What we didn’t learn at Comicon: a passive-aggressive show & tell

July 29th, 2008 · 104 comments

First, the “tell” part: I know it’s ridiculous, but I still have a mini existential crisis every time a friend/colleague/family member forwards me a passive-aggressive-themed article or cartoon along with a remark like “this made me think of you!”or “hey, passive-aggressive girl!” (I comfort myself with the thought that hey, at least I didn’t decide to go with a more “technically accurate” site name like notesfromcrazyassholesanduptightbitches.com.)

Now, for the show: on Monday, Jon Stewart uttered a phrase I’ve heard from visitors to this site on, oh, let’s say more than one occasion. Meanwhile, this is the second week in a row that the words “passive-aggressive” have featured prominently in The New Yorker. here’s this week’s:

The Passive-Aggressive Door-Holding Game

Of course, this is well-trodden territory for the most excellent web comic Toothpaste for Dinner.  Last week, several discerning readers pointed me toward the latest:

PLEASE stop being so passive-aggressive.

If you take a spin through the Toothpaste for Dinner archives, you’ll find even more familiar themes. Here’s a sampling:

Toothpaste For Dinner


And of course, xkcd never disappoints.

Thanks to Kate and Ellen in New York, Diane and Mary in Chicago, Lisa in Minnesota, Segat in the U.K., and Zack M. for sending these our way!

extra credit: The New Yorker anti-caption contest [radosh.net]


104 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Holiday Djinn

    1st post! WAKA WAKA

    Anyway that cartoon was fuc. . . .

    Ok. really.

    I have played the passive agressive door game before. It is like a sport around here during the winter months. (Indiana)

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   park rose bang

      See if you can make an innocent stranger hurry from more than fifteen feet away while you hold the door, then gently let it go just before they reach it…

      Jul 29, 2008 at 12:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Kate bang

      Even better: push the door open far enough so it appears that you are trying to keep it open for the next person while you keep walking (because you’re too busy to actually stand there and wait for them to catch up to you while you hold the door, but you want to be nice anyway, right?), but it actually just makes the door slam with even more force in their face.

      That happened to me this morning. Shiiit.

      At what distance is it expected that one hold the door, and when can you just let it go?

      Jul 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   Claire

      The passive-aggressive game is even more fun when you are on an empty elevator and someone in an obvious hurry is trying to make it to the door….

      Jul 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Red Letterboxer

      The elevator game is fun. I have often given them, as they run to the elevator, the “Oh-I’m-so-sorry-I-didn’t-see-you-until-just-now-and-I’m-looking-for-the-button-that-will-open-the-door-again” act (when in reality, I’m ignoring that button and hoping the doors will close so I don’t have to share the elevator).

      Jul 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Bunnee

      I play the elevator game every day at work, multiple times. Sometimes I’m on the giving end and sometimes I’m on the receiving end. It IS nice to have an elevator all to yourself–you can look anywhere you want to, you can fart or burp if you want to, etc…It just sucks when you’re on your way up and it stops to pick up someone else…. :oops:

      Jul 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Canthz_B bang

      In my version of the elevator game I actually hit the “door close” button. I love to see the “Thanks anyway” look on their faces.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 5:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.7   Quite Contrary

      I’m very accomplished at the Elevator Game. Wickedly so.

      I like to do it to those who do not respect the rules of the elevator. Specifically, the people who insist on getting on the elevator before anyone else gets off. For gods sake, let us off to make room for you!

      Jul 29, 2008 at 6:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.8   aaa

      Quite Contrary, that’s my number one elevator pet peeve. Especially when they insist on running you down with a gigantic SUV of a stroller. Or when there are more people than the elevator can fit trying to get on while you’re punching your way out of the damn thing.

      Honestly, I just always press the “close door” button right after I get in an elevator. Sharing blows.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 6:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.9   Quite Contrary

      Add to the stroller scenario 2-3 small children that the mother can’t/won’t keep track of who insist on running in, before you get off of course, and getting under your legs so you can’t get off the damn elevator. Since you are trapped, you miss the opportunity to get off and have to ride up to the next floor with the mom and the whiny kids. Which comes conveniently quickly because the little darlings have pushed all the buttons with their snot or chocolate covered hands. You then have to wait for what is an eternity for the elevator to come back (because it has to hit every floor on the way up). Fortunately, it is empty and, fortunately, you had time to run into a local office to find the hand sanitizer wipes so you can wipe down the buttons before you have to touch them again.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 7:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.10   amazon bang

      Bunnee, I look anywhere I want even in a crowded elevator. I especially like to stand facing the back wall, and therefore facing everyone else. It really freaks people out when you don’t turn around and watch the floors go blinking by. Especially when you just stand there and smile at them.

      Try it today, or the next time you’re in an elevator. It’s a fun social experiment. ;)

      Jul 30, 2008 at 10:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.11   Bunnee

      I don’t think I’d have the cajones to do that, Amazon. I would start laughing and all the people on the elevator would think I was even crazier than I originally appeared by facing all of them in the first place. Although you did make me shoot water out of my nose imagining that scenario! No, I think I’ll stick to ninja farting.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 11:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.12   Debo Hobo

      And that is why I never hold the door. Don’t let it hit you on the way in….

      Jul 31, 2008 at 3:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   timo

    Oh that is so like the Design of an Elliptical Reflector in the Gaussian-like Antenna Used in HT-7 ECRH System.
    *pfft* And you know he really should have used a parabolic. Just saying.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   GhostWriter bang

      After an evening of research, I respectfully disagree. A parabolic reflector is more useful for sending signals long distances, but if you want to concentrate the signal on a particular area, an elliptical reflector is the way to go.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 9:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Quite Contrary

    Thank you so much for a meaningful use of the company PA system. I think it will be a great way to let the VP who puts a car cover on his car every friggin day know that he is a pompous ass.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   bean bang

    Passive Aggressive Girl, helping the world laugh at the mentally, emotionally incompetent one smiley faced note at a time…

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Jimmy Straightline

      Just so ya know, cartoons are not notes. If you could remember that next time, that’d be great. Hope this helps! :-)

      Jul 29, 2008 at 12:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   bean

      I’ll be sure to send out a mass email that this site is, indeed called passiveaggressivecartoons, and not passiveaggressivenotes.

      Thanks for setting me straight.

      PS She’s still a superhero in my eyes…

      Jul 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Red Letterboxer

    Cartoons with PA content are almost always funny, but sometimes cartoon placement in the workplace is itself PA. I once anonymously posted a series of cartoons (Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert or Bloom County – can’t remember which) pertaining to the management’s tyrannical treatment of the staff at my former workplace. My coworkers and I knew that the manager wouldn’t realize it referred to him, and that was at least as funny as the cartoons were in their original context.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Holiday Djinn

      I prefer a well placed sign that says:

      The beatings will continue until morale improves.


      It is so well known (perhaps even cliche’) that nobody can pin it on any one person at the office, and it gets the point accross to all but the most ignorant middle managers. (problem is that middle management is filled about 90% with ignorant people, so you mileage may vary)

      Jul 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Kev Orng

      You want to have real fun with office cartoons? Start posting up Garfield Minus Garfield cartoons in the lunch room. Post up a few like this one, and management will be hiring councilors in to figure out who’s about to snap.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   Canthz_B bang

      I once had a supervisor named “Allen”. He wrote his name on his stapler with Whiteout(?).

      I scratched off a little of the second ‘l’ so it read “Alien”. Poor guy never noticed it and my whole unit had a good laugh.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   ellemarie bang

      Bravo, Kev. g-g effing rocks.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 1:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   Kev Orng

      I have no idea why, but I laughed for about three days straight over this one

      But yeah, some of the more depressing/psychotic ones are definitely going to raise red flags among management! heh heh

      Jul 30, 2008 at 1:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.6   fink

      I had a supervisor that no one liked. Every day after he left, I would take his name tag out of the drawer he’d leave it in and white out “istant” and “ager” out of Assistant Manager. He never said anything about it… just scratched it off every day. Color me disappointed!

      Jul 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.7   Kev Orng

      I had a boss who couldn’t stand 2H or 2B pencils. The 2H were too hard and ripped through the paper, and the 2b were too soft and got smudgy. I assume the HB were just right. Of course, this was a design company, so there were a lot of different types of pencils.

      He was also a complete ass for a multitude of reasons I won’t get into here.

      Part of my job was to take the brunt of his complete idiocy so that the designers could actually get some work done, meaning that I ended up in his office for an hour a day, listening to Bullshit and filtering it down into a post-it note summary for the designers.

      For these meetings I was always sure to take either a 2B or a 2H pencil which I would try to deposit into his pencil tin whilst he was absorbed with his own magnificence.

      I never got caught, but the whole office enjoyed the howls of outrage as the offending pencil was flung out of his office door two hours later.

      He never figured out it was me though. At least not before I quit.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   http://marlo.livejournal.com/

    The bubble-letter K in the “THANKS” on the garbage can confused the hell out of me for a good couple of minutes. What gives, Drew?

    Jul 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Wade bang

    If confronted with the passive-aggressive door holding illustrated in the new yorker cartoon, i would walk briskly forward, and enter through the adjoining door.

    Oh, and smile and nod politely at the door holder.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   GhostWriter bang

    P\A Door Holding, indeed!

    I hate P\A Cross-The-Road-Waving from the guy in a car at an intersection. “Come on, cross here in front of me.” No Shit- that’s where the crosswalk is, Doofus. I will occasionally turn around just so I don’t see their frantic control freak handwaving. Let’s see you wait me out on this one, Dude. Pretty soon there’ll be a car beeping behind you, and you’ll have to move along.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   anglophile bang

      I also hate the bossy drivers who have reached the stop sign first, but wave me through before them. It’s not all that hard, people. First one stopped is the first one to go. Stop telling me what to do and drive, dammit!

      Jul 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   se

      GW, did it occur to you that the guy in the car waving you to cross in front of him just wants to watch you walk?

      Jul 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   Grade Ape

      Oh anglophile, you haven’t run across the likes of me.

      When it looks like it’s going to be a close call at a 4-way stop, I slam on the brakes and stop about 15 yards short of the sign, just so I can be the one who stopped first. Then go tearing off across the intersection scattering young children and the elderly in my wake.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 5:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   Goldie

      I don’t know about where you live, GW, but in our parts, most pedestrians are like f-ing deer. They jump out in front of you, then freeze as soon as you slam on your brakes. I wave. Call it PA if you want to. I call it, “come on, dude, get your ass off the road already!”
      Also, can you please host a training seminar in our area to teach them the meaning of crosswalk. They don’t seem to know what it is or where to find it.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 7:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Miss Unloop

    TFD and PAN – my two new most favoritest websites!

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Troy McClure bang

      I agree with you on PAN. I’m not sure what TFD is, but I hope Kerry likes it. Your comment reminds me of this:

      When South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were questioned about the meanest thing ever said to them, Stone replied “When people say to me, ‘God, you guys have one of the best shows on television. You and Family Guy.’ That fucking hurts so bad”, to which Parker agreed: “Very well said. It’s such a kick in the balls.”

      Jul 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Miss Unloop

      TFD is “Toothpaste for Dinner” – I love it because it makes fun of everything from passive-aggressive behavior to borderline personality disorder. I deal with varying degrees of mental illness every day as part of my work, and it helps to be able to laugh at it from time to time.

      I heart Trey and Matt! Their commentary on The Kids in the Hall’s “Same Guys, New Dresses” cracked me up!

      Jul 29, 2008 at 8:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Troy McClure bang

      Oops, sorry, that should have been obvious … but it’s early here! :oops:

      Anyhow, yeah, Trey & Matt have brought many a tear to my eye.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 8:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   Goldie

      I hate to break it to Trey and Matt, but Family Guy rocks… and doesn’t seem to run out of steam like one other best show on television. Though I have to admit, the episode about Family Guy and the manatees was funny.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 7:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.5   Troy McClure bang

      Well that’s the weird thing, isn’t it? If I ever meet them, I know now not to say that, but otherwise I seriously might have.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 7:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   RP

    The last cartoon is full of win.

    I think I’ve been a victim of the PA door holding game though. It’s why I don’t hold the elevator for strangers anymore.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   claw71 bang

    I love the Passive Aggressive saunter through the cross walk. You tend see it when poorer people are crossing the street. I think they do it so that you’ll get fired for being late to work thus allowing them to swoop in and steal your job.

    That’s not my PA weapon of choice. I don’t like my odds versus a car. Especially if Bob Novak is driving. Nope, when I’m feeling nasty I tend to go to the farting in common areas well. My favorite is the crowded elevator fart. I like to get to the back of the car so the smell can never quite make its way out. I’m also a crop duster and I’ve even gone so far as to trap farts in jars and/or tupperware containers. That’s a little number I like to call caged heat. If you’ve ever seen a raccoon or a badger go ballistic after being trapped in a cage for a day you have some idea what that fart might be like. It’s not pretty. So the next time you think your Jiff has gone over you might want to think about how you could have offended claw71.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Burghardt bang

      claw, are you my brother? He always amazes me how he can fart on demand and that is definitely his weapon of choice. He used to threaten to fart on my pillow when we were kids.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   claw71 bang

      We’re not related because I would have schooled you on the science of farting. It’s hard work and requires considerable knowledge.

      I certainly hope that your brother matured and no longer threatens to fart on your pillow. I never make threats with farts.

      The way I see it, if you feel the need to make a flatus threat you might as well go ahead and fire one off because the minute you don’t make good on a threat to fart everybody loses respect for it. You can’t have that. I prefer to let my ass do the talking, but like Teddy Roosevelt said, fart softly and leave a nasty smell. I don’t have much use for thunder if it doesn’t make it rain.

      Some people believe that my use of the SBD dishonors the art of farting but I don’t see it that way. I’m a professional and farting is my business, it’s not about artistic expression…it’s about what has to be done. I don’t need medals and I don’t want money. The effect of the fart is credit enough.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   Kev Orng

      I’d ask you to kindly explain why my car seat sometimes releases trapped fart when I sit down, but I probably ate a big mac on a long drive the day before, so you’re off the hook for THIS one.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   Goldie

      Now we’re talking! Of course you’re about two hours away from me, so no wonder we’ve got the same breed of pedestrian…
      My question though is, how do you fart on slow people crossing the street? I’ve tried rolling down the window and pointing my ass sideways, but it still doesn’t seem to bother them. Please advise.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 7:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.5   claw71 bang

      If you need to deliver a fart to somebody who is not in the flatus zone you can utilize the dreaded cup and toss method. For best results I would advise reaching into your pants and catching the fart before it gets filtered by clothing because you will lose some of its potency in the transfer. As the fart is released from your anus it is decidedly more concentrated so don’t be shy about digging deep for a good one.

      Simply cup the fart in your hand and release it near the subject’s face. You can also toss the fart at the person. With practice you can effectively toss a fart as far as 10 feet. I’ve seen people actually open their hand near their own faces and blow the fart in the intended direction but this is a very dangerous manuever. If the wind shifts or you accidently inhale you’ll learn that there aren’t enough Altoids in the world to take that taste out of your mouth. Of course those of you with older brothers probably know this already.

      However, one of the best ways to get even with slow street crossers is to keep some loose change handy. Throw it behind them so they think they’re dropping money. Then when the light turns green they are yours.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 8:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.6   Ewwww!

      Elevator farts are just wrong. There’s no reason to fart in an elevator. It’s not even funny to joke around about it.

      The cup and toss trick sounds funny but is anybody else disturbed at the thought that went into the post? I think Claw actually does this.

      This is way too much time devoted to farts, Claw.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 10:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.7   claw71 bang

      A lunch time meeting with the boss man
      Gonna get me a raise today
      Suddenly I smell something gross man
      I think I need Lysol spray

      I should’ve taken the stairs
      the fart will stick to my suit
      It’s burning my nasal hairs
      My god, why did you poot?

      Farts in the elevator
      holding my nose as I’m going down
      Farts in the elevator
      I’m going to reak when I hit the town

      I need air, I need air, I need one more one more one breath of air!

      Jul 30, 2008 at 11:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.8   Bunnee

      Claw, I wish we could check the thumbs-up more than once, because that is the funniest thing I have read in a long time! And yes, I have 3 older brothers, so this brings back TONS of memories. Also, I’m going to start keeping more spare change in my car.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 11:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.9   Ryan

      I’m in Boston and I’m a motorist – so I definitely know this one Senior Claw. This is ground fucking zero for passive aggressive streetwalkers (not nasty hookers – just totally self-absorbed pedestrians!)

      Man, I hate it when you have been waiting through an entire light cycle at an 8-way intersection (four ways with four turns) and it finally is coming to you and someone enters the crosswalk extremely late and practically crawls across the road.

      No objection whatsoever to this situation with the elderly, women with strollers, parents (wranglers) with kids or people carrying stuff.

      The one’s that get you are the young upwardly mobile professionals, the students and self-absorbed cellphone chatters who can clearly see they are holding up 200 cars and still slowly waltz across.

      These are probably the same people who were leaning on their horns earlier the same morning.

      The vast majority are jay walkers who enter the intersection at the wrong time, practically throwing themselves in front of moving traffic – expecting people to see them in enough time to break.

      The kicker? They give you the nasty look even though they created this proposterious situation with their indifference for safety and for their fellow man. I’m not much of a horn honker, but I can definitely understand it.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 11:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.10   Kev Orng

      There’s one thing you have to be careful of with the cup and toss method. It’s like catching butterflies. You want to open your hand to see if you actually caught the butterfly, but then the butterfly gets away.

      You want to fight the urge to check to make sure you actually caught the fart. For various reasons.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 1:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.11   claw71 bang

      You also need to make sure you get a good seal. If you don’t have a sweaty ass you might want to lick your hand so the fart doesn’t sneak out. There’s nothing more humilating than going to all that trouble to forcefully hurl nothing at your enemy.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.12   Mishee bang

      Kev and claw – those issues are the reason I just stick to the good, old fashioned StinkPalm.

      You know how long it takes for that smell to come off? Scrub all you want, it’ll stick around for at least two days. How does he explain it to his colleagues and family? They’ll think he doesn’t know how to wipe his ass properly.

      Yes, my hand will stink too, but that’s small price to pay for the smiting of one’s enemies.

      (sorry, I just had to do it!)

      Jul 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.13   Alikat bang

      The StinkPalm always makes me happy in a very uncomfortable place.

      Jul 31, 2008 at 4:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.14   Mishee bang

      Like the backseat of a Volkswagen?

      Jul 31, 2008 at 4:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.15   Timo bang

      Or the cargo area of a Kia Tyrannosaurus Id.

      Jul 31, 2008 at 5:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.16   Bunnee

      OK, I guess I have to ask: what is Stinkpalm?

      Jul 31, 2008 at 6:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.17   Mishee bang

      Jeezy Creezy do I have to spell it out for you?



      Jul 31, 2008 at 6:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Mldjstd bang

    I’ve got nothing on the Show & Tell.

    Side Note: Just had a really fun little earthquake here.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Kev Orng

      Dear God(s)
      Thanks for the fun little earthquake. Hope you have a great unshaken weekend.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   aaa

      I had a fun little earthquake a few months ago. And it was fun since where I live is relatively close to a fault line that doesn’t do much of anything. Except for, you know, the fun little earthquakes.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Sue Do Nim

      It was neither fun nor little. I’m pretty sure the news reports are all wrong. 5.4, epicenter Chino Hills, lasting 15-2o seconds long?
      It was at least 7.2, epicenter directly under my chair, and it went on for 5 minutes. Well…or so it seemed.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 5:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   Mishee bang

      I certainly had fun last October, my daddy called it a “Happy Quake”…

      and that one was a 5.6!! so either get used to them and enjoy the heck out of them, or shut up and pack up and go back to your snowbound or other natural disaster (floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.) state…. I am sure there are 5 people waiting in line to take your spot here in CA!

      where do you live Triple A? A few months ago would’ve been the one up in Northern Northern CA… unless you are in Japan?

      Jul 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.5   aaa

      I’m not quite in the middle of the US, so all we get is the piddly leftovers from the New Madrid fault. It just felt like someone was shaking my bed for a few seconds at 5:30 am. I forgot about it and didn’t figure out it was an earthquake until I got to Psych and everyone was talking about it. It was one of those things that was pretty exciting for the local people (evidently there was an earthquake around here about twenty years ago), but it’s trifling for people anywhere else in the country.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 5:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.6   Mark bang

      New Madrid “piddly”?! 8.0 ain’t piddly!


      Of course, that was almost 200 years ago… but future quakes are considered likely.

      I’m near Seattle, and we just had our 6.8 a few years ago so probably won’t have another for another 15 years or so… but of course nobody knows.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.7   bean

      my sentiments exactly, Mishee.

      YEA for free roller coaster rides!

      Jul 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.8   Quite Contrary

      I came back from lunch and couldn’t figure out what the commotion was about. They laughed at me when I asked. I didn’t feel a thing, but evidently everything around my desk was shaking.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 6:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.9   aaa

      All activity since then has been pretty minor and I’m far enough away from the fault to get anything but piddly shaking. During the quake a few months ago, most people didn’t even wake up. My hair person felt it and said most people didn’t even believe her when she said that there was a quake.

      And yeah, I’ve had the “New Madrid is a bitchin scary ticking timebomb” since earth science in sixth grade. ;) But even if it does pull another 1812, I’m not likely to feel the brunt of it since, like I said, I’m pretty far away. But maybe we’ll get lucky and the New Madrid fault won’t completely go until after I’m dead. :D

      Jul 29, 2008 at 6:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.10   aaa

      Although Wikipedia does say this:

      The zone remains active today. In recent decades minor earthquakes have continued. New forecasts estimate a 7 to 10 percent chance, in the next 50 years, of a repeat of a major earthquake like those that occurred in 1811-1812, which likely had magnitudes of between 7.5 and 8.0. There is a 25 to 40 percent chance, in a 50-year time span, of a magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquake.


      Jul 29, 2008 at 6:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.11   aaa

      Turns out that the earthquake I felt was from this dude: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Illinois_earthquake

      So it wasn’t from the New Madrid fault, but the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone.

      It’s like I’m surrounded by an invisible fence of seismic death. :D

      (Although to be realistic, seismic death probably won’t happen unless these faults do something awesomely huge. Damn.)

      Jul 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.12   Mishee bang

      You know what’s weird?

      There is already a Wikipedia page about today’s EQ in Chino…

      Talk about a quick turnaround time!!

      Jul 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.13   Mishee bang

      Trip A – You think YOU are surrounded by an invisible fence of seismic death (BTW, I love that phrase!)… try living in the SF Bay Area!!

      Loma Prieta (7.1- Or the “World Series Quake” to the rest of the world) was definitely a slap in the face!!

      Jul 29, 2008 at 8:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.14   aaa

      Most people here in the almost-Midwest don’t get how seismically active we are. Hell, I didn’t even know that the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone existed until today. Unlike California, our seismic death is like those dead jellyfish on the beach that you don’t realize are there until you step on them. Like all of those doomsdayers say, it’s only a matter of time before the New Madrid goes all 1812 on our asses. And that bastard reversed the flow of the Mississippi River.

      I’m just glad that our earthquaking is much more intermittent than in other areas. Although that brings up a whole other mess of issues, like people not having earthquake insurance or buildings not being safe for earthquakes.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 12:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.15   Canthz_B bang

      Tie things down, Triple A.
      Edgar Casey said the “Big One” will be on the New Madrid fault.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 12:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.16   claw71 bang

      St. Louis has it coming. Stupid arch.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 8:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.17   Kev Orng

      Well, earthquakes sound like lots of fun and all, but I think a day trip to an amusement park would probably be cheaper than disaster relief… although not by much.

      Personally I’d love to experience a good hurricane, but otherwise I’m quite content with ground that doesn’t move and the occasional 2-foot snowfall on a February night. Nothing like not being able to get to work!

      Jul 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.18   aaa

      Hey, I’ve got an amusement park not too far from here, too!

      Geologists agree with Edgar Casey about the “Big One,” i.e. everyone who has ever lived thinks we’re way overdue. But I’ve got to admit, those baby earthquakes are pretty fun.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 6:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Tuesday

    I like almost holding the door open for people and then pulling it towards me as I exit. I’ve looked back and seen their confused faces, and it has been good.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   claw71 bang

      I like pretending I’m holding the door open. People see you standing there with your arm holding an imaginary door and they rush right through it only to collide with the real door. Sometimes, when they’re laying there on the ground, I’ll even put my balls on them just to add insult to injury. Team Tea-bagger!

      Of course it has to be a glass door if this trick is going to work…but doing it with a solid door is a great way to check for Polacks.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 11:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   aaa

    Toothpaste for Dinner is one of many reasons why I dislike webcomics as a whole. :C

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Wade bang

      They overheard you, Triple A.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 7:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   aaa

      Oh my, how evil!

      Jul 29, 2008 at 7:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   aaa

      Ah, it seems that I’m not the only one who’s not a fan of webcomics! I found John Kricfalusi’s blog (the dude who created Ren and Stimpy) and it seems that he hates crappily static comics (web and print), too.

      Here’s my favorite quote (It amuses me greatly):

      You don’t see many comics that have this much life. We’ve come to accept much comic art as being stiff, using repetitive poses and appearing smug in their stagnant repetitiveness.

      To be fair, there are some good (sometimes really good) webcomics out there. But they’re not the majority. :X Par example, I don’t mind XKCD so much since it’s amusing and fairly intelligent.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   aaa

      Jeezy creezy, this John K fella is like my fucking clone! <a href=http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/09/importance-of-having-lot-of-influences.html.It seems that he also shares my opinions on Disney and those kids on deviantART and crap like that who copy the same few popular styles.

      This is frightening. But awesome.

      Jul 29, 2008 at 8:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   Mishee bang

      Triple A – I have a girl crush on you (think Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johanssen on the Today show) – I thought I was the only one who called Him “Jeezy Creezy”!

      (well, except his Dad of course)

      Jul 29, 2008 at 8:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   aaa

      J’awesome. The Eddie Izzard photo in the middle of the dining room compels me to say and do things not against my will.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 12:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   theblackdog

    This is also a great p-a XKCD


    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Andy Lester

    The final XKCD was done originally by Steve Martin, I believe on _The Steve Martin Brothers_ album. Except he said Apache, not Cherokee.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 5:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   James

    This reminded me of a sketch from Australian TV’s brilliant Micallef Programme…

    Jul 29, 2008 at 8:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   nacey

      Heh – I was just going to post that link! :D :D

      Jul 30, 2008 at 10:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   badfae

    I love that last one so, SO much.

    Jul 29, 2008 at 11:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   RALPHY

    When I’m sitting on death’s door, I’ll ring the doorbell and run. He hates that!

    Jul 30, 2008 at 6:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   Sheepish bang

    When I’m driving my biggest pet peeve about pedestrians are the ones that don’t commit to crossing the street. They wait a few paces back from the curb and try and make eye contact with me before they start crossing the street. If you’re not committed to crossing I’m not stopping.
    But, I probably deserve it because when I’m the pedestrian in this scenario I like to do the slow motion run where it looks like I’m trying to hurry across the street but really I’m just walking.

    Jul 30, 2008 at 9:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Wade bang

      They are checking to see if you have “kill” in your eyes before they commit, Sheepish. ;)

      Jul 30, 2008 at 10:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   Ryan

      Sheepish, the Non-Committers are annoying crossers – but not as bad still as the “sneak to the crosswalk” (they walk parallel to the road, no eye contact or indication that they perceive or even care about the flow of traffic, not headed towards the crosswalk it seems – then suddenly stand on the end and leer and scowl if you don’t jam on your breaks and cause an accident.)

      About 2 months ago, a guy in my area was talking with the school crossing guard – no eye contact with traffic, not even standing on the actual side of the road… As I approached he starts towards the walk, so I slow down. He engages in chat again turning away, so I begin to roll forward. He suddenly whips around (like I was supposed to be waiting until he finished) walks out in front of my moving vehicle. And yells at me.

      Mind reading isn’t a requirement to have a license. Common sense, evidently, isn’t required to cross the street.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.3   Kev Orng

      I don’t know, when I was a little kid I was taught not to cross at a crosswalk until I had made eye contact with approaching drivers who didn’t look like they were slowing down. I still do that, more out of habit then anything, although it nearly got me killed in Australia.

      Because they drive on the wrong side of the road, of course.

      In a parking lot, however, different story. Pedestrians have right of way in a parking lot, so I will make eye contact, but I won’t stop walking. If you have to slam on your brakes in a parking lot, then you’re driving too fast in the parking lot! But at the same time, I will cross the vehicle traffic areas directly, I won’t meander diagonally like SOME people.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Lurker

    My goodness. I never thought I’d find farts so funny. Claw, you’re so…passionate about it.

    Jul 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   amy d bang

      Coming this Fall, The Passion of the Fart starring Claw71.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.2   Timo

      With Jim Caveizel as Pooptus Pilot.

      Jul 30, 2008 at 8:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   LThrace

    I just spent the last 10-15 minutes reading this thread. I cried while laughing that entire time. Tears of joy of course, but my colleagues dont know that. They all think I’m crazy.

    Thank you all.

    Jul 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   yvette

    men, be wary with the holding-the-door-open-passive-aggressively thing for women.

    it makes me feel like you’re taking your time to stare at my boobs, at which point I probably will accidentally step on your toes. In heels. Maybe crop-dust too.

    Jul 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Timo

    stop it…you’re just teasing me now.

    Jul 30, 2008 at 8:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   lura

    The passive aggressive door game is much more fun when it’s a revolving door and you’re pretending to try not to smack the person behind you as you speed through the revolving door, but secretly that’s exactly what you want to do – and you’re hoping to see them fall flat on their tookus.

    Aug 4, 2008 at 11:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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