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FUN STUFF FOR AMUSEMENT?! WITH THE ADDED PURPOSE OF IT WASTING TIME AND MAKING LIFE MORE BEARABLE?!

*Inhales deeply and poses heroically*
I was born for this.

I don't know if you're a fan of hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy...but if so, the BBC made a browser-based game of it. Quite thoroughly amusing:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/article ... ry-edition

Perhaps fun short vids of dogs being wonderful? And silly? And cute? Well, there's a website for that!
https://openpuppies.com/#1xeUYme

Perhaps you're more interested in silly images, curated by an online community? It's 1/3 inspirational, 1/3 dumb, 1/3 funny. Basically, it's what I imagine someone like Parson would enjoy.
https://iwastesomuchtime.com/

Want to know what ANY website would've looked like if it was made in the early 90s using geocities? We've gotcha covered.
http://www.wonder-tonic.com/geocitiesiz ... fworld.com

Online coloring books, I imagine, can be fun when you're bored or don't wanna have to do serious stuff like 'go to work' or 'be an adult' (Damnit, now they know how lazy and terrible and basic things like work you are, Drache graethe!)
http://hippopaint.fidsah.org/

I'm GUESSING based on Rob's humor (And what I've seen of Linda's) that puns and wordplay are a source of amusement...if so, have a series of jokes. You've heard a lot of them, I'm sure, but there's surprising gems once in a while.
https://thoughtcatalog.com/melanie-berl ... -out-loud/

There's also silly, fun games you can enjoy...I personally love Magic Pen and Magic Pen 2. Low-energy days mean silly games are ideal!
https://www.bubblebox.com/play/puzzle/975.htm

Did you know Animal Planet has kitten/puppy cams? Because it does.
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/pu ... itten-cam/

There's also a wonderful "The funniest of the internet" thread that'll make you laugh. Mostly outdated, sure...but that doesn't somehow detract from it, and only makes you remember PREVIOUS hilarity as you see stuff you once enjoyed, or get to enjoy again!
https://www.gq.com/story/100-funniest-t ... -june-2013

Reddit also aggregates this sort of stuff, occasionally. Because...well, they can.
https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comm ... thing_you/

Or perhaps you're in for some nonsensical, probably not great reading of people collectively writing about what they think is the best of Humanity, as a whole, mostly along the lines of sci-fi and fantasy short stories? Well, there's a subreddit for that (because of course there is...there's a subreddit for literally everything)
https://www.reddit.com/r/HFY/top/


SO ANYWAY...I'd share a bunch of fun games beyond what I have so far...but I expect those are easy to find without my help. Plus I don't want to just make a list of the whole internet and claim it'll amuse. But that's a good starting point, and works for anybody who wants to waste time or amuse themselves!
Have a great day!

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     Post subject: Re: Stuff to amuse Linda
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    Did you hear about the whirlwind romance between the chemist who specialized in pigments and the daughter of the textile magnate?

    Apparently, she was to dye for...

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    New baby nephew in the family! This is especially cool because it is the first little boy out of six kids in the newest generation.

    Also, interesting fact that I just learned. My six month old daughter is in the 60th percentile in overall size, but the 99th for the size of her head. She is wearing hats for kids more than twice her age. I found that amusing.

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    This has been my go to for years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTaXI9LUugc

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    Lipkin wrote:
    This has been my go to for years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTaXI9LUugc


    While amusing, I have to say that Sad Cat Diary is superior.

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    I'm back with a heaping helping...or at least, SOME level of a helping, of fun amusement.

    So, a physics simulator and silly fun thing to do online...it's older, but still delightful. Blow things up, create cascades, draw...basically, just have fun with it!
    https://dan-ball.jp/en/javagame/dust2/

    Or an awesome, AWESOME video series? Well, just this one video, for now, but there's a bunch of others! Zefrank, a well known youtuber (who I believe was linked in a previous link for his 'sad cat diary' video) is BACK! He went away for like...a year, or two? And came back with the 'True Facts' series, which is some true fun facts about animals, but basically what I imagine a nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough on pain meds would sound like.
    A cool one to start with? The Frog Fish!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRP4nAGMYCY

    Or straight up musical comedy? Well, Paint (Jon Cozart) is a well-known youtuber who did a wonderful little bit of silliness with imagining Disney Princesses...singing about what happened AFTER the 'happily ever after' was supposed to begin.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diU70KshcjA

    In case I didn't inundate people with silly browser games sufficiently, there's always Elephant quest, a strange but adorable game about an elephant out to retrieve his stolen hat from his friend the Wooly Mammoth...including leveling up, laser-beam pets, and platforming fun.
    https://www.silvergames.com/en/elephant-quest

    Probably weird...but I don't know of anyone who can watch this guy hunt for clams without feeling just kind of good? Like, he's so positive, and happy, and chill. And all he's doing...is digging up a bunch of clams. Weirdly relaxing, IMO.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBxERHMUwrA

    Perhaps another aggregation of the best ever reddit threads? Well, I'll put two links...a random one of 'amazing reddit stuff' and then a 'best of "Ask Reddit".
    https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/201 ... ts/secrets
    https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/top/?sort=top&t=all
    (Side note...I actually don't use reddit much, myself? Maybe once a month? But I like them for the use as a sort of internet curator)

    A bunch of terrible puns delivered to a slowly more frustrated wife/girlfriend? Yeah, that's a good video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T2oje4cYxw

    Feeling artistic? Try out a mouse-based art generator, you might be amazed what it'll create. It's not just drawing...it's just hard to explain, but worth trying out.
    http://weavesilk.com/

    In the mood for reading? Wellllllll then Cracked is a great place to go. This is a good sampling of their most recent 'top 50', which aren't all PERFECT...but are well written, comedic, and often surprisingly insightful.
    http://www.cracked.com/top-50.html

    OOORRRR funny dog, funny accent, just generally amusing silliness.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3NOYMzVC3s

    For NOW, that's what popped into my mind. Anywho, even if you never check out the links, I hope it's fun and pleasant to see people care, people are on your side, and that you can TOTALLY find fun/silly/wacky things to enjoy online! :D

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    A pair of jokes from a discord i frequent with reactions to the first sandwiched in the middle.

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    Well I learned the hard way that my canoe is OK for class 1 rapids, but not class 2. It's a little slow and bulky in maneuvering, and when we got to the class 2 near the end of the trip, we just couldn't get it lined up in the gate quickly enough, got pushed half sideways against the right side rock, and rolled us over as we went through, dumping us and our gear into the river. oh well, I needed to cool off anyway. Thanks to the others in solo kayaks for retrieving our stuff floating downstream ahead of us. :lol:

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    So, in another life, I was IT support. I was the lucky person who got to upgrade our computers from DOS 1.3 to Window 95. Yes, I’m ancient, but not quite an old hag. The changeover went surprisingly well. I’d thought.

    Roughly six months after the upgrade I received two calls from one user in the span of a week. In the first call, she asked, “How do I shut down my computer? There’s no X in the upper right corner for me to click!” My first thought was wondering how she’d been shutting her computer down the past six months. I quickly pushed that thought from my mind because I already knew she wasn’t exactly tech savvy. I told her to click the Start button in the lower left corner and select Shutdown. That solved the issue for her, and she was happy.

    The second call seemed a bit bizarre. “There’s an eye on my screen and it won’t go away!” At least, that’s what I heard. I was confused, “There’s an eye on your screen??? Let me come to your desk so I can see your screen.” Yes, WAY before remoting into another’s computer so you could easily see what they’re seeing. So, I made my way to her desk, looked at her screen, saw she was using Word, and managed to keep my face composed. She didn’t have an “eye” on her screen. She had an “I” on her screen. “Ah, that’s your text cursor.” I moved the mouse so that it was in the command portion of the screen. “See, the cursor changes depending on what you’re doing. When it’s in the area where you type, it’s an I. When you move it to commands, it becomes an arrow.”

    I asked if she had any other questions. She didn’t, so I made the trek back to my desk, my smile growing with each step. Once I reached the safety, and relative silence, of the server room, I howled with laughter. That got me a raised eyebrow from my boss, who smiled and shook his head when I told him why I was laughing.

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    When a high fantasy short story meets programmer humour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBKXyHLemNQ

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    Three engineers on break were having a light-hearted and enjoyable discussion ranging on various topics. Gradually, the topic shifted to religion, and the question came up: What sort of engineer would the God that created the human body be?

    "He must be a Mechanical Engineer." the first said "Look at the skeletal and muscular systems, and how the tendons and ligaments attach them to maximize mechanical advantage and efficiency of caloric energy per motion given."

    "Nah, he's got to be a Hydraulic Engineer, man." the second counters "Look at the circulatory system, the entire network of branching vessels is run by a single four-chamber pump. Everything from the tiniest capilary to the largest veins and arteries all work to maintain a precise and accurate pressure consistent throughout the entire system, despite the differences in gravitational work."

    "You both got it wrong, guys." the third interjects "It's not even a question, he's obviously got to be a Civil Engineer."

    The first two engineers give him a questioning look "What do you mean? I don't get it."

    "Look, who else would plumb a sewer main right through an entertainment district and nursery?"

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    I recently found a channel on YouTube that poses riddles and explains the answers. I really enjoy watching them and trying to figure them out (been unsuccessful so far). Here's one as an example, but they have a ton!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeMVoJKn1Tg

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    I used to drive tour busses in Alaska. I told a lot of stories, but I don't know very many true jokes. I do have one very favorite joke though. It still makes me laugh, and I'd always start my tours with it. Kind of getting the tour started on the right foot. Here it is.

    Two muffins are sitting in the oven.
    The first muffin says to the other muffin,
    "Whew, it sure is hot in here."
    The second muffin says, "Holy man!! A talking muffin!!!"

    Such delightful groans would instantly fill my coach.

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    CandleInTheDark wrote:
    When a high fantasy short story meets programmer humour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBKXyHLemNQ

    That song was written by a lovely, twisted bloke name of Bob Kanefsky, who (of course) has a website: http://songworm.com. Enjoy!

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    CandleInTheDark wrote:
    When a high fantasy short story meets programmer humour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBKXyHLemNQ

    In addition to being a Kanefsky, it's also a parody of a Leslie Fish song written with her (at the time) partner, Mercedes Lackey, which was the basis for one of the more popular short stories that she wrote which first appeared in the old Swords and Sorceresses anthologies edited, and was Misty's first published work, and was later worked into the book Oathbound. The series now has something over twenty four books, and she's got dozens of others in various genre.

    Then again, Threes is something of a popular tune to filk, since it's got a good rhythm, a simple pattern, and stubbornly refuses to get out of your bloody head.

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    Had a nice 4th of July Kayaking on the Shenandoah River. cut a little short by a thunderstorm trying to roll up on us, but we had friends on stand-by to call for a pickup from the riverside ahead of where we planned to pull out.

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    Today, we're going with something entirely different...Jokes. Some are terrible. Some are great. Most are probably a bit of both. Curated from various locations of the internet.

    AHEM....*Clears throat before speaking in a terrible Jerry Seinfeld voice*

    WHAT'S THE DEAL...WITH AIRLINE FOOD?

    No, but really.

    1) Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He’s not breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls 911.
    “I think my friend is dead!” he yells. “What can I do?”
    The operator says, “Calm down. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”
    There’s a silence, then a shot. Back on the phone, the guy says, “OK, now what?”

    2) (Admittedly NSFW)
    Four nuns die and arrive at the pearly gates. Saint Peter is there and asks the first nun if she had ever touched a penis.
    "Yes," she admits. "I once touched a penis with the tip of my finger."
    "Dip your finger into the holy water and enter the kingdom of Heaven," says Saint Peter. The nun dips her finger in the holy water and enters heaven.
    Saint Peter asks the same question of the second nun.
    "Yes," she admits. "I once touched a penis with one hand."
    "Dip your hand into the holy water and enter the kingdom of Heaven," says Saint Peter. The second nun complies and enters heaven.
    At this point, the fourth nun abruptly cuts in line.
    "Hang on!" she says, pointing at the third nun. "You'd better let me go next, because there's no way I'm gargling that shit after she sticks her ass in it!"

    3) A statue of a man and a statue of a woman stood looking at each other for hundreds of years out in a park. One day a wizard, feeling sorry for the statues, brought them to life for 30 minutes. Right away, the two of them ran into some nearby bushes and you could hear all kinds of strange sounds and moans from there. After a while they came back out, giggling. The wizard told them "You have another 15 minutes left, if you want to have another go." The statues looked at each other and the male statue answered "Fine, but this time you hold the pidgeon and i'll shit on it."

    4) What's the difference between a good joke and a bad joke timing. (Similarly: What's the difference between a good joke setup, and a bad joke setup?)

    5) How can you tell that flamingos are lazy, relaxed parents?
    Because no matter how flamboyantly their kids dress, no matter what they do, it seems they never want to put their foot down.

    6) An old soldier is getting drinks at the bar, and two young recruits show up. After a short introduction, they realize that he's the most decorated soldier, the most impressive veteran, and the most worldly man they've ever met. In an exclamation of awe after one of his stories, they ask what it takes to become a seasoned veteran, like himself.
    "Nah," he explains, "I'm a veteran, but I wouldn't call myself seasoned!"
    "WHAT?" yell the young men, listing his own stories back to him. Years and years of service, they say, mean he's 'seasoned' by now.
    "No," the old soldier replies. "I mean, I'm most of the way there, but something has always eluded me."
    "What's that?" they ask, fascinated.
    "I thought once I'd been assaulted in battle and exposed to mustard gas, it would count...but my commander told me you're not really seasoned until you've had a dash of pepper spray!"

    7) What movie can you never borrow from Rick Astley?
    No matter how much you ask...he's never gonna give you Up.

    8) A man and a woman have just finished celebrating their twentieth wedding anniversary and are heading up to bed for some twentieth anniversary maritals.
    On the way up the stairs the woman glances at the pictures of their children and thinks about how much she loves her life. Once they get to the bedroom the man turns off the light and they get down to business.
    Mid-coitus the woman realizes that in the twenty years she's been married (and the four they dated) she has never seen her husband fully naked. Perplexed by her realization, she uses a lull in the ploughing to turn the lamp on.
    She is completely befuddled...the man is wearing a strap-on dildo, and for the first time in a 20 year marriage realizes he might, in fact, not have male genitalia. The two freeze, sharing a strangely intimate moment of shock and confusion. Finally the man clears his throat.
    "Wait, wait...let me explain! Or, well...I'll explain the toy if you explain our kids."
    So she turned off the light.

    9) How can you tell if someone likes to steal from road construction sites?
    You check closely, and look in his house. If he is...the signs will be there.

    10)A girl goes into her father's study, "Daddy, why am I named rose?"
    "Because the day you were born a rose petal blew through the window and landed on your cheek."
    Satisfied the girl walks out as her sister walks in. "Daddy, why am I named Lily?"
    "Because the day you were born a lily petal blew through the window and landed on your cheek."
    Satisfied the girl walks out as her sister walks in. "Daddy, why am I named Daisy?"
    "Because the day you were--"
    "HUAAAARWAWAWAAAAAA"
    "SHUT UP CINDERBLOCK I'M TALKING TO YOUR SISTER."

    11) A very unfortunate young lady walks onto the bus with her baby. The bus driver says "EW!! that's got to be the absolute ugliest baby I've ever seen!"
    The poor woman starts to cry and heads to the back.
    At the back of the bus, a friendly stranger leans over and hands her a tissue, asking, "What's wrong?"
    Wiping away her tears, she replies, "The bus driver just insulted me"
    Indignant, the stranger says, "What!? You should go back up there and tell him off! He can't possibly get away with this!"
    The woman, relieved to have someone on her side, begins to stand.
    "Whoa, whoa," says the stranger as he holds up a hand to stop her. "Just to be safe, while you go yell I'll stay back here and hold your monkey!"

    12) An officer knocked on my door and told me that my dogs were chasing kids on bikes. I immediately shut the door, telling him he must have been mistaken. He definitely got the wrong house...my dogs don't even OWN bikes!

    Have a lovely, wonderful, grand day! OR, if it's shitty, and you're like me and hate when someone says something like that on a bad day and it makes you want to punch them...uh, just have a day. Whatever kind that is. And that's cool too. :D

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    Chekhov’s non sequitur. Take your tip and go.

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    cubist wrote:
    That song was written by a lovely, twisted bloke name of Bob Kanefsky, who (of course) has a website: http://songworm.com. Enjoy!


    Oh I might need to look through that site myself, thanks

    ShneekeyTheLost wrote:
    CandleInTheDark wrote:
    When a high fantasy short story meets programmer humour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBKXyHLemNQ

    In addition to being a Kanefsky, it's also a parody of a Leslie Fish song written with her (at the time) partner, Mercedes Lackey, which was the basis for one of the more popular short stories that she wrote which first appeared in the old Swords and Sorceresses anthologies edited, and was Misty's first published work, and was later worked into the book Oathbound. The series now has something over twenty four books, and she's got dozens of others in various genre.

    Then again, Threes is something of a popular tune to filk, since it's got a good rhythm, a simple pattern, and stubbornly refuses to get out of your bloody head.


    Yeah I first came across that song in an old hardback of the Heralds of Valdemar and on Heralds, Harpers and Havoc, how that song got into that collection and how Kerowyn's Ride got into the songs at the back of Heralds of Valdemar I have no idea (though Talia confesses to Kerowyn to having sung that song). But certainly after those two and coming across By the Sword in a collection of books on ebay I had to search out Kethry and Tarma, they've kept me entertained through a few night shifts. Misty herself I believe I found through suggestions on youtube having watched Michelle Dockrey (I think I butchered her surname) and SJ Tucker, first one would have been The Cost of the Crown or Battle Dawn.

    And yes Threes is earworm whichever version you listen to lol.

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     Post Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:33 pm 
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    CandleInTheDark wrote:
    cubist wrote:
    That song was written by a lovely, twisted bloke name of Bob Kanefsky, who (of course) has a website: http://songworm.com. Enjoy!


    Oh I might need to look through that site myself, thanks

    ShneekeyTheLost wrote:
    CandleInTheDark wrote:
    When a high fantasy short story meets programmer humour

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBKXyHLemNQ

    In addition to being a Kanefsky, it's also a parody of a Leslie Fish song written with her (at the time) partner, Mercedes Lackey, which was the basis for one of the more popular short stories that she wrote which first appeared in the old Swords and Sorceresses anthologies edited, and was Misty's first published work, and was later worked into the book Oathbound. The series now has something over twenty four books, and she's got dozens of others in various genre.

    Then again, Threes is something of a popular tune to filk, since it's got a good rhythm, a simple pattern, and stubbornly refuses to get out of your bloody head.


    Yeah I first came across that song in an old hardback of the Heralds of Valdemar and on Heralds, Harpers and Havoc, how that song got into that collection and how Kerowyn's Ride got into the songs at the back of Heralds of Valdemar I have no idea (though Talia confesses to Kerowyn to having sung that song). But certainly after those two and coming across By the Sword in a collection of books on ebay I had to search out Kethry and Tarma, they've kept me entertained through a few night shifts. Misty herself I believe I found through suggestions on youtube having watched Michelle Dockrey (I think I butchered her surname) and SJ Tucker, first one would have been The Cost of the Crown or Battle Dawn.

    And yes Threes is earworm whichever version you listen to lol.

    By The Sword makes it clear that the song 'Kerowyn's Ride' became quite popular in both Rethwellen and Valdamar long before Kerowyn became the Captain of the Skybolts, much less went into Valdamar itself, which is why it was featured on the CD Heralds, Harpers, and Havoc.

    Also fun fact: Misty didn't have access to her notes or her songbook when she was writing up Oathbound, and got some of the details wrong between the short story and the song Threes. This was then canonically blamed on a Bard getting the details wrong, and thus Leslac (a portmanteau of LESlie and LACkey) and his lack of attention to details in favor of telling a good tale, was born. Things, as they say, evolved from there.

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