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Random Finds

As I receive funny pictures by e-mail or stumble upon them as I surf, I save them to a file. As I looked at the contents of that file this weekend, I saw some great humor, but nothing following any particular theme. So I decided to do a post of some of those random finds.

This little monkey must have slipped trying to climb up for one of those bananas.

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No matter how you feel about using animals for testing, I think you'll enjoy this next picture.
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Yankee-Dixie Quiz

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Yesterday's blog post on the various regional names for carbonated beverages evoked quite a few fun comments. While people still have regionalisms fresh on their minds, I thought I'd post a link to an online quiz called Are You a Yankee or a Rebel? It takes very little time to answer the twenty questions, click on Compute my score, and find out how much of one or the other you are. Some of the questions are about pronunciations and others about word choices. My results were 36% Dixie. You are definitely a Yankee, which I think is fairly accurate since I'm sure I have picked up some regionalisms here in South Carolina. Becka's results were 46% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom. We grew up in the same town in Ohio — on the same street, in fact! So really we've lived most of our lives in the same places — Ohio, Michigan, and South Carolina. Maybe her Dixie factor was higher because she has lived in South Carolina 3 years longer than I, while I was teaching in Michigan when we were single. But we're both to the point now where we've lived about half of our lives in the South.

I hope many of you will take the quiz, and then come back here to post your results. It will be interesting to see how accurate the quiz is for my readers. There were several questions where I had to stop to decide which word probably comes to my mind first since through prolonged exposure I'm comfortable using either one.

If you're really interested in this sort of thing, I found an extremely extensive site — http://aschmann.net/AmEng

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Always remember that you're unique, just like everyone else.

What Do You Call It?

I stumbled upon an interesting map recently as I surfed the web. (click on map to enlarge)

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Growing up in northwestern Ohio, I assumed that everyone called carbonated soft drinks "pop." You can see on the map how solidly my part of the state opts for that word usage. Then my aunt Janet who also grew up in my hometown moved to St. Louis. On visits back to Ohio, she called it "soda." Then I attended college at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. There I was introduced to all kinds of "pop" I had never seen or heard of — Nehi fruit-flavored pops, RC Cola, among them. And yet the people from Greenville called them all "Coke." To me "Coke" was a certain brand of pop — I guess it's like calling all tissues "Kleenex?"

At BJU, I met students from all over the country. Some of them called pop "soda pop" and still others "tonic," which fits into the "other" category on the map above.

What do they call pop where you live? Is the map accurate for your locale?


"Find your feast in Christ, and let the storms rage." — Drew Conley

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Some drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.

If GM Merged with Microsoft

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In this day of corporate mergers, takeovers, and conglomerates, we end up with some interesting combinations. I did a blog post some time back about this. Today's post is about what would happen if General Motors (a.k.a. Government Motors) merged with Microsoft. Let's take a look at some of the upsides and the downsides.

Computer companies often have a customer service telephone number where lovely young men and women in India try to help customers with their computer woes. GM doesn't have a "help line" for people who don't know how to drive, because people don't buy cars like they buy computers. But if the two companies merged, here are some examples of what calls to GM's HelpLine might sound like as GM had to deal with what computer companies deal with all the time:

HELPLINE: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

CUSTOMER: "I got in my car and closed the door, and nothing happened!"

HELPLINE: "Did you put the key in the ignition slot and turn it?"

CUSTOMER: "What's an ignition?"

HELPLINE: "It's a starter motor that draws current from your battery and turns over the engine."

CUSTOMER: "Ignition?! Starter motor?! Battery?! Engine?! How come I have to know all of these technical terms just to use my car?!"
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Sometimes You Just Have to Scratch Your Head

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When I see some signs, I have to wonder if the sign maker simply wasn't thinking or later realizes what a strange sign he or she has made. Is there ever an "Oops!" moment? Maybe it's like what editors experience — after escaping numerous proofreadings, the mistakes almost leap off the page once the book is published.

Today I'm posting some signs that have come my way, most of which leave me scratching my head.

One of my readers went to a game recently and upon seeing this sign wondered if it meant that all the people would be asked to leave the gym.

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Seeing that the teams and fans stayed in spite of the sign, she figured it was all right to stay.

Be careful where you dig near this next sign!
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