Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Another Find (Kid's suggested title: Something to Read After Lunch on a Tuesday)

Once again, an amazing new web site discovered via Miss Snark:

Not only is it utterly hilarious, but it garnered the adjective of ultimate praise from my son, the geek: "That is so random." Here's the first paragraph from their "Answers to Questions & Accusations" page:
Johnny America (ISSN 1553-9177) is a little magazine of fiction, humor, and other miscellany. It is published about twice a year by the Moon Rabbit Drinking Club & Benevolence Society. It’s also this web site, updated frequently and with much affection. ‘Johnny America’ is the name of the journal, of the web site, and of the svelte rabbit who lives in a bungalow on the Moon between two rivers of wine (one red, one white), from who both literary endeavors take their names. It is not the moniker of any human individual likely to answer correspondence.
Another sample, labeled "Other Miscellany":
People truly ask, so we’ll answer: the typeface we use for the magazine is ‘Perpetua,’ designed by Eric Gill in 1928. It’s named in honor of Vibia Perpetua, the patron saint of cattle. A Roman Christian, Emperor Severus sentenced her to death by stampede when she refused to deny her main man J.C. After a mad heifer trampling through an arena failed to do her in, she helped guide a nervous gladiator’s sword to her throat and her martyrdom was cinched. You were a strange girl, Perpetua, but you inspired a lovely typeface.
Regarding the issue of payment:
Payment, if there is any, will come in the form of peculiar or amusing objects of negilible monetary value; a doodle of a mongoose on a coffee-stained napkin, for example.
And finally, there's the article titled (I kid you not) Ingredients in Many Brand Name Toothpastes that could be Trendy Baby Names.

They even ask for your blood type when you sign up for the mailing list.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a teenager to laugh at something you, the parent, find funny? As I sit here enjoying the absurdity of this site, my kid is cracking up over and over as he goes through it.

Now that is random.


At Sat Feb 17, 11:35:00 AM, Blogger Detail Muse said...

The nonfiction version of "random" is Mental Floss magazine.

I've seen it lately at large newsstands/bookstores, too.

At Tue Feb 20, 01:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahahaha. I can really see some of those toothpaste ingredients as names...Never going to be able to brush my teeth without laughing again though.
And, for the record, I find a lot of my parents humor hilarious.


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