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…
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
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 Begeek.fr. 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.)
- iRing (going in the other direction)
Any other creative suggestions? The possibilities are almost limitless.