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Daddying 101

Filed under: Satire

Submitted by Marcy LaViollette [this posting has been updated to give proper attribution for this hilarious work, thanks to Scott Beale of Laughing Squid].

Here’s a helpful guide from Wry Baby founders, Kelly and David Sopp, to aid new parents who may not understand the subtleties of good parenting.

More tips here.

Conjugal Harmony

Filed under: Satire

Submitted by Marcy LaViollette:

The Conjugal Harmony Difference

Imagine having a wife who is always glad to see you, never cheats or stays out all night, and who rocks your ever-loving world twice a month with a pent-up vengeance you haven’t felt since college. Now imagine she never takes your credit cards, doesn’t spend all day talking to her mother, and never knows if you’re out with friends or sleeping around. Now stop imagining and open your eyes to the world of Conjugal Harmony. For almost a decade we’ve connected honest, background cleared, non-prisoners with exciting, passionate, loyal mates on the inside, and with rates so low you might think you’re the crook!

Whether you’re in California, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York or Washington State, we can find just the right inmate for just the right marriage for just the amount of time you’re willing to dedicate.

Need more information to be convinced? Check out how it works and the company’s FAQs

Lust & Empire: The Discreet Rule of Malaysia in Austria

Filed under: Art Pranks

Submitted by Marcy LaViollette:

Wong Hoy Cheong”™s Re-Looking Art Exhibit

Wong Hoy Cheong"™s Re-Looking Art ExhibitHow differently would people view colonialism if the roles were reversed? Wong Hoy Cheong’s art piece “Re: Looking,” exhibited at the Venice Biennial in June 2003 among other international venues, asks this question under the guise of a documentary detailing the fictional history of Malaysia’s colonialization of Austria.

The deadpan detail may confuse viewers who doubt their historical knowledge. Interviewees include an Austrian migrant seeking a better future in Malaysia, a Malaysian sociologist explaining the Austrian fascination with death, and an Austrian whose father died fighting in the war.

Even the room where the video is screened has been transformed into the living room of a colonialized Malaysian home, containing fake visual histories including paintings, photographs, and display cases which show memorabilia of exotic items from the homeland.

View the artist Wong Hoy Cheong’s Web site and read more at Universe in Universe Worlds of Art, which includes an interview with the artist.

Photograph: Universe in Universe

Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show

Filed under: Parody

Submitted by Marcy LaViollette: Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show is perfect for anyone who’s ever watched (and tried to make sense of) Japanese TV shows. Written by Kim Evey and directed by Greg Benson.

Hipster Olympics

Filed under: Satire

A battle of apathetic grandeur submitted by Marcy LaViollette:

Announcer Greg Berman – Taige Jensen (voice)
Announcer Neil Tafoya – Ryan Hunter (voice)
Reporter Conica Friesbee – Jenn Lyon
#1, Sasha Pinrod III – Taige Jensen
#2, Larken Trebek – Maggie Ross
#3, Nolan Shelby – Ryan Hunter
#4, Zac Zuro – Ryan Hall
#5, Gideon Zidoushe – Dave Powell
Referee Wally Masters – Will Connell
Square Sean Ericsson – Eric Sherertz


The Lego Suicides

Filed under: Art Pranks, Pranksters

From Marcy LaViollette:


Suicide is not a laughing matter, unless it’s imitated with the use of Legos. Enjoy The Lego Suicides photo set with a morbid sense of humor.


Filed under: Satire

Submitted by Marcy LaViollette for pirates who’d like their own version of the iPhone: rPhone, by Captain Drew, combines three delightfully diverse products into one awkward and cumbersome handheld contraption — a revolutionary steam-powered satellite phone, a stylish French musicbox, and a vibrasonic multi-purpose tool that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a Sonic Screwdriver. rPhone is the first portable telephone constructed of materials you’ve come to associate with progressive technology… from its exquisite rosewood paneling to the handsome brass frame, it shouts “This is the 18th century!” and “Gee, this thing sure is heavy!” and “What do you mean it costs $20,000??”. Rest assured this is one phone you’ll never lose in a pocket (unless you have extremely fancy pants m’lord!) and best of all, rPhone provides an analogue interface that even the simplest of simpletons (like you! m’lord!) can comprehend! No more confusing menu screens or complicated keystrokes, rPhone is built for space pirates on the go!

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Time capsule hoax, by very patient pranksters, revealed

Filed under: College Pranks, Pranksters

Submitted by Marcy LaViollette:

Timeless prank: UW time capsule from ’50s reveals porn from ’70s
By Brian Alexander
Seattle Times staff reporter
April 26, 2007

Here’s something you wouldn’t expect to find inside a time capsule from the 1950s: pornography from the 1970s.

But faculty members at the University of Washington Department of Communications found just that when they opened a half-century-old time capsule Thursday and saw a centerfold and copies of Playboy and Hustler.

Atop the 50-year-old memorabilia were items from the late ’70s and early ’80s: adult magazines, an April Fools’ edition of The Daily, UW’s student newspaper, clip-on ties, women’s underwear, and nearly petrified Twinkies, among other things. (more…)