17 April 2014 @ 15:00

http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/ptsd.asp

Has congress has introduced a bill requiring military veterans to inform their neighbors about their combat service?
 
 
17 April 2014 @ 15:00

http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/selfies.asp

Has the American Psychiatric Association classified the taking of 'selfies' as a mental disorder?
 
 
17 April 2014 @ 10:03

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DailyPangram/~3/38KsYXpRz4I/82998435072

http://dailypangram.tumblr.com/post/82998435072

Kurt Cobain gazed sexily for quiet verses, jumped when loud.

(49 letters)

 
 

https://mediumlarge.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/how-to-turn-an-easter-egg-hunt-into-an-action-movie-2/

The Easter egg hunt. Quaint. Innocent. In need of a major adrenaline rush. Here are just a few tips from the action movie genre to help turn any search for dyed Grade A’s in your house or backyard into the ultimate heart-pounding blockbuster adventure of the spring…Smosh Sample Easter Hunt Action MovieFor all six high-octane adrenaline tips to make this the most heart-pounding Easter egg hunt yet, click here.


 
 

https://mediumlarge.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/80s-cartoons-ready-for-their-live-action-movie/

Transformers. G.I. Joe. The Smurfs. The upcoming Jem. It seems like every time you turn around another cartoon from the ’80s is being made into a live-action film. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because there are so many other series from that wonderful/worrisome decade just waiting for their chance on the big screen. Here are just a few that may someday make to your theater for a week or two before waiting forever for someone to watch them on Netflix.Smosh Sample 80s Cartoon Movies


 
 
 
 

http://www.hookandeye.ca/2014/04/i-forgot-to-be-nice-to-myself-for-long.html

Things have been, shall we say, stressful. As someone who scores pretty damn high on the privilege scale, I feel like a jerk for enumerating those stresses because they are totally the problems of the privileged. I have a very busy (full time, salaried, benefits paying, secure) job that costs me plenty of missed downtime and sleep, a major renovation looming (on a home we own in a city we love),
 
 

http://mediumlarge.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/how-to-turn-an-easter-egg-hunt-into-an-action-movie-2/

http://mediumlarge.wordpress.com/?p=13221

The Easter egg hunt. Quaint. Innocent. In need of a major adrenaline rush. Here are just a few tips from the action movie genre to help turn any search for dyed Grade A’s in your house or backyard into the ultimate heart-pounding blockbuster adventure of the spring…Smosh Sample Easter Hunt Action MovieFor all six high-octane adrenaline tips to make this the most heart-pounding Easter egg hunt yet, click here.


 
 
17 April 2014 @ 12:24

http://joshreads.com/?p=21316

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Mary Worth, 4/17/14

WHAT A TWIST! It turns out that it’s not just Tommy who’s too darn lazy to get off his duff and get a job; his mom is a shiftless bum too! “I don’t want a lot of talk about putting in the effort of learning how to bake, Mary,” she thinks to herself. “Just hand over the goddamn muffins! mmm, just gonna visualize Tommy lounging around back at the apartment while I go to town on this. He sure isn’t learning how to bake! Stay strong, Iris!”

Better Half, 4/17/14

It’s true, Stanley, a cool way to lose weight would be if you were just a smooth spheroid with no openings or internal structure, just a blob of living matter with no mouth or way to digest nourishment, yep yep yep not horrifying at all no sir

Funky Winkerbean, 4/17/14

Wait, but … but … Les already solved this, in his book about John Darling? OH MY GOD NOT EVEN JESSICA READ LES’S BOOK

This post originally appeared as "“To a certain extent,” hahaha" on The Comics Curmudgeon, which is the best blog on the Internet.

Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad could be here, right now.

 
 
17 April 2014 @ 06:51

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FutilityCloset/~3/lbQBPrayHWM/

http://www.futilitycloset.com/?p=36181

sottisier
n. a list of written stupidities

Unfortunate lines in poetry, collected in D.B. Wyndham Lewis’ The Stuffed Owl, 1930:

  • He suddenly dropt dead of heart-disease. (Tennyson, “Sea-Dreams”)
  • Her smile was silent as the smile on corpses three hours old. (Earl of Lytton, “Love and Sleep”)
  • Irks care the crop-full bird? Frets doubt the maw-crammed beast? (Browning, “Rabbi Ben Ezra”)
  • Then I fling the fisherman’s flaccid corpse / At the feet of the fisherman’s wife. (Alfred Austin, “The Wind Speaks”)
  • With a goad he punched each furious dame. (Chapman, translation of the Iliad)
  • Forgive my transports on a theme like this, / I cannot bear a French metropolis. (Johnson, “London”)
  • So ’tis with Christians, Nature being weak, / While in this world, are liable to leak. (William Balmford, The Seaman’s Spiritual Companion)
  • Now Vengeance has a brood of eggs, / But Patience must be hen. (George Meredith, “Archduchess Anne”)
  • O Sire of Song! Sonata-King! Sublime and loving Master, / The sweetest soul that ever struck an octave in disaster! (Eric Mackay, “Beethoven at the Piano”)
  • The vales were saddened by a common gloom, / When good Jemima perished in her bloom. (Wordsworth, “Epitaph on Mrs. Quillinan”)
  • Such was the sob and the mutual throb / Of the knight embracing Jane. (Thomas Campbell, “The Ritter Bann”)
  • Poor South! Her books get fewer and fewer, / She was never much given to literature. (J. Gordon Coogler)
  • Reach me a Handcerchiff, Another yet, / And yet another, for the last is wett. (Anonymous, A Funeral Elegie Upon the Death of George Sonds, Esq., 1658)
  • Tell me what viands, land or streams produce, / The large, black, female, moulting crab excel? (Grainger, The Sugar-Cane)

In The Razor’s Edge, Larry Darrell says, “The dead look so terribly dead when they’re dead.” Isabel asks, “What do you mean exactly?” He says, “Just that.”

 
 
16 April 2014 @ 23:00

http://headsuptheblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/today-in-question-design.html

Hey, kids! Who wants to guess at the wording of the question that produced Wednesday evening's top Fair 'n' Balanced story?

Here are the three preceding questions:

23.-25. Do you think [NAME] is honest and trustworthy, or not? (ROTATE)
  • Jeb Bush
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Chris Christie
Ready to try?

26. How often do you think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters?
 
Most of the time       37%
Some of the time      24
Only now and then  20
Never                         15
(Don’t know)               3


Better luck next time!
 
 

http://airplanepilot.blogspot.com/2014/04/quick-name-first-woman-to-fly-around.html

First two admissions:
One) I don't remember hearing of her before today.
Two) I don't have time to do any fact checking; I'm trusting this Buzzfeed article, and banging out a quick post for the 50th anniversary of the completion of her flight.

Her name is Jerrie Mock. Is. She's still alive. Because she flew around the damn world and didn't get lost or run out of fuel or crash. It's too bad that she did it under the racelike conditions that she did, and didn't get more of a chance to explore the places she visited. I wish her later years had been happier and that she had had more opportunities to fly since.

I thought it was worth posting, even though I'm prioritizing my sleep over a well-written blog post here. Jerrie Mock.

 
 
16 April 2014 @ 20:11

Originally published at Sarah Rees Brennan. You can comment here or there.

Long have I promised an Unmade snippet, and been bribed with kittens and readers’ tears and all the things I enjoy for one, which is much appreciated!

So here it is.

It is hiiiiighly spoilery for the end of Untold. I’m just warning you. It’s also a little… it’s a little bit… it’s not right is what I’m telling you. I’m not right.

Unmade Snippet--Jared PoVCollapse )

 
 
Current Location: london, baby
 
 
15 April 2014 @ 20:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/fZvjH667yZ8/36522

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36522

Restaurant | Olympia, WA, USA

(I work in a restaurant and we have three kinds of shakes available: vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.)

Me: “What can I get for you today?”

Customer: “I would like a large chocolate shake, but without the chocolate.”

Me: “You mean; you want a vanilla shake?”

Customer: “Did I say I wanted a f****** vanilla shake? I said I want a CHOCOLATE SHAKE WITHOUT THE CHOCOLATE! Are you new or something?”

Me: “No, I’ve been working here for six months. How do I make a chocolate shake without the chocolate?”

Customer: “Ah, so, you’re f****** stupid?! You weren’t trained at all. I WANT A CHOCOLATE SHAKE WITHOUT THE CHOCOLATE, YOU UNEDUCATED LITTLE S***! My three-year-old could do your job better!”

Me: “Okay, your total is $2.50.”

(Customer throws the money on the table.)

Customer: “That’s what I thought. I just have to repeat myself to you idiots.”

(I made her a vanilla shake and handed it to her. She drank it at the table and didn’t complain at all about it.)

 
 
15 April 2014 @ 21:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/eO-3pdIyRsw/36523

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36523

Retail | ME, USA

(I work in a photo lab as well as sales. We often get students from the local college picking up their film and photo paper from us since we give specialty bulk deals to students and teachers. One afternoon, I am working the lab on my own when I spot a customer wandering through the paper aisle. She looks confused and slightly annoyed, so I decide to try and help, as the other salespeople are busy.)

Me: “Hi, there! Is there anything I can help you with?”

Customer: “Where do you keep your organic black and white photo paper?”

Me: “… I’m sorry, organic photo paper?”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “As in… black and white darkroom photo paper that is not chemically treated?”

(I’m confused by this, as photo paper is always chemically treated. Photos are developed in darkrooms through a chemical reaction process.)

Customer: “Yes. I would like to find some for my Photo 101 class I’m taking this fall. Should be a hoot! I’m vegan, which is why I ask.”

Me: *dumbfounded* “Right.”

Customer: “Also, where do you keep…” *checks list* “… darkroom developer and fixer?”

Me: “On your right, the big brown bottles. They’ll be labeled.”

(She walks over and finds them. When she reads the labels, she frowns.)

Customer: “Wait… These have chemicals. I asked for organic ones!”

Me: “You want organic photo developer and fixer?”

Customer: “Yes! Why is that so hard to understand?!”

Me: “Ma’am, I think you’re a bit ahead of the curve on that front. But if you can be the first to develop it, I’ll be the first in line to buy.”

 
 
16 April 2014 @ 16:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/VDH1oiu_JBQ/36535

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36535

Retail | Madison, TN, USA

(A customer is looking around.)

Me: “Ma’am, can I help you look for something?”

Customer: “Yes. I’m looking for a green leather couch.”

Me: “At this time, we have sold all of our green leather couches, but we can order one for you.”

Customer: “I’m not stupid you know. The leather comes in green!”

Me: “Ma’am, rawhide color of leather is a tanned beige color. It has to be dyed a specific color then it is processed and installed on a frame.”

Customer: “Are you saying I’m stupid?”

Me: “No, ma’am. You’re just not gonna find a green cow anywhere!”

 
 
16 April 2014 @ 17:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/HyQyuKLd9kU/36532

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36532

Retail | Canada

(Our customer service areas double as our cashes, so it’s common to ring in one customer only to walk with the next customer to go pick out jeans or other items. One day an older woman comes to my station and looks disappointed.)

Me: *holding her items* “Hello there, ma’am. Did you find everything you were looking for today?”

Customer: “No. I wanted to find a coat for my husband but none of the styles here are right for him. He wants a fall jacket not a winter one.”

Me: “Oh, I see. You’re right, all the jackets that we have out now are made more for winter since it’s October and everyone is looking for winter clothes. But if you’d like, before I ring these in, you can look over at [New Clothing Brand] and see if they have anything? They feature more high-end looks and I’m pretty sure there are some lighter jackets mixed in there.”

Customer: “Hmm…”

Me: “Most of the items of that brand are on sale for 30% off right now. I’m not sure if the jackets are on sale but if you want you can see if there’s one you like and I can see if there are any discounts on it?”

Customer: “Oh, okay. Thank you! I’ll go have a look, thank you.”

(The customer goes over to the section I mention and looks around; a few moments later she comes back with a light jacket.)

Me: “Oh, it looks like you found one.”

Customer: “I did. It’s almost exactly what he wants. Thank you for mentioning it.”

(I take the coat to scan the barcode and notice the sticker on the tag. The sticker is our way of showing clearance items which have been marked down 40%.)

Me: “It looks like you found one of the clearance jackets, because it’s already been reduced 40%, I can’t take 30% off of it, but 40% is still better than 30%.”

Customer: “But you said everything was 30% off?”

Me: “I’m sorry. I mentioned that most things were 30% off, but your jacket is already 40% off, so it’s a better deal.”

Customer: “Well, now, that’s not what you told me. You said it would be 30% off!”

(The customer continues to argue this back and forth for a while, with me offering to look for one that wasn’t clearance (but more expensive), but the customer refuses and leaves the coat behind. I go on my break soon after, feeling bummed that I wasn’t able to find the woman a gift for her husband. When I come back my coworker pulls me aside.)

Coworker: “Your lady came back.”

Me: “The one who wanted the coat? Why?”

Coworker: “She came and demanded that she get the discount. She said that the signs said 30% off so she was getting it discounted.”

Me: “But it says ‘unless already reduced…’ and it was already 40% off.”

Coworker: “I know, but she put up such a fuss that the manager gave it to her. Then she said the manager was a big baby!”

Me: “So she got a high-end coat for 70% off?”

Coworker: “Yup.”

Me: “… Only six more hours to go.”

 
 
16 April 2014 @ 18:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/4eSxSKDfaJk/36533

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36533

Tech Support | OH, USA

(I work in an internal technical support where we have just recently change password systems that have strict requirements for new passwords. A customer is having trouble with creating a new password. It should be noted that this customer speaks perfect English.)

Customer: “It won’t accept any of the new passwords I make up.”

Me: “Well. keep in mind that the passwords have to be at least eight characters long, and have letters and numbers.”

Customer: “What does that mean?”

Me: “It means that you have to have letters and number and all of the letters and numbers add up to eight. Like four letters and four numbers. Or six letters and two numbers. It can be more than eight characters too, so anything that adds up to eight or more.”

Customer: “No one can come up with that many letters… This is too hard.”

Me: “Um… Some people like to pick a word and then put some numbers at the end of the word. So long as you don’t use the word ‘password’ it will accept it.”

Customer: “A word? Like what? What words? Can’t you just make one up for me?”

Me: *feeling very uncomfortable and frustrated now but still wanting to help* “Well, what’s your favorite color?”

Customer: “Green! I love green.”

Me: “Okay… So, make your password ‘green’ and then add the year you were born to the end.”

Customer: “But… green isn’t a word.”

Me: “Wait… What?”

Customer: “You said pick a word.”

Me: “… Just type in ‘greenXXXX.”

Customer: “Oh that worked! Thank you! But you should be more clear with your directions next time.”

Me: “Yes, I’ll do that. I’m sorry for the confusion.”

 
 
16 April 2014 @ 19:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/ewsBV4PZteY/36534

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36534

Retail | Singapore

Customer: “So this table leg, can it fit onto this table?”

Me: “Yes, sir.”

Customer: “And is it easy to fix it?”

Me: “Yup.”

Customer: “We just have to screw it ourselves yeah?”

Me: “Yes, just screw yourselves.” *suppressed laughter*

 
 
16 April 2014 @ 20:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/4zmGHx11V5c/36536

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36536

Bookstore | USA

(A customer walks up to bookstore counter. Our bookstore isn’t very big, and it doesn’t have a lot of employees, but a lot of regulars.)

Me: “Are you having trouble finding any books?”

Customer: “I need my fortune told!”

Me: “I’m sorry. This is a bookstore. We don’t do fortune telling.”

Customer: “I need my fortune told!”

Me: “Again, we don’t do fortunes. But if you need to find a book, I can get someone to help you.”

Customer: “I NEED MY FORTUNE TOLD!”

(At this point I realize it’s easier to give the customer her fortune, real or not, than to try to explain that, no, this is not a fortune telling area.)

Me: “Okay, okay. Give me your hand.”

Customer: “What? Really? Oh, thank you. Thank you!”

(Customer eagerly gives me her hand, palm up. I stare intensely at it, tracing each line and muttering to myself.)

Me: *looks up* “Your future…”

Customer: “YES!?”

Me: “Your future is uncertain.”

 
 
16 April 2014 @ 21:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/OM9to1YTeuo/36537

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36537

Retail | NY, USA

(I manage a furniture store. A regular customer is the wife of the owner of several car dealerships in our area. Over the years she has made many purchases, always custom orders from the factory, and not once had accepted the original piece. Sometimes chairs have been reordered multiple times before she would find one she found acceptable. I see her working with one of our designers. After the sale was written, I cringe when I see she has ordered a recliner in the most expensive leather we carry. I decide to develop a plan, as we would never be able to sell this chair if she returned it. On the day of delivery, I approach the drivers.)

Me: “Bring the chair to the showroom, please.”

Driver: “But we have this down for delivery.”

Me: “Please, just bring it in. You’ll see.”

(The drivers bring it in, and I take a hammer and smash the frame of the swivel base. I then hand the drivers a new swivel base.)

Me: “Please deliver the chair with the smashed base.”

(Of course, on delivery, the customer saw the damage and insisted on a new chair. My drivers took the chair to their truck, replaced the damaged base and brought the same chair back into the house. She accepted the chair. That was the first (of many) custom orders she never returned!)

 
 
15 April 2014 @ 18:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/TdoSDY5fDBc/36520

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36520

Bank | FL, USA

(I answer the phone at work.)

Customer: “Hi. My name is [Name] and I am with [Gentlemen's Club].  I am going to need to order some change.”

Me: “Okay. What will you need?”

Customer: “I need $1,400 in old ones.”

Me: “I believe I have $1,400 in ones, but I am not sure if they are all old.”

Customer: “Oh, I have to have old ‘ones’ because the new ones give the strippers paper cuts.”

 
 
15 April 2014 @ 19:00

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NotAlwaysRight/~3/ZhD07swqZfQ/36521

http://notalwaysright.com/?p=36521

Gas Station | Colorado Springs, CO, USA

(My coworker and I are working at a gas station while our manager is working in the back room. A customer comes up to the register.)

Customer: “Can I get a wine (tobacco product)?”

(Because these products come in either wood tip or plastic tip, we always ask the customer which they would like if they don’t specify.)

Coworker: “Wood or plastic tip?”

Customer: “Wine.”

Coworker: “Yes. Wood or plastic?”

Customer: “WINE.”

Coworker: “WOOD or PLASTIC?”

(This continues on for another minute or two until they are near shouting at each other, despite my coworker acknowledging the request for wine-flavor. My manager comes around the corner with her phone out.)

Manager: “Sir, she’s asking you very clearly which kind of wine (tobacco product) you would like: one with a wood tip, or one with a plastic tip.”

(The customer has a dumbfounded look for a moment, and then slaps his hand to his forehead in embarrassment.)

Customer: “OH! Oh, my goodness. I’m SO sorry! Plastic tip, please!”

(We all start laughing as my coworker shakes her head and begins checking the man out. Before he leaves, he looks at my manager, who is still standing next to me, giggling.)

Customer: “Why did you come out with your phone out, anyways?”

Manager: “Oh, because it was just too perfect! I had to get it on video or no one would ever believe it really happened!”

(She had recorded the exchange, and has since showed it to some of my other coworkers who couldn’t believe that this even happened. The man still comes in and has since remembered to specify which kind of tip he would like on his product.)

 
 

http://www.feministlawprofessors.com/2014/04/patricia-hill-collins-lessons-black-feminism/

http://www.feministlawprofessors.com/?p=23291

Patricia Hill Collins, “Lessons from Black Feminism”

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Earlier this year, Patricia Hill Collins spoke at Grand Valley State University (Michigan).  Her talk, “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Lessons from Black Feminism,” was sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center and LGBT Resource Center.  Here’s a video of her talk:

-Bridget Crawford

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