Entries from May 2011
Our submitter at a university in Canberra spotted this first note while getting his morning coffee. “Pat (a professor in the department) has been complaining for weeks that her coffee mug seems to disappear and reappear spontaneously. Her mood varies with its presence.”
Several days later, our submitter spotted this addendum, written by another professor sympathetic to Pat’s cause. “Since the mug hasn’t turned up in over a week, I’m pretty sure the culprit is too afraid to return the mug at this point.” (Could you blame him?)
related: Not to name names, but…
Tags: "accidental" "borrowing" · Australia · beverages · Canberra · cats · college life · not-so-veiled threats
Beth in London says this is only the most recent in a series of sad/hungry/angry household items created by one of her flatmates. “We’re all fairly disorganised,” she admits, “but one guy, possibly fearful of confrontation, prefers to avoid addressing any issues directly.”
Adds Beth: “A loo-roll holder with eyes is not a very appealing bathroom companion, by the way.”
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the United Kingdom, one of Emma’s flatmates decided to take a similarly cartoonish approach to their toilet troubles.
related: Fluffy the Fox is here to teach you about bathroom hygiene!
Tags: anthropomorphism · bathroom · roommates · toilet · toilet paper
Writes our submitter in Madison, Wisconsin: “A coworker was cutting his fingernails into a community desk at work, so another coworker put on rubber gloves, collected the cuttings, and then put them into a sandwich bag with this note stapled on back in the drawer.”
The real kicker, though? As it turns out, there’s actually more than one nail-clipping culprit in the office, our submitter says, ”because several people took the note personally.”
Wha-wha-WHAT? I mean, one office weirdo — that’s practically a given. But an entire gang of clandestine communal-desk-drawer-nail-clipping coworkers? That’s just messed up.
related: Sorry, I thought those were the *shared* office toenail clippers
Tags: hygiene · Madison · sad face · that's disgusting · visual aids · WTF?
In this episode of targeted advertising gone awry, Jill in Nashville went the grocery store and bought a bag of chocolate chips (“to make cookies for work”) and one pint of Ben & Jerry’s (“just one, mind you!”)
If Jill sounds a little defensive, that’s probably because — thanks to some disarmingly deadpan algorithms — she received this perky little coupon along with her receipt.
Meanwhile, a submitter in Ohio was about to reach for the Cherry Garcia — but stopped short when she spotted this “sign from above.”
related: Are you calling me fat?
Tags: bad sales pitch · food · hey fatty · ice cream · Nashville · Ohio
“Every week there seems to be a new note in the office kitchen repeating the exact same thing,” says chenry in Canada. “Lately they’ve been threatening to throw away the dishes if you leave them in the sink, but they never do that either.”
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“Now someone’s added his own sign taking the piss out of the rest.”
related: You want clip art? Oh, we’ll give you clip art.
Tags: blitzkrieg approach · Canada · dishes · in the name of teamwork · kitchen · sarcasm
I don’t really want to know what “cigarette ashes” is supposed to mean in this context…
…but hey, look what I found on the Internets!
related: Your “Brown Friends”
Tags: Berkeley · bold-underlined-caps · hygiene · office · toilet
This bulletin board display from Louisville, Kentucky comes to us via Annie in Colorado, who adds: “I can’t help but feel sorry for the poor dogs caught popping a squat!” (Don’t worry, Annie. As you can see, I’ve taken steps to protect the identities of the canines pictured.)
Maybe it’s the classic crazypants handwriting, but I when I try to envision the creator of this display, the first image that comes to mind is one of those cop-show scenes where they bust in and find a room obsessively wallpapered with photos and maps and newspaper clippings documenting some big (or in this case, not so big) conspiracy theory.
But who knows? Maybe this guy is starting a new fetish mag and just wants to track down these dogs to pay their modeling fees or…something.
related: Dr. Freud’s Salon Scatologica
Tags: confusion??? · crazypants · dogs · Louisville · neighbors · rebuttals · shit · visual aids
(After all, once they’ve moved back home into their old bedrooms, they can just raid your liquor cabinet and sneak bills from your wallet, just like old times!)
Meanwhile, this note/social critique was spotted by James in downtown Iowa City, “amid dozens of bars and thousands of over-privileged young suburbanites.”
If, however, your entrepreneurial kiddos do decide to strike out their own, you might want to keep tabs on the Sudafed in the medicine cabinet. (Especially if “on their own” means “the room above the garage.”)
related: Your daughter is a substance abuser and a PLAYER!
Tags: art · beer · college life · drugs · graffiti · Iowa · Moms & Dads · money
Dan in Chicago spotted this unexpected gem in the “comments from our readers” section of the Chicago Tribune weather page.
related: No money, no trophy
Tags: Chicago · Moms & Dads · posted online
Stephanie in Kansas City, Missouri found this warning posted on the fridge after lunch today:
Around the same time, this note showed up on an office coffee-maker in Washington, D.C.:
Meanwhile, Ashley in Greenville, North Carolina forwards this example of a veiled threat, atheist-style:
related: Remember, God is watching you!
Tags: bathroom · coffee · D.C. · exclamation-point happy!!!! · Jesus · Kansas City · North Carolina · pizza · roommates · soap · stealing · washing your hands