We interrupt our regular programming for
a special message from Charlie Chaplin (1940)

Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural.
A decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise.
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.

To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts.

And if anyone tries to stop you, call 866-OUR-VOTE.

November 7: Pack your bags. You're fired, loser.

Ever wonder what Trump's final minutes in office will be like?
Click here for the answer.
... or here.

A message for visitors: For performance reasons some of the more image-heavy exhibits have been moved to User:EEng/Museum Annex. The Annex is free and open to the public.

Wikipedia's all-time greatest pun
We actually have an article on "goat towers", which are – and I am not making this up – "multi-story decorative goat houses" for some reason commonly found in vineyards. And so perhaps it was inevitable that, in the course of a discussion of this article, the following would bubble up from the fertile but warped mind of our fellow editor Martinevans123 [8]:
Warning! You could die laughing.
Remember, you were warned.

Marvin Gaye kept a goat in my vineyard. He'd herd it through the grapevine.

Hierarchy of editor subservience by nagualdesign

Your season tickets to The Museums are valid at WP:AE. Userbox by Ritchie333[9].

If only it were so...

From a discussion at AN:

"This episode, to my mind highlights a very big flaw in the functioning of wikipedia. Namely, that certain users who have an elevated status: 'admins' are able to act without impunity."

A tip for the historically ignorant
The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

We thank Thee, O Lord, for another day without whining from someone who doesn't get the joke.
A Note to the Humor-Impaired
One should beware of those who cannot or will not laugh when others are merry, for if not mentally defective they are spiteful, selfish or abnormally conceited ... Great men of all nations and of all times have possessed a keen appreciation of the ridiculous, as wisdom and wit are closely allied.

Leander Hamilton McCormick, Characterology; an exact science embracing physiognomy, phrenology and pathognomy, reconstructed, amplified and amalgamated ... (1920)

Another Note to the Humor-Impaired
Dourness is repulsive both to the healthy and the sick.


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An ANI Limerick
Wikipedia's not for the meek.
You need a de-stress technique.
Sip tea with biscotti,
go fish – try karate.
But edit war? Blocked for a week!

Levivich (adapted)

This editor is a cheque-user.

Resources offered:

  • I will be happy to supply, for use in developing articles, materials cataloged here (digital materials are easy, scans of hardcopies may take some time).

Because some have asked...

  • The material on this page is meant to increase other editors' pleasure in contributing (by providing modest amusement they can enjoy during breaks from editing) or to assist them in becoming more effective editors (by illustrating various aspects of Wikipedia as a social environment e.g. [10])
  • In humor based on political events, Democratic figures are featured as well as Republican (e.g. [11]) though unfortunately the former opportunities don't arise very often, because e.g. Clinton and Obama just aren't as amusing as the Republican nominee. Note: This wing of the Museums temporarily closed pending approval by the castigatores of such material as is conducive to the regimen morum.
WikiProject Department of Fun (Rated NA-class, Bottom-importance)
This page is supported by the Department of Fun, which aims to provide Wikipedians with fun so that they stay on Wikipedia and keep on improving articles. If you have any ideas, do not hesitate to post them to the discussion page or access our home page to join the Department of Fun.
 NA  This page does not require a rating on the quality scale.
 Bottom  This page has been rated as Bottom-importance on the importance scale.
===> Sincere disclaimer <===
Material on this page apparently relating to living or recently deceased persons is satire intended to improve the editing experience by providing amusement and entertainment to editors seeking a break from editing. It does not constitute assertions of fact.

Museum of Distorted Quotations Taken Out Of ContextEdit

EEng [is] a general force for good.


"Editors such as EEng are very constructive."


A reminder to visitors
EEng is correct. There are not many exceptions to this nearly universal rule.


EEng, per usual, is correct.


                       Where Angels Fear to Tread                       
No one dare criticize EEng.


                       So there!                       
EEng (despite his block log, which is not as bad as it looks at first glance if you understand it) ...

Doug Weller[17]

A wise, compassionate, magical authority (both temporal and spiritual); mysterious and benevolent guide... guardian and saviour... despite his gentle and loving nature, he is powerful and can be dangerous....

Primergrey (via C.S. Lewis)[18]

My personal opinion of your value to the project had been "on the fence", but I'm back on two feet.

FlightTime[19], see also [20]

We have a lot of mental health problems.

—Donald Trump[21]

EEng, for those playing at home, is unique in Wikipedia.

Randy Kryn[22]

Wise and mature


Experienced and respected


One of Wikipedia's less friendly and more volatile users ... an incurably rude and disruptive personality whose idea of good manners is most definitely not within the mainstream.


A Holden Caufield-esque cynical iconoclast


I tend to agree with EEng.


Monumental dick … Yes, it can be hard.


You play the role of Wiki-jester quite well ... good for the sanity of the community.


In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
EEng is a wise voice – listening to what he says is generally a very good plan.


EEng is well known for his good humour.-Legacypac[5]
Mgasparin's Law: As a discussion on ANI gets longer, the probability that EEng will add a sarcastic comment or image approaches 1.


It's always nice to be not totally unappreciated
You have transformed shooting off your mouth into a not totally unappreciated artform


EEng who, and I'm fairly confident that he would agree with me on this, seems pretty much flameproof, and who is quite capable of breathing hilarious-but-scorching flame himself when the need arises.

Girth Summit[34]

It's a relief to deal with someone on Wikipedia who has a sense of humor

Littleolive oil[35]

Speechless Amazement


Jesus was wrong in that most would agree there is to be only one EEng blessing shared space-time.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Adam37Ecclesiastes 1:9

The Curator doesn't really understand the significance of that last one.

You know when EEng talks about getting serious, it's, you know, serious... :-)


A man after my own heart
Dr. Codman was a self-described atheist and was known to provoke his peers with exaggeration and humor.


He was a complete jackass, but funny's funny.

—What I hope will be my epitaph, as formulated by Valereee in another context.[38]

What the Critics Are SayingEdit

"EEng's talk page"[6]
Editor's note: Though easily mis­taken for a roll of toilet paper, the above is in fact an ancient and pre­cious parch­ment bearing great wisdom.[citation needed]
Your user page is truly epic


One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure
One of the treasures of Wikipedia

Randy Kryn[40]

The greatest talk page on Wikipedia


"Less boring"


"Fun but dangerous!"


Wikipedia Must Be The Saddest Place on Earth
I have had EEng's talk and userpage on my Watchlist for two months because they are the most fun places on Wikipedia.


Wikipedia's Bearability Hangs by a Thread
I'm not a professor of neuroscience (but apparently I play one on Wikipedia)
EEng is a funny guy. If it weren't for the odd joker like him, WP would be utterly unbearable.... He's a professor of neuroscience at Harvard and pretty much singlehandedly wrote one of the best articles on the 'pedia (Phineas Gage)

"krakenawakes" at WikiInAction

I think a lot of folks from the @Wikimedia & @Wikipedia communities think this is funny but the editor working on Phineas Gage has severe mental health issues.

"Erika Herzog" (and see [45])

Some masterful baiting... by Wikipedia's many master baiters.


A puerile jokester ...


I prefer having a good-natured jokester around instead of a joyless and dried-up everyman.


... like going to a good museum ... humorous but intelligent ... interesting, entertaining, and educational

Randy Kryn[46]

Highly appreciated, and extraordinarily valuable.


His userpage is possibly unique in that it pisses you off, makes you laugh, and shocked, sometimes all at once


  The Barnstar of Good Humor
I haven't checked out your userpage in a long while, but I laughed so hard (I particularly liked the "head in the sand" picture) I nearly snorted coffee out of my nose. PS: I would like to apologise for being tempted to go to the dark side.... Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 12:30, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

  The Rather Unusual User Page Award
Not sure what my definition of a "rather usual" userpage would be, but it wouldn't be that.[49]

"This is a very long page."[50]

  The Barnstar of Good Humor
For your medicine against chronic wikidespair.
Consult your doctor before trying this medicine. Symptoms include: a systemic allergic reaction, a worsening
of withdrawal symptoms for not placing {{ANI-notice}} in months, and casting the first stone.

"childish and irresponsible"[52]

No barnstar is better than this barnstar, believe me!

  The Donald Trump Barnstar
Your userpage is hilarious. MB298 (talk) 00:17, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Good Humor
Your new gallery made me laugh even harder than the admittedly rambunctious Trump Museums. Astonishing, flabbergasting, yyuuuge!!! — JFG talk 20:14, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Ultra-Cool User Page... After looking again at this work of art ....... I'm speechless. What a man! And might the gentleman's first name be Albert? EE=ng2

I'm ashamed to say

An untidy user page may signify an untidy mind and careless work.


A Note to Readers
We have concluded to publish this work, though it falls short of what it ought to be, and would have been, if circumstances had permitted us to devote more time to its completion. We are well aware of its imperfections and defects. But, with all its faults, we flatter ourselves the it contains much interesting and hitherto unpublished information ...
Our object has been to condense this matter within the smallest space, well knowing that, in this age of instantaneous electric communication, very few have the patience to read large volumes.
We have followed no particular author, servilely, but formed our own conclusions by comparing the opinions of the different authors, more than one hundred in number ... We may have fallen in to some mistakes regarding dates of events, or names of persons or parties, but such errors are hardly avoidable in a work of such wide scope.

— Hugh Quigley, The Irish race in California and on the Pacific Coast: with an introductory historical dissertation on the principal races of mankind, and a vocabulary of ancient and modern Irish family names (1878)

A strange cross between the drill [sergeant] and Private Joker in Full Metal Jacket.

Mrs. Pace Owl

In offering a work to the public, it is customary to preface it with a few remarks, which are generally considered in the light of an apology by the public... but, as we have done nothing of which we are ashamed, we have nothing to apologize for.

Great Trans-Continental Railway Guide (Crofutt & Eaton, 1870)

Everyone knows the risk they take by visiting your talk page.


EEng's humor can be like drinking gin. The first time, you may say, "Ugh! Horrid! Disgusting!" After a few more times, you may say, "Ugh! Revolting! Disgusting!"


A bit like finding an annotated kaleidoscope

—An offwiki friend

These jokes are performed by a trained professional; don't try this at home
Leave the jokes to EEng. He's funny.


User essays worth readingEdit

Handy templatesEdit

  • {{FBDB}} – Friendly banter – don't block!
  • {{Confused?}} – This editor may be confused.

Ode to ANIEdit

One fine day in the middle of the night, / Two dead boys got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other, / Drew their swords and shot each other,
One was blind and the other couldn’t, see / So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play, / A dumb man went to shout “hooray!”
A paralysed donkey passing by, / Kicked the blind man in the eye,
Knocked him through a nine inch wall, / Into a dry ditch and drowned them all,
A deaf policeman heard the noise, / And came to arrest the two dead boys,
If you don’t believe this story’s true, / Ask the blind man he saw it too!

Some Entertaining DiversionsEdit

See also this burst of creativity.

Welcome, new editors!Edit

Draw near, new editor, that you may learn from these WP policies conveniently arrayed about me!
A newbie (brown) offers his stub to a New Page Patroller (green). If it fails to satisfy her she'll bite his head off.
Now manning the help desk

You have been warned: typical humor on this page
How To Avoid Pricks

When you land in a place that is prickly at best,
And feathers get ruffled – you've disturbed someone's nest;
Be cautious when offering friendly advice,
Lest you suddenly find your two orbs in a vise.
Lessons are learned, but to do so takes practice,

To avoid getting pricked when you land on a cactus.

  Atsme📞📧 (reflecting on [53])


If you came here to alert me to DS for whatever, I guess you better do it because I can't remember what sanctions there are for what topics so I just try to do the best I can with the modest faculties God gave me.

A Little HistoryEdit

First they came for the userboxes...
The ANI pileon juggernaut rolls on, heedless
Keep smiling, or this could be you!
Block! Unblock! Block! Unblock! Rabbit Season! Duck Season! FIRE!!!
The beatings will continue until morale improves.
When users do something that administrators don't like, but when the users not only disagree but have the temerity to object to the sanctions levied against them by administrators, is this an unacceptable dissent against the powers-that-be that must, always, be quashed by any means necessary?
I'm probably hyperbolizing here, but I think this is how the issue appears to the EEng's of the world. And some, at least, of the EEng's of the world are here to help build the encyclopedia. We say "The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit", not "The benevolent dictatorship encyclopedia that docile and compliant rule-followers can edit as long as they remember their place and are always properly respectful towards ADMINISTRATORS." So, please, if that's not the message you want to send, just let these userboxes go. And if you want to boot a user off the project for not being here to help build the encyclopedia, please do it for a more substantive reason than that the user refuses to say "Uncle" when confronted by admins.
Steve Summit (talk) 19:46, 6 February 2015 (UTC) [54]
An admin upholds one of the five pillars without throwing his weight around.
And finally, to each admin who says, "Well, I wouldn't have blocked, but I don't feel like overturning it": what you're condoning is a situation in which every editor is at the mercy of the least restrained, most trigger-happy admin who happens to stumble into any given situation. Don't you see how corrosive that is? It's like all these recent US police shootings: no matter how blatantly revolting an officer's actions were, the monolithic reply is "It was by the book. Case closed." This [admin] was way out of line from the beginning in deleting multiple editors' posts (as someone suggested, hatting would have made complete sense, and troubled me not at all) and when called on it above, he gives a middle-finger-raised LOL. No wonder so many see haughty arrogance in much of the admin corps around here.
—EEng 05:38, 16 January 2015 (UTC) [55]

And let me be clear: I have no problem with 97% of admins, who do noble work in return for (generally) either no recognition or shitloads of grief, only occasionally punctuated by thanks. But the other 3%‍—‌whoa, boy, watch out!

—EEng 20:02, 6 February 2015 (UTC) [56]

First annual caption contestEdit

Click here and contribute your own.

  • "Shit! I left the tub running!" EEng 05:09, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

A very sensible ideaEdit

I hereby propose "overextended-confirmed protection" under which you can only edit after proving that you have other things to do and really should be spending your time somewhere other than Wikipedia. Would cut down on a lot of nonsense, I think.Dumuzid

EEng's half-serious list of topics on which WP should just drop all coverage as not worth the dramaEdit

  • Footy players
  • Beauty pageants
  • Music genres
  • Pornstars
  • Anything related to Ru Paul
  • Video games
  • Japanese comics and animation
  • Snooker
  • Cricket
  • Catalan separatism
  • Railroad rolling stock specs

Dopey words that should never appear in articlesEdit

  • Hail, as in All the victims appeared to hail from the lower class of society or Music historian Bob Gulla hailed it as an "iconoclastic funk-rock" record. God, that sounds stupid.
  • Accolades, as in List of accolades received by The Avengers (2012 film).
  • Garner, as in garnered worldwide recognition for her portrayal. (The same article goes on to make us vomit by saying a bunch of people were awarded the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series accolade.)
  • Berth (except on ships), as in garnered a playoff berth.
  • Welcomed in the context of childbirth, as in In April they welcomed their first child. [57] Absolutely nauseating.

Violators will be subject to initial 24-hour blocks, with escalating blocks for subsequent infractions. Repeated instances of welcoming children may be punished by beheading.

First rule of ANIEdit

Wisdom from Objective3000 [58]:

There is Al-anon, cocaine-anon, food-anon, game-anon, and about 20 others. We are now seeing on-and-on ... First rule of ANI: Don’t manifest the problem on ANI.

Brilliance from our esteemed colleagues Levivich and Creffpublic and GuyEdit

Anyone puzzled by the below should see Burma-Shave#Roadside_billboards:









































Levivich 05:01, 12 January 2020 (UTC)









creffpublic a creffett franchise (talk to the boss) 20:34, 14 January 2020 (UTC)






Guy (help!)

From Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Archive323#Comment:
  • As Levivich says, nobody stops after one "sodomite". I know I certainly didn't. EEng 19:56, 3 August 2020 (UTC)


Levivich[dubiousdiscuss] 20:08, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
I can wiki-die happy now. My wiki-life is complete. I have reached wiki-nirvana. EEng 23:42, 3 August 2020 (UTC)


... in conception
... and in reality
If life gives you blocks, make blockade.

{{Rainbow}} e.g. Somewhere over the rainbow

My name is Bond. Covalent Bond.
When I figure out which of those little shits has the peashooter, there's gonna be hell to pay

Carp per diemEdit

Newcomers' guide to AN/I
 – SemiHypercube
Situation normal, all forked up.
Another day of editing.
Discussion proceeds
His favorite color was maroon
Dispute resolution process...
... or if you prefer, try ANI.
Arbcom, step by step
ArbCom, the final phase.
Required orientation for new arbs: "This could happen to you."
At Wikimedia SF
Retiring Arbcom member passes the torch
We appreciate your work on category cleanup
"When technically minded folk with a penchant for order, consistency, and control get caught up in the zeal of a systematization crusade, un­pleas­ant­ness can result." – A Fellow Editor
After six months as an oversighter
Draft namespace
Stare not too long, young one... for he who fights with admins should look to it that he himself does not become an admin. And if you gaze long into ANI, ANI also gazes into you.

Some poetry from Atsme:

"Don't croak, SMILE!"

A satirist I'm not,
A satirist I'd like to be;
I seem to have forgot,
What in hell prevented me.
It might have been my style,
It might have been my prose;
But I'd like to make you smile,
And even happy, I suppose,
For teaching me to jump,
From the bottom to the top,
Of a page with so much clump,
We're all worried it might pop!
Atsme📞📧 20:07, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Phineas Gage: The later years
If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't have wasted my life editing Wikipedia. I would have wasted my life doing something else.
Some scientists claim that hydro­gen, because it is so plen­ti­ful, is the basic building block of the uni­verse. I dispute that. I say there are more AWB edits tinkering with whitespace and categories and wiki­proj­ect import­ance ratings than hydro­gen, and that is the basic build­ing block of the uni­verse.Frank Zappa
Sisyphus, the patron saint of New Page Patrollers.
New Page Patrol official anagram
New page patrol
After a few weeks "helping out" at DYK
DYK reviews underway. Original title: A group of mentally ill patients sitting around and staring.
DYK drove him to it.
"I'd rather cut off all my toes with a pair of scissors than spend one minute at ANI." Testimonial from an actual customer
There is currently a discussion at ANI...
WP:ERRORS. Original title: A group of mentally ill patients dashing about a burning room
This editor is a mem­ber of Wiki­proj­ect Dis­mem­bered Hands
Did you know Rover had a girlfriend?
DYK nominations in the pipeline
Flow is being revived...
... Ha! Ha! Just kidding!
... And Visual Editor is now required! ...
When good faith is exhausted
"Deletion" discussion underway at the Ancient Greek Wikipedia
Checkusers working an SPI. Horns give direct links to Arbcom, Jimbo
Edit (A) triggers watchlist item (B), causing undo (C) and revert notification (D), leading admin (E) to fly off the handle, tilting talkpage balance of power (F), causing diffs to be dumped on ANI (H). ANI thread (I) opens Pandora's Box (J), leading to fireworks (K) at Arbcom. Boomerang (L) gives editor WP:ROPE (M), ending in 12-hour block and smack with trout-infused napkin.[1]
Some random Ned Kelly wannabe stole your Cow joke and added it to his herd for his personal gain. Watchagonadoboutit?
April Fools at WP: Fucking hilarious


Revert me and I will CURRRSE you!
What they secretly long for
What editors are traditionally offered at ANI
Sensory distortion after a day at ANI
Ahem. You got consensus for that edit?
WP:COI editor risks topic ban – WP:RIGHTGREATWRONGS, WP:IDHT, WP:OR, etc. etc.
Luckily the pajamas are flame-retardant.
Uh-oh. The baby's radioactive.
Editors maintain citation templates
RfA reform again? You don't say!
Just another day at ANI
Before ANI: "Are you hot and sticky, mentally fagged?"
During ANI
It's ANI whether you like it or not!
Oops! Boomerang!
Checkuser sees all!

                                                       After ANI

Untangling template syntax
On the alert for hyphen/endash confusion
<- - - - - Travails of the copyeditor - - - - ->
Articles for Deletion
Arbcom: Conception
Arbcom: Reality
I'll show you! I'm taking it to Arbcom!
Emergency relief program for editors
Arbcom deliberates

Editors eagerly prepare statements for Arbcom
Arbcom clerks
Block appeal tableau
Tell me again‍—‌we're using Visual Editor why?
Model: Wikipedia editor "A Man Inverts"
Awaiting DYK review
Normal editing resumes

Wikipedia (vision, 2001)
Congratulations! Your DYK has been approved!
They with the fancy user signatures
Wikipedia (reality, 2015)
BLP-sniffing dog at work
Hanging out at WP:CFD
RfA in progress
Template editor
This sock was in one edit war too many
Goddam offline sources!
Request for Czech User
Editor about to put head up ass
"There are a few issues with your GA submission"
Tempted into meatpuppetry
We get it – your FA passed. Can you take it down a notch?
Fighting vandals

One cat who'd like less feedback, if you don't mind!
If you want to take on metric vs. Imperial in articles, that's your business. I've got a more pleasant appointment to keep.
What some editors think good writing should feel like to the reader: "It was tedious to write, it should be tedious to read."
Reverted good faith edits by....
FA Review (original title: "Monkeys as Judges of Art")
People who forget that guidelines are to be applied with common sense
Sock and master caught together in rare photo
Well, I'm nominating for AfD – your move!
You're getting the hang of this DYK thing!
ANI on a quiet night
Capitalization wars – see [7]
Arbitrator resigns: "The people in these cases – meshugana!"
I'll never understand fixing cut-and-paste moves
Actual fix-cut-and-paste-move diagram
Even though I'm an Arbcom member, I'm just commenting here as an average, everyday editor.
Simplified guide to categories
Checkuser X-ray specs
Ha - ha! Blocked!
These socks are a confirmed match.
Admins maintain order while editors wrestle the wheel in random directions
"Let's edit Wikipedia", you said. "It'll be fun", you said. Don't look now, but here come our mentors.
...makes the heart grow...
The next three images gratefully stolen from Catherine de Burgh
Jimbo in a private moment
Meats at the ready!
Strong oppose
Strong oppose   Strong oppose
Strong oppose   Strong oppose
I shot the Sheriff
Wistfully recalling life before Wikipedia
Eau no!
I'm turning your talk page access off
WP:PERENNIAL proposals

First patty
Second patty
Third patty
Wikipedia-related caption invited
The dashing young Ned Kelly wannabe has challenged you to a round of back alley fisticuffs. Unsurprisingly, you never stood a chance. The Australian collected his prize money and stole one of your funny pictures before running off into the outback.
Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are not sure that we are doubly sure.

Reinhold Niebuhr

A video clip for use at ANI someday.

Children of thee 60s talk about what Wikipedia will be like: [59] [60]

Desirable and undesirable kinds of editors:

Acute (desirable)
Obtuse (undesirable)
Women in Red: Showcasing insufficiently covered women
Paid participation:
poetic perspectives
I won't argue for fun,
I won't argue for free,
with someone who's paid
to argue with me.
I'll argue all day,
I'll fight 'til I'm tired.
At least if I lose
I won't get fired.
Bradv [61]
From top: Jimbo; Arbcom; Oversighters; Admins; The Autoconfirmed; IPs

Wikipedia is not about whiningEdit

Wikipedia is not about whining. Complaining about editor behavior is appropriate – at a relevant noticeboard when that behavior is contrary to Wikipedia policies and guidelines and harms the project. But editors should not complain just for the sake of complaining, nor as therapy or catharsis, but to get help in guiding an errant editor back on track with the project's fundamental principles.

If you find yourself complaining more than contributing, it might be time for a short wikibreak to clear your mind, rethink your approach, and help you come back ready to resume building the encyclopedia.

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Principle of Some AstonishmentEdit

Can we get you on Mastermind, Sybil? "Next contestant, Sybil Fawlty from Torquay; specialist subject: the bleedin' obvious! " Basil Fawlty
A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

— Strunk, The Elements of Style (1918)

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigour it will give your style.

Sydney Smith

Most first drafts can be cut by 50% without losing any information ... Look for clutter in your writing and prune it ruthlessly. Be grateful for everything you can throw away ... Writing improves in direct ratio to the number of things we can keep out of it that shouldn't be there.

William Zinsser, On Writing Well

Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

— Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars (tr. Lewis Galantière)

Some writers tend to overuse quotations.

Somebody or other

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Sometimes editors clutter their prose with pedestrian details that the reader likely already knows or would naturally assume. Rather than informing readers, this wastes their time and dulls their attention. The following are examples of articles belaboring the routine and obvious, at times painfully:

You mean the game pieces can be stored for later use? I'm astonished!
In the article Pick-up sticks:
Each piece in the game also has a point value, with more challenging pieces being worth more. At the end of play, points are tallied up and the pieces can be thrown again or stored in a container for another use.
Comment: Of course the points are tallied up at the end of play. Of course we can either play again or put the game away "in a container". (If the rules said to ignore the score sheet at the end, then called for players to burn the game pieces or use them to commit ritual suicide, THAT would be worth mentioning.)

In the article Notre-Dame de Paris fire:
Some lead joints in stained glass windows melted in the heat of the fire.
Comment: DUH.

In the article Live-line working
Electricity is hazardous
Comment: I'm shocked.

In the article San Francisco Zoo tiger attacks:
They created a distraction which caused the tiger to turn towards the officers, who shot and killed it. After the shooting, officials removed Tatiana's head, paws, tail and gastric contents for examination.
Comment: Removing the tiger's head before shooting it, assuming you could somehow manage that, would presumably have rendered the shooting superfluous.

In the article US Airways Flight 1549:
The weather recorded at 2:51 p.m. was 10 miles visibility with broken clouds at 3,700 feet, wind 8 knots from 290°, temperature -6° C.
Comment: Of course it was recorded, otherwise how would we know it?
Sullenberger asked if they could attempt an emergency landing in New Jersey, mentioning Teterboro Airport ... air traffic controllers quickly contacted Teterboro and gained permission for a landing on Runway 1.
Comment: The word quickly is superfluous, because our readers' innate cunning will inform them that controllers generally act with dispatch in such situations. (Had they instead been lackadaisical, THAT would be worth mentioning.)
However, Sullenberger told controllers that "We can't do it," and "We're gonna be in the Hudson," signaling his intention to bring the plane down on the Hudson River because he was too low to glide to any airport.
Comment: The part from "signalling his intention ..." on is probably unnecessary, because our readers aren't mentally defective. They will conclude without being told that when Sullenberger said "We can't do it ... We're gonna be in the Hudson", he's hinting that (a) he's going to land on the Hudson and (b) he's taking this unconventional step because more orthodox landing sites are out of reach. (Had he instead done it because he wanted a bath, THAT would be worth mentioning.)
Immediately after the A320 had been ditched, Sullenberger opened the cockpit door and gave the "evacuate" order.
Comment: The immediately bit seems unnecessary. (Had the captain made a cup of tea before ordering "Evacuate!", THAT would be worth mentioning.)
The first fire chief on scene transmitted a "10-60" to confirm a major emergency.
Comment: If the fire chief, seeing people crowded onto the wings of a sinking airliner, had radioed, "False alarm – no big deal", THAT would be worth mentioning.

In List of American Airlines accidents and incidents:
October 28, 2016: American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing 767-300ER flying from Chicago to Miami, was accelerating for takeoff when the right engine failed and erupted in flames caught fire.
Comment: You don't have to be a pilot to know that an engine in flames has failed.
The crew aborted the takeoff and initiated an emergency evacuation.
Comment: They didn't taxi back to the gate with an engine on fire? You amaze me!

In the article Charles Whitman:
Whitman was reportedly the youngest person in the world ever to become an Eagle Scout at that time.
Comment: Are people becoming Eagle Scouts elsewhere than "in the world"? Perhaps on Mars?

In the article University of California, Berkeley:
UC Berkeley researchers along with Berkeley Lab have discovered or co-discovered 16 chemical elements of the periodic table – more than any other university in the world.
Comment: See prior item.

In the article Club of Rome:
The Club of Rome raised considerable public attention with its report Limits to Growth, which has sold 30 million copies in more than 30 translations, making it the best-selling environmental book in world history.
Comment: I think you see where I'm going with this.

In some proposed text for the article Apollo 11:
On July 23, the last night before splashdown on Earth, the three astronauts made a television broadcast
Comment: Ditto.

In the article Saving Private Ryan:
In Washington, D.C, General George Marshall is informed that three of the four Ryan brothers have been killed within the last week, and that their mother is about to be notified of their deaths.
Comment: Lest readers imagine they were notifying her that she'd won the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

Caution: May contain shepherds.
Caution: May contain babies.
Caution: May contain oranges.
In the article Citrus juice:
The most commonly consumed type of citrus juice is orange juice, which as the name implies, is extracted from oranges.
Comment: But then baby powder isn't extracted from babies, I suppose.

In the article Stone's representation theorem for Boolean algebras:
The theorem was first proved by Marshall H. Stone (1936), and thus named in his honor.
Comment: And here I thought it was proved by Marshall H. Stone but named for some other Stone.

New York City
City of New York
Multiple choice: In what article does the infobox at right appear?
(A) New York State
(B) New York County
(C) New York CITY <== hint
(D) New York University

In the article Glenn Miller:
On December 15, 1944, Miller was to fly from the United Kingdom to Paris, France, to make arrangements to move his band there.
Comment: So not Paris, Texas.

In the article Irish Boundary Commission:
The Irish Boundary Commission was a commission which met in 1924–25 to decide on the precise delineation of the border between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.
Comment: So ... the commission was a commission?

In the article Donald Trump:
He signed tax cut legislation which cut tax rates for individuals and businesses.
Comment: A sax player who plays saxes, a fax machine that sends faxes, a tax cut that cuts taxes. (Just whose taxes is another question.)

In the article Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry:
The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry is a society devoted to the history of alchemy and chemistry. The Society was founded as the Society for the Study of Alchemy and Early Chemistry in 1935.
Comment: Surprise!

In the article Hardcore Henry:
After she replaces a missing arm and leg with hi-tech cybernetic prostheses, mercenaries led by the psychokinetic Akan raid the ship.
Comment: Are there low-tech cybernetic prostheses?

In the article Bunk bed:
The bunk or bunks above the lowest one may have rails to keep the user from rolling out and falling to the floor while sleeping.
Comment: For those innocent of the workings of gravity.

In the article 1257 Samalas eruption
Very large volcanic eruptions can cause destruction close to the volcano ...
Comment: For those innocent of the workings of volcanoes. (This is the least of what's wrong with this passage. Follow the link – if you dare!)

In the article Truth or Consequences, New Mexico:
Hot Springs officially changed its name on March 31, 1950, and the program was broadcast from there the following evening, April 1
Comment: For those innocent of the workings of the calendar.

In the article Battle of Tali-Ihantala:
On June 28, air activity was high on both sides as Finnish bombers and German Stukas pounded the Soviet formations. The Soviet Air Force also attacked from the air and hit the staff of the Finnish Armored Division hard with bombers from the Soviet 276th Bomber Division. and the Soviet 276th Bomber Division hit the Finnish troops hard.
Comment: These bombers attacked from the air, you say?

On the dabpage Horváth
The surname "Horvat", without the "h" still exists and is the most common surname in Croatia or the Croatian diaspora.
Comment: No comment.

In the article Chloe:
Chloe (also Chloë, Chloé) is a feminine name for girls.
Comment: There really should be more feminine names for boys and masculine names for girls.

In the article Henry Riggs Rathbone:
Rathbone successfully graduated from Phillips Academy in 1888, from Yale University in 1892, and from the Law Department at the University of Wisconsin in 1894.
Comment: Graduations are usually successful (except of course a graduation from Yale, which by definition is the first in a lifelong string of degradations).

In the article Stokes Croft:
Stokes Croft is the name of a road in Bristol, England.
Comment: An earlier version read Stokes Croft is what the name of a road in Bristol, England is called.

In the article Distomo
The aluminum producing company Aluminium of Greece has its production facilities in the coastal village Agios Nikolaos.
Comment: Ha! Obviously these people don't know the difference between aluminum and aluminium.

In the article Caribou, Maine
The Caribou Public Library is a Carnegie library. Designed in the Romanesque Revival style by local architect Schuyler C. Page, it was built in 1911-1912 with a $10,000 grant from industrialist Andrew Carnegie.
Comment: Is there a Carnegie library that Andrew Carnegie did not finance? Or was there some other heretofore unknown Carnegie financing American libraries with whom he might be confused?

In the article Alice Herz-Sommer
She lived for 40 years in Israel, before migrating to London in 1986, where she resided until her death, and at the age of 110 was the world's oldest known Holocaust survivor until Yisrael Kristal was recognized as such. Kristal was also a Holocaust survivor, and was born two months before Herz-Sommer.
Comment: For readers with short-term memory deficits.

Working out 10+3.
In the article Turpin case
From 1988 to 2015, they had 13 children total; ten daughters and three sons.
Comment: To save our readers mental strain.

In the article Soyuz-FG
... resulted in the destruction of the rocket. The crew, NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, escaped safely and successfully.
Comment: Whatever that means.

In the article Trinity Cathedral, Saint Petersburg
About four hours after the blaze broke out, one of the three remaining cupolas had been damaged but the fire was contained. A department spokesman later confirmed that the fire had been extinguished.
Comment: Lest the reader imagine that it burns to this day.

In the article Adele Spitzeder
Officially founded shortly afterwards in 1869, the "Spitzedersche Privatbank" (English: Spitzeder Private Bank) quickly grew from an insider tip to a large company.
Comment: Thank you. I was completely at sea.
In the article The Owl and the Pussycat
Portions of an unfinished sequel, "The Children of the Owl and the Pussycat" were published first posthumously, during 1938. How the pair procreated is unspecified.
Comment: We're talking about children's literature, after all.

In the article Turner syndrome
Turner syndrome is not usually inherited from a person's parents.
Comment: And certainly not from their rich uncle.

In the article Earthquake weather
Aristotle proposed in the 4th century BC that earthquakes were caused by winds trapped in subterranean caves.
Comment: Extraterrestrial caves would have made for a more surprising theory.

In the article Jascha Heifetz:
The incident made headlines in the press and Heifetz defiantly announced that he would not stop playing the Strauss.
Comment: Yeah, that's usually where headlines appear.

Crime and its detectionEdit

In the lead of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft:
Once inside, the pair revealed their true intentions, tied up the guards, and spent over an hour stealing art from the museum's collection, which they loaded into their vehicle.
Comment: The guards probably sensed their visitors' "true intentions" around the time they got tied up, and our readers will make the same inference vicariously. Furthermore, in this modern age most readers will envision art thieves as having a vehicle at the ready. (Had they absconded via public transport, or summoned an Uber, THAT would be worth mentioning.)

In the article University of Texas Tower Shooting:
He then drove to a hardware store, where he purchased a Universal M1 carbine, two additional ammunition magazines and eight boxes of ammunition, telling the cashier he planned to hunt wild hogs. At a gun shop he purchased four further carbine magazines, six additional boxes of ammunition, and a can of gun cleaning solvent. He then drove to Sears, where he purchased a Sears Model 60 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun before returning home with his purchases.
Comment: If he'd bought all that stuff and then left it at the store, THAT would be worth mentioning.

In the article Murder of Jo Cox:
Murder of Jo Cox
LocationMarket Street, Birstall, West Yorkshire, England
Date16 June 2016
Attack type
Shooting, stabbing
WeaponsFirearm, knife
PerpetratorThomas Mair
He witnessed the assailant stab Cox, who fell to the ground, before shooting her and stabbing her again shoot her, then stab her again. The attacker left the scene, but was pursued by an eyewitness who followed him and telephoned police to describe his location identified him to police. Armed police officers attended the incident, and arrested a suspect.
Comment: There's a lot to say about this one.
  • who fell to the ground: Persons stabbed and shot, then stabbed again, usually go down. (Extra points for the ambiguous suggestion that the witness may have shot and stabbed the victim.)
  • left the scene: If the shooter/stabber had stuck around, THAT would be worth mentioning.
  • was pursued by an eyewitness who followed him: That's what pursuers do.
  • telephoned police to describe his location: Usually people calling for help give the location.
  • Armed police officers attended the incident: Even in law-abiding, Queensberry-Rules, you-got-me-copper-fair-and-square England, readers will imagine that amongst officers dispatched to the shooting/stabbing of a Member of Parliament, at least some will be armed with more than their charming accents and unfailing courtesy.
  • and arrested a suspect: That's what happens when an eyewitness points out the gunman. Had police let him off with just a stern talking-to, THAT would be worth mentioning.
As for the infobox, unless told otherwise readers will assume that a shooting/stabbing will have involved a gun and a knife.

In the article Apartheid:
On 6 September 1966, Verwoerd was fatally stabbed at Parliament House by parliamentary messenger Dimitri Tsafendas, who was arrested and quickly imprisoned.
Comment: See last bullet[1] above.

In the article Allard K. Lowenstein:
On March 14, 1980 Lowenstein was shot in his Manhattan office by Sweeney, who was mentally ill and believed that Lowenstein was plotting against him. Sweeney then calmly waited for the police to arrive and arrest him.
Comment: [Left as an exercise for the reader]

In the article Death of Elisa Lam:
On the morning of February 19, an employee went to the roof, where four 1,000-gallon water tanks provided water pumped from the city's supply, to the guest rooms, a kitchen, and a coffee shop downstairs. In one of them, he found Lam's body, floating face up a foot below the water surface. Police responded.
Comment: [Left as an exercise for the reader]

In the article University of Alabama in Huntsville shooting:
During the course of a routine meeting of the biology department attended by approximately 12 people, Amy Bishop, a biology professor at the university, stood up and began shooting those closest to her with a Ruger P95 handgun. Bishop was suspended without pay retroactively on the day of the attack.
Comment: Even academic freedom has its limits, I guess.

In the article Rodney Alcala
Her murder would remain unsolved until it was connected to Alcala in 2011.
Comment: Murders usually remain unsolved until they're solved. See also WP:INTOTHEWOULDS.

In the article Ted Bundy:
He broke through the ceiling into the apartment of the chief jailer—who was out for the evening with his wife—changed into street clothes from the jailer's closet, and walked out the front door to freedom.
Comment: While it's nice to know a busy chief jailer still has time for his spouse, absent mention of a confrontation the reader's common sense will tell him that no one was home. (Had Mrs. Turnkey helped Bundy pick out a tie, or had Bundy walked out the door then gone back to the jail to turn himself in, THAT would be worth mentioning.)

In the article Seth Black (serial killer):
At the request of Scottish detectives, the Metropolitan Police conducted a search of searched Black's Stamford Hill lodgings to determine whether any incriminating evidence existed at Black's address.
Comment: Yes, well, that's usually what they're trying to determine. (And click the link for a surprise.)

Will there be anything else, sir?
In the article Eric Muenter:
Morgan lunged at his attacker and tackled Muenter to the ground as he fired two rounds into Morgan's groin and thigh. Morgan's butler finished subduing Muenter, beating him senseless with a lump of coal. Morgan quickly summoned a doctor and recovered, returning to work on August 14.
Comment: If financier J.P. Morgan got shot in the groin and didn't summon a doctor, or summoned him other than "quickly", THAT would be worth mentioning. (Kudos to the resourceful butler.)

In the article Lindbergh kidnapping:
Taking a gun, Lindbergh went around the house and grounds with butler Olly Whateley; they found impressions in the ground under the window of the baby's room and pieces of a cleverly designed wooden ladder. They also found a baby's blanket. Whateley telephoned the Hopewell police department to inform them of the missing child.
Comment: Not just to say hello?

In the article Assassination of John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy's blood-stained jacket, shirt and tie worn during the assassination are stored in the National Archives facility in College Park, Maryland.
Comment: So not from that time he cut himself shaving.
The gun with which Ruby shot and killed Oswald, which came into the possession of Ruby's brother Earl, was sold in 1991 for $220,000.
Comment: The reader will assume, unless told otherwise, that the gun was not used to bludgeon Oswald to death.

In the article Jodie Foster
While at Yale, Foster also had other stalkers, including a man who planned to kill her but changed his mind after watching her perform in a college play. The experience was difficult for Foster.
Comment: Snowflake.

Capacious captions for unerring identificationEdit

In the article
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln:
In the article
Horst Wessel:
In the article
The Wizard of Oz (1939 film):
From left to right: assassin John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris, and Henry Rathbone
Wessel as an infant with his mother and father, 1907
The film's main characters (left to right): the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, Scarecrow, and the Tin Man
Bert Lahr, in costume as The Cowardly Lion
It's a common misconception that the
man with the gun is Mrs. Lincoln.
You don't say!
The word "unnecessary"
hardly does justice.
Not a bad case
of hirsutism?

Various views from Donald Trump: In the article The Pentagon:
A view of the Turnberry Hotel, in Ayrshire, Scotland
View of the crowd attending a Trump rally in the U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio on October 13, 2016
Southwesterly view of the Pentagon in 1998, with the Potomac River and Washington Monument in background
The reader will know without being told that
this is a "view".
We're safe in assuming that the reader
will intuit that this "view" shows a "crowd".
Thus not some other five-sided
megastructure for some reason being
shown us in the article
The Pentagon.

Honoring James Agee: In the article Theta waves: Meanwhile, back in Cambridge:
James Agee Park in the Fort Sanders neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee is named after the author.
Example of an EEG theta wave
Woodcut representing a view of Gore Hall at Harvard University
Who would have guessed? Could have been worse – it could have said
"Picture representing an example of an EEG
theta wave"?

The lead (and only) image in Twist tie: In the article The Desire of Ages: In the article
UC Berkeley School of Law:
Twist ties of different colors.
A picture of the book
Boalt Hall's law library was expanded in 1996 with the North Addition, pictured above.
Great example of an image
that doesn't need a caption.
Recently inducted into the Principle
of Some Astonishment Hall of Fame –
caption and image both.
I weep.

In the article
Boston Consolidated TRACON
(whatever that is):
The lead image for
CNN International:
The lead image for Earth:
The Boston Consolidated TRACON from the outside
CNN International
CNN International logo
CountryUnited States
OwnerTurner Broadcasting System
LaunchedSeptember 1, 1985 (1985-09-01)
The Blue Marble photograph of Earth, taken during the Apollo 17 lunar mission in 1972
No shit, Sherlock. (Turns out this is the logo
all CNN brands, not just CNN International –
an example of the impulse to add the obvious
leading, instead, to addition of the inaccurate.)
And here I thought they had a giant indoor
lawn, miniature building-within-a-building,
and artificial sky
Earth. Yes, Earth. Planet Earth.
The lead image in the article Earth.

In the article
Elizabeth II:
In the article
Senghenydd colliery disaster:
In the article
Harry Elkins Widener:
The Queen with Edward Heath (left) and First Lady Pat Nixon, 1970
Because we weren't sure which one is
Edward Heath. (Apparently we're on
our own for Pat Nixon vs. the Queen.)
The funeral of one of the dead miners, miner E Gilbert, a colour sergeant in The Salvation Army
Funerals are for dead people.
Harry Elkins Widener
Harry Elkins Widener
Born(1885-01-03)January 3, 1885
DiedApril 15, 1912(1912-04-15) (aged 27)
Known forNamesake of Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library
Did we mention that it's Harry Elkins Widener?
Crowds wait for news at the Universal Colliery after the disaster
Yes, since they're not clairvoyant.

In the article
Chuck Connors:
In the article
Scottish National Antarctic Expedition:
Chuck Connors (right) filming a 1961 episode of The Rifleman.
Expedition member Gilbert Kerr (left) playing the bagpipes beside a penguin, March 1904
The one with the breasts and the hairdo
is Edward Heath.
Bearing in mind that left and right are reversed south of the equator.

An image in Leverett House
Leverett F-Tower, with the library visible in the foreground
Comment: If the library were invisible, THAT would be worth mentioning.

Special section on modes of exit and ancillary details of deathEdit

In the article Coniston Water:
Campbell was killed instantly on impact when decapitated by the K7's windscreen.
Comment: For those innocent of the workings of decapitations.

In the article Murder of Deborah Linsley:
She sustained eleven stab wounds to the face, neck and abdomen, of which at least five were to the area around the heart ... The coroner highlighted that, although passengers reported hearing "a commotion", nobody investigated. A verdict of unlawful killing was returned.
Comment: If the verdict had been suicide, THAT would be worth mentioning.

In the article John Wayne Gacy:
Gacy conned Butkovich into allowing his wrists to be cuffed behind his back, at which point Gacy strangled him to death and buried his body under the concrete floor of his garage ... Mowery was strangled to death and buried in the northwest corner of the crawl space ... Both Winch and Boling were strangled to death and buried in the crawl space.
Comment: The reader will conclude, unless told otherwise, that someone strangled and buried probably died in between.

In the article Lyndon B. Johnson:
At approximately 3:39 p.m. Central Time on January 22, 1973, Johnson suffered a massive heart attack in his bedroom. He managed to telephone the Secret Service agents on the ranch, who found him still holding the telephone receiver in his hand.
Comment: I'm trying to imagine the alternatives.

In the article Grace Kelly:
Rainier, who did not remarry, was buried alongside her following his death in 2005.
Comment: Had Prince Rainier of Monaco been buried alive, THAT would be worth mentioning.

In the article Brooklyn Navy Yard:
Many of the prisoners died and were subsequently buried
Comment: Small mercies.

In the article Simon Meyer Kuper:
On the evening of 8 March 1963, Kuper, who was at home with his wife and daughter, was shot through a window by an unknown assailant. He died of his injuries twelve days later.
Comment: If he was shot by an unknown assailant but died twelve days later on being surprised by a train, THAT would be worth mentioning.

In the article James Sisnett:
Sisnett died in his sleep of natural causes on 23 May 2013, at the age of 113 years, 90 days.
Comment: Had the 113-year-old man died in his sleep not of natural causes, THAT would be worth mentioning.

In the article Murder of Kristine Fitzhugh:
Music teacher Kristine Fitzhugh (born 1947–2000) was murdered on May 5, 2000 in her home in Palo Alto, California.
Comment: Obviously.

In the article Karen Carpenter:
Paramedics found her heart beating once every 10 seconds. She was taken to nearby Downey Community Hospital for treatment.
Comment: Thanks for clarifying.

In the article Faylaka Island attack:
he was ultimately mortally wounded and subsequently died.
Comment: Quelle surprise.

In the article Gary M. Heidnik:
Heidnik was executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999, at State Correctional Institution – Rockview in Centre County, Pennsylvania. His body was later cremated.
Comment: Gosh, I hope so.

In the article Roy L. Dennis:
His body was donated to UCLA Medical Center after he died.
Comment: Ditto.

In the article Miguel Serrano
He remained in contact with neo-Nazis elsewhere in the world and gave interviews to various foreign far-right publications prior to his death.
Comment: Ditto.

In the article Joe Biden
Before his death, Beau had been widely seen as the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for governor of Delaware.
Comment: [62] notwithstanding.

In the article Jean de Florette
The film starred three of France's most prominent actors – Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, who won a BAFTA award for his performance, and Yves Montand in one of his last roles before his death.
Comment: Let's see. Um... Ditto?

In the article Wiley Post
Post with Will Rogers before their deaths, August 1935

Comment: Ditto. Or maybe they'd already died and Dr. Frankenstein reanimated them.

From List of inventors killed by their own inventions:
Franz Reichelt (d. 1912) attempted to use this contraption as a parachute. Reichelt died after he jumped off the Eiffel Tower wearing his invention, which failed to operate as he had expected.

Comment: If death had been a consequence of his invention operating as expected, THAT would be worth mentioning.

From the article description page for a photo of wrestler Frank Gotch:
Photo was taken before his death in 1917

Comment: Or maybe he's stuffed. (The description also says Date: 1918 but we won't go there.)

Principle of Complete PuzzlementEdit

The opposite of the Principle of Some Astonishment is the Principle of Complete Puzzlement: some details don't belong because, though neither obvious nor even predictable, they're completely irrelevant and will puzzle the reader as to the reason for their inclusion.

In the article Chuck Schumer:
In March 2009, Schumer announced his support for same-sex marriage, noting that it "was time". Schumer previously supported civil unions. At a private risotto dinner with gay leaders ...
Comment: Gay risotto must be especially persuasive.

In the article Joe Biden:
On December 18, 1972, Biden's wife Neilia and their one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident in Hockessin, Delaware. Neilia Biden's station wagon was hit by a tractor-trailer truck carrying corn cobs as she pulled out from an intersection.
Comment: Specifying a killer truck's contents almost always makes death sound undignified no matter what the cargo was: corn cobs, pork bellies, nail clippers, La-Z-Boys ...

In the article Trayvon Martin:
On the evening of February 26, Martin was walking back alone to the fiancée's house after purchasing a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea at from a nearby convenience store.
Comment: Somewhat awkward product placements. As The Washington Post put it, "Skittles can't seem to escape political controversies."[2]

In the article Jim Bell:
The ATF stated that it had planted a covert GPS system in Bell's car and that it had tracked the movements of his Nissan Maxima its movements in real time.
Comment: Ditto (with extra points for explaining that the tracking device planted in the suspect’s car was "covert").

In the article Derek Chauvin:
He took food preparation courses at a technical college and worked as a cook at McDonald's and at a local Italian-American restaurant.
Comment: So heartburn made him do it? (Linking [[Italian-American cuisine|Italian-American]] is especially pointless.)

In the article 2015 Thalys train attack:
The remaining passengers were taken to a gym in Arras, where they were searched and identified before being allowed to proceed to Paris.
Comment: Good to know they could get in some cardio while waiting.

In the article on courageous flight attendant Barbara Jane Harrison:
On the day of the accident, as was often her practice when on duty, Harrison was wearing a black wig.
Comment: Even in death a girl should always look her best, I guess. (Personal note: give the article a read; she was truly a hero.)

In the article Lightning strike:
Sixty-eight dairy cows, all full of milk, died on a farm at Fernbrook on the Waterfall Way near Dorrigo, New South Wales, after being involved in a lightning incident.
Comment: Perhaps they used all that boiled milk to make cocoa.

In the article James F. Blake
James Fred Blake (April 14, 1912 – March 21, 2002) was the bus driver whom Rosa Parks defied in 1955, prompting the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Born on Apri1 14, 1912, the same day that the British passenger liner RMS Titanic hit an iceberg ...
Comment: So a bad day all around then.

In the article Myra (painting)
After witnessing the first attack, Jacques Rolé left the exhibition to buy six eggs from Fortnum & Mason, on the other side of Piccadilly close to the Royal Academy, and threw three or four at the painting before being stopped.
Comment: Only the best eggs are thrown at the Royal Academy.

Michael Kinsley's "Department of Amplification: William Shawn and the temple of facts" (The New Republic, 1984 – and well worth a read in full) is a pitch-perfect sendup of The New Yorker as "a weekly monument to the proposition that journalism consists of the endless accretion of tiny details":

The June 18 New Yorker has an article about corn. It's the first in what appears to be a series, no less, discussing the major grains. What about corn? Who knows? Only The New Yorker would have the lofty disdain for its readers to expect them to plow through 22,000 words about corn (warning: only an estimate; the TNR fact checkers are still counting) without giving them the slightest hint why. Here is how it starts (after a short introductory poem):

When the New England farmer and botanist Edward Sturtevant retired, in 1887, as head of the New York Agricultural Experiment Station, in Geneva, he left behind a bulky manuscript that was published in 1919, twenty-one years after his death, as "Sturtevant's Notes on Edible Plants." Dr. Sturtevant, who was also a graduate of the Harvard Medical School, but never practiced medicine, had scoured the world’s botanical literature for mentions of all the plants that human beings were known to have eaten (he did not count tree bark, which in times of famine was often one of them), and had come up with among more than three hundred thousand known plant species, two thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven edibles. (Latter-day scientists believe he may have missed as many more.) But, of all these, only a hundred and fifty or so have ever been widely enough consumed to figure in commerce, and of those a mere handful have been of any real consequence.

Now, there are some facts for you. No doubt every single one of them has been checked. You stand in awe as they tumble toward you, magnificently irrelevant, surrounded by mighty commas, mere numbers swollen into giant phrases ("two thousand eight hundred and ninety-seven"), all finally crashing over you with the bravura announcement that nothing you have just read is "of any real consequence." How true this is! From the end of the paragraph, you gaze back on the receding vistas of inconsequence, as far as the eye can see. Even supposing we would like a bit more information about corn, and even supposing we might be relieved to know how many other plants, edible and otherwise, are not going to be discussed in this article, why are we being told about a man whose count apparently was off by half? Even supposing we need to know about Dr. Sturtevant’s book, when it was published, and when the good doctor died, why do we need to know when he retired? Even—stretching it—supposing that we need to know that this gentleman "was also a graduate of the Harvard Medical School," why, oh why, do we have to learn that he "never practiced medicine"? As for the business about tree bark, that has just got to be conscious self-parody.

Remind you of any Wikipedia articles?

Futher readingEdit

Diffusing ConflictEdit

Diffusing conflictEdit

Now and then someone undertakes to "diffuse" a conflict budding somewhere in the project. Probably they really mean they want to defuse the problem, as in "remove its fuse" – like from a bomb – to avoid blow-ups. Diffusing a conflict would be to spread it over a wide area, which is presumably not the intention.

Sometimes people write lengthy posts at WP:ANI, or propose Arbcom cases, in hopes of defusing a situation; however, the ensuing drama often means it is diffused instead.

External linksEdit

Casting dispersions, inciteful comments, and so onEdit

Closely related concepts include:

Casting of ass

Univalved administratorsEdit

Significant coverageEdit

Guide to unappealing or appalling blocksEdit

Stalkers are invited to contribute appalling or unappealing blocks to this collection (perhaps later to be broken out as its own page)
Admins note! Important! It is unethical (and time-consuming) to go out and make an appalling block just to get something on the list!

Queen Elizabeth slipped majestically into the waterEdit

After Queen Elizabeth broke a bottle of champagne against the ship's gigantic bow she slipped majestically into the water.

This page is for accumulating amusing passages – real or hypothetical – made possible by referring to ships as she, and for general derision of that pretentious and stupid practice. (Ridicule of other forms of stylistic pretension is welcome as well.) It was inspired by this discussion at WT:MOS (and see also WT:Manual of Style/Archive (ships as "she") for more background).

During this period, she also served as the escort for Kaiser Wilhelm II aboard his yacht Hohenzollern.
  • (hypothetical) After Queen Elizabeth broke a bottle of champagne against the ship's gigantic bow she slipped majestically into the water. [63]
  • (from the Featured Article SMS Emden) During this period, she also served as the escort for Kaiser Wilhelm II aboard his yacht Hohenzollern. [64]
Fearing that he might lose the prize if the winds changed, Morris rammed her.
Archibald Dickson raised his flag in her.
  • (from the article HMS Elk (1804)) Fearing that he might lose the prize if the winds changed, Morris rammed her. [65]
  • (from the article HMS Monmouth (1796)) Archibald Dickson raised his flag in her. [66]
  • (from the article HMS Indefatigable (1784)) She had a long career under several distinguished commanders. [67]
  • (from The Appleton Weekly Post, 1907) Lusitania does not appear to be so lusty as the Mauretania ... If Lussie doesn't hump herself and do it first she won't be in it with her big sister.[4]
She had a long career under several distinguished commanders.
Lusitania does not appear to be so lusty as the Mauretania. If Lussie doesn't hump herself and do it first she won't be in it with her big sister.
Acasta's boats got her off. (This image is euphemistically listed under Category:People at the beach in art.)

See alsoEdit

Into the wouldsEdit

  • "Mel Blanc was the original voice of Bugs and would voice voiced the character for nearly five decades." [69]
  • "Although he did not receive a classical schooling in the Harvard Graduate School, Morgan would was immediately after his graduation be appointed to the teaching staff. ... Morgan fell seriously ill on March 15, 1910 while on a trip to New York to visit Daniel B. Fearing, the mayor of Newport, Rhode Island, and would die died soon after." [70]
  • "Gowdy would later be awarded received the Postal Inspector's Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of 'America's Most Wanted' suspects." [71]
  • "In 1973 he relocated to Waynesville, North Carolina, where he would die died of cancer." [72]
  • "But Harrison would also later tell told him, 'You've got a lovely karma, Vic.' ... Spinetti would make made a small appearance in the promotional video for McCartney's song 'London Town' from the 1978 album of the same name. Spinetti's July 2010 performance of the song 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da', at the Festival Theatre, Malvern in Worcestershire, would later be made was available on 'The Beatles Complete on Ukulele' podcast. ... Spinetti's film career developed simultaneously; his dozens of film appearances would include included Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew, Under Milk Wood, The Return of the Pink Panther and Under the Cherry Moon." [73][74]

We need two or three justified uses. Here's one by Guess Who -- comment invited:

  • 'The commission weighed heavily on French even as the figure neared completion. "I am sometimes scared by the importance of this work. It is a subject that one might not have in a lifetime," wrote the sculptor‍—‌who thirty years later would create the statue of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial‍—‌"and a failure would be inexcusable. As a general thing, my model looks pretty well to me, but there are dark days."' [75]

A closely related construction is Albino Luciani (later to become Pope John Paul I).


  1. ^ So to speak.
  2. ^ McGregor, Jena (September 22, 2016). "Skittles can't seem to escape political controversies". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  3. ^ In the humble opinion of EEng.
  4. ^ "The Lusitania ..." The Appleton Weekly Post. October 17, 1907. p. 6. Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.  

Updated DYK query Did You Know ...Edit

The Sacred Cod in its natural habitat
  • ... that John Harvard (left) does not look like John Harvard?
  • ... that Massachusetts officials were "shocked into a condition bordering on speech­less­ness" by the theft of their Sacred Cod (right)?
  • ... that the four miles of stacks aisles in Harvard's 3.5-million-volume Widener Library are so labyrinthine that one student felt she ought to carry "a compass, a sandwich, and a whistle" when entering?
  • ... that problems with a brutalist gray elephant were "like a five-car accident at an intersection. You just can't tell what caused it"?
  • ... that mathematician Andrew Gleason (right) liked to say that proofs "really aren't there to convince you that something is true—they're there to show you why it is true"?
LBJ (of all people) at the helm of an Amphicar
  • ... that quirky dogs and plural wugs helped Jean Berko Gleason (left) show that young children extract linguistic rules from what they hear, rather than just memorizing words?
  • ... that warden's wife Kate Soffel, who fled with condemned brothers Jack and Ed Biddle after supplying guns and saws for their 1902 escape from the Allegheny County Jail, later took up dressmaking?
  • ... that while testifying in a 2004 lawsuit involving the meaning of the word steakburger, a corporate CEO was grilled on the witness stand?
  • ... that the Vicar of Brighton got shot in the twitten?
  • ... that after he died, daredevil Larry Donovan's mother said, "I told him that jumping off bridges was a poor way of earning a living"?
Harry Lewis with some gizmo he invented
Memorial Hall
  • ... that Harvard’s Memorial Hall (right) has been called “the most valuable gift the Uni­ver­si­ty has ever received” (1878), “that house of honor and of hos­pi­tal­ity which [dispenses] laurels to the dead and dinners to the living” (1905), and “a huge Victorian Gothic barn” (1941)?

And finally ...

  • ... that Trump is directly connected to Russia?
  • ... that Hillary's portrait is now being printed on the $5 bill?
  • ... that Obama was born in Japan?
  • ... that the US National Gallery of Art has a picture of Trump urinating?
  • ... that police found a corpse in Bernie's freezer?

Prosaic Prelude: Strike order for atomic bombing of Nagasaki. "BOMBS: Special. RELIGIOUS SERVICES: Catholic 1830, Protestant 2300." Nagasaki was the alternate target.
Authorial Vanity
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.

Logan Pearsall Smith (1931). Afterthoughts.

Fates to Avoid
Although he did not lack friends, they were weary of coming to his defense, so endless a process it had become.

Rider, Fremont (1944). Melvil Dewey.

In composing...
In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigour it will give your style.

Sydney Smith

That his style was ver­bose is some­thing on which both friend and foe agreed. Jack­son was a writer who, hav­ing em­barked on a sen­tence, was almost imme­di­ately seized by a new asso­ci­a­tion, which was promptly parked between dashes. Shortly after he embarked on the par­en­thet­i­cal phrase, another asso­ci­a­tion pre­sented itself, and was duly ensconced between paren­the­ses, thereby ex­haust­ing the con­ven­tion­al punc­tu­a­tion marks de­signed for em­bed­ded phrases. When anoth­er asso­ci­a­tion arose during the writing of the phrase in paren­the­ses‍—‌which was invar­i­a­bly the case‍—‌it was pre­sented in the form of a foot­note. But shortly after the begin­ning of the foot­note ... etc., etc.

Douwe Draaisma. "Sparks from a Leyden jar: Jackson's epilepsy". Disturbances of the Mind. (Tr. by Barbara Fasting.)

Dr. Seuss, homewreckerEdit

From something called Seussblog:

This is the first book that Seuss wrote after his first wife, Helen's, death and before he married his second wife, Audrey. It was written in the winter of 1967 while he was dealing with the financial and business gaps that Helen's death left behind, and while Audrey divorced her first husband so she could marry Seuss.

Campaigns on the Edge of a Nervous BreakdownEdit

I got a call this morning from the Republican National Committee. Their robot said they were contacting Donald Trump's "most steadfast supporters" for donations. Sad, really.

Teahouse threads I didn't finish readingEdit

From [76]:
Issue with Pornographic image
Hello! As I was innocently googling “pearl necklace” for shopping purposes ...

Everything old is new againEdit

Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed.

Talk about an October surprise!Edit

External video
Four years ago today
  Trump mocks Hillary Clinton's pneumonia

Consider: 7 million of the 330 million people in the US have contracted Covid at some point. 7/330 = 2%, so really, the chance of contracting the virus is pretty small. The odds are against you. You have to really work at it. But through determined stupidity Trump and his coterie of morons have managed to beat the odds and get themselves infected. Way to go, team! Finally, you're making America great again! EEng 02:56, 3 October 2020 (UTC)

So it turns out:

  • (a) There really is a God after all.
  • (b) He has a sense of humor.
And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down; for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it,”

Exodus 32:9-10

A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

Ezekiel 5:12

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.

"The Adventure of the Speckled Band"

EEng 07:25, 2 October 2020 (UTC)

Recent advances in herpetologyEdit

... and sloths as well.

Make up your mind, will you?Edit

From our article James Boswell:

Upon turning nineteen, he was sent to continue his studies at the University of Glasgow, where he attended the lectures of Adam Smith. While at Glasgow, Boswell decided to convert to Catholicism and become a monk. Upon learning of this, his father ordered him home. Instead of obeying, though, Boswell ran away to London, where he spent three months living the life of a libertine.

Museum of Fads 'n Fashions in Higher EducationEdit

From our article on Thomas Hill, president of Harvard 1862–1868 [77]:

Hill claimed to have injured his testicle while gardening, an incident that made him wary of laboratory instruction at Harvard, warning students not to exert themselves too much in their studies.

Well, I suppose it has happenedEdit

From "The Springfield Three", an episode of the true-crime series People Magazine Investigates:

Talking head: Just in case it's Susie or Stacey calling, Janelle picks up the phone. But it's not either of their friends.

Detective: It was an obscene phone call.

Talking head: The individual would not identify himself.

Perhaps not the best imageryEdit

Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor discussing Trump's tweeting compulsion on MSNBC, July 6, 2020:

Today you think of the Washington Redskins tweet. Did he really have to send that tweet? But the president obviously couldn't help himself, he had to weigh in on this issue that really is not – it's in some ways a settled issue – the Washington Redskins likely should be changing their name. But the President can't resist and as a result you have the campaign and the White House having to circle the wagons on something they really didn't want to focus on today.

(Think about it. Maybe read it again.)
Don't worry....about a mile up the road[citation needed] there's a hidden cave.... allegedly.

Unfortunate juxtapositionEdit

From our article on Pratt's Bottom, "a village in Greater London":

A "bottom" in this context means a valley or hollow, and the Pratts were a noble family once seated in the area.

Dramatic improvementEdit

As explained by an anchorman on MSNBC, April 23,2020:

Today the Department of Labor announced that 4.4 additional Americans filed for unemployment claims last week.

Museum of DownsizingEdit

From our article on the sainted Charles Osgood:

When they became empty nesters, Osgood and his wife moved to a 12-room duplex on West 57th Street at 7th Avenue.

Museum of LeadershipEdit

For those who are wondering what leadership looks like, here's FDR before he was even sworn in:

It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach.

Paging Prof. BooleEdit

Reporter Hans Nichols on MSNBC, March 26, 2020:

It seemed to me that the president didn't think being not called Tom Brady wasn't an insult.

Followup (Anchor Kasie Hunt on MSNBC, March 29):

There is no reason not to think that New York is not going to need these 30,000 ventilators.

Compare and ContrastEdit

"We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine. The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. Stock Market starting to look very good to me! CDC & my administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus. I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away. They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine. We’re going very substantially down, not up. The 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical. If we have thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work – some of them go to work, but they get better. I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down. Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. And the tests are beautiful. They are perfect just like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good. People are surprised that I understand it. Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president."


A viewer's question on MSNBC, March 16, 2020:

Q: I am supposed to fly commercial next week to visit my elderly parents in upstate NY, one of who is ill. Is it safe? I don't want to put this trip off because I know things will get worse.

A: To properly answer your question we need to know (a) your parents' net worth and (b) whether you're certain you're in their wills.

OK, that's not actually the answer that was given.
Followup: As part of our ongoing series on natural selection at work, we give you Congressman Devin Nunes (Republican of California – see: #Devin Nunes is an Idiot a Dumb Asshole) offering helpful advice viewers of Fox News, March 16:

There's a lotta concerns with the economy here because people are scared to go out. But I will just say one of the things you can do if you're healthy, uh, you and your family, it's a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant. Likely you can get in easily. Ya know, let's not hurt, uh, the working people in this country that are relying on wages and tips to keep their small business going. Just don't run to the grocery store and buy $4000 of food. Go to your local pub.

Further followup headline ("Thousands of Liberty students expected to return to campus amid coronavirus outbreak", Mar 23, 2020):

LYNCHBURG — As the coronavirus threatens to spread across the Lynchburg region, Liberty University officials are preparing to welcome back up to 5,000 students from spring break this week ... “I think we have a responsibility to our students — who paid to be here, who want to be here, who love it here — to give them the ability to be with their friends, to continue their studies, enjoy the room and board they’ve already paid for and to not interrupt their college life,” Falwell said.

Love in the Time of CholeraEdit

Reposting with renewed significanceEdit

The Official Trump 2020 Campaign Song:
Don't know much about history...
Don't know much biology...
Don't know much about a science book...
Don't know much about the French I took...
But I do know that I love you ...


A reflection by a guest on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, March 5, 2020:

It's sad, you know, I really would love to see a woman presindent in my lifetime, soon in my lifetime, and I think that Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, ya know, ...

Idiom inquiry leads to metaphor musingEdit

From an inquiry at Quora [78]:

Q. What is a good synonym for "panties in a bunch"?

A. Could you explain what you mean? It could be:

  1. A bunch of panties, an indefinite number of panties held together in some way;
  2. Panties that have got bunched up, maybe in spatial conflict with other clothing or due to bodily friction;
  3. A bunch (of bananas, of hair, of tourists) which panties have somehow managed to infiltrate.

Number 3 sounds like the most fun (they could be the Pantie Patrol, the Knicker Niche or the Thong Throng), but I think to be honest you really mean something more akin to number 2 ...

Museum of Highly Cost-Effective Political CampaignsEdit

From the Joe Biden donation landing page (February 29, 2020):

DONATE NOW TO DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP – URGENT SUPPORT NEEDED: Our country cannot take another four years of Trump. But two of our Democratic opponents outraised us last quarter, and our campaign won’t have the resources we need to win the nomination unless we raise $1,027 by midnight tonight.

Glamorous Lifestyles of the Rich and FamousEdit

From our bio of actor James MacArthur:

Throughout his career, MacArthur had also found time for various other ventures. From 1959 to 1960, he partnered with actors James Franciscus and Alan Ladd, Jr. in a Beverly Hills telephone answering service.

Easy to misreadEdit

A clown dressed as President of the United States receives what he thinks is a Fabergé egg from the ringmaster.
The Brit­ish Am­bas­sa­dor dressed as a clown.
From our plot summary of the James Bond film Octopussy:

While trying to escape from East to West Berlin, British agent 009 is fatally wounded and dies after reaching the residence of the British Ambassador, dressed as a circus clown and carrying a fake Fabergé egg.

You've got it wrong. It was obviously not the ambassador that was dressed like a clown and carrying a fake egg. It clearly states it was his residence that was so dressed and so carrying. --A D Monroe III(talk) 01:46, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

Museum of Multiple DiagnosesEdit

From our very detailed plot summary of the film Dial 1119:

Homicidal escaped mental patient Gunther Wyckoff (Marshall Thompson) arrives by bus in Terminal City. As he gets off, he is confronted by the bus driver for stealing his Colt pistol. Wyckoff uses it to kill the driver. Delusional patient Gunther Wyckoff (Marshall Thompson) escapes from a mental institution intent on locating psychiatrist Dr. John Faron, (Sam Levene), whose testimony sent him to the asylum.

Um, OKEdit

From the article Wang Laboratories:

One major "lesson" in the book was to always remain cocked above the competition, and to always come explosively with new innovations to the products available to the public.

Update: The above has now been removed from the article by Yngvadottir with the edit summary "Not all wangs are jerks" [79]. Ha!

Titular charactersEdit

A discussion at Wikipedia talk:The problem with elegant variation:

The page currently [80] says

There's rarely any use in pointing out when something is titular. For example:
Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the titular DC Comics character.

For reasons that surely must be obvious, I would think that Batgirl or Catwoman would be better examples of titular characters than is Batman, unless of course we take Groucho Marx's famous comment into account. EEng 13:02, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

Adding: when following the Groucho link, look at the very bottom of the page. EEng 02:25, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Good suggestion. I actually implemented it but reverted it for the moment because I want to find an example of a film or work that dosn't just have the character name as its title (as Catwoman does). Otherwise it just brings up other arguments of repetitive prose which isn't meant to be the point of the section (see the "Of the same name" debate). I'm sure good examples exist, but it's time for bed for me now... Popcornduff (talk) 14:14, 23 November 2018 (UTC)
I'm trying to decide if you're turning the titular tables on me. EEng 16:46, 23 November 2018 (UTC)
You know, I sometimes think this place is just awash with complete tits. Martinevans123 (talk) 20:57, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
The linked article suggests so many winking puns that it's positively dazzling. This could keep us in business for years. EEng 22:55, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

This just inEdit

Note: The opinions expressed in this section may not reflect the views of the management of this page.

Do we need another book to tell us what we already know about how President Donald Trump is a legendary dumbass unfit to execute his duties as leader of the free world? Probably not. Are we getting one? Yes. Did I pre-order it like an absolute schmuck? Also yes. I am as God made me.

A bit of fun from from the headline writerEdit

Headline in the Dundee Courier (courtesy of our good friend Arid Desiccant):

Everybody was flung poo fighting — Carnoustie kids make mess of residential street

Vaguely related earlier item [81]:

The story you link, "VENEZUELAN PROTESTORS PREPARE TO LAUNCH A SHIT BOMB PROTEST", reads in part, "Now protesters have decided to organize what they are deeming the 'shit march.' A flyer circulating on social media reads, 'They have gas; we have excrement'... Parts of the Venezuelan military have already begun to defect and join the protesters."

(At first I thought it said defecate and join the protesters.)

Ooh! Ouch!Edit

From a review of the film Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?:

Rand's parable is meant to showcase just how much our world needs the best of us, but this adaptation only does so accidentally – by revealing what movies would be like if none of the best of us worked on them.

Message receivedEdit

From our article 1881 Gate:

The 1881 Gate, or Class of 1881 Gate forms part of the perimeter of Harvard Yard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its inscription invites students to "come within its gates, in order that in whole-hearted service to the truth, they may enter into life and so be free". The gate has been locked for many years.

The Visual Display of Quantitative InformationEdit

Bar chart
  Duffy's Tavern (13%)
  White Horse (15%)
Pie chart
Lemon harangue

Museum of Excruciatingly Narrow CategoriesEdit

From the image description page for File:Bugs Bunny statue in Butterfly Park Bangladesh (01).jpg:

Valued image: This image has been assessed under the valued image criteria and is considered the most valued image on Commons within the scope: Statue evoking Bugs Bunny at Butterfly Park Bangladesh.

Welcome to the MuseumsEdit

Visitors to The Museums are encouraged to add droll codas, possibly with evocative yet enigmatic double-entrendre wikilinks, to the items on display (though these will of course be subject to the discretion of The Curator).

Museum of I Didn't Know that was Biologically PossibleEdit

From our article on computer pioneer Andrew Donald Booth (inventor of, among other things, Booth's algorithm):

Booth married mathematician and computer engineer Kathleen H. V. Britten; during 1947–1953 they produced three computing machines together.

Museum of Headlines You Don't See Every DayEdit

From the South Africa Times for September 27, 2010:

Former cops guilty of penis size murder

Related item, from something called the Digital Journal, November 23, 2012:

Woman attempted to murder boyfriend with DD breasts

Museum of Really, Really Progressive Prison PoliciesEdit

From our article on mass murderer Jeremy Bamber:

In 2001 The Times alleged that he had been treated with indulgence at Long Lartin Prison, Worcestershire, where prisoners were given the key to their cells.

Museum of Solemn OccasionsEdit

From our article on Operation London Bridge, the codename for the plans in place in the UK and the various Commonwealth nations for what will happen when Queen Elizabeth dies (as the old gal will, presumably, do sooner or later):

Radio New Zealand (RNZ), the state-radio broadcaster, has a set of guidelines and instructions in the event of the death of the monarch of New Zealand. Across all RNZ stations, broadcasters will break regular programming to announce the death of the Queen, with rolling coverage to begin when ready. RNZ stations are instructed not to play punk music, or songs from Queen during this period.

(Queen I get, but how did punk music get into the equation?)
(I suspect like this.)

Museum of Possibly Overcomplicated PlotsEdit

Just a small fragment of our plot summary for the film The Cassandra Crossing:

Mackenzie understands that the bridge might collapse as the train passes over it. The presence of the infected terrorist, and the rerouting of the train, precipitates the second conflict, among passengers on the train; they include Jonathan Chamberlain, a famous neurologist, his ex-wife Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain, Holocaust survivor Herman Kaplan, and Nicole Dressler, the wife of a German arms dealer. She is embroiled in an affair with her young companion Robby Navarro. Navarro is a heroin trafficker being pursued by Interpol agent Haley, who is travelling undercover as a priest.

History is watchingEdit

Curator's note: Before you lecture me about BLP or NPOV or any of that, ask yourself which fucking side of history you plan to be on, because this isn't about tax cuts or tariffs or Confederate statues anymore.
In honor of Donald Trump's impending impeachment, The Curator of The Museums has assembled this special retrospective of sociopathy, demagoguery, criminality, and just plain ignorance and stupidity.

Yes indeed, let's read the transcriptEdit

President Zelensky: Yes you are absolutely right not only 100%, but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her. I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as they should work for Ukraine. It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union and I'm very grateful to you for that because the United States is doing quite a lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.

The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike ... I guess you have one of your wealthy people ... The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you're surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it's very important that you do it if that's possible.

Museum of There's Really No End to Donald Trump's Stupidity, in Matters Great and SmallEdit

Donald Trump explaining why an American diplomat's wife was driving on the wrong side of the road when she killed a young man in England:

I believe it was going down the wrong way because that happens in Europe. You go to Europe and the roads are opposite.

Donald Trump, you sure are the prince of stupid dumbfucks.

Museum of John Adams WeepsEdit

Museum of John of SalisburyEdit

From [82]:
To confer honor on the unwise is to subvert the life of the republic. And it is impossible that one governs usefully when one is subverted by one's own errors ... An unwise king is the ruin of his people.

Museum of 1984Edit

This exhibit has been returned to the top of the pile today in honor of the departure of Chief Assistant Presidential Liar Sarah Sanders:

Museum of Liars, Cheats, Thieves, Traitors, and MurderersEdit

Political language ... is designed to make lies* sound truthful and murder** respectable. Orwell

"By their smirks ye shall know them." —Matthew 7:16

Museum of DemagoguesEdit

Adapted from our article "Demagogue":
First they came for the Mueller report ...

A demagogue gains and holds power by exciting the passions of the lower classes and less-educated people in a democracy toward rash or violent action, breaking established democratic institutions such as the rule of law. James Fenimore Cooper in 1838 identified four fundamental characteristics of demagogues:

  1. They fashion themselves as a man or woman of the common people, opposed to the elites.
  2. Their politics depends on a visceral connection with the people, which greatly exceeds ordinary political popularity.
  3. They manipulate this connection, and the raging popularity it affords, for their own benefit and ambition.
  4. They threaten or outright break established rules of conduct, institutions, and even the law.

The central feature of the practice of demagoguery is persuasion by means of passion, shutting down reasoned deliberation and consideration of alternatives. While many politicians in a democracy make occasional small sacrifices of truth, subtlety, or long-term concerns to maintain popular support, demagogues do these things relentlessly and without self-restraint. Demagogues "pander to passion, prejudice, bigotry, and ignorance, rather than reason."

Demagogues have arisen in democracies from Athens to the present day, but their psychological tactics have remained the same throughout history:

  • Scapegoating
  • Fearmongering
  • Lying
  • Emotional oratory and personal charisma
  • Accusing opponents of weakness and disloyalty
  • Promising the impossible
  • Violence and physical intimidation
  • Personal insults and ridicule
  • Vulgarity and outrageous behavior
  • Folksy posturing
  • Gross oversimplification
  • Attacking the news media

Museum of The Walls Closing InEdit

There's a wall like this in your future, Mr. President, and no need for Mexico to pay for it!
Sieg heil!

The beautiful laws and substances of the world persecute and whip the traitor. He finds that things are arranged for truth and benefit, but there is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole. You cannot recall the spoken word, you cannot wipe out the foot-track, you cannot draw up the ladder, so as to leave no inlet or clew. Some damning circumstance always transpires.


Unsurprising followup: "Trump announces support for bipartisan prison reform."

Museum of Delusional Alternative RealitiesEdit

See Spot. See Spot run. Run, Spot, Run!

Followup: You can say that again!Edit

"President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves."

Even-More-Delusional Alternative RealitiesEdit

From Business Insider, June 30, 2020:

White House press secretary insists that Trump "does read" and "is the most informed person on planet earth when it comes to the threats that we face". McEnany's claim that Trump is "the most informed person on planet earth" comes nearly two months after she vowed during her first White House press briefing that she would "never lie" to the public.

Museum of the Divine Right of KingsEdit

Before "zero-tolerance", families of future criminals remained together.
Under "zero tolerance" children are sep­a­rat­ed from their parents for their own good.
In this still from a home video by First Lady Melania Trump, presidential advisor Steven Miller (center), Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and sometime advisor Steve Bannon discuss "zero tolerance" policy. Trump was on the crapper tweeting.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land; / Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame / Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command / The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she / With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

–Probably some stupid Democrat
Not to brag, but I just finished this jigsaw puzzle in only one week. The box said 2–4 years![1]
"A degenerate imbecile and child-abducting sadist"[2]


  1. ^ I stole this from somewhere on the net.
  2. ^ David Bentley Hart, NYT Sunday Review, July 15, 2018, pp. 1,4–5

Meet the FamilyEdit

"The hothead"
"Nice college boy"
"Give him a living but never discuss the family business with him."
"Married badly"
Tom Hagan
"Not a wartime consigliere"

Back to where you came fromEdit

Back to where you came from, Donald Trump.

Don't worry, Mike Pence (seen here visiting border camps with race theorist Stephen Miller) will handle things while you're gone.

Museum of Foreign Exchange RatesEdit

In the end, Congress will trade the President for less than two pence.

Museum of Cause and EffectEdit

From Morey Amsterdam:

After being caught in the middle of a gunfight, Amsterdam moved to California and worked writing jokes.

The Tragedy of the CommasEdit

From Indian Rebellion of 1857:

Violence, which sometimes betrayed exceptional cruelty, was inflicted on both sides, on British officers, and civilians, including women and children, by the rebels, and on the rebels, and their supporters, including sometimes entire villages, by British reprisals.

From Honan Chapel:

Klimt's influence is evident in the central panel's flatness, and how, using only the subject's face and hands, Clarke evokes, according to Kelly, "three-dimensional human expression", with all other details, including her robes, and the floral background, existing on a separate "two dimensional flat plain".

Museum of Refreshing CandorEdit

From the recorded announcement one hears when calling a major electric utility:

For your convenience, our website now has even more self-serving features.

Museum of The Shocking Truth Can Finally Be ToldEdit

From Lost in Space:

Lost in Space was the favorite show of John F. Kennedy, Jr. while growing up in the 1960s.

Museum of brilliant strategiesEdit

From "The Preacher's Secret", an episode of the true-crime series Murder Board:

Talking head: This was not a suicide. Amy Allwine died by someone else's hand, and this in fact was murder.

Narrator: The investigators quickly focused on who could have killed her.

Museum of Lives Well LivedEdit

Edith Rosenbaum Russell
Edith Rosenbaum (later Russell), shortly after her rescue from the Titanic, carrying the toy pig with which she escaped the ship
BornJune 12, 1879
DiedApril 4, 1975 (aged 95)
OccupationFashion journalist, stylist and buyer
Known forSurviving the sinking of the Titanic with a toy pig
From our article Edith Rosenbaum:

Edith Louise Rosenbaum Russell (June 12, 1879 – April 4, 1975) was an American fashion buyer, stylist and correspondent for Women's Wear Daily, best remembered for surviving the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic with a music box in the shape of a pig.

Museum of Defying AristotleEdit

The results of a recent poll:

The ideas expressed in Trump's tweets were:

Racist – 48%
Not racist – 34%
Neither – 18%

There will always be an EnglandEdit

From our article on Hindhead Tunnel, "part of the 6.5 km (4.0 miles) dual-carriageway Hindhead bypass":

A tree carved with the image of a naked lady in its bark in 1943 was preserved with a small adjustment to the tunnel access boundary.

And their buffet is to die for!Edit

From our list of "Notable people who left suicide notes":

John Noble—Las Vegas resident who left a 270-page note with a table of contents and a 2-hour DVD before shooting himself at the M Resort buffet after having a "free buffet for life" prize rescinded by the resort due to his subsequent behavior there. [83]

Museum of Demagogues Pt. 2Edit

[A] dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.

Federalist Papers 1

Museum of Dr. Seuss Meets the WMFEdit


Museum of Creative CrueltiesEdit

From John Hervey, 7th Marquess of Bristol:

The Marquess, who had been jailed for jewel theft in his youth, was harsh towards his eldest son, according to friends of the latter. He did not show John any love or affection, and was emotionally distant to the extent that John was required to wear long white gloves during dinner.

Followup from the same article:

While accompanying his secretary Angela Barry, he crash-landed the helicopter in a field, and walked to the nearest farmhouse, demanding to use the phone while leaving mud everywhere.

Museum of Trump is So Fucking Stupid He Inhabits a Special Galaxy of Fucking Stupid All His OwnEdit

From Donald Trump's celebration (July 4, 2019) of American patriots' triumph in their struggle to throw off the British yoke:

The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis at Yorktown. Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do and at Ft. McHenry under the rocket’s red glare had nothing but victory. When dawn came, the star-spangled banner waved defiant.

Of course, Ft. McHenry was the War of 1812, but what you expect from the Dumbfuck-in-Chief? Readers may want to try spotting other minor anachronisms for themselves.

The number of historical errors is just extraordinary. The White House has an office of speechwriting, with lots of researchers and interns, and they fact-check things, and there are only three possibilities for that level of transcendental stupidity to take place. One is that that office is completely filled with people with room-temperature IQs; another is that all the procedures have fallen apart and they don't exist anymore; and the third possibility is it sprang from the brain of Donald Trump, and that is deeply, deeply disturbing.

Craig Unger

Museum of Life Imitates ArtEdit

From "Park Service diverts $2.5 million in fees for Trump’s Fourth of July extravaganza" (Washington Post, July 2, 2019):

The Pentagon has referred virtually all questions about the celebration and the military’s involvement to the White House — a function, officials said, of the president’s desire to have some surprises during the event.

Museum of Trump Family ValuesEdit

Excerpted from [84]:

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn himself from the confirmation process, effectively stepping down from the role. His confirmation was delayed by a lengthy FBI investigation into a decade-old domestic abuse allegation, according to reports.

In 2010, Shanahan’s now former wife Kimberley Jordinson was arrested for allegedly punching him in the face. At the time, she reportedly told police that Shanahan had punched her. In a separate incident, Shanahan’s son was arrested for allegedly hitting his mother with a baseball bat.

President Trump made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday, writing: “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family.”

Museum of That's What We Call a "Clue"Edit

From "Evil in the House of the Lord", an episode of the true-crime program A Stranger in My Home:

Narrator: As firefighters enter the burning church, they make an alarming discovery.

District attorney: They clearly suspected arson, because of the gas cans stacked by the front door.

Followup, from "The Bad Apple", an episode of Fatal Vows:

Narrator: The police go straight to the orchard, just a quarter mile from the house.

Detective: Once they removed the carpet from him, and there were five bullet holes in his torso, we believed it was a homicide investigation.

Museum of The Mysterious EastEdit

The precise and exact wording found in the training materials for a major airline's international flight crews:

JAPAN ... Gestures: A waving hand from side to side in front of the face usually means "No, thank you". Remember that laughter does not always mean joy or amusement; it can also be a sign of embarrassment or distress. Japanese women often cover their moths when laughing, giggling, or smiling.

See also: List of moths of Japan

Museum of Well In That Case, He's the Man For YouEdit

MSNBC reporter Mike Memoli, May 13, 2019:

And so what we're seeing here is Joe Biden in New Hampshire, a state that really likes to touch and feel its candidates.

Museum of Great TeachersEdit

From "Theodore Baird, Amherst professor of composition for 42 years; at 95", The Boston Globe, December 24, 1996:

Each September, he explained his philosophy to his students: "Your teacher does not exist to give you the answers. His function is to ask questions, and if by inadvertence he should ever chance to tell you something, you should immediately turn the questioning on him. Whatever answers you reach in this course, they will be your own."

Followup tweetEdit

Terrible about Notre Dame but hopefully football program will continue. Use exhibition games to raise repair money! #GoIrish
Museum visitor reactions

Not a Moment Too Soon, ApparentlyEdit

A Lesson for Our TimeEdit

Most of you will have heard of this, at some time or another, in summary form, but this video brings it home much more effectively. I urge you all to watch it in its entirety: [85].

Four seconds before 12:34, the "1234" stops for the third time since starting thirty seconds before 12:34. That's my synopsis and my review. Thanks for recommending this "fine" Yale film. InedibleHulk (talk) 05:14, March 31, 2019 (UTC)
I'm not following you but I'm sure we can agree it's electrifying. EEng 04:15, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

The Plot ThickensEdit

Emu War
Date2 November – 10 December 1932
LocationCampion district, Western Australia
Sir George Pearce
Major G.P.W. Meredith
Royal Australian Artillery
From our article Emu War:

With the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, these farmers were encouraged to increase their wheat crops, with the government promising—and failing to deliver—assistance in the form of subsidies. In spite of the recommendations and the promised subsidies, wheat prices continued to fall, and by October 1932 matters were becoming intense, with the farmers preparing to harvest the season's crop while simultaneously threatening to refuse to deliver the wheat.

The difficulties facing farmers were increased by the arrival of as many as 20,000 emus.

Also note the article's Template:Infobox historical event (shown here) which includes the datum: "Participants – Emus"

Museum of Devin Nunes is an Idiot a Dumb AssholeEdit

Sorry your feelings were hurt, snowflake.

Headline: "Devin Nunes Sues Twitter for Allowing Accounts to Insult Him"

Just to repeat: Devin Nunes is truly an idiot a dumb asshole.
Please note: in response to feedback from other editors, and in keeping with our Biographies of Living Persons policy, which requires the highest standards of accuracy and quality sourcing, the word idiot above has been changed to dumb asshole.

Museum of No Kidding, I'm Serious This TimeEdit

From "The Sniffing Revenge", an episode of the true-crime series Forensic Files. Tests have confirmed that the funny-smelling milk in Dorothy's fridge has been poisoned:
Narrator: Dorothy accused Richard of placing the selenium in her milk during his visit. When confronted with the evidence, Richard confessed. In return, Dorothy refused to press charges against Richard.
Talking head: He had to admit, "Yes I did do this." And he was sent into anger counseling. When he came out of anger counseling he made another attempt, which he denied. And that was when Dorothy confronted him and just told him, "You make any more attempts on me, or anybody in my family, and I'm gonna have you taken away in handcuffs."

Museum of Lessons UnlearnedEdit

The words of a President have an enormous weight and ought not to be used indiscriminately.

— "Silent Cal"

Museum of Maybe Wikipedia Should be Censored After AllEdit

Not for the faint of heart
From our article on (AND I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP) Anal bleaching:

As Brazilian waxing became popular, due to the popularity of smaller swimsuits and lingerie, the spread of pornography into the mainstream, and endorsement of the procedure by celebrities, women began noticing that their anuses were darker than the rest of their skin.

Museum of I Guess He Missed That Particular LectureEdit

From "Two in a Million", an episode of the true-crime series Forensic Files. Detectives are narrowing down the field of suspects:

And investigators learned that Dana had some character flaws. Apparently, he had plagiarized a term paper in his business ethics class.

Today on Capitol HillEdit

Rudy Giuliani observes from the gallery.
Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler questions the witness.

Museum of AdjustmentsEdit

From 55 Broadway:

Halfway along the north and east facades are a matched pair of sculptures, Day and Night by Jacob Epstein. The modernism and graphic nakedness of these sculptures created public outrage on their unveiling ... In the end, Epstein agreed to remove 1.5 inches from the penis of the smaller figure on Day and ultimately the furore died down.


A wall
A cave

Museum of the only person on the planet not painfully aware that Donald J. Trump is such a dumbfuck moron that truly world-beating dumbfuck morons want to be near him so they can seem intelligent by comparisonEdit

World-beating dumbfuck morons gather to bask in the glow of Donald J. Trump's unparalleled dumbfuckery.

Museum of Laughter is the Best MedicineEdit

Medical mirth from the New England Journal of Medicine (With thanks to User:Tryptofish):

Mediastinal Emphysema after a Sax Orgy

To the Editor: We recently cared for a 24-year-old man admitted to the emergency room with symptoms of substernal chest discomfort, breathlessness, difficulty swallowing, and change in speech. The patient stated that he had been well until the evening before admission, when he first noticed these symptoms after three hours of vigorous saxophone playing.

Museum of You Raise a Good PointEdit

From a 1990 (?) letter to The Straight Dope:

Dear Cecil:

In reading through your column "Vegetarians Go Ape," I noticed an unusual fact that you seemed to expose with great confidence. You stated that "Jane Goodall established more than twenty years ago that wild chimpanzees kill other animals once in a while and eat the meat with relish." I question the accuracy of this. Where would wild chimpanzees obtain relish?

— Guru Singh Khalsa, Los Angeles

Museum of MantrasEdit

Click for cheap pun:
  These are the Times
that dry men's soles.

Pun credit: Safire, 1970s, can't find where though.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Museum of National EmergenciesEdit

C'mon Donald, light my fire!
From the article Reichstag Fire Decree:

Seizing on the burning of the Reichstag building as the supposed opening salvo in a communist uprising, the Nazis were able to throw millions of Germans into a convulsion of fear at the threat of Communist terror ... Within hours of the fire, dozens of Communists had been thrown into jail. The next day, officials in the Prussian Ministry of the Interior, which was led by Hermann Göring, discussed ways to provide legal cover for the arrests. Ludwig Grauert, the chief of the Prussian state police, proposed an emergency presidential decree under Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, which gave the president the power to take any measure necessary to protect public safety without the consent of the Reichstag.

Enemas of the StateEdit

Giving new meaning to the phrase "Stalinist purge":

A 365-kilogram (805-pound) brass statue of a syringe enema bulb held aloft by three angels stands in front of the "Mashuk" spa in the settlement of Zheleznovodsk in Russia. It is the only known monument to the enema.

Museum of John Stuart MillEdit

As quoted by Cody Fenwick in "This 19th-century philosopher perfectly explained the phenomenon that keeps Trump fans so devoted to the disastrous president":

So long as opinion is strongly rooted in the feelings, it gains rather than loses instability by having a preponderating weight of argument against it. For if it were accepted as a result of argument, the refutation of the argument might shake the solidity of the conviction; but when it rests solely on feeling, worse it fares in argumentative contest, the more persuaded adherents are that their feeling must have some deeper ground, which the arguments do not reach; and while the feeling remains, it is always throwing up fresh intrenchments of argument to repair any breach made in the old.

Museum of Little Liar Working for the Big LiarEdit

Character counts, Matt!
Headline: "Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker falsely claimed on his resume and on government documents that he was named an Academic All-American when he played football at the University of Iowa..."

To what purpose then require [confirmation by] the Senate? ... It would be an excellent check upon a spirit of favoritism in the President, and would tend greatly to prevent the appointment of unfit characters ... He would be both ashamed and afraid to bring forward ... candidates who had no other merit than that of coming from the same State to which he particularly belonged, or of being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure. – Hamilton

Museum of Abrupt and Intrusive VisitorsEdit

A Yuletide poem for the cognoscenti:

The children were nestled
All snug in their beds
While visions of tamping irons
Went through their heads.

<Poet bows, acknowledges applause>

Museum of Eloquence in the Age of TrumpEdit

A recent message left on The Curator's talk page:
Anti-American socialist vermin like you should have their balls cut off and forced down their throat.
Commie fag — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pilesabuse (talkcontribs) 13:04, 23 December 2018 (UTC)

Museum of History Repeats ItselfEdit

The Teflon "Don" on his way to prison
The man who sent him there

Museum of Damsels in DistressEdit

From "CITY NEWS IN BRIEF", The Washington Post, September 12, 1915, p. 19:

Blanks have been sent out by F. J. Brunner, member of the harbor squad of the police force, who has been instructing policemen and others in life-saving in the water, for a special series of contests in lifesaving to be held at the municipal bathing beach, near the Monument, September 15. The contests will be by teams, who must demonstrate the breaking of holds and the towing of supposedly drowning persons to safety by various methods. A feature of the contests will be the rescuing of women completely dressed.

Museum of What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (Part 3)Edit

From an episode of the true-crime series Forensic Files:

Ward and Diana Maracle were respected members of the community. Ward's Gas Bar, the Maracle's business – a gas station with a restaurant attached – had always been a prosperous business. At night, they also operated a check-cashing business out of their home.

Museum of Behind Closed DoorsEdit

From our surprisingly PG article on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch:

On 9 December 1869, Sacher-Masoch and his mistress Baroness Fanny Pistor signed a contract making him her slave for a period of six months, with the stipulation that the Baroness wear furs as often as possible, especially when she was in a cruel mood.

For further information, consult such sources as Tawdry Knickers and Other Unfortunate Ways to Be Remembered.

Museum of Yale, eat your heart out!Edit

Curator's note: This film, Mystery Street: Murder at Harvard (1950, dir. John Sturges – not his best by any means) is remarkable for having (a) no mysterious street, and (b) no murder at Harvard (though Harvard's "Dr. McAdoo" helps solve it). It does, however, feature Ricardo Montalban as (AND I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP) "Detective Morales" of the Barnstable Police Department.
The trailer [86] is well worth watching from the beginning. "Here, in this room, is the answer!", the narrator bellows as the young Montalban withdraws his arm from a birdcage where Elsa Lanchester, who chews up the scenery as a scheming landlady, has hidden the crucial clue. The "exciting scenes" filmed "in and around Harvard University" include – sorry, these aren't in the trailer – an impossible shot of a car pulling up to a vacant parking meter – in Harvard Square! – directly in front of Johnston Gate!! Then for several minutes "Detective Morales" and his partner, lugging a box of bones, seek in vain the "Department of Forensic Medicine", fashion-plate Harvard men misdirecting them first to Harvard Hall, then Sever, then Widener, then Austin. When they finally realize they're in entierly the wrong city, and head over to Harvard Medical School in Boston, as luck would have it there's parking available right there on Longwood Avenue as well.
Historical note: In the brief shot at 0m30s, Montalban is chasing the bad guy along the platform of Trinity Place Station into the Boston and Albany Railroad's Back Bay railyard, which is now the site of the Prudential Center.

Museum of Unfortunate CognatesEdit

At right, an image from our article on Proselytism. ("Lies!" is German for "Read!"):

Curator's note: My favorite cognate is "Gift". Do not ever offer a German visitor a gift ("Here, have some tea. I have a little gift for you") because "Gift" is German for "poison".

Museum of Duty and RemembranceEdit

"American Marines in Belleau Wood" (Georges Scott, 1918)
Americans who died at Belleau Wood are buried at nearby Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

Bone-spur sufferer Donald Trump did not attend the ceremonies at Belleau Wood marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, because it was raining. Oh wait! He also didn't attend Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Too busy tweeting, no doubt.

Visitors to the Museum are asked to take a moment to read the story of Lionel de Jersey Harvard (left) and his younger brother Kenneth O'Gorman Harvard (right).

Bonus fact: Trump is so stupid that he confuses the Baltics with the Balkans. His wife, of course, was born in Slovenia but in fairness it's possible there was no return address on the crate she came in. Not that he knows where Slovenia is anyway.

Museum of Unexpected CitationsEdit

Principal investigators of the Desperate Housewives Research Institute
A citation added by one of our finest editors, David Eppstein, to our article on Rounding:

Isaiah Lankham, Bruno Nachtergaele, Desperate Housewives (season 5): Linear Algebra as an Introduction to Abstract Mathematics. World Scientific, Singapur 2016, ISBN 978-981-4730-35-8, S. 186.

Museum of Misplaced ModifiersEdit

From the article Richard Feynman (with thanks to Atsme):

He noted that Feynman's eccentricities included a refusal to brush his teeth, which he advised others not to do on national television.

In other news ...Edit

From the article Hugo Black:

Shortly after Black's appointment to the Supreme Court, Ray Sprigle of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a series of articles revealing Black's involvement in the Klan, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.

Museum of Learned HandEdit

From a 1944 speech:

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it ... What is this liberty that must lie in the hearts of men and women? It is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not the freedom to do as one likes. That is the denial of liberty and leads straight to its overthrow. A society in which men recognize no check on their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few — as we have learned to our sorrow. ... The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded ...

Museum of Stable GeniusesEdit

A story for our times...

A priest, a college student, and Donald Trump are in a small plane flying through a storm. Suddenly the pilot rushes from the cockpit. "We're going down," he cries, "and we only have three parachutes!" He puts on a parachute and jumps out.

Donald Trump says, "Well, I'm a stable genius so I must be saved!" He grabs a parachute and jumps.

The priest turns to the college student. "Young man," he says, "I've had a long life and am ready to meet my maker. Please, take the last parachute and save yourself."

The college student says, "Don't sweat it, Father. The stable genius jumped out with my backpack."

The stable genius has friendsEdit

The anatomically confused edit summary to a recent edit to my talk page [87]:

You are a fucking faggot. Kill yourself you stupid cunt.

Vote November 6.

Museum of Jobs With Unusual DutiesEdit

From an episode of the true-crime program 48 Hours. An old murder case has taken a surprising turn when an evidence swab appears to have semen belonging to a San Diego Police Department crime-lab technician. But attorneys defending the technician have an explanation ...

Defense attorney 1: The swab itself was put to dry in the open air ...

Defense attorney 2: ... without a cap ...

Defense attorney 1: ... on a table near where [the technician] worked. Everything that was able to be airborne could have gone and touched that swab.

Interviewer: The problem, though, with this case is, seems to me, that the allegation is that this isn't sweat or spit – it's his semen. How would his semen get on a swab?

Defense attorney 2: You can still have cross-contamination of semen because they had to have fresh samples of semen in the San Diego lab.

Interviewer (voiceover): At the time of [the] murder, criminalists would often bring their own seminal fluid to the lab and use it to ensure the chemicals used to detect semen were working correctly.

Museum of First Things FirstEdit

The capsule summary for an episode of the television program Call 911:

"Wisconsin Standoff" Reality. (2009) A 15-hour standoff with a man who will only negotiate during commercials.

Museum of Logical NamesEdit

From a recent television news report:

All passengers are safe this morning after a plane landed in a lagoon in the tiny nation of Micronesia.

Museum of An Illiterate Assisted by IncompetentsEdit

The precise and exact wording of a tweet posted September 24, 2018 by the Idiot-in-Chief, regarding the rough patch recently hit by his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavenaugh:

The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Acquisitions the likes of which have never been seen before!

Followup: The Idiot All on his OwnEdit

From the Idiot-in-Chief's remarks at the 2017 Values Voter Summit. The teleprompter text read: "They sacrifice every day for the future of their children."

We see this spirit in the men and women who selflessly enlist in our armed forces and, really, who go out and risk their lives for God and for country. And we see it in the mothers and the fathers who get up at the crack of dawn; they work two jobs and sometimes three jobs. They sacrifice every day for the furniture and – future of their children.

Tip: next time try reading the speech at least once in advance before you have to deliver it. Idiot.

Museum of So Then What's the Point?Edit

Caption on video clip in our fine article on Le Pétomane, "the French flatulist (professional farter)":

Le Pétomane du Moulin Rouge, 1900 (silent film clip)

Museum of Not Exactly Employee of the MonthEdit

From Raymond Chandler:

Chandler was by 1931 a highly paid vice president of the Dabney Oil Syndicate, but his alcoholism, absenteeism, promiscuity with female employees, and threatened suicides contributed to his dismissal a year later.

Museum of Modern TimesEdit

Things were simpler in the old days.

Museum of the Liberal Deep-State SwampEdit

Angled Saxaphone


With thanks to Kliban. [88]

Museum of Thanks for Clearing That UpEdit

From Wikipedia's plot summary for the 1968 Italian film Be Sick... It's Free:

But the mother planned for him a great future as a doctor, and taught him to play dirty hospital where Guido worked to gain more customers can be borrowed. Mutual is an association that gave the Italians the State contribution for care by doctors, in Italy the period of maximum growth was precisely that of the sixties in which doctors and primary clinics trying to accumulate for their many customers who had to scrape together more money mutual. Tersilli from a simple pediatrician starts to become a real doctor raking here and there with mutual customers. The turning point occurs when Guido is called by a rich lady to visit her husband. Guido takes just a chance to woo the woman, although he was already engaged to another girl to bring her into his list of patients borrowed. So Guido, under the envy of colleagues, start earning with the rich lady countless customers borrowed touching the 2000 patients.

Museum of the ApocolypseEdit

1957: Eleanor Roosevelt appears on Meet the Press
1968: RFK appears on Meet the Press
1960: MLK appears on Meet the Press
1980: Jimmy Carter appears on Meet the Press
2007: Barack Obama appears on Meet the Press
1997: Bill Clinton appears on Meet the Press

And now, this week's sign the that apocalypse is upon us ...

Museum of Think of It This WayEdit

Thought-provoking passage from the article Intrauterine device:

Imagine the sperm as drivers who want to make it to their destination, the egg, as fast as possible. Without an IUD, they can see where they are headed. However, with an IUD, it's hard for them to figure out how to get to their final destination.

Museum of Crime Really Doesn't PayEdit

From Charles Ingram:

Charles William Ingram (born 6 August 1963) is an English former British Army major known for cheating on the television game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2001. He was convicted at Southwark Crown Court on a single count of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception. He was convicted of an unrelated insurance fraud in 2003, and ordered to resign his commission as a major by the Army Board ...

Ingram and his wife were declared bankrupt in November 2004 and November 2005 respectively ... In September 2010 Ingram slipped on a rotten apple while mowing the lawn and sliced off three of his toes.

Vaguely related followup, from our article on daredevil Bobby Leach, "the second person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel":

In 1926, while on a publicity tour in New Zealand, Leach injured his leg when he slipped on an orange peel. The leg became infected, and eventually gangrene necessitated the amputation of the leg. Leach died of complications two months later.

Museum of JuxtapositionsEdit

Puts children in classrooms
Puts children in cages

Museum of Donald Trump is a Lying Traitor and His White House is Staffed by Lying Traitors Covering For HimEdit

On the left below, a true transcript of the Helsinki press conference, in which Vladimir Putin openly stated that he instructed Russian officials to help Trump become president of the United States.

On the right, what the official White House video makes it appear was said – edited (and I am not making this up) to delete the reporter's words President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election, thus making it appear as if Putin is responding to a question about Special Counsel Robert Mueller instead of about Trump's election. Let me repeat that: the White House's official video of the Trump-Putin news conference is falsified to hide the fact that Putin said that he directed Russian officials to help Trump become president.

The video links are given below so you can hear for yourself. Putin is discussing his bizarre proposal that the United States send certain of its diplomats and intelligence officials to Russia for questioning...

Putin (through translator): So we have an interest of questioning them. We can all – that could be a first step, and we can also extend it. Options abound, and they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.

Reporter Jeff Mason: President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

Putin: Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.–Russia relationship back to normal.

C-SPAN uneditied video [89] (start at 32:40)

Putin (through translator): So we have an interest of questioning them. We can all – that could be a first step, and we can also extend it. Options abound, and they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.

Reporter Jeff Mason: And did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?                                                                                             

Putin: Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.–Russia relationship back to normal.

The White House's falsified video [90]

As of July 26, the White House's transcript of the press conference has been corrected to reflect what really transpired [91], but the falsified video (linked above right) has not been corrected.

Anagrams don't lieEdit

Trump is a malignant narcissist = Mr Putin's a smiling satanic tsar
"Trump Derangement Syndrome" = Grumpy demented man errs not
Anagrams don't lie = damnation lagers

Museum of If Trump Was a ScreenwriterEdit

"I'll not be back."
"I shouldn't have known better with a girl like you"

Museum of Machine Intelligence and Human IdiocyEdit

No kidding, I typed Trump into the Google search box and it autocompleted Trump idiot.

Museum of Doesn't Seem So Funny AnymoreEdit

How prescient turned out be this [92] conversation at ANI in June 2017. The underlined bits were removed by an admin as BLP violations – ha!
  • I do not think Putin would be interested at all, but right now there are a lot of cases in Russia when people are jailed for twits etc. The signals typically come from, um, unstable whistleblowers. I am not currently in Russia, but still...--Ymblanter (talk) 16:02, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
Good thing for Trump we don't jail people for twits here in the US. EEng 17:41, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
Putin is too busy running the White House to be bothered with these editors. Legacypac (talk) 16:39, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Content note: Article contains the passage: Three dolphins applauded the president for feeding them fish, while the walruses even shook his hand. EEng 17:41, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
I prefer Adorned in white overalls to resemble a bird, Putin did manage to get some cranes to fly. ‑ Iridescent 17:51, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
It's a shame the title of this thread isn't something like BITEy behavior at Pets of Vladimir Putin. EEng 18:05, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

[... Irrelevant intervening posts omitted...]

  • I voted to keep the article since it is as good as the other similar pages, some of which I was already aware of. Who knew Putin's dog is tracked by Russian GPS? Legacypac (talk) 18:20, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
Wait... Donald Trump is tracked by Russian GPS??? EEng 19:40, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
Remember kids, kneeling for the national anthem is worse than treason, but kneeling for Putin is diplomacy.

Museum of legal, regulated, and taxedEdit

From the article Seatrade:

Seatrade is the largest specialized refrigerated shipping company in the world, operating a fleet of near 100 specialised reefer vessels.

Museum of Stop touching Samuel Johnson!Edit

From the article Tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis (as pointed out to me by a pal years ago):

Queen Anne touched the infant Samuel Johnson in 1712, but King George I put an end to the practice as being "too Catholic".

Museum of Washed-Up Has-BeensEdit


Museum of Peace for Our TimeEdit

Museum of Those Greeks Sure Were PervertedEdit

From the article Hercules' Dog Discovers Purple Dye:

Hercules and his dog were walking on the beach on their way to court a nymph named Tyro.

You're a Big Help, AWBEdit

An edit summary in the article Jim Gray (computer scientist):

Typo fixing, replaced: using using → using using AWB

Museum of Sexual EntitlementEdit

From a comment at a GA review:

Do people expect bangs?

Museum of MetaphorEdit

An MSNBC correspondent commenting (May 24, 2018) on the cancellation of aspiring dictator Donald Trump's meet with North Korea's actual dictator and fellow fatso, Kim Jong Un:

There was also this sense that he put the cart before the horse and gave away the farm by not doing the legwork.

Museum of Who Tweeted It? (Pt. 2)Edit

We should renegotiate the International Date Line, which is another bad Deal made by Democrats. When an American goes to China, he loses a day. But when a China person goes to America, he gains a day. Unfair![1]

Museum of I Didn't Know That Was PossibleEdit

From the article on the film Bad Biology:

When they finally meet, they bond over their social and personal difficulties and lack of sexual fulfillment. However, they must somehow tame Batz' increasingly erratic penis before it can go on a murder spree.

Museum of The WatchersEdit

The words of Congressman James Mann during debate on the impeachment of Richard Nixon:

If there be no accountability, another president will feel free to do as he chooses. The next time there may be no watchman in the night.

(The flaw in that reasoning being, of course, that if this hypothetical "another president" is an idiot who knows no history, he will profit not from the lesson.)

Museum of Maimonides of HydrophobiaEdit

A recent correction to the article Tiberias:

In the late 12th century Tiberias' Jewish community numbered 50 Jewish families, headed by rabies rabbis

Museum of What Noticeboard Do I Report That At?Edit

From someone's talk page:

You reported my giant penls in your vergina in the same minute it was created

Museum of Who Tweeted It?Edit

Hint #1: The misplaced capital W. Hint #2: "genius". 

We need a President who isn't a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning.

Museum of Unflappable Game Show HostsEdit

"Uh, no N."

Museum of Really Upset ViewersEdit


(Read about what actually happened here: [94].)

Museum of In Case You Hadn't RealizedEdit

From the website of something called The Mountain Academy [95]:

Things have really gone wrong when multiple members of your group have been caught in an avalanche.

Museum of Man In Conflict With HimselfEdit

Cheddar Man: "Oof! I can't wait for Lactaid to be invented!"
From our article on the fossil Cheddar Man:

Analysis of his nuclear DNA indicates that he was a typical member of the western European population at the time, with lactose intolerance ...

Museum of Method ActingEdit

From List of conspiracy theories:

These theories variously allege that she is a Western spy, or that her attempted murder by the Taliban in 2012 was a secret operation to further discredit the Taliban, and was organized by her father and the CIA and carried out by actor Robert de Niro disguised as an Uzbek homeopath.

Museum of Please, Dear God, I'm Begging You, No!Edit

From Harley F. Holden, "Student Records: The Harvard Experience" (The American Archivist, v. 39 n. 4, October 1976):

I suppose it could be argued, at least facetiously, that since our scientific community does not hesitate to publish photographs of scantily clad native chiefs from New Guinea or South American jungles, that community should not hesitate to feature photographs in the National Geographic or Natural History Magazine of [those] who became our chiefs of state.

Museum of Avoid These Common MistakesEdit

From WikiHow's "How to Run Away With the Circus":

1. Get into shape. To be a part of any circus, you should be highly capable physically. Before you join in the clowning about, practice your flexibility for a few months.

2. Choose an act. Circuses usually require auditions, and you should build a repertoire. Look into things like acrobatics, diabolo, unicycle, and trampolining.

3. Find a good costume. Make sure you have the right costume for you, and that it fits your act. For example, you wouldn't want long, flowing sleeves for fire dancing.

Museum of Always Good AdviceEdit

From Farrow's Manual of Military Training (1920, p. 886):

Association with lewd women is dangerous.

Museum of Doing The Best I Can Under The CircumstancesEdit

From a post at AN:

Sorry for the partial legibility of the previous note; my new computer's "a" and "q" keys are malfunctioning (intermittently...ugg) so I have to copy/paste the letter "a" if I want to type it, and I forgot.

Museum of 50 years laterEdit

My college advisor is teaching Classics of Computer Science, so for old times' sake I'm sitting in to make a pest of myself. Last week we discussed Claude Shannon's "A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits" (1938), which has been called "possibly the most important, and also the most famous, master's thesis of the century." One hurdle: apparently computer science students at major universities today aren't taught what a relay is ...

My dad (1968): How does a computer work?
Me: Well, it's like your brain ...

Me (2016, to 6-year old nephew): Riding your scooter, you wear a helmet to protect your brain.
Nephew: What's my brain?
Me: Well, it's like a computer ...


My dad (1968): What's a transistor?
Me: Well, it's like a relay ...

"Classics of Computer Science" student (2018): What's a relay?
Me: A relay is [draws diagram and explains].
Student: So it's like a transistor?

Museum of Good to KnowEdit

Headline in the September 7, 1949 issue of the Klamath Falls, Oregon Herald and News (p. 5): 

KF Community College Has Competent Faculty



Museum of Temperamental ArtistsEdit

From the article Roderick Maclean:

Roderick Maclean (died 9 June 1921) attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria on 2 March 1882, at Windsor, England, with a pistol. This was the last of eight attempts by separate people to kill or assault Victoria over a period of forty years. Maclean's motive was purportedly a curt reply to some poetry that he had mailed to the Queen.

Museum of I Was Wondering About ThatEdit


Museum of Abstracts of One SyllableEdit

Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle? (with thanks to Guy Macon).

Museum of Multitasking Militant MuslimsEdit

Presumably a violation of the Five Pillars.

Museum of Polly Wants a ZipperEdit

The entirety of an item in the Oakland Tribune for September 13, 1945 (p. 8):

Zippers and Parrot Are Hospital Wants – An appeal was issued today by the Oakland Chapter, American Red Cross, for nine 10 and 12 inch zippers and a parrot, for men in local military hospitals. Anyone wishing to donate these contributions should call HIghgate 7680, extension 15.

Museum of Any Serious Questions?Edit

From the talk page for the article on The Clapper, the "Clap On, Clap Off" remote control device:
Can you get it from kissing? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:03, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Museum of QuantitativesEdit

The Disagree/Neutral/Agree questions asked at https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/SD3/ to evaluate a subject's match to "the Dark Triad ... three closely related yet independent personality traits that all have a somewhat malevolent connotation. The three traits are machiavellianism (a manipulative attitude), narcissism (excessive self-love), and psychopathy (lack of empathy)." I answered on behalf of US President Donald Trump, and received the following results:
Machiavellianism: 4/4
Narcissism: 4/4
Psychopathy: 3.8/4 (so there's at least some good news, I guess)
  • It's not wise to tell your secrets.
  • People see me as a natural leader.
  • I like to get revenge on authorities.
  • I like to use clever manipulation to get my way.
  • I hate being the center of attention.
  • I avoid dangerous situations.
  • Whatever it takes, you must get the important people on your side.
  • Many group activities tend to be dull without me.
  • Payback needs to be quick and nasty.
  • Avoid direct conflict with others because they may be useful in the future.
  • I know that I am special because everyone keeps telling me so.
  • People often say I'm out of control.
  • It's wise to keep track of information that you can use against people later.
  • I like to get acquainted with important people.
  • I