A thoughtcrime in the making

September 2nd, 2013 · 25 comments

Joe spotted this note posted on a thermostat inside an abandoned factory-turned-shopping center in Keene, New Hampshire.

Writes Joe, “I have to confess that I looked at it, got near it, and for the love of monkeys, I can’t stop thinking about it. I didn’t touch it though.” (No matter, Joe: Big Brother knows the truth.)

Leave this alone. Don't touch it. Don't Look at it. Don't get near it. Stop thinking about it.   -Thanks

related: NO TOUCHING!

FILED UNDER: big brother-ish · New Hampshire · temperature · touching

25 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Fayth

    Great. Thanks to their note, I’M thinking about it now too.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 12:29 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   MindYourself

    Don’t think about a pink elephant eating blackberries

    Sep 3, 2013 at 12:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Nunavut Guy

    Monkey love is the only true love.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 12:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   ElleDubs

    This reminds me of The Game. Dammit, I just lost. And now all of you have, too.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 12:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Djagir

      Nah, I won that years ago. You can, too: http://xkcd.com/391/ !

      Sep 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Dan

      Can’t lose if you don’t play :P

      Sep 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Eliavy

    The notewriter has some gnarly handwriting.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 12:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Kim

    There could be a movie using this as the start, middle and/or end. Please let’s do this.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 4:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   H for Toy

    I’m imagining some poor guy getting this note in lieu of the standard “headache” excuse.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 5:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      I’m surprised this note wasn’t found in Katie’s bra drawer.

      Sep 3, 2013 at 11:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Steve

    Taking a picture of it (also known to some peoples as “stealing its soul”) counts as touching it. Way touching it.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 9:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   redheadwglasses

    Ah, the everlasting thermostat wars. It’s FREEZING in my department. Why should I dress in long sleeves and heavier weight fabrics — PLUS have a sweater with me — when it’s 80+ degrees outside? Because of the one person who is so overweight, he’s always hot? Apparently, that is the case.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 10:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   The Elf

      We can trade. Mine’s always too hot (78+ degrees, growing warmer as the day goes on) in summer and winter. I can’t buy winter weight work clothes anymore, even when it’s winter.

      Effin’ Santa.

      Sep 3, 2013 at 11:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   slurreydude

      Because its easier for people to throw on an extra sweater, than it is to make an overweight person smell good after a day of sweating. Myself I work with two gals who complain its cold if the office isn’t 84f

      Give me a cooler office anyday

      Sep 3, 2013 at 11:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   H for Toy

      Where I used to work, the women in the office had control of the thermostat. They would sit at their desks quietly in their short sleeves, and turn the temperature up to 72. That doesn’t sound too bad, except the rest of us had to wear non-breathable lab coats, and were on our feet running around all day. Thank God for the deep freeze! -4 celcius felt so good on a busy day!

      Sep 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   Raichu


      You have it worse than me right now, and I would be spitting nails. As it is, I have to wear long pants when I have classes in August and carry a sweatshirt everywhere. And I cringe thinking about how much money and energy gets dumped into making dozens of large college campus buildings 10 or 20 degrees colder than it is outside.

      At least my roommate doesn’t get hot much more easily than I do, so we have no air conditioner in our apartment. Opening the windows is enough to keep it from getting too stuffy. :)

      Sep 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.5   Raichu

      78 is the low side of perfect for me. But I recognize that I’m unusual in that regard and a more reasonable temperature would be 74 or 75.

      Turning it up to 78 in the winter also makes me cringe because of the wastefulness, even if it is more comfortable. I feel even 70 is a bit of a splurge. My parents keep the house at 68 day/65 night during the winter which is miserable but it keeps costs down.

      Sep 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.6   The Elf

      I’d feel you too, Readhead, but my probation officer said I couldn’t.

      Sep 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.7   JoDa

      This. I keep my house at 75 in the evening and 71 to sleep in the summer. I sit in my office in long pants, long sleeves, a sweater, and sometimes a wrap. WHO IS IT that finds these insane temperatures comfortable? If I find 75 comfortable to a smidge warm in lightweight sport pants, flip flops, and a t-shirt or tank top, my office CANNOT be warmer than 68…

      And bonus, in the winter, the temperature in our office goes UP after the “heat” kicks off in the evening. I guess that at least saves money?

      Sep 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.8   Poltergeist

      No worries Elf. With my newfound straightness I acquired with the last PAN, I’m willing to feel redhead!

      Joo don’t need no sweatuh ta keep ya warm baybeh. C’mere…

      Sep 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.9   Lab dude

      Worked in a lab once that was part of an office complex that my employer was taking over, a square foot at a time. The heat for the lab was controlled by a thermostat in the office next door, occupied by a pair of older ladies who were constantly cold.
      In order to keep my lab (full of heat-producing equipment) at a reasonable temp., it was necessary to keep the thermostat at about 72. This was too cold for the ladies who kept pushing it up to 78 – which made my lab run at about 88 degrees. This was a running battle until their company’s lease expired and my employer took over the rest of the building.

      Sep 5, 2013 at 11:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   redheadwglasses

    Dude, my office is beyond cool. It is freezing. I shouldn’t have to wear a long-sleeved sweater in the hottest months (95 degrees outside and humid) AND wear another sweater on top of that. And I am no freeze baby — I LOVE the cold! I love Minnesota winters and 20 below zero temps.

    But in the office? No.

    Sep 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Atalaya

    Makes me think of the dog park in Welcome to Night Vale.
    “The City Council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Sommerset, near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible you will see hooded figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the dog park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.”

    Sep 4, 2013 at 8:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   jess

      That was exactly what I thought of, too!

      Sep 5, 2013 at 6:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Sorcha

      Haha I was just going to say, is this the thermostat in the Night Vale Community Radio station?

      Sep 10, 2013 at 12:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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