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International Talk Like A Pirate Day 

September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Aaar! I particularly like the description of the game Snapdragons (at the bottom of the page), which seems to involve a large risk of getting burnt!

How To Annoy The Smoking Police 

This used to be a California story, but it seems to work almost anywhere now as the anti-smoking lobby becomes more popular. If you want to drive the Smoking Police absolutely nuts, try walking around a shopping mall with an unlit cigarette in your mouth or hand. A friend had a posse of at least […]

Surely Not! 

From Tactile Logic: “I Hate Macs” I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for […]

defective yeti 

defective yeti: the musings of Matthew Baldwin, Pretty Okay Guy recently linked to this blog. Matthew asked readers to nominate a random number from 1 to 100, and is now using those selections to follow the ideas in No One Cares What You Had For Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog. I suggested number 36, […]


I heard this on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, some time ago now. It was a comment from a listener. “A restaurant with a smoking section is like a swimming pool with a peeing section.”

The Good Transparent-Acrylic-Sheet Elevator 

Modern lifts speak to you, presumably to help those with visual difficulties amongst others. “Doors closing. Lift going up. Doors opening. Sixth Floor. Doors closing”. And so on, ad nauseum. It seems to me there is an excellent opportunity for a forward-thinking lift company to hire the woman who sang the theme tune to ‘Are […]


Thanks to Irvine for this: Avoid painful carpentry injuries by getting someone else to hold the nails while you bang them in.