Unfunny theory: We put a crapload of stuff like this in my senior yearbook. I think parents could pay for those little ads for like $25 (and we had a similar option for students to put in tributes to their friends), but not all of the space was bought up. So we grabbed a handful of old photos from maybe the 70s that… » 8/29/14 10:43pm Yesterday 10:43pm

While working for a non-profit in college, I once completely fucked up a mail merge in an ancient version of Filemaker Pro. The non-profit used the format of "To Mr. and Mrs. Rich Person," and I accidentally omitted the "Title" field, meaning that "Mr. and Mrs." or whatever it was got left out when the envelopes were… » 8/29/14 1:39pm Yesterday 1:39pm

I have a very good friend whose wife needed a D&C because she was going into septic shock. He and his wife went through a long period of grief for the three-month-old fetus who they had been excited about. When he got the bill from the insurance company, it told him he was being billed for an abortion. » 8/24/14 12:45pm Sunday 12:45pm

One of my grandfathers was an NYPD officer. I don't know a lot about him - he died before I was born - but I do know that he hated the Irish and left his guns lying around. My father nearly blew his mother away at about age four because he picked one up and ran into the kitchen with it, yelling, "Stick 'em up, Mommy." » 8/24/14 9:36am Sunday 9:36am

I . . . didn't find that disturbing in the least. I mean, it was a little bit of a shock to realize it was a guy with a split tongue, but it wasn't really gross. Am I wired weirdly enough to not think this is "utter madness"? Or do I just know too many body modification people? » 8/23/14 6:44pm 8/23/14 6:44pm

Pretty irresponsible version of what happened. The daughter is not being prosecuted and will not end up on a sex offender list, she's going through a diversion program - three months of a counseling program that involves her parents. Seems pretty responsible, to me, for the parents to involve the cops to help alert… » 8/23/14 6:26pm 8/23/14 6:26pm

The WBC is genuinely made up of true believers. They believe in what they're doing (though that's only true of some of the kids until they reach legal age to leave). They're not trolls, they're fighting a holy crusade. They don't celebrate Christmas, because the Bible never idicates that it should be done. They… » 8/23/14 3:03pm 8/23/14 3:03pm

I was just visiting my parents, and while out shopping with my mother, we walked by a display that included a sleeveless t-shirt that said, "Sun's out, guns out." My very anti-gun mother was incensed. "That is just offensive! And irresponsible!" » 8/22/14 3:04pm 8/22/14 3:04pm

I'm a regular poster on Fark - was TotalFark for a while - and I'm not sure how I feel about this. There's some pretty virulent misogyny there, but Fark instituted a system in which you can personally ban a poster who you know to be a jerkbag; this means that you don't see their posts, they're just still happening. » 8/21/14 7:31am 8/21/14 7:31am

Some of my favorite students ever were what are euphemistically called "nontraditional students" or "returning students." This is in part because they actually have a goal for being there, rather than just not knowing what else to do with their lives, and in part because they have their shit together in general. So… » 8/20/14 6:36pm 8/20/14 6:36pm