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Twelve Time-Sucks of Christmas

With just days ‘til Christmas, the last thing on your mind is work. (Don't worry—we won't tell!) The trick is to look busy while “coasting” into the holidays.

 

smashLAB has pulled together a list delightful “time‑sucks.” Some old, some new—each one chosen to keep you “glued” to your monitor, so everyone else thinks you’re working. Sit back, relax, and pour a little rum into your afternoon coffee.

1. Even your high-school
photos aren’t this bad!
  2. A swearword
worse than f$&k...

The web is full of genius. Some share scientific discoveries, while others debate groundbreaking topics publicly. Whoever came up with this site though? They make the rest look like “almost-rans.”

- LOOK AT ‘EM -

 

A rather funny guy named Jon shares some stories from the frontlines of parenting. His son asks if there’s a word that’s worse than the “f-bomb,” and he responds in a pretty smart way. Well... almost.

- READ ABOUT PARENTING -

 
3. Brains... Feed me brains!
Bou-a-ha-ha-ha!
  4. Who needs to see
great films in High-Def?

At some point over the past year, The Oatmeal entered our lives. In it, Matthew Inman writes, draws, and codes pretty funny stuff; like this breakdown of how it will “go down” during a zombie apocalypse.

- LEARN MORE -

 

Sure, it's a little hard to understand exactly why they did it (or how they managed to find the time), but the fact that it exists is evidence of utter awesomeness. Here it is, in its full glory: ASCII Star Wars!

- USE THE FORCE -

 
5. Admit it: you can't
even hum in tune, can you?
  6. Vegetables grow on trees
and other amazing facts!

Remember Larvelle Jones who made those funny sounds in the Police Academy movies? Well he has nothing on Daichi—an 18 year old Korean kid whose mouth can do audio-gymnastics.

- SEE IT -

 

We didn’t pay all that much attention in school, but clearly, we missed a few things. One *remarkable* Santa Cruz resident visits city hall and educates all of us. This one will truly blow your mind.

- GET EDUCATED -

 
7. You probably don’t think about lunch this much   8. Somewhere, deep down,
you sort of like Jay-Z, right?

Some brown bag it, others hit the Sizzler on the interstate, and there are those who go a little further. In our minds, Jon Chonko's artful "scans of sandwiches for education and delight" takes the cake, though.

- TAKE A BITE -

 

Admittedly, we're getting older and progressively less “hip,” but even we like Jay-Z's 99 Problems. As such, we absolutely adored this "homage," courtesy of our old buddy, the Cookie Monster.

- TURN IT TO ELEVEN -

 
9. Who needs those
pesky editors?
  10. “Get ready to be pistol-
whipped snowman!”

In November, Toronto Star management decided to outsource their editing. Well... their in-house editors weren't so keen about the idea. One unsheathed his (vitriol filled) red pen to our collective delight.

- BE DELIGHTED -

 

If you've known us for a while, we've probably already shown you this. It doesn't really matter, though, as it deserves to be viewed once more... and even then one more time. (Strong-bad rocks the house.)

- COMMENCE LAUGHTER -

 
11. Hold the chardonnay...
I'd like a “Tropical Punch.”
  12. I can get some...
sa-tis-fac-tion.

The economic flushing of countless jobs and credit-ratings had an impact on our drinking. We applaud the fine folks who worked out how we could do it on the cheap. You found it here: Kool-Aid Wine.

- GET THE RECIPE -

 

Those who do creative things will adore this “dreamy” little memo dating way back to April 21st, 1969. In it, the infamous Mick Jagger presented himself as the client most of us would walk through fire to work for.

- SEE THE LETTER -

 

...and those are the Twelve Time-Sucks of Christmas. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. Happy holidays!

 

The (mostly jolly) folks at:

 

smashLAB

 

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