Archive for the ‘humor’ category

WWII on Facebook

2010.08.27

OMG WWII on FACEBOOK

See also, WWII Chat

I Say We’re in Range Now

2009.05.27

via How It Should Have Ended

W(ii)TF?

2009.05.18

Nice muscle!

Apropos Sesquipedalia

2009.04.17

Via the h2g2 @ bbc

Sesquipedalian n.

One who is inordinately infatuated with polysyllabic obfuscation, preferring never to employ a less complicated syntactic arrangement of descriptive words when there exists a single expressive unit that amalgamates the multiplicity of morphemes comprising the simpler phrase. Among the manifold objectives of multisyllabic, holophrasticverbalism are those of: rendering the author’s meaning indisputably precise yet simultaneously incomprehensible; demonstrating through superior orthography and lexical awareness that the writer is manifestly more erudite than the reader; […]

See also: Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly

Tao of War Photography

2009.03.06

Bruce Haley’s Tao of War Photography

subtitled: “Never Ride an Asian Elephant While Wearing Shorts”

Includes:
Observations
Thoughts
Vented Spleen
Profanity
and
Diverse bits of good advice peeking above the sarcasm…

10.  It is said that sudden fright causes people to soil themselves…  I have noticed that sustained fright causes increased flatulence:  fear-farting…   I have also seen Afghan mujahideen run out into a heavy rain of incoming artillery rather than shelter in a small crevice with two fear-farting Western journalists……

30.  You will see the exact same wretched mongrel dog in every third world country you visit…  after a while you will come to believe that it has a passport and is following you from country to country……

54.  Back to war:   if you’ve become adept at dodging unwanted social invitations back home, apply this skill when you’re asked along on a kamikaze mission with ill-equipped teenage soldiers who are hopelessly outnumbered……

Why?

2009.02.09

A Dialogue with Sarah, aged 3: in which it is shown that if your dad is a chemistry professor, asking “why” can be dangerous.

DAD: Why does the shower get me clean?

SARAH: Yes.

DAD: Because the water washes the dirt away when I use soap.

SARAH: Why?

[…]

DAD: Why do the molecules have a hydrophilic head and a hydrophobic tail?

SARAH: Yes.

DAD: Because the C-O bonds in the head are highly polar, and the C-H bonds in the tail are effectively non-polar.

SARAH: Why?

DAD: Because while carbon and hydrogen have almost the same electronegativity, oxygen is far more electronegative, thereby polarizing the C-O bonds.

[…]

Ode to Beaker

2008.12.23

’tis the season.

update: Beaker wins Webby award for his performance!  Acceptance speech below.