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Silly stuff and bluster

bird man or movie star?

I know a lot of ornithologists, but I can’t think of any that look like celebrities. Perhaps that makes Emmet (Bob) Blake unique. He died in 1997, and was eulogized in an issue of the Auk, the journal of the…

robospanker?

Overheard by Husband as he walked out of his office building, a guy talking on his cell phone, voice at normal volume as people streamed by, “They seemed like nice people, until they showed me their Robospanker and Wheel of…

a scorcher in the w.c.

This photo was taken in the staff restroom at work. Those are scorch marks (not soot) on the wall next to the commode; you can see for yourself if you click the second image, which is an enlargement of the…

no clue

Returning home, in a plane somewhere over Lake Michigan. Turn to the partially completed crossword puzzle in the in-flight magazine. The clue, two words, five letters: “A perp would cop this.” Previous passenger has carefully filled in “AFEEL”.

more asinine google searches

First there was getting googled, a list of crazy searches that led people to this blog. Mine weren’t that funny, so I shamelessly listed some true classics from the collection at The Middlewesterner. Finally, mine became more outrageous, and one…

Awhile back, I wrote about the more unusual terms plugged into search engines that pointed people to bootstrap analysis. It was one of my more popular posts — and so cheap to write! — in part, I’m sure, because I…

disoriented

This port-a-john on campus was getting a lot of business. From incoming freshmen.

getting googled

Like most other bloggers, I’m curious where my readers come from. Many come from search engines, via some rather strange search strings. I’ve been collecting them since I started blogging, and was saving them up to post them as a…

“Be a Party Pooper!”

This was such an incongruous name for toilet paper, I knew I had to come up with an appropriate marketing slogan.

resting places

Over the holiday weekend, we took back roads through a lot of small towns in rural areas with stagnant economies. Now granted, money is tight in these parts, but it seems unnecessarily frugal, not to mention unhygenic, to lay out…