Is that a Problem?
It’s a Legal Holiday, a Bank Holiday and there are a few parades.
There’s also a certain amount of controversy.
Is it justified?
Did Columbus actually discover anything? Or was he just lucky? Or did he just have some truly inspired Public Relations?
When it’s all said and done, does ANYbody ever do anything in a state of complete and total isolation?
Not since Genesis…
Thomas Edison didn’t INVENT the incandescent light bulb, he PERFECTED it.
Henry Ford didn’t INVENT the assembly line production process, he ADAPTED it.
Christopher Columbus was possibly the first European explorer to get CLOSE to America… Central America.
He was certainly the first to be promoted for that feat.
But in the end, at that time, he thought he had actually reached India.
Christopher Columbus never knew where he was going.
He never realized where he was when he had arrived there and he died never having understood just exactly what he had actually accomplished.
In at least one sense, the holiday celebrates confusion.
And that’s what Columbus Day truly means to me.
Answer by Oliver Emberton:
- We would interact with our games consoles by waving our limbs like a drunken mime. The most popular platform for this would have a name that sounds like urine. This would become one of the great success stories of the decade:
- The US would elect a black president.
- People increasingly avoid the phone; the most common way to make a date is now via text message, which costs more per character then sending data into space .
- The most pressing social issue in 2012 will be fought mostly over chicken sandwiches:
- Sharing intimate aspects of your life – from drunken photos of you making out with a stranger, to broadcasting what music you’re listening to as you listen to it – will become so routine as to be banal.
- Smartphones: half the US carries the freakin’ Internet in their pocket. Back in 2000, this was the coolest in mobile tech:
- September 11th would embroil the US in two new wars longer than WW2.
- The idea of not having access to a fact, anywhere, would become almost laughable in the western world. Schools redesign themselves to accommodate this new reality.
- A website started by a Harvard undergraduate – Facebook – would become the world’s most popular in about 5 years. It would be so ubiquitous that a film about its geeky founder would be a lauded commercial hit.
- Google would turn from a 40 employee startup  to a global verb.
- The US would convince much of the world that re-invading Iraq is a moral imperative to protect civilisation from weapons of mass destruction. They would be wrong.
- Following the daily and intimate lives of celebrities through posts of 140 characters would become a mainstream past time. Said ‘tweets’ would be the subject of debate on TV, scandal and lawsuits.
- The US would come within hours of defaulting on their 14 trillion dollar national debt. In 2000 the US was running a record surplus.
- Popular concepts like ‘tagging’, ‘walls’, ‘unfriend’, ‘retweet’, ‘like’, ‘poke’ and more would completely redefine our social interactions.
- People would carry all their music with them in tiny devices called ‘iPods’. CDs would be so passé.
- People would stream all their music over the Internet. iPods would be so passé.
- Apple would recover from near bankruptcy to become the most valued company on Earth; ultimately over twice that of Microsoft.
- The most popular books of the decade are soft porn for ladies (50 Shades).
- No-one buys a holiday, insurance or hit singles in the real world anymore.
- We would land a robot on Mars using a flying crane; that robot would zap alien rocks with a laser. For science!
- The longest and debatably worst global recession in modern times would hit in 2008. Combining the 2012 and 2008 recessions, stock lost between 10-20 years of gains, and the US would have their credit rating reduced.
- In 1999, a 2.7 megapixel camera cost just under $6,000, making it the first “affordable” digital camera . We now expect more from a cheap phone.
- People would buy virtual gifts and cards – that cost real money. This would not last, fortunately:
- An obscure website – YouTube – would grow to serve over 4 billion videos worldwide *every day*. The most popular would consist of cats and fingers being bitten by Charlie.
- Climate change remains controversial in the US, despite 9 of the 10 hottest global temperatures ever recorded, global floods, heatwaves, storms, receding polar ice and 4,000 US states of emergency in one month alone.
- The US would be without a replacement for the retired Space Shuttle, and would pay Russia to take them into space .
- Michael Jackson and Steve Jobs would be taken from us far too soon.
- A website built entirely from user contributions would grow into the largest and most comprehensive encyclopedia ever made and it would be free too.
- A distressingly high percentage of people WUD RITE LIK3 THIS, FML. This is increasingly tolerated and even advocated by schools .
- The financial future of the whole of Europe may well depend upon Greece, a country smaller than Uruguay.
- Quora – a website where people answer questions in far too much detail – would flourish and consume many needless lives. But not mine!
- People would complain nothing exciting happened in the last 10 years.
In the popular “War Stories” column, which has run sporadically in the magazine “Quirk’s Marketing Research” since 1994, Art Shulman, president of Shulman Research in Van Nuys, Calif., presents humorous tales of life in the research trenches, based on his own experiences and those of researcher friends and colleagues. Each month in Quirk’s they feature a few anecdotes from past War Stories columns…
Mark Michelson relates that a number of years ago his company sent a mystery shopper to evaluate an optical store in Florida. The shopper seemed like a nice guy on the phone and his references were good. For the shop he had to get an exam, buy glasses and return to pick them up.
In between his shopping trips to the store, he was featured on America’s Most Wanted. The store manager recognized him and had him arrested after he picked up his glasses.
He still managed to send his report in, though.
Gerald Linda was mystified once when a respondent, upon being told the group was being videotaped, hid his face and fled the room. Pity! Fugitives from justice have opinions, too.
Another time, Linda reports, one member of the “dissatisfied” group recruited for a focus group tried to get the other group members to sign an affidavit. It turns out he was in the midst of a lawsuit against the client.
Now that Summer has officially departed for this year, it’s now the season many in the Northern Hemisphere purport to admire…
“Oh, the leaves are so GORGEOUS!”
Yeah, well, we all know why that is… We know what’s around the corner…
Football season begins with iced Gatorade and flip flops and ends with portable heaters, steaming hot chocolate and ski boots.
But let’s all stay sentimental if only just for a minute while we’re all just starting out in this season all together, all right?
Remember, it’s less than 90 days before the pressure is on to jump onto the compulsory holiday season consumption bandwagon!…
And don’t forget the chance to jump aboard the holiday seasonal employment bandwagon as well…
And among the last but not least, here’s a cartoon or two I picked out simply because they’re weird…
Don’t forget, less than six more weeks before we have to change all the clocks… again!
In recent months, it seems, the news has been dominated by the Obituaries.
People die all the time, of course. Life by its very nature implies Death. But over the past 50 days or so, with the passing of Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall and – most recently – Joan Rivers, the Grim Reaper seems to have commanded even more than his usual amount of attention.
Regular readers of this blog (and I believe the 6 or 7 of you already know who you are) are familiar with my chosen format: conventional essays of an observational nature leavened with humorous quotations from celebrities — many of whom are renowned for their wit.
One of those quotes, posted a year ago close to Mothers’ Day, was from Joan Rivers. If you use the search bar at the top of this page and search “Joan Rivers” you’ll find it soon enough. I recently went back to update that post by inserting the year of her death into what had formerly been a blank space to denote that she was – at the time of the original posting – still living.
But Ms. Rivers’ talent generated more than just a few memorable quotes.
The lady’s fans, who appear to have been Legion, have been unstinting in their eulogies and a number of other quotes have surfaced. A recent article published to the Web via Variety‘s own blog selected their own favorite Top Ten. I thought they were each at least as good as the one I had selected more than a year ago.
So, with respect to both David Letterman and the most famous friend Heidi Abramowitz ever had, please enjoy (courtesy of Variety) Ten Quotes from Joan Rivers:
1. “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”
2. “I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was, ‘The man goes on top and the woman underneath.’ For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.”
3. “My mother could make anybody feel guilty – she used to get letters of apology from people she didn’t even know.”
4. “I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.”
5. “I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.”
6. “My husband wanted to be cremated. I told him I’d scatter his ashes at Neiman Marcus – that way, I’d visit him every day.”
7. “People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.”
8. “The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.”
9. “I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.”
10. “When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’ I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.”
– Joan Rivers, one of the definitive female stand-up comedians, writers, talk show hosts, directors and actors of the 20th Century (1933 — 2014)
Funny / Sad ; as seen on Quora:
Answer by Kent Fung:
- Ask them to make you sushi.
- Compliment them for the great things Samsung makes.
- Ask them if they know kung fu. (Make a Bruce Lee noise in case they don’t seem to know what you mean. Or even if they do. Don’t forget the karate chop motion!)
- Ask them to do your math homework.
- Prove to them that you’re down with the Chinese by telling them about this one “friend” you have … who’s Vietnamese. Ask if they know your “friend,” refuse to accept “no” for an answer.
- Speak English to them VERY … LOUDLY … and SLOWLY. Nod a lot for no apparent reason as you do so.
- Ask a mainlander why China doesn’t just leave Taiwan alone.
- Ask a person from Taiwan why Taiwan doesn’t just accept Chinese rule.
- Mistake a Hong Kong person for a mainlander
- Wrinkle your nose at whatever it is that they’re eating