Entries from November 2012
Clarissa in Portland, Oregon dutifully passed along this e-mail from her boss. I normally don’t like to encourage this sort of thing, but, well, ’tis the season for shameless self-promotion. So, uh, take from Mel?
“Seriously, I have their calendar and I love it.” —Melanie, Administrative Projects Coordinator
related: Ceci n’est pas une note passif-agressif
extra credit: The PAN 2013 Page-a-Day Calendar. Seriously.
Tags: all-staff e-mail · dishes · meta
Ben in California says he got this notice in the mail a few days ago, though he’s not sure if the rest of the neighborhood got it, too. “These folks have lived there for about six months, but I’ve never talked to them. I guess now I know why.”
related: A not-so-subtle clue that your co-worker isn’t interested in small talk
Tags: neighbors · parking · small talk · way harsh
“There have been a lot of missionaries coming to our apartment building lately,” our submitter says, and apparently the occupants of Unit 307 have had enough of it. Adds our submitter: “I thought the Jesus Band-aids were a nice touch.”
related: You will be CURSED if you wake my sleeping baby!
Tags: California · God · Jesus · knocking
Imagine this: You’re about to pen a note to post in the office men’s room, but you’re torn — should you go for the patronizing approach, or opt for some sarcastic reverse psychology?
At Colin’s office in London, the note-writer apparently decided: ¿Por qué no los dos?
(As always, click the image above to enlarge.)
related: The never-ending (and completely unnecessary) battle between basic hygiene and basic courtesy
Tags: a little patronizing · bathroom · blitzkrieg approach · London · office · toilet paper
A certain supervisor thought his assistant, Sandra, was attracting too much idle chatter from other people in the office, so he made this framed notice for her desk. (Because that’s not creepy at all.)
“No word yet on how many contributions he’s received,” our submitter says.
related: The Man is always watching
Tags: Canada · crazy boss · kinda creepy · most popular notes of 2012 · office
“Some of the people in my office are pathologically incapable of washing their own dishes,” writes Adam in Los Angeles. “I hope this doesn’t lead us to war.”
Yeah, yeah, I know, nobody washes their dishes. Really, the thing I appreciated about this submission was that it led me down the rabbit hole of QuoteInvestigator.com.
The real takeaway here? Next time you decide to quote the likes of Edmund Burke or Eleanor Roosevelt, remember these words of wisdom:
related: From the Manager’s Book of Quotes for Inspiring Workplace Paranoia
Tags: dishes · office
Writes our submitter, Iris: “East London’s Brick Lane is the city’s hipster epicenter. A nearby pub had clearly had enough of being flooded by ironic facial hair and cardigans.”
related: Unattended children will be shot.
extra credit: It’s Movember!
Tags: bar · London · most popular notes of 2012 · warning
In Manhattan, a shortage of pumpkin spice lattes triggered mayhem overshadowed only by an actual disaster.
In Minnesota, however, it seems that some folks still haven’t heard the news that “Pumpkin is the New Bacon.”At our submitter’s office in Minneapolis, a proffered can of pumpkin spice tea sparked a Midwestern snark-off, complete with smilies.
related: Grow an orange tree and grow up
extra credit: The Inescapable Pumpkin Spice Trend [thekitchn.com]
Tags: Minneapolis/St. Paul · note wars · office · smartass · smiley · tea
“We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America…We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.” —President Obama, in his election-night acceptance speech
Meanwhile, in Rochester Hills, Michigan:
Rob says this anonymous note was attached to a canned good collected his son’s Boy Scout Troop. “I’m not sure what type of ‘adult’ deems a canned food drive for the less fortunate as a worthy platform for spewing political vitriol to the Boy Scouts who collected the food, but one can only hope that the next four years brings prosperity for everyone except this self-righteous idiot.”
related post: ¡Bienvenido! Mi casa no es su casa.
extra credit: The 20 Biggest Sore Losers of Election Night [salon.com]
Intel, UPS halt funding to Boy Scouts Over Anti-Gay Discrimination [AP]
Tags: heartwarming compassion · Michigan · most popular notes of 2012 · politics · unsolicited feedback
Writes Catherine in Melbourne: “I was preparing breakfast in the office kitchen when I opened the fridge and reached for the margarine tub to butter my toast. Ten seconds later, I was fearing for my life.”
related: I Can’t Believe It’s Not (My) Butter
extra credit: Australians Losing Their Taste for Vegemite [time.com]
Tags: Australia · butter · die bitch die · Melbourne · most popular notes of 2012 · not-so-veiled threats · smiley · warning