Quirky? Or Bat-Shit Crazy?

Gamblers: Where is the Dividing Line?

OK, we all have our quirky superstitions or habits but some people cross the line into bat-shit crazy territory. Sometimes the line is fuzzy. For example, I have seen people:

  • talk nicely to their machine
  • swear at the machine
  • select a machine with a certain number on it
  • rub the side of their machine for good luck

OK, admittedly, I have done these things. I call it quirky. On the south side of bat-shit crazy.

… but sometimes the line is very clear (as in Ms. Rapper in the video)

What have you witnessed?


Critters Have Supernatural Powers

It’s the only explanation, really. There must be untold numbers of wild and domesticated animals that have learned and mastered hypnotic powers. They have charmed, bewitched, hypnotized or otherwise put spells on legions of people. And the numbers are growing.

If animules don’t have supernatural powers, then how else can you explain the way that otherwise intelligent humans are lured into doing the most ridiculous things on behalf of critters. This article exposes two groups of people with insidious, indelible spells cast upon them.

(1) PETA Piffle

(… or, ‘When Good Ideas Turn Bad’)

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization reminds me of the communist movement: it seemed like a good idea at the time.

They started out as a movement to stop animal abuse. Fair enough. But then they gained some momentum, started to attract a fanatical following, and became five times larger than the N. Korean People’s Army.

PETA parade vs. N. Korea parade

Which group seems likely to be entranced?

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Anyone With Impaired Intelligence Can Post to TripAdvisor

In another fruitless attempt to avoid any meaningful activites (by making myself look busy on the computer), I decided to look at some TripAdvisor reviews.

Boss and I, when in Casa Grande, AZ (which is about 5 months every winter) have a favourite watering hole close to home: McMashers Bar & Grill. I try not to read other people’s reviews in case they influence my own weak opinions. But as I had just finished reading the rest of the internet and was bored, I thought that I would browse through TripAdvisor reviews.

McMashers Mashup

I came across some interesting quotes from customer reviews of McMashers. This selection left me more flummoxed than usual after I read them; they require further clarification or additional information, so I’ve added my comments in parentheses:

  • (a) “When we stepped in it was dark I could hardly see. Sports bar and fairly crowded.”; (b) “Only down side is that it is noisy.” (IT’S A SPORTS BAR PEOPLE. HELLO.)
  • “Lots of tvs and off track petting.” (I tried petting the blonde bartender, but she slapped me, so I’m not sure this claim is true).
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Top 10 Translations of Common Phrases

What People Say. What People Mean.

Here is a list of 10 common phrases. Click the arrows to reveal my translations (i.e. what is ‘really’ meant).

10. It makes you look 10 years younger!
9. That's quite nice.
8. Hey, it's great to see you again. What have you been up to?
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