How not to test your potato gun

The funny thing about blogging is that occasionally the comments are as good as the articles. Here’s a comment from a reader named Scott who’s friend Shaun (who by Scott’s own proclamation shall remain nameless) demonstrates that the dangers of making a device like a potato gun go far beyond the obvious.

Scott writes:

(disclaimer) Do not try this at home, this test was performed by a self perclaimed perfessional tater gun tester!!!!!

My buddy Shaun who shall remain nameless for the entirety of this article, being of what he calls, sound mind and body he! he! he!, decided to make him one of those there tator guns, over the objections of his wife, who stated, you’re gonna put your eye out with that thing, to which he declared “what idiot could get hurt with a tator gun.” So from that point hopefully you all know where I am headed here, if not don’t try makin’ a tater gun without reading the rest of this story!!!

So the nameless fellow, refer to beginning of story, put all of his parts and pieces together, and perclaimed himself a perfessional tater gun maker, then atter that, nameless buddy decided to christen said tater gun, and perclaim hisself the new king of tater gun testers, by sticking his face over the soon to be designated tater launch area, and light off the former grill igniter while the PVC glue aroma was still quite fresh.

So at the unexpected report of da tater gun, all or the majority of his former eyebrows, and eyelashes perclaim his gun a success as they rushed by him!!! So the moron of this story, oops I meant the moral is, don’t be a testin’, or a lookin’ into that thar tater gun until after the put togetter stuffs has thuroly dissipated!!!

One for the record books, so please pass this around to all of your friends, so’s we can give my nameless buddy Shaun all the credit he justly deserves =), so in the words of good ol Bill Engvall, “Heres your sign Shaun ol buddy”

Thanks for sharing, er, sharin’ Scott. I’m more than happy to do my part to spread the word.

potato gun, make, funny, fun, accident, hazard, explosion

eWeeks 15 geekiest vacations!

There is something satisfying about “Top X” lists, no matter how contrived they may be. Well, since it’s that time of the year, here’s’s 15 Geekiest Vacations.

Star Trek Convention

On a personal note, Carla’s vacation came in at #5, but somehow the anime convention didn’t make the list (sorry Tom.)

via Digg

geek, geeky, vacation, summer vacation, fun, funny, nerd

Best geek jewelry ever!

HTML tag earringsThese are officially the funniest thing I’ve seen today. Etsy which is an interesting marketplace for handmade goods has earrings which clearly mark the open and close of HEAD in HTML tags.

Part of me wishes they were in lowercase, but there’s something deliciously old-school about all uppercase code.

Sadly they’re currently sold out, but I’m sure more will be available soon.

via Digg

humor, geek, funny, fun, jewelry, html

Map of online communities according to xkcd

Partial online community mapxkcd has posted an amusing and interestingly representative map of online communities. Make sure you click through to the large version, otherwise you won’t be able to see Google’s volcano fortress. It’s a shame there isn’t an even larger version as there are still some things I can’t make out.

Update: Steve (who has a really cool blog) points out that a 24″ x 25″ print of this map can be pre-ordered from the XKCD store. Thanks for pointing that out Steve!

funny, fun, humor, online communities, social networking, web20

Top 50 Local TV Commercials

The Phat Phree has compiled an impressive list of the Top 50 Local TV Commercials. These are the low budget, lower talent commercials for mom-and-pop businesses and small chains that your local television channel features late at night.

The compilation is quite impressive although the top five are all for the same business. They’re funny, but I don’t think they deserved to get all five places.

Here are a couple of my favorites.

Jhoon Rhee Taekwondo

This is really part commercial, part sing-along.

The Des Moines Renaissance Faire

I bet the announcer came with the venue.

Eagle Insurance

Just wrong.

For more of these gems including discount food, talking tamales and a number of the worst raps ever check out the whole list.

Thanks to Kirsten for pointing this out to me.

funny, commercial, local commercials, low budget