I recently stayed in a hotel that was described by a Yelp reviewer like this:Don't be fooled by the nice pictures on their Web site. The one bedroom suite we got looked like a gross, dirty version in comparison (imagine Jersey Shore house AFTER it's already been stayed in). Stains on the drapes, the two girls that slept on the pull out couch got bug bites, and poor plumbing in the bathroom (the shower smelled like sewage and every time the toilet was flushed you had to wait at least 10 minutes before it could be used … Read more
I have a friend. Let's call her Berkshire. She has a son. Let's call him Phillip.
On her days off, Berkshire wafts to Instagram and posts the most loving images of Phillip. Here's Phillip playing the guitar. There's Phillip getting his hair dyed green. Oh, look, doesn't Phillip look great backlit?
I tease Berkshire about this, because, well, it almost seems like a girlfriend posting images of her boyfriend. She blushes and gets cross, sometimes simultaneously.
A man has reportedly won an auction to spend some private time with Mistress Madeline.
Madeline is not, as you might suspect, an expert in baking or dinner party decorum. Rather, she is a fetish model, whose allures seem to be prized.
How else to explain that the Australian man has reportedly paid $42,000 to experience just one virtual hour in her celestial domain?
Everyone loves an overachiever. With the exception, perhaps, of overachievers.
It's hard to have such high expectations of yourself that they can never be met.
Guess what makes it worse? The Internet, apparently.
It seems that those who are committed to being the best at work cannot stop in their quest to gain an advantage. This means that they wake up in the middle of the night to check e-mails and experience increasing anxiety when Web access is denied to them.
These, at least, are the conclusions of a UK study that examined excessive use of the Internet.… Read more
People aren't used to staring each other in the face anymore.
This makes telling your boss to go and shove his mindless, exploitative job a touch awkward.
You waft into his or her office (if he or she has one) and then neither of you knows what to say or do next.
"Um, well," you mutter. "I've, er, decided to move on." What follows is then a conversation around the houses, in which little is said and and even less eye contact is made.
Honestly, at times like this, you wish that there was … Read more
Man enjoys the idea of being God. Especially technological man.
So when the big freeze hit so many parts of the US over the past few days, it was inevitable that technological man would try and take advantage.
It's too easy licking a metal pole to see if your tongue will stick to it. It's time for something more exalted -- like making snow.
So people have been taking to their balconies and gardens to prove that they can do as the deities do.
The chosen method is to take some boiling water, throw it in the air, … Read more
In distant times, when TV screens were no bigger than human heads, discretion was valued.
Feelings mattered and decorum was observed.
But in our world of anything goes -- and hopefully goes public -- old-fashioned concepts bite the dust like dying flies.
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised, therefore, that Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown likes to announce when he's fired someone on his Twitter account.
To celebrate the new year, for example, Brown chose December 30 as the moment to socially announce the firing of five police officers and a 911 call operator.
As Vocativ reports, each is given the tombstone of their own tweet. For example: "I have terminated 911 Call Taker Moises Limon today for driving while under the influence and not reporting his arrest to his supervisor."… Read more
If you were going to affix a tiny camera in an airplane bathroom, wouldn't you remember to take it down again?
Before, you know, someone found it.
It seems, though, that an unknown person -- for an unknown reason -- taped a camera inside an airplane bathroom on Sunday and left it there.
When it was discovered, the American Airlines 767 plane, which was en route from San Francisco to New York, was diverted to Kansas City, as no one at the time could identify the device. It was feared to be a bomb.… Read more
Sleep hasn't come easy to me lately.
Not since Canada's former defense minister explained that aliens won't give us their best tech because we're such nasty, bellicose people.
Apparently, the aliens are waiting for us to put down our nuclear weapons and ask them nicely for help. (Why they can't just neutralize us with their superior tech, I don't know.)
But now I hear they've just paid us another visit. Perhaps.… Read more
I don't want to disturb what you're doing right now, but apparently four different species of aliens have been visiting Earth for thousands of years.
I don't quite have the evidence at hand, but Paul Hellyer, who used to be Canada's defense minister, claims he has.
In an interview with Russia Today, Hellyer explained (as if it was obvious): "Of course, there's been a lot more activity in the last few decades."
The reason for this, he said, was that man was stupid enough to invent the atomic bomb. Aliens are frightened that … Read more