Saturday, February 28, 2004

Blow Your Way To The Top!

During a sales presentation, a colleague was making his pitch for hydrocarbon-based refrigerants.

One of the clients asked, "Isn't hydrocarbon highly flammable? Will the air cond explode upon leaks?"

Before the colleague could answer, another already replied, "Maybe we should test the product first somewhere."

"Good idea," nodded the first guy. "How about at the Head Director's home?"


Dress up. Sit straight. And then click here.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Do-It-Yourself Challenge!

Okay, maybe you succeed in constructing a miniature racing car, a miniature robot, or even a miniature jet plane. How about trying something more challenging?

News Title: "Navy Jet Fighter for Sale on eBay"

Worth quoting: "--but some assembly may be required."

(Thanks to pip.)


...I could've eaten "rice rigor mortis!"

(Thanks to pip.)


...that comes with this gift?

Quoted from the site:

"EndangeredFaeces are little animal statues made from their own doo."
Worth quoting:
"Your plants will love them."
So far, I've only come up with:
  • "Hi honey, Happy Plantine's Day! Haha!"

  • "You're my beautiful, energetic sunflowers...
    ...Have some fertilizer!"

  • "Roses are red, violets are blue.
    These feces were made, just for you."


  • "Looking at this reminds me of you.
    A great fascination until I know...
    ...It's made of crap.

  • "Happy birthday to you
    you smell like poo poo."

  • (Submitted by beranda.)

Friday, February 20, 2004

No Chocolate For The Next Valentine's Day

Just hand me some Aphrodisiac Pizzas.

Worth quoting:

Onions, according to the company, were once thought so sexy that ancient Egyptian priests were forbidden to eat them.
A great pick up line in Ancient Egypt: "You look so sexy, I can't eat you."


Some railway stations in Holland start displaying signs that say, "Missed your train? Cursing won't help!"


1. Write to your friends in Tengwar (Tolkien's Elvish fonts)!
2. Worship William Shatner!

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Sensitive Journalism Update

On Sunday, 15 February, a leading national TV station(1) reported a disastrous event. Calamities continuously befell an elderly woman. Her husband recently passed away. And during her husband's death memorial, flood struck her house.

"What's wrong with that?" You probably ask.

Well, the reporter didn't actually say "memorial" (or in Bahasa: "peringatan"). He said, and I quote, "syukuran" (literally: "celebration").

1: Of which the name's top secret, and will be known only by the code Falcon One.

(Thanks to Satria.)


Barbie Breaks up with Ken on Valentine's Days.

Worth quoting:

But Mr. Arons assured fans that she will remain "good friends" with Ken.
I can imagine the breakup scene;
Barbie: "I'm sorry Ken, but I just can't date a man who can't even get out of his own boxer shorts."
Ken: "Oh, yeah? Well, I don't want to be with a doll who's been posing naked on kitchen appliances, either!"

"If You're Not Online, You're Not On Sale."
The fool feels a greater sense of relief knowing that he's now 50% off for having a blog.


Well, duh.

I noticed that many visitors came by trying to find out the article about the New York's law that give women the rights to be topless while riding the subway. Well, you can't find it here, now. The article was a daily This Is True feature from Randy Cassingham that I installed at the bottom of this page. But if you're still curious, try here. The article also summarized a similar decision in Canada that has wider impact. Women in Ontario reported "have taken this opportunity to sunbathe topless in their local parks."

Regulars might notice that the This Is True feature used to be on the left navigation menus. Well, it was too wide and slow. So I moved it to the bottom. Now it looks better, and doesn't affect the loading process that much.


The abovementioned Canadian ruling was also beneficial to strip clubs, which placed topless women on the sidewalk with banners declaring "Choose your topping."


Apologies to the bloglet subscribers. Apparently, when changed their API settings, Bloglet temporarily disabled the newsletter. I just realized it today, about three posts late. But have no fear! I've reactivated the feature and tested it. The newsletter's already running again.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Ah Yes, You're The Guy Whose Name Sounds Like Irman

Some names happen to be overshadowed by more popular, similar ones. Mine, for example. The name isman's not as common as Irman, or Firman. Which explains why almost nobody got my name right the first time. So situations like these happen a lot;

New Acquaintance #1: Anton.
Me: Isman.
Anton: Irman?
Me: Isman!
Anton: Ah, Iman!

New Acquaintance #2: Santi.
Me: Isman.
Santi: Bisman?
After I read a book about brains by Tony Buzan, I realized that most people tend to get something right the second time they hear it. Because at the first time, they're still not ready to listen. With the newfound knowledge, I devised this tactic:
New Acquaintance #3: Irma.
Me: Figurishlamanujabutran Ismanaputra.
Irma: What?
Me: But you can call me isman.
Irma: Oh, okay, Isman.
There's only one simple problem. I underestimated how generalizing Indonesians can be. So what happened was
New Acquaintance #4: Reza
Me: Barishlahamanta Tun Ismanaputra.
Reza: Firman?
I gave up.
Me: Yes, nice to meet you.


Harvard officials stopped the publication of "H Bomb," a student sex magazine because "it would not include porn."

Worth quoting:
While the magazine will have nude photos of both male and female students, the organizers insist it won't be porn.


Because this Crimson Room is too similar to many office works: You're given a task with only one way solution, but the task-giver won't tell you how.


Stay away from Israel. The people there consume more turkeys per capita than any other country.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Hi, I Know Your Name, But I Can't Remember Your Face

Now that's a rare line. Most people relate to the opposite though. We meet someone we know, but we can't remember her name.

This is why we keep inventing generic names, such as darling, doll, guy, dude, dawg, bro. Because it saves us from revealing that we don't remember their names.

I got introduced to three people. "Hi, I'm (mumble) Sa(mumble)."

"Okay, from now on. I'm gonna call you dawg, a'ight?"

He shrugged. "I'm cool."

"Nice to meet you," said another one. "I'm Fred."

"You're dude."

The last one said, "I'm--"

"Don't care! You're bro."


Any of the events above sound familiar? Here's a quick tip to increase your name-remembering memory by 50%: Harry Lorayne, author of Super Power Memory, said that most people didn't forget the names of new acquaintances. They just did NOT remember them in the first place. Many of them didn't even hear the names.

One reason is because many people don't speak clearly enough. A guy said, "Hi my name is Ja(mumble) (mumble)." And we just responded, "Nice to meet you."

Next time, try repeating their names for confirmation. Unless, of course, he once held a world record for the longest name ever, like Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Shermasn Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorft Senior, which consists of 28 words or 192 letters.

Just call him "dawg."


Is "Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipu-kakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu," which is the name of a hill in New Zealand.

It'll be a pain to answer the question "Where did you go?"

"Ah, well...--LOOK! A FLYING SAUCER!"

Your friend turns, and you start running.


Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Your Kitchen, Or Mine?

Good news for single men out there who regularly put their kitchens in use, one way or another: Tests have found that a single man's kitchen is much cleaner than a single woman's.

"Bachelors don't clean often, so they don't contaminate things with a dirty dishrag," says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., microbiologist at the University of Arizona. So, if you’re a bachelor thinking of getting a lady in your kitchen -- not necessarily for cooking -- this would be a good excuse.

Su cocina o mi cocina?

(Originally written for and appeared at the now-defunct

Friday, February 13, 2004

A New Slogan For The Russian Army

"Beer all you can beer."


You decide.


Why don't you watch the past documentary of Tofu Olympics 1996.


Ever had the Tricky Jeans phenomenon? You thought you've just bought a perfect pair of jeans. But when you unwrap the thing at your home, it suddenly became the most grotesque thing that ever happens to mankind. And they only fit in your head!

Here's the answer to the mystery...

UPDATE: ...Forget it! The link disappeared mysteriously, bringing the answer along. Which brings us to: The Tricky Link phenomenon. One day you link it. The next day it's gone.


Attention guys: There are still few hours left before the clock strikes 12. So get your aspirins now! And if you still need a hint, you can always refer to The Guide.

Indonesian Mass Media: All Bore And No Play

Something BIG's missing from Indonesian mass media. Good humor.(1)

Recently, we have a politician that had been convicted for corruption. But he appealed to the Supreme Court, who "set him free of all charges. "What's so special about that? That occurs a lot in many countries," you protest.

Well, this one's running for presidency.

Rage across the nation is understandable. All the media's spouting concerns, worries, angers. But no laughs. Even during the decision reading, everybody was putting a serious face all through the period of what I'd call The Longest Monologue Reading Done in Monotone Ever.(2) Of which nobody gives a care in the world except for the last few sentences.

Our media is the direct opposite of the American, for instance. Like this one.

Indonesian media needs to lighten up. And treat humor not as an exclusive part of Sunday edition's entertainment section. Even in cases like these, ridiculing works well. Because it'll get the message across not only by frowns. But also by laughters.

(Thanks to enda.)
1: A different thing than "a good sense of humor." Because when people say "a good sense of humor" they usually mean "my sense of humor." Three Stooges (or Warkop DKI) fans will say that many Seinfeld watchers don't have a good sense of humor. And it goes both ways.
2: Which would've made the Guinness Book of Record, if only the timekeeper hadn't fallen asleep. In fact, there has been some talks between the Supreme Court Judges and a local publisher to release the official documents as a highly recommended "Hyperactive Children's Bedtime Reading."


With America getting another point for mass media coolness, they're still in the lead, 5 - 3 over Indonesia.


In crutches, with bandages all over. Nevertheless, it's here!

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

This Post Is Brought To You By...

...the word "cartouche."

Which can either mean a four-wheeled vehicle that's way too sensitive, or an ancient Egyptian nameplate. Click here to have a cartouche of your own name in hieroglyphics.

I don't know why the ancient Kings liked cartouches, though. I tried entering my name and it came out like a suggestion of how to kill an owl. There's a knife, a lot of hands, water (drown it!), and a hangrope. If I was ever an Egyptian King, owls would've been extinct.

Now that's another thing to add in my CV. "Participated in preserving a strategic animal species on Earth by not being an Egyptian King ever."


An actual participant's question: "While maintaining an eye-contact with an audience, are we allowed to blink?"


There's absolutely no reason whatsoever to go to this Empty Web Site, and This Page that Cannot be Displayed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Two Cool War Points Pending

1. Local officials mistook art installations as trash and burned them down.
Tisna Sanjaya is a well-known, award-winning artist. His installation "The Ark of Prayer" had been exhibited in many countries like Germany, Holland, and Australia. "Thinking with a Knee" was also quite populer in Australian exhibition. Both returned home to Indonesia in glory. Then when being exhibited in Babakan Siliwangi, Bandung, the officials thought they were trash. And then burned them down.

Why is this point pending?
I'm torn between two issues. Call me tasteless, but many times, I find some--what more cultured people called--arts as trash. And there they are, being exhibited in galleries and halls, with price tags having more zeros than the number of football players. I don't care how popular it is in many countries. I don't care how many artists say that it's a masterpiece. If it looks like trash and has no visible function, then to me, it's probably trash. And knowing that there are Indonesians who didn't only agree, but took it to the next level, is quite comforting.

However, I can appreciate some artists' works. And I haven't seen Tisna Sanjaya's installations yet, before they were turned into ashes. They might be the next greatest things since the statue of David, which mean that the officials are indeed blind. So, is the burndown worth the coolness point for Indonesia? Or the exact opposite? Does that show how uncivilized we are than the Americans? Or is it a tie, so no point goes to either side?

2. The Indonesian Idol is here!
The Indonesian version of Simon Fuller's brainchild would launch in April.

Why is this point pending?
Depends on how the show turns out. If all the participants are like the Arabian Idol winner Diana Carzon, I say we give the point to America. If it goes well, it might be a tie or a score for Indonesia. Although, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aitken are tough to beat.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Only On The World Wide Web

The Big Button That Doesn't Do Anything.

It's a button. It's big. And it doesn't do anything. This simple concept can only sell on the Net. Because in real life, we already had too many useless buttons.

What's with Men and Buttons, Anyway?
Given a remote, a guy would go crazy on that thumb, even when he has only one channel. It's like there's a genetic code embedded in our DNA. Next to "Thou shalt pee standing," there's an instruction that says, "Thou shalt proceed to push any button reachable enough by the current physical means."

There's also a counter-instruction, "But NOT on Saturday night's live football match."

Maybe this is why the danger of nuclear war is never over. Because to activate the launch, you have to push a button. It's too tempting for the male presidents. One president loses control, the next day the world's gone. We should change the mechanism. Maybe to activate the launch, one should do the hokey pokey. Then no sane president would launch the missile. The world's safe.

We Also Have a Heart for Levers
Before buttons, we had levers. In the original Star Trek episodes, the Enterprise used levers. We're crazy about that as well. Maybe this is also why the electrical chair uses one. Even a soft-hearted man can be an executioner. He may scream and shout that he won't do it. But the minute he sees the lever--FLIP! BAROOOOOM! The job's done.


When constructing a base of operation, do NOT make a big red button that says, "Self-destruct."


The Last Page of Internet

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Indonesia Shows Determination In The...

...Cool War and claimed a point for not having as many dumb laws as the America has.

Okay, so Indonesian has some stupid laws. "It's against the law to hex other people," or "It's forbidden to conduct a sexual intercourse between unmarried couple." Some may regard the "It's illegal to drive a car with less than three passengers in the 3 in 1 zone," as nonsense. However, compared to America, we're relatively cool. Observe...

In Washington State:

  • "When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed."

  • Must've been a law written by a comedian. And it also applies in Kansas State.

  • While this is a law designed to reduce the ever-increasing crime in the area: "It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town."

  • Inspector: Yes, Inspector Murray speaking.
    Biker: Hi, this is Reed. I was going to club some pedestrians' heads on my way to the nearest bar. But I heard I've got to call you first.
    Inspector: Oh, yes. That's counted as criminal intention. You're right to call in first.
    Bike: Okay, then. See ya.
    Inspector: Thanks, I hope other criminals are as law-abiding as you.
And there's a lot more. So if you're planning to go to the US of A, pay heed to these advices below.

USA Travelling Tips:
  • When travelling in Seattle, better leave your rocket launcher at home. There's a law that says, "You may not carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length."

  • New York is a paradise for people intending to commit a suicide. Because "The penalty for jumping off a building is death."

  • Always carry a purse in Hawaii, because "Coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears."

  • In the city of Wilbur (Washington State), choose your horse wisely for there's a city law that insists, "You may not ride an ugly horse." Strangely, this doesn't invoke protests from the Association of Similar Rights for Ugly Animals.

  • Attention backpackers: "Pedestrians crossing the Kansas State highways at night must wear tail lights."

  • Going to Wichita (Kansas State) with a bike? Buy a gun now! And don't forget that "Before proceeding through the interesection of Douglas and Broadway, a motorist is required to get out of their vehice and fire three shot gun rounds into the air." Or you can at least try to shout "BANG!" three times.

  • Sorry, Son. But in Florida, "Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal." Try another state. And if you run out of money, don't even think about it. "It is illegal to sell your children."

  • A tip for male parachutists: Florida is a good place to pick up girls. Because "A special law prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or she shall risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing."

  • And don't bring any KFC takeaway to Key West, because "Chickens are considered a 'protected species'."
There are still more than 40 states to go, but I'll stop here. Indonesia clearly deserves the point. So although America is still in the lead with 4 points, Indonesia is closing in with 3.

(Thanks to

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

This Day In History

In 1852, the first ever British public men's toilet opens in London. There's no record on where did people queue before that. Maybe some trees in the city park.

And February 3rd, 1863 marked the first time author Samuel Clemens used the pen name Mark Twain.

While 1892 records the longest boxing match under the so-called "modern rules." Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby fought for 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois. I bet the idea of slow motion came up when a filmmaker saw the fight after 30 rounds. And who knows, maybe it could've gone longer, but some guy clubbed one of the fighters so he could go home.

1894 saw the birth of Norman Rockwell. An artist, like my partner eloquently said, for the common people. He died on November 8, 1978, at the age of 84. Want to see his works? Visit The Norman Rockwell Museum here.


Another coolness point for having The National Lawnmower Racing!

From the site's FAQ: "For safety reasons we will never offer suggestions of how to make your family mower faster!"

Dad: This should do it (pushing the gas) WOOOHOOOO! Haha! I told you I can make it faster, didn't I, Honey? ... Honey? HONEY!

Thank God. If the race was a no-holds-barred, Ben Hur-style action, America would've gotten two coolness points instead. Current standing: America 4 while Indonesia is trailing behind by 2 point. The future looks bleak for our country.

Monday, February 02, 2004

America Regains The Lead!

For having Ruben Studdard's Day.

Alabama State's Governor proclaimed March 11 as a state holiday to show support for the Birmingham-born Ruben Studdard. The big man nicknamed "Teddy Bear" was a favorite contestant on the second season show of American Idol.

Quoted from the State of Alabama's official document:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bob Riley, Governor of the State of Alabama, in order to remind him that the citizens of Alabama have great pride in his accomplishments and will be cheering him on as he performs, do hereby proclaim the day that he competes in the American Idol finals, March 11, 2003, as Ruben Studdard Day in the State of Alabama.
In the finale', Ruben won the competition over the other finalist, Clay Aiken.

Getting a state holiday named after you for doing superbly well in a contest. Gone is the time when we had to die for a historical cause just to get our names put on a roadsign. For that, America shoots back to the lead in the Cool War with 3-2.


More votes were made during the second season of American Idol, than during the 2000 American presidential election.