September 12th, 2013 · 49 comments
Earlier this week, on her usual walk to work across the UChicago campus, Lauren noticed a board topped by a cement block covering an open manhole. Then other day, however, she walked past the same spot to find this ingenious work of civic protest/prankery.
Adds Lauren: “I’m most impressed by the obvious work involved in the sign’s construction, but bonus points are due for capturing the speaking style of our salty mayor.” (And yes, Lauren says: Chicago’s city seal really does include the image of a baby floating on a cloud.)
related: Governor of California to State Senate: “Get Stuffed.”
FILED UNDER: Chicago · most popular notes of 2013 · raging against the machine · smartass
September 11th, 2013 · 35 comments
Just a reminder, folks: updating your newsfeed = not actually the same thing as genuine social interaction.
related: Because you’re not really knocked up until Facebook says so
extra credit: Facebook is bad and makes you feel bad [newyorker.com]
FILED UNDER: frenemies · Mother-son notes · oh snap
Courtney’s friend Tom found this note — from our newest contender for douchecanoe of the year) — on the windshield of his Toyota FJ Cruiser.
related: Yeah, I dinged your car, but you kinda deserved it
FILED UNDER: car · don't blame us · Park City · parking · questionable logic
First with the plums, now lemons? Seriously, Bill?
And by the way, I’d like my red wheelbarrow back, please. (So much depends upon it, after all.)
(Thanks to our submitters Sarah in NYC and Steve in the U.K.)
related: What rhymes with putrid?
extra credit: This Is Just to Say
FILED UNDER: food · New York · office fridge · pure poetry · stealing
Katie says this was propped up in the ladies room at a senior citizen apartment building in Florida. Adds Katie: “I don’t care that they think the floor is dirtier, I’m not touching the floor either!”
related: Hover & Flow(chart); The Rhyme That Must Be Flushed
FILED UNDER: clip art catastrophe · Florida · old folks · pure poetry · toilet
Our submitter in Portland, Oregon saw this sign while out for her morning run. Strangely, she took a pass on the hot date.
related: The saga of Tony Q69
FILED UNDER: ex drama · Portland · public shaming
Holly in Minnesota noticed this insert in her box of Blick pastels. “I think that last sentence (?) safely takes the tone over the line from gently defensive to quite douche-y,” she says. (Of course, if she were a *real* artist…)
Then there’s these (non-pastel-colored) cupcake liners, with their message of, as Victoria in Brooklyn put it: “If you care, buy our baking cups. If you don’t give a crap about the Earth, buy that other brand.”
related: White wire & damnation
FILED UNDER: a little patronizing · The Earth · You call that punctuation?
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.)
related: NO TOUCHING!
FILED UNDER: big brother-ish · New Hampshire · temperature · touching
Writes Mark in the U.K.: “My friend went over to his sister’s place to house sit for a week and when he arrived he was greeted with this. The ‘help yourself to our empty cupboards’ bit is a joy in itself, but having to be told not to try on her housemate’s lingerie is a total gem.”
related: PANTY RAID!
FILED UNDER: siblings · signed with love
“My dear, sweet grandmother is a treasure in my life,” writes Jessi in Dallas. To her horror, however, she realized — upon receiving this anonymous postcard from ‘a friend,’ — that she had forgotten to wish her grandmother a happy birthday this year.
Already feeling pretty guilty, says Jessi: “I immediately called her and received an additional 40-minute guilt trip over the phone. Today I sent her a birthday card in the mail.” Still, Jessi can’t help but how long it’ll be before she makes it off of Grandma’s “naughty list.”
related: If you have a birthday and don’t hear from your grandchildren, is it still a birthday?
FILED UNDER: birthday · Dallas/Fort Worth · Grandma · guilt trip · mea culpa