“When I urinate in public, I never get caught on camera,” and other anti-Rob Ford lawn signs [3 pictures]

April 1, 2014 | No comments

A series of three ads appeared in Toronto this week to communicate that “Anyone’s better than Rob Ford.” People following the bizarre behavior of Toronto’s beleaguered mayor will have a difficult time arguing with the ads from No Ford Nation, whose lawn signs promote completely fabricated candidates who aren’t actually running for office. Their credentials are very convincing though…

Anti Rob Ford Ad 1
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Satirically placed “For Rent” signs mock insane San Francisco housing prices [5 pics]

April 1, 2014 | 1 comment

Rental prices in San Francisco are ludicrous. It’s gotten bad enough that it is increasingly common for people to rent out their couch or closet space, allowing them to subsidize their monthly rent payment and, in turn, allowing their new co-renter to find a slightly cheaper place to sleep.

In his latest photo essay, photographer Scot Hampton made fun of this predicament by placing For Rent signs on absolutely unlivable public spaces. He even went so far as to actually put an ad on Craigslist, offering a dumpster as a “waterfront condo.” It was not flagged for removal.

Hampton completes the joke with funny captions describing the amenities at these “apartments.” Here is a sampling. Visit his site for the full experience

Waterfront Condo – $5000

Enjoy the sounds and smells of the UN Plaza fountain as you relax in your condo after a hard day of complaining about the homeless.

SF For Rent - 01

Studio Loft – $3000

Government housing. Section 8 OK! Studio loft with vaulted ceiling!

SF For Rent - 04

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Wil Wheaton’s fantastic response to a little girl about how to deal with being called a nerd

March 31, 2014 | 2 comments

Young Mia had a question at last year’s Denver Comic Con for her favorite Star Trek actor, Wil Wheaton:

When you were a kid, were you called a nerd? And if so, how did you deal with it?

With that, Wheaton gave her the best answer possible…

Mia’s parents provided more details in a Reddit thread last week, noting that after the event, Mia was able to get her photo taken with Wheaton…

Wheaton 1

And a few weeks ago, she was able to meet her idol again and get that photo signed at Planet Comic Con…

Wheaton 2

Man pranks loud, annoying cell phone users by joining their conversations

March 30, 2014 | No comments

Greg Benson found people talking loudly on their cell phones at Disneyland, which presumably wasn’t hard to do because it’s noisy at Disneyland to begin with. Benson then stood near these noisy talkers with a phone to his own ear, loudly filling in the gaps in their conversations with his own amusing responses and producing hilarious results…

(via Happy Place)

Little boy gets hysterical over learning he’s going to have a baby sister

March 29, 2014 | 12 comments

Gunner wants a brother, Paisley wants a sister, and Harper just wants a baby. The girls were happy to see the pink cake for the big gender reveal, but Gunner was epically upset to learn he would still be the only boy in the family…

(via BuzzFeed)

What it’s like to be an engineer in a sales meeting

March 28, 2014 | 55 comments

When the sales team brings an engineer into a final sales meeting as an “expert” reference to help put the client at ease and close the deal, the engineer knows he’s really just there to say, “Yes, we can do that,” regardless of the glaring truth…

(via VVV)

Don’t forget to commiserate with your engineer friends on Facebook or Twitter…

A UNC athlete wrote this 2nd-grade-level “final paper”… and got an A

March 28, 2014 | 5 comments

The college paper below is cited in an ESPN story on an academic scandal that has embroiled University of North Carolina athletics. This was a final paper that actually got an A- according to Mary Willingham, a former academic counselor for athletes at the university who blew the whistle on the academic scandal in the athletic department.

UNC Paper

If you’re having trouble reading the paper, here’s the transcript:

AFAM 41
Final Paper

Rosa Parks: My Story

On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “ I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “ why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “ I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.

Willingham summed up the obvious, noting,

This is not even close to college work, yet this athlete was awarded an A-. …It’s kind of shocking, really, that a student at Carolina wouldn’t have a grasp of this basic — elementary school, first/second grade — reading skills.

But hey, their football, basketball, baseball, and soccer programs are all successful, so…go Tar Heels!

40-year-old deaf woman breaks down as she hears another person speak for the first time

March 28, 2014 | 7 comments

Deaf since birth, Joanne Milne was given bilateral cochlear implants at 40 years old that finally allowed her to hear for the first time in her life. As you can imagine, it was a very emotional experience…

(via VVV)