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Tax treatment of eggs and sperms?


It may be a little early in the year, but this has to qualify for one of the weirdest stories of the year: Egg Donor IRS Challenge Offers Future Sperm Tax Certainty (Bloomberg)


The California woman and the government are arguing over whether egg donation is an act of commerce that should be taxed. A U.S. Tax Court judge will determine the outcome in what is seen as a precedent-setting case that could provide certainty for people who donate eggs, sperm and blood plasma.

“This is in no way considered self-employment since I did not sell a product or service,” she wrote in a 2012 court filing. “I feel like I am being penalized for doing something good for another person.”

Also, Perez could pay lower tax rates on the income if it were treated as long-term capital gains. Eggs could be considered property she had possessed since birth, in which case the sale could be seen as a long-term capital gain.

If they’re not considered property until removed from her body, the eggs could be seen as generating short-term gains.

I wonder how The Big Bang Theory cast handled it (pilot episode….).

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How various web services might have been pitched


Via MR, a list of various websites/services and the pitches they may have used.


Wardrobe malfunctions – superhero style


Via ffffound & tumblr:

Oh Diana, you are getting forgetful.


Weirdest story of all time?


A sex shop in Munich’s main railway station has got special permission to sell condoms, porn DVDs and sexy skin lotion on Sundays after three local judges ruled they were legitimate travel supplies.

Three administrative judges visited Erotic World ahead of the court hearing to inspect the shop’s goods, carefully assessing whether each item might come in handy on a long journey.

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Android or Condom?


This article at phandroid is the kind of thing that makes you think “that’s a really good insight” and “someone has too much time on their hands” at the same time.

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Dilbert takes on the Galaxy Note


Needed to add this link to Dilbert:

Not sure if the comic will remain for long, so read it while it is still fresh!


Restaurant menu fail


This is an actual restaurant take-away menu from a place improbably called the Hotel Cafe Deluxe; and which serves Veg, Non Veg and Chinese. Take a look at the menu.

This is the back page, but I have it on as it has the fold-out front page on. So we see such delicacies as various souses (sauces) and a crish pea chicken (crispy?). Incidentally souce is spelt sause in places, so there is more than one way to err. One learns from one’s mistakes and finds new ways to make mistakes. And let us not pass over shop for soup, and don’t even ask me what Attention Soup and Lump Pung Shop are – for I have no idea. And what about the great Chicken One don ciliyr soup (Chicken Wonton Clear Soup). Creme for cream would have been okay with a grave accent in the right place.

Those are not all the errors, of course. As they say in text books, the rest is left as an exercise for the reader.

And here is the main page. Once again enough hilarity almost on every line. Competition time folks, find as many errors as possible. Comment away.

Note that clicking on the photos will take you away to, so you might want to Control-Click / Command-Click to force open in a new tab instead.


Controversial topic of the day


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch spends 1000 words on the controversial topic of whether the earth has four or five oceans. This is obviously important as Ladue Middle School earth science teacher Kathy Murphy explains “resistance to accepting the notion of the Southern Ocean to opposition regarding a change in Pluto’s status.”

This is a serious issue and need debating. The National Geographic Society refuses to recognize this as does the US. Good for them. We can’t have oceans declaring themselves independent. What about school books? What about quizzes?

Won’t someone think of the children?

By the way, did you know that Greenland is an independent country? It retains some relationship to Denmark, but it has self-rule. With a population of about 50,000 (or in Mumbai terms, 10 local trains) and a parliament of 31 members with multi-party democracy, it has to be crazy holding elections there. Polls probably open during lunch hour and everyone gets together to celebrate in the evening. The coat of arms of the country is a polar bear with its tongue sticking out.

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