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Friday Funny: Perception Cards

August 20, 2010 Comments off

Today’s Friday Funny is also a game.

Back in the days of old–during my time in undergrad college–the dad of one of my friends created a mental game called “Perception.” The game centers around hand-drawn images on index cards. You have to guess what the card represents, and the representations were always a play-on-words. I remember groups of us college kids huddled around a table in the cafeteria to try and figure out the latest installments of Perception cards that would arrive in the mail.

To this day, I remain good friends with this college mate (and her dad)*. In fact we live in the same city. I recently asked her if she still has her Perception cards, and low and behold she materialized them from a closet of memories. She was kind enough to let me borrow them and take a trip down memory lane. The original game came with 11 Perception cards and a sheet of instructions. Over time the stack of cards grew. In the spirit of the original game set, I have selected 11 Perception cards to share here. (Click on a card to see a larger image.) I am also including the original instruction sheet for those who might want to go all out and keep score. On the originals, the answers are written on the back of the cards. I will end this post with a list of the answers for these cards. Don’t cheat! Here goes…

Card #1:

Card #2:

Card #3:

Card #4:

Card #5:

Card #6:

Card #7:

Card #8:

Card #9:

Card #10:

Card #11:

And the instruction sheet..


And the answers…




Card #1: paradox

Card #2: popcorn

Card #3: Budweiser

Card #4: carpool

Card #5: cement

Card #6: condescending

Card #7: Baghdad

Card #8: percentile

Card #9: comatose

Card #10: Signapore

Card #11: the buck stops here


So are you “dead as a hammer,” “perceptive,” or “totally out of it?”

* A special thanks to a creative and fun dad for coming up with this idea and to a great friend for sharing. You know who you are.


Friday Funny: Final Cello Countdown

July 30, 2010 Comments off

OK, I personally would classify this more as “Friday Fascinating,” but you be the judge.

Here is a 2007 instrumental cover version of rock band Europe’s “The Final Countdown.” It is performed by the classically trained cello trio from Latvia, Melo-M. (The length is 5:22, but it is worth it.)

Simply amazing.


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Friday Funny: Creative 404 Error Pages

July 9, 2010 Comments off

In the land of web navigation, dead links and the dreaded 404 page can be such a joy killer. Recently, Smashing Apps shared a compilation of creative and humorous 404 Error pages. A couple other nice collections can be found at Webdesigner Depot and Smashing Magazine. Laughter really can be good medicine.

Here are a few of my favorites…




And finally, one from the library world…

(I actually like the functionality of the last one.)

Maybe you know of another great example of 404 humor. Please share!


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Friday Funny: Talk to the Printer

April 2, 2010 Comments off

Since yesterday was April 1, this seemed like a good fit for today’s Friday Funny:

The Voice Command Printer…the office prank sure to generate deep laughter and/or furious frustration (depending on your role in the experience).

[Source: Reddit via Gizmodo]


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Friday Funny: Sign Me Up

March 26, 2010 1 comment

I have always paid attention to signs, and I am a sucker for funny signage. Lucky for me, the folks at Friends of Irony seem to be as well. Among the ironic images that they share is a smorgasbord of signs. Here is one that was posted earlier this week…

What lessons do you think can be learned here? Share your thoughts. Several things come to my mind. Perhaps I’ll add my “answers” to the bottom of a post next week (upside down, of course).


OK, I can’t resist. Here are a few more images of irony for your viewing pleasure.


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Friday Funny: Tech Help Desk Video (from the archives)

March 19, 2010 Comments off

I dug into the archives for this one…

Here’s a video clip from several years ago that made the rounds thanks to YouTube. It is very likely that some will have already seen it, but, just like reruns of The Andy Griffith Show, it doesn’t get old.

Titled “Medieval Help Desk” (also circulating under the title “Introducing the Book”), this is a spoof of what a Help Desk scenario might have looked like in the Middle Ages. The clip originally aired on the show “Øystein og jeg” on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) in 2001, so it is in Norwegian with English subtitles. Classic. Hilarious.

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Friday Funny: iFuture of Apple?

March 12, 2010 Comments off

Time for some Friday humor. In recognition of the fact that iPad pre-orders begin today at 8:30am ET, we’ll place Apple in the spotlight.

The following images speculating the future of Apple products have been making the rounds on the web since first being posted by They are too good not to share one more time…

Other suggestions I have seen offered in comments:

  • iWall (This one may have some real potential. Not portable, but handy-dandy in the home.)
  • iEarth
  • iRing (going in the other direction)

Any other creative suggestions? The possibilities are almost limitless.


Friday Funny: The Art of Jerry-Rigging

February 26, 2010 Comments off

Laughter is good. And, sometimes, creative fixes have the ability to produce it.

For a little entertainment and a taste of the lighter side of life, head over to There, I Fixed It. This website collects and shares images of human ingenuity submitted by viewers. The site calls them “kludges.” I grew up calling them jerry-rigs (or, for some, jury-rigs). Perhaps it would be best to simply quote from the website:

Anytime anyone anywhere has used duct tape, zip-ties and bubble gum to hold something together with just enough tensile strength to not instantly kill everyone in the room…that’s a kludge. Whether it was to get your first car, which was older than you, to last another month or simply to avoid having to buy new headphones, almost everyone has kludged something. We just encourage taking photos for e-fame.

Here are a couple examples of what you will encounter:

There I Fixed It

Add the RSS feed to your favorite feed reader for an occasional pick-me-up throughout the day.


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