secret weapon

by meanlouise March 11, 2017 humor

When we first spotted this ad in the Washington Post Magazine, we debated whether the secret weapon is an army of lethal girl assassins or symbiotic fungal zombie child husks. Husband concluded its something boring, like sofa beds – which are probably as painful & dangerous as highly-trained murderous children but not as useful.

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Monster Jokes and Riddles

by meanlouise October 18, 2015 books + libraries

Recently, my favorite contrarian, Casey Rae, mentioned that he was running out of jokebooks with bad puns and corny riddles suitable for precocious little girls. Being raised by such eclectically gothy parents, and being whip-smart, I knew exactly the book their kid needed, because I adored it myself: Normal Bridwell’s Monster Jokes and Riddles. It […]

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The Wicker Man, Teletubbies Edition

by meanlouise August 5, 2015 horror & scifi

Sorry for the long absence, I didn’t mean to neglect you so. My sanity wasn’t devoured by bad SyFy movies, but I was quite ill for most of the Spring and early Summer and it’s taken me much longer to get life back to something even close to resembling normality. Wouldn’t want things to get […]

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I met the First Lady of France!

by meanlouise February 13, 2014 humor

Years ago, I ran into Stephen Colbert on campus. We chatted for several minutes before I realized he wasn’t a coworker, but was instead a magical television friend. That was back in ye olde days when Colbert was a correspondent for The Daily Show. (He was exiting the men’s room in our department, in that […]

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by meanlouise July 29, 2013 horror & scifi

The rumors are true. We also watch non-shitty movies. Last night we rewatched ParaNorman because it’s on Netflix streaming now. It’s a clever, dark, weird, and wonderful movie. Plus, I’m easily amused by Donovan references. I should have emailed the winners of the MeanLouise Blogiversary present drawing instead of writing this post. I’ll get to […]

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Calvin and Hobbes: The Adult Years

by meanlouise April 13, 2013 humor

This is much more entertaining than BloodMonkey. Shorter, too. What if Calvin of “Calvin and Hobbes” fame grew up? And what if, instead of leaving behind his talking tiger and visions of dinosaurs and life in outer space, those visions followed him, slowly turning him insane? [embedded link: Gritty Reboots presents Calvin & Hobbes: The […]

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Have you seen my buttonhook?

by meanlouise March 24, 2013 anthropology

1:15 update – Damn. This is why I don’t blog before coffee. Just corrected some crazyass typos and grammatical loop-di-loops. Sorry. Today’s Cul de Sac comic strip reminds me of a pre-dawn breakfast conversation long ago at the Mummy Congress about how, once you reach in + vigorously stir up the brains w your hook, […]

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Remember the Lovecraftian horror that was Windows 95 with a new Tumblr

by meanlouise February 24, 2013 cyberculture

When we got Windows 95 (probably sometime in 1998), it took our admins about 30 seconds to see the true purpose of the system alerts. The first one I got read, “Report to the roof immediately, await further instructions.” It took some people longer than others to catch on that not all windows alerts were […]

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Godzilla Wednesday

by meanlouise December 26, 2012 humor

I know I’ve blogged this before, so I suspect that my search is malfunctioning. Just in case, here it is again: Safety first!

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by meanlouise December 7, 2012 holiday cheer

This is one of my favorite McSweeney’s pieces: An Open Letter to Pumpkin-Flavored Seasonal Treats.” I can’t say it’s my favorite, though, because I do love It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers,” an awful lot.

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