Here it is: a look back at your favorite notes of 2012, from heartbroken kids to self-righteous vegans and everywhere in between. (Just click on any of the notes to see the original post, with context.)
But first — drumroll please — our two leading candidates vying for the title of 2012 douchecanoe of the year!
Of course, you could also vote for a third party candidate. Which write-ins are missing from the race? Cast your votes in the comments!
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FILED UNDER: most popular notes of 2012
While at his parents’ house in Indiana for Christmas, Jay says his mother passed this card around to everyone, saying, “Can you believe this?!” The awkward part: Terry (not that Terry) is their next-door neighbor.
related: Happy Holidays! So glad we’re not together!
FILED UNDER: Christmas · holiday spirit · Indiana · neighbors
The most extreme case of ice hoarding I’ve seen comes to us from an office in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania:
Personally, I think Nicolette’s “Aunt Anny” in California is onto something. (Assuming, of course, that people have the recipe.)
related: Four approaches to ice cube maintenance
FILED UNDER: ice · office
So far this year, we’ve gotten no missing Baby Jesus reports. (Yet.) However, it looks like it’s still hard out there for a giant candy cane.
Just ask Anderson in Huntsville, Alabama:
Gina in New Philadelphia, Ohio:
The Bishop Family in Genoa, Nebraska:
or David in Florence, South Carolina:
related: The circle of Hell Dante forget to mention
FILED UNDER: Christmas · holiday spirit · stealing · vandalism
While walking down a quiet street in Leicester, England, Tom saw this “ANGRY CAPITALISED note” in the window of a house. “Amid so many unanswered questions,” Tom says, “one thing is for sure: Mike has a window and he ain’t afraid to use it.”
related: Desperately Seeking Closure
FILED UNDER: public shaming · U.K. · WTF?
Apparently, when is comes to judging the average person’s ability to correctly assess, “Should I urinate here?” you really can’t be too careful.
Especially, it seems, in Chicago — as witnessed by both Julie and Whitney. Although, “To be fair,” Whitney adds, “the entire city seems to be fair game for public urination.”
related: What is it about thrift store fitting rooms?!
extra credit: Street art by ELBOW-TOE
FILED UNDER: Chicago · piss · toilet
This could be a hint that your former housemates have grown weary of you treating their home as a rent-free walk-in closet. (Admits our submitter: “If I’d had my way, it’d be on the sidewalk with a ‘free stuff’ sign.)
FILED UNDER: Australia · money · moving/not moving · roommates
While admiring the neighborhood’s holiday decorations with his family, our submitter in Denver came across this “bokeh of Christmas joy.”
Noticing a folder of photocopied flyers labeled “please take one,” our submitter did so, and while his daughter stared in awe at the abundance of LED-powered holiday cheer, he gawped at the Grinch-like screed that accompanied it.
related: Merry Christmas…with an emphasis on the “meh”
extra credit: How much does it cost to decorate your house with Christmas lights? [boingboing.net]
FILED UNDER: Christmas · Denver · holiday spirit · neighbors · pointlessly self-censored profanity · vandalism
I’ve spent most of the day curled up reading John Irving’s latest, In One Person (“a compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity.”) And yet, since stumbling across this novella — from an office fridge in Maryland — I’ve had but one phrase echoing in my head: “We are not so unalike, [you and I]. I, too, have a deep love of salad.”
related: “Someday when you’re wondering why you’re alone…”
FILED UNDER: Maryland · most popular notes of 2012 · office fridge · stealing · TL;DR
FILED UNDER: cleaning · office