monday search term safari LXV.

can you legally sell a kidney

Sure you can…as long as it’s not a human one, even if it happens to be in your own body at the moment.  Our masters have decreed that our bodies aren’t fully our own property.  You can work yourself into an early grave digging up coal 3,000 feet below ground for someone, but you can’t sell redundant parts of your own anatomy, because if that were legal, someone may offer you money for them, and take advantage of you

should i let my 4 year old have a toy gun

That’s your call, but if your 4-year-old is anything like mine, you’ll notice that they don’t need an actual toy gun to pretend shooting a gun.  They’ll just turn any vaguely gun-shaped object into one in their imagination, so any sort of prohibition is bound to fail. 

neo word processor where to buy

I got mine directly from the manufacturer.  You can also find them on eBay on occasion.  I don’t think they sell them anywhere else in new condition.

what usb cable is needed for alphasmart

The Alphie uses (and comes with) a standard A/B USB cable.

victorian era werewolf

I think you’re looking for the novel “Murcheston: The Wolf’s Tale”, which sort of reads like a first-person version of Dracula, only featuring a werewolf instead of a vampire.

best sword tested by cutting pigs

Oh, ye gods…another outrageous marketing claim designed to sell sharp things to impressionable young male basement dwellers.

Look: anything sharp, wielded with sufficient force, has the capacity to lop off arms or heads or what-have-you.  That’s not an indicator of blade quality.  When I was an impressionable young male (albeit no longer a basement dweller), I had what they refer to as a SLO in knife collector circles—a Sword-Like Object, a katana made out of stainless steel.  SS is too brittle to make good sword steel, and is usually used for swords that will spend their lives decorating a fireplace or man-cave somewhere.  That stainless-bladed piece of junk chopped down a sizeable young tree on the property of my friend’s parents with one stroke of the blade, much to the displeasure of my friend’s Dad.  In the Olden Days, Celtic swords could chop off a Roman soldier’s head or arm, even though they were made of such soft iron that they had to be bent straight again by the owner.

Important life lesson: anyone making outrageous torture-test claims about fighting equipment has his eyes on your wallet.

munchkin fuk on moped

Congratulations, friend.  You win the “Strangest Fetish” Award this week.

rampant vote buying

Isn’t that pretty much how every election is won at its core—by someone promising the most stuff to the most people?

“Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.” –H.L. Mencken

sig p232 vs j-frame

I’ve owned and carried both in the past.  The J-frame is more concealable, the P232 is easier to shoot well.  One gives you eight rounds of .380, the other five rounds of .38 Special or .357 Magnum.  Ballistically, the J-frame has the edge, while the SIG holds more rounds, is faster to reload, and comes with better sights.  The J is more concealable, the SIG is more comfortable inside a waistband.  I’d feel well-armed with either, honestly.

albert einstein’s photo of desk

I don’t have a picture of his desk, but this gives me an opportunity to share one of my favorite Einstein anecdotes yet again.  Someone once asked him “Where do you do your work? Where is your laboratory?”…and in response, Einstein pointed to the fountain pen in his shirt pocket.

how much wood pellets for a winter?

Well, that depends.  How cold does it get in your neck of the woods, and how warm would you like to be?  The answer in our case is very, and very, so we have five pallets stored out back.

(A pallet of wood pellets is equal to a cord and a half of firewood, if that helps.)

do i pay sales tax p a car i buy in new hampshire

You won’t be charged sales tax by the New Hampshire dealer, but you’ll probably pay some sort of major tax in your home state once you register your new car locally.  They always have a way of getting their cut, you know.  In MA, you’ll be paying excise tax, and I’m sure there’s some similar tax in VT and ME, to make sure you’re not evading your obligation to Pay Your Fair Share.


And there you go—this Monday’s edition of your eleventh-favorite weekly Intertubes special!  Now get back to pretending to work, will you?


7 thoughts on “monday search term safari LXV.

  1. Chang says:

    I was eating beakfast at a restaurant on Friday at their outdoor tables and had my Alphie on my lap. A woman came up and was smoking a cigarette (downwind from me) before going in.

    “What is that?” she said, pointing to my table.

    “This or this?” I said, pointing to the omelette first then the Alphie.

    “That!” she said, pointing to the Alphie with her cigarette.

    I explained what it was.

    “Is it from the future?” she asked.

    “I dunno,” I said. “Are you from the past?”

  2. Jay G. says:

    In MA you pay the sales tax when you register the car, FYI.

    As for the J-frame vs. Sig P232, I choose the J-frame every time.

    Now if it’s J-frame vs. P3AT…

  3. Kaerius(SWE) says:

    Re: (comments on) best sword tested by cutting pigs

    Reminds me of some videos on youtube, people cutting 8″ diameter trees down with one stroke of a broadsword, and likewise cutting tatami mat around a wood with same. These being things people often use to prove how sharp katanas are, but a broadsword works just as well. Though in defense of katanas sharpness, there’s also some people crazy enough to test it with both a bullet(cleaved in half), and a high pressure water saw for cutting metal, neither damaged the blades.

  4. Kristopher says:

    You can’t sell a kidney … but you can get reimbursed for time lost from work, pain, and suffering caused by the procedure.

    You can’t buy a kidney … but people who make $1m+ donations to the hospital magically receive one immediately.

  5. Isaiah Kellogg says:

    Ha, I finally got a weird search term included! I’ve been trying for weeks to come up with interesting and weird search terms that would wind up on Monday Search Term Safari. The nuclear option finally worked.

    This feels like when you win the game, but you know you cheated.

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