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Update of November 2006

In March of this year the guestbook I had maintained since 1996 came under attack by evil spam-bots, sometimes several a day.  It cost me both time and money to delete all the garbage, which I did repeatedly for months, but the bot-masters have beat me.  For example, on September 15th alone those evil bots added over 90 messages consisting of more than 300 kilobytes of garbage to the guestbook's server.

At that rate (30% of the server's space in one day) it fills up quickly, at which point no messages from real people I want to hear from, like you, can fit.  (If you posted an entry and got an error message, sorry.)


When: Dec 28, 1996 at 13:45
Comments: you have it!

When: Dec 30, 1996 at 21:49
Comments: Well.. maybe I have to test this guestbok too my god.. It works.. !!

When: Jan 9, 1997 at 19:34
Comments: This BarelyBad hit our site heeeavy.. so the Troll's hits back. I love that "extremely most excellent web page". You may say: it's a small world! :-) If you think you know norwegian.. hit the link above.

When: Jan 14, 1997 at 09:03
Comments: good morning... I found you- However, I have no graphics, remember- I'm running at 2400 Baud. What a WRITOR you are!

When: Jan 16, 1997 at 02:18
Comments: Come into my parlor...

When: Jan 23, 1997 at 12:09
Comments: your page made me laaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuugggggggghhhhhhh

When: Feb 12, 1997 at 11:42
Comments: Is there any prozac in you house??

When: Feb 16, 1997 at 00:04
Comments: I couldn't find your picture!!!!!

When: Feb 17, 1997 at 22:56
Comments: The above URL is to my new pizza place. You can create and even EAT pizza online. Witness the crazy antics of some very rude waiters, and all in Cyberspace!

When: Feb 20, 1997 at 09:49
Comments: I was told that you might have a Zeiss 70-210 zoom for sale. Yes/No/maybe? Let me know $$$, condition, etc. I have a 16mm Zeiss 'rectilinear fisheye' in excellent condition for possible trade... Thanks, Jan

When: Feb 23, 1997 at 10:03
Comments: Nice to meet you, BarelyBad!

When: Mar 2, 1997 at 10:59
Comments: Hi, BB

When: Mar 13, 1997 at 20:07
Comments: I haven't been here for awhile and you have made gigantic improvements...great web site barely. It must make your mama proud :)

When: Apr 9, 1997 at 19:48
Comments: I thought it was writer and editor :)

When: Apr 19, 1997 at 17:47
Comments: I want to read more from Prairie. What an excellent writer. I want to move to Kansas, and "gasp" I already live here.

When: May 6, 1997 at 11:35
Comments: Fabulous dry wit and great sense of humor! Very talented writer as well! Your site made me :-). Thanx!

When: Jun 1, 1997 at 10:56
Comments: Nice homepage...:) I`m going to follow your tips about getting that million on the stock.market..:)...see you on IRC.....:)

When: Jun 3, 1997 at 01:02

When: Jul 13, 1997 at 01:12
Comments: I note there are no messages below. Does that mean that no one has paid the five bucks?

When: Jul 14, 1997 at 14:07
Comments: Five bucks is a bargain to have a good belly laugh.... but if you have a bad belly or just a fat one the site should work on it too !! Would you consider five doe as opposed to bucks. I can't be as funny as you have been, so I'll quit

When: Aug 10, 1997 at 03:07
Comments: Hello. Your page Blows Shit.

When: Sep 6, 1997 at 01:14
Comments: I met you today at electronic boutique. You have a a very good looking page. Youve put a lot of effort into it.

When: Nov 27, 1997 at 20:12
Comments: Hi John: I am in awe - a real page of your own for heavens sake! Joyce said I could feel free to contact you about IRC info. When I s feeling my 70 years I might do that. Meanwhite, tell Joyce to have a good Thanksgiving, and you do the same.

When: Jan 9, 1998 at 01:56
Comments: I'm terribly afraid of going bald and getting Zorkin' hair plughs. In the meantime, I'll spew some of the stuff that my brain is too full of lately: nonsense: mov al,0 mov ah,1 mov cx, [bx] int 40h cmp bx,1 jne nonsense jmp exit mov ah, 4ch int 16h P.S. check out this site: http://dallett.seeport.com/pigserver/

When: Feb 12, 1998 at 04:04
Comments: BB, I am surprised that you have not updated this page. Puh leeze

When: Mar 28, 1998 at 23:41
Comments: LOL! Why does this page always make me laugh--no matter how often I visit?

When: Apr 25, 1998 at 01:00
Comments: bb is a fine worker, and I intend to work on the campaign to elect him as governor of France.

When: Aug 6, 1998 at 00:56
Comments: I have visited your page many many times. I still laugh whenever I come here.

When: Aug 26, 1998 at 21:10
Comments: I'm REALLY REALLY happy that you are updating your website. I am having lots of fun finding the changes.

When: Sep 7, 1998 at 22:10 

Comments    chuckle (I didn't want to) $$$$ for http://www.dailycrossword.com
When    Nov 18, 1998, at 21:54
Comments    Really entertaining web site! Do you construct crosswords or hang out at cruciverb or NYT?
When    Nov 27, 1998, at 20:56
Comments    Thanks for letting me know about your monograph. I placed a LINK to it from crosswordtournament.com Puzzle on, Garth!
When    Nov 30, 1998, at 22:52
Comments    Hi, I enjoyed your essay on crosswords. -Martin
When    Dec 8, 1998, at 08:55
Comments    love it...I've played the cute sound for all in the office, and for myself several times...did not make it through without laughing out loud. will send text on Essential asap. can't tell you what your support means to us.
When    Dec 28, 1998, at 11:47
Comments    This is a great website. I really enjoy it every time I come. Free surgery, huh?
When    Jan 7, 1999, at 00:47
Comments    I am still being entertained. So much to read.. so little time. Thanks for all your stuff that makes me smile. Grin a little more.. let me see that smile of yours instead of the owie.. it would be far more entertaining!
When    Aug 17, 1999, at 19:30
Comments    How did you learn about Project Essential?
When    Oct 15, 1999, at 01:39
Comments    I like the new "words" page. I have taken note of my shortcomings and will try to improve. At the very least, I won't get any worse.
When    Jan 30, 2000, at 23:07 Eastern
Comments    Hi. I really enjoyed your web site. i will be giving a 10-minute speech on crosswords within the hour, and i took a lot of info from you site. it was a great source for crossword puzzles. thanks!
When    Feb 6, 2000, at 17:46 Eastern
Comments    We are intersted to purchase in Cloth Towel Dispenser for HOLIDAY INN HOTEL PAKISTAN (Lahore). Please fax us follwoing detail; 1- FOB Prices for 05 Nos. Dispensers 2- Material availability 3- Mode of paymant 4- Gross and volumetric weight of shipment Please send above information along with brochure on our fax no. +92-42-5425514. An early reply would be heighly appreciated. Looking forward for good future business relation. Regards, Ahmed Murtaza Business Development Manager PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES L.D.A FLAT NO.53/4-C, CHENAB BLOCK, ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN, LAHORE, PAKISTAN TELEFAX : +92-42-5425514 E-MAIL : pes_ahmed@maktoob.com    [See here?]
When    Feb 8, 2000, at 12:02 Eastern
Comments    1) Read many of your pages, but could not find your name...will you identify yourself? 2) Re: Critique of NYT & Will's reply -- I presume now you will get a copy of RH2. How would YOU clue "internet" and "web" (in a e-context)? 3) On you IRC page, you refer to some online pals as "Norwaynians." Is that their term or yours? I have only heard of Norwegians or Norse. 4) I didn't see any commercial references on your site, tho I didn't search extensively, but would you consider reciprocal links with "www.itscubular.com"? (Gift items for cruciverbalists) Thanks, Jerry
When    Feb 26, 2000, at 21:32 Eastern
Comments    do you kow anyting about echolalia? The doc told me last week my 9 year old son suffers from it and I've not found anything on the internet about it. I'm just very curious about it Thanks for listening Heather
When    Mar 6, 2000, at 09:35 Eastern
Comments    Love your site! Gather your name Johnny, from your sig at the Cru site. Keep up the good work. As a graphic artist, amongst other things, I love the crazy pics. All the best: Mike
When    Mar 15, 2000, at 19:40 Eastern
Comments    You are one crazy earthling!
When    Apr 4, 2000, at 18:47 Eastern
Comments    very interesting and amusing and entertaining, even while i was playing Hearts at the same time.
When    Apr 10, 2000, at 17:33 Eastern
Comments    Why do remain anonymous? I would have expected to find your name in the "111 Words about Me". Is it somewhere else on your site that I have noticed?
When    Apr 25, 2000, at 15:11 Eastern
Comments    Hi, Did you mean to misspell "editor" under Words About Me? Best regards, K Hamilton on Cruciverb-L
When    Jun 19, 2000, at 21:56 Eastern
Comments    Dude, right on, another weak and pathetic web site! Keep up the good work.
When    Jun 21, 2000, at 23:11 Eastern
Comments    Hey hey, long time no... I'm finally starting to put together a web presence after several years without one. Mostly throwing my old sites back up on my server unchanged. the link above is not guaranteed to remain the same (I don't have a static IP on my DSL) but it hasn't changed since February... Check out my MP3 collection :-)
When    Jun 23, 2000, at 05:12 Eastern
Comments    Cool! I haven't had time to really look around yet, but obviously you have a great sense of humor and good Web-building skills! (I'm the expert you emailed, by the way.)
When    Jul 5, 2000, at 13:07 Eastern
Comments    I think that you were very acurate in your dipiction of the exspirance you recived on the large earth moving equiment . Thank you for being there for the exspirance that I had to share .
When    Jul 9, 2000, at 00:50 Eastern
Comments    I could browse this sight for hours, but I gotta go. cya later
When    Jul 20, 2000, at 12:25 Eastern
Comments    I thinkk you get akik out pissen in peoples corn flakes Gof fu*k your self
When    Sep 1, 2000, at 08:55 Eastern
Comments    Jodphurs, lo! Splendthrifterous coniferous Nebraska. Greeley diddle her beeves in the bulge of their sideways. Jolly Good! Too much to read at once though - I assume it'll be all right in the fridge till later. I recently bought a good horse with a bouncy 30 cheque, by the way
When    Sep 9, 2000, at 20:42 Eastern
Comments    What a silly man I am - managed to type my web address in all wrong - sorry!
When    Sep 10, 2000, at 01:27 Eastern
Comments    I just spent over 2 hours at your home-on-the-web and enjoyed every minute.
When    Oct 20, 2000, at 14:33 Eastern
Comments    I don't get to visit here as often as I like. It's still the best page on the web.
When    Oct 29, 2000, at 10:00 Eastern
Comments    Hi again Barely! Since you so eloquently told me my typing is showing up with useless tildes . . . which I prefer instead of dashes or hyphens, I thought I'd let you know that in your sentence "My full-time job is writor of and editer" you misspelled writer and editor. Cheers :)
When    Jan 28, 2001, at 02:39 Eastern
Comments    I have not read your whole site, but I did look at your story regarding your pretending to be a doctor. Do you know that if you really paid the policy limits without getting a release and then encouraged her to sue Beth that you were in Bad Faith as to Beth both personally and as an agent of LM? Do you care? It makes a better story the way you tell it!
When    Feb 11, 2001, at 15:44 Eastern
Comments    I still giggle when I get the chance to come here. Thanks.
When    Mar 24, 2001, at 20:49 Eastern
Comments    Funny. I'm an adjuster in Alaska and I got a kick out of this.
When    Apr 14, 2001, at 17:56 Eastern
Comments    I have tried both Crossword Compiler and Crossworks software programs. However, in trying to construct puzzles using a 50-150 word list that I have created; all I get are vocabulary puzzles that neither use all of my words, nor follow the NYTimes crossword puzzle construction rules. Do you know of any crossword construction software program that will construct a puzzle using all (or most) of my 50 -150 word list and follow the NYTimes crossword puzzle construction rules? Please email me your response and how I can obtain/purchase this type software. Thank you very much.
When    May 14, 2001, at 15:37 Eastern
Comments    I don't even know how I stumbled upon this, but I am so relieved now that I have! Humorous and true! Very funny stuff. Another kindred spirit rises to the occasion of seeing the humor in our freaky world. Yeah, BB!
When    May 15, 2001, at 12:08 Eastern
Comments    Hi! This is a really great site! It is the kind of web-page I'd like to develop and maintain for myself. Thanks especially for the page on 'Language in thought and action'. I had read it a few years back and liked it a back. Thanks for reminding me of this book!
When    May 22, 2001, at 13:09 Eastern
Comments    crap
When    Jun 4, 2001, at 09:27 Eastern
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When    Jun 13, 2001, at 09:41 Eastern
Comments    I have not finished reading your website. Like you said it is a long one but I have read to some great length of Dan Quayle. I think I do not see the quote he has on Hawaii. Did you miss that quote? I will visit again when I have time. I have just started building my homepages. It is not much yet maybe overtime it will be as long as yours. PEACE snhha
When    Jun 17, 2001, at 07:20 Eastern
Comments    Well barely bad, good web site. I too took Logic 101 and felt the same way but did learn more or retained more than from any other class. Learned there is no such thing when you haven't or don't or can't know all the X factors. Not knowing that is most people's problems it seems. It should be taught in grammer school. How much more interesting school would become for all. Seems like if I remember right you didn't like what I said in one of my questions about trying to get every body to pray for peace and Good will on earth for a min. 4th of July. But can't remember exactly what will look later. But it seems like we should be on the same thought patterns waves. Slipping and sliding. Peace, Betty
When    Jul 5, 2001, at 19:21 Eastern
Comments    your page is dumb! you fu*king stupid ass bastard! lets all play crossword puzzles! he he
When    Aug 23, 2001, at 12:20 Eastern
Comments    Hope you'll take a look at my book, if short on funds can download a free chapter on reaching the God-part of your brain. Besides Ebook, Palm, also comes in Paperback. Avaiable at Amazon.com and can be ordered through Barnes and Noble. Blessings, Betty
When    Sep 5, 2001, at 21:11 Eastern
Comments    Hey Johnny Epaminondas, If you think you the world's foremost expert then why does this web site suck so bad? I will decide if I will bring the site down, but it hardly seems the effort. Good luck in the battle of the wits you are going to need it.
When    Sep 18, 2001, at 23:02 Eastern
Comments    I have not been able to got through everything yet, however I did s by the IRC portion and found that you found my secret reason for marrying scguy! hmm...I thought I was the only one that knew that! :) Funny page, I'll have to continue reading...but for now I have to run and take care of our new little one (dizzguy)...yeah we multiplied. Take care all!
When    Oct 4, 2001, at 12:54 Eastern
Comments    Ok, so I have perused your complete site and I have failed to even crack a smile. I think you owe me way more than a dollar. In fact I should get monthly stipend for having had the unfortunate luck of running into this site. In fact I have to get out of here as my IQ is dropping for every minute I am in contact with it.
When    Oct 18, 2001, at 12:44 Eastern
Comments    pretty boring stuff here a guy that take and exploits lies and untruths, suffer from prolixity do you????
When    Oct 19, 2001, at 03:23 Eastern
Comments    I don't know who ya' are but, ya' got a great website!
When    Nov 19, 2001, at 11:07 Eastern
Comments    www.garageband.com/Artist/michelletidmore.html (yeah im a musician) http://sites.netscape.net/michelletidmore/lawlinks.html (yeah i give a shit) http://sites.netscape.net/michelletidmore/ONE_MORE_TIME_AROUND.html (yeah Im a writer this is current project in works which will be never ending) my 4th novel. Yeah, I always tell the truth, easier to remember!
When    Dec 6, 2001, at 12:52 Eastern
Comments    hmmm, makes me wonder if you were the adjuster for the bicyclist that I ran into while pulling out onto a one way road, yes of course he was going the wrong way, I was looking to pull out into traffic. Wonderful site, glad I took the time to look into who barelybad was a little further, funny, I doubt anyone else here has had the sense to do that much.
When    Dec 6, 2001, at 13:06 Eastern
Comments    I love all your crossword stuff - just when I don't think you can go on, you add something about dreams or 'atli.' As for me, Merl Reagle is my fave constructor. I saw him speak a our 'most excellent Barnes&Noble, and hi implied he had had some sort of falling out with the now-late Eugene T. Maleska. --Ned
When    Dec 31, 2001, at 19:51 Eastern
Comments    Let you know later. Just wanted to oblige this before I forget.
When    Jan 11, 2002, at 01:07 Eastern
Comments    Pay me four dollars and I'll put your message here. (Make it five and I'll put it in italics.) ...are you kidding?
When    Jan 14, 2002, at 19:10 Eastern
Comments    i want me $1
When    Jan 15, 2002, at 00:23 Eastern
Comments    Your webpage... it fu*kin' sucks. And did I mention? It sucks. Humor is not your thing. Don't quit your day job. And where's my dollar?
When    Jan 17, 2002, at 02:33 Eastern
Comments    Just had to say I am thoroughly enjoying your site. I don't know if I will ever get around to reading all of it but like a good book, I want to savor every page. Thanks for everything!
When    Feb 25, 2002, at 09:36 Eastern
Comments    Will recommend to other 'verbivores'
When    Mar 14, 2002, at 12:48 Eastern
Comments    Thanks for the excerpt from "Language in Thought and Action". Just what I was looking for.
When    Mar 21, 2002, at 10:03 Eastern
Comments    My freind Greg Decker, who happens to be an honerary Spitzenberger, has informed me of you interest. I am a 25 year old Homosapiens Deluxe with bad grammer and spelling. But thats OK, because god can do whatever he wants. The problem is, I dont want to do very much. So I appreciate any help from others to spread the good name of Paul Spitzenberger. And by the way, any actions directed towards one Spitzenberger are directed towards us all. Have a good day
When    Apr 19, 2002, at 22:05 Eastern
Name    Georgie
E-mail    president@whitehouse.gov
Web URL    http://whitehouse.gov
Comments    Great new guestbook, Johnny, or should I say BarelyBad. You're such a card. Oh, by the way, right now it's May 9, 2002, at 11:44 am Eastern time. Anyway, thanks a lot for all the advice over the years, and Laura and the twins say to send you a "special" kiss, whatever that means.
When    May 9, 2002, at 11:44 Eastern

Comments    Out of curiosity, I had to come over, seems like a fun place, and interesting. Good for you! Peace, Diana
When    Jun 11, 2002, at 13:08 Eastern
Comments    Nice and *funny* site! My favorite is the words section. I found it by searching for the proper use of "only" (I can't recall the exact search string that I used). Two suggestions. You did not include my favorite R-addition: toilet --> torlet. Also, after reading some of the other guest book entries (particularly the ones who think they are owed a dollar), I think you should add the following to your $1 guarantee: "If your IQ is greater than 45 and you can go through this site without chuckling..." Good day! Eric
When    Jul 10, 2002, at 18:13 Eastern
Comments    It was of interest to pan ur site but I only wanted to download a colossal type crossword for my girlfriends and her son. Her son is having some learning difficulty and would, after watching us ,have some quality and educational time with his mother. Giving him the opportunity to get involved with all. Possibly metamorphosising.
When    Sep 14, 2002, at 07:49 Eastern
Comments    A fine site. I'll be sending people here to look at "lay-lie," because I'm tired of explaining it. I have only one complaint--that's about your gender pronoun conclusions. I agree that writing around is best, but I won't hold still for "he" as the default pronoun. When not able to write around, I alternate "he" and "she." That's fair, and if it jars people now,it won't forever, because I'm on the case and maybe you'll join me. Keep it up! Jane
When    Oct 13, 2002, at 12:04 Eastern
Comments    Grump-baiting is a waste of time and a perverse preoccupation. Grumping surpasses grump-baiting any day.
When    Nov 7, 2002, at 18:33 Eastern

Comments    Thanks for the word rants. I got here by searching for "heart rendering" which is a malapropism that has bothered me for years. I was thinking about it because I heard Gordon Bethune on the radio this morning say that government assistance for United Airlines "...skewers it for the rest of us."
When    Dec 6, 2002, at 17:46 Eastern
Comments    you are very odd
When    Dec 21, 2002, at 07:16 Eastern
Comments    A Fish In Time Watch the cosmic fish dancing in the sky. Isn't that amazing? Man, that fish can fly. The fish is quite amazing, That much is true. It can fly through time. I can't, can you? Through different dimensions the fish can navigate. The fish is not someone you want to instagate. The fish is all powerful. It's as strong as can be. No one is better than the cosmic fish you see. So if you ever see the fish be sure to realize the fish is the greatest thing in the sunny skies.
When    Dec 27, 2002, at 19:09 Eastern
Comments    Dear Johnny, Ve-r-r-ry interesting site. I too am a NYT crossword puzzle addict. I also remember you from AskMe. Two things: 1. Please don't forget the 5 stars you promised.  (Oh, yes, I am A/K/A American Chazz of the Chazz Group); and 2. Making entries in your guestbook would be much easier if the type were a wee bit smaller. Regards, Chad
When    Jan 10, 2003, at 11:17 Eastern
Name    Saddam Hussein
E-mail    1@iraq.net
Web URL    http://iamgreat.net
Comments    Oops, I probably have better things to do than write you right now, what with it being April 7, 2003, at 11:43 am where you are, but I know you want to test your new guest book.
When    Apr 07, 2003, at 12:43 Eastern
When    Jun 01, 2003, at 07:33 Eastern
Comments    hey there! thanks for making such a fun website for those of us that like intellectual random tangents on subjects we wouldnt think to look up in a search engine. you are a great thinker and explain yourself in the most logical way ever. not to mention you have collectively wasted at least 12 hours of my time in the last week not to mention all the hours that i still have yet to read through and explore. and now you have me addicted to crossword puzzles to. thanks, man! BUT, i do have to say, you have had some of the coolest jobs ever and you are a creative genius! thanks for making this site. -a
When    Jun 08, 2003, at 11:03 Eastern
Comments    Hi Sir I find interesting and i learn some thing keek going is nice Guy
When    Jun 28, 2003, at 09:57 Eastern
Comments    I printed out your monograph on crossword puzzles for my evening reading (in between crossword puzzles), and now I can't get back to it to explore the online digressions. I'll keep trying. I'm an ole retired lady in Georgia, a nonfiction writer and poet, very involved in mental health advocacy, Democratic politics, and environmental issues. Will be working on a Habitat project with some others in October.
When    Jun 30, 2003, at 20:37 Eastern
Comments    Your site has a gas!! I was looking up the North, way, way up North and you came up in the listings, and I clicked on you, and was quite surprised!! A good experience...
When    Jul 25, 2003, at 19:34 Eastern
Comments    I just stumbled upon your site, but I suspect it will ultimately be a fascinating trip. I'll read on and comment later. However, right now I'd like to suggest that you reposition your guestbook postings so that the most current are displayed first. Otherwise, it looks (to the person too lazy to scroll down) like you haven't had any movement on that page since 1996. It's a psychological thing, you know? People are like sheep...they only want to go those places currently occupied by others of their kind.
When    Oct 10, 2003, at 14:55 Eastern
Comments    Hey, Great work, particularly with the Words pages. I think you've got it wrong at Steep Learning Curve. The y-axis/vertical axis is a measure not of "degree of learning", but of "things to be learnt", put crudely another way, "amount of stuff to acquire"! And, although you might say I'm being pedantic, I have seen an illustration of this concept somewhere before, and it was indeed a curve and not a straight line in Steep Learning Curve. Have a great day anyway!
When    Nov 03, 2003, at 00:20 Eastern
Comments    give my dollar to habitat for humanity if you are not an "evil genius" then you must be a "---- -----" 2 wrongs do not make a right... but 3 lefts do great site.... keep up the good work
When    Jan 28, 2004, at 10:36 Eastern
Comments    Well, here's one recipient of a previous courriel responded, "Sorry, I never click on links in emails from total strangers. If you'd like to tell me who the alias belongs to, I'll consider checking out the article." After giving the matter some thought, it came to me. It's only reasonable that I should provide credentials. To that end, I'm advising recipients along the following lines: You trust the Google search engine ... right? So, why not do this? Query by using my formal name within enclosing quotes "A. Alexander Stella". Upon one's doing so, the screen will fill with a bunch of references. As for the previous courriel, here's how it went, in part, . Your Friend A Alexander "Bogey" Stella considered the following article interesting and wanted to send it to you. Kangaroo Court, 98th-Percentile Style (Date: 2004-01-30 09:49:24) ic: A. Alexander Stella URL: http://www.bcvoice.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=193 You can read interesting articles at BC Voice http://www.bcvoice.com toodles \ membership #1135317 p.s - this last was my i.d designation.
When    Feb 04, 2004, at 14:39 Eastern
Comments    I found this website from a google search "lawsuit Walgreens expiration" It doesn't explain why this website came up or why i started to read about margo's lawsuits or why "free surgery" tempted me - maybe because I've had expensive surgery that was worthless. When I clicked on home and started to look at the "fun pix" i realized you stole my idea - taking photos of bad signs. so therefore... oh nevermind... i'm going to heat up some catfish pizza for lunch.
When    Feb 26, 2004, at 14:41 Eastern
Comments    I am male, 56 years old. My wife is terminally ill. Hospice started last weeek. I spend a lot of time on the web passing time. This site is a great help to me. us0319@juno.com
When    Apr 27, 2004, at 01:37 Eastern
Comments    What is it exactly I'm supposed to say? My parents told me never talk to strangers. You all are strangers, so I guess I have nothing to say.
When    Apr 28, 2004, at 19:53 Eastern
Comments    Hello, my name is Lynn. Recently i came across your website. It is sh*t isn't it?! Come on, just admitt it. I mean how much time do you have on your hands? People make spelling mistakes all the time, and not necessarily because they're stupid, maybe just because they have so many other, better things to be doing with there time. Maybe you should join the rest of the world and start socializing rather than sitting at a desk staring at a computer montior all day. And yes i've made spelling mistakes in this e-mail. Are you so pathetic your going to check it??? UP YOURS (sincerely), Lynn
When    May 21, 2004, at 09:08 Eastern
Comments    After reading your letter regarding the mensa test it became apparent that you are quite bitter because your intelligence level was not up to the standards required by mensa. However this feeling of rejection appears to have made you want to place the blame elsewhere instead of accepting that you are simply not intelligent enough. You could continue to blame the wording of the questions on your failure but you have to remember that the wording is the same for everyone and maybe it is their higher intelligence level that allows them to make sense of the question. In regards to the question about the money, if the answer you are looking for is not on the paper then it is clearly not the correct answer and therefore look for another one. You cannot blame such small errors (if they are in fact errors). on your failure. You seem quite critical of the small things in this world as i also noticed your 'fun pix'. Everybody makes mistakes (im sure even you) and it appears that what has happened is you feel your intelligence is quite superior to most and therefore feel as though you are able to criticise. Thus in turn when u discovered you werent intelligent enough to join mensa you couldnt handle the inferior feeling and thus placed the blame on them. Remember drugs are for mugs. This should entertain you for a while as you can pick out the mistakes and send it back to me if you like. sincerely,
When    May 21, 2004, at 09:55 Eastern
Comments    You're 51 and you don't seem to understand the best reason for people our age (I'm 52) to do serious crossword puzzles? Yes, all the things you mentioned are valid, but it's critical, as we grow older, to keep our minds razor-sharp. Scientists seem to agree that, in whatever way we do that, it forestalls the onset of dementia and other similar diseases. Our minds need a workout just as our bodies do!
When    Jun 17, 2004, at 00:09 Eastern
Comments    Great site!!! We need to stand united and let these heighbors from hell know who's boss!!! Please visit our site and leave us and email!!! thank you!!! www.badneighbor.net
When    Jul 30, 2004, at 23:46 Eastern
Comments    Hi I love your site. We are considering a section on our site (www.hypnoticworld.com) which is all about hypniosis - to include a hypnoteaser section that includes crosdswords containing hypnotic terms. Having tried to write a symmetrical crossword and getting totally frustrated from the exercise - we wondered if you have any tips - or - do you outsource and write specialized crosswords such as this? If so, what are your fees? We look forward to hearing from you. Sorry but I couldn't find your email address on your site. Warmest regards Faith
When    Sep 09, 2004, at 18:26 Eastern
Comments    freaky dood.....but I'm gonna steal an idea.....lol.
When    Sep 15, 2004, at 05:39 Eastern
Comments    Thanks for the research on the US states. By the way this is a sure fired way to easily win a $100.
When    Sep 22, 2004, at 00:54 Eastern
Comments    Read parts of your site and LOVED IT! The Crossword Puzzle essay is great. I almost could have written it myself, but your days-in-a-row is much longer than mine! Ashamed to say I belong to Mensa (which I applied to during a period of low low self-esteem, hoping to regain some), but strongly suspect it is largely a hoax. Can't believe you didn't get in, unles someone learned what a gadfly your are. Hasn't Mensa ever heard of multiple intelligences and the latest brain research?? Never have I seen these ics mentioned in the monthly journal. Hmm, is it up to me? Why don't you re-apply (I think the numbers are down and members are really needed; maybe you are off the black list by now) and you could reform the organization. Why would anyone want to join (I used to say, and still to some extent do) a group whose members have nothing in common but a range of test scores on an obsolete test? Best wishes, Another word lover
When    Sep 25, 2004, at 21:09 Eastern
Comments    Well, I've surfed through this site for quite a few hours now---it's addictive!---and I've accumulated some thoughts. A. Merriam-Webster and I disagree with your complaints about the different, but equally valid, adjectival uses of "suspicious" (http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=suspicious&x=14&y=8). B. Don't you think that ellipses are just good clean fun sometimes? Come on now! C. Has the NYT Sunday Crossword gotten way easier over time, or have I gotten way smarter? Back, say, 8 years ago--or even as recently as 5--I attempted this crossword occasionally and would be unable to answer more than 4 or 5 clues. Now, though, I can do the whole thing, generally without resource assistance, in less than an hour. I can do the cryptics and acrostics too! I was very proud of this until I noticed many other yahoos in my local coffeeshop being similarly successful. Perhaps this is the influence of Will Shortz as editor, whom you mentioned. D. The Internet makes many of the pricy crossword reference materials you mention less necessary than they once were. I love the onelook.com multiple-dictionary searcher, where you can insert question marks for unknown letters and then have it search only for words related to a particular concept. Maybe that really IS cheating, though.... E. In the "FunPix Lost Forever" category, I once saw a message board outside a Salvation Army missionary church that read: PRAISE LOUDLY! BLAME SOFTLY I laughed hysterically for about 15 minutes. My companion (who, fortunately, was the one driving) didn't understand what was so funny about it, so maybe it wasn't really. Wish I'd had a camera, though. F. I think you should go watch some more surgeries and tell us about them. Holy moly. More claims adjuster stories would also be welcome. Bye--thanks!
When    Oct 14, 2004, at 14:42 Eastern
Comments    worked in veracruz mexico and had one of you team film me and was on the lookout for anything posted from the build. not me but anything. love habitat as i have been doing such for 15 years. Retired as a electrician and now have plenty of time to help. Your cameraman filmed me as i had faces painted on my knees. Thanks t
When    Nov 07, 2004, at 18:41 Eastern
Comments    Wonder how many folks blow through this without a hint of what frottage and echolalia mean, and don't take the time to find out (or even read the intro). Can we spell tongue in cheek? One can only hope. Its intriguing that there are (non-constructive) critiques in the guestbook ... A) that the owner leaves them there and B) if you don't like it, turn the channel. Chill, dudes.
When    Nov 10, 2004, at 20:54 Eastern
Comments    Came across your web site while trying to track down Will Shortz in order to heap contumely on his haid for pissing me off with all the carelessness in his xword puzzles. Could not find Shortz, but felt vindicated by the list of errors you displayed and his -- sometimes -- lame responses. Know now why he keeps low profile. Has he ever considered hiring some English majors!?
When    Dec 13, 2004, at 17:44 Eastern
Comments    ECHOLALIA, ECHOlALIa, ECHOLALia, ECHOLAlia, ECHOLalia, ECHOlalia, ECHolalia, ECholalia, Echolalia, echolalia. Hee Hee. Your site caused great mirth - I sense a kindred spirit.
When    Jan 07, 2005, at 00:12 Eastern
Comments    I KNOW "LAY AND LIE" I am at peace if I die English language sucks
When    Jan 21, 2005, at 10:12 Eastern
Comments    You're an idiot. S crying about how you got rejected by Mensa. If you really believe you're Mensa-material, go ahead and pay money to take the supervised test. But it's probably better if you stick with reality and don't take the test.
When    Jan 26, 2005, at 20:54 Eastern
Comments    I am completely grateful for your site! I just happened upon it while searching for the definitive difference between "lay" and "lie," as it's never been thoroughly, coherently explained to me before (I suspect because it was not thoroughly, coherently understood by my teachers), and I just fell in love with the pictures of B and adorable captions (my favorite is the little mark on the monument from her accident). I love kids and can't wait to have my own, so I like to live vicariously through those fortunate enough to have already experienced parenthood. I, too, love language, although I am obviously not as skilled as you, yet. Are you really the backup President of France? Oh, and I also commend you on going by your first name with your child.
When    Feb 12, 2005, at 00:56 Eastern
Comments    I'm sitting at the Corinth Library in Prairie Village because I have to be somewhere in a few hours. To waste time, I'm Googling people from my past. I Googled my old mentor Everett Rees from SM East, and the first hit is your website. Apparently you also encountered Uncle. My relationship with Everett began in the early 1970s and ended prior to his death. He taught me a lot about writing and thinking (and also about drinking scotch -- I was an adult, by the way, not a student -- when I knew him). I think the best thing he taught me about writing was to write about an IDEA about cats, not about cats per se. I miss him and have thought about visiting his grave to share a shot of Pinch, his favorite.
When    Feb 16, 2005, at 13:08 Eastern
Comments    Call me vain for checking, but I was wondering if anyone else wrote about Everett Rees. Of course, no one said a thing, so I spent a few minutes reading other comments in your guestbook. Jesus christ! Who taught these people how to write? Everett must be spinning.
When    Feb 17, 2005, at 21:28 Eastern
Comments    In case you didn't receive my earlier email about the missing clue for 4 down (stipel) in the NYT's hardest crossword.
When    Feb 23, 2005, at 11:33 Eastern
Comments    Might versus may got me here. Here looks interesting and worth exploring. Thank you for creating something interesting and worth exploring. Can't explore tonight but hopefully soon .... and hopefully I'll then be thanking you for creating a something of value in any of its various facets.
When    Mar 02, 2005, at 02:14 Eastern
Comments    I like you : )
When    Mar 02, 2005, at 14:39 Eastern
Comments    Believe in Jesus
When    Apr 14, 2005, at 17:24 Eastern
Comments    Moron!
When    Apr 16, 2005, at 00:31 Eastern
Comments    I love this web site. I found it while looking at pictures of messed up medical procedures. That is where I came across the leg amp. story, I haven't sped looking at this site for the past three hours. But work is over and I have to go home. Oh the fplivingroom.htm is the sun shining through the peep hole on your door, I had the same problem. Keep up the great work, I love dry senses of humor!
When    May 28, 2005, at 15:27 Eastern
Comments    I love your site! I am a crossword constructor with five puzzles published in the daily NY Times and one in the pipeline, but I have over 500 more that need homes. Any advice on good places to submit crosswords? Thanks, Adam
When    Jun 10, 2005, at 14:47 Eastern
Comments    I do the New York Times Crossword every day and I get frustrated when there are errors. For instance, in #0513 (June 24, 2005) the clue was "Tenors and altos" and the answer was "He's". (Maybe they are talking about the Gay Men's Choir?). I am looking for a feedback spot to report these errors.
When    Jun 25, 2005, at 09:49 Eastern
Comments    Where I live, Habitat for Humanity is a joke. Sure, they provide housing for the poor, but the houses are flimsy. Without getting into too much boring detail, I'd sooner live in a tent. In my area, Habitat claims to be "Christian" but if you ever saw how they treat new hires you'd think you were looking at some secular corporation rather than a "Christian" organization. I've seen employees treated like dirt by more experienced employees. Management didn't get involved when it should have. I've seen people with substantial disabilities made fun of by the so-called "Christians" who work there. A red flag went up when I became aware that Habitat is a "non-profit" organization exempt from federal income taxes. Habitat is nothing more than a secular organization pretending to be "Christian" in order to loophole its way out of paying its share of taxes. Do they pray at the build sites? Sure they do. But I have to believe that no just God would bother listening to their insincere prayers! So let's see: pretend to be a Christian group in order to shirk taxes (and con the public into donating money and things), treat disabled people with ridicule based on their disability, and then feel no remorse because after all, they're "Christian" aren't they? Oh, and most important of all: those at the  with the really good incomes take the money and run.
When    Jun 25, 2005, at 16:23 Eastern
Comments    I googled {burn "free surgery"} and hit your site. Took me a few paragraphs to realize you wernt a kook. The "cigerett smokeing allowed" thing got the so desired "chuckle" so,...guess I missed out on the $1 (Which I learned about when I checked out your home page.) If any visitors know how my Love can get free cosmetic surgery please contact me. jon644@yahoo.com She was burned over 85% of her body when she was 11. She almost died. (I an so glad she did not. ! ) They only did about 4 surgries during the first few months of her recovery. I love her to death just as she is, and her scars are definately not life threatining. She is very comfortable in her skin and is not ashamed to wear a bathing suit in public. She has expressed some dissatisfaction with the shape of her ......hum thinnking of approaite way to say....hum.....well BUT . You see some of the inital surgeries grafted thick skin where the crack should still be. About 1.5 inches ...I think?. So if anyone knows where she could get some REAL :) free surgrey please let me know.
When    Jul 11, 2005, at 02:34 Eastern
Comments    Couldn't get to your email?? Anyway on your picture of the "lawn party" sign with the backward Q, has the name Rug Doctor is spelled wrong too...."Rug Docter". Sheesh.... Interesting site you have. Thanks. ' "
When    Jul 12, 2005, at 16:04 Eastern
Comments    i want to meet friends from europe and also all over the world.
When    Jul 21, 2005, at 14:05 Eastern
Comments    thanks for the help
When    Aug 26, 2005, at 19:45 Eastern
Comments    Yes! Really great site!!!
When    Sep 09, 2005, at 22:10 Eastern
Comments    Just came back online to get answers for "hardest" puzzle. Put down "e" instead of "a" in 28d, which is also 36a; otherwise solved puzzle in a little under 2 hours, though I wasn't real proud of some of the answers even after checking. I just wasn't comfortable with the whole thing, if you know what I'm talking about. Maybe it was the hype involved.
When    Sep 24, 2005, at 17:09 Eastern
Comments    I had a rhinoplasty with Dr. Richard Parfitt in Wisconsin in Feb 2005. My results made me very distressed and unhappy..literally sping life as I knew it for 9 mos. My breathing is so bad that I have to sleep up on pillows and I have to s jogging as I had been. I have started getting terrible headaches in the last few weeks. This may be related to the damage way inside. Had Dr. Parfitt only said "i'm sorry for these reults that we did not expect" INSTEAD of "You have personality disorders and your nose looks good" then I'd be doing something other than this right now.
When    Oct 01, 2005, at 14:02 Eastern
Comments    Great stuff - keep up the good work! PS - I got here by doing a google search for "US states north of Canada" Mike Minetti Las Vegas, Nevada
When    Oct 19, 2005, at 00:45 Eastern
Comments    As I was saying: Well.. maybe I have to test this guestbook again. My god, It still works.. !! :) Keep it up BB...
When    Oct 20, 2005, at 10:26 Eastern
Comments    you're defending the lowest form of life on earth, attorneys? That makes you the mother of all f'ing scumbags. You are a waste of air. Don't bother to respond SCUMBAG; you're not on my safelist. I don't put scumbags on it.
When    Nov 09, 2005, at 10:35 Eastern
Comments    The squirrels are staring at me again. I think they're jealous
When    Nov 20, 2005, at 00:25 Eastern
Comments    I have a question. I know of a lottery/game that offers a 60% chance to make a profit. It works like this. Let's say you buy a $10 ticket. This is put in a raffle with 4 other tickets. These five tickets are entered in a draw. First prize is $20, second $12, third $10.50, fourth $5 (so this player loses half) and player number five gets nothing. The organization gets $2.50. WIll there still be a sixty percent chance after a 1000 games? Is there any way to calculate margins for average winnings / losses? Thanks, xxx Satia
When    Dec 11, 2005, at 13:22 Eastern
Comments    I'm sure countless folks have reminded you that it's easy to tell that the capitol of Italia is Roma, while the capital is lire. (You spelled both with an "a".)
When    Jan 26, 2006, at 15:49 Eastern
Comments    I have a Mazda RX-8 since August 2005 and didn't realize when I purchased the car that I would have to use premium gas. Also I'm not adding in the miles since I live 6 miles from work round trip. I had an oil change in December 2005 with less than 1,000 miles. The dealer is suggesting oil changes every 3,000 or every 3 months. How often should I get the oil changes since I drive such a short distance? Also do I have to use premium gas at every fill up. How about every other fill up? I'm a senior driving this sporty car and just didn't realize what I was getting into. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you - listener every Sunday a.m. Marian
When    Jan 31, 2006, at 18:08 Eastern
Comments    I found your site by accident and what a good accident it was. I enjoyed your website. I'm going to pass it on. I cant help but think about how many mistakes you will find in this written entry :-) .
When    Feb 06, 2006, at 14:43 Eastern
Comments    Thanks for the fun website! I stumbled it after googling Arthur Bryant's and I stayed here for hours. A good friend who has since moved away and I used to pass the time in line at Bryant's laughing about the menu sign. I sent him the link to that "ledegenary" menu board. There used to be a back room in the Golden Ox that served cafeteria-style meat and potatoes lunches to hungry stockyard workers. They also had one of those menu boards with pressed-on letters, full of misspellings and awkward juxtapositions. I was alway too full after my hot beef sandwich to ever order the "desert pie cake" but I always wondered if it was tasty.
When    Feb 08, 2006, at 11:14 Eastern
Comments    Hello This message is not SPAN, tries to be directed well and it will not be repeated. 3DNAUTA PAPER is a 3D game. Another form of crossword. I am author, and proprietor of all the rights for the European Union. Name of the mark: 3DNAUTA Number of the mark: 000294827 Base of the mark: Communitarian mark I offer the commercial operation to you of this game, as well as of its infrastructures. EXCLUSIVELY AND PERPETUALLY. This game has been conceived to be negotiated of direct and fast form. MORE IMPORTANT QUALITIES OF THE GAME: 1 This game already has been announced at world-wide level. Never published in paper. 2 It is opportune, dice the great interest that wakes up the 3 dimensions at the moment. And also it is really new. 3 Being three-dimensional its MAIN APPLICATION is in 2D, that is to say, for newspapers, magazines, etc. 4 It have two levels: One easy and another difficult one without limit. 5 The preparation of the games (the problems) is, nevertheless and in both cases, very simple, much more simple that the preparation of small crosswords or a soup of letters. 6 It allow very beautiful presentations that could CARRY PUBLICITY. Even in black and white. The most innovating games, like those of type SUDOKU, are aesthetically very inferior occupying similar spaces. 7 The "Easy" version requires of 2 to 10 minutes so that a normal player of crosswords finds the solution. 8 Is very elementary and purified, it requires few explanations of easy translation to any language. The solution (it hides in another page) is also very brief, telegraphic. Soon it will become a "classic one" game. 9 The "Advanced" version can give rise to contest of high level of difficulty, since it treats, without a doubt, of the most difficult game of all, without needing for that reason no type general or specific culture. It is like the cube of Rubik elevated to the nth power. Exponential and on PAPER. 10 This advanced game allows to use a favorable argument: "a Pistol shot of exit" like a sport race. "3DNAUTA" is a mark that appears directly, of multiple forms and almost always in front page, all the best international finders of art, science, mathematics, games, puzzles, cryptography, etc. A much more ample information You can find it in: http://www.3dnauta.com See: 3DNAUTA PAPER (In front page, HOME) LATER TO ENTER the GAME To see: SAMPLES (Easy and hard) Also see: CONTEST 002 (Without solving from the 22 of January of 2003) This page URL has Spanish, French and English version. And in some cases, German. Simultaneous Translator. I accompany also an on line sample: http://www.3dnauta.com/images/buenaWEB.jpg Warm greetings and sorry by my English. I prefer manage my profil in Spanish or French. It is posible? Ulises Lopez-Sarry Moreno Rio Eume 58 1 27004 Lugo. Spain Tfn: 034- 982 214 913 galalu@3dnauta.com
When    Feb 25, 2006, at 17:06 Eastern
Comments    Interesting site. Read with great interest the bits about the foot amputation, and the rhinoplasty that went wrong. Your embalming story brings back some memories of the first one I saw (I work in the funeral business). I would strongly suggest that you should ask your funeral director friend if you could observe an embalming that has taken place after a post mortem (US-Ausy). The reason that this is more interesting is that in a non PM'd deceased the arterial system is intact, which means it's easy to pump the fluid round. After a PM, all the internal organs have been removed bagged and replaced, therefore, the bag of organs needs to be removed from the thorasic / abdominal cavety and then each limb and the head are injected through the major artery from the inside,on an individual basis.
When    Mar 01, 2006, at 12:42 Eastern
Comments    RE: NY Times hardest crossword. I haven't looked at all of your answers as I'm not done working the puzzel yet. However, if you got "TEMBI" wrong (20 across), then you've also missed 4 & 18 down. You might want to check it out.
When    Mar 16, 2006, at 06:30 Eastern
Comments    Hey, I just learnt how to calculate true percentage increases. Doesn't that go some way to make all this work worth it? Thanks.
When    Mar 30, 2006, at 19:07 Eastern
Comments    Your website is funny. You seem to get a kick out of analyzing comic strips, signs, and ads. So just for fun, I thought I'd highlight a couple of your own mistakes. This is what you wrote regarding the ad by the Reverend Dr. Abe: Anyway, apparently the world-famous Reverend Dr. Abe got his doctorate without ever learning that it should be "others WHO have wrote me," not "others THAT have wrote me." Did it ever occur to you that even your correction is incorrect? I'll see your "others WHO have wrote me" and raise you an "others WHO have WRITTEN me." And I'm no expert by any means, but it's possible that there should even be a "to" between the words "written" and "me." I also spotted this one in your analysis of the Dilbert comic strip: The correct number. Instead of 625, which is merely 25 squared, the number of things Dogbert's customer must try is actually 42,163,840,398,198,058,854,693,625, or 42 septillion and change. (Thanks to CCH for calculating the exact number using software that wood have cost me $2000.) Wood have? hmm... Maybe you should look into a career in sign writing or ad copy. ; ) No worries. Just like your website, it's all just for fun. I really enjoy the sign and ad pics. I'm continually amazed at the grammatical atrocities being published in newspapers, magazines, and even in television ads! Misuse of the apostrophe is by far the worst. I see things like: "Thousand's of New and Used Car's and Truck's!" and "Lowest Price's of the Year!" Come on, people!
When    Jul 05, 2006, at 13:19 Eastern
Comments    Elvis Presley's middle name is A-R-O-N, not Aaron, which spelling is necessitated by 80A in "Anagrammatic Who's Who."
When    Jul 23, 2006, at 10:53 Eastern

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