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Why Liking Curly Fries Means You’re Smart

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Curly Fries (Photo credit: David Atkinson Images)

In a study published this week, and one which is sure to re-ignite the Facebook-privacy fire, researchers have shown that Facebook users are unwittingly revealing all about themselves through their likes.

Funded by Boeing and Microsoft Research, the study shows that Facebook can be used to accurately predict a wide range of personal attributes including: sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, political views, personality traits, use of addictive substances and age and gender. It can even tell researchers whether or not your parents were separated by the time you were 21.

The average person has 170 likes on their profile and it demonstrates how, through looking at the very basics of information a person provides online, an automatic and accurate estimation of what that person is like unfolds.

Although one could say the same could be said by looking at a person’s Google history, Web browsing or Twitter subscriptions, the only difference here is Facebook likes are currently publicly available by default.

58,466 volunteers took part in the study offering up their Facebook like data obtained through a Facebook application.

The study was able to correctly predict if:

  • 95% of the cases were African American or Caucasian American
  • 93% of the cases were female or male
  • 82% of the cases were Christian or Muslim
  • 67% of the cases were single or in a relationship
  • 73% of the cases were smokers or not
  • 65% of the cases were drug users or not
  • 60% of the cases were the users parents were separated by the time they were 21 or not

It goes on to show how personality traits were a little more difficult to predict accurately with them only being able to predict correctly:

  • The emotional stability of users in 30% of the cases
  • The openness of users in 43% of the cases
  • The satisfaction with life of users in 17% of the cases

To explain the lower accuracy for the ‘satisfaction with life’ trait, researchers say, it’s difficult separating long-term happiness with varying mood swings on Facebook.

People post less when they’re happy but give them something to complain about and off they go like a rocket.

It also shows that people who like ‘Hello Kitty’ tend to be high on Openness and low on Emotional Stability.

They’ve set up a website where users can test out the personality traits aspect for themselves at youarewhatyoulike.com. This was my result taken from my 120 likes:

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Helpfully, it told me this:

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I don’t ever remember liking Jeff Healey. I do like him but I don’t remember liking him. The others I’ll cop to that yes, I do like them. Crowdrise is awesome. You should all check it out when you‘re done reading this.

With a Facebook ‘like’ button adorning almost every website (and growing) it can be hard to avoid the pull of clicking like to express your feelings.

Intriguingly, the study demonstrates how individual likes and traits correlate. For example, they found the best predictors of high intelligence include ‘thunderstorms’, ‘curly fries’ and The Colbert Report’. Good predictors of male homosexuality were ‘No H8 Campaign’, ‘Mac Cosmetics’ and ‘Wicked the Musical.’ Liking ‘Britney Spears’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’ were considered moderately indicative of being gay whereas people who liked ‘Being Confused After Waking Up From Naps’ were most likely to be straight men.

It’ll be interesting to see, moving forward with this study, if businesses start using it to tailor their advertisements and services more to the individual as oppose to the whole and how the publication of this study will serve to push the debate on privacy in the Digital Age.

If anyone wants to check out the study, it’s called: ‘Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behavior (2013)‘ – Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell, Thore Graepel published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal

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Tuesday Timewasters – 08/14

I’m 28 years old so naturally a lot of my friends are currently popping out babies. Or their wives are. Or their girlfriends. Or their sisters / sisters-in-law / that girl their brother met at a club once and knocked up. Now, while its nice that my friends all have cute tiny humans in their lives and given that I live so far away, I do enjoy seeing a photo or two of them every so often.

Note: A photo OR two. Or three.

Not ten.

Not twenty.

Not entire albums dedicated to the tiny human doing nothing interesting but sitting there…and around picture 47, it’s wearing a hat. Oh my God, it’s wearing a hat. Let’s start a new album.

No.

No.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do like seeing pictures of babies but somewhere between picture 24 of baby sitting and picture 26 of baby sitting-but-leaning-slightly-to-the-left, I grow bored.

Cute pictures of baby covered in food? Ok.

Nineteen pictures of baby covered in food from every angle like a crazed paparazzi? No. Just…No.

Baby smiling? Yes. Twenty-eight photos leading up to baby smiling where baby does NOTHING? No.

Of course, you can’t write to your friends and tell them 10 photos of their baby is probably enough for one day, and so enter Unbaby.Me.

A GENIUS extension for Crome which takes the baby right outta your Facebook newsfeed and replaces it with something far cooler. Like cars or dogs or kites if you’re into that kinda thing.

The best thing about this extension is it’s fully customizable. Get rid of cats, replace them with pictures of George Clooney. Get rid of pictures of your friend’s new car, replace them with pictures of snow. Far more interesting.

By changing the keywords the extension is searching your newsfeed page for, you can pretty much rid your newsfeed of anything cute / annoying / pointless /cats with quotes…WHY are there so many cats with quotes??! You can also change the websites the program gets its replacement images from making your newsfeed a much happier place to be.

Of course, once I have my own tiny human, I shall make albums upon albums upon albums of it doing absolutely nothing…and when that time comes, you’ll all be happy I wrote about this invention and you’ll with thank me and send me flowers.

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In other, unrelated news but equally worth timewasting upon:

1. Did you know the United States makes up countries? MAKES UP COUNTRIES. Countries such as ‘The People’s Republic of Pineland’, ‘Attica’ and ‘Atropia’. No, seriously.

2. Chinese subtitles for the bootlegged DVD of the The Avengers are just AWESOME.

Suggestions for The Hulk sequel titles don’t go over too well with it’s main star

And finally:

SPHERO. A robot ball you control with your iPhone or iPad. Needless to say, it’s become imperative that I own this device as soon as possible.

Here’s Sphero being shot with a shotgun:

And here’s a slightly longer review for those who have time and are as obsessed as me:

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Tuesday Timewasters – When Movies Get Lego’d – 07/31

Soon to be a movie? Fingers crossed.

Following on from last Tuesday’s guess the movie posters and our Pixar Lego’d post, we bring you yet another movie guessing game to while away your Tuesday afternoon. Thanks to Alex Eylar, aka ICanLegoThat, his brilliant imagination and expansive Lego collection comes When Movies Get Lego’d.

Can YOU guess them all? Answers in next week’s Tuesday Timewasters.

Happy Timewasting!

And finally, my other favorite short-lived, now-cancelled TV show:

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Tuesday Timewasters – The Movies / Books / TV Edition – 07/24

Some entertainment industry themed Tuesday Timewasters for this sunny day!

Happy Timewasting!

From brain of Stephen Wildish: Guess the movie

Did you get them all?! I certainly didn’t! I’m still missing a few but I’m working on it. There are plenty more timewasting posters for you to enjoy on his site. I urge you to check it out.

Next up, moving away from movies and into books: Some inspirational words from the books of Dr. Seuss.

And finally, last but not least, a closing word from The Muppets.

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Tuesday Timewasters – 07/03

Ah July, signalling the start of rainy season here in Korea, the impending doom of summer camp classes which to this day I really don’t see the point in and my birthday, the best thing about the summer. Soon my Tuesdays will be no longer filled with breaks but rather with pointless Art / Science / English Play / Whatever else pointless class my company think up for me to teach.

But for now, Tuesday Timewasters is still a go-go so HAPPY TIMEWASTING!!

First up, some riddles:

1. What is a word made up of 4 letters, yet is also made up of 3. Although is written with 8 letters, and then with 4. Rarely consists of 6, and never is written with 5.

2. This appeared in my ESL book once. What is the first letter of this sequence? (And it’s not ‘E’)

__  T  T  F  F

 S  S  E  N  T

 E  T  T  F  F

 S  S  E  N  T

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Moving on!

I wanna ride in this:

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The Canadian One sent me this fantastic find!  

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And speaking of The Canadian One, in honor of Canada Day just passed:

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I’m freeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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A sign The Canadian One and I saw on our jaunt to Cheonan recently. Not funny in the US. WAAAAAY funny in Korea! No idea why!

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And finally I leave you with something that’ll make you go, DOH!!

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Tuesday Timewasters – 06/26

Soooo you may remember in one of my very first Tuesday Timewasters, I wrote about a website called The Doghouse Diaries. Wellllll, when I first wrote about them, they were small with not many comics online but NOW, now after a few months, they have lots….so many in fact that choosing my top 5 10 15was a difficult task. But alas, you’ll be happy to know, I managed it.

Happy Timewasting!

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Tuesday Timewasters: The Viral Edition – 06/19

Ohhhhh Facebook, you are the BIGGEST timewaster in my life currently!! THE BIGGEST!

Although, thanks to Facebook, in the past few weeks a lot of things have appeared in my interwebosphere…that’s a word, right?!…No??

Oh well, here’s a selection of my favorites anyway:

Happy Timewasting!

First up, ohhhhhh MBC MBC MBC, what a silly little mess you’ve managed to create for yourself here in The Land of The Morning Calm…or rather not-so-calm in your case. A video that spawned a Facebook group that garnered over 8,000 members within the first week or so of it’s inception and a public…eh…statement by the TV channel that broadcast it. It’s been dubbed ‘racist’, ‘xenophobic’ and ‘demeaning to both foreigners and Korean women’ but you should, of course, check it out for yourself and form your own opinion.

The Shocking Reality About Relationships with Foreigners (in Korea)

For anyone wanting to read the transcript of the video, Zackary Downey has very helpfully posted a full script and subtitled version here.

The only good thing to come out of this whole mess and uproar is the pictures of the happy multicultural couples appearing all over the web. They just make you wanna say ‘Awwwwww’.

Next up, another Korean video and I dare you to get in touch with your juvenile side and make it through the entire video without a giggle…or two….or three. (If watching at work, headphones are your friend)

Now, for my favorite site of the week, kikinitinkorea and oh my good God, if you’ve ever lived in Korea YOU. WILL. LOVE. THIS.

My top two posts from the site are these two and trust me when I say, it was hard to choose just these two:

Crossing the street in Korea

Trying to blend in as the only foreigner in my Kpop dance class

Just to note, the site is based on another site called whatshouldwecallme, my favorite two of that site, adapted to suit me, are:

How I wake The Canadian One up: 

When people ask me if teaching crazy kids in Korea will drive me to alcohol:

I’m like:


And now moving on to a word from Henry Rollins:

Aaaaaaand finally, a site that I read about in The New York Times yesterday and CNN this morning and dedicated to anyone living in Korea and who does the happy dance whenever it’s Bibimbap Day!

Now, personally, I don’t eat lunch at my school. I bring my own. Our lunches tend to consist of spicy soup, a mystery stew containing both octopus/fish/squid AND beef/chicken, plain rice and sometimes a piece of fruit. I was told by my company that I ‘must eat lunch at the school in order to seem like I’m trying to assimilate into Korean culture‘. NO mention of me living here for the three years prior to me starting there nor the fact that I’m not a newbie and I know which Korean foods I DON’T like. It lasted all of four days before I opted to risk being fired over having to eat plain rice for lunch each day and being stared at in the canteen for being the only foreigner. On day four when the questioning, translated through my co-worker, of ‘You don’t like Korean food?’, ‘Oh, you’re not hungry?’ and ‘Here try it, you’ll like it’ started, I bailed.

On that note, have you heard about Martha Payne? Well, this little Scottish 9 year old is taking the world by storm. Unhappy with the state of her school lunches, she decided to start a blog, Never Seconds, about it. She started taking a picture of her lunch everyday and posting them online. She rates the lunches based on her own ‘Food-O-Meter’ scale and the site has generated worldwide attention with over 5,800,000 views in just 7 short weeks. SEVEN. SHORT. WEEKS.

Last Thursday, the council unfortunately decided to ban Martha’s camera from her school thus signalling the end of her blog. Martha posted a ‘Goodbye’ message to her fans and that was it…until 24 hours later when the council leader, responding to worldwide public outcry including statements from celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Jamie Oliver, overturned the senior officials’ order and Martha’s blog shall resume normal business on Monday…with the time difference, she’s probably still at school right now.

Martha is also using the blog to raise money for Mary’s Meals, a charity which sets up school feeding programmes for children in some of the poorest countries in the world. Initially aiming to raise £7,000, Martha’s JustGiving page records that she’s currently made £83,479.46 for the charity!

What do / did YOU think of your school lunch? Lemme know in the comments.

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Tuesday Timewasters – Oh, the things people will do for a fiver!

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While the world around us is in economic turmoil, is there is a refuge for budding entrepreneurs to make a buck? Oh, why yes there is! Enter: The Internet. Upon an earth filled with artists, writers, musicians and freelancers, a world of opportunity has arisen in the form of fiverr.com (USA / Canada) and fivesquid.com (UK)

Siting the rise in unemployment as a springboard for launching a site such as this, fiverr’s creator Micha Kaufman wanted to create a place where people could offer gigs, build a fanbase and earn money. Take a simple concept: Sellers offer a service for £5 / $5. Buyers become intrigued and purchase said service. And thus the circle is complete.

With some really odd offerings among the gems, you really do have to be open-minded when trawling through the site’s offerings but bear in mind, some people have made up to $15,000 from gigs on the site! Seriously. This dude is one of them.

Among my favorite oddities the sites have to offer would be:

– I will sing Happy Birthday to you in Welsh wearing only a Welsh flag thong and a wooly hat for $5 (from a guy…who is interestingly listed as a top seller)

– I will teach you how to land a plane if the pilot passes out for $5

–  I will make my brother dance like a bee holding your sign for $5

– I will send you a one dollar bill folded into a random origami shape for $5I will send you or a friend a single bag of tea with a special message in it for $5

– I will pretend to be married to you on Facebook for $5 / I will be your girlfriend on Facebook for 5 days for $5

– I will allow my friend to kick a basketball at my face for $5

– I will send you the link to get the best playground equipment online for $5

– I will video chickens pecking your photograph into tiny, terrifying pieces for $5

– I will FINALLY settle a dispute between you two for $5

– I will write your message on my huge beer gut…AS SEEN ON THE JAY LENO SHOW (Seriously, it says that…)

– I will make a 20 second video crying about anything you want for $5

I’m kinda tempted to request a picture of a zebra wearing wooly boots and a sun hat…what, she says ANYTHING

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It begs the question, what would you pay someone to do for a fiver…or more importantly, what would you do for a fiver?

In the spirit of this entrepreneurship, The Canadian One has come up with his own fiverr offer. Give him a fiver and he’ll dress up as a bear holding a sign with your name on it and dance to a song of your choosing for 30 seconds. We’ll post the video on our YouTube site just as soon as my eyes dry from laughing so much. All fivers sent will go to the Canadian Diabetes Association and links to the videos will be on next week’s timewasters (or the week after). Email us at theketchupwar@gmail.com for more details, requests will be taken for two weeks only!

If YOU have Paypal, YOU can make The Canadian One dress as a bear and DANCE!

You know, I may just pay him a fiver to hold a sign with the blog name on it and dance to ABBA….Ohhhh, lightbulb…now where can I get a feather boa in Korea….

UPDATE: 05/16 – The Canadian One has so far made $10 for the Canadian Diabetes Association! Filming Sunday (05/20) if you want to appear in next week’s Timewasters, get your order in before then!

THE BEAR!!

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Thursday Timewasters – 05/10

I’ve spent a lot of this week reading the news as my Kindle battery died and there was nothing much else to do as once it was charged, I kept forgetting to bring it with me on the train. And so, I present, my favorite news items of this week:

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Following hot on the heels of Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage, with in 24 hours, come this little item…..I’m not American, but I’d vote for you again!

On a related note, I would urge everyone to watch this video. Ketchup World, this is Shane. This past Monday marked the one year anniversary of the sudden and horribly tragic death of his boyfriend, Tom (29 years old). If anything ever happened to The Canadian One, I’d be lost. If anything ever happened to The Canadian One and then THIS happened…there are no words to describe how I would feel. This is Shane’s Story.  

Moving onto dinosaur news, my favorite kind of news!

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I got nothing to say about this one but bahahahahahahahaha!

Imagine the pitch: ‘Eh, we need funding?’ ‘For what?’ ‘A study on dinosaur farts….’

In other, dinosaur related news, a variation of websites have carried the headline ‘Toddler encounters dinosaur and reacts accordingly’ thanks to this little video in which two year old Zack sees a dinosaur and reacts the way we ALL would, let’s admit it!

Yet more dinosaur related news:

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AND (not dinosaur realated)

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Now, you may think these are strange but a few years back, while in England  as a student and working part-time at a call center, a co-worker of mine had a rather interesting call. Hearing her giggling behind us, we all started to look out of our little booths to peer at what was so funny at her desk. As it turned out, the caller she’d been tasked with interviewing was named ‘Mr TickleMyFancy’. Apparently, as a joke and to win a bet (OF COURSE!), he’d changed his name to that. Unfortunately, during that time, he’d purchased a car and, having to use his legal name to sign the papers, poor Mr. TickleMyFancy then got a follow up service call from our call center where he was forced to explain to my giggling friend the origins of his moniker.

And finally:

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Wait, so, The Pentagon quit The Avengers because of it’s UNREALITY?! Did they not have a small inkling that perhaps this wasn’t going to be the most realistic portrayal of a norse God, a rich playboy in an iron suit, a man who turns into a green giant when he gets angry and a man from the past, frozen in time and thawed out in modern day…none of that made them think it’s perhaps not the most reality based story in the world..? No?

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Tuesday Timewasters – 04/24

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Soooo Timewasters are a little late today due to a trip to Korean immigration to renew my Korean visa and a long, lengthy and, as usual, stressful trip to the post office…and then I watched a movie.

In case anyone cares, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows – good.

BBC TV show Sherlock Holmes – better…just sayin’.

Moving on.

Up first we have my favorite thing forwarded to me this week.

Turns out, the TV channel TNT installed a BIG RED PUSH BUTTON BUTTON on an average town square in what looks like an in-need-of-an-injection-of-drama town to advertise their Belgian TV channel launch. In what’s possibly the best intentional twist of marketing ever, a sign next to it invited people to ‘Push to add drama’. I watched it twice then made The Canadian One watch it with me. Trust me when I tell you YOU WANT TO SEE THIS!

Next, we have the 9 Strangest Things Found While Searching For Waldo…or Wally as we like to call him in my part of the world. I mean, the part of the world I am from, not where I live…No writing to me on Facebook telling me I’m mistaken please.

This one is my favorite and destroys all innocence I associate with finding Wally.

A Man About to Be Raped By a Mountain Lion in “Fun and Games in Ancient Rome, Find Waldo Now”

Check out the link for the other eight.

Next, The Most Persistent Flirter on Facebook.

Now, The Canadian One and I started to get to know each other better via this particular social site after we’d met in real life after being introduced at a dinner party by The British Friend…more on that another time. I lived two hours from him so we spent a lot of time texting, calling, Skyping and stalking talking to each other on Facebook. But this guy…this ‘Most Persistent Flirter on Facebook’, fair play for trying dude, not giving up but the line is behind you buddy, you crossed it a while back and you’re never gonna get a date with that girl. But hey, at least you’re now famous on the internet! Cloud – Lining – YAY!

Oh God and in unrelated news, I read THIS this week and thought yep, most of those sum up me.

I can safely say 2, 4, 6, and 12 are me…and possibly 3…and only that ONCE 9….but I didn’t ‘YELL’…The music was loud so I raised my voice. What? Don’t look at me like that!

Speaking of drinking, The Canadian One and I were in our local bar recently where they play music videos on a big projector screen in the center of the bar. Now, I don’t know how many of you have heard / seen this song before but it’s, well, I felt slightly violated afterwards and immediately whipped out my iPhone to Google it.

I’m warning you NOW (so people don’t write to me) DO NOT, I REPEAT,  DO NOT WATCH AT WORK…OR WITH KIDS NEARBY!

Made by ‘Duck Sauce’, the people who also brought you the massively popular song ‘Barbra Streisand’, the DJ duo are now accused of celebrated for making one of the most shocking videos of last year. Check it out!!

But repeat with me: NOT. AT. WORK.

Two more things before I go, this is totally what I’m dressing up as this year for Halloween:

Uh huh, that’s right. Officially licensed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sexy Dresses. Officially licensed!! Although headbands and weapons not included but I can get over that.

NOW to think of which turtle I’d like to be. If you want your own, you can go HERE for TMNT ones and HERE for Power Rangers ones. I kid you not people of the interwebbie. Power Rangers. I. Kid. You. Not.

And lastly, IF you’re going out this weekend, please read this helpful PSA to avoid the risk of sexual assault!

Have a good week and Happy Timewasting. Don’t forget, you got any Timewasters to share, send them along to the email theketchupwar@gmail.com or check out previous week’s Timewasters if you really wanna waste some time discover something awesome in the index.

 

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Tuesday Timewasters – 04/17

Yesterday, I get text from mam:

‘Are you ok? Are you at home? On Skype???’

I call her.

Mam: ‘Oh, I was just checking you were ok. I checked the Facebook and you’ve not been there all day. I looked. Nothing. I was just wondering if you were ok.’

I swear, I spend way to much time on the internet if my own mother is checking Facebook and deems no posts in 12 hours to signal death or serious injury on my part!

Anyway, on the subject of spending too much time on the internet, thanks to my school blocking all non-essential websites (yet not Facebook for some reason, go figure), this week’s timewasters is a short one!  

Happy Timewasting!!

First up, this week’s BEST headline:

 Source: The Northampton Chronicle and Echo

Covered by a wide range of news outlets (did nothing else happen this week??), the story centers around a hamster named Smurf and a Spiderman toy with a magnet. Smurf ate the magnet, climbed about in his cage and then the magnet, doing what magnets do, stuck him to the bars like a pizza menu to a fridge.

Hahahaha, could you imagine coming home you your pet dangling in midair…and then it all ending up on the news?! You can read all about his plight by Googling ‘Spiderman Hamster Magnet’ or by checking out the BBC Radio bit.

Speaking of The Smurfs, THIS conversation happened yesterday:

I show my students a picture of ‘earmuffs’.

Me: ‘What is it?’

Kid 1: ‘Headphones…no…no wait a minute.’

Kid 2: ‘I don’t know.’

I write ‘earmuffs’ on the board.

Kid 3: ‘Earmuffins?’

Me: ‘Earmuffs.’

ALL: ‘Earmuffs.’

Kid 2: ‘Earsmurfs!!’

Me: ‘No no, earMUFFS.’

Kid 1: ‘Earsmurfs!!’

Me: ‘No, no…’

Kid 2: ‘I don’t like Smurfs. They’re blue and skin like a snail. And no clothes, Teacher. No clothes. Only hat and pants. Where do they poop???!! I don’t like them.’

Me: ‘Noooo, but they’re cute.’

Kid 2: ‘They are not cute. They are horrible. No clothes. I like Gargamel. He usually wears clothes.’

Kid 3: ‘I like his cat.’

Me: ‘Me too!’

Kid 2: ‘Teacher, it is disgusting. They have no clothes.’

Kid 1: ‘I like Pororo.’

Me: ‘He’s a penguin. He has no clothes.’

Kid 2: ‘But that’s ok. He’s cute. And when he take off his glasses and then, he’s more cute.’

Kid 3: ‘Earsmurfs!!’

Me: ‘EarMUFFS!!’

Kid 3: ‘Teacher, if you move ‘s’, it’s earsmuffs.’

Me: ‘What about the ‘r’?’

Kid 3: ‘No ‘r’.’

Me: ‘They’re SmuRfs not SMUFFS.’

Kid 3: ‘No, Smuffs.’

Me: ‘SMURFS!!’

Kid 3: ‘You’re wrong!’

Me: ‘I AM NOT! Everybody, EARMUFFS.’

ALL: ‘EARSMURFS!!’

 

And finally, for your amusement, some food related funny pictures found in the land of the interwebbie this week:

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Timewasters – 04/12

Texts From Dog

I’m adoring this new site!! ADORING it! I don’t have a dog, I’m more of a cat person, but if I did, I’d hope my dog was as cool as this one. Could you imagine what your pet would say if it could text you? I have two turtles, Gir and Zim (points for whoever can name the show they’re named after) and The Canadian One and I sometimes pretend they’re talking to each other. Their conversations mainly revolve around Zim, who’s constantly trying to escape, and Gir, who just sit on the rock and watches and their daily lives. Not interesting to outsiders but more interesting than watching TV sometimes. 🙂

Here are my Top 6 posts from Texts From Dog:

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‘Dear Internet, Stop being so distracting…’ – Tuesday Timewasters

There’s a website that I’m addicted to called ‘Dear Blank, Please Blank‘ – Be warned, once you check out this site, the next hour of your life is gone! Here are my top 15 submissions on the site and, in case you’re wondering, yes, yes I do totally hope life in Canada is exactly like the Canadian note.

Happy Timewasting!

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‘Let’s get ready to rummmmmmmmmmble!’

If iPhone apps aren’t your thing, please feel free to stop reading now and check out these special Easter timewasters:

15 of THE creepiest Easer Bunny photos you will EVER see!

If iPhone apps ARE your thing, please check out the above link, laugh and then return here and read on:

A few days ago, this exchange between myself (in blue) and my you-gotta-get-draw-something friend takes place:

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‘Dude, where’s my pic?!’

Hello, I’m Jenny and I’m a Draw Somethingaholic. I honestly think I say ‘Did you get my pic?’, ‘Did you see my pic?’, ‘WHERE’S MY NEW PIC?!’ more than I say ‘I love you’ to The Canadian One recently.

It all started about a week ago when a friend called to say ‘You gotta download this app, it’s called Draw Something’. Ok, that’s not why she called but it is the main thing I remember from the conversation. Next morning, on the train, I download the app. Instantly I get a text from The Canadian One: ‘You downloaded an app?’. Ohhhhh yeah, we share an iTunes account so we each get messages whenever the other downloads something. (It was a credit-card-can-only-be-used-with-one-account-situtation that meant one iTunes account for the both of us.) I quickly work out that I need an opponant, this is not a one-player game, and within minutes, The Canadian One has ‘Draw Something’ too.

And so it starts….

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Tuesday Timewasters – 03/27

So today at school I was a little busy with stalking the Canadian embassy here in Seoul and playing with my iPhone so Tuesday’s Timewasters have come a little late in the day however it is STILL Tuesday and after coming home and making homemade cheeseburgers for today’s dinner and homemade meatballs for tomorrow’s dinner, I’ve sat down to share with you my favorite timewasters of this week. Enjoy. And Happy Timewasting!

Ta Daaaaa!

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Tuesday Timewasters – 03/20

Ahhhh Tuesdays…After a six classes straight no-break-not-even-a-pee-break Monday, Tuesday is always a welcome addition to my week. It’s eases me nicely into Wednesday and sure then it’s almost Thursday which is one day closer to Friday, and I mean, I could practically say it’s almost the weekend…eventhough it’s only 12:30pm…on Tuesday and I’m yet to actually do any work…and won’t for at least another two and a half hours minimum. God, I’ll miss this upon our trade from The Land of the Morning Calm to The Land of the Maple Leaf. I’ll have to get a real job, with real hours, doing real, dare I say it, work! Ewwww.

Moving on. Happy Timewasting Everybody….Hope you’re all recovering nicely from Paddy’s Weekend! 🙂

1. Some of the most popular photos of last year

First up, some photography. Man, I love pictures! Not only do they require less effort to appreciate than reading something (God, I’m lazy!) but they can be just so damn pretty sometimes. Here’s a selection of my faves, check out the rest on the site. They are all awesome. I had my faves narrowed down to five…until a sixth crept in too. (also, credit where credit’s due, if one of these photos is personally yours, shoot me an email and we’ll credit and link you)

2. David Thorne annoys people for our amusement!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this website. Love it. It makes me laugh out loud, literally. Not in the ‘LOL’ type of way where I think something’s mildly amusing so I type that back as a response when in reality my face barely twitched when I read it. Nope. Not like that. Banned from being read in public places such as the bus or the subway as people around me stare and point at the white girl laughing uncontrollably. This is, without a doubt, one of the funniest, random sites out there. Not only does their logo look like this:

Copyright © David Thorne

David Thorne is awesome! The Canadian One even tried to get me his book for Christmas but alas, tis not available in Korea. Fear not, apparently there’s an e-book version and, armed with my new Kindle, perhaps it shall be my next purchase. Check out my favorite post of his about Missing Missy and, of course, his advice for you if you’re feeling sad.

3. The 6 Creepiest Places On Earth

Oh cracked.com, how I do love your random lists of things people really never knew they NEEDED to know! Here’s 6 places I do not, EVER want to go on vacation. And here’s another about 5 Mysterious Disappearances (that turned out to be hoaxes).

4. This Dude’s Blog

Tis funny.

5. Bert Kreischer

Bert Kreischer is a comedian and whenever he stays in hotel rooms, he uses stuff in the room to leave a surprise for the maid. Check it out!

And, finally, I leave you with this picture, cos it’s hilarious and, having had this conversation with The Canadian One recently, I find it appropriate.

TCO: ‘Are there bears in England?’

Me: ‘Like free? No. Why, are there bears in Canada?’

TCO: ‘Yeah.’

Me: ‘Like free?’

TCO: ‘Yeah.’

Me: ‘Like just wandering about??’

TCO: ‘Yeah. Like in the forests.’

ME: ‘WTF? Who looks after them?’

TCO: ‘No one, they’re wild.’

ME: ‘WILD? But what if they get sick?’

TCO: ‘I dunno. They’re wild. No one looks after them. They live deep in the forest.’

Me: ‘Free? Like, just wandering about?….Do they eat people?’

TCO: ‘Sometimes.’

ME: ‘We’re not moving to Canada.’

Enjoy. 🙂

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Tuesday Timewasters – 03/20

Ahhhh Tuesdays…After a six classes straight no-break-not-even-a-pee-break Monday, Tuesday is always a welcome addition to my week. It’s eases me nicely into Wednesday and sure then it’s almost Thursday which is one day closer to Friday, and I mean, I could practically say it’s almost the weekend…eventhough it’s only 12:30pm…on Tuesday and I’m yet to actually do any work…and won’t for at least another two and a half hours minimum. God, I’ll miss this upon our trade from The Land of the Morning Calm to The Land of the Maple Leaf. I’ll have to get a real job, with real hours, doing real, dare I say it, work! Ewwww.

Moving on. Happy Timewasting Everybody….Hope you’re all recovering nicely from Paddy’s Weekend! 🙂

1. Some of the most popular photos of last year

First up, some photography. Man, I love pictures! Not only do they require less effort to appreciate than reading something (God, I’m lazy!) but they can be just so damn pretty sometimes. Here’s a selection of my faves, check out the rest on the site. They are all awesome. I had my faves narrowed down to five…until a sixth crept in too. (also, credit where credit’s due, if one of these photos is personally yours, shoot me an email and we’ll credit and link you)

2. David Thorne annoys people for our amusement!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this website. Love it. It makes me laugh out loud, literally. Not in the ‘LOL’ type of way where I think something’s mildly amusing so I type that back as a response when in reality my face barely twitched when I read it. Nope. Not like that. Banned from being read in public places such as the bus or the subway as people around me stare and point at the white girl laughing uncontrollably. This is, without a doubt, one of the funniest, random sites out there. Not only does their logo look like this:

Copyright © David Thorne

David Thorne is awesome! The Canadian One even tried to get me his book for Christmas but alas, tis not available in Korea. Fear not, apparently there’s an e-book version and, armed with my new Kindle, perhaps it shall be my next purchase. Check out my favorite post of his about Missing Missy and, of course, his advice for you if you’re feeling sad.

3. The 6 Creepiest Places On Earth

Oh cracked.com, how I do love your random lists of things people really never knew they NEEDED to know! Here’s 6 places I do not, EVER want to go on vacation. And here’s another about 5 Mysterious Disappearances (that turned out to be hoaxes).

4. This Dude’s Blog

Tis funny.

5. Bert Kreischer

Bert Kreischer is a comedian and whenever he stays in hotel rooms, he uses stuff in the room to leave a surprise for the maid. Check it out!

And, finally, I leave you with this picture, cos it’s hilarious and, having had this conversation with The Canadian One recently, I find it appropriate.

TCO: ‘Are there bears in England?’

Me: ‘Like free? No. Why, are there bears in Canada?’

TCO: ‘Yeah.’

Me: ‘Like free?’

TCO: ‘Yeah.’

Me: ‘Like just wandering about??’

TCO: ‘Yeah. Like in the forests.’

ME: ‘WTF? Who looks after them?’

TCO: ‘No one, they’re wild.’

ME: ‘WILD? But what if they get sick?’

TCO: ‘I dunno. They’re wild. No one looks after them. They live deep in the forest.’

Me: ‘Free? Like, just wandering about?….Do they eat people?’

TCO: ‘Sometimes.’

ME: ‘We’re not moving to Canada.’

Enjoy. 🙂

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Tuesday Timewasters – 03/13

And so starts a new semester of Timewasting Tuesdays, sat at my desk playing on the computer. Happy Timewasting Tuesday Everybody!

The first two are kinda related…If they were novels, they’d be in the same genre anyway.

1. Awkward Break-Up Letters

If I ever break up with The Canadian One, I shall be taking a leaf outta one of their books for ideas on how to do it! On a side note, anyone wanting to send a break-up email / letter, here’s a handy and hilarious generator to help you out: breakupemail.com.

2. Jenny Vs Spencer

Jenny quit her job in a spectacular way. Spencer, her boss, retaliated. And it was all put on the Internet for us to enjoy and laugh at.

3. 7 Scientific Reasons A Zombie Outbreak Would Fail

The Canadian One LOVES The Walking Dead. I am terrified of it and, having watched two episodes with him, promptly gave up on it. However, from what he tells me, I feel this picture sums up the storyline nicely:

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4. 25 Incredible Optical Illusions

Note: This is a static image…stop moving your eyes and the image stops moving!

Numbers 1-4 are freaky….!

5. Should I Have A Cookie?

A helpful flowchart to decide if you should have a cookie or not!

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Tuesday Timewasters – 03/06

Today: In school from 9am (well, 9:13am). No kids, no teaching, am supposed to be cleaning my classroom but I finished that on Friday, am supposed to be planning my lessons but my books and classes have changed twice so far today so I’m waiting it out. I also just had to sit through a 96 minute meeting in an unheated classroom while needing to pee. Oh, and it was also all in Korean, which as you’ll remember from ‘Watch Out For The Hedgehog’, I do not speak. To add to my discomfort, my co-teacher has ‘borrowed without bringing back’ my kettle so I can’t make coffee either. I think I’ll just take a nap. And so I present to you, My Top 5 Tuesday Timewasters: (if a link doesn’t work, shoot me an email and I shall sort it) Happy Timewasting!

1. T-Rex Trying

I do a GREAT inpression of a T-Rex. It’s FANTASTIC, take it from me…and ONLY me. Don’t listen to the other naysayers. My T-Rex impression ROCKS. Check out this cartoon in which a T-Rex tries to do daily activities. I didn’t draw them so they’re funny, don’t worry.

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2. The Doghouse Dairies

Three dudes draw funny comics. New one each Mon-Wed-Fri. The one above I can totally relate to!

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3. Simple Ideas That Are Genius

That title should read Simple Ideas That Are GENIUS And I’m Kicking Myself I Didn’t Think Of It First!!

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4. Things To Remember If I Ever Become An Evil Overlord

I think the title really speaks for itself.

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5. Pinterest

I dare you not to get addicted to pinning stuff to your virtual noticeboard! Follow me on www.pinterest.com/theketchupwar. It’s only a matter of time before I get the ‘Pin It’ button on the school computer and The Canadian One has to come home from work to me, in front of the computer, pointing and saying ‘Loooook, loooooook!!’. As if me sending him pictures of knitted hats via Facebook isn’t enough to deal with.