The phase-in of emojis is one of the fastest growing phenomenons in online communication … but not fast enough to avoid offending Texans. While the state flag of Texas is not a standard emoji, the national flag of Chile is. And confusion by some people using the Chilean flag to tweet about Texas has struck deep in the heart of one of their state legislators.
State Representative Tom Oliverson filed a non-punitive resolution for his fellow lawmakers to “to reject the notion that the Chilean flag, although it is a nice flag, can in any way compare to or be substituted for the official state flag of Texas and urge all Texans not to use the Republic of Chile flag emoji in digital forums when referring to the Lone Star Flag of the great State of Texas.”
Well, look at that. He expressed a grievance in order to educate in a fun way and even added that the Chilean flag “is a nice flag.”
Of course, it would be an awful shame if Chile asked Texas to stop referring to their meat and bean slurry as “chili” — an easy confusion. But, we’d consider that the price of using legislative hours for pedantry, even fun pedantry.
Office humor is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s easy to kill it in your office if you have more than “You guys are having way too much fun over there” in your set. (But, also, what a low bar, right?) And on the other, you can also easily find yourself in a meeting with HR, explaining like a drunk uncle that “everyone’s too PC these days, it was a joke.”
Right? What’s not funny about an inflated economy that can burst at any second by f*cking around with it too much? Homeless people can laugh themselves warm next winter to that Swiftian-level wit.
Unfortunately, not everyone found it funny, especially women and including the president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. Businesswomen found it distasteful since they are commonly left out of such events unless serving as scantily-dressed booth babes. But, what do they know about funny, right? It’s a gross doll with a vulva-less vagina that can be loosely tied to “stimulus.” That’s the most brilliant joke invented since someone — most likely a man — first noticed that chickens sometimes cross roads.
In other news: Chilean members of Asexma have once again failed to export comedy.
I’m sick of trying to be the best at everything. Like when people say, “Have a great day!” that puts a lot of pressure on me. The quality of my day is typically out of my hands, especially if it’s not the weekend. I just want to be good enough. It requires a lot less effort, and you don’t have to feel like a failure if you’re not great. Maybe don’t try for an awesome weekend, just try to relax at some point. You’ll do just fine. If you were busy defending your quackery on national television this week, odds are you missed it.
You shall be judged
This week, a volcano in Chile suddenly and violently erupted, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town. It’s the first time it’s erupted in 42 years. The volcano spewed so much ash into the air that it formed its own cloud nine miles high. Then the cloud had lightning. Yes, there was lightning in a volcanic eruption. Now may be a good time to get right with your chosen deity.
A week before their return, the Avengers are under assault. First, Robert Downey Jr. walked out of an interview because the reporter was going off topic and being rude. Iron Man’s not going to take that. Later, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner bore the brunt of online rage when they called the Black Widow a “slut” and “whore” because of her flirtiness. Let’s be fair though, Captain America is from a different time, so he can’t be blamed. And when was the last time that anyone cared what Hawkeye said or did?
We all report cramps after ice cream
Blue Bell Creamery announced the recall of all of its products in 20 different states after several cases of listeria were reported related to its ice cream treats. Any food safety scare can be cause for concern, but when was the last time you had ice cream and then lost 10 lbs.?
I’ll say this first: I really like watching football, especially the NFL. However, I think we get a bit too hyped for the Super Bowl. Yes, it’s a championship game, but the frenzy leading up to it is a bit much. For a solid week, ESPN tries to find fresh angles, and the teams have to talk to the media for days about the same upcoming game. On top of that, all the big commercials leak, and it’s the only time anyone cares. If you were busy dodging questions about your banned drug use this week, odds are you missed it.
The wrong stuff?
This week, Iran shocked the world with its announcement that it launched a monkey into space and returned it to Earth alive and well. The reports from state-run media were never confirmed, and now critics are saying the launch was likely unsuccessful or altogether faked. They point to the video of the monkey before and after the launch, and how they don’t look like the same creature. If this is true, we have to commend Iran on its initiative to kill monkeys.
More than you asked for
Lena Dunham, the writer, star and sometimes director of HBO’s so-so show Girls has signed a deal with HBO to write the pilot for a TV adaptation of a personal shopper for rich New Yorkers. It’s unlikely that Dunham herself will be in the show, but she’ll no doubt find an excuse to get naked anyway. Yeesh.
Purplest teeth in the world
The U.S. is now the largest wine-consumer in the world, according to an industry analyst. According to Jon Fredrikson, the U.S. now makes up 13% of the global wine market, up 2% from a year earlier. Argentina, Chile and Australia were the chief suppliers to the American thirsty. Well done, ladies!
At my local Sam’s Club, they offer a fairly large twisted churro for just over a buck. I’ve had it before. It’s sugary, it’s cinnamon-y and overall, it’s not too bad. Best of all, it doesn’t explode.
What’s that? You’ve never had exploding churros before? Well, truthfully, neither have I, but that’s probably because I’m not a reader of La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper that printed the recipe seven years ago. Mind you, the churros in the recipe weren’t supposed to explode hot oil upon their creators, but for 13 readers, they kinda did.
Which leads us to now: The Supreme Court for Chile has ordered La Tercera to pay 163 thousand dollars to the aforementioned 13 readers. This just reiterates why donuts are so good: They won’t cost you a ton of money and they won’t explode over you. Their damage is internal, not external.
Everyone in the northern hemisphere is complaining about how cold it’s supposed to be up here because it’s winter. But, did you know that summer is just heating up below the equator? It’s true! (Also: their toilets flush backwards, and their mermaids have fish heads and lady legs.)
In an effort to stave off energy costs, the Chilean government has suggested that men not wear ties this summer. Aside from the friction caused from tying, re-tying and tying one until you get it right, they believe that this will cut power costs from air conditioning.
But, that’s not to say there isn’t some backlash. At least one Santiago resident is aghast that the president, government ministers, engineers, doctors and journalists would go about their business without a tie.
“There are things that really go along with being formal and well-structured,” said Gonzalo Castro, adding, “What will they use to wipe our famous sea bass off with during business lunches?”
Science fiction fans everywhere yelled a collective “SQUEE!!!!” when it was recently announced that there’s more than just what we previously thought about space. I, for one, would like to welcome our rocket cycle-racing masters from Rigel.
Now, for all the misanthropes who would like to be the first on the next series of colony missions, keep in mind that we can’t successfully build a working bio dome on a planet with a stable atmosphere and have yet to colonize our closest planetary neighbor.
Of course, the definitive question is not how many of them that we have discovered, but how many of them have already discovered us (and the insides of our rectums via their ka-razy alien probes)?
Attention politicians: Are you trying to figure out a way to get re-elected? Or are you looking for some way, any way, to boost your approval ratings before you leave office? You probably want to take the advice of the mayor of a Chilean town.
You may want to consider giving out free Viagra to the voters–this blog would suggest limiting it to the male population. Yes, Gonzalo Navarette, mayor of Lo Prado, is giving the penis pills to citizens of his town, provided a doctor can confirm that each man suffers from erectile dysfunction. Why is he doing this? Because an active sex life helps keep one healthy.