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July 25, 2012

On the left: A Facebook discussion on the Chick-Fil-A page which went horribly off the rails. On the right: A stock photo of a “pretty redhead teenager isolated on white.” What do these two images have in common?

18:42 // 2 years ago
It’s not technically a breach of security. The boy posed no threat to the aircraft. He went through a security process.
Manchester airport spokesperson Russell Craig • Discussing an 11-year-old boy’s trip from England to Italy, where the boy took a Jet2.com plane from Manchester to Rome despite not having a boarding pass or passport. His trip may not have technically been a breach of security, but a ton of people got suspended from their jobs over it. Oops.
11:00 // 2 years ago
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July 19, 2012
Comedic genius Fred Willard arrested for lewd conduct, loses PBS gig
Let’s get something out of the way, first. Fred Willard is funny — he may in fact be the funniest man alive, depending on the circle of people you’re asking. His subversively square sense of humor is a real gift. (Evidence here, here and here.) It’s a proven fact that he’s funny as heck, and you know what, one stupid incident isn’t going to change that. But on the other hand, this is pretty high on the “stupid incident” scale. Willard’s arrest for a lewd act at an adult theater in Hollywood is going to be very difficult for someone of his age to overcome — it’s already cost him a gig on the PBS show “Market Warriors.” Willard may want to hope that the public is more willing to forgive now than it was in 1991, when a similar Paul Reubens incident effectively blacklisted the Pee-Wee Herman originator for nearly a decade. Anyway, the obvious question: What were you thinking, Fred?

Comedic genius Fred Willard arrested for lewd conduct, loses PBS gig

Let’s get something out of the way, first. Fred Willard is funny — he may in fact be the funniest man alive, depending on the circle of people you’re asking. His subversively square sense of humor is a real gift. (Evidence here, here and here.) It’s a proven fact that he’s funny as heck, and you know what, one stupid incident isn’t going to change that. But on the other hand, this is pretty high on the “stupid incident” scale. Willard’s arrest for a lewd act at an adult theater in Hollywood is going to be very difficult for someone of his age to overcome — it’s already cost him a gig on the PBS show “Market Warriors.” Willard may want to hope that the public is more willing to forgive now than it was in 1991, when a similar Paul Reubens incident effectively blacklisted the Pee-Wee Herman originator for nearly a decade. Anyway, the obvious question: What were you thinking, Fred?

17:56 // 2 years ago
We have met the enemy, and he is (the) U.S.
Auckland, N.Z. District Judge David Harvey • Speaking at a conference on copyright earlier this month. The fact that Harvey said this is somewhat problematic, as he’s the judge overseeing the MegaUpload case. Hence, he’s decided to step down from the case, with the court’s chief judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, saying that Harvey’s statements “could reflect on his impartiality and that the appropriate response is for him to step down from the case.” Pretty much.
9:08 // 2 years ago
July 13, 2012
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July 7, 2012
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July 6, 2012

"Pulling a Thaddeus": Why Thaddeus McCotter is our generation’s Homer Simpson

In a classic 1991 episode of “The Simpsons,” a phrase was coined which is still relevant to this day. To “pull a Homer,” to succeed despite idiocy, is one of Homer Simpson’s greatest assets, evidence you can still win simply by being likable. Now-former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is likable. He quotes Dylan! He plays guitar! He’s a good, self-deprecating, witty writer! He was a popular congressman! And even if you don’t like his politics, you can tell he’s a nice guy. But you can see “bad idea” from a mile away every time he steps into the public eye. When he ran for president, you wanted to cover your eyes. When he wrote that open letter, you wanted call him up and say, “take a step back, bro.” And when he quit Congress today, you just knew it was totally avoidable. So, with this in mind, we’d like to coin a term. To “pull a Thaddeus”: To do stupid, self-defeating things despite obviously being a smart human being. To shoot yourself in the foot despite having otherwise masterful aim. So, next time your future lawyer friend decides it’s a great idea to get a Stryper tattoo on his neck, you know what to say. “Don’t pull a Thaddeus, bro.” And he’ll know what you mean. (Thaddeus McCotter photo by Gage Skidmore)

22:24 // 2 years ago
This guy right here? He’s 96 years old and a U.S. citizen. Recently, he was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents because radiation from a recent medical procedure set off an alarm. He was forced to exit his vehicle in 100 degree heat as he was detained by agents. Oh yeah, one more detail: This guy, named Raúl Héctor Castro, is Arizona’s former governor, and this is the third time this has happened to him.

This guy right here? He’s 96 years old and a U.S. citizen. Recently, he was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents because radiation from a recent medical procedure set off an alarm. He was forced to exit his vehicle in 100 degree heat as he was detained by agents. Oh yeah, one more detail: This guy, named Raúl Héctor Castro, is Arizona’s former governor, and this is the third time this has happened to him.

19:13 // 2 years ago
July 2, 2012
To people who think QR codes are a fad: This guy’s headstone. In five years nobody will know what it is; either that, or people will think it’s a Cuecat. (ht Gregory Bufithis)

To people who think QR codes are a fad: This guy’s headstone. In five years nobody will know what it is; either that, or people will think it’s a Cuecat. (ht Gregory Bufithis)

14:23 // 2 years ago