding to get spayed to death!

    #53: Now I’ve run my mouth & made myself out to be some sort of grammarian. Hmm. Using “would [proposition in the subjunctive mood]” as a polite way of asking whether the proposition is true or not is familiar to me, but it is not listed at
    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/would,
    for whatever that’s worth. (Note, it is not #5 on that page; that would have to be interpreted as offering bug spray to the janitors. Now that would be P/A.) Note also that the subjunctivity is a red herring here; in this construction, the distinction only appears with “to be”, and it explains why we say “Troy, would you please be quiet about grammar now” rather than “Troy, would you please are quiet about grammar now.” For instance.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 8:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #96   raiseyourglass

    simple math
    pay for extra recycle pick up x 2 days a week = no bugs … gnats have life for 3 days keep area clean and no need for bug killer…. sheesh!!! So smart they have no common sense…

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #97   Troy McClure bang

    Kite, I don’t think anyone is suggesting that you need give up your nickname for fear of offending Jews. The original comment about your name refered, I think, only to the spelling in your first post. Mostly, it was good, but “stricked” and “deffently” were clangers.

    Far be it from me to pick on anyone’s spelling—most of my posts have some error or other—I just don’t want you paranoid about imagined identity-political tensions.

    (If you’re gonna get paranoid, it’s those Mexican Whooping Llamas you should be worried about. I heard them talking about you.)

    Oct 25, 2007 at 9:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #98   Kite

    Well thanks for clearing that up! I really do have horrible spelling. (cross my fingers) I will use dictionary from now on. No one from the real world has said anything about name being slightly offensive. I feel slightly bad. maybe I’ll tell everyone to whisper my name.
    Now I need to worry about Mexican Whooping Llamas! Great there goes my night.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #99   Wade bang

    I wouldn’t lose any sleep over the name, Kite. But those llamas are another story! :D

    Oct 25, 2007 at 10:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #100   morpho aurora bang

    Neurotic Aggravating Tech Speak

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #101   Troy McClure bang

    Not Alpacas Though Similar

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #102   Oedipa Maas bang

    Nice Acronym, Troy. (Smile!)

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #103   Troy McClure bang

    Now, Abi, That’s Skillful.

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #104   Mishee bang

    I was going to mention the spelling errors (stricked was a good one, but a noggin scratcher), but I am sure if I had done so, everyone would’ve jumped all over me for posting too much or something, so I knew someone else would handle it…

    Oct 25, 2007 at 11:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #105   WanderingPenguin bang

    Sorry, Kite. I had no idea some thickhead would think I was referring to a racial slur in my post. I was just obtusely trying to make reference, as Troy suggested, to a couple of words in your post that made me laugh out loud. There is nothing wrong with your nickname, it was just a weak attempt at humour. I’ll try not to be so subtle…or WEAK… next time. ;)

    Wait… would that mean….Never Again Try Subtlety? :)

    Oct 26, 2007 at 12:09 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #106   Team Cassandra bang

    Today, again, I would like to make a list. But today I have LICE! Lousy Insects Created Erroneously (I’m sure of it!).
    Beat that, NATS!

    I bet you want me now, dontcha lou fah?

    Oct 26, 2007 at 1:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #107   WanderingPenguin bang

    If he doesn’t, I do. *blink blink blink*

    Oct 26, 2007 at 1:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #108   Team Cassandra bang

    Aw. That’s so sweet.

    So what time to you wanna come over and pick nits?

    Oct 26, 2007 at 1:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #109   Team Cassandra bang

    *do* (dag!)

    Oct 26, 2007 at 1:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #110   WanderingPenguin bang

    You sure know how to sweet talk a guy! But then… us penguins LOVE nits. ;)

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #111   dicky49

    WP and TC : YA’ll better straighten up or we’ll have to turn the lights back on. And what’s with this prevailing sense of fondness for nits and gnats? Keep it clean, then it won’t get “sticky”. That’s the ticket here in the land of family values and responsible recycling!

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #112   tanyetta

    Nats!!!!!!!!!!! LOL ;)

    Oct 26, 2007 at 2:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #113   Eric C

    The world is divided into two types of people: those who check their spelling and those who don’t.

    Oct 26, 2007 at 6:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #114   A.A guy

    Sorry Kite; I never intended to insult anyone,it was meant to be a play on spelling and racial/religious paranoia.

    Jimmy the Mack

    Oct 26, 2007 at 8:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #115   Wade bang

    S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G N-A-T-S-I-E-S might be W-A-T-C-H-I-N-G, L-O-Ll!!

    :D

    Oct 26, 2007 at 8:55 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #116   WanderingPenguin bang

    Funny, Eric – I’ve always thought the world was divided into three types of people: those who can count and those who can’t. ;)

    Oct 26, 2007 at 10:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #117   Kite

    You guys sure know how to make a gal feel welcomed!
    (triple checked spelling and reread 4 times)
    Great now I’ve turned obsessive-compulsive! I’m not really this neurotic! No really!

    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #118   Troy McClure bang

    At times this site’s too slight politeness might just frighten web wayfarers;
    I think Kite is quite alright in spite of slight keyboarding errors!

    Oct 27, 2007 at 7:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #119   GVI bang

    Welcome Kite, don’t forget to “Get Punctuated.”

    Oct 27, 2007 at 1:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #120   REDCLOUD bang

    so what i’m wondering is whatever happened to taking matters into you own hands, or do we live in a note happy world? It woulseem that anyone, those who are educated and work at such facility just love to write notes, grab the can of spray and do it that way you know its done to your specifications, and we don’t have to hear you bitch! Or shall i call the Transformers to come and save the world. Whatever happened to the hard working american? Oh thats right, such is rare to find anymore!

    Oct 28, 2007 at 3:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #121   Hiroki

    Haha, so stupid.

    Ironically, I bet the janitors don’t even speak English

    Nov 21, 2007 at 12:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #122   hilary

    I once had a boyfriend whose family members mocked me when, during a board game, I challenged his sister’s spelling of “nats.”

    “I am pretty sure that starts with a G.”
    “Hyuk Hyuk! You’re stoopid! You must be thinking of GUH-nats! Har har.”

    I broke up with him very soon afterwards.

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:56 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #123   bobby

    At first I was trying to figure out how this is passive-aggressive and not just a note saying, “FYI… ‘NATS.’” and an inquery about bugspray. But by that last sentence, it doesn’t sound like this person is sure if it is the janitor’s responsibility at all. And in that case… they could just get the damn bugspray themselves. As if it is the janitors’ responsibility just because it was by the recycling. I dunno. Maybe i’m reading it wrong.

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #124   Kat

    I love that they managed to misspell ‘gnats’ & ‘spray’…but correctly spelled ‘maintenance’. Brilliant.

    Apr 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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