Buskers & broomsticks

September 18th, 2008 · 206 comments

Zora Zero spotted this ongoing street-musician spat in Portobello Road Market, London.

BUSKERS Please note: WE LIVE HERE. We can't hear TV/radios or open windows when you play. Buskers who play here have had + and will have water thrown on them and the police called. Please be kind enough to play elsewhere. Thank you

I’m not a Londoner, but living near Portobello Road and complaining about the buskers seems like living near Times Square and complaining about the lights, no?  I was cheered, therefore, to see the responses added by other more busker-friendly neighbo(u)rs at the bottom of the original note.

Buskers, we live here as well and we miss you!!

Admits our submitter (who described herself as “team foreigner, with busker sympathies”): “the paint on the railing was indeed being damaged by the original anti-busking clear-plastic-envelope-taping resident.”

related: I used to be your biggest fan

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Communication needed

September 17th, 2008 · 147 comments

Writes Harry in New York: “My roomie sent me this e-mail two weeks after telling me I need to move out.  I guess it’s a case of retroactive passive-aggression on my part.”

communication needed

In his own defense, Harry adds, “the ‘light’ is a nightlight and the ‘AC’ is a window fan.”

related: Some creative brainstorming and flexible thinking

→ 147 CommentsFILED UNDER: e-mail · energy usage · money · New York · roommates


Lost & found

September 16th, 2008 · 137 comments

Our anonymous submitter in California is not the resident of Apartment 105, but she knew exactly who this note was intended for. “The dude in 105 lets his dog out, deposit her gifts on the sidewalk, and then run back. Dude stands and watches her, perfectly at his ease,” she says. “This has been going on for as long as I’ve lived here, so I guess someone finally got fed up.”

Property of Apt. 105

Adds our submitter: “This is not the first time I’ve seen a note like this. The shameless are immune to passive-aggression.”

related: passive-allergic

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The hot topic at this year’s Warped Tour

September 15th, 2008 · 161 comments

Spotted by Christina in Minnesota at the Angels & Airwaves merch booth…

IF YOU DON'T TIP YOU'RE RACIST P.S. If it's good enough for a picture it's good enough for a tip. Take a picture and don't tip and I'll break your camera in front of you. Love you. -XO-

Can’t read the smaller writing? here’s a (blurry) close-up:

P.S. If it's good enough for a picture it's good enough for a tip. Take a picture and don't tip and I'll break your camera in front of you. Love you. -XO-

(As it turns out, Christina says, it was an empty threat.)

related: The chav’s guide to SXSW

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“I don’t need a birthday cake,” I said.

September 12th, 2008 · 115 comments

(My roommate disagreed.)

Fuck you! I made a cake anyway :)

Now it’s my turn: Happy birthday, Kim! (emoticon emoticon emoticon)

related: an occasion that blue mountain arts has yet to animate
extra credit: cake wrecks

→ 115 CommentsFILED UNDER: birthday · Brooklyn · cake · Park Slope · roommates · smiley


Oh, please. Do I look like someone who uses drugstore shampoo?

September 11th, 2008 · 94 comments

Lindsey in Scottsdale, Arizona was less than pleased to find this post-it from her roommate when she stepped into the shower one morning. “There’s only three of us in the apartment, so it’s not hard to ask either of us,” she says. “And for the record, I’ve never used her stuff!”

DON'T BE CHEAP & USE YOUR OWN SHAMPOO. THANKS

related: Clarifying motion #2
extra credit: When in doubt, pout: 7 passive-aggressive roommate movies [flixster.com]

→ 94 CommentsFILED UNDER: Arizona · CAPS LOCK · money · roommates · Scottsdale


Just be glad you don’t know what’s in the coffee

September 10th, 2008 · 168 comments

Our submitter in London snapped a photo of this note in the kitchen of the PR agency where she works. Exactly what you’d expect to find at office full of “communication professionals,” no?

To the person(s) causing kitchen unrest by putting the Peppermint tea bags with the Green Tea bags. Not funny.

related: Switch to tea

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As Davy Crockett once said…

September 8th, 2008 · 146 comments

I recently returned from a few days in San Antonio, Texas, where my friend Matt and I amused ourselves on the Riverwalk with a competition to find the tackiest souvenir possible in each store within three minutes or less. (My first win: a “pooping armadillo” keychain.) When we entered this fine establishment, however, I had to call a time-out.

as davy crockett once said...

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I didn’t even get a chance to take photos of all the signs at this one store — including some amazing ones taped to the register — before I started getting the stink-eye from the manager. (I generally try to stay out of trouble in states that allow their teachers to come to class armed.) I’m telling you, Alamo, Schmalamo: this store was the highlight of my trip.

related: Tourist traps have the best signs

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The xenophobic toilet

September 8th, 2008 · 59 comments

Our anonymous submitter in Helsinki, Finland says this note has been in every stall in the women’s restroom at her office for as long as she’s worked there.

Puzzlingly, she says, “Most all the women who work here are native speakers of Finnish, so I’m not sure why the note is mainly in English.” (Nor is she sure what the author was trying to convey with his/her choice of red, yellow and green text.)

Please be gentle with my delicate pipes. I WILL clog if you put foreign objects in me, so please use the wastebasket for paper towels, etc. Kiitos Paljon, The Toilet

Oh, and your Finnish language lesson of the day: kiitos paljon means “many thanks.”

related: I asked Santa for a baby alive, and all I got was this stupid dishwasher

→ 59 CommentsFILED UNDER: all clogged up · anthropomorphism · CAPS LOCK · Finland · Helsinki · office · toilet


The PANtheistic approach

September 7th, 2008 · 86 comments

At Yale Divinity School, the daily chapel service is followed by a coffee hour. Apparently, says Sara in New Haven, “Some who skip chapel were helping themselves to the goodies before the intended time. Looks like the ‘keeper of the snacks’ has something to say about this.”

if you take anything from here...I KNOW ABOUT IT. (because i am everywhere) -the holy spirit

don't make me pull out my lightning bolts. sincerely, god (zeus version)

Meanwhile, John in Sudbury, Massachusetts spotted this humble plea outside the local Catholic church.

Please return traffic cones -God

related: So much for turning the other cheek

→ 86 CommentsFILED UNDER: food · God · guilt trip · Massachusetts · New Haven