Fun Things: October 3 Edition

This week: Wise words and WTF

Welcome back to our new section that takes a look at the best, worst, and most humorous things we came across in our otherwise depressing news feed — in bite-sized tidbits for oversized, very shareable fun. Enjoy!

ON GETTING PEOPLE TO SUBMIT TO WORKPLACE DRESS CODE REQUIREMENTS

Virgin Atlantic staff can choose which uniform to wear ‘no matter their gender’ (The Guardian)

ON NOT CHECKING YOUR BANK STATEMENTS LEST YOU CRY

“The average millennial net worth has increased 23% each year since 2016, topping $278,000 in 2021, according to research firm Cerulli Associates. While that’s significantly lower than Gen X’s $978,964, millennials saw the highest growth rate of any generation.”

ON LEADERSHIP

“Those always prompt to act up to my orders charged me with the burden of being their ruler. And I, for my part, bound with the affection of a father for his children, engaged myself to bear it.” – Buddha (from The Visual Arts: A History by Hugh Honour & John Fleming) 

ON BLAMING THE FRENCH

French blamed for diverted Portugal Ryanair flight

“Ryanair sincerely apologizes to passengers for the inconvenience caused as a result of this unjustified French ATC strike.”

ON OFFERING YOUR “NEWSPAPER” IN “ALL LANGUAGES” — BUT PRIMARILY IN ENGLISH:

reader comment (quotes article): “the need for prior communication of the invoicing series will be reinforced among economic operators so that the AT can provide the respective validation code to be included in the ATCUD (Single Document Code)“.

Reader comment continued: I have no idea what this means, nor will most readers…

ON THE ULTIMATE CLICKBAIT

The Chess Grandmaster Anal Bead Conspiracy That’s Happening Right Now, Explained” 

ON HOPING FOR THE BEST

I like to think (and the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think (right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think (it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

(All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, by Richard Brautigan)


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