Category Archives: Humor

A Surreal Airport Moment With Cheese

I’m not sure why I didn’t remember this sooner, but on my way back from Duluth, Minnesota I was waiting in the Minneapolis Airport when I had an especially strange moment. I was sitting at my gate, waiting for boarding, watching the “Airport Network” version of CNN news, where the top stories were Al-Zarqawi’s death, some new suicide bombing, and Senator Robert Byrd setting the record for longest-serving US senator. The CNN anchor said they’d be right back after a commercial break, then a blank screen for a second, and then…

This character comes onto the screen, immediately followed by this bit with the same character (YouTube videos). There was no break between the segments, they were combined into a single 1-minute bit, which made it feel particularly long where you usually see 15 or 30 second spots. I was engrossed/amused/baffled. I was nearly laughing out loud. I looked around and saw some other puzzled faces amongst the airline passengers (particularly at the screen-licking part). I couldn’t for the life of me imagine what it was an ad for, but it was brilliant. I even thought for a second that it was a practical joke by the person controlling the airport TV feed. Maybe he slipped in some humor during his boring day? And then finally the Cartoon Network logo came up.

The character is from the show, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and his name is Cheese. It’s a Craig McCraken (Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Lab) show that I had somehow never run across before. Cheese is one of the minor, imaginary friend characters, and he also likes cereal. It all makes sense now, but that sure made for a surreal airport moment.

Distraction: Best Movie Scenes Ever

Last night checking out some videos on the addictive YouTube, I stumbled upon a clip from the movie Rad, which was aptly titled, “Best movie scene.” I’d heard about this incredible scene, but had yet to watch it. It exceeds all expectations and words can’t do it justice. Featuring Lori Loughlin (of Full House “fame”), who’s character finally ditches her popular ex for the outcast BMX biker, and the two share a prom “dance” to Send Me An Angel. If that description didn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.

I figured that scene would be hard to beat, but the title, “best scene ever” gave me the idea to search for that and similar phrases such as, “best movie scene” and “best fight scene“. There’s some good, great and horrible stuff out there. One in particular I have to recommend is this fight scene which is so horrible it’s truly brilliant. Give it until the end.

Lastly, while you’re wasting time on YouTube, check out this great educational video parody series, Look Around You (thanks Andy). I was laughing quite a bit… “Problem 3. For this problem, you will need to set your calculator to Maths.”

Pumping Iron for the Lord

A few days ago I checked my website stats and noticed that my top referrer was for a body-building site. I couldn’t figure out why in the world I was getting all of these hits. After digging into the lovely ABC Body-Building, I found that on the forum entrance page, one of the main forum posters was using the “Buff Jesus” image from my blog post way back here. That explained it. I poked around the forum a bit and it turns out this guy is basically Mr. Evangelical for the whole body-building forum, and since this image was his avatar/icon, it was showing up everywhere.

As general net-etiquette, it isn’t polite to link to images hosted on other people’s site directly. At the very least it isn’t good design to rely on random third-parties to “host” graphics, and it also leeches someone else’s bandwidth. So I decided to have a little fun with the body-building preecher, by changing the content of the image he was linking to…

Replaced Jesus

I feel a little bad that my immediate association with body-building was steroids, since I couldn’t find any evidence for their use by people frequenting this site. But with all of the crazy photos they post of themselves and others (Ahnoohhld!), it might be appropriate.

I do have to say that the ABC Body Building forum is home to one of the best discussion-thread titles I’ve ever seen. Posted by Mr. Uber-Christian himself in the “Sanctuary“:

And you get to read it with Steroid Needle Buddy-Christ winking at you.

UPDATE — And by the end of the day he caught on to it and replaced the new Buddy Christ image with something else. It was still up there for a full day. Not bad.

Pure Whey Jesus

So much for having any more fun with that guy. Until next time…

Bowling Team Names

It’s almost as if there’s an unspoken rule that bowling team names require bad puns. Here are some bowling team names from my company’s annual bowling tournament…

  • The Lucky Strikes
  • Rolling Pins
  • Spare Me
  • Foot Fungus Freaks
  • Pin Pals
  • Ten Pin Wizards
  • Split Happens
  • The Thunderballs

Proposed team names, but unused…

  • The Gutter Brawlers
  • Wholly Bowlers
  • We’ve Got Balls
  • Split Ends
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter

bowling by Ginny

Naming Your Own Bowling Team
Are you still looking for a good name for your bowling team? None of the above team names suit your fancy? There are some simple rules you can follow to creating your own team name. First, start with a word related to bowling. Here’s a table of some of the most common bowling-related words and terminology:

strike spare split
gutter ball pin
tenpin bowl lane
alley bowling gutter ball
league frame roller
finger shoes beer

If you want to avoid a pun or play on words, you could simply pick one or two of the above words and put them together, adding an adjective for a little more pizzazz. Go for something with a good ring to it, or a little alliteration. For example:

  • Super Strikes
  • Crazy Pin Lane
  • Bad Ball Bowlers
  • Smelly Bowling Shoes

You would probably agree that these are pretty boring. I highly recommend you explore the puns and wordplay. A good start is to think of a common phrase that happens to use one of the words in the chart. Simply reuse that phrase and you automatically have a bowling team name with a double meaning. For instance, “Spare Change”, “Going on Strike”, or “Alley Cats” are regular phrases that work well for a bowling team. In the original list, “The Lucky Strikes” and “Rolling Pins” both followed this rule of thumb.

If you want to get even more experimental and want a more complex pun, you can try thinking of words, phrases, movie titles, or celebrity nams that sound similar or rhyme with bowling terminology. In the list at the top, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter” is amusing because it replaces “Butter” with “Gutter”. Or try swapping similar-sounding words in and out of a bowling phrase. Here are a few more ideas along those lines…

  • Gutter Bawl
  • Changing Lanes
  • Alley McBowl
  • The Mis-Splits
  • Gutterfinger
  • The Tenpin Commandments
  • Axis & Alleys
  • Split-finger Fast-bowl
  • The Pin Pricks
  • The Incredibowls

Of course if you want to be the team dressed to impress, (or a bunch of hipsters), grab some proper bowling shirts and stencil on your ironic team name!

Good luck naming your bowling team! Have you come up with any great team names? If so, feel free to add them below.