A nice story about Greensburg in today’s NYT, mentioning the work done by KU grad students and staff from local architecture firm BNIM.
A few posts ago, we shone our underwhelming spotlight on the Star‘s front-page toiletstravaganza, and the ensuing puns and populism therein. But man oh man — any attempt at humor made by these unimpressive twentysomethings pales in comparison to the Seinfeldian excellence brought to the party by the paper’s intrepid commenters, who saw fit to engage in a bit of scatalogical brinkmanship and one-up-ery. And now — because you really, really need to see this — we bring you the finest comments on the story from the Comment Brigade. To the Punmobile!
Audie Murphy – Number 1 in Number 2.
This story is full of crap . . .
This will put a lot less stress on the Muffin Monster I presume.
Great invention. Now make it bigger so people can flush themselves. Make it available to banks.
Send a gross to Washington!!
does this come with a “pruno” recipe book?
Sounds like this guy came up with this brand by sitting on the toilet too long.
I really need to take a Murphy!
[commences slow clap]
You know, sometimes you can sense when you’ve been bested. This, friends, is one of those times. Star commenters — for so long the target of our persecution and ire based upon their jackassery, thinly veiled racism, and grammatical sins — have defeated us. Those are some fine, fine jokes (except for the bank one; trying too hard, mon frere), and we admit that you’ve emerged victorious here. Savor it, anonymous jackals — we have not yet begun to fight.
So apparently there’s a manufacturing company HQ’d in Lee’s Summit that makes toilets. Like, awesome toilets. The kind of toilet whose innovation and sheer technological genius will bring tears to your eyes. The city’s paper of record, rightfully so, has opted to showcase this font of waste-centric brilliance with a glowing front-page article. But all of that takes a back seat to another, more important exercise: allowing the paper’s staff to have a little fun with the subject — starting with the headline: “Lee’s Summit inventor flush with pride.” Oh, I see what you did there. The fun continues, though:
Murphy didn’t go to MIT or any other hoity-toity technology school. He went to Metropolitan Community College-Longview. But mainly he grew up in Independence a curious boy who liked to take things apart and put them back together.
Huh? How did pseudo-populist rage sneak into a front-page article? You couldn’t have gone with “didn’t go to an engineering school” or something similar? You really had to slam MIT (which is far more than a mere “technology school”) just to provide further evidence of the massive chip on this city’s shoulder? Odd. More:
“You’re going to see something you’ve never seen before,” he said.
He put 35 golf balls into the bowl and pushed the flush button. The balls danced about before shooting down the drain.
Next, he placed five units of artificial debris — shaped pretty much like you would expect — into the bowl. He thought a moment and added five more.
“That’s double the load,” he said.
A-hem. Pretty much like you would expect, eh? And “double the load”? Was this story written at a Sigma Chi party, perchance?
Our friend John over at Bottomline breaks down the Byzantine rules governing the Star‘s new furlough policy. Be warned: it’s like a GRE problem.
Have you no shame, local four-legged friends? We know that things are tough In This Economy, but knocking over a KCK dog treat manufacturer is just inexcusable. Or perhaps one of your human sympathizers did this for you? Seems a local delivery driver at Blackman Industries has fled, along with $3,000 (!) in dog treats. You know what that’s worth on the street?!? Probably, uh, a lot less.
The inventory was that much short on the deliveries then, Farbman said, and he can’t say for sure how much of the missing goods are Greenie treats, rawhide toys or pig ears, he said.
“I think it’s a little bit of everything,” he said.
In some cases the perpetrator submitted invoices to businesses, got paid in cash and dumped the invoices, Farbman said, and in other cases just took the goods…
The Greenies go for about $25 a pound, with a large pack selling for $19.99, he said, and some people would have jumped at the chance to buy them for half price.
All due respect to Stewart (Carl?) Farbman, but we think perhaps he’s greatly overestimating the black market for dog treats. In any event, we demand justice. Let’s get the KCKPD to stake out local Petco and PetSmart locations — just look for the man selling, um, pig ears from a trunk parked in back. And let’s keep a close eye out for this suspicious-looking man-dog.
A nice spotlight on a local company in today’s WSJ: OP’s Roger the Plumber earns a glowing write-up and interview. Honestly, though, we have to say that Roger does not own the best-named plumbing business in the metro area. That, of course, would be this one.