Category: Wacky

Strange, peculiar, fun, and just plain wacky (or is it wackie?) things I’ve noticed, discovered, or have been sent over the years. (going back to 1995)

Giving it Away

Here’s what I wonder, why would someone make a free viral tool or game? Why would they give away something cool? What are you giving away?

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End of the World

Cubs End of The World

As the ‪Cubs‬ gear up for a 1-game playoff vs Pittsburgh tonight, “Doomsday” is also today, at least according to Chris McCann, leader and founder of Pennsylvania-based eBible Fellowship. It’s like the mere possibility of the Cubs going to the

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The Five “A”s

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! (September 19) Here’s a primer to help you with what The Pirate Guys (c. 2006) call The Five “A”s – because there’s 5 of ’em, and they start with the letter “A”.

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Fred and Sharon

Fred and Sharon's Movies

Holy Crap!

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Sound Effects

Sound Effects

So there was that time I was on stage doing sound effects.

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Wacky Laws

Alligator tied to a fire hydrant

I live in Michigan. There are some wacky laws, still on the books here, and some of them appear in books about wacky laws.

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Woodchuck or Groundhog?

groundhog - woodchuck - whistlepig

When people talk about a varmint in their yard, along with rabbits, voles, field mice, and gophers, the groundhog or woodchuck usually shows up. Same or different?

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Voice artist - model - actor

I’ve worked as all of these things: a voice artist, a model, an actor. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had, and I’d like to tell you about it.

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Baseball Sumo

Campbell's Field

A few years ago my parents visited me in Philadelphia, and I took them to a Camden Riversharks minor league baseball game. They got to meet my friend Holly (now my wife) and we had a lovely time. Oh, and

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A Rabbit With a Pancake on its Head

a rabbit with a pancake on its head.

That’s right I said, “a rabbit with a pancake on its head.”

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Why I Don’t Like Much

Why I don't Like Anything

If you follow me on facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t like those pictures of sad-eyed kids or lonely American soldiers. But why not?

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Social Media Warning

Susceptibility Virus Warning

Warning Social Media users – there is a new threat to your personal security and it is being perpetrated on Facebook as well as other social media like Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest. The posted virus can infect Windows and Mac

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What’s your super power?

super powers

I recently read Noah Kagan’s blog post “Why I got Fired from Facebook (a $100 Million dollar lesson)“. It’s a great refelection on lessons learned from that experience, and one line in particular caught my eye.

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International Towel Day 2012

First of all, yes, International Towel Day is a real thing.

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Godzilla Explained

Somehow I felt obligated to explain Godzilla.

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Everyone is Irish

On March 17 everyone gets to claim their Irish heritage, no matter how fictitious.

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Creepy Symmetry

OK – here’s a weird thing about my brain. At lunch today I had an apple that was leaning off to one-side and I thought – hmm not very symmetrical. Then I remembered a Newsweek Magazine article from about 15

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Facebook posts from history

So, it turns out there’s a whole book full of these things, but I really had fun making them to go with this date in history. Hopefully, they are funny enough to inspire people to look up the event on

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lousy puddle

See this puddle in the parking lot?

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Just Say No to Comic Sans and Papyrus

Can someone really hate a font? How about two fonts? The answer is unequivocally, yes. If you’ve spent any time near churches or schools, you know the font all too well.

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Another T-Shirt

Intercourse T-shirt

Sometimes I feel like I live on Social Networks. My profile on most of them reads like this: “Tweeting from stoplights since 2006: voice actor, speaker, strategery, interwebz bible guy, displaced Bears and Cubs fan, I have a lot of

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olden days

I used to write on this blog all the time. I used to publish every week and even had a “what’s wacky this week” tagline. So, what happened? Facebook… Twitter… I’m posting there all the time and neglecting this, my

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The MirthMobile Story

This is the story of the MirthMobile.

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Worst Christmas On Record

Worst Christmas on Record

I like to make music mixes and I really do listen to them over and over. This year I put together a new Christmas mix containing some of the worst Christmas songs ever.

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Pillow Fight

New Pillows

I got some new pillows! They had a pillow fight.

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stuff that occurs to me

Yellow - but it's orange

So maybe you’ve heard about the guy on twitter who wites “sh*t my dad says“. My twitter feed (also facebook) is much easier to digest. Here are some from the last couple of weeks.

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It’s a trap

Admiral Akbar - A Trap

Admiral Akbar just cracks me up. If you’re not familiar with this squidly character from the Star Wars movies, he’s got one famous line, “it’s a trap!” It really killed me this morning.

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Labeling Everything

You can look this up on Snopes to see that it’s true and everything.

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My first PDA

Whether Public Display of Affection, or Electronic Organizer (which by the way does not abbreviate to PDA at all) it’s not something I think about often. However, today someone mentioned that teenagers use PDAs. Yeah… perhaps not as hip to

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New Math

Sometimes people are bad at math. Sometimes they are bad at math on Facebook. Really?

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Men Are Happier People Part 2

Men and Women

Men Are Just Happier People – continued Again, thanks to my friend Sue for sending this to me.

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Men Are Happier People

Thanks to my friend Sue for sending this one to me. Men Are Just Happier People

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New Amex Ad Bombs

From Homeland Security / Special Operations On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, members of the Baltimore County Police Department – Hazardous Devices Team responded to a suspicious item received via the mail (USPS). The recipient partially opened the item and observed

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Christmas Story

I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here!I have a special shout-out to my friend Matt for passing this heartfelt story on to me. I’m not above posting something that’s traveling around the internet and although this might not exactly

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Turn around

Oddly enough, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been pointed to a couple of different quirky pieces about the old 80’s hit, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. First is this flow-chart detailing the song. Jeannie Harrell

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It is ITLAPD again

Get Your Yaar On! Today is September 18 – or as I like to call it, International Talk Like A Pirate Day‘s Eve. For the weekend, I am Piratizing the whole Mirthmobile site. Enjoy it while you can! Special thanks

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Still a Typo

Is it still considered a typo when you make it out of wood and mass-produce it? A co-worker of mine picked up some office decor and found what she thought said “Peace” followed by a decorative cross. While showing it

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marker fun

See how much fun you can have with a marker and a window in your cubicle? It’s lots of fun working in a creative environment. Meanwhile, here’s a list of other things you should have seen on the internet.You Should

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Google Makes Life Easier

I know you all need help with the technology in your lives and I thought I’d point you to some ways Google is making my life easier. Over the years, Google has helped me with my home internet connection: Helped

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Doritos mouse trap

Still killing me.

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illustrated word

Sometimes, it’s just embarrassing to be in marketing and the church.

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objects in mirror

objects in mirror are dumber than they appear Objects in Mirror are Dumber than they Appear Reminds me of a story – These two guys get out of Truck Driving School and on their first run, they see a sign

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shooting stuff

shooting stuff I’ve never been one for guns. I staunchly support very strict handgun control. I honestly didn’t know it could be this much fun. My friend and co-worker Matt is getting married on Saturday, and this was event #1

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Elf Yourself a bit

By now, you’ve probably seen the Elf Yourself site and maybe you’ve even played with it.I decided to elf my co-workers a little bit old-school. It’s easy! My cube has glass walls, and I have red and green dry-erase markers.

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what is the difference?

You might wonder what’s the difference between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I live, and Grand Haven, Michigan where my sweetie Sylvia lives. The differences are actually quite striking. In PA, winter means rain, sleet and snow, all mixed together or at

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Elevator brand name

Elevator brand name I’ve always been fascinated with branding, names, and coming up with a good way to present something, whether it’s really cool or rather mundane. A common elevator brand name is Otis, but the elevator in my office

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stuck in my head

Special thanks to Sylvia for posting this video on her facebook page. I can’t get it out of my head now. For the record – it’s a medley of John Williams music from a variety of movies, but uses dialog

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Never-ending Hallway

I’m looking for a place to live in the Philadelphia area.This hallway appears in one of the converted factory loft-type places I’ve toured. Notice the ramp and doorway creating a fancy optical illusion that the hall is actually longer than

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How to Drive

Today is Saturday and on Monday I’m getting in the car and driving to Pennsylvania. I’m kicking off a new job in the Philadelphia area, working for The American Bible Society as the Director of Web Communications. My GPS will

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Social Lubricant

the internet Gabe Lyons – opening keynote for the Internet Ministry Conference made this observation… The internet is the new beer Meaning – it takes away the inhibitions and promotes a lack of consequence for one’s actions. Since I don’t

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Not Ashamed

One of the biblical writers, Paul, wrote in his Roman letters that he was not ashamed of the gospel.

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Tow This

Tow away Who gets to tow that? I imagine they will call the towing company next door to tow its own truck. I live next door to a towing company and they often park their trucks right outside my windows.

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Fire! Jodi is awesome.Jodi signs up for a variety of giveaways, promotions, contests and such.Jodi wins stuff.This time it was a dinner for up to 8 people at the Golden Corral buffet. We didn’t know that it was also a

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The most wonderful time of the year

September 19 is upon us again!Talk Like a Pirate DayIt’s a regular feature around here: 2007And something I try to celebrate with a certain degree of gusto each time it comes around. Do not confuse Talk like a Pirate Day

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Tina Fey Glasses

Yeahit was awesome. Not political – just dang funny. Tina fey returned to Saturday Night Live as Sarah Palin and kicked off the season opener with her old cohort Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. Oh… it seemed some guy named

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Bag O' baby

Bag O’ baby My local Wallgreen’s store has everything. I had to stop in for some supplies today and there on an end-cap was a display containing this: Bag O’ Baby. Not to make light of a tough situation, but

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Not a parking lot

Well done This is the front of my apartment building and not some cheesy used car lot. Can you believe that someone would just drive up on the front yard like that? Well, I guess if you have 4-wheel drive,

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McCain – Palin

McCain – Palin I can’t be the only one who thought of this can I? The thought of Michael Palin in the pepperpot drag getup along with John McCain has me in stitches. Sarah Palin is probably a better choice.

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keep on giving

ADD: the gift that keeps on giving. Clearly this poor fellow missed the first day of marketing school where they taught people the three basics.1) who is your customer?2) what do you want your customer to do?3) how do you

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100 posts

It was about 18 months ago that I converted the long-standing Wacky pages into a blog. I actually started the Wacky thing of the week on a shared drive at Calvin College over 10 years ago and the wackiness continues.

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Tanks alot

According to my friend Paul…This was taken in front of the Gardendale, Alabama , Walmart while she (the subject of the picture) was going to the Flea market. Now I ask you…Who sits and looks at a pair of men’s

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I Feel Great!

I don’t know about you, but I feel GREAT! Here’s a guy who made up his mind to do something and by golly, he’s doing it. Spirit like this is contagious and gets around the office simply by being near

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Old Joke

The Corner Bar I have the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for Greater Hopes, Inc. Adoption Agency and we had our first meetings this week in Rockford, MI – just around the corner from The Corner Bar.

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not dead yet

I’ve been listening to the local radio station in Grand Haven. It’s small-town and full of delightful little nuggets that you just don’t get at the big stations. I worked on the air for about 12 years and I fondly

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And then that happened

And then that happened My office isn’t the best place in the whole wide world right now and yesterday the ceiling started to cave in. Seriously, right in the middle of a meeting and right on cue as Andy said

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Stop – The Agency Treatment

Thanks to Paul for pointing me at this gem Anyone been at a client meeting like that?

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Can’t start soon enough

The Arena Football season is drawing to a close and that means NFL isn’t far behind, and that means Fantasy Football!I placed 5th last year – right in the middle of the pack with a group of friends. The Fightin’

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Rotten things part 2

Things that suck Whilst installing an upgrade for an operating system, I inadvertently closed my laptop, putting it to sleep. I honestly forgot it was going on until I was half-way home. When I tried to fire it up again

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Rotten things part 1

into the shredder with you My office is not a fun place to work right now. In an attempt to get some funding together, I worked with our advancement (a goofy word for fundraising) staff and came up with a

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Creative Juices

Thanks to Dave and Kevin for passing this one on to me. Get your creative juices flowing?

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ANGRIEST POODLE IN THE WORLD Along with last week’s bucket full of puppies the little pet store in the Pueblos de Dominicana had this charming little critter. While it seems to be indeed the angriest poodle in the world, it

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Bucket full of puppies

Bucket full of puppies While traveling to South America I went to the Pueblos de Dominicana in Santiago, Chile. They have everything. Wood carvers, jewelry stores, t-shirt shops, and a ton of local craft-type shops. They also have a pet

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Technology Impaired

Apparently I’m technology impaired. It took me a an hour to figure this one out. The bellboy in my hotel (Montevideo, Uruguay) didn’t give me the heads up. That’s fine, I’m usually a pretty smart guy. Not today. The light

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Phone cards on a leash

Phone cards on a leash I spent 10 hours in the Miami Airport today on my way to Montevideo, Uruguay to speak. I’m excited about the trip, but not the 5 hours on this side of security, and then 5

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Boxing Cat

From the YouTube member’s description:This is what my cat does every time we watch boxing… Thanks to Tara, who sent it to Sylvia, who sent it to me.

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Historical Tour

I normally don’t link to or display content from The Onion because, while it’s usually hilarious (read: wacky), it’s also off-color enough that I don’t feel right about including it. This time I’ve got a good one thanks to my

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Mother Goose Rocks

As disturbing as Mother’s Day was, Mother Goose Rocks takes it up a notch. Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes by Mono with ME2 Good luck getting that out of your head. Thanks Paul

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Happy Mother’s Day

My Mom sent this to me back in January. Turn your volume down before playing it. It’s kinda loud. Like the good son I am, I’m posting it for Mother’s Day.

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Dog tricks

My mom sent me a link to this dog tricks site. Go visit and try some typical dog commands:SpeakRolloverPlay deadJumpFetchand be sure to try – Kiss Thanks Mom!

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Human Snake

Thanks to the fun people at Get out and play .com we have this video of a human snake. GO!

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I’m not a movie reviewer by trade, but I do go to a bunch of movies and I eat popcorn.Tonight I went to see “Expelled”, a documentary about the oppression of even the words “intelligent design” if used in academia,

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Narcoleptic Cat

Everyone, meet Boone. Boone, this is everyone. Boone is a narcoleptic cat. Don’t believe me? – click on the picture of Boone to watch him pass out. It’s hilarious. Meanwhile, Boone has a day job. Boone works at Kitty Wigs

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Garfield Minus Garfield

This is Garfield genius!What’s better than a random Garfield comic strip?Why a Garfield comic strip without the Garfield. Meet Garfield minus Garfield. Thanks Tol!

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A Monkey Washing A Cat

Yep… a monkey washing a cat.

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Happy Fish Day

The French call April 1, Poisson d’Avril – or literally translated “The Fish of April”. Traditionally, school children tape a picture of a fish onto the back of a schoolmate who then cries out “Poisson d’Avril!” when they discover they’ve

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Are you paying attention?

Test your visual acuity with this simple video test: Today is Good Friday – it’s a day that we post-modern, millennial, post-literate Christians tend to overlook when we’re not looking for it. We tend to miss the miracle that’s just

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Does it really?

Does it really? I used to drive by this sign all the time and it made me laugh. Seriously? It Works?What works? I imagine their sales pitch going something like this… “Hi, this is Brian from It Works Marketing. I

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Jump in – the water’s fine

When some people decide to follow Jesus, it’s all at once and they jump right in. (wait for the second kid) Others have more of a process they need to go through and some have to put a toe in

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Bear with me

Some fantastic bear moments from around the internet: 1) from Jonathan: Bear Rescued on Donner Pass Bridge 2) Stephen Colbert hates bearsFlickr Groupofficial site 3) Bear with me a moment – from xkcd.comThanks to my brother Chris for getting me

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Screen Cleaner

So we ran out of screen cleaning wipes at my office the other day and our purchasing department got us a replacement. Please consider donating to Gospel Communications so we can either get some real screen cleaners or feed this

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What’s a Gygax?

Maybe you heard that Gary Gygax died.Maybe you’re saying, “Brian, that’s awful. Who’s Gary Gygax?”Maybe you’re in the first stage of grief, denial. I tend to move along pretty quickly. Here are 16 jokes about Gary Gygax, the co-creator of

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How’s your soul

Yesterday’s Jesus post has me examining my soul a little more than usual. I think it started with this shot on the local news this morning: Of course it’s actually a very white orchestra. Clearly the quotes around “Symphony with

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just painful

I love Jesus.Seriously! I am a huge fan. I think that Jesus is the best thing that’s ever happened to me and so many of my loved ones. If you don’t know what I’m talking about and you’re curious let

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Cat Herding

For years I’ve had the phrase “cat herding” in my bio but some people ask what that means. To me, that commercial, shown first in the 2000 Super Bowl and later during the 2005 Super Bowl, does a great job

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tax dollars at work

It’s funny how some random events can lead to some unexpected answers to some burning questions.I hardly get any mail at my new apartment in Grand Haven. I’m getting some forwarded mail from my old place, and I’m getting some

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I just got a new haircut – finally. Having recently moved to Grand Haven, I had to figure out where to get a haircut around here. Fortunately, surprisingly, freakishly, coifishly , mind-bogglingly, there are lots of places to get a

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Spoiler Alert

There are no spoilers in this blog – I don’t believe in them. I’m not stupid, I know they exist, I’m just not going to be someone who creates a spoiler. I think it’s just common courtesy. A certain movie

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Go to the mattresses

The time has come to buy a new bed. It was time to go to the mattresses. I visited a number of furniture stores and carefully avoided a particular chain of furniture stores. Hint – the sales staff descend on

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my whiteboard

From time to time I write something on my whiteboard that stays up there for a while. I’ve usually borrowed them from somewhere. Sometimes they are clever like this Haiku: Haikus are easybut sometimes they don’t make senseRefrigerator Sometimes they

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New Year Foreshadowing

Happy New Year I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. I went out to my car this morning – headed to church – and when I clicked my little key fob to unlock the doors, the alarm

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