Archive for ‘Laugh of the Day’

April 4, 2014

Laugh of the day: A bookworm’s bad dream

Courtesy of Alex Hallatt’s Arctic Circle comic strip on April 2, 2014:

Alex Hallatt's Arctic Circle comic strip, April 2, 2014



March 15, 2014

Laugh of the day: All-natural breakfast goodness

Courtesy of Alex Hallatt’s Arctic Circle comic strip on March 13, 2014:

Alex Hallatt's Arctic Circle comic strip from March 13, 2014

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June 22, 2013

Observed on the street: One tongue-in-cheek airport buggy

Just look at what Canadian air carrier WestJet uses to shuttle passengers around Vancouver International Airport:

West Jet "Folks Wagon" airport passenger buggy

A “Folks Wagon” — ha-ha! This clever name conveys both WestJet’s quirky sense of humour and its relaxed, people-first attitude towards air travel. Only WestJet customer service agents would bomb around YVR in Folks Wagons. Gotta love it!

May 24, 2013

Laugh of the Day: The benefits of television

This is totally me!

I find television very educational.  Every time someone turns on the TV, I go into another room and read a book.
~ Groucho Marx

May 22, 2013

Laugh of the day: You do what for fun?

A non-climber’s perspective on the adventure sport of ice climbing, courtesy of Jon Krakauer’s 1988 essay “Valdez Ice”:*

(The essay describes the ice-climbing scene in Valdez, Alaska, and the passage below takes place in the Keystone Canyon, a narrow gorge characterized by over 50 waterfalls, frozen in winter, cascading down its 800-foot walls.)

Ten years ago [in 1978], a Valdez ship’s agent named Bob Pudwill was driving through Keystone Canyon beneath those forbidding cliffs when, he recalls, “I happened to look up and see a tiny figure standing on a ledge halfway up Bridal Veil Falls,” one of the canyon’s largest cascades, which, from November until May, turns into a fifty-story-high latticework of delicate blue icicles.  The figure on the falls, Pudwill explains, was “stamping his feet and slapping his hands together while paying out a line which ran up to a second tiny figure who appeared to be stuck to the ice, spread-eagled who knows how, let alone why.  My only guess was that they must be getting paid.”

For some folks, pursuits that push the body to its absolute limits are like icing on the cake of life.  Eat up!

* “Valdez Ice” by Jon Krakauer appears in Smithsonian (January 1988) and in Krakauer’s book Eiger Dreams:  Ventures Among Men and Mountains (Anchor Books, 1997).

May 16, 2013

Observed on the street: A skin-tingling sight

I did a major double-take while walking past this telephone pole the other day . . .


“Good God, those bugs are enormous!!” I thought, my stomach lurching.  “What are they?”

Upon closer inspection, I learned just what they were:  plastic. 🙂  A mischievous neighbour had nailed them to the pole, perhaps hoping to instill a little creepy-crawly skin-shuddering in unsuspecting passers-by.  Worked on me!

May 13, 2013

Observed on the street: Did that car just wink at me??

Photo of a lime green Nissan S-Cargo van with eyelashes attached around the headlights.


I thought I saw a coy flutter of those luscious eyelashes as I drove by!

For those of you who want more, check out the side view below.

The vehicle is a Nissan S-Cargo, one of approximately 12,000 produced between 1989 and 1992.  The eyelashes, to the best of my knowledge, did not come standard. 😉


Side view of a lime green Nissan S-Cargo van with eyelashes attached around the headlights.

April 4, 2013

Why I love (northern) B.C. – A peculiar sign of spring

From a local newspaper in my northern B.C. community:

Spring is in the air.  One way to tell is the number of people you see shovelling snow from their lawns back onto their driveways.

Ha! 🙂

(For those of you who don’t know:  Snow melts faster when it’s spread out in a thin layer rather than piled in huge mounds.  Moving snow from the tall piles alongside your driveway — where you shovelled it during in the winter — back onto your clear driveway surface — where it will melt and evaporate during the day — means that you’ll see your lawn a heck of a lot sooner than you would otherwise!)

February 21, 2013

Laugh of the day – The beauty of the artistic perspective

Courtesy of Alex Hallatt’s Arctic Circle cartoon series (and from one proud arts major to any others!):

"Arctic Circle" cartoon by Alex Hallett (Feb 1, 2013)

November 17, 2012

Laugh of the day – A castle on the corner

Observed on the street:

A young girl to her mother as she points enthusiastically to a building on a street corner in my neighbourhood:  “Look Mommy — a castle!”

Mother, patiently:  “That’s not a castle, that’s Starbucks.”