Friday, August 8, 2008


Happy Friday! As my lunch draws to a close, I feel the need to share a couple of gifts the internet has given me this week. And it just so happens that they represent 2 of my favorite things: Shakespeare and drinking. I wish I could say that I'm responsible for what appears below, but others seem to have beat me to the ingenious punch. I will however, take credit for the photo above.

I'll start with the Shakespeare item. I've faced the facts - Facebook seems to be all the rage these days. Some might even say that it eclipses MySpace in its addiction rate and its ever-growing arsenal of personal stalking tools. So it was only a matter of time before the (funny) intellectuals started to use it for their own amusement. Thus, like the "If the USA had a Facebook page during the Civil War" I give you William Shakespeare's FB home page (click to make it BIG):

Brilliant. One of my favorite parts:
"Hamlet posted an event: A Play That's Totally Fictional and In No Way About My Family"

Gotta love that historical and literary humor, right?

Next up - drinking! I found this on a site that tries to re-connect jokes with their creators. Apparently no one has come forth to claim this gem...which tempts me to call it my own...but I'm sure its rightful owners will find it eventually. Observe (the picture is just a bonus):

The Five Stages of Drunkenness

Stage #1 -- Smart
This is when you suddenly become an expert on every subject. You know all and greatly wish to express this knowledge to anyone who will listen. At this stage you are also always right. And of course the person you are talking with is very wrong. You will talk for hours trying to convince someone that you are right. This makes for an interesting argument when both parties are "smart". Two people talking, in fact, arguing about a subject neither one really knows anything about, but are convinced that they are they complete authority on the subject makes for great entertainment
for those get the opportunity to listen in.

Stage #2 -- Handsome/Pretty
This is when you are convinced that you are the best looking person in the entire room and everyone is looking at you. You begin to wink at perfect strangers and ask them to dance because of course they had been admiring you the whole evening. You are the center of attention, and all eyes are directed at you because you are the most beautiful thing on the face of the earth. Now keep in mind that you are still smart, so you can talk to this person who has been admiring you about any and all subjects under the sun.

Stage #3 -- Rich
This is when you suddenly become the richest person in the world. You can buy drinks for the entire bar and put it on your bill because you surely have an armored truck full of your money parked behind the bar. You can also make bets in this stage. Now of course you still know all, so you will always win all your bets. And you have no concern for how much money you bet because you have all the money in the world. You will also begin to buy drinks for all the people in the bar who are admiring you because you are now the smartest, prettiest, and richest person on the face of the earth.

Stage #4 -- Bulletproof
You can now pick fights with the people you have been betting money with because you cannot be hurt by anything. At this point you would go up to the boyfriend of the woman who had been admiring your beautiful self all evening and challenge him to a battle of wits for money. You have no worry about losing this battle of wits because you know all, have all the money to cover this bet, and you obviously win a fight that might erupt if he looses.

Stage #5 -- Invisible
This is the final stage of drunkenness. At this point you can do absolutely anything because no one can see you. You can get up and dance on a table; you can strip down to your underwear, to impress the people who have been admiring you all evening, because the rest of the people in the room cannot see you. You are also invisible to the person whom you have picked a fight with earlier in the evening. You can walk through the streets singing at the top of your lungs (because of course you are still smart and know the tune perfectly) and no one will think anything of it because they can't see you. All your social inhibitions are gone. You can do anything, because no one will know. And you certainly won't remember!

So there you have it. I hope we've all learned something today. I'm off to finish up my day, so I can enjoy my night - which will definitely involve drinking and may even involve some Shakespeare...depending on how much I drink.

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