Many of us, myself included, have a tendency to be surprised when something is disrupted. Weather, illness, accidents, life in general. So much really isn’t under our control. Over the years, I’ve become more accepting of this, and recognized that adjusting my response is where I do have options, and that a sense of humor […]Read More Disruption Expected
One of the photos that was an inspiration for starting this blog–I wanted to share some of the strange and wondrous stuff I ran into in my daily life. This sign, from a parking lot remains one of my favorites!Read More Which Way? Cee’s Challenge
I saw each of these signs recently, and each provoked a double take on my part. What I saw, and the intended meaning may be different. Provoke“>ProvokeRead More It’s a Sign! Double Takes
I’m not actually much of a multi-tasker, preferring to focus intently on whatever it is that I am doing. Current research shows that multi tasking is actually a misnomer, people are actually switching their attention back and forth between different activities. That said, my brain is a pretty busy place, and particularly when doing routine […]Read More Don’t Try This at Home. Multi-tasking Fails Again.
Travel day. BA and I are going to take a few days at the ocean. Travel so far is going okay. Going through security, I hit the first snag of the day. I could see they were scanning and puzzling over something in my daypack. No surprise when they asked to search it. The surprise […]Read More The String Cheese Incident
Reuben Garret Lucius (Rube) Goldberg was no rube. He was a Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist, famous for his amazing contraptions of fantastically complicated machines that most often executed simple tasks, such as a system of pulleys and gears that allowed a napkin to wipe a diner’s face, or as in the cartoon above, getting your […]Read More Rube Goldberg–Making the Simple Complicated, For Fun
Around here, most people have a dog or three. I don’t, not because I don’t like dogs, but because the care and space a dog needs has never really fit in with the other circumstances of my life. It could work now, but there is the matter of the preexisting feline, who “does not believe […]Read More a profusion of poop
You have most likely had an earworm, even if you are unfamiliar with the name. A musical tune, or small piece of one, gets stuck in your brain on endless repeat. You redirect your attention elsewhere, and then, seconds to days later, you realize ITS STILL PLAYING! I’ve had a lot of earworms over the […]Read More Earworms
I’m prone to making up new words. Given that all words are made up in order to describe something, why not add to the collection? I rarely do this intentionally, the new words often just come out when I am attempting a description. Blustrious gustards is about wind, derived from blustery and gusts. BA and […]Read More Blustrious Gustards
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In today’s world of sue-happy people, governments and companies can’t help but play safe by providing all sorts of crazy disclaimers and instructions that would make Captain Obvious proud. Of course, it’s just a matter of time before they would commit laughable bloopers. They may say that they only “erred…
I’ve spent the last several days in NW Oregon and SW Washington. I love this part of the world, and its very different from my usual residence in Colorado. Found a few signs and bumper stickers to share. Some strange, some funny, and others simply very different from life in Colorado. With this first sign, […]Read More Its a Sign! Pacific NW Edition
Of what, I don’t know. Strange signs, advertisements that are goofy, things that may not be communicating what they intend to be. So for curiosities sake and entertainment, I present the following: In a recent grocery ad in my local paper: Wild and Farm Raised cannot both apply to the same piece of salmon. While […]Read More Its a Sign!
Mondegreens are rampant, we’ve all said them, and many are hilarious. So what are they and why do they have such a strange name? A mondegreen is a word or phrase that results from the mishearing of something said or sung (Merriam Webster). Sylvia Wright coined the phrase in a 1954 article, writing about how […]Read More Word Funnies, Part 3: Mondegreens
Whats a malaphor? A blended idiom, combining two phrases. A combination of Malaprop and metaphor. I’ve enjoyed these gems for years, having a fondness for the absurd. Only recently did I learn the “official” term, when a Facebook friend of mine linked to one of Dave Malaphor’s posts, and from there I found his site: malaphors.com I’ve […]Read More Word Funnies, Part 2: Malaphors
I’ve long enjoyed malapropisms and the little twist of surprise that comes with hearing one. So what are they? From the Oxford dictionary: malapropism (noun) the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect, as in, for example, “dance a flamingo” (instead of flamenco) synonyms: wrong word, solecism, […]Read More Word Funnies, Part 1: Malaprops