Sunday Funnies - LOL, September 24, 2017

Cidu Bill on Sep 24th 2017





BBBB: This logic applies to extension cords and a lot of other things, too. Sneakers and various items of clothing come to mind. I just found it nicely presented and generally hilarious:


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34 Responses to “Sunday Funnies - LOL, September 24, 2017”

  1. James Pollock Sep 24th 2017 at 01:09 am 1

    You only ever have one good one because once you have a good one, you stop buying more.

  2. zbicyclist Sep 24th 2017 at 01:12 am 2

    I need help with that Twilight Zone reference.

  3. James Pollock Sep 24th 2017 at 01:31 am 3

    One of the best SF short stories ever, “It’s a Good Life”, was adapted to the show.

  4. Ted from Ft. Laud Sep 24th 2017 at 01:54 am 4

    James - I actually have 6 good ones (and probably a few bad ones) right now. 2 plugged into a charger on my nightstand for my devices, 1 plugged into a charger on my wife’s nightstand for her phone, 1 plugged into a charger in my car, 1 plugged into the USB in her car, and one plugged into my computer for occasional backups. It’s a whole lot simpler and more reliable (they last longer) to leave those all in their places and plugged in than to constantly move things around, and they’re not that expensive if you mail order and buy several at a time.

    I did like that the Ikea box had built-in wheels - I’ve bought a few items there that would have benefited from that feature…

  5. Mona Sep 24th 2017 at 03:09 am 5

    Regarding power cables. I have a tablet that is 2-1/2 years old. [Not old.] I absolutely cannot charge it any more. I even bought a new cable. For a while I could wiggle the plug-in and it would charge, but no more. It took it to the Verizon store. I have been paying $9/month for “insurance”. Nope, does not cover this even though a rational person would consider this “normal wear and tear”. Phone store associate said the plug-in part of the tablet was “damaged” (because I plug it in and out to charge it and had to wiggle it to get it to work. I cannot see any damage whatsoever. ) Even if it was covered, there is apparently a $50 deductible. Instead I paid a $40 “upgrade” fee to get a brand new (but “last year’s model”) tablet. Planned obsolescence. Bah, humbug! (Many censored obscenities.) Sorry folks, did not mean to cause a scene. I’ll stop now. Thank you for your support.

  6. Kilby Sep 24th 2017 at 04:27 am 6

    @ Mona (4) - You aren’t alone. I have an iPhone cable that has been rapidly disintegrating near the device end. I thought this was a singular occurrence, but then I discovered that this sort of fault is not uncommon.

  7. Kilby Sep 24th 2017 at 04:35 am 7

    P.S. @ “Speedbump” - After they put it all together, they discovered that the package was missing the soldiers inside. Much later, this same group of attackers built a giant wooden rabbit outside an English castle. The Norman occupants were not impressed at all.

  8. mitch4 Sep 24th 2017 at 08:39 am 8

    Thanks for explaining the Twilight Zone one!

    I think I basically get the “Lactose Intolerant” one, but what is the blanket over the cow in the field meant to signify? It looks like cow markings. Is this something other than a cow, for some reason making itself a target by disguising as a cow?

    I think Whamond(?) made the right decision by including all four words — over citing just the three “their, they’re, and thar”.

  9. Carl Sep 24th 2017 at 09:02 am 9

    Why I own I read the Speed Bump and my instant thought was: “But the Swedes had tremendous success in their real attacks on Anatolia, getting great wealth and eventually becoming the Varangian Guard. Vikings didn’t need trickery to get over walls! They were effing Vikings!”

  10. Kilby Sep 24th 2017 at 09:02 am 10

    @ mitch4 - That comment @7 is even more surreal than the most inscrutable New Yorker cartoon. What “blanket” do you mean? I cannot see anything that could possibly qualify.

  11. B.A. Sep 24th 2017 at 11:09 am 11

    Carl, the comic only refers to them as Swedes, so it mght take place either before or after the age of Vikings.

  12. James Pollock Sep 24th 2017 at 11:09 am 12

    “What ‘blanket’ do you mean? I cannot see anything that could possibly qualify.”

    I didn’t see it myself until prompted, but the “cow” is basically rectangular. Actual cows are not rectangular. So perhaps that is a rectangular object, with someone or something sticking its head out one side, and feet sticking out of the bottom.

    I think it’s just a lazy cow (and it worked as a cow, since that’s what I saw the first time I looked at the cartoon.)

  13. Carl Sep 24th 2017 at 11:19 am 13

    B.A., I’m not claiming my nitpick makes sense, I’m saying that’s how my mind works. (Sweden per se didn’t exist until millennia after the Trojan War, but my brain said that if you refer to the Trojan Horse, you must be referring to the Trojan War, since otherwise you would assume the besieged city had heard Homer’s story and would not be fooled.)

    Why the heck doesn’t Firefox’s dictionary include “millennia”?

  14. B.A. Sep 24th 2017 at 11:27 am 14

    Carl, certainly you’re not suggesting that ANYBODY learns from history.

  15. Kilby Sep 24th 2017 at 11:45 am 15

    @ Carl (13) - Autocorrect is one of the first things I disable every time I install any new program or system. I find that depending on a computer’s idea of “correct” spelling causes more problems(*) than it solves.

    P.S. (*) <rant>One classic example is Microsoft’s default “autoreplacement” dictionary in the German version of Word (and Office). Among other idiocies, it includes an entry to “fix” the term “ITS” (which does not exist in German) to become “IST” (German for “he/she/it IS“). The problem is that this function is automatically pre-installed, and it is independent of the current dictionary, meaning that it affects ALL text, no matter what language the user thinks he/she/it may be typing. I first discovered this moronic “helper” while typing a letter in English on a German PC; it took me ages to discover why Word would not allow me to write “something about its stupidity”.</rant>

  16. James Pollock Sep 24th 2017 at 12:55 pm 16

    There are a number of words that are often transposed. teh is a common one. So Word helpfully fixes teh to the without interrupting your typing. Yes, they could default this feature to “off”, but they also know full well that most people will not go looking for new features to turn on, so they turn on new features, and then you can go turn them off if you aren’t impressed.

    That’s not the annoying thing. The annoying thing is where you turn something off, and then install a patch, and the patch turns it back on without telling you, before or after, that it’s going to do that.

    I also turn off “autocorrect as you type”. I see things changing in my peripheral vision, and it throws me off.

  17. Brian in STL Sep 24th 2017 at 02:53 pm 17

    I only have the USB cables that came with various devices, which number three at this time. I have an older digital camera with a small D-shaped connector, an iPod with the apple large flat connector, and the recent iPad mini that has the new tiny connector. I received all three from Megacorp for anniversary gifts.

    The iPod is somewhat crippled because the on/off switch no longer works. For the nano sixth gen this is a known problem, some internal breaks off or wears down. It comes back to life if attached to a USB cable. As I only use it when driving (with a cassette->digital converter gizmo because the Bronco is old) I got a car power-adapter to wake it when I go out to drive somewhere. So that USB cable lives in the truck. I slightly worry about someone breaking in to steal the cable. But not enough to remove it or hide it or anything like that.

  18. Singapore Bill Sep 24th 2017 at 05:01 pm 18

    Regarding the “blanket cow”, it is not a blanket. The artist is just not very good and can’t draw cows, The tank is realistic looking because he/she has obviously traced it.

    As for cables, I disagree with the idea that we need only one good one. I need one for home and one for the office. Moderns phones can’t be depended upon to last the whole day, so charging during the work day is prudent. I also charger overnight, so a cable on the bedside table is needed. I also have some others, most notably at the computer, so items can be charged and data can be exchanged. The one cable that I only have one of is the cable for my iPad. Since I only have this one Apple device and the battery life is good, I only need to move the cable if I want to hook it up to the computer. It still works but the plastic covering has frayed at the device end, but it appears that is not a problem as it appears to be nothing more than cosmetic.

  19. Anker S. Sep 24th 2017 at 06:00 pm 19

    With lactose intolerants in most cases you can drop lactose from the diagnosis.

  20. Cidu Bill Sep 24th 2017 at 06:11 pm 20

    I feel somewhat vindicated, because some years back I was effectively banned from ever playing Pictionary again after drawing a cow that looked to everybody else like a table.

  21. Boise Ed Sep 24th 2017 at 11:36 pm 21

    Bill [20], it looks like you’re about as good an artist as I am.

    As for power cables, A reputable company had a good sale on Lightning cables, so I bought five of them (enough to get free shipping). Last week, the one in the car started giving me that dreaded “This device may not be supported” message, so I changed it out. It turned out to be the cig-lighter-to-USB gadget, not the cable, that was suddenly non grata.

  22. tigalilee Sep 25th 2017 at 07:51 am 22

    “This logic applies to extension cords and a lot of other things, too. Sneakers and various items of clothing come to mind.”

    Bras! Ladies, amirite??

    I’m sorry. MONA am I right?? Are there any other ladies that visit this site? LOL

  23. Kilby Sep 25th 2017 at 07:57 am 23

    @ tigalilee (22) - Lots. Not all of them are as talkative. And on the Internet, nobody can tell whether anyone is a Lady.

  24. Christine Sep 25th 2017 at 11:18 am 24

    Singapore Bill - having just made the switch, I would argue that modern phones are much better about keeping a charge for a long period of time than 15-year-old phones are. (Yes, I know that the huge flaw in my logic is. And in addition to that, the phone’s age meant that it had a harder time getting signal in our basement apartment, which really drained the battery horribly. And while my cell phone is an actual phone, not a pocket computer, my husband has a smartphone, and there is no way that he is remembering to turn the wireless off when he’s out of range so I can confirm that wireless doesn’t drain the battery as badly as being old does.) I still need to buy a second charging cable to stop the “honey, my phone’s almost dead, can you swing by the office with the charger” e-mails.

    tigalilee - your phrasing implies that it’s possible to buy a “good” bra. (Once I no longer need frequent access, I have a lead on a comfy binder, and am totally going to give that a try instead.)

  25. B.A. Sep 25th 2017 at 11:52 am 25

    Re 22: I’m a woman, but hardly a lady.

  26. James Pollock Sep 25th 2017 at 11:58 am 26

    My phone goes about a week between charges. So I need to recharge it about once per call I actually make on it.

  27. mitch4 Sep 25th 2017 at 12:45 pm 27

    “That was no lady, that was my wife!”

  28. tigalilee Sep 25th 2017 at 03:18 pm 28

    @ B.A. –high five!

  29. Meryl A Sep 27th 2017 at 02:08 am 29

    Christine - my old Palm Centro kept/keeps its charge longer than my Blackberry, which keeps its charge longer than my new Android - which needs recharging daily.

  30. Meryl A Sep 27th 2017 at 02:09 am 30

    I guess I could have thrown this in with last -

    I have 2 charging cords for every phone I have owned - one for home and one for the RV. They all are fine.

  31. Meryl A Sep 27th 2017 at 02:15 am 31

    When Ikea used to make those large horses, did the little man in the instructions have a rock or hammer or something instead of his screwdriver?

  32. Christine Sep 27th 2017 at 09:37 pm 32

    Meryl A - It’s sounding like the standard deviation in phone battery life is a lot larger than it used to be. Part of why my husband & I keep having trouble with keeping the new phones charged is that we only need to charge them about once a week. Perhaps you’re making more calls than we are? And it’s that calls eat the battery as badly as ever, but if you’re not calling they last really well now.

  33. Carl Sep 27th 2017 at 09:51 pm 33

    My Android phone lasts about two days between charges with moderate to heavy usage. I think the relatively small size (and thus screen) is a big factor there. And Christine: calls use essentially the same amount of power as not using the phone at all, maybe 1% drain per hour. If your phone doesn’t do that well, it’s flawed, because that has been my experience on three separate phones.

    I think many people here are missing Randall’s point: yes, you have multiple cables. His experience is that only one of them will be good at any given time.

  34. Meryl A Oct 3rd 2017 at 03:02 am 34

    Christine - I make about 3 or 4 calls a month. I do text about 6 times a day to husband.

    Carl - yes, I have multiple cables for the Android/Blackberry - 3 of them - all of them work perfectly well.

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