Whimsy: Ook! Ook? Where is the Librarian?

Photo of a pedestrian crossing, where there is normally writing that says LOOK with an arrow pointing to the right. The L has been rubbed off so that the sign now says OOK.

I can’t see a pile of orange fur eating a banana anywhere | photo by tigtog

I also loved this photo from last week:

Two children in wheelchairs are waving at abseiling men outside a huge window.  The men are wearing superhero costumes.

Connor Videtich, 4, of Muskegon, Mich. and Randall, “Rico” Simmons, 13, of Howard City wave to super heroes outside the 9th floor of DeVos Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 in Grand Rapids. Workers dressed like, the Flash, Spiderman, Captain America, The Hulk and Superman flew outside the hospital windows. A child life specialist at the hospital and Modern Window Cleaning workers came up with the idea to give young patients a Halloween surprise.

Why a regular whimsy thread? Because the internet is full of awesome that isn’t necessarily on-topic in a lot of forums, and also because there are too many times when the awesome gets pushed rudely aside by the belligerent, the obnoxious and worse. People being wrong and awful on the internet often leads to the need for brain-bleach moments where the awesome can be used to flush away the awful, and a place to reliably find the awesome. Please share your favourite links in comments … anything that has recently surprised, delighted, intrigued or otherwise positively engaged you: think of these threads as a brain-bleach repository.
n.b. if this paragraph has reminded you of something wrong/awful/obstreperating that you’d like to share, this is not the place, so please take it to either a Media Circus thread or the weekly Open Thread instead.

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23 replies

  1. Librans? Are you lot into astrology?

  2. Words fail me..
    All this esoterica, way too much for a bucolic rustic lad.
    Ah, yes, librarians.
    ABC does a sitcom on them, sort of “Dad’s Army” or “Are You Being Served” wearing half-moons. Type of show a dysfunctional person can watch with a degree of relief because it diverts to the proposition that a supposedly more competent class of people are even more dysfunctional.
    Whoodah thunk you could raise any laugh out of librarians, let alone a fair few in one program?
    Have a good day.

  3. @tigtog – I prefer the hedgehog song myself 😉

  4. Angharad, that is a very, eh, Welsh name isn’t it?
    Sort of like Rhiannon?

  5. There’s no uncertainty about it whatsoever. It is a completely Welsh name. In fact it was the most popular Welsh woman’s name in the 13th century. Sadly I am not remotely Welsh. Although I was in an earthquake there once.

  6. I’ll have you know I was forced, FORCED, I tell you, to sing the Piano Ape aloud to my husband just now. Well, it seemed necessary anyway.

  7. Is it only me who thought of the programming language when I saw “Ook! Ook?” in the title?

  8. http://cheezburger.com/6740725760

    living bridges made from tree roots.

    • The People’s Bailout – A Rolling Jubilee brought to the US by Occupy Wall Street. They’re crowdsourcing donations and buying up ‘distressed debt’ (i.e. the bank has written it down and sold it cheaply to debt collectors) and then they’re forgiving the debt. Medical bills, student loans, etc –

      Like many folks, Occupy Wall Street has been some doing good work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, helping people on the ground.
      Now OWS is launching the ROLLING JUBILEE, a program that has been in development for months. OWS is going to start buying distressed debt (medical bills, student loans, etc.) in order to forgive it. As a test run, we spent $500, which bought $14,000 of distressed debt. We then ERASED THAT DEBT. (If you’re a debt broker, once you own someone’s debt you can do whatever you want with it — traditionally, you hound debtors to their grave trying to collect. We’re playing a different game. A MORE AWESOME GAME.)
      This is a simple, powerful way to help folks in need — to free them from heavy debt loads so they can focus on being productive, happy and healthy. As you can see from our test run, the return on investment approaches 30:1. That’s a crazy bargain!

      Read the whole post. I love this idea.

  9. Did somebody just say something? I can’t quite hear it over the noise of the accumulated awesome, sorry.

    Photo shared on FB by Hugh Laurie with this caption: Martini men: Hugh, Idris Elba (@Idris Elba Fan Page]) and Benedict Cumberbatch.

  10. I just put this pic up on the Media Circus thread for topical discussion, but I think it belongs in the brain bleach repository too.

    The PM and Secretary Clinton in a private meeting in Perth. TeamJG pic.twitter.com/AfaW31pL
    — Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) November 13, 2012

  11. I just put this pic up on the Media Circus thread for topical discussion, but I think it belongs in the brain bleach repository too.

    I was a bit surprised when I saw it on TV that the Gillard, Clinton and their media advisors would set up a photo opportunity like that. This sort of stuff doesn’t happen by mistake, someone planned it, its the message they want sent out.

    • You could well be right, Chris, but don’t you think your comment should have gone on the Media Circus thread iteration of the photo instead of this one?

  12. tigtog – oh yes, sorry!

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