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10 of the Worst Sales Ever! (and 1 of the best)

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In the spirit of Follow Friday, a little impromptu post inspired by a tweet I saw today from @kn0thing, where he'd linked to a photo he called the "Worst. "˜Sale.' Ever." Guess what? Turns out, there are a bunch more floating around online.

1. Worst. "Sale." Ever.

The photo that inspired the post: Yep, this XBox Guitar Hero World Tour was originally £144.99, until this store had the bright idea to mark it down to £144.98. Typo? Here's hoping some blokes weren't taken in by the false advertising hype.

2. Wal-Mart Cares

From Reid Kerr, we get this great find from his local Wal-Mart. Here he is, in his own words:

Walmart-Sale-793574 "Wal-Mart Cares. That's the only way I can describe this sale, featuring blank CDs for a jaw-dropping fraction of the cost. I mean, anytime I can buy something and save one-one-thousand, three-hundred and forty-eighth of the cost, I jump all over that deal."

3. 0% Off

Picture 1Okay, so this one doesn't really count, right? Clearly the gigantic 1 (or 2, or even 5) is that other huge sign laying on the ground, right? Boy do I hope so.

4. Worst Sale Ever?

saleScott Sherman gives us this lulu from Toys R Us. In his own words: "I took my kids to the toy store today - in a struggling economy, it's nice to see Toys R Us slashing prices like this."

5. Lamest sale sign ever

worstsaleSkorskimus over at Flickr.com posted this one. It clearly rubbed him/her the wrong way"¦ understandable.

6. Save $-10

thebestthingever-thumbThese just in from some of our readers (thanks Daybringer and James Gibson)! Another Toys R Us, and another Wal-Mart... keep 'em coming!

7. Less = More

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8. Ikea Failvkstbord

The hits keep coming! Thanks Steven, for the next 3...
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9. Three-of-a-Kind = a Special Kind of Find

Okay, so this is another joke... but you already knew that.
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10. Prices Slashed! (the wrong way)

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The Best Sale Ever!

Picture 2From a reader named Jason, we get this, er, priceless sale pic, which he describes for us on his Flickr page: "This sign was hanging in a Goody's (a regional clothing store in the South Eastern US). Well, it was a regional clothing store, as they folded in early '09. You'd think that by offering $10 for $1 it's no wonder, but I think they were planning on making up the difference in volume. "

Have your own Worst Sale Ever story/pic? Hit us back and tell the world. We'll include them and keep the list going... Yeah, go ahead, be our bloggers.

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The Funniest Word in the English Language? 'Booty,' According to New Survey
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Some words, regardless of their meaning, are simply more chuckle-worthy than others. To determine which expressions in the English language are truly the most comical, Smithsonian reports that psychologists at the University of Warwick in the UK conducted a survey in which they asked people to rate the “humor value” of a sampling of chosen words. They recently published their findings in the journal Behavior Research Methods.

The researchers selected nearly 5000 words, and then used Amazon’s online crowdsourcing tool Mechanical Turk to ask more than 800 individuals to rank the humor value of 211 randomly chosen words from the list, on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous). Likely not surprising to anyone with younger siblings, the funniest word ended up being “booty,” with an average ranking of 4.32. In descending order, the remaining top 12 words—which all received a score of 3.9 or higher—were “tit,” “booby,” “hooter,” “nitwit,” “twit,” “waddle,” “tinkle,” “bebop,” “egghead,” “ass,” and “twerp.”

Why these words are so funny remains fuzzy. But when they analyzed their findings according to age and gender, the researchers did find that sexually suggestive words like “orgy” and “bondage” tended to tickle the funny bones of men, as did the words “birthmark,” “brand,” “chauffeur,” “doze,” “buzzard,” “czar,” “weld,” “prod,” “corn,” and “raccoon.”

Meanwhile, women tended to laugh at the words “giggle,” “beast,” “circus,” “grand,” “juju,” “humbug,” “slicker,” “sweat,” “ennui,” “holder,” “momma,” and “sod.” As for people under the age of 32, they were amused by “goatee,” “joint,” and “gangster,” while older participants liked “squint,” “jingle,” “burlesque,” and “pong.” Across the board, all parties were least amused by words like “rape,” “torture,” and “torment.”

Although humor is complex and dependent on elements like syntax and delivery, the study's researchers say that breaking comedy down to single-word units could demystify its essence.

“The research initially came about as a result of our curiosity,” said Tomas Engelthaler, the study’s lead author, in a press release. “We were wondering if certain words are perceived as funnier, even when read on their own. It turns out that indeed is the case. Humor is an everyday aspects of our lives and we hope this publicly available dataset allows future researchers to better understand its foundations.”

[h/t Smithsonian]

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Watch the Original Spinal Tap Short Film
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Spinal Tap formed in 1979, five years before the classic film This is Spinal Tap premiered. They performed on TV and began developing their personas as idiotic heavy metal monsters.

When the band, along with director Rob Reiner, went to pitch their mockumentary to production companies, nobody "got it." It wasn't clear what an unscripted comedy pseudo-documentary would feel like. So Reiner asked for the screenplay fee—$60,000—to be paid up front as a budget for a short proof-of-concept film.

That skimpy budget went a very long way, allowing the group to produce The Last Tour, a 20-minute Spinal Tap film exploring some of the plot (and many of the songs) that appeared in the later film This is Spinal Tap. There's a surprising amount of concert footage, as various bits that were repeated in Tap (some interview clips were even used in Tap unaltered).

The Last Tour is delightful because it shows a well-developed idea being implemented on the cheap. The wigs are terrible, the sound is spotty, but the vision is spot-on. The characters and the core story of the group (including a string of dead drummers) is already in place, and we get to see the guys improvise together. Tune in (and be aware there's plenty of salty language here):

(Note: Around 4:38 in the clip above, we see Ed Begley, Jr. as original drummer John "Stumpy" Pepys in the "Gimme Some Money" video. Stumpy died in a gardening accident, of course.)

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