Just another picture to burn

January 21st, 2009 · 74 comments

Our anonymous submitter in Pittsburgh says this note was sitting atop a copy-room filing cabinet — and a stack of 50 or so identical print-outs of the Jo Bros. “Guess someone in the office is on Team Taylor Swift!”


related: Let’s not mince words

extra credit: Taylor Swift’s passive-aggressive swipe at Joe Jonas [youtube]

FILED UNDER: ex drama · office · office supplies · Pittsburgh

74 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Canthz_B bang

    Someone has run out of printer ink recently!
    I’ve seen printers that cost less than some ink cartridges!

    Jan 22, 2009 at 1:37 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   SonSungSue

      They do seem to give away those printers like chiclets!

      Jan 22, 2009 at 11:25 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   plausibletheories bang

    …That’s where those went.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 1:44 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #3   Lovey

    Maybe Anon Copier can make up signs asking if anyone has seen his JoBro papers.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 2:15 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Canthz_B bang

      Is that anything like the Villacci Papers?

      Jan 22, 2009 at 2:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Wolverine Girl

      Are the Villacci Papers anything like the Village People?

      Jan 22, 2009 at 5:20 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Canthz_B bang

      I guess so…a poor lip-sync/re-make of The Valachi Papers! :oops:

      Jan 22, 2009 at 8:09 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #4   anglophile bang

    Well, guess who just screwed herself out of an invite to the office’s big Jonas Bros/Mongolian BBQ potluck next week?

    Jan 22, 2009 at 5:15 am   rating: 57  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Olivia


      Jan 22, 2009 at 3:04 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #5   Holiday Djinn

    If you are gainfully employed at an office then you are too damn old to be a fan of the Jonas Brothers. Team Grow up and listen to decent music!

    Jan 22, 2009 at 7:35 am   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   claw71 bang

      Yeah…NKOTB is back together and laying down some vicious vinyl.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 8:40 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   unfortunate names blog

      or maybe it was an intern

      Jan 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Perhaps it was “bring your pre-teen daughter to work” day.

      (Brittany, I told you the copy machine was not a toy.)

      Jan 22, 2009 at 2:22 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   j

      if you are old enough to know how to use a photocopier you are too old to be a JB fan.

      Jan 23, 2009 at 1:19 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #6   Ti O bang

    The Jonas brothers resolve to no longer squander the resources of the planet by no longer making crappy tween music cd’s and decreasing their carbon foot print by canceling all future tours.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 8:19 am   rating: 23  small thumbs up

  • #7   claw71 bang

    Oh cool! I always wondered what happened to Hanson…it’s really nice to see theat their fans haven’t changed.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 8:38 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #8   QuarterRoy00 bang

    Are we sure the note writer isn’t referring to the JoBros fantastic use of natural resources to make their hair look so spectacular???

    Jan 22, 2009 at 8:50 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #9   GhostWriter bang

    The pics are similar, but not identical.

    If you stack them up together and flip the top corner with your thumb, Joe sings “…that’s just the way we roll,” while Nick and Kevin dance.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 8:57 am   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   nuttinhunny

      What’s really scary is the fact that you know all their names!

      Jan 22, 2009 at 10:35 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Bunnee

      I was going to say that, but then I figured Ghostwriter might have kids or nieces or something.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 10:41 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   nuttinhunny

      I can be put in the category of mom and aunt, but I still had no clue what their names are. Then again, I just don’t care.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 10:45 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #10   GhostWriter bang

    Great Use of Resources!

    That is, nice job recording cover versions of:

    - Poor Unfortunate Souls (Ashmen & Menken)
    - Hello/Goodbye (Beatles)
    - Take On Me (A-Ha)
    - What I Go To School For (Busted)
    - Year 3000 (Busted)
    - 6 Minutes (Lyte Funky Ones)
    - Kids of the Future (Kim Wylde)
    - I’m Gonna Getcha Good (Shania Twain)

    Jan 22, 2009 at 9:31 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   claw71 bang

      Wait a second, GhostWriter, are you insinuating that the Jonas Brothers catalogue is comprised of other artist’s songs? Paul McCartney must be rolling in his grave.

      You know your future in the music business is fleeting when you cover Shania Twain. It’s hard to describe just how intricate the crappiness is when you do that but I’ll liken it to third generation incest. I mean, incest is bad enough but when the mongoloid spawn of incestuous parents hook up drain the gene pool a little further it’s Jonas Brothers bad.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 9:44 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Ti O bang

      dude #1 : aw man I screwed my mongoloid, humpbacked, cross-eyed sister last night.

      Dude #2 Hey, Jeez what the hell made you pull a JonasBros move like that?

      Jan 22, 2009 at 9:52 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   GhostWriter bang

      The Jonas Brother’s silly remix of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” is what bothers me the most. Actual lyric: “So come meet the Robinsons” – -WTF?!!? But, I guess you can’t blame the pawns- it’s really Disney that is destroying today’s youth.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 10:40 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   se

      This is where I must confess.
      I would love to “cover” Shania Twain.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 10:49 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #10.5   aaa

      Shania Twain? Really, se? Even if I did fuck women, I think the complete lack of musical talent would obliterate any physical attraction I would feel.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.6   se

      Just make sure her mouth is kept busy.. no notice of complete lack of musical talent, just humming talent.
      And, I might point out that most men aren’t attracted to women for their musical talent

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.7   aaa

      True, true.

      It’s not the fact that she doesn’t have any musical talent that bothers me, because a lot of people don’t, which is fine. It’s that she’s famous for being a musician and sucks at music. Which just makes her a dick. (Ha! Not gonna make the pun because puns suck…)

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.8   claw71 bang

      I have to agree with se… Shania Twain is annoying when something’s coming out her mouth but I think I’d find her rather appealing if something was coming in it.

      As for musical talent, Aretha Franklin’s still got great pipes, but you won’t find mine anywhere near her.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #10.9   Nikki

      Um, Paul McCartney certainly would be rolling in his grave… since he’s still alive!

      Perhaps you mean John Lennon?

      Jan 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.10   se

      Are you sure that Paul McCartney is still alive?
      The last time I saw a picture of him, he looked like a vampire. Even dressed like one.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #10.11   unfortunate names

      he’s for sure dead, I’d bet my prosthetic limb on it.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.12   tbunny

      paul mccartney is indeed still alive, even still touring.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   Quite Contrary

    Imagine the note if they had printed the photos out on the color printer!

    Jan 22, 2009 at 9:34 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #12   Ti O bang

    In a office complex copy machine room somewhere Al Gore is holding hands with an Lakota chief. A single tear runs down their cheeks.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 9:55 am   rating: 34  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   GhostWriter bang

      …and they are wearing loincloths?

      Jan 22, 2009 at 10:11 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   RigaToni

      I pictured Al Gore in a loincloth for a brief moment, and now I must go rinse my eyes out with battery acid.

      Thank you.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 10:18 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Ti O

      To Al wearing his suit without the jacket is a loincloth.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 11:29 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #13   Goldie

    While I agree that Jonas brothers, indeed, are a waste of good eggs and sperm, how are their parents going to get that note? The author should’ve mailed it to them, not just left it on top of a random filing cabinet.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 10:23 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #14   Julie

    Claw, Paul McCartney is going to be pissed if he stumbles on PAN and finds out you’ve declared him dead.

    It’s the Paul is Dead hoax all over again!

    Jan 22, 2009 at 11:07 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Goldie

      Naw, what Claw means is Sir Paul McCartney has an empty grave in his backyard. On Friday nights he likes to get drunk, dress as a goth, and roll in his grave. That’s his idea of fun.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 11:20 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   EchoEcole

      Gigglebrax error.

      Besides he looked dead the last time I saw him on TV with his pegleg pirate ex-wife.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 11:23 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   claw71 bang

      Have you seen/heard alleged- Paul’s latest work? Trust me, he’s dead. He’s been dead a long, long time.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   Julie


      Jan 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   Lose That Girl

    Time to toss out the interns. Seriously…such teeny love should be picked up at the interview stage. I blame HR for being lazy.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 11:17 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   claw71 bang


      Try the perverted department manager who likes his eye candy. HR tried to weed the ditzy little tart out but the old man in the corner office played his big boss man trump card.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #16   Emma

    Maybe they are have-you-seen-me posters?

    (*crosses fingers*)

    Jan 22, 2009 at 12:09 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #17   JoelWhy

    Does this mean Menudo is getting back together?!

    Jan 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #18   claw71 bang

    I was just reading an article on these creepy little bastards. Another icky mob of bible-thumping promise keepers, wearing rings that symbolize the vow of chastity they took for their parents. GROSS!

    My dad didn’t try to cock block me, and I’m sure as hell not going to cock block my son. Or my daughter, for that matter. I don’t believe that sex is better when you get older–have you seen Taylor Swift? Best to hit that now before she starts looking like Tanya Tucker—no, sex is better when you get better at it. And that takes practice. Lots and lots of practice.

    Yeah, I’m sure that whoever marries one of these Jonas Bros is going to be really happy with the wedding night premature ejaculation followed by six months of awkward, self-conscious love-making. Sure, Miley Cyrus is plenty cute and pretty soon she’ll be legal but what good is cute and virginal when she’s going to have all those hang ups about what and where you’re sticking things? Nope. Give me a dirty little slut any day. I like a girl who knows how to do the nasty and I know you ladies out there feel the same way.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 12:37 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Goldie

      Claw, I heard oral and anal are a large part of abstinence-only programs, so you may want to reconsider.
      On an unrelated note, yeah, I do feel the same way, but how’d you find out I like a girl who knows how to do the nasty?

      Jan 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   claw71 bang

      Good point Goldie. I forgot about Bristol Palin’s trickle-down pregnancy. Still, with those promise keepers…how long do the parents stay involved and what happens after a divorce? Do they have to re-avow their chasitity?

      Actually, that might not be so hard to do. It seems that sex is harder to find when you’re washed up, fat and 40. Just ask Corey Haim.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 12:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.3   Goldie

      I hear ya Claw. I’m at least one of those things. Recently I was asking myself the same questions about promise keepers’ future, so as an experiment, I tried finding sex. Before I could get any valid results, Mr. Goldie stepped in and ended my experiment! Sad fate of pioneer researchers everywhere.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.4   MAMARILLA2 bang

      How else is a fat girl going to be popular in high school?

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #18.5   aaa

      Being the go-to booty call doesn’t make you popular, it just makes you convenient. :D

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #18.6   MAMARILLA2 bang

      D*** I knew I was doing something wrong.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #18.7   claw71 bang

      Convenient is the new popular.

      It always has been.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.8   MAMARILLA2 bang

      It was also helpful if you had a car.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   Goldie

    my nesting instincts suck today

    Jan 22, 2009 at 1:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #20   aaa

    Damn, if you’re gonna waste paper on people who suck as much balls as the Jonas Brothers, at least put more than one picture on the page and cut down on the amount of tree you’re devoting to suckage.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #21   chekur

    The suspicious lack of a derogatory name such as “jackass” or “poopy-head” on the end of that passive aggressive note makes me doubt its sarcastic value.

    Maybe the PAN writer actually likes to compliment via Sharpie rather than face to face, and the office is littered with notes like, “Great TPS report!” and “Someone refilled the coffee, way to go!”

    Of course, they’d have to be let go when they wrote across someone’s forehead, “You look radiant today!” in permanent ink, but them’s the breaks for being kind.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #22   Julia

    If the person who printed those is anything like some of the students I go to school with, they didn’t realize that the printer was out of paper (or perhaps jammed) and instead just kept sending the damn thing to print over and over again, becoming increasingly frustrated that their precious print was not coming out instead of -GASP- checking to see if the printer needed paper.

    This happens way more often than it should.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   aaa

      Nah, I bet they just wanted to have backup pics handy in the event the one they were using got too encrusted with semen.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   claw71 bang

      Printers don’t need paper. They make their own.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #22.3   secretrebel

      I think they are CD covers and the creator has also stolen 50+ blank CDs.

      Jan 28, 2009 at 11:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #23   You Suck at Craigslist

    I think I have to be part of Team “Who-the-Hell-is-That?”. And in this case, I think I like that team a lot.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Olivia

      Seriously, man, I was waiting for:

      Step 1: Print out 50x of a Jonas Bros. JPEG.
      Step 2: ?????
      Step 3: Profit!

      Jan 22, 2009 at 3:09 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #23.2   you suck at craigslist


      Jan 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #24   GhostWriter bang

    Are we sure it’s a photocopy of the Jonas Brothers, and not a pic of that new upstate boy band, signed by Grant, Useff, and Resolver themselves?

    Resolver is the weird bass player.

    Jan 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #25   fluffy8u

    Bah! You are all wrong! It’s the genius marketing of the Jonas Brothers!!! They steal into your offices make 50 copies of themselves and leave them for employees to find!!!! However their arch-rival, the evil Taylor Swift left this very passive aggressive note to foil their plan! Mwahahahaha!!

    Jan 23, 2009 at 1:55 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   Amy

    Great way to spend the office funds! *lol*

    Jan 23, 2009 at 7:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   liebe

    Sie haben eine sch

    Feb 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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