If someone offered you a penny for your thoughts, and you gave them your two cents worth, would you feel shortchanged?¹
I’m feeling a bit tired tonight, and can’t manage to find the focus to write anything meaningful. I could just write something meaningless. But I’ll spare you.
Seeing as I don’t want to leave you feeling shortchanged, since you bothered to come by to visit, I offer up some more photos as a consolation prize. I took these on Halloween before Phoebe and Theo changed into their costumes.
Phoebe in her spooky shirt.
Theo in his mummy pajamas.
¹ I thought of this when contemplating posting some spare change from my earlier coin collection. I think I’ve mentioned that I crack myself up.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To get to the other Starbucks
This was a joke I made up a while back, inspired by a list of chicken jokes. I cracked myself up with it.
However, recent news that Starbucks is closing 5% of their stores (especially those “unprofitable stores …being cannibalized by nearby Starbucks locations”) may make my joke obsolete. (Though at BU, some students were recently protesting the new Starbucks location, which is basically across the street from not one, but 2 nearby Starbucks locations…)
And what will future generations think of this?
(From Best in Show.)
With work keeping me crazy busy, and life in general pulling me in all sorts of directions, it’s no wonder I feel I’m going a bit bananas. And what with yesterday’s big banana-related news, it’s no wonder I’ve got bananas on the brain. Seeing as I don’t have a whole lot of time tonight, this ThThTh list may be on the short side. So please feel encouraged throw in your own bananas.
A small bunch of bananas
banana split. An ice cream sundae characterized by a banana that has been split in half lengthways.
The Tattooed Banana: a blog devoted to “the emerging appreciation of banana art.”
Banana Yoshimoto. A Japanese author. Not actually a banana. Her first novel was Kitchen.
Bananarama. An 80s musical group. They weren’t bananas either. Actually, the members were all female.
“Yes, we have no bananas.” A song that was a hit in the 20s. (…we have no bananas today…)
“The Banana Boat Song.” A song made famous by Harry Belafonte. Here’s a clip from the movie Beetlejuice with the song:
top banana. An expression meaning “head honcho” or “big cheese.” Has origins in burlesque performances.
slipping on a banana peel. A common slapstick-type sight gag. (cf. this batch of cartoons.) For further insights into the phenomenon, check out this insightful post, which also led me to this fabulous banana-peel-slipping-related dialog from the 1966 Batman movie:
Banana in the tailpipe: a prank involving shoving a banana up the tailpipe of a car, causing the engine to stop. Made famous by a scene with Eddie Murphy in the movie Beverly Hills Cop (1984).
This may come as a shock to you, but I find the word banana itself to be funny. (Yes, much like the word pants.) I might even go as far as saying that I find banana to be an inherently funny word. This may be part of why bananas are featured in a lot of jokes. Some of them remarkably silly. I found a page of banana jokes that someone posted on a joke blog, and lookie what I found there:
Batman: [reading a riddle] What has yellow skin and writes?
Robin: A ball-point banana!
Batman: [reads the second riddle] What people are always in a hurry?
Robin: Rushing people… Russians!
Batman: So this means…
Robin: Someone Russian is going to slip on a banana and break their neck!
Batman: Precisely, Robin!
Posted in food, fruit, jokes, movies, Music, pants, randomness, silliness, things, ThThTh, words
It’s Pi Day, people! Woohoo! It’s 3-14. And I didn’t even see it coming. (And here I just mentioned a book called Life of Pi yesterday. Of course, that was a pi-free Pi reference.)
Here are some tasty pi goodies for you to help you celebrate your day:
- Be sure to check out the official Pi Day website. (Thanks to Tina of Omphaloskepsis (one of the grandest blog names out there) for pointing me there.)
- I highly recommend the musical pi stuff, like pi rap videos, and the pi(ano) song, where someone has converted the digits of pi to a melody.
- You can also see a hundred thousand digits of pi. Here’s a preview:
- Not enough digits for ya? How’s about a million?
Kate Bush has a song called “π”. Or “Pi,” if you must stick to ASCII. In it, part of the refrain is seeing 150 digits of pi. Shockingly, it seems that she has, according to Confusablility, gravely erred in her digits:
I got hold of the lyrics and checked them against an online version of Pi. All was well for the first 53 decimal places but then Kate sang “threeeeee oneeeee” when she should have sang “zeeeeeeerooo” instead. She recovered for the next 24 digits but then it went to hell in a handbasket when she missed out the next 22 digits completely before finishing with a precise rendition of her final 37 digits.
- Inga of Arbitrary Ruminations is celebrating the day with a list of Pie quotes, which may be safer.
- Or you might want to watch a movie. Like Pi (1998). A movie sadly lacking in pie.
- I think that later today, I will have to bake a pi. I mean, a pie. Seriously. I’ve keep meaning to bake a pie, but haven’t found the time. But now the pi forces are conspiring to make pi a piority. I mean, priority.
- Finally, let me leave you with this classic pi joke:
A young man goes off to college from his rural home. When he comes back for a visit, his less educated father wants him to show off his fancy learning. “Say something smart, son,” he commands.
The young man thinks back to his classes, and figures a formula from math should sound impressive enough. He offers up the formula to calculate the area of a circle. “Pi r squared,” he says.
His father looks embarrassed, and shocked. Shaking his head gravely, he says, “What are they teaching you, son? Pie are round, son. Cornbread are square.”
π π π π π π π π π π π π π π π π π π π π
There are times when the world conspires to make me ponder a topic for a list. This week the world apparently wants me to reflect on punctuation.
I’m quite fond of punctuation, really. Not so much the prescriptive uses of it. I like the informal uses of it that reflect the prosody of spoken language. You can break up a sentence or phrase with periods to show the strong emphasis of making each word its own intonational phrase. (What. The. Hell?) There’s the use of parentheses or commas for, you know, parenthenticals. (And I’m quite partial to parentheticals.) Or you can use ellipses to signal that you’re trailling off…
So I offer you a ThThTh list with an abundance of punctuation marks.
First, I offer to you the Evidence of Punctuation Conspiracy:
Further punctuation-related things include:
- The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. This blog is a “great” place to see of all sorts of abuses of quotation marks.
- Apostrophe Abuse. Its the cats pajama’s in terms of misused apostrophe’s.
- The Ominous Comma. A blog. While not actually about punctuation, it gets points for having such a cool punctuation-related name.
- Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss. A book on punctuation that is said to be entertaining. (Yes, I should have read it. I have it. But haven’t read it. It will probably tell me to stop with the sentence fragments. Or some such. Screw that.)
- There’s a punctuation “game” based on the book. (I use “scare quotes” here to suggest that there is not a lot of “fun” or “playing” involved.)
- More fun is the panda joke that is the inspiration for the book title (offered up by Geoffrey Pullum of The Language Log) .
- “I love you period,” a song by Dan Baird
I love you period
Do you love me question mark
Please, please exclamation point
I want to hold you in parentheses
- Let’s not forget the colons and semi-colons of the island nation of San Serriffe:
The native people of San Serriffe are the Flong. However, the dominant group are of European stock, the descendants of colonists, known as colons. There is also a large mixed-race group, known as semi-colons.
- Finally, I offer a bit of cartoon swearing. As in using punctuation marks in place of swear words, usually in a cartoon. (This allows me to end the post with a bang. Or 2.)(Sorry, a little punctuation mark humor.)(No, I’m not sorry. I’m dorky like that.)
Posted in Blogroll, books, jokes, language, lists, miscellany, Music, quizzes, silliness, things, ThThTh
Two guys walk into a bar. One guy says to the other, “You didn’t see it either?”
This is in response to Maggie’s post of her favorite one sentence joke. My favorite has 2 sentences. Or 3 clauses.