Fish are awful, and I hate them

February 5, 2016 at 10:56 am (Randomosity) ()

I hate fish. I hate fish so much. I really hate them!

But a thing I hate worse than fish is seeing living creatures suffer. So, because no one else remembers to do it, I have been feeding the horrible, creepy, awful fish at work. I even found a fish that I disliked less than the rest of them. It was a little albino shark that the others had eaten half its tail off.

“Poor little guy,” I said. “Poor scrappy little guy.”

"Creepy little bug-eyed bastard, though."

“Creepy little bug-eyed bastard, though.”

Yesterday, when I went to feed the fish, I noticed my least-hated fish wasn’t eating with the others. Then I noticed he was bobbing upside down. Then I noticed, a half-hour later, he had completely vanished. Because the other fish had eaten him.

When I told my coworker, he said: “Well, they already knew he was delicious.”

Now I hate fish even more.

Anyway, now I hate fish even more.

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Of sailors and boredom

December 11, 2015 at 10:33 am (The Movie I'm not Seeing this Weekend) (, , , , , )

So, a long time ago, Herman Melville wrote this famous novel about a whale and obsession and sailors and all that and called it Moby Dick, as if it couldn’t be more obviously about penises.

"Heh. Penises."

“Heh. Penises.”

Anyhoo, it’s one of the great man vs. nature stories filled with metaphor and brilliance and it just bores me to tears, I’m sorry, I can’t stand it.

I do, however, love W. Francis McBeth's band piece, "Of Sailors and Whales," from whence I stole this post title.

I do, however, love W. Francis McBeth’s band piece, “Of Sailors and Whales,” from whence I stole this post title.

And now it’s a movie! Except it’s a movie about the true story of Moby Dick, and it stars Thor (I think?) and Cillian Murphy (I’m positive), and there’s a lady whose only line is to tell her husband to come back safely, because this movie couldn’t be more obviously about penises.

"Nuh-uh, it's about whales!"

“Nuh-uh, it’s about whales!”

The gist of the plot seems to be that a whale attacks their ship because whales are jerks, and then they try to survive on lifeboats while the whale continues to try to murder them, because whales are SUPER-jerks, and for some reason, another sailor points his gun at Probably Thor and tells him to admit he’s afraid and he says: “I will not.” But seriously, dude, it’s okay to be afraid of the Murder Whale, jeez. It’s not like people are going to think you’re less of a man or whatever.

Man, whales are such dicks.

Man, whales are such dicks.

And if you want to kiss your second mate, Cillian Murphy, well — no one could blame you for that either.



So there you have it. A movie about whales. Definitely whales.

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Stupid dolphins and their stupid sequels

September 12, 2014 at 9:57 am (The Movie I'm not Seeing this Weekend) (, )

Somebody decided to make a Dolphin Tale 2, because people love dolphins and uplifting movies about dolphins because they don’t know the real truth about dolphins.

Only jerks bite little girls on the arm.

Only jerks bite little girls on the arm.

Also, this web site exists.

Also, read this.

Now you tell me: Are these actors truly safe?

Now you tell me: Are these actors truly safe?

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I don’t care about the Superbowl at all: An apology

February 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm (Stuff that Bugs Me Right Now) (, , )

It’s true. I don’t care about the Superbowl at all. I know it’s probably unpatriotic. Feel free to confiscate my miniature American flag.

Just give me a few last minutes alone with it, please.

Just give me a few last minutes alone with it, please.

Everyone I know watches the Superbowl. Even my parents do, and they don’t watch sports on TV at all.

Unless Judge Judy is a sport?

Unless Judge Judy is a sport?

Once, when I still worked at the newspaper, I got involved in the Superbowl pot at work. My friend in the sports department gave me a buck and chuckled a little when I turned in my form and explained my strategy: I picked the teams with the cooler names. For instance, if the Vikings were playing the Dolphins, I picked the Vikings. While Vikings are horrific bastards, dolphins are horrific-er bastards, so therein lies the logic.

See? Bastard.

See? Bastard.

And so, despite my rather illogical method, it came down to me and a photographer for the whole pot.

“You’ll have to watch the Superbowl now,” the sports department said.

“What, aren’t you guys going to have a headline about it tomorrow?” I wondered.

“Well, yes,” they said.

“Oh, good, because otherwise that would ruin my streak of not watching any sports except for the Olympics, which I really only watch for the patriotism in inspires in me.”

Wait! I take back that thing I said about confiscating my miniature flag! I need it for waving at the TV during the Olympics! Go, Team USA!

Wait! I take back that thing I said about confiscating my miniature flag! I need it for waving at the TV during the Olympics! Go, Team USA!

And later I won the pot.

The moral of the story is: If I don’t care about the Superbowl at all when there’s money on the line, what makes you think I can even remember who’s playing this year?

Anyway, I’m sorry or something.

Welp, that was a terrible apology. Whatever.

Welp, that was a terrible apology. Whatever.

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So you think you’re dating a unicorn: A modern teen’s guide

November 16, 2011 at 11:20 am (Top Ten) (, , , )

Lately, you’ve noticed your boyfriend isn’t like the other mythical creatures. He’s more four-legged and neighs and eats hay and stuff.

Maybe my darling Timothy is a unicorn, you think, as you sit beside him at the drive-in theater, holding his hoof.

Also, in this scenario, you are Robocop.

But how can you be sure?

By using this handy-dandy checklist is how you can be sure! So let’s get to it.

1. Does he have a horn?

We’re not talking trumpets or cutesy little nicknames for his … well, you know. We’re talking a horn smack dab in the middle of his forehead.

Hold on just a minute while I GAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

2. Also, does he mostly look like a horse, except for that horn smack dab in the middle of his forehead?

Although some people claim that unicorns look more like goats.

And in China, they look more like this poor, confused bastard.

3. Are you a virgin?

Now don’t go blaming me for this. It’s just flat out well-known that this is a preference for unicorns. Unless, I suppose, you’re dating one that goes more for pureness of heart than for pureness of the lady bits.

"Yup, those are some pure lady bits, all right."

4. Does his horn (that we previously ascertained is an actual horn, not a trumpet and not a nickname like “Mr. Wiggles”) have magical properties?

Again, this horn is not in his pants.

5. When you go on dates, are you often refused entry as the clerk/shop owner/bartender points to the sign “No Pets Allowed”?

“He’s not a pet, he’s my boyfriend!” you might proclaim.

"That's sick," will be the inevitable reply.

6. Does that lady who married a dolphin laugh at your taste in men?

And she married one of the bastards of the sea!

Eh, he probably ripped off her face in one of the pictures we DON'T see.

7. Does Tim Curry keep pestering you two, wanting to rid the world of all goodness or something?

Oh, please, did you seriously think you were getting out of this thing without at least one Legend reference?

Tim Curry: a demon god among men.

8. When you talk about riding your boyfriend, you’re not actually talking about sex?

“Thanks to my darling Timothy, I always make it to school on time!”

9. Just for clarification: Horn. Middle of forehead. Not in pants.

Seriously, girls, just because your boyfriend says he has a horn doesn’t mean he’s a unicorn. It means he’s a teenage boy.

Or a narwhal.

10. When you’re served poison, does he dip his horn into it to neutralize its properties?

Apparently, unicorn horns can do that. Not teenage boys though, because what teenage boy in his right mind would go about dipping his tender bits in poison?

"Thank heavens for your boyfriend's magical horn! We all could have died if we had continued to drink that poison!"

 Well, there you go, ladies. You’re dating a unicorn.

And you're Darth Vader.

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A Trifecta of Terrible (movies)

September 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm (The Movie I'm not Seeing this Weekend) (, , , , , , )

Lest you think that liking Revenge has made me soft and not as pre-judgmental as usual, rest assured that there are three terrible, horrible, no-good bad movies that I won’t be seeing this weekend.

1. A Dolphin’s Tale.

I hate the sea and everything in it. (Except for the opportunity it allows me to quote the Sea Captain from The Simpsons, I guess.) But I hate dolphins the most. They’re the bastards of the sea.

Man, that kid's just asking to be aquatically murdered.

Also: Cyborg dolphins? Are you kidding me, humanity?

2. Moneyball.

I'm pretty sure there's nothing you could add to this movie that would make me not hate it and want to stab myself in the brains if I had to watch it.

I’ve already said I don’t particularly find Brad Pitt attractive, but even if you cast Takeshi Kaneshiro in this thing, it wouldn’t be enough to make me want to watch a movie about baseball and … statistics, I think. Ugh.

Well, gosh, if you insist: Sure, I'll shoehorn a photo of Takeshi Kaneshiro in there!

3. Abduction.

I always thought that the real evil in Twilight lay in reading the “books.” (I put the word books in quotes there because do they really count?) But now I see that the real evil is in the UTTER RUINATION OF OUR ACTION FILMS WHY WOULD ANYONE CAST TYLER LAUTNER FROM TWILIGHT IN ONE ARGHHHHHH.

Man, remember when our action heroes were named "Snake" or "Indiana" and they didn't suck?

Also, I’m kind of pissed, because now I can remember Tyler Lautner’s name. That knowledge probably pushed out a useful fact, like a statistic on how many baby kittens dolphins have murdered or something.

Oooooh, good news! It turns out it's TAYLOR Lautner, so I don't actually ... shit. I've committed that to memory now.

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The sequels I won’t be seeing this weekend

May 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm (The Movie I'm not Seeing this Weekend) (, , , , )

So there’s a The Hangover 2 and a Kung Fu Panda 2.

The Hangover Part II has a monkey in it. I hate monkeys. Almost as much as I hate dolphins. And I hate dolphins about equally as much as I hate Jack Black.

Which is great news, I guess, for people who have anterograde amnesia and can’t make new memories, so they completely forgot they already watched the first films, just like they will completely forget they’re watching the sequels, but they have approximately 10 bucks they really want to waste.

Or a murdered wife they want to avenge by killing ... I don't know ... the usher.

I have nothing against the original films, except, of course, for the presence of Jack Black in anything, but I don’t understand why there are sequels to the damned things.

Jack Black is worse than dolphins.

Oh, except for the Hollywood wanting to make money without exerting much effort thing. Right.

The last hard thing we did was put up this sign. We're still tired. Stop complaining.

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Holding babies over things: a guide to increased celebrity

July 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm (Top Ten) (, , , )

With the untimely deaths of Michael Jackson and the Crocodile Hunter, there has been a tragic dearth of celebrities holding their children over balconies and crocodiles. That seems a shame to me, as it is hilarious when celebrities hold their babies over things.

Here’s a list of suggestions to get them back in baby-holding-over-things gear.

1. The Grand Canyon. If you’re going to hold your celebrity baby over something, go big! Plus, there’s always tourists and their cameras at the Grand Canyon, so you wouldn’t even need to rely on the paparazzi to photograph you endangering your child.

Man, that canyon sure is grand!

2. A blender. My mother once knew a woman who left her 18-month-old on the kitchen counter with a running blender. Also, she didn’t have the lid on the blender. Also, later, her children were taken away. Bonus points if you can do this at a cooking show, where there is an audience.

This blender is called the "Ultimate Chopper." For what it does to babies' fingers.

3. Australia. Australia is home to a variety of dangerous and evil critters, like the blanket octopus (note: less cuddly than the word “blanket” implies) (note the second: you can do your own image search; I’m not putting one of these things on this blog), the bird-eating tarantula (which, as the name implies, is a spider that EATS GODDAMN BIRDS), the deadly cassowary and the box jellyfish (God’s little reminder to stay the hell away from the ocean always). Hell, you wouldn’t even need to hold your child over any of these things — just taking the kid to Australia is attention-getting enough.

Always remember: cassowaries want to kill you AND all your children.

4. An alligator. Crocodile’s already been done, you know? (God rest Steve Irwin’s stingray-loving soul.) But alligator — man, that’s new.

And make sure to point out the difference, because most people can't tell these hellbeasts apart.

5. Old Faithful. “What? No, this thing erupts on a schedule. I can totally pull Junior away in time.”

You could set your clock to Old Faithful, if you don't want your clock to be completely accurate.

6. The enclosures at the zoo. Because everyone knows babies want to pet tigers just as much as British grandmothers do!

The giant goddamn fangs are nature's way of saying "don't pet."

7. The ledge of a building. “Stop! Or the baby will jump!”

He's suicidal, just like that man in the business suit!

8. Rotating helicopter blade. Mixing aviation and babies is like mixing gin and tonic: a can’t-miss, surefire dose of awesome.

I wish I was drunk.

9. Michael Jackson’s grave. “It’s funny because it’s ironic!”

"Annie, are you OK? Are you OK? Are you OK, Annie?"

10. Niagara Falls. Because babies like romantic locales as much as the next guy.

I'm sure they're also fans of Marilyn Monroe films.


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Please, God, let my death not be needlessly stupid

April 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm (Top Ten) (, )

It’s time for a list! A list of ways I don’t want to die.

1. Crushed by a crashing airplane while jogging and listening to my MP3 player. I mean, why the hell would I be jogging?

2. Pissing on anything electrical. I don’t care if Mythbusters disproved it. They disproved the awesomeness of ninja too, which means I have no faith in Mythbusters.

3. Murdered by a serial-killing killer whale. I frakkin’ hate sea life.


4. Naked. I just — I would like to have clothing on when I die. That is all.

5. Doing what I loved. I love doing the things I love. I don’t want them to be cut off unnecessarily and, indeed, permanently. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I want to die doing what I hate, so at least I can be relieved that it’s finally over.

6. Crushed by an elephant. I think, of all the things out there you could get crushed by, an elephant would be one that smells the worst.

Although it does seem like they go out of their way to crush things.

7. On Dec. 21, 2012. I really don’t want to prove those damnable conspiracy theorists right.

Being murdered by Roland Emmerich would also suck.

8. Because of anything, ANYTHING, lodged inside any part of my body that shouldn’t be there. I don’t care how it got there, I don’t want it killing me.  Sex toy, metal rod, whatever. Get it out. Get it out now!

9. Saying something stupid, like, “No, I’m sure the window will hold.” I will never, ever believe that the window will hold and I’m sure as hell not testing it.

Admittedly, it's cooler when a polar bear does it.

10. Ironically. Especially since people think “ironically” means “coincidentally” nowadays. I don’t want my death to be an exercise in bad grammar.

I can only hope that "death by iron" is covered under "ironically."

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Arrrrr, I hate the sea and everything in it

February 26, 2010 at 11:52 am (Two-sentence Reviews) ()

It's not like they're called "harmless whales," you know?

Q. Have you heard about Tilikum, the killer whale who brutally murdered his trainer earlier this week (after being fingered in two previous trainer deaths)?

A. I’ve told you people and told you people, sealife are our enemies.

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