I apologize for the poll delay. My boss is from Denver and was supposed to fly home yesterday but his flight got cancelled. He was told to go to the airport this morning when it opened to get on standby, and as of when we got in at 9 he was still waiting in the terminal (they wouldn't let him to the gate without a boarding pass) so we all went to the airport and spent the last three hours hanging out with him while he waited. Good times.
Also, no This or That for Monday/Tuesday. I'm not going to be at work at all this week and many of you probably won't be either. The next This or That will be when I get back to the office on Wednesday, January 3.
renob423 -- why can you only remember your dreams for like 5 min after you have them except for the ultra strange ones?
It's our brain's way of crying out, begging to be utilized for more creative things. We all have it in us, dammit!
Dream life is a lot like waking life. Most 8-hour periods just don't have much to remember about them.
What we're remembering are the ones that are ultra strange, but the truly bizarre go forgotten immediately. If we remembered the things our brain comes up with when we're not paying attention, we'd scare ourselves.
Our brains work a lot like TiVo. If they recognize the keywords of a dream as something they've recorded recently, they won't record it again.
eideteker -- Do people ever clean all that crud out of their toaster ovens? I mean, they just buy a new one, don't they?
I've never had a toaster oven live long enough to have to really clean it. They usually go belly up before they're too grody.
Sure they do. They all do. And that's how the Salvation Army will always have a small appliances department.
Black and Decker has created a special grease-binding polymer that attracts crumbs and resists most household cleaners, making their toaster ovens near-impossible to keep clean. It's what keeps them in business.
Environmentalists say harsh chemical cleaners damage the environment. It's much better for Mother Earth to get a new toaster.
subbes -- What's worse -- breaking everyone's friends page by making it scroll horizontally with a long URL, or breaking everyone's friends page with broken HTML generated by a "what carved hotdog shape are you" meme?
Long URL. If you haven't gotten the a href tag down, you shouldn't be posting links.
Stupid meme things. As "scary" as it may be, I don't care which track of obvious answers you chose. LJ-cut, please.
absolutcalm -- Pick-up lines used on Goth chicks during a Star Wars convention: GO!
This is the man you're looking for.
You're absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us among the clouds.
I've always identified with Luke Skywalker. My father is a dick and it's not like I ever really know who he is, ya know what I mean? Sometimes I feel like I have to destroy him.
I believe I'm being tempted by the Dark Side of the Force.
coldblackncold -- What horrible trespass must a reporter commit in order to be assigned to cover Kucinich '08?
What are you talking about? That will be the most cush journalism job in the world for five months!
They won't have to put any real reporters on it. Jayson Blair has the whole story comin'atcha live from his apartment.
Get caught photoshopping extra smoke and carnage into his photographs...oh wait.
Having been the first one in the meeting to say, "hey, I remember that guy."
friendship7 -- Why was the hype surrounding the purple horseshoe so captivating and... why a purple horseshoe?
It was the first commercial series with a whole buildup/reveal that I can remember. The the purple horseshoe was secondary.
Of course the horseshoes were purple. If a horse bucked horseshoe impressions on your ass they'd be purple too.
Purple because the other colors were taken. Horseshoe because it's actually a known lucky charm, unlike the others. Orange stars? Come on.
It was the 80's. Everything bright purple was captivating.
From Evan: What should I get for the kid of someone I hate?
The regular Tickle Me Elmo.
The Barbie Wireless Video Camera
! Easy VCR hookup so any child can make videos and play them back for friends! Compact enough to hide and capture surprise videos of mom and dad!
Death is not an option:
The returns line at Target on Tuesday morning.
Best Buy, 4:59 Sunday night.
My order from Overstock.com, placed on 12/6, containing presents for my mother, brother, and sister-in-law has not arrived, eleven business days later. I used the "live chat" IM customer service feature to ask about the status of the package both Monday and Thursday nights. What were the representatives' response?
"Ma'am, I'm terribly sorry for the delay. We will ship out a duplicate order using an expedited trackable service and you'll have it immediately. Just return the initial package to us when it arrives."
"Even though the USPS tracking link provided indicates the package has not even been received by the post office for delivery, our updated tracking system shows it is en route and is expected to arrive by 12/23."
"Our policy states that since you placed your order on 12/6, it will arrive by 12/23. Should it fail to be delivered on time, your order will be completely refunded, we will pay for your return shipping costs, and give you a coupon for a future purchase."
"Order's placed before 12/17 will be delivered by 12/23. Not to worry. Is there anything else I can help you with today?"
Our family opens presents
One each on Christmas Eve, the rest on Christmas Day.
The adults open their presents Christmas Eve, the kids open theirs Christmas Day (or the kids open presents from parents/siblings Christmas Eve and Santa presents Christmas Day).
Everybody opens everything on Christmas Day.
I like to open my stocking