Okay, I was trying to come up with some elaborate and convoluted reason that Saturday Surprise is happening on Sunday, one day late. But, while I have got an imagination, it seemed to fail me here, so I am going to come clean and admit that on Friday night, as I was writing my post for Saturday morning, I completely forgot what day of the week it was. I worked along on my post about the meeting between East and West, popped it into Word Press, proofread, fixed the pictures, scheduled it for 3:00 a.m., then went to bed, where I fell almost immediately asleep with a book on my stomach and a bottle of water in my hand. I awakened on Saturday morning at about 7:00 a.m., and my very first thought was “Oh crap … it’s Saturday morning!!!” Well, not much to be done at that point, so I decided to make it a Sunday morning Saturday Surprise. Please forgive my strangeness, forgetfulness, and all my other ‘ness-es’, for it has been a strange few weeks and I am still a bit boggled.
I recently discovered a website, Tedium, that has some fun things from time to time, and when I was cruising through there yesterday evening in search of something humorous, I came across a piece about ‘sniglets’. You all know what a sniglet is, right? I use them all the time. The official definition is a word that isn’t in the dictionary, but should be. You are dying to know, of course, where the sniglet got its start, right?
Do you guys remember the HBO program, Not Necessarily The News in the 1980s? It featured sketches, parody news items, commercial parodies, and humorous bits made from overdubbing or editing actual news footage. It was based on the British series, Not the Nine O’Clock News, and was where Conan O’Brien first got his start. One segment by comedian Rich Hall, was called ‘Sniglets’ and quickly became one of the most popular segments of the show. Here’s a clip …
Sniglets became so popular, in fact, that merchandise included a board game, a word-a-day calendar, mugs imprinted with especially popular sniglets, a syndicated daily comic panel, and six sniglets books, three of which were New York Times best-sellers. You can find them on Amazon, by the way. Here are a few of my favourites …
- Snackmosphere: the pocket of air found inside snack and/or potato chip bags.
- Flopcorn: the unpopped kernels left in a bag of microwave popcorn.
- Napjerk: a sudden convulsion of the body just before falling asleep.
- Expresshole: A person that brings more than 20 items to the express lane in the store.
- Anticiparcellate: Waiting until the mailman is several houses down the street before picking up the mail, so as not to appear too anxious.
- Arachnidiot: A person, who, having wandered into an “invisible” spider web begins gyrating and flailing about wildly.
- Carperpetuation: The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up. I do this one ALL the time!!!
You can find a list of more sniglets on Google.
Miss Goose sent me this one yesterday afternoon from Bored Panda . The headline reads
89-Year-Old Japanese Grandma Discovers Photography, Can’t Stop Taking Hilarious Self-Portraits Now
“Most people think that technology is for young people, but nobody told Kimiko Nishimoto that. She’s an 89-year-old Japanese grandma who’s been snapping and editing her own pictures for the last 17 years, and as you can see below, her style is certainly unique!
She didn’t get into photography until she was 72 years old. Her son was teaching a beginner’s course and so she decided to enroll, unaware that she was about to awake a passion and a talent she never even knew she had. She instantly fell in love with photography and set about snapping various quirky and comical self-portraits. She had her first solo exhibition ten years later, at a local museum in her home town of Kumamoto, and now she’s about to have her work exhibited at Tokyo’s Epson epsite imaging gallery.”
I love these pictures and think you will too! So much better than sitting home watching Duck Dynasty, eh?
Just one last thing before you go get started on your
Saturday Sunday funday … what would Saturday Surprise be without at least one cute animal picture?
Okay folks … I hope I made up for missing yesterday and that you can find it in your hearts to forgive me! Now go have a wonderful weekend … what’s left of it!